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Corporate sponsors invest in academic excellence

Public school scholarship donors get together with AUC students CAIRO: On Tuesday, for the first time in its history, the American University in Cairo (AUC) hosted a gathering to allow scholarship students to meet with their generous benefactors and donors. “The aim of this event is to congratulate the students who received the Public School …

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Washington needs more than bogus Israeli praise

Even the closest friends of the Bush family don’t dare say anything about Iraq that approximates what Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told President George W. Bush in their recent meeting at the White House. For having made even more guarded statements than Olmert’s declaration that the peoples of the Middle East should be grateful …

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Egypt's street children worst hit by violence, experts say

CAIRO: A culture where the rights of children, especially those living rough and homeless, are intrinsically protected has yet to emerge in Egypt, according to child experts and testimonies of children themselves. A number of awareness initiatives have been launched on Nov.19 to commemorate The Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) World Day for Prevention of …

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Robert Gates' options at the Pentagon

In August 2004, Robert Gates was asked to make his predictions on Iraq’s future. His answer was: “We have the old line in the intelligence business that everything we want to know is divided into two categories: secrets and mysteries [and] Iraq is very much the latter. Now, following his appointment as the new US …

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Losing Milton Friedman, a revolutionary muse of liberty

Great social thinkers are almost always start out as polarizing figures, admired by some and scorned by others, until their radical challenge to how we understand the world finally prevails. Milton Friedman, who died last week, was a giant among modern social thinkers for at least two reasons. First, he profoundly influenced not only his …

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A socialist named Royal, and surprises looming

The Socialists’ anointment of Segolene Royal as their presidential candidate is an important step on the road to the Fifth Republic’s eighth presidential election, which is set for April 22, 2007, with a second-round runoff two weeks later. All candidates should be known by the end of January – the deadline for printing the ballots. …

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The European Union is being unfair with Turkey

Turkey has been given what looks like an ultimatum from the European Union Commission: open your ports for ships from Cyprus within a month, or you may risk a halt to the EU accession talks now underway. At the same time, the Commission’s latest report on Turkey’s progress toward accession notes that political reforms htave …

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Hezbollah: pragmatic but not reformist

Serious thinking about reforming Lebanon’s fragile and inefficient system of governance has been among the casualties of the recent war. Political reform has never topped the agenda of Lebanon’s leaders, including the one actor most people believe would benefit most: Hezbollah. A closer look at the reasoning behind Hezbollah’s political strategy can explain why it …

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Don't wrongly assume Arab strongmen are the right man

The recent American election has brought an unhappy convergence of left and right, a bizarre meeting of the minds in which liberals who despise the American mission in Iraq and conservatives who value stability over democracy agree: President George W. Bush’s freedom agenda must end. Iraq, unsurprisingly, is at the heart of misgivings about advancing …

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The EU should put up or shut up in Afghanistan

Time is running out for success in Afghanistan. The Nato summit in Riga of Nov. 28-29 may be the last chance to pull that country back from the brink. Nato assumed responsibility for providing security for all of Afghanistan in October. While about 8,000 of the 20,000 United States troops in Afghanistan operate independently, the …

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Uncle Sam comes to Cairo

The El-Sawy Cultural Center attempts to contribute to Egyptian-American cultural exchange Is Abe Lincoln wearing a fez and George Washington in a pharaoh’s headdress hokey? A bit, but blatant attempts at “cultural dialogue, often can’t avoid the hokey. Overall, El-Sawy Cultural Center’s show of Egyptian and American artists is an interesting mix of two heritages. …

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'He went to heaven' isn't always the right answer

Taking the correct approach in explaining death to children can prevent trauma CAIRO: “Where did Daddy go? When is he coming back? These simple questions are often met with a confused look as a bereaved mother tries to search for a quick answer that explains to her five-year-old the death of his father. The easiest …

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Syria and Iran: To Engage or Not to Engage

As the United States veers from its modus operandi in Iraq and contemplates alliances with Syria and Iran to remedy Iraq’s catastrophic reality, the question of dialogue remains at the fore. Does the US engage, or not engage, in talks with Syria and Iran? While US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice claims that she will …

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Egypt sinks South Africa from early goal

Reuters LONDON: An early goal by striker Emad Moteab handed African champions Egypt a 1-0 win over World Cup 2010 hosts South Africa in a friendly in London on Wednesday. Fresh from a prominent role in his club Al-Ahli s African Champions League final win last weekend, Moteab fired home after three minutes to decide …

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The Pyramids survive what time and sand has erased

New list of world wonders likely to spawn race to the finish line Associated Press GENEVA: A global competition to name the new Seven Wonders of the World is attracting widespread interest, with more than 20 million people voting so far, organizers say. The Egyptian pyramids are the only surviving structures from the original list …

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Winter may bring more bird flu, health ministry says

CAIRO: With the onset of winter, there may be an increase in cases of the potentially lethal avian flu virus H5N1 among fowl and humans in Egypt, according to health ministry officials. “In Egypt, as in the rest of the world, although we have all the necessary precautions well in place, there might be a …

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Grasp whatever is left of the scattered hopes for peace

I lay in a hospital bed in Tel Aviv receiving treatment for a blood problem when the news from Beit Hanoun pierced the silence with its images and sounds of extraordinary pain on the faces of the dead and living alike. My own concerns paled into insignificance. Why was the mother who lost her child …

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Europe is involved on Palestine, but so incoherently

Is there a European approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict? At first sight the answer is yes. The European Union Council of Foreign Ministers meets regularly and draws up declarations and statements. Occasionally, one of its envoys is sent to talk to the respective leaders in the region. The EU helped bankroll the Palestinians in various …

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Al-Jazeera network seeks to dominate . from London

Agence France-Presse LONDON, Nov 14, 2006 (AFP) – Al-Jazeera is out to capitalize on the strategic importance of London as a European capital when it kicks off its English-language service Wednesday. The Al-Jazeera International venture is out to make a splash and has recruited a string of top television faces from the BBC – which …

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Start looking for similarities among the world's religions

The West and the Muslim world are multi-faceted, multi-cultural, and multi-religious realms despite the narrow way they are often viewed and defined. There are millions of Muslims in the West, and there are millions of individuals of other faiths in the “Muslim world. There are underlying relationships between these supposed separate worlds that exist in …

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The four occupations smothering the Middle East

When the United Nation Development Program’s Arab Human Development reports appeared a few years ago, the authors spoke with sanitized language. When analyzing political tyranny in the Middle East, they dubbed oppressive governance as “freedom deficit. This medical diagnosis of the “deficit in freedom treated tyranny as if it were a nutritional lack, a problem …

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Arab democrats are being abandoned

Now that the Democrats have won control of both the House and the Senate, President George W. Bush has finally succumbed to pressure and replaced his unpopular defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, with an old-school conservative, Robert Gates. Those advocating engagement with Syrian and Iran over Iraq seem to have taken a major step forward toward …

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Is that a LE 500 bill in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Merchants and government employees sarcastic about new bills CAIRO: The New Year will see the introduction of two new bills to the lineup of denominations in Egypt’s currency. The announcement has been met with varied reactions from the public, banking officials and authorities on economics. Farouq Al-Oqda, chairman of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), …

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A win for democracy!

A special thank you to peacemakers who communicated the truth about the illegal invasion of Iraq. Our individual conversations, presentations, newspaper articles, books, movies, phone calls, teaching events, peace demonstrations, radio interviews, television interviews, and prayers do make a difference. In the Freedom From War organization alone, the above actions enabled us to educate over …

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US environmental policy, or how to wear swimsuits to work

As an American, I am appalled, ashamed, and embarrassed by the United States’ lack of leadership in dealing with global warming. Scientific evidence on the risks mounts by the day, as most recently documented in England’s magisterial Stern Report. Yet, despite the fact that the US accounts for roughly 25 percent of all man-made global …

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US environmental policy, or how to wear swimsuits to work

As an American, I am appalled, ashamed, and embarrassed by the United States’ lack of leadership in dealing with global warming. Scientific evidence on the risks mounts by the day, as most recently documented in England’s magisterial Stern Report. Yet, despite the fact that the US accounts for roughly 25 percent of all man-made global …

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Expect little change in US foreign policy

There appears to be little disagreement that the fierce partisan debate over Iraq in the run-up to the midterm congressional elections last week may have largely determined its outcome. During the campaign each party tried to create the perception of certainty as to how to proceed in Iraq without providing any credible evidence or sustainable …

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