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Egypt travel guide website debuts

Vacation Discounters, Inc. announced today that it has launched a new Egypt Travel Guide website. http://www.egypt-travel-guide.com packed full of useful travel and destination information, Vacation Discounters’ website is a must for those interested in traveling or vacationing in Egypt. Egypt continues to be the favorite vacation destination for travelers around the world. With many exceptional …

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Accepting the other in Palestine

Drums of war were beating in early June 1967 in the waning days of my internship at the American University of Beirut hospital. We were excited at the prospect of a just war that would liberate Palestine, allowing those of us who became refugees in 1948 to go back to our homes. We were also …

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The Quartet's aims, or American policy by another name

The Palestinians have long sought, and Israel has long resisted, the internationalization of efforts to construct a process that would lead to a durable and comprehensive peace. Independent advocates for a just peace have echoed this call out of the realization that the near monopoly of Washington on stewardship of Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy has hindered – …

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Avoiding the chaos of two governments

Is it true that Michel Aoun recently visited Damascus and was told he would be asked by Emile Lahoud to form a government after the president’s departure? Though Aoun earlier indicated he would not take such a step unless he were guaranteed the presidency, the version put out by the majority is that the Syrians …

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Egypt's Case to launch commodities exchange in '08

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt s Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchanges (Case) will introduce a commodities market in Cairo in 2008, a senior government official said on Friday. Case s chairman Maged Shawky had said earlier this year the bourse was in talks with experts from other exchanges to identify those that should be traded on a …

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David Halberstam, Iraq, and the shadow of Vietnam

To steal a laconic phrase from Fouad Ajami, say whatever you will about the American experience in Vietnam, the war was well written. Few wrote it better than David Halberstam in his 1972 masterpiece “The Best and the Brightest. News that Halberstam had been killed in San Francisco on Monday came as the United States, …

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WORD ON THE STREET: Labor Day marred by strikes and economic woes

CAIRO: Vows to protect workers rights and pledges to improve the living standards of Egypt s massive blue collar class are almost a daily fixture in media headlines. This year s celebrations of Labor Day, observed in Egypt on May 1, however were marred by protests, recriminations and to some, plain old nonchalant apathy. This …

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CMA to regulate independent financial advisors

CAIRO: The Capital Market Authority (CMA) set new guidelines regulating the registration of independent financial advisors chartered for providing appraisal and financial consultancy services and analysis of companies that list security bonds in the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange (Case) and other companies in the field of security bonds. The CMA stipulated a minimum past …

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Muslims believe US goal to weaken Islam, poll finds

Reuters NEW YORK: More than 70 percent of Egyptians, Pakistanis, Indonesians and Moroccans believe the United States is trying to weaken and divide the Islamic world, a poll released on Tuesday showed. The survey by WorldPublicOpinion.org also showed more than 40 percent thought that was the primary goal of the US-led war on terrorism, while …

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El Sewedy to invest $1 billion in Africa

Reuters LUSAKA: Egypt s El Sewedy Cables , one of the biggest cable manufacturers in the Middle East, plans to invest $1 billion across Africa during the next three years, CEO Ahmed El Sewedy said in an interview on Friday. El Sewedy told Reuters that the firm planned to increase its investments in Sudan, where …

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Egypt donates food to war-torn Somalia and Sudan

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) welcomed today an Egyptian Government donation of over 250 tons of food commodities to war-torn Sudan and Somalia. The donation to Sudan is 130 metric tons of wheat flour, while 60 metric tons of rice, 60 metric tons of wheat flour and three metric tons of vegetable oil …

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Alexandria for a day

On a steamy, sand-stormed day in Cairo in early April, the seafood in Alexandria tasted especially fresh. The waterfront walk down the Corniche, charming in its own right with Technicolor fishing boats bobbing in a harbor framed by the modern build-up of Egypt’s long-ago trumped second city, was all the better knowing that in Cairo …

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Olive oil's incredible health effects

We all know that olive oil sprinkled on our salads is good for us, but the full extent of the benefits that this oil confers on our health is truly astounding. As well as being protective against developing heart disease, recent research suggests that regular olive oil consumption also protects against a multitude of diseases …

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Egypt eyes record growth rate

CAIRO: Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieldin said on Monday that the Egyptian economy is expected to achieve a record growth rate that exceeds 7% this year joining the fastest emerging economies in Middle East and Africa. The minister said that the economy is set to grow above last year s rate of 6.8% due growth …

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Jerusalem: Vision for a place of peace

JERUSALEM – Jerusalem is holy to three major monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Therein lies its unique glory.Therein lies its tragedy. For well over a millennium Jerusalem hasbeen a battleground, the scene of wars and terrible bloodshed inspired primarily by religious fervor, to which, in more recent times, has been added the single-minded …

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Cutting through a misreading of the Arab peace plan

The Arab peace initiative has been widely misunderstood, and occasionally even deliberately misconstrued. The initiative is not a road map providing a step-by-step approach to an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, nor does it demand of Israel prior acceptance of certain Arab or Palestinian conditions. It does not provide a framework for peace negotiations …

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Iranian-Saudi ties defy the caricature narrative

As Arab presidents, emirs, and kings lined up alongside the United Nations secretary general and the Pakistani, Malaysian, and Turkish heads of state in last month’s Arab League summit in Riyadh, one key player was missing at the highest level: Iran. Its nominal head of state, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was not invited to the summit. Instead …

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An invisible disaster: Iraq's refugees

Among the many humanitarian disasters produced by the civil war now raging in Iraq is one that is almost invisible. Only rarely do scenes of massive displacement of the civilian population make it onto our television screens, because, unlike bombs and suicide attacks, displacement does not generate the blood, fire, or screams that constitutes compelling …

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ONGC eyes 33 pct stake in Shell Egypt block

Reuters NEW DELHI: Indian state-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) is firming up a proposal to buy up to 33 percent in an Egyptian deepwater gas block from operator Royal Dutch Shell, sources said on Thursday. Talks are at an advanced stage. Very soon a high-level government panel will take a decision whether …

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In the footsteps of Mohamed

JAKARTA: The birth of the Prophet Mohamed is celebrated every year by Muslims around the world though there was no particular instruction by the Prophet to do so. During the festive celebration, the story of his life is retold and verses praising him are sung everywhere. A question arises: to what extent is the ummah, …

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Alam Simsim celebrates its ten-year anniversary

CAIRO: Mere moments after turning on the television, you can see that four-year-old Khokha has an ingenuous exuberance. Her perennial questioning is almost as inextinguishable as her imagination. As she sings about her career ambitions (the short list includes becoming a lawyer, an astronaut, a doctor, and a truck driver) Khokha’s resourcefulness and passion for …

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Israel needs a new approach to the prisoners issue

Last June 25, when Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit was abducted by Palestinians from Israeli territory, Israelis knowledgeable about the history of prisoner exchanges between the two sides remarked that either Shalit would be returned within weeks – or the process would take years. A similar prognosis was offered immediately after the July 12, 2006 abduction …

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Early Al-Qaeda rumblings in the Maghreb?

Same place, but different game? This was the question in the heads of leaders in Morocco and Algeria last week. First, there was the suicide or killing of several Islamists in Casablanca on April 10. This was followed a day later by simultaneous car bombings in Algiers that killed 33 people and posed a direct …

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The price of inaction in Darfur

Three years ago this April, my predecessor first brought Darfur to the attention of the United Nations Security Council. And now this April, I too have gone before the Security Council to brief them on the ongoing tragedy of Darfur following my recent mission to the region. The cost of inaction continues to be paid …

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Arab peace offer faces formidable obstacles

Reuters BEIRUT: A renewed Arab offer of peace with Israel if it returns occupied land has won mild interest from Israelis and their US allies, but no commitment to revive negotiations aimed at ending the Middle Eastern conflict. The political weakness of the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships, coupled with Washington s focus on the war …

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Pragmatic Russia can help moderate Arabs and Israelis

For the last five years, Russia’s role in the international search for peace in the Middle East has been realized within the framework of the Quartet. Moscow made the decision to join the international mediators for several reasons. In 2002, Russia had no great ambitions in the region. The Middle East was not high on …

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Turning the camera on the insurgency

CAIRO: A 275-seat theater in North Carolina last weekend was the site of the world premiere of a new American and British-directed documentary on the Iraqi insurgency, “Meeting Resistance , that one commentator has already called “the single most astonishing documentary yet on the Iraq war. Set to premiere next week in Doha, Qatar, at …

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Serious talks must start with a prisoner exchange

When it comes to a prisoners exchange between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, there are still difficult negotiations lying ahead. The internal dynamics on both the Palestinian and the Israeli sides will be a hindrance. Nevertheless, one should expect that, perhaps sooner rather than later, there will a deal to exchange Palestinian political prisoners for …

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