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American Fascism or Islamic Fascism?

Book Review: Conservatives without Conscience John W. Dean; Penguin Group; 186 pages; $25.95. Given the opportunity to correct President Bush’s political blunder wherein he stated that “this nation is at war with Islamic fascists, John Dean, author of best-selling Worse than Watergate, might suggest that the biggest threat facing the nation is American fascism, not …

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Rice arrives in Cairo for talks with "moderate" Arabs

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Cairo Tuesday for talks with moderate Arab counterparts after kicking off her regional tour in Saudi Arabia with an appeal for an end to Palestinian infighting. Rice flew in from Jeddah to join talks with foreign ministers from Egypt, Jordan and the six monarchies …

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The Zamalek Art Gallery

Promoting contemporary Egyptian art through nationality and history CAIRO: “Their technique is different. Their materials are different, says Noha Khouri, manager of the Zamalek Art Gallery. “But you can always feel an Egyptian, Pharaonic identity. It’s very harmonious. Harmonious is indeed the word to describe the latest show at the Zamalek Art Gallery. Materials range …

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EU immigration policy between confusion and politics

A European Union conference on immigration, like the one that took place last weekend in Madrid, would not normally be the chosen venue for political heavyweights to stage a slugfest. Yet, in the wake of Islamist extremist bombings on European soil and last year’s riots in French suburbs, these are not normal times to be …

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Egyptians abroad speak out against inheritance of power

Web site calls on Gamal Mubarak to abandon NDP posts and serve Egypt as an ordinary citizen CAIRO: A number of Egyptian activists living in the United States have recently launched the National Initiative against Power Inheritance on www.gamal-mubarak.com. On the Web site interface the word no is written in almost all international languages including …

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Post-conflict assessment of Lebanon gets underway

UN team begins countrywide study of potential environmental hot spots BEIRUT/NAIROBI: An international team of experts will begin an assessment of the environmental damage in Lebanon caused by the recent conflict this week. The team, led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and working in close cooperation with the Lebanese authorities, will be visiting …

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Palestinian group threatens to kill Hamas leaders

Reuters GAZA: Fatah gunmen threatened on Tuesday to kill leaders of the governing Hamas group, escalating a power struggle marked by the worst internal violence in Gaza and the West Bank since the Palestinian Authority was created in 1994. On a visit to the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged an end …

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The Middle East: It's all just too darned complicated

Memo: To Arabs and MuslimsRe: The Middle East It’s your own fault. That’s right, the Bush administration can’t be held responsible for the mess they have made of the Middle East. You Arabs and Muslims are to blame. How can anyone be expected to develop a policy for this place? It’s all just too darned …

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Egyptian professor in hot water for comparing Quran to supermarket

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: An Egyptian professor has stirred up a hornet s nest among his fellow Muslims by comparing the Quran with a supermarket where you can find whatever you are looking for. Hassan Hanafi s remarks, made at a seminar organized by the Alexandria Library, have sparked a fierce response, from demands that he …

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Kiss and kill

“What could America do to help push democratization forward in Egypt? an American friend connected to U.S. policy-making circles asked me recently. My usual answer to that particularly persistent question is: “democratize Israel. America’s foremost ally and strategic partner is the Middle East is a self-defined Jewish state, in which 20 percent of the population …

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Egypt's nuclear bombshell: new era or marketing ploy?

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt s announcement last week that it was relaunching its civil nuclear energy program after a 20-year freeze prompted a frenzy of government announcements about the need for nuclear energy. But whether Egypt is entering a new era of shifting power balances in the region, or whether it is merely seeking to …

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Iran crisis overshadows Israeli-Palestinian dispute as Rice visits Mideast

Agence-France Presse WASHINGTON: The looming nuclear crisis with Iran is likely to overshadow timid efforts to rekindle the Israeli-Palestinian peace process when United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits the Middle East this week, analysts say. Rice arrives Monday in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Abdullah, then flies to Egypt for a day …

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Beirut festival out to "make films, not war"

The Yacoubian Building to screen as festival finale Agence-France Presse BEIRUT: The Beirut international film festival opens Wednesday under the slogan Make Films, Not War, aiming to revive the Lebanese capital s vibrant arts scene from under the shadow of conflict. Cinema is a wonderful medium to learn about other cultures, to become more tolerant. …

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Egyptian students learn tough lesson in U.S. immigration law

Associated Press NEW YORK: Seventeen students from Egypt arrived at New York s Kennedy airport in late July for what was supposed to be an exciting month in America. Their destination was a Montana university where they were to learn about U.S. history and culture while improving their English. But things didn t go as …

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Ahli stars want to inflict more heartache on Ivory Coast

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: The stars from Egyptian club giants Al-Ahli have already broken the hearts of Ivory Coast football followers this year. And on Sunday night the Red Devils will try to do so again, this time when title holders Ahli host ASEC Abidjan in the first leg of an African Champions League semi-final. Last …

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Spirit of giving evident during Ramadan

ALEXANDRIA: With the arrival of Ramadan, phone messages and emails are flying backing and forth expressing the sentiments of the season. But a more concrete sign of the generous nature of Ramadan are advertisements at supermarkets and grocery stores for the famous Ramadan package. Every year people wait from Ramadan to Ramadan to gather or …

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The confusing and costly choice of being a vegetarian

CAIRO: “Vegetarian? the stallholder or restaurant owner says, looking a little surprised. “You don’t eat meat at all? Well, we do have chicken. No? Not even chicken? Well, how about some fish, then. As any vegetarian in Egypt knows, this kind of incredulity is the norm when you out yourself as a herbivore. I can …

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Unpaid policemen close roads in Gaza, burn tires

Reuters GAZA: Hundreds of Palestinian police and security officers blocked all main roads in Gaza City with garbage containers and burning tires on Thursday in a protest over largely unpaid wages. Policemen, firing rifles into the air, turned some garbage bins upside down, causing rubbish to spill out and also broke up concrete to halt …

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Ahmed Askalany comments on modern life in Sound Body, Sound Mind

CAIRO: It might be easy to assume that local sculptor Ahmed Askalany is a dour nihilist. His new show entitled “Sound Body, Sound Mind, which runs at the Mashrabia Gallery until October 12, features hulking slabs of clay, iron and plastic and explores themes such as isolation, betrayal and the loss of individuality. However, in …

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All in the family

Housewife finds new way of bringing family together – robbery CAIRO: The Cairo Bureau of Investigations recently arrested a family gang. A 61-year-old housewife from Hadaeq El-Qubba apparently found a way to supplement the family income. Nagwa Goma Mohamed roped in both her daughters, her son-in-law and her sister to form a gang to rob …

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Trust in me

The NDP just wants you to love them. Really I think people should give the National Democratic Party a break. Really, it’s unfair the way that party’s been treated. Its members can’t help that they belong to the largest and most powerful party in the country. They can’t help it that nothing gets done in …

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New case of bird flu detected in rural area

CAIRO: Another case of avian flu in birds has been confirmed in Egypt. Ministry of Health officials and World Health Organization (WHO) staff said on Wednesday that a case of H5N1 (avian flu) in birds was detected in a house near Aswan, in Upper Egypt. WHO spokesman Hassan Rl-Bushra told IRIN that the infected animals, …

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Morocco raps Egyptian Islamic scholar for mortgage edict

Reuters RABAT: An Egyptian Islamic scholar has irked Morocco by telling its young people it s okay to take out a mortgage to buy a house, even though Sharia religious law bans interest payments as usury. A religious council appointed by King Mohammed said Youssef Al-Qaradawi, who is influential among Muslims around the world, had …

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Treasure hunting through Soly Gallery

The collection is eclectic and disorganized but the fun lies in the search CAIRO: From the musty smell and the dim lighting to the way the paintings are stacked and stuffed in corners like old hoarded treasures, you might think you’re a 12-year-old again and sneaking around your grandmother’s attic. Soly Art Gallery is a …

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