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No time like now for the tech-savvy

In the labor market of today, the traditional vacation seems like an abstract concept to many workers. According to a recent poll conducted jointly by Associated Press and market research firm Ipsos, 20 percent of those surveyed admitted to taking their laptops away with them. The poll found that a fifth claimed to work while …

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Oprah most powerful celebrity on Forbes 2007 list

Reuters Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has replaced Tom Cruise as the most world s most powerful celebrity and jailbird Paris Hilton has dropped off the annual Forbes magazine list of the 100 most influential stars. Golfer Tiger Woods ranked second while singer Madonna was No. 3 on the list, which aggregates earnings and media …

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The grrrrrreat debate

Cereal companies plan to up the nutritional value of kids’ products When we walk down the cereal aisle at the supermarket, my daughter’s eyes immediately widen. That’s when the great debate begins. She is drawn – almost hypnotically – to the colorful cartoon characters on the package, the delectable chocolate and fruit flavors, and sometimes …

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Health Matters: Laughter really is the best medicine

A few laughs a day may help keep the doctor away More than a bemused pastime, laughter is proving to be the best anecdote to good health. As well as erasing feelings of gloom, comic relief can protect us against disease and alleviate our pain. When we laugh, a multitude of actions take place in …

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Victoria Beckham debuts fashion label in New York

Reuters Victoria Beckham, wife of British soccer star David, launched her debut denim collection in New York on Thursday to a crush of photographers, television cameras and journalists. Ahead of a summer move to Los Angeles – where David has signed to play with L.A. Galaxy – Beckham boosted her US profile by unveiling her …

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The 80 million jobs challenge

Dead Sea, Jordan – According to the World Bank and the United Nations, 80 million jobs will be needed for new graduates and the unemployed across the Middle East and North Africa over the next twenty years. The Arab Labor Organization predicts more than 32 million people will be looking for jobs in Arab states …

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Devise a comprehensive policy against Middle Eastern strife

The region between Egypt and Pakistan is a cauldron of five discrete, explosive components: Iraq’s civil strife, Afghanistan’s insurgency, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the longstanding Israel-Arab conflict, and the risk of clashes between extremist groups and corrupt, repressive governments. A comprehensive policy is needed, yet the threats are so diverse and complex that separate approaches have …

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Saudi Shias and the 'fire inside' of national dialogue

The Saudi Shia news service Al-Rasid released its second annual human rights report in late April. The document is a survey of discriminatory practices against the kingdom’s Shia minority. Noting a palpable stall in government reform efforts, the report cited the influence of Salafist hardliners in the clerical bureaucracy who dissuaded the ruling family from …

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With a Grain of Salt

Absolute Freedom for All I do not agree at all with those who claim – and they are many – that there is no freedom in Egypt. The truth is that we have never, throughout our seven-thousand-year history known the kind of freedom we now enjoy. The press, for example, has come to enjoy absolute …

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Fabricating a fashionable business in the Mideast

Saudi Haute Couture designer Yehya Al Bashri hopes to bring fashion to the Arab world Haute Couture designer Yehya Al Bashri doesn’t shy away from making a statement. The Saudi fashion creator provoked a sensation with his controversial “Dress of Revolution at the Arab Fashion Festival in Beirut in 2002. In a show of solidarity …

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BOOK REVIEW: Biography follows Iraq's beloved poet

Associated Press Soldiers. Brutality. War. Futility. Secrets. The images of the dusty, war-torn land are all too familiar. Fortunately, in the biography Nabeel s Song, journalist Jo Tatchell gives readers a glimpse into Iraq s not-too-distant past when the arts flourished and tables overflowed with food. It was a time when well-worn paperbacks of Sartre …

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Looking for a Break?

Cairo’s local music scene is overflowing with budding new talent. But if you’re on the lookout for something different among the myriad of cover bands, check out Break. Their original, refreshing style and powerful lyrics are inspiring. The independent oriental rock band was established a year ago. Break brought together a unique blend of young, …

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Come to learn Arabic, stay to sing

Above all else, you cannot miss the fact that Youssif Courtelis loves Egypt. The country seems his muse and rationale. It shows in the first album he made here last year – “Fi Baladak, Dedicated to everyone who loves Egypt, as the cover plainly explains over a stagy self-portrait – and in constant reminders over …

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An Israeli view: We want peace but oppose terrorism

Forty years after the June 1967 war, peace between Israelis and Palestinians seems as distant as ever. Israel still refuses to accept the new Palestinian national unity government as a negotiating partner because Hamas is part of that government. What is the cause of this seeming paradox? Is there any hope? The Palestinian government is …

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A Palestinian view: It's either the occupation or peace

It has now been 40 years since the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip started, and it seems as if it happened only yesterday. In all those years, one thing has never changed and that is the Palestinian insistence on a total rejection of and continued resistance to …

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Fatwas and modernity

LONDON: Almost two years ago the citizens of London were victims of a great atrocity. Those who perpetrated those crimes would like you to believe that they were inspired by the religion of Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is nothing in Islam that could ever justify these blatant acts of aggression. …

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Why rush a national-unity government?

Negotiations to create a new national-unity government have hit a brick wall, and that’s a relief. The opposition’s conditions for agreeing to re-enter the government were too onerous and would have undermined much that was achieved in the past year. However, the Europeans, particularly those countries with troops in South Lebanon, are worried about the …

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The challenge of American and Arab fundamentalism

FLORIDA: In the ongoing tension between the United States and the Arab world, religious fanaticism plays a major role: religious zealots are on the militant frontline in Arab countries and on policy boards in America. Cultural context plays a role in the development of fanaticism. In America, a number of people are attracted to extreme …

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Arab and Jewish Americans see eye-to-eye, says poll

WASHINGTON, DC: We were a little anxious when we decided to jointly poll Jewish and Arab Americans on Middle East peace this year. Not that we haven t done it before. Similar surveys that we commissioned three times in the past six years have shown that American Jews and Arabs largely see eye-to-eye on the …

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Brotherhood MP assaulted ahead of Shoura race

CAIRO: An Interior Ministry representative was set to meet with independent MPs and Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated MP Yasser Hamoud to offer a formal apology for the unfortunate events of last Saturday. Hamoud was forced to pull hi car over for no reason and was assaulted by several police officers. Members of Hamoud s constituency in Monoufia …

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HEC chief: Elections complaints were 'individual occurrences'

CAIRO: On Monday night, the 32,683 ballot stations across Egypt closed their doors at 7 pm, announcing the end of the Shoura Council mid-term elections. Sorting the votes began directly after the collection of the ballot boxes and the results had not been announced at the time of going to press. The voting saw heated …

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With Barclays, state privatizes CBE cash collection

CAIRO: After initiating a private check collection service for the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) last year, Barclays Bank Egypt launched a similar corporate service for bulk cash collection in early 2007. This service by the British bank, Bulk Cash Solutions, is essentially an expansion of an already available cash courier service. And it handles …

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Beyond the Maid's crisis: Towards a National Migration Policy

The cooperation protocol with Saudi Arabia signed by the Minister of Manpower Aisha Abdel Hadi and the Saudi Arabian Council of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, allowing 120 thousand Egyptian women to work in Saudi Arabia as hairdressers and housemaids for salaries less than 800 Saudi Riyals- half the pay of Philipino and Srilankan women …

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Let's polish a Lebanese national jewel

A significant number of readers must remember Lebanon in the 1990s, a time when whisky was the sine qua non for those wanting to put on a show and Dewar’s White Label ensured it was the king of scotch by blitzing the nation’s television stations and billboards with a huge media campaign. With the legend: …

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Good, and unworkable, ideas in Darfur

At last we have it. Five months after the United States promised to unleash “Plan B against the Sudan government unless it agreed to allow United Nations peacekeepers into Darfur, President George W. Bush has finally announced a package of economic sanctions. Plan B is on the road. In announcing the sanctions against 31 companies …

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Bird Flu claims life of Qena girl

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced Saturday the 15th Egyptian death from the deadly H5N1 virus, known as bird flu. The victim, a 10-year-old girl from Qena province, was found to be very critical and hospitalized too late, health ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin told the Agence France-Presse. He added that, although the girl had …

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The China Phenomenon

CAIRO: “China Shakes the World by James Kynge became an immediate bestseller ever since it was published. Its success is well deserved, this well researched book is a must read for anyone willing to understand how China is affecting almost everything around us: unemployment, national economies, the environment and of course the things we buy. …

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