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Consider an interim deal to avoid a risky political vacuum

Since Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert shelved his unilateral withdrawal, or “convergence plan for the West Bank, his government has had no political agenda at all for dealing with the Palestinian issue. Between the weakness displayed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the escalating military activity in Gaza brought on by Hamas’ arms buildup and …

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Dream of permanent peace by delaying it for a decade

Here in the Gaza Strip, where I live, few dream of peace. For now, most dare only to dream of a lack of war. It is for this reason that the Hamas movement proposes a long-term truce during which the Israeli and Palestinian peoples can try to negotiate a lasting peace. A truce is referred …

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Early detection of breast cancer saves lives

Simple steps can increase survival chances to 95 percent “I discovered the lump in my breast by mere chance. I was in the shower and felt something under my hand. Three days after I discovered it, I was on the operating table [for a mastectomy], says Faiza Abdel Khalick, breast cancer survivor and co-founder of …

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'Harmless hookah' targeted in Egypt health drive

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: A hookah set complete with apple-flavored tobacco has become compulsory hand luggage for many tourists returning from a holiday in Egypt. But as trendy hookah lounges are flourishing from Europe to California, the hubbly bubbly addiction is also gaining ground in the homeland of shisha-smoking and causing growing concern among health officials. …

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Egyptian cleric allegedly abducted by CIA recounts torture in Egypt

Associated Press An Egyptian cleric who disappeared from a Milan street in 2003 in an alleged CIA kidnapping said he was tortured with electric shocks, left in a cell where rats crawled on his body and threatened with rape when he was taken to Egypt, an Italian newspaper reported Thursday. Corriere della Sera said Osama …

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As climate changes, can we?

If there was any remaining doubt about the urgent need to combat climate change, two reports issued last week should make the world sit up and take notice. First, according to the latest data submitted to the United Nations, the greenhouse-gas emissions of the major industrialized countries continue to increase. Second, a study by the …

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Love the prices, hate the quality

Informal survey says Egyptians admire the Chinese for production capabilities CAIRO: During the first week of November, President Hosni Mubarak visited Beijing, where the nuclear issue was high on the agenda. But whenever China comes up in conversation, the first thing that comes to people’s minds is the onslaught of Chinese products that seem to …

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Cairo Carousel

Diseases and displease The Big Kahuna is ill Something I caught in a taxi ride en route to interviewing a chef for my second column. But the detour left me frazzled. Befuddled. Watch out for that puddle, yasta. That kid running from behind the bus, don’t hit him. No, hit him. Wait . he stopped. …

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Coach shooting for a royal flush?

Pressure’s on for Ahli’s all or nothing in Tunisia CAIRO: Al-Ahli club’s Portuguese coach Manuel Jose has thrown all his cards into the fray and is waiting for a royal flush. Earlier this week, the Egyptian football federation agreed to postpone Al-Ahli’s game with Emppi in order to give the redcoat players enough rest before …

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'Victor's justice' condemns Saddam

On Sunday came the anticipated verdict following the trial of Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein – death by hanging. Early media reports described Saddam as shaking and shaken. In reality, he fluctuated between being anger, defiance and composure. The BBC’s correspondent in Iraq John Snow, who attended the sentencing, said he noticed a smile on …

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Two conditions must guide a Palestinian-Israeli settlement

The Middle East, with its vital resources and strategic location, is at a boiling point, and the course of events in the region has a direct impact on international stability. From there, a world war could break out. Conversely, it is also the place from where global peace could emerge. It is widely understood, except …

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Iran's Achilles heel: its reliance on oil revenues

Like North Korea, the Iranian government will not shy from a showdown over its nuclear program. Why should it? A nuclear weapon is the ultimate guarantee that the United States can never do to Iran what it did to Iraq. Moreover, this struggle with the US rallies much-needed domestic support. What, then, can the US …

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Putting an Islamic spin on global pop culture

Local tradition not only adapts but incorporates global trends Washington, D.C.: For decades Western popular culture has attracted the ire of Islamic activists who accuse it of subverting values, corrupting youth, destroying families or robbing Muslims of fundamental aspects of their identity. But hostility towards Western popular culture is not restricted to those who claim …

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Cairo streets take on a new dynamic

The psychology of the harasser and how to fight back CAIRO: As 17-year-old Layla is walking down a main street in Maadi, she notices a man straddling a bicycle on the corner. As she gets closer, she sees some unnaturally rapid movements underneath the man s galabiya as he hisses indecipherable words at her. A …

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US key to solving Palestinian-Israeli conflict

The words we use and the statements we make define who we are, what we believe. The more accurate our pronouncements are, the closer we are to the truth and to understanding each other. The better the understanding, the more engaged we become when the opportunity avails itself. In her keynote address to the American …

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Saving Iraq's justice: move Saddam's trial abroad

So Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death. This does not come as a surprise. If one person were to be singled out in the world today for the ultimate sentence, Saddam would be the one. He is personally responsible for the death of about two million people through his rule between 1968 and 2003. With …

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No negotiations, no peace

The Israeli-Palestinian political arena has never looked worse. This is a reflection of the negative political situation internally in both areas. It seems that the main political agenda of the Israeli government today is survival, and once that becomes apparent to the people of Israel, the government’s days are numbered. On the Palestinian side, the …

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Rebuild Africa by funding the African Union Mission in Darfur

Last April, in the delegate’s lounge of the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, this columnist met with the Organization of Islamic Conference’s (OIC) permanent observer to the UN, Ambassador Abdul Wahab, to discuss ways in which Arab, Islamic, or African nation-states might assist in ending the genocide in Darfur. At that time, Qatar, Tanzania, …

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What's so Egyptian about being Egyptian anymore?

A forgotten sense of national pride and obligation to country Ramadan’s come and gone. Not only is it the time of year characterized by the oxymoronic gluttonizing of food after a day of fasting, but it is also the season of an ever-so not entertaining clutter of cliché soap operas peppered with an ever-so-more unentertaining …

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Mecca Charter: gap between principles and practice

After the US-led coalition toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, it became clear that sectarian and ethnic identity would be a major principle of post-Saddam politics. With parliament seats and government posts being allocated according to a sectarian-ethnic quota system, powerful Iraqi actors – chiefly the religious Shiite parties and the Kurdish parties – advocated …

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A clash of civilizations in Europe

A year after the wave of violent demonstrations throughout the Muslim world protesting the publication of caricatures of Mohammed by a Danish newspaper, frictions between Europe and the Muslim world multiply, threatening to make the “clash of civilizations a self-fulfilling prophecy: Pope Benedict XVI outrages the Muslim world by quoting remarks critical of the Prophet …

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One group's folly doesn't represent an entire country

A Danish perspective on recent events concerning the Muslim world The latest unfortunate events affecting the perception of Denmark in the Muslim world call for a reaction from an ordinary Dane. As a Danish woman, living and loving in Cairo, Egypt, I would hereby like to volunteer my point of view on a situation that …

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To reach peace, start with borders first

The failure of the peace process to produce the desired outcome has provoked much speculation as to why it failed. The different sides to the conflict have different interpretations, mostly blaming the other. But few have questioned the approach on which the process was based. When the United States and the Soviet Union invited the …

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The perils of launching a military strike on Iran

In the winter of 2002-3, supporters of regime change in Iraq were upbeat in their vision of the post-invasion phase of the war. Anyone who suggested that what is happening today was a likely scenario was criticized as being a pro-Saddam appeaser, anti-American, or both. Yet a sober assessment of the difficulties ahead would have …

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The US must engage Somalia now, before the Horn blows

Unlike the Middle East, which is frequented by senior officials from the United States government, when it comes to Africa, the US prefers to send its second-in-command. This is not new State Department protocol, however, as Congo’s 4 million deaths and Rwanda’s 800,000 deaths rarely received senior level treatment, and with Darfur only recently becoming …

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Egypt coaxing Russia to set up shop in local industries

Associated Press MOSCOW: Egypt is offering incentives in an attempt to lure Russian companies to set up operations there in pharmaceuticals, energy and other industries, President Hosni Mubarak said Thursday on a visit to Moscow. The Egyptian leader met with President Vladimir Putin and told reporters afterward that he hoped the special economic zone for …

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One American's wish for a more peaceful world

My wish for my country is that we would stop being hypocrites and demand that the Bush administration ends the increasing cycle of violence and suffering in Iraq. If an honest assessment by President George W. Bush was accompanied by an ounce of courage, President Bush could say to the world: The time has come …

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Scribo Ergo Sum

What do you have to say? CAIRO: Over the last few years, blogging has become more and more popular. Blogs, previously referred to as ‘web logs’ and eventually shortened to the current form – provide an expressive Internet-based outlet for millions of online users. Arguably, they are the key to true democratization of online content. …

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Start fighting off colds and flu before they appear

Some precautions to stave off a winter of misery ALEXANDRIA: Half the office is absent. The other half is walking around with a red nose and a tissue in hand. It’s that time of the year again when the common cold and influenza attack a majority of the population. Although people know it’s coming, most …

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A feast fit for a King comes to Cairo

Ever wondered what the Queen of England eats for breakfast? What the King of Morocco serves at state dinners or whether Canada’s Prime Minister prefers tea or coffee? The select few who could possibly have answers to these questions can be found at the Club des Chefs des Chefs (Chefs of the heads of state) …

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