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Egypt needs $450 mln for new bird flu campaign

CAIRO: Egypt will embark on a new nationwide campaign to vaccinate live poultry against avian influenza, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said on Wednesday. The plan comes after a second wave of the H5N1 influenza subtype in the country led to the deaths of seven people since October 2006. The first wave began in February 2006, …

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The self-inflicted vulnerabilities of Iran's economy

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini once famously said: “Economics is for donkeys. Well, looking at the economy of Iran today it is clear that Iran could do with some more donkeys, in the guise of economists. Iran has perhaps the largest combined oil and gas resources in the world. It has about 980 trillion cubic feet of …

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Are things coming together for George W. Bush in Iraq?

Doctors use the word “crisis to describe the point at which a patient either starts to recover or dies. President George W. Bush’s Iraqi patient now seems to have reached that point. Most commentators appear to think that Bush’s latest prescription – a surge of 20,000 additional troops to suppress the militias in Baghdad – …

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Britain tiptoes away in the darkness

“What all of this means is not that Basra is how we want it to be. But it does mean that the next chapter in Basra’s history can be written by the Iraqis. With these words British Prime Minister Tony Blair formally announced the start of the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq. It is …

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Chomsky on Iran, Iraq and the US's mafia complex

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. On February 9, Michael Shank interviewed him on the latest developments in US policy toward Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Venezuela. This is Part IV of a four-part series. Shank: In the 2008 presidential election, how will the candidates approach Iran? Do you think …

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Tea, crumpets, and Death on the Nile

Settled on the terrace veranda of the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, Agatha Christie began writing one of her famous murder mysteries. Soaking in the heat of the sun, watching the beauty of the gliding felucca sails, the sparkling waterfront, and experiencing the opulence of imperialism, Christie was inspired to set a tale of exoticism, …

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Chomsky on Iran, Iraq and the US's mafia complex

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. On February 9, Michael Shank interviewed him on the latest developments in US policy toward Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Venezuela. This is Part III of a four-part series. Shank: How can the US government think an attack on Iran is feasible given troop …

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Democracy is possible, Arab bloggers assure us every day

The Arab world is known as a home to some of the least democratic political structures existing around the globe. Basic human rights are barely met even in some of the apparently liberal countries in the region, such as Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates. But with the introduction of the internet in the intellectually …

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Global vote will pick world's "new" seven wonders

Reuters ZURICH: What are the greatest architectural achievements in history? Rome s Colosseum? The Great Wall of China? The Pyramids of Giza? That s what millions of people are asking themselves as they vote in the largest global poll ever conducted, an attempt to recast ancient history by ranking the top architectural marvels as the …

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Ultra-athletes endure sand, heat to run across Sahara Desert

Associated Press WESTERN DESERT: In 111 days, three ultra-endurance athletes – an American, a Canadian and a Taiwanese – did something most people could only describe as insane: Running the equivalent of two marathons a day to become the first modern runners to cross the Sahara Desert s grueling 6,437 km. It will take time …

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Muslim women keep faith with special swimsuits

Associated Press LOS ANGELES: Amana Siddiqi loved swimming as a child but gave it up as a teenager because her Muslim faith required she fully cover her body in public. At age 15, I started to cover, so I stopped going to public pools, said Siddiqi, now 27, whose parents come from India and Pakistan. …

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Chomsky speaks on Iran, Iraq and the US's mafia complex

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. On February 9, Michael Shank interviewed him on the latest developments in US policy toward Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Venezuela. This is Part II of a four-part series. Shank: Venezuela has been successfully defiant with Chavez making a swing towards socialism. Where are …

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Condoleezza Rice's useless summit: an Israeli view

In its February 16 issue, The Washington Post described Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s trip to the region as a “high-profile peace mission. There was only one problem with the wording. It appeared in a news-item on page 18, a clear indication of the relatively low priority the trip enjoys on the political agenda of …

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Corruption: an evil Arab governments are sticking to

Are economic and political reforms an effective way to combat corruption, or do changes such as privatizing state industries actually increase opportunities for corruption? There is not a single answer to the question, but a closer look at the types of corruption that are endemic in various Arab states and the nature of current reform …

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Insurgents attack US base, string of car bombs hit Baghdad

Associated Press BAGHDAD: Insurgents launched an attack on a US combat post Monday, sending in a suicide bomber and clashing with American troops. Two US soldiers were killed and 17 wounded, the military said. The assault began with a suicide bomber exploding a vehicle outside the base north of Baghdad, said the military statement. It …

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Chomsky on Iran, Iraq and the US's Mafia complex

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. On February 9, Michael Shank interviewed him on the latest developments in US policy toward Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Venezuela. This is Part I of a four-part series. Shank: With similar nuclear developments in North Korea and Iran, why has the United States …

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AUC's John Gerhart field station launches in Gouna

RED SEA: Dedicated to the memory of the former president of the American University in Cairo (AUC) John D. Gerhart, who was a lifelong educator and environmentalist, the university recently inaugurated the John D. Gerhart Field Station in El Gouna. This station will serve as an environmental studies research center while offering a variety of …

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Freedom for Egyptian blogger and freethinker

Abdelkareem Nabil Suleiman, an Egyptian college student and blogger, will be sentenced on February 22 in Cairo. His alleged crime is expressing his own personal opinion on issues of education, women’s rights, and government reform. As punishment, he could spend the next 15 years in prison. This is a travesty that should not be allowed …

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Fighting despotism, armed with a keyboard and modem

When I launched my blog on February 6, 2005 I never imagined that it would become an obsession of mine or a mini-phenomenon for many people interested in the region. Yet within months of the beginning, it became clear to me that blogging was destined to become an integral part of my life, perhaps for …

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Iran and the talent for making enemies

America’s decision to target Iranian agents in Iraq who may be involved in supporting violent militias is but another sign of the massive influence Iran is exercising in that troubled country. But the United States in fact facilitated Iran’s growing influence by toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime and that of the Taliban in Afghanistan, thus removing …

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Another Missed Opportunity

It has been famously said that the Palestinians never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The recent meeting, hosted by Saudi King Abdullah, held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, between Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Ismail Haniya, the Palestinian Prime Minister, and Khaled Meshal, Hamas s political guru, seems to prove the …

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Blind children discover the Egyptian Museum through touch and sound

CAIRO: Fifteen young girls sat around two tables in a classroom at the Egyptian Museum, molding rakes and water pumps out of red clay. They are participating in the museum’s program to teach schoolchildren about Egyptian agriculture during Pharaonic times. In many museums, one might expect posters and pictures on the walls to inspire the …

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Fake officer caught in the act

CAIRO: A police officer coincidentally caught out man disguised as a policeman as he posed as a major in one of the capital’s streets, Al Gomhuria daily reported. Captain Islam Mukbel, of the Nasr City police station, was on patrol along with two detectives and some soldiers. Their patrol car collided with a man who …

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Egyptian woman dies of bird flu, 13th death

Reuters CAIRO: A 37-year-old Egyptian woman who tested positive for the bird flu virus has died in a Cairo hospital, bringing the number of deaths from the disease in Egypt to13, a government health official said on Friday. A World Health Organization expert said a delay in reporting symptoms was largely behind the most recent …

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Red wine: A drink a day keeps the doctor away?

Is red wine the secret to longevity or a potent poison? The balance of alcohol’s benefits versus its sinister sins on our health is as complex as it is controversial, and has been documented throughout civilization in many religions including Islam and Christianity. Red wine lovers will be pleased to know that there is now …

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Decoding Facebook: The virtual little black book

Cairo’s student population has jumped aboard the Internet social sensation with the amiable, yet addictive Facebook. Designed in 2004 by two students from Harvard University, Facebook has become one of the fastest growing networks among teens and young adults in the US and the most widely subscribed to by college students. In September 2006, the …

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Rising sea levels could hit poor countries hardest

Reuters WASHINGTON: Even a small rise in the world s sea levels, predicted as a result of global warming, could make environmental refugees of some 56 million people in developing countries, a World Bank economist said on Tuesday. If seas rise as little as one meter this century, as forecast in some scientific models, one-fourth …

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