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WITH A GRAIN OF SALT: The The Humanity of Western Media!

I was extremely happy with the wide coverage the Western media – especially that of the US- gave to the plight of two Israeli families who were recently forced by the Israeli army to evacuate two Palestinian homes they had occupied. CNN cameras, for one, captured the human suffering of these two families who were …

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What Syria learned from the war

If Syrians ever had any doubt about Hezbollah s military prowess, they were pleasantly surprised by its remarkable performance during its confrontation with Israel last summer. By holding out for more than a month against Israel, the most powerful military in the Middle East, Hezbollah showed itself to be a powerhouse. Over and above the …

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Divine divide widens in Egypt

CAIRO: Recent high-profile cases of Egyptian Christians claiming abuse at the hands of their Muslim countrymen have highlighted growing divisions between the two communities. It s not as it was. People go less to each other s houses, says writer and political analyst Sameh Fawzi, bemoaning the increasing separateness of Egypt s six to 10 …

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50 years of Merdeka

What is Malaysia s greatest achievement in the last 50 years of Merdeka (independence)? It is our ability to maintain a remarkable degree of inter-ethnic peace. By inter-ethnic peace we mean a minimum of communal violence over five decades of independence and a maximum of tolerance, compromise and adjustment among the different communities that constitute …

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Egyptian-American dissident fears arrest if he returns home

CAIRO: One of Egypt s most outspoken government critics, Egyptian-American academic Saad Eddin Ibrahim, said he cannot return to the country of his birth for fear of arrest or worse, amid a government crackdown on dissidents. In an opinion piece that appeared Tuesday in the Washington Post, the 68-year-old sociologist described a regime cracking down …

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Egypt's Copts retrace Jesus' desert odyssey

DRONKA: Hundreds of thousands of poor Coptic pilgrims and a handful of Muslims converged on the southern Egyptian village of Dronka on Wednesday where they believe the Holy Family stayed 2,000 years ago. May God have mercy on us, He knows what we are enduring, cried Father Jacob, a monk, as a steady stream of …

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UN accuses Sudanese military of war crimes, demands investigations

KHARTOUM/GENEVA: In a statement from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations has accused the Sudanese military of abducting women and girls and keeping them as sex slaves for a month following an attack on a Darfur village. The office said that the crimes were so severe that they may …

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Kuwaiti police torture two Egyptians, investigation continues

CAIRO: Kuwaiti authorities tortured two Egyptian men by spraying them with sulfuric acid, after which they detained them for 21 days solely on suspicion that they had forged work permits, their lawyer told Daily News Egypt. On July 24, 28-year-old Hossam Selim was arrested with his 25-year-old friend Gamal Abdel Shafy as they were leaving …

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Sherif Madkour: interior designer, TV presenter

Wearing a funky colorful shirt, dirty blue jeans and flip-flops, Sherif Madkour does not look like the typical Egyptian television presenter. That’s because besides being a young, charismatic TV presenter, Madkour is also a successful interior designer with a business-oriented mind and a lively person. Born in 1972 in Heliopolis, Madkour is the eldest son …

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Lesson for Iraq in the Asian Soccer Cup

Two very dissimilar events with contradictory results took place recently in Iraq, practically simultaneously: the withdrawal of five Sunni ministers from the so-called unity government of Nouri al-Maliki and the victory of the Iraqi national soccer team over Saudi Arabia for the Asian Soccer Cup. The first is indicative of the battle for power being …

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The flawed options in Darfur

The long-sought joint peacekeeping force for Darfur, which would combine the existing 7,000-man African Union force with as many as 20,000 additional military personnel and civilian police under UN command, has now been approved. But several roadblocks still stand in the way, making it very difficult for the joint AU-UN mission to bring about a …

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Pakistan's 60 year struggle for democracy

As Pakistanis celebrate sixty years of independence, the country finds itself embroiled in yet another seemingly intractable political crisis. The state, founded by one of the Indian subcontinent s most brilliant lawyers, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, has spent more than half of its life under military rule. Jinnah envisioned Pakistan as a secular and democratic state. …

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The women of Egypt, and their children

There seems to be a general attitude among Egyptian women that problems that occur in the home should remain there. In a series of conversations with a group of average Egyptian women we were able to gain some insight into what goes on behind closed doors and why marital problems rarely seem to leave the …

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Empowering youth for the common good

What do religious extremists and interfaith youth organizers have in common? A lot more than one might think. College students begin their search for summer internships with enthusiasm and excitement at the opportunity to make an impact. Unfortunately, many end up doing busywork, unable to share their skills and talents. Still, these overworked, underpaid students …

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France Revived

Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidential election in May in part because he attracted a substantial portion of the far right’s supporters to his conservative banner. Indeed, the Front National’s popular support has fallen from around 15% to 10%, weakening the FN tremendously and strengthening the traditional French right. Sarkozy succeeded by embracing themes of …

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Brotherhood trial adjourned pending inquest into missing evidence

CAIRO: A number of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) lawyers and human rights activists were prevented from attending the military tribunal of 40 Brotherhood members on Tuesday, lawyers told Daily News Egypt. The case, which was previously dismissed from a civilian court, was transferred to a military court after direct orders from President Mubarak. “In the case …

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Who's Jerusalem? A tour of the Old City

JERUSALEM/CAIRO: There is certainly more than one way to see Jerusalem, which, since 1967, is either a reunited city or one half under occupation. On a recent visit to Jerusalem, two tours of the city and its surroundings underlined the disparities in how different people view the city – Jews, Arabs, residents, tourists – and …

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Ending the tragedy of Darfur

The critical conditions that continue to prevail in Darfur are causing immense suffering to its people. Both sides of the conflict – the government of Sudan and its allied forces, as well as all the opposition groups in Darfur – must understand that civilians should no longer fall victim to their political disputes. The Sudanese …

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Mideast peace conference under Iraq war shadow

It appears that the Bush administration s proposed Mid-East peace conference may not be held before November 2007 – a relatively long time from now considering the volatility of the region, especially the ever deteriorating situation in Iraq and the deepening Fatah-Hamas conflict. Holding such a conference during the current turmoil would seem to jeopardize …

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Legitimate, illegitimate acts of violence

Why is Islam such a violent religion? Does the Quran condone acts of terrorism? Why haven t Muslims denounced the 9/11 attacks and suicide bombing? Whether in the media or public discussions, these are common and persistent questions. But, in fact, major Muslim religious leaders and Muslim organizations have and do speak out. The media …

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Slander case turns to confrontation between Sheikh and writers

CAIRO: What started as a slander case against famed Egyptian poet and columnist Ahmed Abdel Moeti Higazy seems to have snowballed into an all-out confrontation between Sheikh Youssef El Badry and a number of prominent Egyptian writers. The case was prompted by an article written in 2002 by Higazy in the weekly Rose Al Yousef …

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Lawyers of military interrogators in Gitmo?

Military interrogators posing as “lawyers are attempting to trick Guantanamo prisoners into providing information, “The Catholic Worker (TCW) reports. This deceitful practice contributes “to the prisoners’ suspicions that the (real) lawyers are not to be trusted and could be aiding the government, TCW says in its July issue. The publication is the house organ of …

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Japan's treacherous bureaucrats

Much has been made of the massive defeat Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party suffered in the recent election to Japan’s Upper House. But, as the smoke dissipates from that vote, it has become clear that the real victor is neither the leading opposition Democratic Party (DPJ) nor the electorate. Instead, it is Japan’s …

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Turkish army at crossroads

In the past few months the Turkish Armed Forces have reportedly deployed over 200,000 soldiers across its border with Iraq, more than all of the American troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan together. If it gets its way – pending government approval – the army will storm northern Iraq and break down the bases from …

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CNN documentary examines extremism in Judaism, Islam, Christianity

CAIRO: CNN will air a six-hour television event examining the impact of the rise of religious fundamentalism as a powerful political force in three faiths: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Under the title of “God’s Warriors, the documentary will be aired this week in three parts, each examining a different religion. CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane …

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Officials unaware of Mahalla workers' 3-day program

CAIRO: Several officials refuted claims by Ghazl Al Mahalla workers that both sides would meet to discuss the still-unanswered workers demands. Leaders of Ghazl Al Mahalla workers’ movement announced plans to meet officials from the ministry, the syndicate and the company’s board of directors this week, but none of these officials confirmed that any meetings …

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Family feud ends in suicide, mother abandons children

CAIRO: A 30-year-old housewife threw herself off a balcony in the middle of a heated argument with family members, reported Al Gomhuria newspaper. A family feud between the housewife, Abeer Farag, her brothers and her mother ended in tragedy when Farag jumped from the fourth floor. Farag was already suffering from severe depression and had …

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Violence, bickering, and low participation mark NDP elections

CAIRO: As National Democratic Party (NDP) internal elections got underway this weekend, fighting in some provinces and low participation in others marred what had been touted by NDP members as a significant step towards democracy within the party. In Arish, six people were injured in fights and in Cairo, elections were postponed indefinitely due to …

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