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RANYA KHALIFA: "Democracy Digest"...


Deadly traffic jams: We need garages in buildings!!!!

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 6:36 AM Comments comments (95)

I absolutely detest traffic jams in Cairo, just like everybody else!!! But, one thing that truly bothers me is the fact that governors and governorate councils do not impose strict rules and regulations on buildings in the entire country!!! I mean, why in the world is there not a Law that stipulates and enforces all building owners to build and open up garages in buildings??  Why are the garages either not there, closed to the residents, or used as retail shops???

I am sure I am not the first person to ask this question...it must have been asked several times before...so, is there a Law that requires buildings in Egypt to have garages?? And why do building tenants still insist on using the garage space for shops or storage??  Isn't it obvious that if we imposed garage usage, then traffic jams would be immensely reduced in Cairo and in Egypt in general?  I understand that it is too late to have garages in old downtown buildings or in all the buildings that are in existence today...but what about empty plots of land and buildings under construction??And all future buildings???

If we are going to talk about a revolution in Egypt, then we must talk about ALL aspects of life in Egypt.  If we expect to progress and move forward and to compete on a global scale, then it is imperative that we seriously revisit the building construction Laws in Egypt and to understand that investors want an orderly and minimal traffic-jam environment which reduces their costs in terms of transportation, man-hours and efficiency.   Pavements have been created to serve the pedestrians and not for peddlers to sell their merchandise or for cars to park on them!?

If anyone knows of a Law which required that buildings construct garages, then please let it be known because something has to be done and someone has to do it.......

Where is the Egyptian "Rehab" Law??

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 12:47 PM Comments comments (0)

I do not know of an Egyptian law that enforces "Rehab" for drug addicts and alcoholics.  This law is badly needed in a society where drug addiction in particular is rampant (will research the exact figures, if they are available).

This law will not only protect the drug addict, but will protect any family members that are constantly under threat of attack and rages by the addict. Instead of waiting for violent crimes to be committed, this compulsory law will help deter and decrease domestic violence.

Please refer to my "links" for Drug Rehabilitation Information in Egypt:


Is there a law that punishes domestic violence??

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 5:44 AM Comments comments (1)

I need to search for a law in Egypt that criminalizes domestic violence.  This violence may be between a man and his wife, parents and children, or between siblings.  The reason why I am so concerned about domestic violence in Egypt is that I have witnessed first hand several cases where family members did not know how to deter the violent actions of another family member because the law does not arbitrate between family members unless a severe crime has been committed.  Such a severe crime may be an assualt which results in serious physical injuries.  But, why should the law wait until such serious physical injury actually happens??

This is an issue that needs much discussion and I truely believe that it requires very serious consideration in lieu of all the violence that we see on the streets of Egypt post-revolution....the violence on the streets will undoubtedly be transformed to households, where men and women are under extreme economic pressure and political uncertainty...

Please refer to  my "Links" for Domestic Violence Lawyers in Egypt.