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Think cartoons and relive the past

Last week when I was chatting online with my best friend, I suddenly remembered an old cartoon that we used to watch with much attention when we were around 10 years old. I asked him, do you remember Jonger the cartoon show? And he answered me with an opened-mouth emoticon smile, yes of course. And …

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The US Congress is hoisting the white flag on Iraq

Members of the United States Congress, distressed with the flagging popularity of the Iraq war, have spent the first month of 2007 scrambling to offer the public the exit strategy it seeks. Bereft of a serious and comprehensive strategy for several years, the American public now has a surfeit of offerings from their elected representatives. …

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The Golan's Druze wonder what is best

When, earlier this month, the Israeli daily Haaretz uncovered the details of secret, unofficial Syrian-Israeli peace talks, it revived a familiar menu of questions and concerns whenever Syria and Israel negotiate: Would Israel give back to Syria all of the Golan Heights? How would the water resources be shared? Can either side trust the other …

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A trip that highlights Germany's rising regional interests

The visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Middle East, which began on Saturday, comes at an opportune moment. Germany currently holds both the presidency of the European Union and that of the Group of Eight industrialized countries. Since December 2006, Merkel has held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud …

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Giving life a chance in Lebanon

Much has been written in the past few months to accommodate either the March 8 or the March 14 movement. Their rivalry has been eating at the very core of Lebanon. Our country has reached a point where people have lost all interest in the first prize, whoever takes over power. Many Lebanese are searching …

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WORD ON THE STREET: Opinions on alleged Egyptian spy

“I think it’s stupid of the government to arrest him and investigate. I think he’s a normal person. But maybe the government has some reason. Mohmmed Qawasme, cameraman “If he’s Egyptian he should not be spying on his own people, especially for an issue as sensitive as Israel. I personally am against it. We all …

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Insecurity and corruption hinder reconstruction in Iraq

Insecurity, corruption among Iraqi officials and weak US contract management have led to tens of millions of dollars in Iraq reconstruction aid going missing, a new audit report said on Wednesday. The quarterly audit prepared by the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (Sigir), Stuart Bowen Jr, is the latest to paint …

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New questions concerning the European Union's future

Ever since France and the Netherlands rejected the European Union’s proposed Constitutional Treaty, EU leaders have been busy pointing fingers at each other, or blaming French and Dutch citizens for misunderstanding the question they had been asked. But no amount of finger pointing can obscure the fact that, 50 years after the European Community’s creation, …

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New questions concerning the European Unions future

Ever since France and the Netherlands rejected the European Unions proposed Constitutional Treaty, EU leaders have been busy pointing fingers at each other, or blaming French and Dutch citizens for misunderstanding the question they had been asked. But no amount of finger pointing can obscure the fact that, 50 years after the European Communitys creation, …

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European MP barred from seeing Ayman Nour in prison

Reuters CAIRO: A senior member of the European Parliament said on Wednesday Egyptian authorities had barred him from visiting imprisoned opposition leader Ayman Nour and he urged the European Union to take a muscular stand in the case. Britain s Edward McMillan-Scott, a vice president of the parliament and its rapporteur on democracy and human …

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Cyprus says Turkey is behaving like pirates

Associated Press NICOSIA: Cyprus accused Turkey on Friday of behaving like a pirate over an oil exploration dispute that has threatened to revive tension on the divided island.Turkey earlier this week warned Lebanon and Egypt not to press ahead with oil-and-gas exploration deals signed with Cyprus. But government spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said Cyprus had the …

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Malaysia's tiger: sustainable tourism

Falling off the southern coast of Thailand and swallowing a large potion of the South China Sea, Malaysia is the only one of the Asian tigers to have turned towards sustainable tourism. Malaysian society boasts Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist peoples of mixed backgrounds intermingling harmoniously, allowing aspects of Chinese, Indian and Islamic culture to …

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Much ado about the macrobiotic diet

Macrobiotic diet: A cancer cure? “I believe in the macrobiotic diet very much. It absolutely helped and saved my life, it is exceptionally powerful, said Diana Berschader, a recent lymphatic cancer survivor, who credits her survival to the macrobiotic diet. Over the past few decades, it has become evident that food can be an intense …

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Turkish jets and Iraqi instability

The Bush administration is courting influential Kurdish factions in Iraq. But across the border in Turkey, it is supporting Turkey’s subjugation of its large Kurdish population. The United States has just approved the sale of F-16 and F-35 fighter jets to Turkey that are to be used for the express purpose of crushing Kurdish militants …

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Darfur needs the ICC Investigations

Investigators from the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague are due to arrive in Sudan in the coming days. Yet vocal opponents have recently argued that the Court is responsible, albeit unwittingly , for contributing to the atrocities in Darfur. This is tantamount to stating that courts are responsible for fueling crime and injustice …

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Egyptian design comes out of the sands

Agence France-Presse PARIS: Egyptians proudly say their Pharaohs invented furniture. And now the country s fourth biggest industry is seeking to come out of the woodwork and carve out a place on the global scene, with the help of the world s top designers. For you it may be only a piece of furniture, for …

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Tunisian becomes first Arab nominated for Holocaust honor

Associated Press JERUSALEM: At the height of the Second World War, Khaled Abdelwahhab hid a group of Jews on his farm in a small Tunisian town, saving them from the Nazi troops occupying the north African nation. More than six decades later, Abdelwahhab has become the first Arab nominated for recognition as Righteous Among the …

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Is foreign media stoking Islamophobia?

CAIRO: The Western media and film industry are perpetuating Islamophobia and prejudice by demonizing Muslims and Arabs as violent, dangerous and threatening people, according to a new British report released Jan. 26. The western media are largely seen by Muslims as a negative influence, co-author Sameera Ahmed said in the report The British media and …

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Hamas and the Quartet: the locals are unwelcome to the club

He stepped in from the harsh sunlight of Egypt. He had just crossed the Sinai with two Arab friends, one of whom had died during the journey. The news that he and his friend brought was of huge import. This slight figure, still dusty and grimed from travel by camel, stepped from the Cairo hubbub …

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German Chancellor pledges to kick start Middle East peace plan

Merkel visit also aims to strengthen business ties CAIRO: Underlining her country’s commitment to the Middle East peace process, German chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Egypt for talks with President Mubarak later this week – the fifth visit in less than twelve months between the two leaders. “It’s one of the most important points of …

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China professor believes reform is a must for economic development

CAIRO: Egypt’s International Economic Forum (EIEF) held a special session at the Cairo Marriott Sunday on the economic development of China by Siwei Cheng, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Committee. Shafik Gabr, chairman of EIEF, introduced Cheng, highlighting the scholar’s influential views in fields such as the capital market, venture …

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Cairo's Islamic art, on your coffee table

I have no idea why books like these are called coffee table books. Nor, for that matter, do I know why those tables are called coffee tables, since one presumes that people place all sorts of things on them. Like huge books with lots and lots of pictures, for example. Whatever the etymology, I’m very …

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Hala Gorani's Inside the Middle East Diary, live from Jordan

PETRA: Locals at the Wehdat Palestinian refugee camp used to toss their garbage on the front steps of the town s main day center for the mentally disabled. Back when the daily activity center opened its doors in 2001, explains social worker Bayan Al-Nimer, this was a way for them to show their disrespect for …

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Arab-Israelis aren't willing to be pushed around any more

With the release of a highly anticipated document, the “Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel, the Palestinian community within Israel has taken its first steps toward full empowerment. The document, which lays out a broad, if not comprehensive, map of relations between the state of Israel and its Palestinian Arab citizens, is unique …

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Israel never liked Bush's democratization scheme

Israel and the United States have a close and vital strategic relationship that constitutes a pillar of Israel’s security. Israeli leaders are aware that any major new regional policy departure not closely coordinated with Washington is liable to be a non-starter and to cloud American-Israeli relations. Any smart Israeli aspiring to political leadership knows that …

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Al-Jazeera producer charged with "harming national interest"

CAIRO: Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned a decision by judicial authorities on Jan. 27 to initiate trial proceedings against Al-Jazeera TV producer Howayda Taha. Taha was charged with “harming national interest in a documentary she was preparing about police torture in Egypt. “We are deeply concerned about the number of journalists and bloggers …

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YOUTH VIEWS: How Americans and Arabs view one another

When we think of regions such as the Middle East or countries like the United States, why do we often have a preconceived notion of the kind of people who live there – what they believe, how they act? We mainly acquire such knowledge and notions about other peoples and cultures through the media: cinema, …

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No easy opinions in America on Bush, future direction

NEW YORK: The week following US President George W. Bush s State of the Union saw a large anti-war demonstration in Washington DC and the publishing of a condemning magazine poll after a speech that was supposed to inflate the President’s shrinking popularity. Two days after thousands of protesters circled the Capitol Building in opposition …

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British Airways opens new venue at the InterCon

CAIRO: British Airways (BA) recently inaugurated the opening of its new offices at the InterContinental Residence Suites at the City Stars complex. The British Ambassador Sir Derek Plumbly attended the event and gave a good luck speech for the new offices. He was welcomed by Mervat Alfy, the commercial manager of BA in Egypt, as …

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Iran wants to steer away from a Sunni-Shia clash

The Iranians were slow in reacting to Saddam Hussein’s hanging. The main reason for that was the old accepted belief in Iran that Saddam was an American puppet. This was the view broadly propagated by the Iranian leadership during the 8-year war with Iraq. The Iraqi leader had attacked Iran on behalf of the enemies …

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