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Lessons from Camp David

BEIT BERL, Israel: Next month the US president George W. Bush proposes to host an international conference in Annapolis, near Washington, in the hope of advancing a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians. The failures of previous attempts-in Madrid in 1991, in Oslo in 1993 and at Camp David in 2000-highlight the difficulties. What …

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A dazzling opening night for Sofitel El Gezirah

CAIRO: Literally glittering with lights, the Sofitel El Gezirah was officially inaugurated on Oct. 24. Accor CEO Gilles Pelisson along with the CEO of Sofitel Worldwide Yann Caillere, Chairman of EGHTC Sherif Maghraby and the hotel’s General Manager Dino Van Eeckhaut welcomed over 1,500 distinguished guests to the lavish event. Also honoring the opening of …

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Desert mounts and monuments

It is 7 am in Giza and you can smell the dawn. For a short while the Cairene pollution is bathed the color of peaches. Beyond the garish papyrus emporia and the awakening touts, 40-odd centuries of towering pyramidal history look down on an outpost of Kentucky Fried Chicken and a cohort of horses. The …

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Fitness, plus body and soul equals wellness

Safe, known as the fitness convention of the Middle East, was launched at a press conference in Cairo on Thursday evening, promising to be bigger and better than ever. Under the patronage of Minister of Tourism Zoheir Garana, the convention, now in its second edition, has been given the name “Global Wellness. Body and Soul. …

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Intel celebrates training 100,000 teachers in Egypt

CAIRO: Intel held a special event on Thursday to celebrate the training of 100,000 teachers in Egypt through its “Teach program, which was launched in Egypt three years ago with the objective of training teachers on a new pedagogic approach relying on the effective integration of technology in the classroom. “This is only the first …

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A cloudy spring at the Cairo Opera House

It wouldn’t make sense traveling to, say, Moscow for a belly dance show; hence my apprehension about attending The Cairo Opera Ballet. Still, I was curious. What’s more, the performance was Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, a breakthrough in its time. At the debut, the audiences of 1913 France argued about the quality of the …

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WITH A GRAIN OF SALT: Bush on the phone!

I telephoned US President George Bush last week, but he was in a foul mood. “I don’t want to speak to anyone now, he told me. “I just heard the bad news that Al Gore, who mercilessly contested the presidency against me in 2000, has received the Nobel Prize for Peace. “What’s wrong with that? …

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Breaking barriers in Brooklyn

We wrote this article on September 11, 2007-an anniversary with particular meaning for us. We are Father Khader El-Yateem and Marcia Kannry, board members of the Dialogue Project, an organization that works with multi-ethnic and religiously diverse communities in the New York City area. In particular, we bring dialogue to communities where new Arab and …

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Indonesia: Is secularism a choice?

During his one-month visit to Indonesia between July and August 2007, Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na im, a Sudanese Muslim intellectual who now teaches at Emory School of Law in the United States, campaigned for Muslim countries to adopt a secular system of governance. In this system, the state is not based on specific religious teachings, …

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Why Turkey's army will stay home

Just when the smoke from Turkey’s domestic political conflicts of the past year had begun to clear, another deadly attack by Kurdish separatists on Turkish soldiers has the government threatening military attacks inside northern Iraq. That prospect raises risks for Turkey, Iraq, and the United States. But there are reasons to doubt that the situation …

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Where else but in Canada?

Muslims in Canada have already made celebrated contributions to Canadian wealth, literature, art, medicine, architecture, science, business and engineering. Where else, for instance, except in Canada, will you find North America s oldest mosque still standing, preserved as a national heritage site in Edmonton, Alberta? It is also in Canada that you will find the …

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Egyptian student pleads not guilty in US explosives case

TAMPA, Florida: An Egyptian university student accused of making an Internet video demonstrating how to make an explosives detonator pleaded not guilty to federal charges Wednesday. An attorney for engineering student Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, who has been suspended from the University of South Florida, entered a written plea of not guilty for his client. …

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Woman gets 8 months for sending hate note to Egyptian-American boss

PHILADELPHIA: An American woman who sent her Arab-American boss a threatening note that warned Remember 9/11 and You and your kids will pay was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in a federal halfway house. The recipient, Nina Timani, said she spent months wondering who sent the anonymous note and fearing that her children would be …

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Lebanese troops open fire on Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon

BEIRUT: Lebanese troops opened fire Thursday on Israeli warplanes flying low over southern Lebanon, but no hits were reported, Lebanese officials said. Lebanese soldiers opened up with machine guns and light anti-aircraft weapons mounted on armored vehicles at two planes that flew by just east of Marjayoun town near the border at midmorning, a Lebanese …

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Land Rover September sales soar

CAIRO: Land Rover has achieved yet another record – with the most successful sales month in its history, both globally and across the Middle East. In September, the SUV manufacturer sold 26,000 vehicles globally, a 34 percent increase, and 988 vehicles across the Middle East region, a 36 percent increase up on September sales last …

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Rebuilding trust remains at the core

Since President Bush declared his intention a few months ago to convene a Middle East peace conference, experts on the region and government officials have proposed specific agenda items that should be addressed to insure its success. Key suggestions include a declaration of principle, the creation of an ongoing negotiation process, broad-based regional representation, and …

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America's self-defeating hegemony

When I wrote about the “end of history almost 20 years ago, one thing that I did not anticipate was the degree to which American behavior and misjudgments would make anti-Americanism one of the chief fault-lines of global politics. And yet, particularly since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, that is precisely what has …

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YOUTH VIEWS: Comics bridge cultural gaps

WASHINGTON/CAIRO: One way of looking at the tensions between the Muslim world and the West is as a war of ideas, with each side attempting to influence the other s hearts and minds. This paradigm suggests that at the heart of this tension lies misunderstandings and stereotypes when it comes to the other s culture, …

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ADSL subscribers voice their frustrations with the service

CAIRO: The increase of internet users and the growing dependence on the medium have put Internet Service Providers (ISPs) under the spotlight, especially with subscribers voicing discontent with the type of service they pay for. The time taken to install the service and inadequate technical support lead the list of complaints. It might take up …

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THOUGHTS ON EGYPT: Religion (1)

I was already 17 when the 1952 Revolution took place so I am in a position to compare the role played by religion in the life of Egyptians before the revolution with the role religion plays today. The story is a rather sad one but it has to be told, and an explanation has to …

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Africa's Integration Imperative

Karl Marx predicted that states would wither away in anticipation of an idyllic communist society capable of auto-regulating economic imbalances and empowering the masses. So he would have been flabbergasted to see his prophecy realized, not by communism, but by the globalization of Anglo-American economic liberalism. Opening up markets to the free flow of capital, …

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The peace virus is back

TEL AVIV: Lately, a new epidemic has been threatening to attack Israel´s public discourse: a peace conference, an agreement with the Palestinians, ceremonies with the US president – diseases from the past we thought we had already overcome. We got used to the comfortable life of no partner, no negotiations, and no hope, and suddenly, …

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Letter to President Bush on the Middle East peace conference

The Honorable George W. BushPresident of the United StatesThe White HouseWashington, DC 20500Via facsimile: 202-456-2461 Dear Mr. President: We are writing to share with you a statement on the forthcoming Middle East peace conference adopted by the above-named organizations, whose contents we strongly endorse: The Israeli-Palestinian peace conference announced by President Bush and scheduled for …

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Egypt to participate in Connect Africa summit

CAIRO: Minister of Communications and Information Technology Tarek Kamel is heading to the Rwandan capital Kigali leading a high-level official delegation to participate in the Connect Africa Summit from Oct. 29-30, according to a ministry press release. The Egyptian delegation includes senior officials from the National Telecommunications Institute (NTI), the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) …

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India's Burma Dilemma

The world has been horrified by graphic images of the latest crackdown by Myanmar’s military junta. But the bullets and clubs unleashed on Buddhist monks have worked. The monks have retreated, and an eerie normalcy has returned to Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar’s principal city and former capital. That crackdown continues under cover of darkness. When the …

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Sluggish justice emboldens despots

In the past, ousted tyrants would expect to spend the rest of their waning years in comfortable exile, oblivious to the insidious reach of international law, tribunals and justice. Living comfortably in posh villas with lavish lifestyles or quietly existing in far off, hard to find slums amongst a hand full of sympathizers, they expect …

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