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Security in times of austerity

If you’ve lived in Egypt long enough, you probably know that the police force is colloquially dubbed “the government.” It is the first arm of the government encountered by citizens in their daily lives. For as long as I’ve lived, there has always been a mutual sense of resentment, animosity and even contempt between the …

Fady Salah

SCAF-instated CBE law modifications to be confirmed by Morsy

President Morsy will issue a declaration in a few days to amend 2 articles of the presidential decree number 64 for 2004 governing the Central Bank of Egypt, according to state-owned Al-Ahram. The cabinet has already approved the modification to the law that was issued by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) last year. …

Fady Salah

On the ICC’s Birthday: Give the Gift of Hope

By Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court Ten years ago, history was made. On 1 July 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) emerged as the centrepiece of a new system of international justice, carrying the hope of a future free of impunity and mass atrocities. To turn this hope into a firm …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Shari’a Friday and draft constitution consume columns

The debate over Shari’a Friday protests has led many writers to deplore the extent of Islamic jurisprudence’s presence in the draft constitution. More than one writer has pointed fingers at the Muslim Brotherhood, accusing them of delaying the constitution writing as they are still unprepared for parliamentary elections. Other columnists have dedicated their pieces to …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Columnists tackle retail curfew and Shari’a

The government’s U-turn on the proposed retail closing time law has attracted the attention of many Egyptian columnists, with many describing the cabinet’s approach as an imitation the Mubarak era methodology, while ignoring the shop owners’ concerns in the matter. In the Arab region, other writers deplored a number of pressing issues, with a focus …

Daily News Egypt

Criminal networks traffic people to Egyptian households who demand their labour AFP Photo

Trafficking in lies

Salafi MPs have excluded an article from the draft constitution by claiming human trafficking does not exist, the evidence suggests otherwise

Daily News Egypt

From the other side: The issue of the civil society is a different story

In Mid-March of 2011, 60 civil society organisations submitted a draft law pertaining to the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) under then Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, while Dr Gouda Abdul Khaleq was in charge of the ministry of social solidarity. They waited for a date for a discussion of the new law, which included protecting …

Gamal Eid