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George W. Bush's Last Chance in Iraq: an Israeli view

Though triggered by the need to devise an exit strategy from the Iraqi quagmire, the Iraq Study Group’s grim report is a devastating indictment of the Bush administration’s entire foreign policy. The report challenges the core principles of a faith-driven administration and of a president whose political gospel led him to a sharp departure from …

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Peace imposes change on both Israelis and Palestinians

The kidnappings in Gaza and Lebanon that led to Israel’s war against Hezbollah last July have unveiled a seismic shift in the region, a situation made possible by the war in Iraq and the dismantlement of its army. Wars have bequeathed to Iran a shattered Iraq – open to Iranian investment in and profit from …

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Lebanon's war spurred regional changes

The Lebanon war of 2006 changed the political environment in the Arab Middle East at two levels. The first was temporary and receded after the 34-day war had ended. The second, however, was structural and rooted in the reality of Arab societies, where the practices of ruling elites and opposition movements reveal the fragility of …

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Comics: The darker side

The first thing that pops in many people’s heads the minute you say comic books is “Archie and the Gang . True, the characters are simply lovable, but this comic hardly scratches the surface of what most comics are all about. This genre is far deeper than it seems. Comics combine graphics and dialogue to …

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Resolving the Middle East's crises needs integrated efforts

The distinct layers of Middle East conflict – Israel-Arab, the future of the Lebanese state, the disintegration of Iraq, the Iranian nuclear program as well as the burden of socio-economic and political transformation for Arab countries (rich in oil, but lacking natural resources) – are not only interlinked, but also have a regional and even …

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If wars start in the mind, then impose peace of mind

There is a dictum in the Babylonian heritage about the virtues of compromise that goes like this: “Where there is complete truth, there is no peace. And where there is peace, there is no complete truth. What the ancient sages were trying to say was that seeking perfect justice for one’s community or cause might …

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Don't soon expect an able Iraqi Army

Two years ago, during the month of Ramadan, a bus carrying 50 Iraqi soldiers heading home on leave was ambushed outside Baghdad. The soldiers were led out of the bus, lined up on the pavement, and killed -like so many other Iraqi soldiers, policemen, and recruits trained by the Americans since the occupation of Iraq …

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Photography competition "A Lens to the Past"

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever … it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything. – Aaron Siskind Inspired by “A Lens to the Past, the publication of a series of old photographs of Egypt provided by the Arab Image …

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A Week of Escalations: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Al Azhar demo

Last week witnessed a dramatic escalation of events between students affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and the security apparatus in Egypt. The week started with an irresponsible and isolated move by a handful of Al Azhar students affiliated with the MB, who protested to denounce the unjust dismissal of eight of their colleagues. The …

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Resolving the Middle East's crises needs integrated efforts

The distinct layers of Middle East conflict – Israel-Arab, the future of the Lebanese state, the disintegration of Iraq, the Iranian nuclear program as well as the burden of socio-economic and political transformation for Arab countries (rich in oil, but lacking natural resources) – are not only interlinked, but also have a regional and even …

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Hat's off to the Cairo Symphony Orchestra

If you’re in the mood for some first-rate classical music and finely crooned pop arias, head to the Cairo Opera House this month, where the Cairo Symphony Orchestra will be performing a series of all-time favorites the mark the holiday season. If the gala concert of Dec. 16 is anything to go, be sure not …

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Set a 2025 deadline to start kicking the oil habit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made addressing climate change a high priority on Germany’s agenda for its European Union and Group of Eight presidencies that begin in January. Here is a specific proposal, one general enough for world leaders to consider and accept, and clear enough for other governments and businesses to grasp: simply set …

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In Bahrain, democracy in action or just divide and rule?

Shiite and Sunni Islamist candidates dominated Bahrain’s late November parliamentary elections–winning a combined total of 29 out of 40 seats–leading some observers to warn of a polarized Parliament where civility and legislative action would fall victim to sectarian mudslinging. Others predicted a tenuous detente, where the two sides would avoid divisive issues such as anti-Shiite …

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Ahmadinejad, evil's lure, and that of forgetfulness

What connects Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Holocaust denial? With equal fervor, Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, defends his country’s right to develop its nuclear capacity (though denying that his country seeks nuclear weapons) and challenges decades of Holocaust research. How should Ahmadinejad’s denial that Iran intends to pursue nuclear arms be judged in light of his …

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What the ISG report forgot to say about Palestine

The recently released Iraq Study Group report enthralled people from all sides of the political spectrum in the Arab and Islamic world. One might even say the report set a precedent by meeting with the approval of almost everyone in the region–a rare and unique instance indeed. Of course, each party used and read the …

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DVD rental in Cairo

Looking for a DVD rental? In a corner street in the Mohandiseen neighborhood, hidden amongst trees and buildings, is your solution. “Better Music is a small store loaded with everything from the latest movies to vinyl records. You can find movies of all genres, such as romantic comedy, action, period pieces, thrillers and drama. Best …

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Cairo Carousel: Simon .oops, Ehud . says jump, baby, jump!

There are those who would say I am a megalomaniac . something along the lines of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Who could forget when Palpatine grilled Samuel Jackson’s Mace Windu and screamed in typical Sith blood-curdling fashion “POWER! UNLIMITED POWER . Power, megalomania, super-ego, id, all the lovely words your friendly neighborhood psychoanalyst taught you before …

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Lebanon's medium-term magic bullet

Lebanon’s current crisis is a reminder of the country’s enduring political polarization along political and confessional fault lines. It represents a struggle between two fundamentally different visions for the country that also involve foreign powers, in which local leaders exercise little influence over final decision-making. Luckily, there is a chance to reverse this. Lebanon’s fragile …

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Jordan carefully measures its democratic openings

For the sixth time this year, Human Rights Watch is questioning Jordan’s commitment to abolishing provisions in its penal code used solely to silence opposition figures. In November, Adnan Abu Odeh, a former head of the Royal Court was investigated for allegedly insulting the king and inciting sectarian strife during televised remarks. By voicing the …

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Women on top, or normalization by equal opportunity

What will Group of Eight summit meetings have American President Hillary Clinton and French President Segolene Royal join German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a formidable triangle of women’s power? The scenario is not altogether unlikely. Indeed, in the United States and France, there are even alternative female candidates for the presidency (Condoleezza Rice in the …

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Fear of Egyptian state and 'evil eye' challenge census takers

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt this week wraps up its nationwide census, but what is a perfectly normal exercise in many countries was met with skepticism in a society where a knock on the door by the state is often bad news. The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (Capmas) is finalizing the count of …

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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Retire it or Retool it

With the United States Congress stamp of approval this month on India’s nuclear pursuits, it may behoove world’s leaders to retire the near-defunct Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and start configuring a new regulatory framework. The NPT is on its last breath for two reasons: Firstly, countries like Iran and North Korea, both signatories to the …

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NATO may soon fail amid the Afghan opium fields

When the Soviet Union collapsed, many predicted the end of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Yet a few weeks ago, NATO held its summit meeting in the Latvian capital of Riga, formerly part of the USSR. NATO was created in 1949 as an alliance to contain Soviet power. Its focus was on Western Europe, and, …

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The Kurds worry they're in for more betrayal

Following the Democratic victory in the mid-term congressional elections and the Baker-Hamilton Commission recommendations, the Bush administration is under pressure to change its Iraq policy. Among those most alarmed by the prospect of change, especially if it involves a premature US withdrawal, are the Iraqi Kurds. Unlike any other group in Iraq, the Kurds bet …

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On Iraq, time is short for Tony Blair

Let’s start with the obvious. The report of the Iraq Study Group wasn’t much about Britain. Fair enough. But unfortunately, it wasn’t about Iraq either. It was simply, top to bottom, about America. Its principal conclusion, as far I could see from London, was that America is being badly damaged by its involvement in Iraq …

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Art in a sea of sand

Creative caravan journeys through the Western DesertBy Joseph Badtke-Berkow The stone faces in the limestone cliffs that rise from the sands of the Western Desert like giant decorated facades of an unfinished temple, have surely never seen the likes of the modern tech-wizardry about to confront them. Egyptian artist Wael Shawky built a screen atop …

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Fame, fortune and a social conscience

If you were passing by the American University in Cairo yesterday afternoon, you might have been forgiven for thinking there was rock concert held at its gates. The air trembled with full-throated, bloodcurdling screams. If the Arabs had pulled off a few of those back in Andalucia, the Spaniards would still be speaking Arabic. The …

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Muslim Brotherhood join regional outcry condemning Israeli nuke program

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Iran and Arab states on Wednesday seized on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert s statement implying that Israel has nuclear weapons, calling it proof of a regional threat and demanding UN action. Egypt s opposition Muslim Brothers, who control a fifth of parliament, reacted angrily and demanded an urgent parliament session attended by …

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Children suffer when mother lacks input, says UNICEF

Reuters UNITED NATIONS, Dec 11: Children are likely to be undernourished in households where women are denied a voice in family decisions like doctor visits, food expenditures and trips to see friends and relatives, says a report by the U.N. Children s Fund, UNICEF, released on Monday. Tracing the life cycle of women, the report …

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