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New dates, old commitments

The American benchmarks plan that was recently submitted to both Israelis and Palestinians is a very significant step. It marks an important and useful change of gear for American involvement in the conflict in an apparent effort to arrest the deteriorating economic and political Palestinian situation. It doesn t, however, include anything new at all. …

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Locals help transform their shanty town

CAIRO: Manshiet Nasser, a shanty town perched precariously on sandstone cliffs in the desert outskirts of Cairo, the Middle East s largest city, is in the midst of witnessing a transformation of its fortunes. Some 800,000 people are crammed into this informal settlement . The problems of density – 110,000 people per square kilometer – …

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Despite Egyptian mediation, Gaza plunges into violence

Reuters GAZA: The Palestinian interior minister resigned on Monday, rocking a two-month-old unity government, after the biggest surge in factional fighting in months revived fears of civil war. Despite an Egyptian-brokered truce, two Palestinian gunmen and a vegetable seller caught in crossfire were killed in Gaza in clashes between the Hamas and Fatah groups. Eight …

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Despite early hope: like father, like son

The first time I met Anwar Al-Bunni, in June 2005, one of Syria’s numerous state-owned newspapers had just called him a traitor. Over tea that he made himself and countless cigarettes that he smoked as furiously as he defended human rights, Bunni explained that his presence across the desk from me in the office from …

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Poland's revolution is consuming its democratic child

Recently, the European Parliament condemned the Polish government’s attempt to strip Bronislaw Geremek of his parliamentary mandate. A leader of Solidarity, a former political prisoner, and the foreign minister responsible for Poland’s accession to Nato, Geremek refused to sign yet another declaration that he had not been a communist secret police agent. The European Union …

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A way forward to help the Palestinians

More than a year has passed since the European Union suspended its direct budget support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in response to the formation of the Hamas-led government. Although the EU’s intention was to pressure Hamas into accepting the Quartet’s conditions, the suspension of aid did not achieve this effect. Europe is now confronted …

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Acknowledgement of historical peacemaking

WASHINGTON: At the present time, there is a fundamental perceptual difference between the so-called peace camps among Israelis and Palestinians, on the one hand, and, on the other, those who would like to see peace, but don t see it as possible. The members of the peace camp believe that majorities on both sides are …

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Delhi residents suffer from power cuts as monsoon approaches

NEW DELHI, India: Unlike the Indian cricket team that at least looks stronger on paper but fails to deliver, New Delhi’s local power generating units are neither strong on paper nor in reality. Every summer Delhi residents are forced to sweat as shortages in the power grid prevail – from where it is supposed to …

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AUC students discuss creative initiative for the Middle East

The American University in Cairo’s (AUC) Office of Student Development and Writing program held its two day annual undergraduate research conference. Celebrating its third year, AUC faculty members chose 50 students to present their work before their peers in Oriental Hall, ending last Thursday. “A few years ago, there only used to be a research …

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Instability in Turkey has damaged its international standing

Turkey will hold its parliamentary election in July, four months earlier than scheduled, thereby narrowly avoiding a constitutional crisis over the choice of the country’s next president. Nonetheless, Turkey’s bout with political instability has damaged its foreign policy and international standing. At the center of the storm are Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of …

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Israeli media as both monitors and occupation tools

Long before the Winograd report was released to the public last week, the Israeli media had cast doubt on the qualifications of those who managed the second Lebanon war last summer (though not on the actual act of war). In the interim, Israeli newspapers discussed economic scandals in which senior officials were suspected of involvement …

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Azmi Bishara and never leaving home

Recently, Azmi Bishara, head of the Balad party, resigned from his post as a member of the Israeli Knesset. He announced that he would not return to Israel anytime soon because of serious charges leveled against him by the Israeli security establishment. The charges included assisting the enemy in a time of war, contacts with …

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Opposition parties to shun upcoming Shoura elections

CAIRO: At least two opposition parties announced Tuesday they will either boycott, or refrain from participating in, next month s Shoura Council (Upper House of Parliament) by-elections, in protest of what party officials say was the expected large scale vote rigging. Secretary general of the Al Wafd Party, Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, told The Daily …

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Marine confesses he urinated on dead Iraqi at Haditha

Reuters CAMP PENDLETON, California: Angered that a beloved member of his squad had been killed in an explosion, a US Marine urinated on one of the 24 dead Iraqi civilians killed by his unit in Haditha, the Marine testified on Wednesday. Sgt. Sanick Dela Cruz, who has immunity from prosecution after murder charges against him …

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HEALTH MATTERS: Coffee, friend or fiend?

Many of us roll out of bed in anticipation of an enticing cup of coffee to stimulate our senses, while others steer clear from coffee completely, believing that it’s unhealthy. Whether coffee is harmful or beneficial remains debatable, but recent evidence seems to point more in coffee’s favor than against it. A large population study …

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A fantastic raid against an epic enemy

A glimpse at World of Warcraft, a game that dominates online “I’m out of arrows, I yelled as I drew my thorium plated two-hander and thrust it deep into Onyxia’s tail. She already decimated our group of 40 brave souls, within minutes, by half but the battle is still raging. Onyxia, Queen of the Dragonkin …

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Unimpeachable reasons for impeachment

Let’s get this meditation underway by first thinking of reasons NOT to impeach George W. Bush and Richard Cheney. I’ll kick-start with the ones I’ve observed in circulation. (1) It’s looking backward when we should be dealing with problems aplenty now facing us; there are many other things we should be working towards that will …

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A potentially lethal blow to France's rigid socialists

France has chosen – and it has chosen decisively. The new French president is Nicolas Sarkozy, elected with 53.1 percent of the popular vote, with a turnout, at 84.8 percent, the highest since 1981. This election is particularly rich in lessons. France was said to be to be a country mired in apathy and increasingly …

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Arab pluralism requires a free, contentious media

Today’s Arab media is rife with paradox. Compared to only a decade ago, today’s Arab world enjoys a dizzying variety of television stations, newspapers and internet sites. The news and political discourse in these media outlets have decisively shattered the ability of states to monopolize information or control public opinion. But while technological trends have …

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What words can mean

MUMBAI: On July 11, 2006, terrorists blasted bombs on several suburban trains in Mumbai, the industrial and commercial capital of India. Over 200 commuters were killed while many more were maimed. Within 48 hours, over two dozen Mumbai-based maulanas, or religious leaders, representing the most prominent Muslim religious bodies in India – Jamiatul Ulema El-Hind, …

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Public transport strikes paralyze Cairo

CAIRO: Workers at Cairo s Public Transportation Company called off their strike and returned to work on Sunday after the government met their economic demands, a move seen as an attempt to avoid politicizing the latest in the biggest wave of strikes witnessed by Egypt since the 1950s. Cairo’s public bus drivers returned to work …

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Weightlifting federation suspends two members for doping

CAIRO: The Egyptian Weightlifting Federation has ratified the decision of the International Weightlifting Federation to suspend weightlifters Gaber Farhan and Amir Mahmoud for two years following results of a recent doping test indicating the consumption of prohibited medication. An internal inquiry that took place last week, in accordance with the notification of the National Sports …

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Israel's forgotten Arabs

TEL AVIV: The Arab citizens of Israel are the oft-overlooked victims of the Israeli conflict, according to a non-profit organization. “The international community thinks it’s a black and white situation between the Palestinian communities in the Occupied Territories and between Israel, that’s not the situation, says Rania Laham-Grayed, deputy director of the Mossawa Center. For …

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Will Olmert Rise of Fade Away

However damning Judge Eliyaho Winograd’s report may be regarding the Prime Minister’s conduct of the second war in Lebanon, it would be far more damning and destructive for Israel if the political leaders seeking to replace Mr. Olmert lose sight of Israel’s ultimate national interests. The situation in the Middle East is deteriorating to a …

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We devote too much attention to a mostly stagnant Middle East

Why are Middle East experts so unfailingly wrong? The lesson of history is that men never learn from history, but Middle East experts, like the rest of us, should at least learn from their past mistakes. Instead, they just keep repeating them. The first mistake is “five minutes to midnight catastrophism. The late King Hussein …

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Resolving the leadership-public paradox: a consultative approach

JERUSALEM: The exploration of possibilities for the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations has highlighted a familiar paradox: the uneasy relationship between respective leaders and their publics in the delicate context of peace talks. Today, the limited legitimacy accorded Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas compounds the conundrum. Weak leaders do not have the popular support necessary to …

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The vexing paradoxes of China's evolving economy

It is generally agreed that China’s impressive economic achievements during the last three decades are largely the result of the radical reform of its economic system. While private ownership of firms hardly existed when these reforms started, private firms today account for about 60 percent of total production. Ownership, however, is only one dimension of …

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A gateway to freedom of which we can do more

More and more young Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa are turning to cyber activism to fight for human rights and intellectual freedom in the region. The Web, the Internet, cyber space, whatever you want to call it, is a hugely powerful tool for the powerless and voiceless in our societies. Thus, while …

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Jerusalem as it should be

JERUSALEM: The Jerusalem issue has long been the centre of the Palestinian-Israeli struggle, and a source of conflict and hostile feelings between the Arab/Muslim world and Israel, and sometimes the whole western world. The symbolic significance of Jerusalem, whether religious, national or political, is often exploited to varyingdegrees by the opposing sides. On the one …

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Egypt lauded, Iraq faulted in child deaths report

Reuters WASHINGTON: Egypt made the most progress among developing countries in cutting deaths of children under age 5 from 1990 to 2005 while Iraq deteriorated the most, a US-based charity said in a report on Tuesday. The humanitarian group Save the Children tracked child mortality trends in 60 developing countries during this period. Twenty either …

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