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Mostly, a 'divine victory' for disinformation

It says something that one year after the summer 2006 war, we’re not sure whether to celebrate Hezbollah’s “divine victory or bemoan Israel’s destruction of our country and its economy. That disconnect reflects the larger disconnect between Hezbollah and the rest of Lebanese society. But then the war was such a fount of falsehoods that …

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Bond, James Bond, returning in book form

Associated Press James Bond will soon be back, in bookstores. Devil May Care, a novel written by British author Sebastian Faulks and authorized by the estate of the late Ian Fleming, is due to come out in 2008, the centennial of Fleming s birth. According to the Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, Devil May Care is …

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Good intentions are not enough

It’s far from an ideal solution but one has to start somewhere. Last month 12 year-old Bodour Shaker died while undergoing a routine cliterodectomy at a private clinic in Minya, in Upper Egypt. Her death led to a new ban on the procedure, forbidding all medical personnel from any involvement. Theoretically, those are two words …

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Egypt ups security at border, explosions allegedly blow hole in wall

RAFAH, Egypt: Egypt has begun deploying hundreds more police to strengthen security at its border with the Gaza Strip over fears Palestinians could try to storm it, security sources said on Wednesday. The deployment began late on Tuesday, and sources told Reuters that additional Egyptian security forces had already taken up positions along the border …

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One World Foundation demands respect for women

CAIRO: Presidents are meant to improve the general picture of their country. If women were given that power, they will take that away. This is what an ordinary man had to say when asked whether or not he was for women holding a position of power. Comparing this currently-prevalent opinion to Egypt 7,000 years ago, …

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Al-Qaida's No. 2 calls for holy war against Pakistan in new video

Associated Press CAIRO: Al-Qaeda’s No. 2 issued a new videotape calling for Pakistanis to join the holy war in revenge for the attack by Pakistan’s army on a radical mosque. Ayman Al-Zawahri’s four-and-a-half-minute address was entitled “The Aggression against Lal Masjid and entirely focused on the recent clashes between Islamic students and Pakistan’s army at …

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Egyptian researchers reveal new treatment for common skin disease

CAIRO: The National Center for Research has announced that a currently existing drug can be used in treating vitiligo or leukodermia, known in Egypt as buhaq. Methotrexate, an immunosuppressant drug already used to treat psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, has been shown to be highly effective against vitiligo. Vitiligo is an auto-immune disease estimated to afflict …

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Democratic Front Party not a Harb monopoly, says analyst

CAIRO: Rumors that the newly-licensed Democratic Front party’s leadership will be dominated by the Harb family have been blown out of proportion, political analyst at the Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies Amr Hashim told The Daily Star Egypt. Hashim downplayed recent speculation on whether the Harb family of Osama El Ghazaly Harb, …

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Obama's spark may be embracing his Muslim heritage

I was, and remain, a supporter of Republican Senator John McCain’s presidential bid. During the difficult days of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, McCain was a reliable advocate of human rights as the guiding agenda for policy in Iraq. This commitment has not subsided. The picture of that great beacon of freedom in Asia, Burmese dissident Aung …

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Israel should accept a regional peace conference

Two dogmas have ruled Israeli policies for decades: “Always deal with only one Arab nation, avoid meeting together with all of them, and “Never allow for a permanent international peace conference because it might push us into corners from which we cannot escape. The result has been a “wait-and-see strategy that assumes that time is …

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Church takes action against addiction

CAIRO: Church goers and representatives of churches in different governorates around the country flocked to the St. Mark Center to attend a conference titled, “Tobacco, Bango and Hashish, Between Illusion and Reality. The conference, organized by The Coptic Church and Bestlife, an organization combating addiction between July 8 and 11, was open to all. Attendees …

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Celebrated 57357 children's cancer hospital opens its doors

CAIRO: Egypt s largest cancer hospital for children in El Sayeda Zeinab opened its doors Saturday to six in-patients and 22 out-patients, paving the way for the grand opening scheduled to take place in 18 months. Mainly funded by donations and the Children’s Center Hospital Foundation, the hospital is touted as the best-equipped medical center …

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Victims of third metro line voice anger over lost homes

CAIRO: Al Wayly district began demolishing 21 buildings in Abasseya square Sunday to kick-start the construction of Cairo’s third underground metro line, amid the stifled objections of angry residents. On Saturday, the district cut off electricity and water from all the buildings, where shop owners and some residents objected to not receiving what they consider …

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Farmers threaten to strike if they don't reclaim their land

CAIRO: Farmers in Beni Suef threatened Monday to go on another strike if they do not get the land allocated to them by the former governor. “3,000 of us protested in front of the governorate building two days ago, Shehab Abu Zeid, a farmer, told The Daily Star Egypt in a telephone interview, “we are …

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Across borders in the Age of Mobility

It is commonplace to say that we live in a globalize world. Less well understood is that globalization is taking place in stages. We are in its second: the Age of Mobility. In its first stage, as flows of capital and goods were liberated, the benefits of globalization flowed primarily to the developed world and …

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Live Earth, or sticking to a false sense of priorities

The organizers of today’s Live Earth concerts hope that the entire world will hear a crystal clear message: climate change is the most critical threat facing the planet. Planned by former US Vice President Al Gore, Live Earth will be the biggest, most mass-marketed show of celebrity activism in history. But making global warming the …

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Boycotting Israel: the pros and cons

In the bad old days, the boycott that mattered in the Middle East was the Arab boycott of Israel. No longer. Peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, the Oslo accords with the Palestine Liberation Organization and world trade rules have left it a shadow of its former self: at a conference in Damascus last year, …

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Palestinians trapped in Arish Airport go on hunger strike

CAIRO/ARISH: Around 100 Palestinians trapped in Al-Arish Airport reportedly went on a hunger strike to pressure the authorities to open the Rafah crossing which had been closed since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip over two weeks ago. As residents of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians can enter Egypt without a visa to travel elsewhere. …

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Suicide bomb kills over 100 in Iraq

Associated Press TUZ KHORMATO, Iraq: A suicide truck bomber blasted a Shia town north of Baghdad on Saturday, killing more than 100 people, police said, in a sign Sunni insurgents are pulling away from a US offensive around the capital to attack where security is thinner. The marketplace devastation underlined a hard reality in Iraq: …

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Panelists exchange blame while discussing political apathy

CAIRO: In a highly charged debate discussing the reasons behind increasing political apathy, the participants of a symposium exchanged more than just accusations. Held at the Prince Taaz Cultural Center on July 7, the symposium didn’t come up with a concrete solution to the lack of political participation. The panelists, each with a different affiliation, …

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Music's the messenger at Live Earth

Associated Press In a global series of concerts featuring aboriginal dancing, imitation chimpanzee cries and a lot of reunited rock bands, musicians and celebrities called for fans to take action against global warming. A 24-hour music extravaganza stretching from Sydney, Australia, to New Jersey wrapped up Saturday at Giants Stadium in the US with a …

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Passive isolationism endangers Russia, but also the West

Nation-states are built on ethnic and territorial unity, and their histories and political development are grounded in a sense of collective identity. Empires emerge when a national group considers its existence inside its territorial borders either risky or ineffective, and embarks on a forced expansion that is usually connected with large-scale violence. Western Europe found …

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Stagnation rules in Lebanon's secular political parties

The Arab world is witnessing a dangerous head-on confrontation between Islamist parties and organizations and incumbent governments. At the same time secular parties are clearly facing a crisis as they struggle for relevance and, in most cases, for survival. These parties have lost their attraction for voters and have become secondary actors in the political …

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Take Hamas at its militant Islamic word

Hamas’ braggadocio, coupled with its ruthless willingness to eliminate Palestinian rivals, may finally have sealed the movement’s fate. Though the Islamist party now wields sole authority over the impoverished Gaza Strip, its brazen disregard of the law and the sanctity of human life may well bring down catastrophe upon the heads of Ismail Haniyeh and …

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Inside The Middle East diary

Driving down the streets of Baghdad On a giant billboard in front of the Iraqi ministry of Youth in Baghdad, a sign reads: “Forgive and be merciful for a unified Iraq. The streets are busy with pedestrians and shoppers. We drive down Saadoon Street, a wide central artery with 20-foot blast walls cutting off one …

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Kickbox your way to a healthy lifestyle

It was with a mixture of excitement and trepidation that I waited outside the studio for my first ever kickboxing class. A little more than two months later and I am already a fan. I am not an expert yet by any means, but I can certainly see that my original weak attempt at a …

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The first student-run NGO in Egypt

CAIRO: Ellan Street in Manshiet El-Bakry is usually busy: a mixed group of young university students and foreigners are gathered on the stairs of a first-floor apartment and the small courtyard of the old building echoes with conversations in at least three languages. It is the headquarters of the first student-run non-government organization in Egypt: …

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Egypt Mufti defends ban on female genital cutting

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt s state-appointed Grand Mufti, who last week declared female genital cutting as banned in Islam, defended his decision by likening the practice to an ancient custom once wrongly seen as necessary for good health. Genital cutting of girls, often referred to as female genital mutilation or circumcision, is banned in Egypt although …

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