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Art in a sea of sand

Creative caravan journeys through the Western DesertBy Joseph Badtke-Berkow The stone faces in the limestone cliffs that rise from the sands of the Western Desert like giant decorated facades of an unfinished temple, have surely never seen the likes of the modern tech-wizardry about to confront them. Egyptian artist Wael Shawky built a screen atop …

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Fame, fortune and a social conscience

If you were passing by the American University in Cairo yesterday afternoon, you might have been forgiven for thinking there was rock concert held at its gates. The air trembled with full-throated, bloodcurdling screams. If the Arabs had pulled off a few of those back in Andalucia, the Spaniards would still be speaking Arabic. The …

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Muslim Brotherhood join regional outcry condemning Israeli nuke program

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Iran and Arab states on Wednesday seized on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert s statement implying that Israel has nuclear weapons, calling it proof of a regional threat and demanding UN action. Egypt s opposition Muslim Brothers, who control a fifth of parliament, reacted angrily and demanded an urgent parliament session attended by …

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Children suffer when mother lacks input, says UNICEF

Reuters UNITED NATIONS, Dec 11: Children are likely to be undernourished in households where women are denied a voice in family decisions like doctor visits, food expenditures and trips to see friends and relatives, says a report by the U.N. Children s Fund, UNICEF, released on Monday. Tracing the life cycle of women, the report …

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Palestinian novelist explore lives of Palestinian women in "The Inheritance"

The Inheritance By Sahar Khalifeh Translated by Aida Adib Bamia The American University in Cairo Press, 2005 Mahfouz medal winner Palestinian author Sahar Khalifeh examines the stark realities in the lives of Palestinian women in The Inheritance. Through her protagonist, Zeynab, born to an American mother and a Palestinian father, the author illuminates the disorienting …

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There is no Darfur peace plan, so ponder this one

Andrew Natsios, America’s special envoy to Sudan, has warned that the Bush administration will resort to an unspecified “Plan B if the Sudanese government does not agree to an expanded international peacekeeping force for Darfur by January 1, 2007. Natsios and other US officials have refused to say what Plan B is. The whisper in …

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Regional interests mean the ceasefire might lead nowhere

Beyond the current Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire there may lie nothing at all: no peace process, not even an interim process or agreement. If that is the case, then the ceasefire itself will not last long. On the Palestinian side, President Mahmoud Abbas appears to have given up on the project of forming a unity government and …

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Palestinian Sahar Khalifeh awarded Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature

The American University in Cairo Press announced yesterday Palestinian author Sahar Khalifeh, winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her work Sura wa ayquna wa ahdun qadim (An Image, an Icon, and an Ancient Covenant). The press conference preceding the award ceremony marked the end of a week-long commemoration of Egyptian Nobel Laureate …

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Address to mark International Human Rights Day New York City

My dear friends, Thank you all for being here. I could not ask for better company, on the last International Human Rights Day of my time in office, than this group of courageous human rights leaders from around the world. I don’t need to tell you, of all people, that the United Nations has a …

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Goals eased the pressure, says victorious Jose

Ahly coach Manuel Jose said his players reeled under pressure in the first-half against Auckland City FC on Sunday but they looked comfortable and produced their normal game when goals came after the interval. The African champions romped to a 2-0 win over the New Zealand side in the opening game of the 2006 FIFA …

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Was Shakespeare an imperialist ethnocentric goon?

Cairo: The works of William Shakespeare have long fascinated readers for their insight into human behavioral patterns and historical perspectives, but one scholar now says that even Islam had a historical presence in the English bard’s writing. Dr Jerry Brotton, Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London says Shakespeare s works …

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'Resisting America' does not make Russia great

An old saying in politics in Moscow is that relations between the United States and Russia are always better when a Republican rules in the White House. We are statesmen, and the Republicans are statesmen. Because we both believe in power, it is easy for the two of us to understand each other. The problem …

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Gaza security must involve both Israel and Egypt

The recent intensification of violence between Israel and the Palestinians is disturbing in many ways. Most disturbing of all are the signs that new weapons technologies and tactics are being transferred to the Palestinian territories, particularly to the Gaza Strip. Tunnels under the Philadelphi corridor along the Egyptian border with Gaza are among the vehicles …

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Make music not war

Is cultural diplomacy the key to international relations? Darryl John Kennedy brought his unique brand of musical diplomacy to Cairo on Friday when he beckoned the small audience at El Sawy Cultural Center on a world jazz tour, featuring themes from Japan, southern Africa, Egypt, the US, and Europe. Kennedy, an “independent cultural ambassador has …

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Political Blogging is fast becoming the media's new frontier

“Blog Me If You Can is a working title of a book I am writing. The idea was born during a moment of clarity as I pondered about the troubled world we endure everyday. My frustration may have been inspired by the usual news bulletins featuring images of dead civilians and soldiers caught between the …

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Killing Lebanon, economically

And so to the latest tented village. That the Rafik Hariri-inspired downtown area should be the field of battle between what must be seen – wittingly or unwittingly – as those who want prosperity and those who wish to obstruct it, is sadly fitting. Say what you want about the late prime minister, he was …

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Containing Iran with Gulf minnows will be tough

With no sign of Iran retreating on its nuclear program and growing acknowledgment of the risks and limitations of military options, the Bush administration appears to be gearing up for a less than optimal policy that it long rejected: Iran’s containment. Its strategy relies on international diplomacy and the threat of sanctions, as well as …

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Washington listens to Arab-Americans, for a change

With the Middle East in turmoil, the State Department convened a two-day meeting for Arab-American leadership recently. Over 100 community leaders from across the United States responded, some traveling great distances at their own expense to participate in the sessions. Eleven State Department officials participated and topics ranged from Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, to US …

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Football fans to be dazzled by FIFA's Club World Championship

Ahli makes second consecutive showing, hopes for improved game The crowning of the world s best team for the year 2006 will be a hard fought climb to the top for six continental champions in Japan where the third edition of FIFA s Club World Championship will come to its exciting climax on Dec. 17. …

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CAIRO CAROUSEL: The life of the Cairo metrosexual

Please. Do not get excited by the headline above. This is neither a column about my sexual preferences nor how stylish I may be. It is not about being bohemian or metropolitan. It is about that long, winding blue and white tube which careens under the smog-infested streets of Cairo and every day carries millions …

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Mubarak warns Beirut protests could lead to "destruction of Lebanon"

PARIS: President Hosni Mubarak said in Paris on Friday that he fears the consequences of the Lebanese opposition protests, calling them unreasonable and warning they could split the nation apart. The President was in the French capital to inaugurate a major exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts from underwater excavations and was to hold a working …

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There may be no solution to Iraq war says American journalist Danner

CAIRO: American journalist Mark Danner delivered a sobering assessment of US involvement in Iraq to students and faculty at the American University in Cairo (AUC) Tuesday. Looking around at the intricate mashrabia windows of AUC’s Oriental Hall hosting his lecture, Danner opened by commenting on the beauty of the room, saying “I’m afraid this is …

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In the eyes of the downtrodden

Documentary captures the life of a marginalized social segment through her first CAIRO: Cairo’s first Independent Film Festival closed Tuesday with journalist Amal Fawzy’s heartrending tale of simple village folk who have lost the ability to dream of a better life. “Marazik , a 16-minute documentary, was first screened last month at the Press Syndicate …

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Not just a pretty face

Gabrielle Union combines glamour with activism to lobby for better laws to protect women CAIRO: With Shokran ana baheb Misr (Thank you, I love Egypt) American guest star Gabrielle Union broke the ice at a Cairo International Film Festival Conference organized in her honor. Although Union s relatively small roles in mainstream American blockbusters Bad …

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Lost and Found in Cairo

CAIRO: The life of a rabbit in reverse. Cairo sunsets. The haunting 1920s music of Na’ima Al-Misriyya. A distressed man wandering through Zurich. In most galleries, these disparate images would never be displayed together. But “Lost and Found exhibits are known for bringing together unusual combinations of images. The show’s Cairo debut at Townhouse on …

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The pluses of uncovering pornography

A Sydney-based Muslim cleric, Sheikh Hilaly, recently made headlines in Australia when he publicly reflected that immodest women invite rape because they are like “uncovered meat. More unfortunate still was his implication that this was the cause of a series of gang rapes in Sydney in 2000, in which the attackers’ legal defense was that …

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Terrorists are criminals, not Muslim activists

CAMBRIDGE, UK: The rise of extremism in the Muslim world has led to the widespread view of Islam as a religion of violence, retribution and war. This is in complete opposition to the truth of our religion and, on behalf of the vast majority of the 1.3 billion Muslims who are ordinary, peace-loving, decent people, …

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