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American travels with an ikhwan to his poor village

CAIRO: I met two members of the Muslim Brotherhood during a visit to the Pyramids. After establishing that they don’t want to kill me because and I don’t want to kill them, they took me to a mosque to try and convert me. Hey, it’s more respectable than trying to take my money. Although I’m …

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A conversation with Stop the Wall coordinator Jamal Juma'

CAIRO/RAMALLAH: The fragmentation of Palestinian politics following near civil war in Gaza last week is not only unrepresentative of the work of Palestinian civil society but undermines popular unity against the Israeli occupation, the coordinator of the broad grassroots Palestinian coalition Stop the Wall told The Daily Star Egypt. “If you go to the people …

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Tower to the people: A 45-year-old symbol revamped

CAIRO: Plans to clean and renovate the Cairo Tower have reached their half way mark as engineers from Arab Contractors hope to finish the project by December 2007. Located on Gezira Island in Zamalak, the 187-meter Cairo Tower provides a panoramic view of Egypt s sprawling capital. Designed to look like a latticework tube that …

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NDP victorious in Shoura run-offs

CAIRO: The results of the Shoura council elections run-offs, announced late Tuesday by the head of the High Elections Commission (HEC) Adel Andraus, showed a sweeping victory for the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) which grabbed 14 of the 16 contested seats. The results of the second round came as no surprise since the first …

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Court ruling doesn't end niqab controversy at AUC

CAIRO: A raging legal battle that lasted several years, ended with a court ruling that will allow women wearing the niqab (face veil) to enter the American University in Cairo (AUC) campus grounds and use its facilities. The controversy over the niqab stems from contradictory Egyptian laws, one banning it for security purposes while the …

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Breezing through Syria for the sake of the old city

We arrived at dusk, two Americans with no visas, midway through a shared taxi ride from Beirut to Damascus. The fact that we reached Damascus by midnight, after a two-and-a-half hour wait at the border, seemed like a stroke of luck. “Since you chose not to process your visa with the Syrian embassy in the …

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Fifty-year saga to reclaim Cecil Hotel

AFP ALEXANDRIA: It took exactly half a century for the Metzger family to reclaim ownership of the Cecil Hotel, the illustrious palace overlooking Egypt s Mediterranean and immortalized in Lawrence Durrell s classic, The Alexandria Quartet. I can t believe it, after all these years of lost hope, said Patricia Metzger, the British daughter in-law …

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SCI TECH SCENE: Is video game addiction a psychiatric disorder?

US doctors report seeks to declare it one Associated Press CHICAGO: The telltale signs are ominous: teens holing up in their rooms, ignoring friends, family, even food and a shower, while grades plummet and belligerence soars. The culprit is not alcohol or drugs. It is video games, which for certain kids can be as powerfully …

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WORD ON THE STREET: Being an Egyptian secondary school student?

CAIRO: We have heard, read and even witnessed their constant suffering. It s the hardest two years of their lives, or so they believe. According to both students and parents, August is when it all begins. Private lessons start after a very short summer break and everyone has to take them because unfortunately “teachers have …

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HEALTH MATTERS: Saturday night fever, a great remedy for life

Have you ever danced and had sweat pouring down your face, soaking your clothes, and felt like you didn’t have a care in the world? If so, you will know that dancing can be a reviving and exhilarating experience; if not, then it’s about time you did because dancing is therapeutic for the mind, body …

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Kasr El Aini's new fetal medicine unit treats fetuses, saves families

CAIRO: The Kasr El Aini School of medicine at Cairo University launched the first specialized unit for fetal medicine in Egypt, Cairo Fetal Medicine (CAIFM). The unit aims to treat pregnant mothers, educating them about their pregnancy and conducting academic research, Dr. Mohamed Momtaz, the head of the CAIFM and a professor of Obstetrics and …

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Tradition and modernity meet head on in Makan

In front of Rasha was a huge upside-down bowl resting in a tub of water. The Karabash, she said, was traditionally used in the kitchen, and after the women finished their work they turned it downwards like this. “Then the party started. And with those words, the party kept on going for the next hour …

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Teachers allegedly face difficulties at exam marking center

CAIRO: Teachers marking the Thanaweya Amma exams have reportedly complained about the high cost of staying at the Mubarak Educational Institute in 6th of October City where all exams are graded. They claim that this cuts into a large chunk of their final salaries. Another complaint was that they weren’t getting the level of service …

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With a Grain of Salt

I was elated with the news that the US is planning to cut its aid to Egypt by $200 million for its bad human rights record. Such a fortunate step should finally assure us – after years of anxiety – that the Bush administration is now seriously committed to the protection of human rights in …

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From religious extremist to peacemaker

WASHINGTON,DC: Today s world seems to have gone insane in the name of God. Violence and extremism take centre-stage in international news and much of it speaks in religious terms. Nevertheless, there are examples of leaders who, in the midst of ongoing conflict, have renounced their former violence in order to engage their enemies using …

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Three Lebanese soldiers killed in renewed fighting

Associated Press BEIRUT: Three Lebanese soldiers were killed Monday in renewed fighting with militants in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, a senior military official said. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to make official statements, said an undetermined number of soldiers was also wounded in Monday s …

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Shoura Council elections reach second round

CAIRO: Early Monday polling stations around Egypt opened again for the Shoura Council run-off elections. The second round had 32 candidates contesting the remaining 16 seats in Al-Beheira, Assuit, Cairo, Qena, South Sinai, Aswan, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sohag, Minya and Monufia. Allegations of fighting and clashes between supporters of two contending candidates in Qena governorate were …

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Bringing objects to life with payethco

Spanish photographer Gutierrez exhibits his evocative work at Amir Taz Palace As you pass through the gates of the Amir Taz Palace, the packed neighborhood of El Hurriya, replete with narrow twisting alleys and small cafes filled with people, immediately vanishes. In its place is a tranquil stone courtyard, save for a few plants, wall …

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World Refugee Day: Memories that last

We have a choice of which memory we decide to take away from this year’s AUC celebration of World Refugee Day. The first is of a killing. The second is of children playing. I know which memory I will take with me, and it starts with the moment I heard a busload of singing children …

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Hamas' Bittersweet Victory

Thanks to Fatah s ineptitude and corruption, Israel s shortsightedness, and the Bush administration s misguided policies, Hamas is now in control of the Gaza strip, setting the stage for potentially ominous developments. Specifically, it was Israel, seeking a counterbalance to the PLO, that gave Hamas s early organizers a helping hand in the mid-1980s; …

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Competition rewards marketing managers of the future

CAIRO: During a reward ceremony on Monday at the Cairo Marriott hotel, Procter & Gamble ((P&G), awarded a prize of LE 10,000 to the winners of the “Best Brand Building contest from the American University in Cairo (AUC) who were enrolled in marketing courses in the last two semesters. The groups had originally prepared their …

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Should Egypt give up the kiss?

CAIRO: A popular way to greet one’s friends and relatives, the kiss has been a long-standing piece of Egyptian culture. But in the wake of the 15th Egyptian death from bird flu, the kiss has come under attack. While seen by most as a harmless sign of affection, one doctor warns of the dangers of …

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Deploying Joint UN-AU Peacekeepers in Darfur

A little more than a week ago, leaders of the world’s industrialized nations met for their annual summit in Heiligendamm, Germany. Our modest goal: to win a breakthrough on climate change. And we got it-an agreement to cut greenhouse gases by 50 percent before 2050. Especially gratifying, for me, is that the ways and means …

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False dichotomies: "Secularists" and "Islamists" in Turkey

ISTANBUL: When Turkey s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) – a party with Islamic roots – nominated one of its own as president, millions of protesters took to the streets. The rallies were the latest act in a drama which began when Turkey s founding fathers adopted, in addition to a commitment to eventual …

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US judge halts deportation of Egyptian who fears police torture

Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: An Egyptian national won a reprieve Friday against US government efforts to deport him to Egypt, where he was convicted in absentia of a woman s murder nearly a decade ago. US District Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie stopped the deportation of Sameh Sami S. Khouzam while the court considers his argument …

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Popular World Refugee Day plagued by violent row

CAIRO: Despite being marred by some intra-communal tensions within the Sudanese refugee community, AUC’s World Refugee Day was a “great success, according to Alexandra Kilsdonk, an organizer. Two thousand to three thousand people attended the annual event, held last Friday at the American University in Cairo (AUC) to “celebrate the courage and achievements of refugees …

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Blogger detention unnerves blogging community

CAIRO: Egyptian blogger Amr Sharqawi was jailed and treated brutally for taking pictures of the Shoura election board, during the alleged vote-rigging. The harsh treatment has sent a chill through the already edgy Egyptian blogging community. Amr Sharqawi is a thin, gentle man with spectacles and a soft voice, hardly the picture of a fiery …

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No time like now for the tech-savvy

In the labor market of today, the traditional vacation seems like an abstract concept to many workers. According to a recent poll conducted jointly by Associated Press and market research firm Ipsos, 20 percent of those surveyed admitted to taking their laptops away with them. The poll found that a fifth claimed to work while …

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Oprah most powerful celebrity on Forbes 2007 list

Reuters Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has replaced Tom Cruise as the most world s most powerful celebrity and jailbird Paris Hilton has dropped off the annual Forbes magazine list of the 100 most influential stars. Golfer Tiger Woods ranked second while singer Madonna was No. 3 on the list, which aggregates earnings and media …

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