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When making music, faith is incidental

As a songwriter, my business is to write songs tailored to the style of specific artists. Publishers inform me which record labels and artists are looking for songs for their upcoming albums, and with that information I sit down in front of my computer, which is loaded with music software programs and sounds, to recreate …

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Authorities end search for 3 Russian divers in Red Sea

CAIRO: Egyptian police have halted their search for three missing Russian divers in the Red Sea, an official said Monday, but a private diving rescue service said it will continue the search for another day.The divers went missing in the Red Sea waters last Wednesday while diving at the Elphinstone Reef, southeast of the resort …

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Egypt-Cuba talks boost cooperation in different fields

CAIRO: Education and eradication of adult illiteracy topped the agenda of the Egyptian-Cuban joint committee meetings. Held in Cairo, the talks explored the different areas of cooperation between the two countries. Education – a success story for Cuba where literacy rates are over 99 percent – was garnered as an integral part of prospect cooperation. …

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Egypt Crafts Center exports increase 350 pct in 3 years

CAIRO: The Egypt Crafts Center (ECC), a fair trade organization, announced an increase in exports to LE 250,000, up from LE 75,000 in 2004.ECC General Manager Mona El Sayed announced the 350 percent increase during an event commemorating the end of the Community Crafts Producers and Markets project.The project started almost a decade ago with …

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Saint-Gobain to build float glass production unit in Egypt

Dow Jones reported that French building materials maker Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA said Monday it will open a float glass production line in Egypt, to build on the strong growth trends developing in Middle Eastern markets. The plant, which the company estimates will cost approximately 120 million euros, is due to start in 2008 with …

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Ignoring the Storm

The most recent G7 finance ministers’ meeting in October was an utter failure. The only thing that they agreed on was to admonish China to revalue its currency. The yuan’s value, while important, is not the central question facing the world economy today. The real immediate problem concerns what is happening and what will happen …

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Still a democracy?

TEL AVIV: The government of Israel, with all due respect, does not represent the Jewish people but rather the citizens of the State of Israel who elected it. Israel is a sovereign state, which is still considered to be a democracy. In other words, it is a state for all of its citizens. Therefore it …

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Once again, a Middle East stage(d) production

When Middle East nations meet with members of the United Nations Security Council to stage a theatrical performance, they resort to the tried and tested formula of hosting a peace conference. Carefully scripted, the operetta gathers its list of primary performers – old and new stage hands who have made names for themselves in the …

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Letter to the Editor: Who will remember Our Cultural Icons?

Concerning Mohammed Salmawy’s column Long Live a Free Egypt (Commentary, Nov. 23), he is correct in chastising Egyptians for not celebrating their obviously rich literary heritage. And indeed it is slightly embarrassing that a country like Israel – which the majority of the Egyptian intelligentsia oppose the normalization of relations with, including cultural ones – …

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The other half of the peace process

American officials usually spend enormous energy highlighting the “process in the Middle East “peace process. Only in the last 18 months of a second term president or following a military engagement in the Middle East does the United States actually start to concern itself with “peace. This pattern seems to be holding true for next …

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Livni: Arab states can't dictate terms of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

WASHINGTON: As Arab nations prepared to sit down with Israel for the first time in more than a decade, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Sunday made it clear they should not expect to dictate the contours of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Livni spoke days after Arab League members grudgingly agreed to send their foreign ministers to …

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The life of an artist

Diwan bookstore in Zamalek hosted the official launch of a new book documenting the life of artist Abdel Ghani Abul-Enein. Born in January in 1921, Abul-Enein exhibited a panache for painting and acting at an early age. He enrolled in the faculty of fine arts in 1946 before he was hired as an art designer …

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Peace in Palestinian classrooms

It should take Amal Abed Rabbo, 16, one hour to reach the Lutheran Dar Al-Kalima School in Bethlehem from her Jericho home. With Israeli travel restrictions, it takes three hours each way. Instead, she stays with her uncle s family in Bethlehem during the week. But the Roman Catholic 11th-grader doesn t harbor any hatred. …

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The transatlantic Muslim divide

Compared with the tension that exists in Muslim communities across Europe, America’s Muslims are a more contented lot. A recent Pew Forum study found Europe’s Muslims to be “markedly less well off than the general population, frustrated with economic opportunities and socially isolated, while most American Muslims say that “their communities are excellent or good …

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Hamas's ghost in Annapolis

America’s return to the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic front is a welcome development. One surely that EU diplomacy has sought to bring about. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s efforts to push the peace process forward during her last years in office seem genuine. If they succeed, Rice and the Bush administration will be remembered not just for …

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WITH A GRAIN OF SALT: Long live a free Egypt

This week marked the anniversary of an event of great significance: the release of one of the most important literary works in our modern history, Naguib Mahfouz’s “Trilogy comprising “Palace Walk, “Palace of Desire and “Sugar Street known to the world in various languages as “The Cairo Trilogy. Precisely half a century has passed since …

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Where is Jewish support for Annapolis?

WASHINGTON: The call for American Jewish organizations to support the current peace efforts came from an unexpected direction: Israel s Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger. For years closely associated with the right-wing National Religious Party, Metzger recently asked representatives of American Jewish groups in Washington to influence the American administration to do their utmost for the …

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Sadat and Annapolis

Is there a statute of limitations for saying I told you so ? And can the dead say it? I can imagine the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat whispering those very words into the ears of Arabs and Israelis called to Annapolis later this month by the US administration for yet another round of peace …

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Desert art in danger at Egypt's new tourism frontier

CAIRO: A rising tide of travelers seeking out the new frontier of Egyptian tourism is threatening priceless rock art preserved for millennia in one of the most-isolated reaches of the Sahara. In Egypt s southwest corner, straddling the borders of Sudan and Libya, the elegant paintings of prehistoric man and beast in the mountains of …

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Saudi women activists furious at gang-rape ruling

DUBAI: A recent Saudi court ruling sentencing a woman to six months in jail and 200 lashes despite being gang-raped highlights the injustice faced by women in the ultra-conservative kingdom, women rights activists said. Sure, there is injustice against women in courts. It is a bitter situation that Saudi women have to endure, Saudi activist …

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Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink

CAIRO: In a nutshell, it seems like there isn’t enough of it. It has reached the extent that former UN Secretary General Boutros Ghali has been warning against water wars for years (and don’t think water balloon fights, but real military conflicts about not having enough water for populations to survive successfully). Not only that, …

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Gaish stumble against Baladeya

CAIRO: Al-Gaish were held to a goalless draw by Baladeya in the Egyptian League on Wednesday as they continued to drop points for the second successive game. Minnows Baladeya, now on 11 points from 10 games, kept an airtight defense to snatch a precious point from the league leaders. Despite the draw, Gaish are still …

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So Vintage, Dahling!

The advent of seasonal festivities makes me feel disarmingly in need of partaking in some form of effervescent indulgence. Last May I entered the bijou home of Cecile Lacorre, well off the beaten track in Maadi, to view her elegantly understated presentation of fashion and home accessories: Khamsa Design. Isabelle Moullier, a jewellery designer, also …

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Give Iraqi children their childhood

International Children s Day will be celebrated throughout the world on the 20th of November. The United Nations marks this day as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children . In Iraq, unfortunately, this day will not be celebrated with much fanfare, as children have become the most vulnerable victims of an unconscionable …

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Turkey's foreign policy tug of war

Istanbul – Turkey has recently ratcheted up pressure on US and Iraqi authorities to end the presence of the violent separatist group, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), in northern Iraq. The slow build-up to the present crisis has involved more than Turkey s need for security on its southern border and for internal unity. There …

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Towards an Asia-Europe Partnership

Asia’s rise as an economic and political player exemplifies what globalization is all about. By the decade’s end, China’s economy will be larger than Germany’s. By 2040 three of the world’s five largest economies – China, India, and Japan – will be in Asia. That is one side of the Asian picture. The other side …

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Arab-Americans organize to challenge Hollywood stereotypes

NEW YORK: A leading Arab-American activist said Friday he plans to open an office in Hollywood to challenge stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in the US entertainment industry. The equation on American television and film is, Arab equals terrorist, said Jack Shaheen, who was in New York on Friday for a meeting of the Network …

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Taste the flavor of hip-hop, slam poetry and more

Cairo is not ready for the Flavor takeover, said Yashreeka Huk, cofounder of the new Flavor Project. Mahmoud Shoukry, the other cofounder, said, “Flavor’s aim it is to celebrate hip-hop and contemporary art in Cairo. The two recently held auditions at Move Dance & Fitness Studio in Mohandiseen. Yasmine Riad, owner of Move, is sponsoring …

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