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Commentary: It is now Israel's call

The Israeli government should accept the Arab initiative because it has a solemn obligation to explore any possibility, however remote, to peacefully end the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel can accept the Arab initiative in principle, and as long as it negotiates in earnest, the whole world will listen to its legitimate national concerns. But any negotiation …

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Ancient Egypt, Hollywood-style

CAIRO: Associate provost and director of core curriculum in the American University in Cairo (AUC) John Swanson, mocked the Hollywood portrayal of Ancient Egypt, during a talk he gave Wednesday night at AUC. Swanson believes that people formulate an understanding about cultures in different ways. Popular culture is a tool used to try to get …

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What Riyadh will mean for Palestinian-Israeli peace

More than ever, insofar as Saudi Arabia is concerned, a serious Palestinian-Israeli settlement process is a regional necessity and not a luxury that can be postponed to an indefinite future. The Saudis have lobbied hard for their own peace proposal, which was adopted by the Arab League in 2002, to top the agenda again in …

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Analysts debate the need for more powerful political parties

CAIRO: Three political analysts debated the importance of powerful political parties and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt during a panel discussion on Thursday at the American University in Cairo (AUC). AUC professor and former parliamentarian Mona Makram-Ebeid, Osama El Ghazaly Harb, Shura Council member and one of the founders of the Democratic …

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Judges club complain to void outcome of referendum

CAIRO: Secular political parties joined voices with the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, the Cairo s Judges Club, and professional unions led by the Journalists and Lawyers syndicates to call for boycotting yesterday s referendum on 34 amended constitutional articles. In a clear signal to the judiciary s rejection of the amendments, the Administrative Court yesterday ruled …

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Carnegie endowment experts focus on democratic contradictions in amendments

CAIRO: In a report released March 23, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace outlined contradictions between the democratic appearance and authoritarian reality of the current constitutional amendments and analyzed the Mubarak government’s motives behind reform. It focuses on how the amendments seem to provide opposition parties with reforms they have advocated for years, such as …

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I am an exile

Ever since I was 12 years old, I have led the life of an exiled Iraqi. My parents decided not to reside under Saddam Hussein’s government and sought further opportunities for freedom of expression, particularly after my father had been jailed simply because he voiced his opinion of the failed system that we Iraqis endured.. …

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Four candles blown up

As my fingers were flipping through today’s papers, my eyes were craned to the pictures the articles embraced. The photo of the man grieving in front of his burned book store summarized the whole article. I looked into his eyes. They were as red as the blood flowing in Baghdad. They were sad and miserable. …

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Japan's rising nationalism may isolate it in East Asia

Barely half a year into his premiership, Japan’s Shinzo Abe is provoking anger across Asia and mixed feelings in his country’s key ally, the United States. But will the Bush administration use its influence to nudge Abe away from inflammatory behavior? Abe’s predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi, was a mold-breaking leader, reviving Japan’s economy, reforming the postal …

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Arabs worry about Iran, but their focus is on Israel

From 2002 until late 2005, with international concern about Iran’s nuclear file at a record high, the reaction in Arab states to Iran’s activities might best be described as a resounding silence. As the international community grappled with the implications of the emerging threat and the means to convince Iran to back down, Arab states …

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When women are the real men in Iran

Iran’s government has been sending strong and persistent signals to its people that autonomous political activism will not be tolerated. As a result, any political action in the public sphere, especially in the streets, has become highly risky, and those venturing to participate in events unwelcome by the government have been asking for trouble. The …

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The bear is back: Russia's return to the Middle East

The recent visit to Moscow of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal came shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s trip to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan. There he aligned Russia with the Arab consensus supporting the Saudi-mediated Mecca Agreement between the Palestinian factions, called for the lifting of sanctions against the new Palestinian unity government, discussed energy …

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Cut Hamas some slack, to contain Al-Qaeda

Last week I spoke to a group of former militants in the Khan Younes refugee camp in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Many assured me that it was only a matter of time before Al-Qaeda arrived in Palestine. The atmosphere in Palestinian areas is charged with anger and frustration, thanks to the political …

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WHO TB Strategy out of reach for many endemic countries

A much larger TB drug resistance problem exists than researchers previously thought. New global data on TB, published this week by the World Health Organization (WHO), highlight serious weaknesses in many national TB programs, increasing the potential for widespread TB drug resistance. How did we reach this precarious state? Ask a WHO expert that question …

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Constitutional amendments follow a long history of power centralization

CAIRO: In light of Egypt’s history of executively-focused constitutional amendments, President Mubarak’s current efforts at reform are another step in a long process of making a constitutional democracy into an autocracy. Though some amendments include seemingly democratic provisions, such as the 1980 establishment of the Supreme Press Council, the overall effect of Egyptian amendments has …

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Banque Misr meeting approves capital increase proposal

CAIRO: The general meeting of Banque Misr shareholders approved on Thursday the bank s acquisition of the entire shares of Banque Du Caire at a total value of LE 1.6 billion. The value of the bank s 400 million shares will be transferred to the account of the Ministry of Finance in its capacity of …

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G-string models promote Lebanon ski resorts

Agence France- Presse BEIRUT: Models in G-strings and lacy bras shivered from the cold as they strutted the catwalk at the foot of snow-covered slopes in Lebanon to promote the conservative Middle East s largest ski resort. The fashion extravaganza aimed to lure visitors to the country s six winter resorts whose fortunes have gone …

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Sweet deception: Some things you should know about sugar

Thanks to the clever marketing tactics of the sugar industry we have all come to think of refined sugar as part and parcel of ‘all things nice’. We grow up believing sugar is related to pleasure, happiness and reward. We and our generations before us have been gravely mistaken about sugar for it is an …

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US skirts the issue of Egypt's constitutional referendum

CAIRO: The spokesperson for the US State Department has said that Egypt is undergoing a “process of political reform but offered no position regarding the upcoming referendum on constitutional amendments. “You have to put this in the wider context of political and economic reform in Egypt, McCormack said in response to questions about the speed …

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Sooner or later, Israel will have to talk to the Palestinians

The advent of a Palestinian unity government once again clouds the issue of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and contacts. In reality, in considering the potential role of Hamas in preventing negotiations there are two categories of such talks to be discussed. According to the Oslo accords, any and all peace talks or even conflict-management negotiations between Israel …

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Will democratic hope be dashed in Morocco?

Morocco observers were building up 2007 as a date with destiny for the still-fledgling democracy of King Mohammed VI. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for next September. Yet some question marks persist. Many recall that the 2002 legislative elections were in their day touted as the country’s first “free and fair ballot event. That didn’t happen. …

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"A clash of ignorances" – relief aid and the Arab and Islamic world

DUBAI: In its ongoing bid to promote a multilateral and coordinated approach to global aid provision, the United Nations is making a concerted effort to reach out to Arab and Muslim countries. In doing so, senior UN officials have drawn on the parallels that exist in the centuries-old tradition of charity in Islam and the …

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Rice visits the region, more of the same?

At a time when lack of leadership bounds, the Jordanian monarch delivered what could be easily described as the speech of his lifetime. Speaking to a joint meeting of the US Congress and to the American people, he laid down so eloquently, forcefully and above all convincingly the moral case for a much stronger American …

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The Middle East runs after atoms; can it avoid weapons?

A quick evaluation of nuclear capabilities in the Middle East makes it clear that the region is hosting one major military nuclear state, Israel, and one major nuclear-ready state: Iran. However, the list will be inconclusive if we do not consider that in the course of the past 40 years a longer list of states …

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The Euro-Med Youth Parliament simulation ends on the right note

ALEXANDRIA: Following a rigorous selection processes in their home countries and months of preparation, participants from the Middle East and North Africa region initiated the first Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament (EMYP) simulation in Alexandria s Goethe Institute last week. Together with moderators from the whole Euro- Mediterranean area, the participants spent a week in training and …

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INTERVIEW: Egypt to break FDI record in 06/07 -Investment Minister

Reuters NEW YORK: Egypt s economy is expected to grow by 7 percent in the next five years and to break last year s record for investment from abroad, Investment Minister Mahmoud Mohieldin told Reuters on Monday. Egypt s economic reform program is already paying dividends, with an expected 7 percent growth for the fiscal …

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France must prove it's still a driving force in Europe

Not long ago, an American political analyst compared France’s loss of influence in Europe following its “No vote in the 2005 referendum on the EU constitutional treaty with France’s surrender in 1940. A provocative analogy, but is it apt? The collapse in 1940 revealed the fragility of France’s democracy and its loss of confidence in …

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Have we overestimated Osama's sway?

The only two major terrorist operations for which Khaled Sheikh Mohammed claimed no credit in his recently released testimony before the Military Tribunal at Guantanamo Bay were the August 7, 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the October 12, 2000 attack against the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of …

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