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Let's not forget the local concern

JERUSALEM: One of the sad scenarios for Jerusalem s future is its transformation into an undivided, special status city, belonging to neither Israel nor Palestine. The significance of such an outcome, often suggested by those who seek solutions for our region, became clear to me while living in Washington, DC. Washington, created on lands taken …

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America held hostage

Many Americans are unaware that declassified information reveals the CIA helped overthrow an Iranian Prime Minister in 1953 and thwart 1980 hostage negotiations to defeat US President Jimmy Carter. During 1979-1981 the American people were routinely told the reason for the Iran hostage crisis was that President Carter allowed the Shah to visit the US …

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WORD ON THE STREET: What is Egypt's role in Iraq?

The Daily Star Egypt asked citizens about Egypt s role in Iraq. Is the country simply hosting the Iraq conference or is it a regional force to be reckoned with? Egypt hosting of the conference is a strong message to the world that Iraq is an inseparable part of the Arab region and that the …

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Sole remaining wonder at the mercy of a click

CAIRO: Egypt’s Minister of Culture has sent an urgent letter to Koïchiro Matsuura, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) to protest an internet-based voting campaign to select the world’s seven wonders that excluded the Great Pyramids of Giza. Egypt’s Culture Minister, Farouk Hosni dismissed the voting process as “primarily …

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Muslim-chic takes Europe by storm

Reuters Clad in skinny jeans, wrap dresses and carefully sculpted headscarves, a generation of young Muslim women is making its mark on Europe s urban street culture, and influencing mainstream fashion. The daughters of migrants to Europe from Turkey or the Maghreb, these girls say they are as conscious of style as of Islamic dress …

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Al Islami Foods enters Egypt

Consolidating its presence in the Middle East, Al Islami Foods, a leading provider of quality halal products, today announced a strategic expansion into Egypt s huge processed food market by launching “The Cart, a unique franchise model for the young entrepreneurs of the region, at the 5th Middle East and North Africa Franchising and Licensing …

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Experiments in electronica

Last Friday night the Goethe Institute and 100Copies Records invited music lovers to sample the best of Cairo’s electronic and experimental music scene. The heavy beats and unnatural sounds of this music were somewhat out of place in the Institute’s quiet Dokki garden, set back from the insanity of city traffic. But attendees seemed to …

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What is it about Western secularism?

Some years ago, the Tunisian Islamist leader-in-exile, Rashid Ghannoushi, wrote a book on public rights in Islam. He pointed out that there were particular historical reasons why Europe had separated religion and state. The church had misused its powers, had stood in the way of scientific progress, and the state had made religion a tool …

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The perils of sectarianism in opposing Iran

Saudi Arabia has undergone a remarkable political rebirth in the past few months, emerging as the Middle East’s most assertive Arab power. Until recently, various internal and international pressures constrained the kingdom’s ability to pursue its interests effectively. Deadly Al-Qaeda-inspired violence, an emboldened domestic reform lobby and the ratcheting up of post-9/11 anti-Saudi hysteria in …

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After the Winograd report, can Olmert survive?

After Israel’s inability last summer to achieve a conclusive victory over Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, public pressure forced Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s government to appoint a commission to examine the causes of this surprising failure. How could a small militia, numbering less than a few thousand combatants, survive the onslaught of the Middle East’s most …

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What can be done at Sharm El-Sheikh

No one fears instability and violence in Iraq more than the Iraqis and their neighbors. But mutual suspicions and rivalries, and a lack of US commitment to regional diplomacy, have prevented Iraq and its neighbors from turning common anxieties into a common agenda. However, an emerging regional diplomatic initiative – the focus of this week’s …

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Egypt among worst hit by viral Hepatitis

National strategy to cut prevalence below 5%, a media campaign to be launched CAIRO: US and Egyptian scientists participating at the 14th annual AUC Research Conference warned against the impact of economic, social and psychological problems caused by the high prevalence of Hepatitis C (HCV) in Egypt. Egypt, along with Magnolia and Bolivia, is amongst …

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Olympic champion apologizes to wrestling federation

CAIRO: The Egyptian Wrestling Federation has pledged once again to exert its utmost efforts in support of its Olympic Champion Karam Gaber – with the condition that the wrestler fully commits to a training schedule to retain his gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. We will do all it takes to help Gaber retain …

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BBC journalists in Cairo rally for release of kidnapped reporter in Gaza

Associated Press CAIRO: British Broadcasting Corp. correspondents rallied here Monday demanding the release of their colleague who was kidnapped by Palestinian gunmen seven weeks ago in the Gaza Strip. About 40 BBC journalists and other members of the media gathered downtown holding posters urging the release of Alan Johnston, who was abducted on March 12. …

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Al-Jazeera producer gets six months

CAIRO: The Nozha Misdemeanour court, yesterday, meted out a six-month prison sentence with labour, a fine of LE 20,000 and bail of LE 10,000 to Howayda Taha, the Al Jazeera producer who made a documentary about police abuse in Egypt. Taha, who is now in Qatar, refused to comment on the court’s final decision and …

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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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