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THOUGHTS ON EGYPT: Nothing Trickles Down

There are a few Egyptian economists who do believe that the effects of economic growth must, sooner or later, benefit all Egyptians. These are the people who congratulate the government on the recent rise in the growth rate, which has reached 7 percent after two decades of growing at about half this rate. However, these …

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Financial Hypocrisy

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the East Asia crisis, which began in Thailand on July 2, 1997, and spread to Indonesia in October and to Korea in December. Eventually, it became a global financial crisis, embroiling Russia and Latin American countries, such as Brazil, and unleashing forces that played out over the ensuing …

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Guarding optimism

The skeptics have unassailable arguments: History and a consistent record of failure are on their side. Expectations of success for the Middle East summit in Annapolis are further dampened by weak Israeli and Palestinian governments, an American president in the last stretch of his second term, dysfunctional Israeli and Palestinian body politics, and cynical media …

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Furnace cities

It’s possible to see, right now, what global warming will eventually do to the planet. To peek into the future, all we have to do is go to Beijing, Athens, Tokyo, or, in fact, just about any city on Earth. Most of the world’s urban areas have already experienced far more dramatic temperature hikes over …

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The soft power of the United Nations

Joseph Stalin once dismissed the relevance of “soft power by asking, “How many troops does the Pope have? Today, many self-styled realists dismiss the United Nations as powerless, and argue that it can be ignored. They are mistaken. Power is the ability to affect others to produce the outcomes one wants. Hard power works through …

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Grand Mufti says media misquoted 'drowning fatwa'

CAIRO: Mufti Ali Gomaa denied Tuesday false claims made by the media following his fatwa concerning the illegal migrants who recently drowned off the Italian coast. Gomaa’s fatwa – that these men were not martyrs – provoked a public outcry and objections by scholars who claimed it contradicts a hadith by Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) asserting …

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NDP favors patronage over politics, say analysts

CAIRO: Despite a highly marketed effort at modernization, Egypt s ruling party is still centered on one man and draws much of its loyalty from its function as a patronage machine, analysts say. A stylish image revamp and the emergence of a reform-minded camp in the last five years have done little more than add …

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Italian musician uncovers hidden music in Da Vinci's 'Last Supper'

It’s a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real. An Italian musician and computer technician claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci’s ”Last Supper,” raising the possibility that the Renaissance genius might have left behind a somber composition to accompany the scene depicted in the 15th-century …

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Fresh water makes good neighbors

You’re back, and you’re in one piece! is a phrase that I have been welcomed with alarmingly often over the past two weeks. In Cambridge, it is apparently normal to imagine that I might not survive three months in Pakistan. In fact, it is surprising that I have returned from Pakistan healthy – but not …

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Techniques of deception: From Popper to Rove and back

In his novel 1984, George Orwell chillingly described a totalitarian regime in which all communication is controlled by a Ministry of Truth and dissidents are persecuted by political police. The United States remains a democracy governed by a constitution and the rule of law, with pluralistic media, yet there are disturbing signs that the propaganda …

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Sadat's Journey, 30 Years After

If “one man of courage makes a majority, as Andrew Jackson said, then 30 years ago, in November 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was such a man. His peace overture to Israel stunned the Middle East. He had, as he put it, gone “to the end of the earth (the Knesset in Jerusalem), and in …

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IN FOCUS: A True Civil Society

You’d be wrong to think that the current opposition parties in Egypt will affect any form of change in the coming years. Apart from the fact that they are farcical paper tigers that lack the political capability to confront the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), they have also failed to infuse their parties with young …

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Live from the living room

You may have walked by an art exhibit Friday night without realizing it. The streets were calm in Cairo as most were at the Ahly match or glued to their television sets watching it at home. It was the perfect time for the Young Arab Theater Fund (YATF) to set up the third installment of …

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Can anything slow the dollar's fall?

“Dollar denial, that state of willful blindness in which bankers and central bankers claim not to be worried about America’s falling currency, seems to be ending. Now even European Central Bank Governor Jean Claude Trichet has joined the chorus of concern. When the euro was launched, the US dollar-euro ($:?) exchange rate stood at $1.16/?1. …

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WITH A GRAIN OF SALT: Unparalleled Greed

I totally agree with the Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, who described the Egyptian illegal migrants who recently drowned as “greedy . Did they not seek jobs where they can be paid in a coveted foreign currency, not our very own local currency? I’m also surprised at the newspapers which attacked the Mufti for what he …

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Etoile stun holders Ahly to conquer Africa

CAIRO: Etoile Sahel of Tunisia stunned title holders Al Ahly of Egypt 3-1 Friday to win a first African Champions League title. No one outside Tunisia gave a team coached by Frenchman Bertrand Marchand a chance at Cairo Stadium after they were held 0-0 two weeks ago in the first leg of the African Football …

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Cairo farmers skeptical of army's plans for Al-Qursaya

CAIRO: Bayonets fixed, the soldiers scrambled onto the island in the middle of Cairo, rolled out barbed wire and set up camp. The reasons why they did so are as murky as the Nile waters that flow around them. Al-Qursaya island is home to 5,000 people, mostly farmers who have lived there for generations. It …

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TV drama sparks debate over Egypt's last king

CAIRO: For more than 50 years Egyptians looked upon their last king Farouq as a debauched puppet of the West, but a new teledrama has shown an entirely different image of him and sparked a nationwide debate. Everyone is talking about it and you can detect a whiff of nostalgia for the monarchy, says columnist …

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Groundbreaking event in Muslim-Christian solidarity

The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians. An open letter carrying this message was sent by 138 of the world s most senior Muslim leaders to the heads of all Christian churches – including Pope Benedict XVI, addressing Christians around the world on the eve of Eid ul Fitr, the …

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The stressful life of laboratory animals

Research on animals is performed to gain more knowledge about diseases and how to cure them, and to evaluate drugs for toxicity before testing them on humans. In fact, animal studies have played a vital role in almost every major medical advance. Although researchers are committed to finding new ways to reduce and replace animal …

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In Cairo, recycling is a necessity, not a new fad

CAIRO: In advanced countries, someone whose cell phone breaks down or becomes outdated usually tosses it and gets a new, fancier model. Ditto for the VCR, DVD player, Sony PlayStation and even radios and watches. Not so in the developing world. Here in Cairo, whole side streets and alleys are packed with electronics repairmen laboriously …

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Designing a dream home

It was by chance that founder of Design Emporium, Aziza Tanany, fell into the interior design business. Rewind to 1990: Tanany was living in London running her own translation firm. She was also operating an expediting office, acting as an agent for UK and Europe-based companies. Then in 1996, when a friend of hers wanted …

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Egypt's golf boom

Twelve years ago, golf in Egypt was the preserve of a few families, mostly longtime members of the Gezirah and Alexandria sporting clubs. A few hundred expatriates also played the game, mostly at the Mena House where they could have a beer or two afterwards. Golf was virtually unknown.A few visionary developers – the Abou …

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Relaxed creations grace the catwalk

Researching before the design company Nagada’s fashion show, I read about two amazing people, Sylva Nasrallah and Michel Pastore, the owners. Later I would be pleasantly surprised to find that not only are their intentions good and backstories charitable, their creations are beautiful and of high quality as well. Maybe karma really does exist. The …

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Stay the Course in The Hague

WASHINGTON, DC: After eight years on the job, Carla del Ponte is about to step down as the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Set up by the United Nations to prosecute those on all sides in the Balkan wars – Serbs, Bosnian Muslims, Croats, and, …

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What today's Islamists want

CAIRO: What exactly do Western governments and policymakers want from Islamists, i.e. individuals and groups who believe that their system of government should be based on Islamic principles? As a moderate Islamist keen to build bridges of understanding and communication with different people in the West and elsewhere, I find it difficult to answer this …

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Pakistan at the tipping point

Washington, DC: On Nov. 3, President-General Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan, suspended the interim constitution and essentially placed the Supreme Court of Pakistan under military arrest. His move has generated a crisis in the region with serious global implications. Pakistan to this day remains one of the few Muslim states where democratic …

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Hamas plans to build Hollywood-style media city, despite isolation

It’s a tale worthy of its own movie script: The Gaza Strip’s isolated and cash-strapped Hamas rulers plan to build a $200 million media city and movie production house that will be part tourist attraction and part effort to cement control of the territory it seized by force in June. So far though, the group …

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