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Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?

For the past several months, I’ve been wrapping up lengthy interviews with Washington counterterrorism officials with a fundamental question: “Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite? A “gotcha question? Perhaps. But if knowing your enemy is the most basic rule of war, I don’t think it’s out of bounds. And as …

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Why Israel should grab Hamas' truce offer

One of the endlessly fascinating and frustrating aspects of the convergence of American politics with Middle Eastern realities is evident again this season: the application of special rules of conduct to Israel that are not applied to the United States itself. One of the most common themes heard in discussions of US policy in the …

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Fatah, Hamas agree to defuse internal violence

GAZA: Fatah and Hamas officials agreed on Friday to take steps to end violence between the two rival Palestinian movements which has raised fears of civil war. Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said an Egyptian security delegation had brokered the talks, which took place in the coastal strip. These efforts have been crowned …

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Give the Egyptians more tea

KOLKATA: Indian tea exports to Egypt have surged after Egypt slashed import duties, a senior Tea Board official said on Friday. India, the world s largest producer and consumer of tea, exported just 70,000 kg of the commodity to Egypt last year, but in the first six months of 2006 sales zoomed to 1 million …

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Veiled Prejudice

Britain’s ex-foreign secretary’s recent commentary on the Muslim niqab, or full veil, as a “visible statement of separation and of difference that “makes it more difficult for people “to acknowledge each other signifies the latest in Europe’s embarrassing blunders. Following the Pope’s political impropriety, Jack Straw’s cavalier declaration on what constitutes effective deliberation was inappropriate …

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Sa'deya wants to try

Tale of peasant woman turned prostitute delves into the forbidden CAIRO: Hussein Abdel Alim’s “Sa’deya wa Abdel Hakam wa Akhroun (Sa’adeya, Abdel Hakim and Others) reads like a short film, a very coherent and informative rendition of a country woman, her brother and a police officer and how their paths converge in Cairo in the …

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The extensive cooking sessions aren't over yet

Recipes to delight family and friends during the Eid CAIRO: If you think the continuous cooking that is the trademark of Ramadan is about to end, think again. The Eid is also about invitations and exchanging visits between families. While a dish of khak and other traditional Egyptian cookies might work for some visitors, others …

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Make your own destiny

Surprisingly conservative Cairo is full of opportunities to meet your soul mate CAIRO: While Cairo may not be the Paris of the Middle East, fashionable Beirut seems to have won that title, it is a city obsessed with love. Lately it seems a large number of single Cairenes are complaining about where to meet that …

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Poor Egyptian women also bank on Grameen Nobel prize

CAIRO: Thousands of poor Egyptian women are benefiting from a partnership between the Nobel peace prize-winning Grameen Bank of Bangladeshi Muhammad Yunus and a local credit organization. I got my first loan of 250 pounds [$43] six years ago, and it meant I could expand my vegetable stall and earn more money, says Hanem Shaban …

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Author surprised by book banning

Mohamed Fattouh’s collection of published articles hit a nerve CAIRO: The recent confiscation and banning of Mohamed Fattouh’s Al-Sheyoukh Al-Modern Wa Sena at Al-Tatarof Al-Deeni (Modern Sheikhs and the Making of Religious Extremism) has caused a stir in Egypt’s literary circles. Last week, the arts censorship division of Cairo police raided a number of bookshops …

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WORD ON THE STREET: Outings and innings for the Eid holiday

CAIRO: With only a few days left until the end of Ramadan, it is common to see families scurrying through the shops purchasing holiday sweets ahead of the Eid Al-Fitr festivities. Age-old traditions persist as families buy their children new clothes to wear during the three-day holiday and pass out the ediya – money given …

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Celluloid memorial to Brotherhood founder

Group member to shoot movie on founder Hassan Al-Banna BENHA: A member of the Muslim Brotherhood who plans to make a movie about the Islamist movement s founder says he wants the film to tell the life story of his hero rather than spread propaganda for the group. Muhsin Radi says too little is known …

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Egypt moves up two spots in FIFA rankings

CAIRO: Egypt moved up two spots in the FIFA monthly ranking to settle in the 25th place for October 2006. The Pharaohs, who only managed a goalless away draw against Botswana in their last African qualifier, benefited from the bad results that other national teams produced. The countries whose results made way for the national …

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Band starts out on the first floor, but on its way up

El-Door El-Awal cuts its first album with Oriental Sounds Project This week, the seven-member band El-Door El-Awal (The First Floor) celebrated the launch of its first album, “Qarar Izala (Eviction Notice), produced as part of the Oriental Sounds Project. El-Door El-Awal rehearsed for two months, and then band members took four days to record the …

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Make way for experimental oriental sounds

Music producers give non-commercial music a shot Investing in non-commercial music has always been risky; consequently most music producers choose to produce for well-known commercial singers and musicians whose sales are practically guaranteed. This week, however, saw the release of four non-commercial live albums recorded at the Al-Geneina Theater in Al-Azhar Park during the Al-Mawred …

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Encounter in the pursuit of meaning

Puzzling through the knot of the relationship between Arab intellectuals and Western thought On a rare sunny September day in the south west of England, a visit to the university bookstore left Rasheed El-Enany’s befuddled why his latest book was not on the shelves. A quick investigation revealed that “Arab Representations of the Occident: East-West …

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Crime Scene: Parents turn on their own children

Suicides choose to leap this week; passenger saves the train CAIRO: As Ramadan comes to an end and Eid El-Fitr approaches, shocking crimes including suicide, parental murders of their own children, and transportation mishaps continue to fill the pages of the local press. Al-Masry Al-Youm in its Oct. 14 edition reported that a high school …

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Egypt's development projects only benefit the rich

The centerpiece of successful (i.e. long-term, organic) town and city development is usually a community enterprise or institution, concretized by a structure that declares the community s primary need or intent. For example, a harbor serving fishermen, a marketplace for farmers or craftsmen, a place of worship serving a spiritual ideal, a university serving the …

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The Arab League breaks with the past and attempts a rebirth

With the United States Congress appealing to Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa for intervention in Darfur, and with Moussa’s offer to provide peacekeeping troops, one gets the impression that the League is finally taking itself seriously. Historically, the Arab League has been perceived as quasi-legitimate due to its western alliances, since Egypt, Saudi Arabia …

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So much for a peaceful Ramadan

With one week left till the end of Ramadan, a holy month of piety and quiet reflection, one cannot help but recount that the Muslim world has witnessed anything but such temperance this year. Wherever you look today in the Muslim world, there is a disturbance – to put it mildly. In Lebanon, schoolchildren, farmers, …

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Pre-iftar fight leads to murder by screwdriver

Violence in Boulaq El-Dakrour ends in death CAIRO: On Ibrahim El-Desouky Street in Giza’s Zenin district, a number of boys were playing opposite the auto repair shop of Mahmoud Badr Shaaban. They were making such a ruckus that Shaaban, 34, shouted at them to quiet down. As they left the area, he got into one …

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CIB to set up Algerian subsidiary

CAIRO: Commercial International Bank (CIB) will set up a subsidiary in Algeria in conjunction with investors from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the bank said on Tuesday. CIB and the other investors, who were not named, have signed a memorandum of understanding on the bank, which will be called CIB-Algeria, it said in a …

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Egyptians won't stop Mubarak dynasty – Islamist

Reuters CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood sees little likelihood of a popular backlash if Gamal Mubarak succeeds his father as president, the Islamist group s deputy leader said on Tuesday. Mohammed Habib, whose group is among the country s opposition force, said plans seemed to be moving ahead for Gamal to succeed his father Hosni Mubarak, …

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Israel again threatens to intensify Gaza offensive

Agence-France Presse JERUSALEM: Israel again warned Tuesday that it would up its offensive in the Gaza Strip, a day after the ruling Islamist Hamas movement threatened to teach the Israeli army a lesson it will not forget . Gaza should not become a second Lebanon, Immigrant Absorption Minister Zeev Boim told public radio, reiterating a …

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Coach lashes African Champions League finalists Ahly

Agence-France Presse CAIRO: Al-Ahly have received a tongue lashing from coach Manuel Jose despite reaching a second consecutive African Champions League final at the weekend. Portugal-born Jose was furious after the Red Devils of Cairo meekly surrendered a half-time lead against ASEC in Ivory Coast to lose 2-1 in the second leg of a semi-final …

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Climate change floods developing countries with challenges

Children on one of southern Africa’s mightiest rivers are playing the Limpopo board game, literally for their lives. Piloted in places like Zimbabwe s Matabeleland and Mozambique s Gaza Province, it uses the power of play to teach ways of reducing vulnerability to flooding. If a counter lands on a space showing a well designed …

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Amlak Finance to offer first Islamic mortgage loans in the Egyptian market

Noozz After nearly four years of bargaining between the United Arab Emirates’ Amlak Finance Company and the Egyptian Mortgage Finance Authority, the company has decided to launch an operation in Egypt. The move comes as part of Amlak’s regional expansion strategy following the company’s decision that mortgage finance in Egypt is compliant with Islamic Sharia …

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US foreign policy has endangered the planet

The proof of a pudding is whether it tastes good and doesn’t make you ill. If the ‘War on Terror’ was a dessert, we’d all be suffering from food poisoning. It’s a failure, and according to numerous leaked documents, that’s official. But when, oh when, will the myopic ones inhabiting the White House and Number …

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A Bush policy of 'Apres moi, le deluge'

During her recent visit to Egypt, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would have profited from a short visit to the bookstore of the American University in Cairo, where she could have purchased the extraordinary memoirs of “The Last Khedive of Egypt Abbas Hilmi II, which recently went on sale. Abbas Hilmi succeeded his father …

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