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A two-state solution is the only option

The June 1967 Arab-Israeli war and the subsequent occupation of Palestinian lands that followed marks a time when relations between Israelis and Palestinians reached such a low point that many on both sides are increasingly despairing of peace efforts. The rationales on all sides vary as the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day war nears, as …

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Power, Faith, and Fantasy: A Review SYRACUSE, New York: Michael Oren´s latest political/historical work could possibly top his previous widely acclaimed bestseller, The Six Days War . His new book Power, Faith, and Fantasy provides a historical background of America´s involvement in the Middle East, beginning at the dawn of a new American democracy. As …

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Inside the Middle East: Poverty in the Gulf

We travelled to Bahrain, where despite a generally positive economic situation and relatively high GDP per capita, there is still a portion of the local population that is left on the sidelines of economic prosperity. According to a recent United Nations report, 15% of Bahrainis live on less than $5 a day. Visitors usually see …

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Officials visit Qalet Al Kabsh

CAIRO: As homeless residents of Qalet Al Kabsh continue to file complaints, officials from the Cairo governorate paid a short visit to the bulldozed area on Saturday to promise relocation. The development plan to relocate 300 apartment buildings consumed by a fire in Qalet Al Kabsh last March was thwarted when 300 more apartment buildings …

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Rights group sues Boeing unit over CIA flights

Reuters NEW YORK: The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Boeing Co. unit it accuses of helping the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency transfer foreign suspects to overseas prisons where it says they were held and tortured. The New York-based rights group said it would file a suit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc. on Wednesday, charging …

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Hamas says it may consider a one-year truce with Israel

Associated Press CAIRO: The Islamic group Hamas may consider a one-year cease-fire with Israel, the organization s deputy political leader said in an interview published Saturday in an Egyptian newspaper. Khaled Mashaal s political deputy, Moussa Abu Marzouk, was one of several senior Hamas leaders who were in Cairo over the past week for talks …

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HEALTH MATTERS: Sexual healing

Marvin Gaye was right, it is good for us A celebration of human pleasure, our senses and often our souls, sex is an all-encompassing act that also happens to confer many health benefits. Sex may be shrouded in moral mystery to some, and an endless pursuit to others, but its healing properties are anything but …

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SCI TECH SCENE: Astronauts try new shuttle simulator

Associated Press Nearly 40 astronauts on last week became the first to ride aboard a NASA tourist attraction that recreates a ride aboard the space shuttle, complete with the deep rumble of liftoff and a serene view of the earth from orbit. The $60 million Shuttle Launch Experience at the Kennedy Space Center is the …

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A place to brighten your soul

Wandering around Mohandiseen, you may come across a shop with a name that immediately captures your attention. “Ashakana: The Soul Shop has a wooden exterior, with a cozy, warm interior. Located behind the constantly busy Gamaet El Dowal thoroughfare, it is not somewhere you would expect to find such an establishment. On entering, you are …

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Showcasing fragile masterpieces

Sakkara’s glass art museum opens its doors to visitors Glass is a combination of sand that is fused in contact with something called a flux. The substances used for this purpose are lead, borax, arsenic, niter, or any alkaline matter. When arsenic is used alone, it gives a yellow cast, while the addition of other …

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Homeless Qalet Al Kabsh residents tell their shocking stories

CAIRO: A development plan was initiated under the auspices of the First Lady, Suzanne Mubarak to relocate the inhabitants of 300 apartment buildings consumed by a fire last March in Qalet Al Kabsh. That number has now doubled after another group of residents were forcefully evacuated from their homes Tuesday, before government forces began to …

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With this rented ring I thee wed

Reuters CAIRO: Egyptians once considered it the skin of the gods, and lavished it on their ancient pharaohs as they passed to the afterlife. But today, with its soaring price, gold is putting a strain on the age-old tradition of marriage as couples struggle to afford shabka , a ritual gift of gold jewelry considered …

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Meca criticizes Coptic Church over Muslim-Coptic relations

Pope sends a memorandum to the President discussing injustice CAIRO: The Middle East Christians Association (Meca) released a statement last week condemning the Coptic Church’s attitude in dealing with Muslim-Coptic relations. Nader Fawzy, director of the Canada-based Christian NGO argued on the Meca website that Pope Shenouda, the highest authority in the Coptic Church, only …

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Fatah representative says his group won't hold talks with Hamas in Cairo

Associated Press CAIRO: A top Fatah official said Sunday that the moderate Palestinian group would not meet with the militant Hamas faction while in Cairo to discuss the security situation in the Palestinian territories with Egyptian officials. Deputy Prime Minister Azzam Al-Ahmed s comments came a little over a week after Fatah and Hamas reached …

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Ahli United Bank purchases Delta International

CAIRO: The Ahli United Bank Group celebrated the acquisition of Delta International Bank, one of Egypt s leading private banks in a press conference held at the Four Seasons Garden City, Monday. Reviewing its progress over the past decade, the Ahli United Bank Group promised to create an unrivalled ability to meet Egyptian customers needs. …

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The World Bank after Wolfowitz

Paul Wolfowitz – former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, one of the most influential neoconservatives of President George W. Bush’s administration and a key architect of the Iraq war – has been forced to resign in disgrace from his current post as President of the World Bank. Technically, his resignation comes because of ‘ethical lapses’ …

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Some useful lessons from the Northern Ireland process

Today, we all can feel good about Northern Ireland. Protestants and Catholics–Unionists and Republicans in local parlance–are about to jointly run their government. Belfast, for decades the scene of urban terrorism and the deaths of so many innocents, has become a city of peace and possibility. We participated in this process as envoys for the …

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Poll of Muslim Americans finds them largely moderate, well-integrated

A poll of Muslim Americans released last Tuesday by The Pew Research Center found them largely integrated and content with mainstream American society. However, despite their general moderation, Muslim Americans held distinctly different views than the American public on several issues. Only 40 percent of the US Muslim community believe that the 9/11 attacks were …

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High calcium, vitamin D intake may have a down side

Reuters PHOTO CAPTION: Higher intakes of calcium and vitamin D have been promoted in recent years as a way to prevent bone loss with aging – but there may be a downside. In one of the first studies to examine the relationship between diet and brain lesions, researchers observed that elderly people who reported higher …

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Awareness campaign for viral hepatitis to kick off soon

CAIRO: The National Committee for the Control of Viral Hepatitis (NCCVH) held a press conference Tuesday in Nasr City announcing the launch of a hepatitis awareness campaign. The first national viral hepatitis day festival is set to take place throughout select cities in Egypt on May 29, with Cairo’s venue expecting the largest turn out. …

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Bath, England: Springs, spa and history

The Associated Press As a spiritual hotspot since before the Romans, Bath, England, can once again serve up a near-religious experience, thanks to its new spa. The Thermae Bath Spa opened last summer and has proved to be a hit with stressed-out Brits and tourists from all over the world. The thermal hot springs have …

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Khaled Hosseini to release second novel

Associated Press It s an image that haunts Khaled Hosseini, the Afghan-born author whose debut novel, The Kite Runner, has become an international best seller. A bourqa-clad woman is led into a Kabul sports stadium and shot in the head by a Kalashnikov-toting soldier. The grainy video footage, secretly recorded in 1999 and broadcast widely, …

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Strange Bedfellows: The US-Palestinian Axis

On an average-size map of the world, there is no space to mark the locations of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. On one map, the former is outlined by a barely visible light blue line; Gaza is hidden behind the ‘m’ in the word Jerusalem. And that’s it. A speck on the globe. …

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Scientist races to save Ancient Egypt

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Egyptologist Sarah Parcak, PhD, is in a race against time. In Egypt, thousands of known and unknown archaeological sites are at risk of destruction from urban sprawl, expanding development and looting. Twenty-three percent of ancient sites in the East Delta region alone have disappeared in the past 30 years, …

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