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Was the White House infiltrated by Iranian agents?

US is aiming to destroy what it first built In early January, US forces in Iraq began to arrest Iranian men and charge them with inciting sectarian warfare in the already war-ravaged country. In the northern city of Mosul ten days ago, US troops arrested three Iranians who had no identification papers. Despite the irritating …

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Lebanon, like Iraq and Palestine before it, is slowly dying

CAIRO: It is said that for those who fall from a height, time slows down. Depending on which floor they are on or which precipice they are leering over, the drop could take four seconds. Give or take. In Lebanon, the fall into the abyss has taken two years. Two years since former Premier Rafik …

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A troop buildup will not help Iraq's People

In what is now quickly becoming a tired old soap opera with predictable script, a beleaguered cast, and an angry audience, US President George W. Bush has yet again promised to declare victory in Iraq and bring the troops home . by sending in more troops. Those should be catchphrases of American pop culture: “Victory …

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How to read Iraq with crossed eyes and forked tongue

CAIRO: More than three years into this war, and after nearly 650,000 Iraqi deaths, reporting by mass media on the crises there is no better than the gung-ho, hoopla expressed by numerous columnists seeking evidence on weapons of mass destruction on the eve of invasion. With Iraq’s infrastructure utterly decimated, the media is entirely complicit …

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Why I do not celebrate Eid (or beware the calamities of 2007)

It is customary for Muslims to greet one another with the celebratory salutations for Eid Al-Fitr and Al-Adha. “Eid Mubarak (Blessed Holy Day) or “Kul ‘am wantum bi kheir (May you be in goodness every year) are some of the things Muslims say around this time in the lunar calendar. I hear these greetings from …

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Battlestar Galactica takes on Hamas, Iraqi resistance

CAIRO: Science fiction has always breached the boundaries of the normal, the tried and tested. It has widened the scope of human imagination by grasping the conforms of evolution and – by opposing them directly – created a new reality. A new hope. From Leonardo da Vinci to H.G. Wells to Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. …

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Analysis: Egyptian diplomacy scores breakthrough in Darfur

Western governments ignoring Cairo’s successful mediation efforts CAIRO: Furious diplomatic shuttling between European capitals and Cairo has paid off for a six-month mediation effort by some of this country’s top civil servants in brokering a deal on the crisis in Darfur. In recent weeks, Egypt’s initiatives in trying to bridge differences between the United Nations …

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The early morning quicker picker upper

It’s more important than an apple a day or the box of vitamins lying lazily on the counter. It’s needed by everyone; the human body craves it and just can’t do without it. So why is breakfast the most neglected meal of the day? In the economic hustle and bustle of the modern age, many …

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Millions in Egypt could suffer from climate change: report

Possible threat to progress toward development goals for Africa NAIROBI, KENYA: According to the International Development Research Center (IDRC) climate changes will impede progress toward development goals in Africa and could see the migration of millions of people in Egypt who would lose their livelihoods. “Climate change touches all Africa including Egypt, said Rawya El-Dabi, …

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President Mubarak turns to Russian, Chinese technical assistance

CAIRO: Despite the destruction of Iraq’s nuclear program and with US efforts to isolate Iran over its reactors, several countries in the Arab world are looking to nuclear power to provide energy. And Egypt is leading the pack. According to the Middle East Economic Digest, Egypt’s program – though stalled since 1984 – is more …

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Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis did not win, Mr. President

In 2002, I addressed a television audience somewhere in North America and explained that the American adventure in Iraq was doomed to failure. Of course, this was not a welcome notion, especially when the viewing public had been nurtured on a bevy of carefully calculated propaganda plots assisted by various so-called Iraqi exiles, many of …

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