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For many Muslims, the 'bad news' of globalization travels fast

The real impact of globalization on Muslim-Western relations has been mixed, but as the adage reminds us, “bad news travels fast. Ironically, the speed of globalization’s negative press can be attributed primarily to globalization itself. Empirically, it seems credible that income levels and life-expectancy in Muslim-majority countries have improved in the last half-century, as have …

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California students light candles for peace

CALIFORNIA: A group of high school students called Youth for Hope organized a massive luminary lighting on New Year s Eve in Davis, California. The event was supported by peacemakers of all ages and succeeded in sending a powerful message for peace. The light from approximately 10,000 luminaries represented both the number of people killed …

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Beware of 'sectarianism' in Palestine

That Saddam Hussein’s execution at the hands of the Iraqi government was completely botched is no secret. That Saddam’s reputation among Arabs was “rehabilitated to some extent due to the grotesque handling of the killing is also a well known fact. While the feelings of indignation will more than likely fade in the near future, …

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Muslims "get" globalisation, but does it get them?

The real impact of globalization on Muslim-Western relations has been mixed, but as the adage reminds us, bad news travels faster . Ironically, the speed advantage of globalization’s negative press can be attributed primarily to globalization itself. Empirically, it seems credible that income levels and life-expectancy in Muslim-majority countries have improved in the last half-century, …

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'Little Mosque' takes Canada by storm

Muslims have taken Canada by storm. Surely not a terrorist attack? This new event, which features Muslims, is completely non-violent, but comes in the form of entertainment in “Little Mosque on the Prairie a sitcom which first aired on CBC on Jan. 9, 2007. The sitcom, created and produced by Canadian Muslim writer Zarqa Nawaz …

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CDM projects face to reduce harmful emissions

CAIRO: In an effort to exchange experience and strengthen partnership between Egyptian and British businesses in the field of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the UK-Egypt Climate Change Business Seminar focused on financial structures, technology and advisory services for local CDM projects. Egyptian Minister of State for Environment Affairs Maged George told The Daily Star Egypt …

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A regional settlement requires revived multilateralism

One of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s favorite metaphors was that of the “chute, the narrow fenced structure through which ranchers push cattle to the slaughterhouse. The rancher-turned-prime minister frequently used it to refer to what he saw as attempts by the international community to force upon Israel a solution to its conflict with …

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The enigma of Russia: Is the country more market-driven?

Fifteen years after the Soviet Union collapsed and split apart, Russia still fits Winston Churchill’s characterization of Stalin’s USSR nearly seven decades ago: “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Throughout the presidencies of Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s and today that of Vladimir Putin, Russia has opened its doors to international trade, …

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Washington must consider a contact group for Iraq

Last November’s congressional elections dealt US President George W. Bush a sharp rebuff over his Iraq policy. Shortly after the election, the Iraq Study Group offered a bipartisan formula for the gradual withdrawal of American troops. But Bush rejected this, and persists in speaking of victory in Iraq – though it is unclear what that …

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Punished for what I do right

It is only natural that people go to sleep not sure that they will wake up alive the next day, but what is not natural is the new feeling I have these days. I go to sleep everyday not sure that I will wake up to go to work the next day, I go to …

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Some enduring myths of Arab-Israeli peace-making

Precisely because expectations of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s trips to the Middle East usually plunge lower than the Dead Sea, she seems to feel that she can quietly gauge receptivity to new approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian situation without setting off world headlines. As President George W. Bush puts forth a new strategy in …

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Enough pandering to the Shiite militias

As the United States prepares to implement a new strategy in Iraq, its main target in Baghdad is the Mehdi Army led by Moqtada al-Sadr. In December, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group identified the Mehdi Army and the Badr Brigade, the armed wing of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), as …

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Washington must consider a contact group for Iraq

Last November’s congressional elections dealt US President George W. Bush a sharp rebuff over his Iraq policy. Shortly after the election, the Iraq Study Group offered a bipartisan formula for the gradual withdrawal of American troops. But Bush rejected this, and persists in speaking of victory in Iraq–though it is unclear what that now means. …

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Political activisim continues to create a buzz on Egypt's political blogs

CAIRO: As the international press focuses on the recent phenomenon of videos allegedly depicting police torture in Egypt, attention has focused on the blogs that first broke and continue to report on what some bloggers have dubbed “videogate. But that’s not all you’ll find on the Egyptian blogosphere. Many blogs circulated calls to join a …

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Al-Jazeera producer released on bail

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have released Howayda Taha, a producer at the Al-Jazeera documentary channel, on bail for the amount of LE 10,000 after accusing her of fabricating scenes of torture in police stations. A source at the channel said that Taha underwent two consecutive days of interrogation and was released on bail on Monday. Her …

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CAIRO CAROUSEL: The most popular game in town

So, guess which game is a runaway hit with folks of all generation in my part of the world. No, it’s not lacrosse, football or picking ticks from your best friend’s scalp with homemade tweezers. Hanging. Yes, hanging is the number one game in the Middle East. And beheading comes a rank second. In fact, …

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Interior Ministry accuses Al-Jazeera producer of harming public interest

CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior has charged and detained Howayda Taha, a producer in Al-Jazeera’s newly-launched Documentary Channel, for possession of 50 videotapes that allegedly include simulated torture scenes in Egyptian police stations. On Jan. 8, Cairo International Airport security prevented the Doha-based producer from boarding a plane for Qatar and confiscated 50 videotapes in …

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Millions call for an independent 9/11 investigation

Researchers who say the 9/11 Commission was a cover-up are often denounced as “conspiracy nuts. In reality, millions of people are calling for a new probe of disturbing unanswered questions. The Zogby International poll found that 66% of New Yorkers support a new investigation.1 While I don t expect everyone to agree on what happened …

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Overhaul the peace format for Palestine

It may already be too late for Israelis and Palestinians to be able to reach an agreement using the present format of negotiations – or rather non-negotiations. The methods attempted by the sides thus far, and which, for a moment, seemed as if they were about to succeed, have failed. The peace process that began …

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Egypt teen finds his game squashing the best

CAIRO: Whether he has the potential to be the Tiger Woods or the Michael Jordan of squash is debatable. Right now, Ramy Ashour is just beating the sport’s top players like an old pro. The 19 year-old Egyptian won the Pace Canadian Squash Classic in Toronto on Friday, defeating the second-ranked player in the world …

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Brotherhood plays down president's warning

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood rebutted on Friday accusations by President Hosni Mubarak that the fundamentalist group poses a national security threat, saying his claims are aimed at stirring fears in the Egyptian public. The President warned in an interview that the Muslim Brotherhood could threaten foreign investment and isolate Egypt from the world if it …

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Passive smoking kills just as effectively

Smoking kills and is harmful to your health. That is the warning message on most cigarette boxes that we all see but ignore. But understanding the warning’s implications could save your life, especially if you count yourself as a non-smoker. Breathing other people s smoke is called passive, involuntary or second hand smoking. When a …

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Book that nearly cost Naguib Mahfouz his life resurfaces in Egypt

Associated Press CAIRO: The novel that almost cost Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz his life has finally been published in book form in Egypt, four months after his death, and has become a best seller. The first edition of Awlad Haretna, or Children of the Alley or Children of Gebelawi as it is known in English, …

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Egypt leads pack for African team, club of the year

CAIRO: In what will likely soften the blow that football hero Mohamed Aboutrika was not chosen as the African Footballer of the year, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has nominated Egypt and the Al-Ahly club for two prestigious awards. The Egyptian national team, which won the African Cup of Nations last year leads Ghana …

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Arab League court tackles investment dispute

Cairo: The Arab Investment Dispute Settlement Court, established by the League of Arab States, heard a petition for appeal brought by a Saudi investor against the Tunisian government Wednesday. The case was first brought to the Court’s attention in 2004 and claimed that the Tunisian government was in breach of a contract signed July 16, …

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CAIRO CAROUSEL: Like a 'shouting' bird in the sky

I love EgyptAir. Honestly I do. And I have flown a number of different airlines, some Arab, some European, and some Arab Gulf airlines. In total, I have flown about 15 different airlines – some have been coach, economy while others have been business class. And when it comes to business class, the pharaohs in …

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The EU must inject competition into Russian gas policy

European unity is indivisible. When one nation is intimidated or ostracized, all are not free. Every aspect of our shared culture, if not the last century of shared suffering, confirms that for us. So a prime objective of the European Union is to promote stability and security through a dynamic structure of economic and political …

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