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Price hikes, security alerts and festivities mark beginning of Ramadan

CAIRO: Muslims around the world are gearing up for the holy month of Ramadan this week amid security concerns, massive price hikes and extravagant all-night festivities. The start of Ramadan, the ninth and holiest month of the Muslim calendar, is traditionally determined by the sighting of a new moon, often dividing rival Islamic countries and …

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Editor accused of spreading rumors about the president's health to stand trial

CAIRO: The editor of Al-Dostour daily independent newspaper Ibrahim Eissa was ordered put on trial over his paper s recent reports questioning the health of 79-year-old President Hosni Mubarak, the state news agency reported Tuesday. Eissa, an outspoken critic of Mubarak, was questioned for seven hours by authorities last week for printing the rumors. He …

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EYE combines talents of engineering and economy students

CAIRO: In an effort to integrate engineering with economy, the annual student conference Engineering Yields Economy (EYE) brought engineering, economics and commerce students together to develop business plans for innovative projects. In the closing ceremony on Tuesday, students from the faculties of engineering and commerce at Ain Shams University presented their projects and explained their …

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To read in the name of God

Metang-mentang punya sayapMalaikat begitu nyinyir dan cerewetIa berlagak sebagai makhluk baikTapi juga galak dan usilIa meniup-niupkan wahyuDan mautKe saban penjuru(Malaikat, Saeful Badar) Translation:Because they have the power of wingsAngels are difficult and exactingThey pretend to be good creaturesBut are also fierce and annoyingThey blow revelation and deathTo every corner(Malaikat, Saeful Badar) Recently, a controversy arose …

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America and global public goods

America is currently transfixed with the problem it has created for itself in Iraq, but the presidential candidates are also beginning to ask what principles should guide United States foreign policy after Iraq. In my view, a focus on global public goods – things everyone can consume without diminishing their availability to others – could …

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Wetland project to tackle Egypt's water pollution

CAIRO: The engineered wetland project in the Bahr El Baar area south of Port Said represents great potential for improving Egypt’s water pollution conundrum. Unconventional and environmentally friendly, the new project at the Manzallah Lake utilizes indigenous plant life and natural filtration systems to clean heavily polluted drain water, before it flows into the Mediterranean …

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Giving up on FGM: why a village midwife put down her scalpel

MINYA: Watching the long, supple fingers of Rasheeda Sharawbim gesture as she speaks, it is hard to believe they could be so brutal. “For over 25 years I circumcised all the girls in this village, including my four daughters and their children , Rasheeda says. How many did I cut? I couldn t tell you: …

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Democratic Front Party to propose new constitution at opposition conference

CAIRO: The Democratic Front Party (DFP) proposed holding a conference that would bring together all of Egypt’s political forces, in an effort to draft a new constitution that would ensure a smooth and peaceful transfer of power. At the press conference on Monday, DFP chairman, former Justice Minister Yehia El Gamal read the party’s statement: …

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Orascom launches Onkosh search engine

DUBAI: Orascom Telecom Holding unveiled a new bilingual search engine that is set to change the way internet users look for Arab-related content. With the growing amount and interest in Arabic content on the web and the increasing number of users, the new search engine ‘Onkosh’ was developed to address the needs of the Arab …

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Arab, foreign films wash up on Alexandria's shores

Twenty-three years have lapsed since the first Alexandria International Film Festival, and the legacy continues as Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni inaugurated the film festival last Friday at the Sayid Darwish Theater. At the opening ceremony, the Culture Minister presented lifetime achievement awards to actress Leila Elwi, director Nader Galal and – as part of …

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Standup for peace

NEW YORK CITY: In June 2002, a Jewish-American comedian and a Palestinian-American comedian boarded a cross-town bus in Manhattan. By the time the bus had crossed from the East to the West Side, a comedy show called Standup for Peace was born. What began as a series of benefit shows for Seeds of Peace, the …

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Political constraints on the Olmert-Abbas talks: Fuit en avant

Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are both experienced politicians. At least for the moment, they seem perfectly capable of ignoring the internal political critics of their negotiations. And there is a lot to ignore. Indeed, one could argue that in their shared predicament the two leaders only realistic political alternative if …

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Political constraints on the Olmert-Abbas talks: Israeli aggression must end

While Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appear to believe that they are making political progress, they will need the encouragement and support of the United States to strengthen their respective internal political positions. The reality on both sides is increasingly restricting any chances of success. In Israel, the anticipation of …

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To the garbage dump of history

Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) – the former a head of state who enjoys little of the trust of his people, the latter the president of an entity much of whose authority, if he has any at all, devolves from the protection provided by the army defined by his people as the enemy …

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Block Thinking

“Multiculturalism has become a suspect term almost everywhere in the world nowadays, and particularly in Europe. People say things like: “I used to be for openness and toleration of difference, but now I see where it’s leading. But where is it leading? Almost every reason for toleration’s apparent fall into disrepute concerns Islam. Even simple …

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Poet, author file complaint against Muslim cleric for inciting violence

CAIRO: A number of intellectuals including famed poet, Ahmed Abdel Mutie Higazy and author Gamal El Ghitany have filed a complaint at the Public Prosecutor’s office against Muslim cleric, Youssef El Badry for inciting violence against them. This latest case comes after El Badry filed a string of cases against a number of writers wrote …

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Grand Mufti: The facts have changed so the fatwa has to change

CAIRO: With an increasing number of people and institutions issuing fatwas, their validity has caused heated debates in recent years. The rise of independent media and countless satellite stations, televised fatwas and TV preachers have become staples of our daily lives. However, Azhar scholars, along with well-established sheikhs from reputable institutions around the world, have …

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Bin Laden back on the big screen

CAIRO: Osama Bin Laden s latest video surfaced on Sept. 7, proving that despite contrary claims, Al-Qaeda is alive and kicking. You made one of your greatest mistakes, in that you neither brought to account nor punished those who waged this war, Bin Laden said in reference to the war in Iraq. Bin Laden appeared …

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Ittihad's Hamdi sanctioned by club

CAIRO: Ittihad playmaker Youssef Hamdi has been suspended by the club for one match and fined LE 20,000, following his furious reaction to being substituted in a friendly against Ahli Benghazi on Sunday. Hamdi was in rage when coach Mohamed Salah took him off 25 minutes after his half-time introduction in the 2-1 win over …

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President casts doubt on US-sponsored Mideast peace conference

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak said Sunday that without proper preparations or a clear agenda, the upcoming US-sponsored Mideast peace conference will be a failure, echoing doubts of other regional leaders. US President George W. Bush called for the conference in July to re-energize the stalled peace process and tackle outstanding issues between Israelis and Palestinians, …

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Chahine tackles corruption at Venice Film Fest

Veteran film director Youssef Chahine caused a stir at the Venice Film Festival last Friday with the screening of his latest movie “Heya Fawda (Chaos) presented in competition for the Golden Lion Award. Chahine took the film viewers through a hair-raising trip through the nation’s endemic corruption wrapped in a violent tale of unrequited love. …

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WITH A GRAIN OF SALT: The Freedom to Spread Rumors!

I don’t know how we insist on having a free press but at the same time try to thwart the right of newspapers to spread baseless rumors right left and center. Officials bodies concerned with the press – the Higher Press Council, national television and state run newspapers – were enraged over a foolish rumor …

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The Twilight of Pervez Musharraf

It is said that political power in Pakistan flows from the three A’s: Allah, the Army, and support from America. Of the three, it is the army leadership that has the clearest means of ridding the country of Pakistan’s president in uniform, Pervez Musharraf. And that’s the main reason any power-sharing deal with former Prime …

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A Grand Bargain with Iran

The specter of a nuclear Iran haunts Arabs and Israelis alike, but it is the United States and Israel that are the driving force behind efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The America-Iran-Israel triangle is where the clue to the problem and its possible solution lie. Though Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic revolution in 1979 disrupted Israel’s …

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Issuing incorrect fatwas is uncommon, says Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa

CAIRO: The fatwa – and who is authorized to issue it – has been the focus of many debates over the past few years, especially with the increased number of venues that issue it. With the boom in independent media and satellite stations, televised fatwas and TV preachers have gone from being a short-lived phenomenon …

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Hidelina owner, sister to remain in jail next court session: Court

CAIRO: Hany Surur, owner of the company implicated in the infected blood bags schandal, his sister and five other suspects are to stay in prison until the next court session on Nov. 11, the Cairo Criminal Court ruled Saturday. According to an article published in the independent daily Al-Masry Al Youm, the court rejected 13 …

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Tantawi condemns rumor mongering amid speculation over president's health

CAIRO: Grand Azhar Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawi stepped into the fray Friday over President Hosni Mubarak s health by condemning rumormongers as immoral. Tantawi warned worshippers during Friday prayers that spreading rumors was against Islam. Islam and all heavenly religions prohibit promotion and fabrication of false rumors, he was quoted by official Middle East News …

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Nuclear Steps Undermine Peace

By abandoning many of the nuclear arms agreements negotiated in the last 50 years, the United States has been sending mixed signals to North Korea, Iran, and other nations with the technical knowledge to create nuclear weapons. Currently proposed agreements with India compound this quagmire and further undermine the global pact for peace represented by …

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A whole lot of holistic

What used to be an almost imperceptible cottage industry in Egypt, alternative and holistic wellness is poised to become one of the fastest growing segments of the healthcare market. This weekend, Spirit of the Middle East is presenting the first Mind, Body, and Spirit Festival of Giving ever held in Egypt. This event is a …

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