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The spirit of sculpture

Artist Hussein Kamal recreates ancient Egypt in AUC Halls “The main idea is to create a special environment for each piece because I don’t like them to seem as if they were taken out of the studio. Each piece should look like it was just cut from the ground, sculptor Hussein Kamal said of his …

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Why do Muslims look to religion to address political issues?

WASHINGTON, DC: One of the foremost experts on what he refers to as Islamic democracy, Noah Feldman, explains in his book After Jihad: America and the struggle for Islamic Democracy how the Western paradigm has focused on two diametrically opposed models of government, each tracing its origin to one of two ancient cities: Jerusalem, the …

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Jordan has started thinking about Plan B in Palestine

Of all the regional and international players involved in the Middle East, Jordan is particularly keen to push the peace process forward after a standstill of at least seven years. Jordanian diplomacy has played and continues to play an active role in focusing international and regional attention on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. King Abdullah II continues …

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As the G-8 meets, some modest requests from Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has put Africa squarely on the agenda of this week’s Group of Eight summit. We in Liberia and across Africa welcome her leadership, and are grateful for the G-8’s support for Africa, particularly its commitments in recent years to reduce debt burdens, double aid by 2010, expand trade access, and fight …

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Egyptian antiquities: theft, retrieval and protection

CAIRO: Protecting Egyptian treasures from tomb theft and retrieving what has been smuggled out of the country is no mean feat. It is a long process that requires patience, persistence and a strong belief in the priceless value of Egyptian antiquities. Whether they are made of gold, alabaster, black granite, or even traditional sandstone, the …

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And the race begins

CAIRO: Egypt State Information Service (ESIS) held its first media briefing conference Wednesday night to discuss the activities of the High Elections Commission (HEC) which is supervising the Shoura elections due next Monday. Ambassador Ayman El-Kafas, HEC’s chairman, gave a brief review of the commission’s rules and regulations stressing that each of the 600 candidates …

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Minister of Tourism gives mid-year assessment

CAIRO: At a press conference held at the Nile Hilton hotel on Sunday, Minister of Tourism Zoheir Garana assessed Egypt s progress in the tourism industry in 2006-07. Accompanying Garana was Galal Dowedar, head of the Foreign Press Association (FPA) as well as Vice President Amir Fahim and Salal Atteya. Garana told The Daily Star …

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Brazil seeks investment in Egypt

CAIRO: Representatives from the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brazil) and the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (CCAB) arrived Monday to strengthen business relations between Brazil and Egypt. The three-day visit to Egypt is part of a larger trade mission of Brazilian experts to North Africa, which included stops in Morocco and Tunisia. President of …

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Between Jerusalem and Athens, a Muslim 'third way'

One of the foremost experts on what he refers to as Islamic democracy, Noah Feldman, explains in his book “After Jihad: America and the struggle for Islamic Democracy how the Western paradigm has focused on two diametrically opposed models of government, each tracing its origin to one of two ancient cities: Jerusalem, the birthplace of …

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Winning over the Palestinian card

It is a coincidence, but a useful one, that on the 40th anniversary of an Arab-Israeli war that prompted the Palestinian national movement to break free from the stifling embrace of the Arab states, that effort is repeating itself in Lebanon, albeit with uncertain success. There is much the Lebanese state can do to sustain …

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Never too late, Arab pop stars raise funds for Darfur

Reuters KHARTOUM: Arab pop stars descended on Khartoum this week to perform concerts to aid war-torn Darfur, in a rare show of solidarity with the millions of Muslims caught in the conflict in western Sudan. Most of the billions of dollars in aid to fund the world s largest humanitarian operation in Darfur have come …

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UAE telecoms firm seeks to become global player

Reuters AMMAN: Emirates Telecommunications Corp (Etisalat) sees stepped up acquisitions in the Middle East and Africa in the next three years as it transforms into a major global telecoms operator, its chairman said on Monday. In this phase our focus is on the Middle East and Africa, it s a priority area, Mohamed Hassan Omran …

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The pretensions of a 'peace industry' seeking consensus

Largely because of my association with bitterlemons, my incoming email box receives daily messages from a wide variety of people and institutions that are involved, or purport to be involved, in advancing the cause of peace between Israelis and Arabs. Some are noble, lofty and radically ambitious: ‘the recent Petra Conference, which brought together Nobel …

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The last meeting for two paragons of arrogance

Next week’s Group of Eight summit will probably be the last such meeting for Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin. Seven years ago, at their first meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Bush looked into Putin’s eyes and somehow spotted the soul of a Christian gentleman, not that of a secret policeman. Next week, they shouldn’t …

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Creating a 'failed state' in Palestine

A three-minute Palestinian movie says what needs to be said about estrangement and violence in the Middle East. It features a woman driving around Jerusalem asking for directions to the adjacent West Bank town of Ramallah. She is met by dismay, irritation, blank stares and near panic from Israelis. The documentary, called ‘A World Apart …

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Al-Jazeera Producer back to Cairo

CAIRO: Al-Jazeera producer, Howayda Taha, arrived back in Egypt last Saturday waiting to attend the appeal session on June 16 and legal permission to start shooting her new documentary on the 100th anniversary of Egyptian cinema. Ramadan Mohamed, Taha’s husband, told The Daily Star Egypt that the Egyptian police forces arrested Taha as she landed …

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E-mail brings books in small doses for commuters

Reuters Never had time to read Moby Dick and want something weightier than spam to read on your Blackberry on the way to work? A new web site is offering to send classic books in bite-size installments to your handheld device or e-mail every morning before you go to work, or whenever you want, free. …

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Egypt resumes military trial of top Muslim Brotherhood members

Associated Press CAIRO: A military trial of 40 senior members of Egypt s most powerful opposition group who are charged with terrorism and money laundering resumed Sunday, the group s attorney and a court official said. The trial is part of an ongoing government crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood, whose members holds almost 20 percent …

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South Korean Stock Exchange signs memorandum with Case

CAIRO: The Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange (Case) and Korea Exchange, Inc. (KRX) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Thursday to facilitate exchange of information between both exchanges. Inherent in their partnership is mutual long term cooperation for the respective benefit of securities market for Egypt and Korea. Present at the conference for the MOU …

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Dubai's Mashreqbank plans to open branches in Egypt

Reuters DUBAI: Mashreqbank, Dubai s third-largest lender by market value, said on Wednesday it got central bank approval to open branches in Egypt and ruled out bid interest in Alwatany Bank of Egypt. We have approval from the Egyptian and Emirati central banks to open 10 branches in Egypt, Saad Hakim, a spokesman for Mashreqbank, …

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El Dor El Awwal plays to please

I’m always surprised when a concert begins on time. Last Saturday El Dor El Awwal did so at the Cairo Jazz Club playing an eclectic mix of styles labeled Oriental Jazz. After beginning with some slower songs, mostly Latin jazz, as the bar filled up, the band shifted into some faster-paced Irish folk music which …

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Myths about Western secularism and politics in Islam

It is widely assumed that the sine qua non of secularism in Christian-Western contexts is the separation of church and state. Meanwhile, secularism is also assumed to be a pre-requisite for the successful democratization of societies. The invocation of these two litmus tests has created much hand-wringing in the West over the potential for democratic …

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Here's how Robert Zoellick can rescue the World Bank

Will newly anointed World Bank President Robert Zoellick be able to get the organization back on its feet after the catastrophic failed presidency of Paul Wolfowitz? Although hardly a megawatt star of the category of Robert Rubin, the onetime US Treasury Secretary, he certainly brings some positive attributes to the job. First, as a key …

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A two-state solution is the only option

The June 1967 Arab-Israeli war and the subsequent occupation of Palestinian lands that followed marks a time when relations between Israelis and Palestinians reached such a low point that many on both sides are increasingly despairing of peace efforts. The rationales on all sides vary as the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day war nears, as …

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YOUTH VIEWS

Power, Faith, and Fantasy: A Review SYRACUSE, New York: Michael Oren´s latest political/historical work could possibly top his previous widely acclaimed bestseller, The Six Days War . His new book Power, Faith, and Fantasy provides a historical background of America´s involvement in the Middle East, beginning at the dawn of a new American democracy. As …

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Inside the Middle East: Poverty in the Gulf

We travelled to Bahrain, where despite a generally positive economic situation and relatively high GDP per capita, there is still a portion of the local population that is left on the sidelines of economic prosperity. According to a recent United Nations report, 15% of Bahrainis live on less than $5 a day. Visitors usually see …

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Officials visit Qalet Al Kabsh

CAIRO: As homeless residents of Qalet Al Kabsh continue to file complaints, officials from the Cairo governorate paid a short visit to the bulldozed area on Saturday to promise relocation. The development plan to relocate 300 apartment buildings consumed by a fire in Qalet Al Kabsh last March was thwarted when 300 more apartment buildings …

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Rights group sues Boeing unit over CIA flights

Reuters NEW YORK: The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Boeing Co. unit it accuses of helping the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency transfer foreign suspects to overseas prisons where it says they were held and tortured. The New York-based rights group said it would file a suit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc. on Wednesday, charging …

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Hamas says it may consider a one-year truce with Israel

Associated Press CAIRO: The Islamic group Hamas may consider a one-year cease-fire with Israel, the organization s deputy political leader said in an interview published Saturday in an Egyptian newspaper. Khaled Mashaal s political deputy, Moussa Abu Marzouk, was one of several senior Hamas leaders who were in Cairo over the past week for talks …

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HEALTH MATTERS: Sexual healing

Marvin Gaye was right, it is good for us A celebration of human pleasure, our senses and often our souls, sex is an all-encompassing act that also happens to confer many health benefits. Sex may be shrouded in moral mystery to some, and an endless pursuit to others, but its healing properties are anything but …

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