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Cycling and Cancer

The cyclist Lance Armstrong recently celebrated an anniversary. It has been ten years since he was diagnosed with metastatic testicular cancer, which his doctors believed would kill him. Based on his inspiring story and his efforts to publicize the disease, Armstrong has become an anti-cancer crusader. But on examining his foundation’s website (www.laf.org) and his …

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Addressing Palestinian political rights is only common sense

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is in essence political. It started as a result of where Israel was established and how Palestinians were consequently forced from their homeland in 1948. The conflict was further aggravated when Israel occupied the rest of Palestine, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, in 1967. Palestinians now are …

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Overcoming us and them

LONDON: Racism is, among many things, convenient. It provides simplified, definite and ready-to-serve answers to complex and compounded questions. Racists, in turn, come from all walks of life; their motivation and the root causes behind their contemptible views of others may differ, but the outcome of these views is predictably the same – racial discrimination, …

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The Rise of Mid-Level Powers

The security environment since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States has clearly demonstrated the limits of the United Nations, or even the US as the world’s sole military superpower, to maintain international security. However, like-minded mid-level powers with similar intentions could complement what the UN or the US lacks, effectively generating …

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Sarkozy, neo-Gaullist?

An American with a French passport , Bush s new poodle , a populist neo-conservative : neither Nicolas Sarkozy s recent statements nor his behavior has substantiated these accusations hurled at him before his election as president of the French republic. True, the candidate did not attempt to contradict his enemies or conceal his admiration …

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir, With reference to the article Russia Launches worldwide Arabic TV channel by Alexandra Sandels in the Sept. 8-9, 2007 issue of Daily News Egypt, the information regarding the head of Rusiya Al Yaum in Egypt is incorrect. Ashraf El Sabagh, the person named in the article, is a Moscow-based correspondent for Rusiya Al …

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Rice hopes key Arab nations will attend US Mideast peace conference

UNITED NATIONS: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed hope Sunday that key Arab nations, including Syria, will attend a Mideast peace conference this fall hosted by US President George W. Bush. Rice said invitations have not been issued yet but we would hope that the invitations would include the members of the Arab follow-up …

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YOUTH VIEWS: Four steps to appreciating diversity

BEIRUT: I had two articles due, a term paper to write and a fever when I chose to forget about everything and fill out six official-looking papers that had been sitting on my desk for a week. Those papers were life changing. They were a ticket to a whole new world where I built life-long …

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The Lebanese Labyrinth

Lebanon is poised to hold a presidential election that none of its contending factions – indeed, none of the rival factions in the region – can afford to lose. Let’s start with Syria. In 2005, President Bashar Assad’s regime was forced to withdraw its army from Lebanon, following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister …

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Sarkozy and Turkey

Nicholas Sarkozy s oft repeated and blunt statements throughout his presidential campaign brought the Turkish issue into the center of French politics and reinforced it as one of the predominant concerns of European integration. Both the Turkish public and leadership have become accustomed to voices raised against Turkey s membership of the EU by, for …

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Mahalla workers threaten to take to the streets

CAIRO: After a two-day sit-in, workers of Ghazl Al Mahalla Company threatened to take their strikes to the streets if their demands were not met within five days, the spokesperson of the December 7th Movement of Ghazl Al Mahalla workers, Mohamed Al Attar told Daily News Egypt. Al Attar said that 12,500 workers “will leave …

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First modern Arab action hero in a 3-D video game

DUBAI: For the first time, video game enthusiasts in the Middle East have the chance to play a 3-D video game featuring an authentic Arab action hero. Colourblind Entertainment, the UAE-based company behind Sharq Warriors, has set its action-adventure in a modern, fictional Middle Eastern country, according to a press release. The announcement of the …

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Religious rap: Native Deen to perform in Cairo

In celebration of the month of Ramadan, the Muslim-American musical group “Native Deen is visiting Cairo and will perform concerts at Al Azhar Park and at the Sawy Culture Wheel this weekend. Their music seeks to inspire young people to keep their faith amid the pressures and temptations of modern life. Rapping with Muslim themes …

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Leadership and climate change

Every day brings new evidence. Climate change has become a personal reality, for each and every one of us on this planet. Just a few days ago, to cite but the latest example, scientists in the United States reported that the Arctic ice cap is melting faster than ever thought possible. By their calculations, 40 …

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The perils of financial historicism

Every financial crisis is inherently unknowable – before it occurs, and as it occurs. By contrast, we understand past crises very well. Accountants go over the books, the participants tell their tales to the newspapers (or sometimes before a judge), politicians explain why they are sorting out a mess, and in the end historians put …

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Sarkozy's rebalancing act

The world got so used to Jacques Chirac s 12-year reign over France s Middle East policy that Nicolas Sarkozy s entry en scene inevitably caused a stir. Even before taking office, in May 2007, Sarkozy was announcing new arrangements for the Mediterranean. By shaking new life into the European Union s 10-year old Barcelona …

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Israeli rights groups condemn decision to further isolate Gaza

JERUSALEM: A coalition of Israeli human rights groups condemned the government s decision this week to cut back fuel and electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip, saying it violated international law. The government s decision to further isolate Gaza is aimed at doing what Israel s military has failed to do _ halt rocket barrages …

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Ayman Nour files complaint against Mortada Mansour

CAIRO: Prisoner and ex-opposition leader Ayman Nour filed a complaint against controversial ex-president of Zamlek club Mortada Mansour, in response to the latter s alleged defamation and death threat in Tora farm prison, where they are both inmates. Mansour, who was moved from Tora prison to Tora farm prison four months ago, allegedly verbally assaulted …

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IAEA conference passes resolution critical of Israel

VIENNA: A 144-nation atomic energy conference criticized Israel Thursday for refusing to put its nuclear program under international purview, with the United States alone in supporting the Jewish state. Besides Washington, only Israel voted against the resolution while 53 nations backed it and 47 abstained. The remaining nations were absent for the highly unusual vote …

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The moderate behind bars

CAIRO: If you visit the home of prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam El Erian you will be met with decorations in the reception area and a big sign saying “Welcome Home . But that’s not how El Erian usually welcomes his guests. His family had put up the sign to celebrate his return from a …

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Microbus drivers abused by police, threaten to strike

CAIRO: Firmly stuck at the bottom of the pecking order, Egyptian microbus drivers are forced by the police to transport investigation teams to security missions on a daily basis. In addition to the social stigma attached to being a microbus drivers in Egypt, drivers at the Ataba-Helwan (Downtown Cairo) line have been ousted from their …

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Bibliotheca celebrates International Day of Peace

As part of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s celebration of the International Day of Peace, Sept. 21-25, the library will screen a number of international films, discussing global peace issues and the mutual understanding between different people and cultures. Critic Samir Farid, BA cinema advisor, stated that the festival is the first of its kind in the …

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WITH A GRAIN OF SALT: The Lesson of Morocco

I don’t know how Morocco accepted having international monitors observing its legislative elections that took place earlier this month; a far cry from our great National Democratic Party (NDP) which has rejected any such monitoring as a form of blatant interference in our internal affairs. The fact is that many countries invite international observers to …

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Death by religion

Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. That includes the right of individuals to practice, preach and proselytise without fear of persecution or retribution. Over the centuries, thousands of missionaries have braved persecution, discrimination, wars, revolutions, inclement weather and tropical diseases to bring the word of their God to others, convinced that their actions …

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End Syria's isolation

Throughout the summer months, the drums of war have been banging on both sides of the Golan Heights. Military experts assert that neither Israel nor Syria have any real interest in beginning a war at this time. The main fear has been that some kind of provocation could make war unavoidable. The recent Israeli fly-over …

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The rising cost of nature

A fundamental global trend nowadays is growing natural resource scarcity. Oil and natural gas prices have soared in recent years. This past year, food prices have also skyrocketed, causing hardships among the poor and large shifts in income between countries and between rural and urban areas. The most basic reason for the rise in natural …

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Ancient Ethiopian city seeks tourists

For 1,000 years, this city on a hilltop has been a center of Islamic faith in the Horn of Africa, with a forbidding, 13-foot wall surrounding ancient mosques and serpentine alleyways. If you’re looking for an exotic destination for your Eid holiday, then this might fir the bill. Harar leaders are hoping it can become …

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SCI TECH SCENE: Skype users under attack from P-to-P worm

As our community becomes global, Skype is becoming a popular way to circumvent costly international calls. At a time like Ramadan, where you can call family and friends spread across more than five countries, to wish them well, chatting on your Skype phone seems like a good idea. Or maybe not. Skype users are under …

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27 Egyptian teachers deported from Saudi Arabia

CAIRO: Twenty-seven Egyptian teachers were deported from Saudi Arabia after being accused of forging work permits and health certificates. Investigations into the legal status of another 209 teachers are underway. Ahmed El-Quesni, assistant minister for consular affairs, immigration, Egyptian expatriates, refugees at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Egypt, stated in an official statement that …

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Egypt, Syria press for IAEA resolution against Israel

VIENNA: Egypt and Syria urged the UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday to pass a resolution condemning Israel for possessing nuclear weapons. Israel insisted there was no basis for the resolution, scheduled to be presented on Thursday, and called upon the other member states of the watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to reject the proposal. …

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