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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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Discover Cairo's hidden art form

Tired of giving your friends the same present? Cairo s craftsmen create a unique form of needlework that offers an inspiring alternative: the khiyamiya. The history of this craft dates back to the pre-Fatimid era in Egypt, when Coptic Christians embroidered their church robes with these designs. When the Fatimids arrived, they began to adorn …

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Give the economy time to grow

CAIRO: If the economy is growing, why can t I feel the effect? That s the question almost every man on the street is asking. If the numbers announced regularly by the government are accurate, then why can t the average person feel the difference? GDP has increased by LE 16 billion. Unemployment rates are …

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Some common sense from Javier Solana

After the attack against a Spanish patrol two Sundays ago, Spain’s military began cooperating with Hizbullah in the investigation to determine who had killed its soldiers. This was based on an odd belief that the party is keen to safeguard the United Nations force. On Monday, the Defense Ministry in Madrid announced that the bombing …

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IMF to meet Monday on process to select new chief

Reuters WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) board will meet on Monday at the prompting of developing nations which want Europe and the United States to agree to throw open selection of a new managing director to candidates from around the globe, officials said on Friday. The top International Monetary Fund job has always gone …

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The truth about Ashraf Marwan?

“Mubarak resolves the Ashraf Marwan debate: he was a loyal patriot. So claimed the headline of the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper on July 3, referring to the media frenzy that followed the death of Egyptian billionaire Ashraf Marwan who fell off the balcony of his London apartment on June 27. It was only his untimely …

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Egypt to make domestic debt Euroclearable

Reuters LONDON: Egyptian Finance Minister Youssef Boutros Ghali said on Thursday the government plans to make its domestic debt clearable through the settlements system Euroclear in an effort to attract more international investors to its robust economy. Egyptian officials are currently in London talking with investors about a planned Eurobond that Ghali previously told Reuters …

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90 Students learn to be agents of change

CAIRO: Ninety schools students will become certified Agents of Change on July 7 by the Dance4Life organization. Taking place in the Civil Education Center, this is the first “Life Skills Training Camp organized in Egypt. The camp lasts five days during which students learn about combating HIV and AIDS, supporting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) …

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FGM: Rule of law vs. rule of tradition

CAIRO: Would a fatwa by the highest religious authority and a ministerial decree be enough to reduce, let alone stop, the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)? In a county where, according to national and international organizations, 96 percent of women have undergone FGM, the answer isn’t that easy. While many activists are optimistic, others …

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International IT company finances a regional youth initiative

CAIRO: CA, one of the major international information technology management and software companies, has agreed to finance the Young Arab Leaders Organization (YAL) to launch the regional Youth Network Initiative. The initiative aims to develop programs that would help children of all ages build their future careers by providing them with information, guidance and mentorship …

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