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Punished for what I do right

It is only natural that people go to sleep not sure that they will wake up alive the next day, but what is not natural is the new feeling I have these days. I go to sleep everyday not sure that I will wake up to go to work the next day, I go to …

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Some enduring myths of Arab-Israeli peace-making

Precisely because expectations of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s trips to the Middle East usually plunge lower than the Dead Sea, she seems to feel that she can quietly gauge receptivity to new approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian situation without setting off world headlines. As President George W. Bush puts forth a new strategy in …

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Enough pandering to the Shiite militias

As the United States prepares to implement a new strategy in Iraq, its main target in Baghdad is the Mehdi Army led by Moqtada al-Sadr. In December, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group identified the Mehdi Army and the Badr Brigade, the armed wing of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), as …

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Washington must consider a contact group for Iraq

Last November’s congressional elections dealt US President George W. Bush a sharp rebuff over his Iraq policy. Shortly after the election, the Iraq Study Group offered a bipartisan formula for the gradual withdrawal of American troops. But Bush rejected this, and persists in speaking of victory in Iraq–though it is unclear what that now means. …

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Political activisim continues to create a buzz on Egypt's political blogs

CAIRO: As the international press focuses on the recent phenomenon of videos allegedly depicting police torture in Egypt, attention has focused on the blogs that first broke and continue to report on what some bloggers have dubbed “videogate. But that’s not all you’ll find on the Egyptian blogosphere. Many blogs circulated calls to join a …

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Al-Jazeera producer released on bail

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have released Howayda Taha, a producer at the Al-Jazeera documentary channel, on bail for the amount of LE 10,000 after accusing her of fabricating scenes of torture in police stations. A source at the channel said that Taha underwent two consecutive days of interrogation and was released on bail on Monday. Her …

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CAIRO CAROUSEL: The most popular game in town

So, guess which game is a runaway hit with folks of all generation in my part of the world. No, it’s not lacrosse, football or picking ticks from your best friend’s scalp with homemade tweezers. Hanging. Yes, hanging is the number one game in the Middle East. And beheading comes a rank second. In fact, …

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Interior Ministry accuses Al-Jazeera producer of harming public interest

CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior has charged and detained Howayda Taha, a producer in Al-Jazeera’s newly-launched Documentary Channel, for possession of 50 videotapes that allegedly include simulated torture scenes in Egyptian police stations. On Jan. 8, Cairo International Airport security prevented the Doha-based producer from boarding a plane for Qatar and confiscated 50 videotapes in …

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Millions call for an independent 9/11 investigation

Researchers who say the 9/11 Commission was a cover-up are often denounced as “conspiracy nuts. In reality, millions of people are calling for a new probe of disturbing unanswered questions. The Zogby International poll found that 66% of New Yorkers support a new investigation.1 While I don t expect everyone to agree on what happened …

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Overhaul the peace format for Palestine

It may already be too late for Israelis and Palestinians to be able to reach an agreement using the present format of negotiations – or rather non-negotiations. The methods attempted by the sides thus far, and which, for a moment, seemed as if they were about to succeed, have failed. The peace process that began …

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Egypt teen finds his game squashing the best

CAIRO: Whether he has the potential to be the Tiger Woods or the Michael Jordan of squash is debatable. Right now, Ramy Ashour is just beating the sport’s top players like an old pro. The 19 year-old Egyptian won the Pace Canadian Squash Classic in Toronto on Friday, defeating the second-ranked player in the world …

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Brotherhood plays down president's warning

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood rebutted on Friday accusations by President Hosni Mubarak that the fundamentalist group poses a national security threat, saying his claims are aimed at stirring fears in the Egyptian public. The President warned in an interview that the Muslim Brotherhood could threaten foreign investment and isolate Egypt from the world if it …

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Passive smoking kills just as effectively

Smoking kills and is harmful to your health. That is the warning message on most cigarette boxes that we all see but ignore. But understanding the warning’s implications could save your life, especially if you count yourself as a non-smoker. Breathing other people s smoke is called passive, involuntary or second hand smoking. When a …

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Book that nearly cost Naguib Mahfouz his life resurfaces in Egypt

Associated Press CAIRO: The novel that almost cost Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz his life has finally been published in book form in Egypt, four months after his death, and has become a best seller. The first edition of Awlad Haretna, or Children of the Alley or Children of Gebelawi as it is known in English, …

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Egypt leads pack for African team, club of the year

CAIRO: In what will likely soften the blow that football hero Mohamed Aboutrika was not chosen as the African Footballer of the year, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has nominated Egypt and the Al-Ahly club for two prestigious awards. The Egyptian national team, which won the African Cup of Nations last year leads Ghana …

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Arab League court tackles investment dispute

Cairo: The Arab Investment Dispute Settlement Court, established by the League of Arab States, heard a petition for appeal brought by a Saudi investor against the Tunisian government Wednesday. The case was first brought to the Court’s attention in 2004 and claimed that the Tunisian government was in breach of a contract signed July 16, …

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CAIRO CAROUSEL: Like a 'shouting' bird in the sky

I love EgyptAir. Honestly I do. And I have flown a number of different airlines, some Arab, some European, and some Arab Gulf airlines. In total, I have flown about 15 different airlines – some have been coach, economy while others have been business class. And when it comes to business class, the pharaohs in …

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The EU must inject competition into Russian gas policy

European unity is indivisible. When one nation is intimidated or ostracized, all are not free. Every aspect of our shared culture, if not the last century of shared suffering, confirms that for us. So a prime objective of the European Union is to promote stability and security through a dynamic structure of economic and political …

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Rumors of multiple attacks on girls in Maadi causing panic

CAIRO: Rumors, spreading over the past two weeks that a hooded attacker wielding a small knife has been targeting women in Maadi, have caused panic in the Cairo suburb. Officials say only three girls have been injured and no deaths have been reported. Farouk Fahmy, a police officer, said the situation is under control and …

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Islamist NGOs an integral part of Muslim societies

It has been all too easy, both inside the Muslim-dominated world and in the West, to dismiss Islamist organizations, i.e. those affiliated with parties advocating political Islam as opposed to those who have no political affiliation whatsoever. At best, they are described as charity networks´, a label which carries a lower status´ than secular, non-governmental …

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Dealing with the challenge of a 'national Islamism'

In looking at the likely status of the Arab-Israel conflict or diplomatic process during 2007, a key factor is the dramatic change taking place in Arab politics. On a strategic level, there is the rise of a new alliance of Hezbollah, Iran, Syria and Hamas. On the ideological front, this bloc is accompanied by a …

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Reconsider containment in Iraq and the Middle East

The United States and the world are focused on whether the Bush administration will adopt the Iraq Study Group’s recommendations for an exit strategy from Iraq. That is the most pressing question, but America’s leaders should also be thinking ahead. America needs a post-occupation strategy for Iraq and the Middle East, one grounded in a …

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Hala Gorani's diary from the Middle East

Was the destruction bad in Beirut? asked the driver on the way to Tel Aviv s Ben Gurion airport. Some parts weren t touched, I answered. Others, in the southern suburbs, were completely flattened, I added, remembering vivid scenes of smouldering, bombed out buildings from this summer s war. It was early December and I …

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Somalia, the Middle East's latest African game board

After years of warlord control over Mogadishu and southern Somalia in general, in 2006 the so called “Islamic courts conquered all the center-south territories of the former Italian colony. Defeated and forced to flee from Mogadishu, the remains of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) moved to Baidoa, where President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad obtained concrete help …

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In Russia, good times also mean political apathy

Usually at this time of year, people are obsessed with what the coming year will bring. But in Russia, the real uncertainty concerns 2008, not 2007. Indeed, one can boil Russian politics down to one issue nowadays: Will President Vladimir Putin stay on as president after 2008, despite repeatedly stating that he won’t? And if …

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What lies ahead in the Democrat-controlled Congress?

Democratic victories in the US House of Representatives and Senate in November are causing an earthquake in US Middle East policy. While it is clear that the White House is under significant pressure to shift course regarding Iraq and to consider a more robust peacemaking effort in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is less clear how …

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Oil won't last; invest in Arab education

Many of the Arab nations have been blessed historically with oil and natural gas, which became the dominant engines of economic change in the last century. That is the good news. The bad news is that oil and natural gas are the sole economic foundations of the Arab world. What the Arab world has failed …

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Islamism in the Sahel: little known, but longstanding

In a Sept. 11, 2006 video, Ayman al-Zawahiri declared that, “Osama bin Laden has told me to announce to the Muslims that the GSPC (the Algerian-based Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat) has joined Al-Qaeda. This should be a source of chagrin, frustration and sadness for the apostates [of the Algerian regime], the treacherous sons …

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Shubra district closes new NGO

CAIRO: Members of the new NGO Ahalena, located in Shubra district, refused to abide by a government decision to close their office, the only independent social development center in the district. In January 2006 the center started to carry out several projects related to social development in the area. It organized medical campaigns, illiteracy classes …

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