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China's industrial mess, and what the West can do about it

The Western media have a habit of going on feeding frenzies. Ironically, when it comes to China, the latest frenzy concerns food itself. The execution two weeks ago of the former head of China’s State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), Zhen Xiaoyu, who accepted almost $1 million in bribes, shows that the frenzy has now …

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Iraq is much more than just an American problem

Many people around the world are indulging in what the Germans call “schadenfreude : pleasure at the suffering of others. The pleasure appears to be derived from the suffering the United States is enduring after four years of efforts to stabilize Iraq. On one level, that reaction is predictable. Resentment of the wealthy and powerful …

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Textile factory workers admit poor production quality, reiterate demands

MAHALLA Al KOBRA/CAIRO: Healthcare tops the list of demands put forward by the Ghazl El Mahalla textile factory workers. While they wait for the fulfillment of salary raise promises, the question arises about their responsibility in the deterioration of quality that has plagued the production of the state-owned factory. Workers admit the end product of …

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New seven wonders to be shot into outer space

Associated Press GENEVA: The founder of the global poll that nominated the new seven wonders of the world now plans to immortalize the monuments by shooting 3-D photos into outer space. The new seven wonders of the world – which include India s Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and Rome s Colosseum – …

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A mixing problem

Behind the pomp, the lack of potency in Cairo’s cocktails Newness supplants only flashiness in determining Cairo’s most popular nightspots. Too bad too many of them can’t serve a decent mixed drink. If going out changes by the whims of new openings – El Mojito at the Nile Hilton seems a current favorite, at least …

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TRAVEL: Protect me from the grown-ups

Associated Press I m starting to think there s a backlash against traveling families. First there was the nursing mother who was told to get off the plane. Then there was the mother who was stopped because her toddler had a sippy cup full of water as they went through security. (Yeah, yeah, I know …

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Key to a long life, less insulin in the brain

Reuters Good, old-fashioned diet and exercise might keep you young by reducing the action of insulin in the brain, researchers reported on Thursday. They created mutant mice that over-ate, got fat and even had symptoms of diabetes, and yet lived 18 percent longer than normal lab mice. The secret: they lacked a certain key gene …

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American agriculture experts train Iraqis in El Beheira

EL BEHEIRA: Around 100 Iraqis are currently receiving training at the American University in Cairo’s Desert Development Center (DDC) in Beheira. For three weeks, subject to extension, a group of professors from five American Universities – Texas A&M University, Washington State University, Utah State University, University of California at Davis, and New Mexico State University …

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Egypt drops 11 places in competitiveness ranking

CAIRO: The ranking of the competitiveness of the Egyptian economy relative to other countries has declined from 52nd in 2005 to 63rd in 2006, says “The Egyptian National Competitiveness Report, released this month. The same report points out that the Ministry of Agriculture alone has over 300,000 regulations compared with a total number of regulations …

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Workshopping a new model for art and special education

On Tuesday, the factory space at the Townhouse Gallery in downtown Cairo was like any other day this month – at least at first. Boys and girls from Cairo public schools were organized around the large gallery space, acting out impromptu theater scenes, painting and laying out recent artwork to dry. Their theater teacher, Jaehn …

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Minimum scores of first category in Thanaweya Amma rise, says ministry

CAIRO: The Ministry of Higher Education has announced a noticeable increase in the minimum scores required for admission in public universities for students holding the Thanaweya Amma (national general secondary certificate) compared to 2006. The minimum admissions score for the faculty of medicine is 98.7 percent, with 98.4 percent for the faculty of dentistry and …

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Selling Egypt and the real estate 'boom'

In the sizzling July temperatures, something unmeteorological and very sinister is provoking Cairo’s heat sensation. Those behind it give it happy terms like Egypt’s “growing economy and “real estate boom. After acquiring large swaths of cheap, mostly desert land from the state, Arab and Egyptian real estate companies are now reselling their purchases at staggering …

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Cilantro and Nahdet El Mahrousa raising civic engagement

CAIRO: Every Cilantro outlet in Cairo, totaling around 28, chose a nearby area or street to clean up with the help of volunteers. This comes under a partnership between Cilantro Community Program (CCP) and Nahdet El Mahsoura (NM). The two aim to raise civic engagement in social development through “project and content based initiatives, CCP …

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UV rays are health hazard, but not to worry

CAIRO: Ultra-violet sun rays reached a peak over the Middle East, North Africa, South East Asia and Latin America on Wednesday, said the Health Ministry. On Tuesday the ministry had issued a public service announcement warning citizens from direct exposure to the sun. Ministry spokesman Dr Abdel Rahman Shaheen said that according to some images …

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Hype and hysteria as Harry Potter series nears end

Reuters One of the most popular books in history goes on sale this week – the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series. Fans of the series have already reserved their copies at local bookshops, and the local radio station has been running promos and contests all week, awarding free copies to the …

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The destruction of Iraq's Christians

Last month, a Chaldean priest, Ragheed Ganni, and three sub-deacons were murdered by Islamist terrorists in Mosul, Iraq. Before being executed, they were informed that they would be spared on the condition that they converted to Islam. All refused. Ganni was one of many Iraqis killed since 2003 for no reason other than their Christian …

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The Arab world can do much more to help Mahmoud Abbas

This week was marked by yet another meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and yet another speech on the Palestinian issue by US President George W. Bush. All this activity should not deceive us into assuming that it’s business-as-usual between Israelis and Palestinians under Abbas’ rule. On the contrary, …

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Damac brings luxury living to Cairo's market

CAIRO: Emirates developer Damac Properties launched its operations in Egypt July 17, under the slogan “Live the Luxury. Damac plans to implement three projects in Egypt: one on the Red Sea, another in Sixth of October City, and the third in New Cairo, said Damac’s Chairman and Founder Hussain Sajwani. “Egypt is well on the …

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Pakistan and the aftershocks of the Red Mosque attack

Pakistan is in the grip of a wave of vicious suicidal attacks after religious extremists vowed to avenge the operation on the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, in Islamabad last week. The suicide attacks on July 15 targeting security personnel, principally in the Frontier Province, left more than 45 dead and 100 injured. These attacks …

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A minefield ahead for Bernard Kouchner

July14 was the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in France. A day later, last Sunday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner did a good impersonation by almost storming off the stage in anger at a pushy Lebanese journalist. The Celle-Saint-Cloud gathering was a lot about atmospherics, however its usefulness might be supplanted by its …

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Back to the debate on Syria

For a number of years, I have been advocating the importance of constructively engaging Syria, not only to improve the prospects for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace, but to substantially contribute to the stability of the Middle East. With security conditions throughout the region deteriorating daily, especially in Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, and Iraq, Damascus can …

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YOUTH VIEWS: Tolerance has two faces

BRUSSELS/BEIRUT: As the world enters a new age of enlightenment both technologically and intellectually, conflicts plague the earth while large distances between continents vanish as a result of a newly emerging global community. The amalgamation of people with different cultural backgrounds, traditions and values enriches this community, yet it also contributes to the appearance of …

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Qalet Al-Kabsh protesters forced away from Journalists' Syndicate

CAIRO: Following four days of protest in front of Cairo’s Journalists’ Syndicate, approximately 40 families from Qalet Al-Kabsh were forcibly removed from the steps of the building by Cairo police forces. The families began protesting in front of the Syndicate after the Egyptian government failed to fulfill its promise of providing the families with housing, …

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Rumors of Libyan man arrested for planning terror attack denied

CAIRO: Egyptian and Libyan officials have refuted reports of the arrest of a Libyan man suspected of planning an attack on the Cairo Metro. Two respective sources denied the claim and said that the rumor was no more than “media hype. The story was first published in Al-Wafd newspaper, which reported yesterday that a Libyan …

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11 independent MPs demand individual bloc

CAIRO: Independent Members of Parliament have once again expressed their wish to be recognized as a distinct bloc within the People’s Assembly. Even though the parliament sessions are adjourned until next November, 11 independent MPs have reiterated their request, Gamal Zahran, independent MP, told The Daily Star Egypt. Zahran announced that they will file an …

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Politics aside, a warm welcome for Americans in Iran

Cambridge, Massachusetts: I recently returned from an extraordinary visit to Iran coordinated through the US-Iran Working Group on Health Science Cooperation, which I co-chair. This network was founded to exchange information, promote collaborative research and build trust and understanding among health scientists in the United States and Iran. The Working Group identified Iran s Isfahan …

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Muslims must aim higher

LONDON: The recent bomb plots to wreak devastation on the cities of London and Glasgow are an urgent reminder not only of the need to sustain collective efforts in the fight against terrorism, but that perhaps it is high time we critically rethink our methods in dealing with this challenge. Centering on what must be …

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