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Arab leaders 'break the silence' on AIDS and discuss religion's role

Region at critical point with action needed to stop spread of disease CAIRO: The time to address AIDS is now is the common message leaders were trying to convey at the 2nd Regional Religious Leaders Forum in Response to HIV/AIDS in the Arab states, sponsored by the UN Development Program (UNDP). We have a window …

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Style and taste big on Bert's agenda

Eclectic but tasty offerings in a sophisticated atmosphere If Bert s doesn t sound very French to you, don’t worry, it isn’t. If it doesn t sound appetizing, however, that is another issue. This is the latest contemporary cafe to open its doors since Ramadan, but is still largely undiscovered. The French items on the …

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Highlights from the Global Forum on Health Research

Social vaccine, women s issues, and road traffic most relevant issues to Egypt’s health development CAIRO: Amid topics ranging from AIDS research to crisis preparedness, the most critical issues addressed by the Global Forum for Health Research, which concluded Nov. 2 in Cairo, were a proposed “social vaccine, women s issues and road traffic accidents. …

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"Health Systems research" should be government priority

Director of Global Health Forum discusses state of world health research Cairo: Despite Dr. Stephen Matlin s great wealth of knowledge and passion for the field of health research, he has few figures to share. The annual Global Forum for Health Research kicked off its four-day conference in Cairo on Sunday to address the needs …

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World experts meet in Cairo to tackle health needs of developing nations

CAIRO: The Global Forum for Health Research launched its international conference towards “Combating disease and promoting health in developing countries on Sunday. First Lady Suzanne Mubarak kicked off the conference, delivering the keynote speech focusing on gender issues. Mrs. Mubarak suggested that while health issues centered on a woman’s reproductive years have received attention, there …

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Counting the fractions of low-brow comedies

Dumb fun is the common denominator for Eid movie releases There is a saying about Egyptian movies released during the Eid al-Fitr holidays. Or, if not, there should be: They are dumb fun. Rami Imam s 1/8 Dastet Ashrar (1/8 of an Evil Dozen) does not fail this epithet. It is one eighth Ocean s …

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An unlikely ally: Middle East scholar to build bridges

Beinin: US needs a more Arabic-proficient pool of experts The increasing clash of civilizations rhetoric comes at a time, perhaps, when just the right person is here to help bridge such gap. He is not an Arab defending himself to the West, but rather was raised in New Jersey, leading a leftist Zionist club in …

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A tour for the cultured

Salama s Egyptian premier arabesque but hip Fathy Salama and his band Sharkiat s latest album Sultany (or My Sultan ) – the group s first to be released in Egypt – features music that should be played at foreigner-frequented locales: it is arabesque enough for the authentic experience, but hip enough to tolerate. Salama …

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Mounir satisfies fans

CAIRO: Wo yo yo and Ahhhahhh may not mean much to most people, but for fans attending Mohamed Mounir s Thursday night concert, these incoherencies signified the epitomes of joy and suffering. Mounir played his expected emotional and socially-conscious ballads to an audience of devotees at The Opera House, just two days after his birthday. …

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Oral history emerging as alternative to traditional historiography

CAIRO: Historians and researchers must rely on government documents, elite culture and oppressors perspectives for the bulk of historical knowledge. Interest in subaltern studies, in the voices and cultures of those less heard, is growing, but the materials with which to amass such knowledge are sparse. A relatively new documentation method called oral history is …

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A personal side to October 6

CAIRO: For most people, the day will go unnoticed. Most will sleep in, some will watch war movies and a few will hold military commemorations acknowledging soldiers sacrifices. For Maj. Gen. Adel Hegab, a commanding officer of the Engineering Battalion in the Ramadan War, the 6th of October represents a noble spirit, now lost. In …

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Taking the initiative

Egyptian students have stopped relying solely on traditional education Can we? asks the first part of Zedny s slogan. The answer amongst Egyptian youth today seems to be yes . but with a little help. Young Egyptians are increasingly turning to alternative venues for self-enrichment and career help. What may be lacking in the educational …

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Research through a camera lens

Local artist Hadeel Nazmy discusses her photography at CIC CAIRO: Hadeel Nazmy is an artist who does not care about artistry. She doesn t waste her time looking for the right shot, the right angle or the right lens. Even the object is of little importance to her. In fact, Nazmy could perhaps be better …

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Peace Day in Cairo amid un-peaceful events

Politicians and officials from Egypt and beyond recognized International Peace Day at the Arab League Sep. 21, hosted by the U.S. Federation for Middle East Peace and the Young Men’s Muslim Association. Though the day did not see its mission to cease violence throughout the world succeed, leaders of various communities were on hand to …

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Backstage Productions brings artists front and center

Art and media marketing and production house Kawalis revamps Egypt s music scene If you asked Egyptian youth 10 years ago about the music scene in Egypt, they likely would have mentioned Amr Diab, alongside cover bands emulating Metallica and Pink Floyd. If you asked them 5 years ago, they may have replied Amr Diab …

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Euromoney Conference kicks off tonight

CAIRO: The consortium of who s who in Egypt s financial affairs will all be found at the 11th annual Euromoney Egypt Conference opening tonight at the Semiramis InterContinental in Cairo. The 2-day conference attempts to bolster the host country s GDP and investments by targeting both business leaders and decision makers in a series …

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Women exclusive beaches are fun for some and resented by others

NORTH COAST, Alexandria: For many outsiders, it s a secluded place shrouded in myth. Elite women, hidden away from society, congregate and suddenly emerge as sensual beings in an orgiastic experience. Some say it is a place for women ashamed of their bodies and who just can t bear to compete with the pseudo-models of …

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Yearly Aida ritual missing the subtleties, but strong on extravagance

CAIRO: Verdi s Aida looks, feels and sounds like a true opera. Costumes, settings and performances are all extravagant. From the beginning, it is clear the viewer is in for a grand epic of a story. The curtains lift to an impressive opening scene with ancient Memphis in the background, setting a high standard maintained …

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While the world focuses on Lebanon, Gaza lay in ruins

CAIRO: The Gaza Strip has become a place where workers take pictures with anachronistic 200 Sheqel bills (approximately $50), and an entire community drops soldier into mundane telephone conversations to confuse Israeli intelligence. Wesam Ragad Abu Diab, a Palestinian studying at an Egyptian university, was in Gaza before Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by …

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