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Al-Qaeda's American seeks Bush attacks

CAIRO: Al-Qaeda s American spokesman urged fighters to meet President Bush with bombs when he visits the Middle East, according to a new video posted on the Internet Sunday. US-born Adam Gadahn also tore up his US passport as part of a symbolic protest against the US in the nearly hour-long rhetoric-dominated tape – Al-Qaeda …

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Hard Talk : Social Crisis: Between 1952 and 2007

Comparing the current socio-economic scene with its counterpart on the eve of the 1952 revolution is not too far-fetched, despite the vast difference in the nature of Egyptian society in terms of behavioral patterns in both eras. If we contemplate the two scenes, we would find a common denominator, despite the 55 years separating them. …

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India's Bollywood Power

The world has heard much about India’s extraordinary transformation in recent years, and even of its claims to a share of “world leadership. Some of that is hyperbole, but in one respect, India’s strength may be understated. What makes a country a world leader? Is it population, military strength, or economic development? By all of …

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Arab fathers and sons

The problem of succession in the Arab secular republics highlights their predicament in the transition to a post-revolutionary phase, for succession in regimes that fail to build strong institutions always risks triggering a systemic crisis. While the decision by some in favor of dynastic succession may be lacking in democracy, it is not entirely devoid …

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Mena Glass to build float glass plant Mena Glass, through its fully owned subsidiary Sphinx Glass, signed a 97 million euro agreement Thursday with Italian contractor Ianua SPA for the engineering, plant construction, assembly and supervision of a new greenfield float glass manufacturing facility. Mena Glass is a company established by Citadel Capital and a …

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The Brotherhood opens up

The Muslim Brotherhood, like other opposition groups in Egypt, is going through a period of repression. It is repressed more than any other organization because of the widespread popularity it enjoys. Hundreds of its members have been detained over the past few months and a severe media distortion campaign is run by state-owned press and …

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Israel hits back for rocket fire, killing 11 in Gaza attacks

GAZA CITY: Israeli troops on a night mission in the Gaza Strip killed two Hamas gunmen early Friday as Israel launched strikes against Palestinian fighters that left 11 dead in 24 hours. The simmering conflict between Israel and Gaza’s armed groups has escalated less than a week before US President George W. Bush’s visit to …

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With a Grain of Salt: Of Threads and MPs

One of the best things that happened at the meeting between French President Nicola Sarkozy, intellectuals and businessmen during his recent visit to Egypt was that he was accompanied by an extraordinary, angelic creature called Carla Bruni. It was hard to imagine how this creature treaded the same ground we walked on or breathed the …

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A virtual concierge

The “Virtual Concierge is one of the many unique services the Cairo Marriott offers its guests. The “Marriott’s at your service program focuses on the total guest experience from reservation to check-out. As management knows, the hotel experience begins before the guest arrives and it is comforting to know that someone is thinking of their …

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Tintin thrives in the Arab world despite censorship

CAIRO: Neither censors nor Orientalist stereotypes have dampened demand for the cartoon adventures of Belgian boy reporter Tintin, who has stoked the imagination of generations of Arabs from the Atlantic to the Gulf. Created in the middle years of the 20th century, Tintin spent more time in the Arab world than anywhere else, in four …

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'Lifestyle managers' take charge

Too busy to take shirts to the cleaners or shop for Christmas presents, high-flying Americans have spawned an industry to absolve themselves of everyday chores. Enter the lifestyle manager. In (Washington) DC people are extremely busy and they have no time for anything, so there was an obvious need for a service like this, said …

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Sexy or smart?

Is Western media persuading young girls everywhere to be reckless? Has the fight for female empowerment swung wildly into a lost territory of irresponsibility and extreme behavior as the world waits for the next ridiculous media frenzy surrounding Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan? In her highly-acclaimed book, “Prude: How the Sex Obsessed Culture Damages Girls …

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SCI TECH SCENE: New Motorazr makes a fashion statement

Motorola recently unveiled the new RAZR2 V8 Luxury Edition at a fashion show held in Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Hotel. The new RAZR2 Luxury Edition fits perfectly with the latest haute couture and is sure to entice the in vogue consumer. The signature RAZR2 form factor has been redesigned with the most luxurious materials: bathed …

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Maadi City Centre completes LE 88.5 mln expansion project

CAIRO: Maadi City Centre, a subsidiary of MAF Shopping Malls, recently announced the completion of their LE 88.5 project, according to a press statement. Following a 15 month construction process the center, which has doubled in size, has unveiled 41 new popular brands sure to entice shoppers year-round. The center now boasts 30,000 square meters …

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Oil prices remain near $99 a barrel but market seen staying bullish

Oil prices were barely higher Friday from the previous session s close after setting a record above $100 a barrel overnight on a larger-than-expected drop in US crude stockpiles. Light, sweet crude for February delivery was up 4 cents to $99.22 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange by midday in …

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The Iowa caucuses and the Atlantic Alliance

What do the victories of two relatively inexperienced outsiders, Barak Obama and Mike Huckabee, in the Iowa Caucuses mean for American foreign policy in general and the Atlantic Alliance in particular? It is too soon to predict, on the basis of a plurality of votes cast by a sliver of eligible voters in a small …

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INTERVIEW: Talking about honor killings

Brazil, Ecuador, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Morocco are just a few countries where honor killings occur. Anja Wehler-Schöck has studied the phenomenon of honor killings using the example of Jordanian society. Naima El Moussaoui, a writer at Qantara.de, talked with the political scientist. What actually is honor killing? Anja Wehler-Schöck: An honor killing is …

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60 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

A year-long campaign has been launched to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which falls on December 10, 2008. This campaign will engage the whole UN system in promoting the Declaration’s ideals and principles of justice and equality for all of us which changed the landscape of international relations and …

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Oracle reports strong customer momentum

CAIRO: Oracle reported strong customer momentum within the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region this past year. Many organizations in the region have adopted or expanded implementations of Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Applications, including the Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel, Hyperion and JD Edwards. Within applications, there has been positive response …

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Religions for Peace creates Middle East Council

New initiatives are now being taken to build peace in the Middle East. Concrete solutions to the issues of the borders of a future Palestinian State, the future of Jerusalem, and the rights of return of Palestinians can and must be achieved. We, the Executive Committee of Religions for Peace, urge the Palestinian and Israeli …

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Exorcising the last Balkan ghosts

The next few weeks will see the resolution, one way or another, of the last territorial issues remaining in the Balkans, where the wars of the 1990’s ended with NATO interventions in Bosnia (1995) and Kosovo (1999). Even with peace, major problems were left unresolved. Bosnia was divided between a Muslim-Croat federation and a Serb …

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Views: What a sacred mission!

While I was on a short business trip to Geneva, I rediscovered Egypt’s elevated status as the common subject of every official or side conversation at the headquarters of the United Nations’ human rights (HR) bodies. This had nothing to do with my presence there. Egypt has in fact become a favorite topic, more so …

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DuPont promotes science for Egyptian children

“Children s Encyclopedia of Scientists is donated to libraries across Cairo CAIRO: Dupont, the internationally-renowned science company, and Egypt State Information Service (SIS) have entered into a private-public sector partnership to fund the printing and gratis distribution of 4,500 copies of a children’s science book which are being donated to public libraries and schools and …

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St. Catherine's healthcare crisis

ST. CATHERINE: Away from the tourist-heavy Jabal Moussa and the famed monastery, the mostly Bedouin town of St. Catherine, with an estimated population of 4,000-6,000, is facing a crisis in healthcare. According to residents, Israelis arrived in St. Catherine in 1967 as part of their takeover of Sinai, and built the first school and hospital …

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Barakat ruled out of Nations Cup

CAIRO: Ahli’s midfielder Mohamed Barakat has been completely ruled out of the Nations Cup as he is set to undergo a knee surgery in Germany on Jan. 14, Ahli s doctor, Ehab Ali, told FilGoal.com. Egypt’s technical staff were considering including the 29-year old player to their Nations Cup squad following the injury of right-winger …

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Stagflation Cometh

The world economy has had several good years. Global growth been strong, and the divide between the developing and developed world has narrowed, with India and China leading the way, experiencing GDP growth of 11.1 percent and 9.7 percent in 2006 and 11.5 percent and 8.9 percent in 2007, respectively. Even Africa has been doing …

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Palestinian pilgrims return to Gaza via Rafah border crossing

RAFAH: Hundreds of Palestinians began pouring into the Gaza Strip from Egypt through the Rafah terminal on Wednesday despite Israeli objections, ending a five-day standoff that left them stranded in Egypt after returning from an Islamic pilgrimage. Estimates originally put the number of pilgrims at 3,000, but Egyptian security officials said Wednesday that 2,152 were …

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