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Somalia, the Middle East's latest African game board

After years of warlord control over Mogadishu and southern Somalia in general, in 2006 the so called “Islamic courts conquered all the center-south territories of the former Italian colony. Defeated and forced to flee from Mogadishu, the remains of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) moved to Baidoa, where President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad obtained concrete help …

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In Russia, good times also mean political apathy

Usually at this time of year, people are obsessed with what the coming year will bring. But in Russia, the real uncertainty concerns 2008, not 2007. Indeed, one can boil Russian politics down to one issue nowadays: Will President Vladimir Putin stay on as president after 2008, despite repeatedly stating that he won’t? And if …

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What lies ahead in the Democrat-controlled Congress?

Democratic victories in the US House of Representatives and Senate in November are causing an earthquake in US Middle East policy. While it is clear that the White House is under significant pressure to shift course regarding Iraq and to consider a more robust peacemaking effort in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is less clear how …

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Oil won't last; invest in Arab education

Many of the Arab nations have been blessed historically with oil and natural gas, which became the dominant engines of economic change in the last century. That is the good news. The bad news is that oil and natural gas are the sole economic foundations of the Arab world. What the Arab world has failed …

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Islamism in the Sahel: little known, but longstanding

In a Sept. 11, 2006 video, Ayman al-Zawahiri declared that, “Osama bin Laden has told me to announce to the Muslims that the GSPC (the Algerian-based Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat) has joined Al-Qaeda. This should be a source of chagrin, frustration and sadness for the apostates [of the Algerian regime], the treacherous sons …

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Shubra district closes new NGO

CAIRO: Members of the new NGO Ahalena, located in Shubra district, refused to abide by a government decision to close their office, the only independent social development center in the district. In January 2006 the center started to carry out several projects related to social development in the area. It organized medical campaigns, illiteracy classes …

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This is not a review of Borat

Women are third class citizens (third to men, second to cattle), the economy is underdeveloped, education destructive, sex is either incestuous or criminal and racism (specifically anti-Semitism) is the only form of national pride. Welcome to the Third World, or as Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of Borat, randomly calls it: Kazakhstan. “Borat: Cultural Learnings of …

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US to give Fatah $86 mln

Reuters JERUSALEM: The Bush administration will provide $86 million to strengthen security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, expanding US involvement in his struggle with Hamas, according to documents seen Friday. Fighting between Abbas s Fatah faction and Hamas, the ruling Islamist group, has surged since talks on forming a unity government collapsed and …

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Brotherhood talks on party line

No sooner had this notion been floated, apparently by a group of (officially independent) Assembly members, than it was denied by the MB secretary-general, Mahmoud Ezzat. He said of a recent high-level party meeting: Some members of the People s Assembly from the group spoke about that issue but no official steps have been taken. …

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New web portal to improve Iraq news coverage

While the crises in Iraq led global news coverage in the past year, the effects of escalating violence on journalists’ mobility and ability to report safely in the war-ravaged country are sad footnotes to every headline. According to the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists, of the 92 journalists who have died in Iraq since the …

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Sudanese refugees in Egypt see little hope on the horizon

Irin CAIRO: Sudanese refugee community leaders are claiming that their living conditions in the Egyptian capital are worse than ever, one year after scores of their members were killed by Egyptian troops. The precise number of Sudanese refugees living in Egypt is not known, however observers put the number between one and three million. Many …

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An opportunity lost for human rights in the region

The swift execution of Saddam Hussein following a flawed trial was a blunt reminder that the former dictator’s “Republic of Fear gave way, under Anglo-American occupation, to an Iraqi state of revenge. The fate of Saddam, whose atrocious crimes were reminiscent of those of the notorious Umayyad governor Al-Hajjaj bin Yusif, seemed to have been …

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How AIDS has become a woman's Plight

CAIRO: Enara, age 11 of Dandara, Zimbabwe, cried in 2002 as she described the difficulties of daily living after being left orphaned by AIDS. More than 20 years after the breakout of the Human-Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the pandemic still shows no sign of receding. The shocking figures all over the world leave many scared of …

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Man who filmed Saddam on mobile phone arrested

Associated Press BAGHDAD: The person believed to have recorded Saddam Hussein s execution on a cell phone camera was arrested Wednesday, an adviser to Iraq s prime minister said. The adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, did not identify the …

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CAIRO CAROUSEL: This silence past compare

I miss the Eid break. No, am not overtly pious nor philanthropically inclined – I do my bit for charity. But it is the eerie, almost apocalyptic silence that accompanies Eid in many parts of Cairo. First off, you are not awakened by the honking terrorist activities of the minibus drivers. The hustle bustle of …

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Israel says no progress on Egyptian-sponsored prisoner swap

Associated Press JERUSALEM: Israeli officials on Monday denied claims that they were close to a deal that would secure the release of a captured soldier held by Palestinian militants, citing excessive demands by the Islamic Hamas. Expectations have been building in the media that an announcement could be made at an Israel-Egypt summit on Thursday, …

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Egyptian Youth and Azhar Demos

It is not the proper time to discuss the Al Azhar University incidents. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has already apologized for the students’ parade that was the focus of media attention for a few days and was used as a launching pad to arrest a few of the MB’s top leaders, including Deputy Chairman Khayrat …

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The boomerang effect

The Hussein execution is likely to have serious repercussions for the region I miss the old days of colonialism. You know, the days when the suppression of the natives was done with a little panache. Nowadays, it’s all shoving and a none-too elegant boot up the collective backside. Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was hanged …

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Practical steps for a new Iraq policy

The daily toll of events in Iraq and the intensity of media coverage from Baghdad make it hard to allow ideas on the Iraq crisis to be considered with the sober and somber deliberation they deserve. The pressure to squeeze new policy options into political frames that are instantly interpreted as for or against the …

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What the 'poor sots' of the world know about globalization

In 1919, the world humbly bore the loss of one of its most imaginative diplomats, when 39-year-old Mark Sykes succumbed to the Spanish flu in his well-appointed Paris hotel room. Sykes died a happy man, having created (with his boon buddy Francois Georges-Picot), a “New Middle East, complete with Octavian-era place names: Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia …

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Egypt 2006: age, melancholy and usual vows of better

Cairo: Early in 2006, Transparency International, a Berlin-based assessment bureau, announced that Egypt’s corruption index had improved from “highly acute to “rampant. Economist Ahmed al-Naggar wasn’t the only one to remark that “rampant isn’t good enough. January headlines descried a ruling-party member’s sale of expired dialysis equipment to state hospitals, retirement funds used to cover …

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Police officers in sexual abuse case could face prison sentence

CAIRO: The Southern Cairo Prosecution Court detained on Thursday two police officers, accused of sexually abusing a microbus driver, pending a criminal court session to determine their fate this week. The two officers, Islam Nabeh, assistant investigator, and Reda Fathy, a non-commissioned officer, have been accused of torturing Imad Al-Kabir, an Egyptian microbus driver, in …

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From Peacekeeping to Peace Consolidation in Burundi

At the end of December, the United Nations Mission in Burundi (ONUB) will close, ending a successful two-and-a-half year chapter in peacekeeping history. I had the privilege of working in Burundi from June 2004 to April 2006, and bearing witness to the country s completing the process of transition out of a protracted period of …

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Saddam execution reopens Iraq discussions in Cairo

Some call Bush a terrorist CAIRO: The decision of an Iraqi court to uphold the death sentence given to former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein opened the door to many discussions about Iraq among Cairenes with many expressing concern for the deteriorating situation in the war-ravaged Arab country. Opinions were framed around the dire situation in …

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Women bear the brunt of bird flu

CAIRO: Judging from the gender ratio of infections in Egypt, women are most at risk of avian influenza contagion than men, said Hamdi Abdel Wahed, media official at the health ministry. All of the eight deaths that have occurred in Egypt as a result of avian flu have been among women. The reason for this …

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Israel's December Report: Three Clues for 2007

Israeli government officials in charge of conducting an end-of-year review cannot be happy. While their mid-year review was equally disappointing, with the loss in Lebanon and lack of international support for Israel’s role in Gaza’s humanitarian crisis, the end-of-year review is worse. In December only, Israel lost a major ally at the United Nations with …

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The emergence of cosmopolitan solidarity

As globalization proceeds, with the help of ever-faster communications, faster travel, and more powerful multinational corporations, a new, cosmopolitan social class seems to be emerging. These citizens of the world are developing loyalties to each other that cross national boundaries. I was at a dinner the other night with Yale World Fellows, a carefully selected …

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Kuwait: Is the beginning of real politics taking place?

Kuwaitis describe the country’s current Parliament with an apparent contradiction: “The opposition is the majority. In any parliamentary system this would be impossible; a government cannot serve without majority support. Even in presidential or mixed systems, the parliamentary majority enjoys a share of power through cohabitation or divided government. But while Kuwait displays more democratic …

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American blunders have led to Middle Eastern chaos

The events of 9/11 gave the United States an opportunity to enforce its domination in the Middle East. This is hardly unique in the history of the region, which has witnessed British domination and later American-Soviet competition. The United States’ influence reached its peak in the Kuwait war of 1991 when it was able to …

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