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The meaning of a death in Istanbul

Is there a curse hanging over Turkey? Each time the country achieves sustained development, something trips it up. This time it is the assassination on Friday of Hrant Dink, a newspaper editor, peacemaker and one of Turkey’s most prominent Armenians. Turkey is trying to rise to the challenge. Denunciations of the murder fill the airwaves, …

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The Dictatorship of the Majority

It is often claimed in the West that Muslims are too sensitive to criticism and that they react emotionally to those who dare to challenge their Islamic dogmas or medieval traditions and norms. To support this argument, critics point out that Muslims have always committed violence, threatened and murdered opponents, and burned the embassies and …

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Lebanese sovereignty, Israeli obstacles

It has been argued that wars create opportunities for security and political changes. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 proved this saying in the negative sense. In fact, Lebanon was plunged into a period of chaos that was later exploited by Syria, which gained full control over the country for over two decades. After …

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Police tighten noose on Maadi "stabber"

Cairo: Police officials have been surrounding the Arab district in the suburb of Maadi where an investigation indicates the so-called “stabber , who has fueled rumors and conspiracy theories in the local press, is hiding out. Sources said the attacker is a patient who escaped from a hospital of mental disease and psychological disorders. According …

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Ex-UN oil-for-food head, Boutros-Ghali kin charged

Reuters NEW YORK: The former head of the UN oil-for-food program for Iraq and a brother-in-law of an ex-UN Secretary General were charged with bribery and conspiracy to commit wire fraud tied to the program. Benon Sevan, 69, the first UN official to be charged with wrongdoing under the program, and Ephraim Nadler, 79, a …

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Dozens killed in Baghdad market attack

Associated Press Cairo: At least 78 people were killed and more than 150 wounded Monday after two nearly simultaneous bombs struck a predominantly Shia commercial area in central Baghdad in the deadliest attack in two months, officials said. The US military reported the deaths of two Marines, raising the two-day death toll to 27 in …

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Bush's Baghdad plan: What do the numbers mean?

President George W. Bush has presented a new strategy for the war in Iraq that may be able to defeat the insurgency and reverse Iraq’s drift towards large-scale civil war. His speeches to date, however, raise many questions as to both the risks it will create over the coming months and the real-world ability to …

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Autumn of the commandante; another dictator sinks

The death watch for Fidel Castro is something that only Gabriel Garcia Marquez could get right. His novel “Autumn of the Patriarch captures perfectly the moral squalor, political paralysis, and savage ennui that enshrouds a society awaiting the death of a long-term dictator. Commandante Fidel’s departure from power, of course, will be solely a matter …

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Owner of Al Rabea for Car Trade flees with LE 16 million, police say

CAIRO: More than 100 complaints have been filed with the police against Karim Nashaat, the owner of Al Rabea for Car Trade, accusing him of stealing clients’ deferment payments and not delivering their cars on time. Ahmed Hashaad, a high ranking police officer at Al Khalifa police station, said Nashaat’s clients have been filing accusations …

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All about trashing Trans Fats

The hidden fats in your everyday meal or snack You may be aware that processed foods and junk foods are bad for you, but do you know why? Numerous dietary culprits in these foods make them unhealthy but one group that has recently come to the fore as being particularly villainous on your health are …

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A new Great Game, with oil and gas as stakes

A dictator s sudden death almost always triggers political instability. But it is doubly dangerous when it poses a risk of region-wide destabilization and a scramble for influence among the world s greatest military powers – the United States, Russia, and China. The sudden death in late December of Saparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenistan s authoritarian president-for-life …

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Better a gut-check than a poll-check for the Democrats

With the start of the new congressional session, the Democratic exile has officially ended. So begins the hard part: governing. Over the past few years, many commentators have criticized the party s failure to put forward a coherent vision for national security. Now with control in the House and Senate, Democrats have an opportunity to …

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Lebanon knows 'lose-lose' when it sees it

With political polarization reaching alarming levels in Lebanon, one of the most pressing questions is whether or not the country will return to the gruesome chapters of its past and degenerate into civil war. It is difficult to predict when or how Lebanon will emerge from its present mess. The impression I got when I …

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Egyptian bird flu mutations suggest antiviral resistance

Associated Press LONDON: Mutations in the bird flu virus have been found in two people in Egypt, in a form that might be resistant to the medication most commonly used to treat the deadly disease, according to laboratory tests approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). The mutations in the H5N1 virus strain were not …

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Panhandler not handicapped after all

Cairo: A girl in a wheel chair, who was used by her mother to beg in Al Azbakiya, burst into tears and jumped from the chair, confessing that she was not handicapped as her mother claimed, Al Gomhoriya reported. The fraud was exposed as a high-ranking police officer who checked on security in the area, …

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Who Is to Blame for US Foreign Policy?

It is a common perception that Americans do not pay enough attention to foreign policy. US policy makers and experts, as well as the American public, espouse the opinion that Americans are not well-informed about international relations. The midterm congressional election campaigns, following the passing of September 11 s fifth anniversary, have generated a renewed …

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For many Muslims, the 'bad news' of globalization travels fast

The real impact of globalization on Muslim-Western relations has been mixed, but as the adage reminds us, “bad news travels fast. Ironically, the speed of globalization’s negative press can be attributed primarily to globalization itself. Empirically, it seems credible that income levels and life-expectancy in Muslim-majority countries have improved in the last half-century, as have …

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California students light candles for peace

CALIFORNIA: A group of high school students called Youth for Hope organized a massive luminary lighting on New Year s Eve in Davis, California. The event was supported by peacemakers of all ages and succeeded in sending a powerful message for peace. The light from approximately 10,000 luminaries represented both the number of people killed …

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Beware of 'sectarianism' in Palestine

That Saddam Hussein’s execution at the hands of the Iraqi government was completely botched is no secret. That Saddam’s reputation among Arabs was “rehabilitated to some extent due to the grotesque handling of the killing is also a well known fact. While the feelings of indignation will more than likely fade in the near future, …

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Muslims "get" globalisation, but does it get them?

The real impact of globalization on Muslim-Western relations has been mixed, but as the adage reminds us, bad news travels faster . Ironically, the speed advantage of globalization’s negative press can be attributed primarily to globalization itself. Empirically, it seems credible that income levels and life-expectancy in Muslim-majority countries have improved in the last half-century, …

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'Little Mosque' takes Canada by storm

Muslims have taken Canada by storm. Surely not a terrorist attack? This new event, which features Muslims, is completely non-violent, but comes in the form of entertainment in “Little Mosque on the Prairie a sitcom which first aired on CBC on Jan. 9, 2007. The sitcom, created and produced by Canadian Muslim writer Zarqa Nawaz …

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CDM projects face to reduce harmful emissions

CAIRO: In an effort to exchange experience and strengthen partnership between Egyptian and British businesses in the field of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the UK-Egypt Climate Change Business Seminar focused on financial structures, technology and advisory services for local CDM projects. Egyptian Minister of State for Environment Affairs Maged George told The Daily Star Egypt …

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A regional settlement requires revived multilateralism

One of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s favorite metaphors was that of the “chute, the narrow fenced structure through which ranchers push cattle to the slaughterhouse. The rancher-turned-prime minister frequently used it to refer to what he saw as attempts by the international community to force upon Israel a solution to its conflict with …

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The enigma of Russia: Is the country more market-driven?

Fifteen years after the Soviet Union collapsed and split apart, Russia still fits Winston Churchill’s characterization of Stalin’s USSR nearly seven decades ago: “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Throughout the presidencies of Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s and today that of Vladimir Putin, Russia has opened its doors to international trade, …

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Washington must consider a contact group for Iraq

Last November’s congressional elections dealt US President George W. Bush a sharp rebuff over his Iraq policy. Shortly after the election, the Iraq Study Group offered a bipartisan formula for the gradual withdrawal of American troops. But Bush rejected this, and persists in speaking of victory in Iraq – though it is unclear what that …

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