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There's more to interfaith conflict than religion

Conflict in the central part of Sulawesi, one of the four largest islands in Indonesia, has been ongoing since 1998. Between 1998 and 2001, over 1000 people were killed and more than 100,000 were displaced in the fighting. Pockets of violence still erupt, conflict resolution attempts have failed, and the root of the problem has …

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A Christian pastor's Ramadan in Turkey

SINGAPORE CITY: Recently, I was invited by the Turkish Cultural Centre to travel from Singapore to Turkey to participate in a documentary series on Ramadan observance in Istanbul. Samanyolu TV, a national Turkish television station, developed a documentary series last year on Ramadan in different countries and they were now looking to reverse the scenario …

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From Payer to Player in the Middle East

The European Union’s policy in the Middle East is the litmus test of its common foreign and security policy. Many Europeans share this belief, but, as the EU considers entering the fray of Middle East peace talks, it must respond to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s jibe that in the region “you are payers, …

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UN launches International Year of the Potato 2008

NEW YORK: The United Nations today officially launches International Year of the Potato 2008, an initiative mocked in private by some diplomats but enabling governments to raise much-needed funds for agricultural research. The move to increase awareness of the importance of the potato as a food in developing nations was proposed by the UN s …

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Egypt raises its sails to stand up against Poverty

CAIRO: After a night of thunder, lightening and heavy showers, the clouds parted on Cairo’s skies and the sun was shining as the second “Sail the Nile for the Millennium Development Goals launched yesterday. The launch of “Sail the Nile was held in tandem with the “Stand up and Speak Out Against Poverty campaign. Held …

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Euromed partnership showing few results and wasting funds, EU official says

VOULIAGMENI, Greece: An EU official said on Monday that billions of euros designated for strengthening European-Mediterranean cooperation were going untapped due to a lack of know-how within many partner countries. Dimitris Dimitriadis, president of the European Economic and Social Committee that oversees the Euromed Partnership, said potential recipient states don t have the knowledge to …

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Cairo to host first 'Made in the USA' exhibition

CAIRO: Due to recent reforms, developments, increasing population, and high oil rates, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has recently become a very promising platform for future investments. In the early 70s, many US companies were aware of this fact early and subsequently decided to penetrate this market, achieving substantial success. Throughout the …

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WITH A GRAIN OF SALT: The Satellite Version of History!

The entire Egyptian population must feel indebted to “King Farouk TV series for teaching us our real history. More than half a century later, it helped us discover that the king, who’s overthrow was demanded by all political currents – before not after the revolution – was neither corrupt, nor obsess, nor womanizer nor a …

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Proselytism and the world's religions

HAMBURG: Some months ago, two news items caused excitement: one reported that 4,000 Germans converted to Islam last year, and the other was that a Council of Ex-Muslims had been established. In a secular society where the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion includes freedom to change one s religion or belief, these …

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Boycott call

JEDDAH: Hamas call on Arab countries to boycott next month s Middle East summit imprints more question marks over the conference s success, for if the Palestinians, as divided as they are, cannot agree among themselves on the best course of action toward a resolution, then the prospects of reaching a common conceptual framework for …

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America's houses of cards

There are times when being proven right brings no pleasure. For several years, I argued that America’s economy was being supported by a housing bubble that had replaced the stock market bubble of the 1990’s. But no bubble can expand forever. With middle-class incomes in the United States stagnating, Americans could not afford ever more …

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Iraqi refugees on the road to Damascus

For the most part of nearly three decades, interaction between Syrians and Iraqis was minimal, to say the least-restricted to political fugitives from each country residing in Baghdad and Damascus. Anyone who is someone in Iraq today was a resident of the Syrian capital-Nouri Al-Maliki, Jalal Talabani, Masoud Al-Barzani, and Ibrahim Al-Jaafari. But neither country …

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Changing course with Syria

The notion that the focus of the Middle-East conference is to reach an agreement in principle between Israel and the Palestinians, and so other conflicting parties, such as Syria, are marginal to the deliberation, is fundamentally flawed. The Bush administration must quickly reassess its position regarding Syria if it wishes to achieve even a modicum …

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A fresh start for Europe

As Europe’s leaders gather in Portugal to put the finishing touches on the new, slimmed down, Reform Treaty, it might be helpful if they all pretended that the last 50 years of European integration had never taken place. Let’s then imagine what Europe needs to do to confront its most pressing challenges, especially if it …

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ITWorx expands in Dubai and Doha

CAIRO: Egypt s largest software professional services company ITWorx has allotted at least $3 million for its new operations in Dubai and Doha beginning this month and by the end of this year respectively, according to a statement released to the press. ITWorx President Wael Amin said the budget includes the money spent last year …

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Marital bliss or distress

It’s been said that married couples live longer, but a recent study reveals that not all marriages stand the test of time. A lousy marriage might literally make you sick. Marital strife and other bad personal relationships can raise your risk for heart disease, researchers reported earlier this week. What it likely boils down to …

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Coasting along the Med (Part II)

Friday August 17th 3:30 pm After waking up rather late and devouring a much needed local breakfast of eggs and fuul, we headed off to the big Marassi beach bash. Marassi is the name given to Emaar’s new development on the bay of Sidi Abdel Rahman. The breathtaking bay was taken over by Emaar to …

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Local coffeehouses stand confident in the face of new market players

CAIRO: Until a few years ago, it was easy to count all Cairo s coffeehouses on one hand. That’s not the case anymore, with tens of coffeehouse chains and hundreds of outlets opening up all over town. Competition in the coffeehouse market intensified when several international chains – namely Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Second Cup …

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A confederation for Kosovo

Time is running out in Kosovo. If a United Nations-backed settlement is not reached by early December, the province’s majority Albanian population is likely to declare independence unilaterally – a move that the United States has announced it may support. That would be a disastrous step. Russia would be furious, because it fears that Kosovo’s …

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Stand Up and Speak Out against poverty

If you pick up the recently published 2008 Guinness Book of World Records, you’ll find a new entry on page 91 for the largest number of people to stand up against poverty during a 24-hour period. A staggering 23,542,614 participated in 11,646 events around the globe to be part of the United Nations Millennium Campaign …

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The Brotherhood will stand up for all Egyptians

Reading Mona Eltahawy s opinion article, I will stand up for the Muslim Brotherhood (which ran in Daily News Egypt on Oct. 10) I felt that all Egyptians – regardless of their ideological orientation, gender or age – have a lot in common. Eltahawy and I differ on much, yet we share a common objective …

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Letters to the editor Israeli film

In reference to article titled “Egypt festival launches barrage against Israeli film published on Oct. 8. Dear editor, I don t think Cairo International Film Festival s committee should have refused the Israeli film at all. I think this decision defies completely the purpose of making films. Filmmakers use the art of film making to …

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SCI TECH SCENE: Is that your phone or your imagination?

If your hipbone is connected to your BlackBerry or your thighbone is connected to your cell phone, those vibrations you re feeling in the car, in your pajamas, in the shower, may be coming from your headbone. Many mobile phone addicts and BlackBerry junkies report feeling vibrations when there are none, or feeling as if …

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For Arab viewers, politics and religion lose out to a soap opera

RAMALLAH: With its tales of brave men and dutiful women in a simpler, long-vanished Middle East, a Syrian soap opera has become the latest rage in the Arab world during the holy month of Ramadan. Throughout the month, people across the Middle East have irreverently rushed from mosques and flocked to crowded coffeehouses each evening …

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Brotherhood's political platform bans Christians, women from presidency

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt s powerful opposition movement, has laid down its first detailed political platform, which would bar women and Christians from becoming president and establish a board of Muslim clerics to oversee the government, reminiscent of Iran s Islamic state. The platform has dismayed secular reform activists who have cautiously hoped the …

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The road less traveled

The stark emptiness of the photo exhibit at El Sawy Cultural Center caught my attention, as did the images on display. From the loudspeaker, I deciphered there was an open-mic event in the small theater just beyond where I was. Although noisy, it may quite possibly have been the best publicity Mohamed El Hebeishy’s photography …

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Empowering Europe

Barring a last-minute change of heart, European heads of government will sign off this month on a new agreement to beef up the European Union’s foreign policy machinery by strengthening the role of the EU High Representative. This change is long overdue. Currently, the High Representative’s budget is less than what the European Commission spends …

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