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With a Grain of Salt: I bang, therefore I am!

What with the banging and honking for the government we see in some newspapers and the attacks and defamation we see in others, the real reader who merely seeks documented information and objective analysis, finds himself completely at a loss. A journalist friend of mine complained to me in anger at how the media refers …

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Egyptian ex-Guantanamo detainee left with just empty promises

TANTA: On Oct. 1, 2005 Sami Al-Laithi turned 50. This was also the very day he arrived in Cairo after nearly four years of imprisonment and torture at Guantanamo Bay. He was released after a US military tribunal deemed him innocent of charges of being an enemy combatant. But Sami returned to Egypt on a …

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Arabic Booker winner paints an oasis of memories

Bahaa Taher’s latest novel “Wahet-El-Ghoroub (Sunset Oasis) is a story about contradictions born by the clear division between the east and the west symbolized in the novel by the juxtaposition between the oasis and the desert. On March 17, Taher won the first International Prize for Arabic Fiction – which is being called the Arabic …

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Tibet's peace of the grave

The recent events in Tibet and adjoining provinces are causes for deep concern. Indeed, the dispersal of a peaceful protest march organized by Tibetan monks, which led to a wave of unrest that was brutally suppressed by the Chinese military and police, has caused indignation all over the democratic world. The reaction of the Chinese …

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A redistribution of power in Lebanon

American objectives in Lebanon are clear, reasonable and honorable. The United States wants an independent, democratic Lebanon free from foreign interference, particularly from Syria and Iran. It also wants a prosperous Lebanon at peace with its neighbors, including Israel. The question is why have these goals been so difficult to attain? There is no single …

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Hadari included in Egypt squad for Argentina

CAIRO: Al Ahly keeper Essam Al-Hadari has been named in the Egypt squad for their friendly game against Argentina at Cairo Stadium on March 26. The 35-year, who is serving a three-week ban, was one of 23 players named in the squad by coach Hassan Shehata on Tuesday. There were concerns that Hadari might not …

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Danish cartoons: A window of opportunity

“Haram! That was the first word the bawab on Mecca Street said after asking my nationality. When he heard the word “Denmark he smiled and lifted his index finger in a teasing, yet serious way. Even he knew that the small Scandinavian country, with a population that could easily fit in Shoubra, had marked itself …

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Hefni sacked, Soliman named Ismaili coach

ISMAILIA: Ismaili sacked manager Ismael Hefni and appointed Emad Soliman as his successor, the club announced. Soliman is officially appointed, Ismaili s stand-in chairman Ibrahim Ashour told FilGoal.com. Football director Ali Gheat was also fired. There will be no replacement for him, according to Ashour. Former Ismaili stars Ahmed Al-Agouz and Khaled Al-Qammash will assist …

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News In Briefs

Russia, Egypt talk Gazprom entry in Egypt projects Senior officials from Russia and Egypt on Wednesday discussed the entry of Russian natural gas export monopoly Gazprom into energy projects in Egypt, the Ministry of Trade and Industry told Reuters. One of our important points is cooperation in energy, now oil and gas. Novatek and LUKOIL …

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Palm Hills Tournament to build a foundation for tennis champions

CAIRO: Potential tennis champions are born every day. Well maybe not every day, but you get the idea. The difficult part is finding them and getting them to stick with tennis long enough to see if they have what it takes to become professionals. The Palm Aroussy Tennis Academy (PATA) is trying to accomplish just …

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Google makes online ads available to SMEs in Arabic

CAIRO: Google recently launched its Business Pages feature for AdWords in Arabic. AdWords Business Pages are a free feature of the AdWords Starter Edition advertising platform aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that want to try online marketing, according to a press statement. “They enable these AdWords advertisers to create a simple, basic landing …

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Egypt joins OECD

CAIRO: Egypt became the first Arab and North African nation to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to a report published on the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange website. OECD is a forum where different countries exchange experience and share knowledge to promote a global dialogue about economic policies. The organization …

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Mubarak warns against continued insults to Islam's Prophet

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak warned Tuesday that continued insults to Prophet Mohamed will just make the situation worse for everyone, while at the same time criticizing the extremists using these insults to justify their actions. Mubarak also warned Israel that no occupation lasts forever and urged the Palestinians to give peace a chance. “With the …

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Ittihad deny Ahly approach for Soliman

ALEXANDRIA: Ittihad vice president Mohamed Mosselhi played down claims that Al Ahly approached their keeper Al-Hani Soliman. We can t let him go, especially that Essam Mahmoud will move to ENPPI at the end of the season, Mosselhi told FilGoal.com. Reports in the press claimed that Ahly’s vice president Mahmoud Al-Khattib tabled an offer for …

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Adel injury adds to Ahly defensive woes

CAIRO: Al Ahly defender Rami Adel has been ruled out for 10 days with a thigh injury sustained during the game against Zamalek last Friday. Adel suffers from a bruised thigh and he’ll have to rest for 10 days, Ahly’s doctor Ehab Ali was quoted saying on the club’s website. The Red Devils suffer a …

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Hassan eyes Belgian Cup

CAIRO: Ahmed Hassan said he eyes signing out from Anderlecht on a high note through winning the Belgian Cup. The Egypt captain scored for the second successive league game during the 5-0 victory over Roeselare on Sunday and was voted man of the match. The Cup is the only [domestic] title I still have to …

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BRIEFS

6 telecom companies eye Egypt license France Telecom has expressed interest in buying Egypt s second fixed-line license, joining five Arab companies that are also interested, Egypt s telecom regulator said on Tuesday. A spokesman for the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) said France Telecom had bought a booklet of conditions for the sale of …

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Oil prices steady above $106 a barrel after overnight plunge

SINGAPORE: Oil prices steadied Tuesday in Asia after falling more than $4 a barrel overnight as investors worried that the sale of Bear Stearns Cos. is a sign of deep economic trouble in the United States. JPMorgan on Sunday agreed to bail out Bear Stearns by buying the investment bank in a US Federal Reserve-backed …

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Link launches latest Microsoft products

CAIRO: Link Development recently sponsored the launch of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 in Saudi Arabia. The software development subsidiary of Egypt’s LinkDotNet, and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, has enjoyed a long-term strategic partnership with Microsoft. Its latest launch was meant to “ensure that IT professionals in Saudi Arabia are among the first in the …

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IAM Pyramid concert heads to Cannes

Rap group IAM’s 20th anniversary concert, held at the Giza Pyramids’ Sound and Light Theater last Friday, along with their two-week Egypt tour has been filmed into a documentary. It is scheduled to be screened outside the competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Alexandre Florentino, the audiovisual attaché of the French Embassy in Egypt, …

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Young voices ring loudly in Children's Film Festival

Bridging cultural differences and challenging language barriers, the 18th round of the Cairo International Film Festival for Children (CIFFC), which ended last week, featured works from 42 countries. Participating countries, including Malaysia, Lithuania, South Korea, Canada, France, Serbia, Russia, England, China and Sweden presented short and long features, TV programs and animated movies. American blockbuster …

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Through the eyes of Prophet Muhammad

Muslims in the West are increasingly finding themselves in a dilemma. While some are still searching for an identity and a sense of belonging, almost all are confronted at one time or another with the growing mass of competing trends that claim to represent true and authentic Islam. As we approach the birthday of the …

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The moral majority for peace

Reaching a peace agreement by the end of the year seems almost impossible. The violence and the rage on the streets of both Israel and Palestine is once again in full gear. Israel killed more than 100 Palestinians in the last operation in Gaza – more than half of them civilians. Palestinian celebrations in Gaza …

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Anger soars with food prices

CAIRO: Sky-rocketing food prices since the start of the year are being matched by a rumbling wave of popular discontent and unprecedented strikes and demonstrations. Textile workers, teachers, doctors and accountants have all threatened strikes under the united banner of Stop the expensive life while doctors went ahead last week with a one-hour work stoppage …

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Why not revive presidential referendums?

What happened during the registration period for the local council elections last week confirms that changing the way we choose the president of the Republic was a step backward not a leap forward. The authorities have imposed enormous restrictions on the nomination of whoever does not belong to the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), for …

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Goldman Sachs buys stakes in Palm Hills Developments

CAIRO: Goldman Sachs bought 5.5 percent of the shares of Palm Hills Developments from its majority shareholder, El Mansour and El Maghraby Investment and Development Company, together with an option to purchase a further 4.5 percent equity stake in the company. We are proud to welcome Goldman Sachs as a shareholder and look forward to …

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