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Military should attain power, says El Sadat

CAIRO: On Oct. 3, 2006 opposition MP Talaat El Sadat appeared on Orbit’s “Al Qahira Al Youm talk show and said that not a single bullet was fired by former president Anwar Sadat’s bodyguards during his assassination to protect him. Less than a month later, El Sadat was imprisoned when a military tribunal found him …

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African Union chairman claims UN force will be all-African

CAIRO/KHARTOUM: On Sunday African Union Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare said that there would be no need for non-African troops in the new UN peacekeeping force that is set to be deployed in the Darfur region of Sudan. He said that the African Union had secured enough pledges from African states to fully staff the 26,000-strong …

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Talking tough: How Obama can fight extremism in Pakistan

For those of us who believe in diplomacy, Senator Barack Obama’s recent pledge to dialogue with Cuba, North Korea and Iran offered a much-needed ray of hope. Amidst the security tough-talk by Democratic presidential hopefuls, at least one leading candidate was committed to a conversation. Ironically, undermining her own campaign slogan (“Let the Conversation Begin …

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A time for reflection, a call for action

On the first anniversary commemorating the end of the July 2006 Israeli-Lebanese war, Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, wrote an Op-Ed article entitled A time for reflection, a call for action , praising Lebanese resilience in overcoming crises and stressing the need for Lebanese decision-makers to reach an agreement that would be …

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Smuggled crocodiles overwhelm Cairo zoo

CAIRO: A sudden influx of hundreds of baby crocodiles seized while being smuggled out of Cairo airport has left a zoo in the Egyptian capital struggling to deal with the tiny but rapidly growing reptiles. We ve never seen anything like this before, says Ragy Toma, who heads the government department in charge of dealing …

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Record year for Al Islami Foods

Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food producer in the Middle East, announced its growth figures in a press released with a two-point increase in market share and net sales growth of 59 percent until the end of July 2007. “The main engine of solid growth is our commitment of offering real halal [food] to …

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Bahraini Shia MP Wages Takfiri War against Sunni Figures

Sheikh Hamza Al-Diri, the Bahraini Shia Islamic National Accord Association MP, recently launched an attack against the Sunni independent salafist MP Sheikh Gassem Al-Saidi. In his attack, Sheikh Al-Diri claimed Sheikh Al-Saidi was generating hatred towards the Shia and Prophet Muhammad’s immediate family members (known as ahl al bayt). When asked by members of parliament …

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The changing face of energy security

For three decades, the rich world has talked about curbing its addiction to imported oil. But, despite the anxious rhetoric, the oil-supply problem has become worse and energy security more complex. Notwithstanding politicians’ repeated calls for energy independence, over the past 30 years the United States, for example, has doubled its dependence on imported oil, …

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India's democracy at 60

At midnight on August 15, 1947, a new nation was born on a subcontinent ripped apart by a bloody partition. Independent India came into being as flames blazed across the land, corpse-laden trains crossed the new frontier with Pakistan, and weary refugees abandoned everything to seek a new life. A less propitious start for a …

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Health Ministry requests revoking doctor's license over FGM victim

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health has requested revoking the license of Mahmoud Habib, the retired doctor responsible for the death of the 13-year-old Karima, but the Doctor’s Syndicate says circumcision is not yet illegal. Karima Rahim Massoud is the second victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) surgery, who died after she received an overdose of …

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Fatima and The Freedom Fries launch Citadel Music Festival

Austrian band Fatima and The Freedom Fries delivered a rousing performance at the Sariyat El Gabal stage in the Salah Eddin Citadel on the opening day of the 17th Music and Singing Festival. The Citadel s beauty really comes out at night and the long walk from the Citadel entrance to the stage allows one …

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Taliban frees two South Korean hostages

GHAZNI: Afghanistan s Taliban freed two South Korean hostages Monday in what they called a gesture of goodwill towards talks to free the remaining 19 captured nearly a month ago. Wearing Muslim headscarves and crying as they were bundled into a waiting vehicle, the pair were the first hostages freed since the militants captured 23 …

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Brilliant Perseids meteor shower makes comeback

CAIRO: Beachgoers are in for an extra treat this week as the Perseids meteor shower makes its annual August comeback. A spectacular celestial show of hundreds of meteors will be visible with the naked eye across the night sky. Perseids meteor shower occurs when the Earth s orbit intercepts the orbit of comet Swift-Tuttle, which …

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Al Wafd party prepares parallel anti- terrorism law

CAIRO: The liberal Al Wafd opposition party has announced plans to draft a parallel anti- terrorism law. The draft is a response to government legislation currently being drafted by a special committee led by Mufid Shehab, the state minister for legislative affairs. The law is slated for review and discussion during the next parliamentary session. …

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No laughing matter

CHICAGO: In the post Sept. 11th world, I learned several things. It is easier to hate a stranger than to hate someone you know. And, anger often appears as hate when coupled with excessive fear and lack of knowledge. There is a rising sense of hatred, of anger gone wild in America against Arabs and …

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Back to the Brink in Ukraine

The campaign for Ukraine’s parliamentary election of September 30th is scarcely underway and yet Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich is already trying to steal it. Yanukovich was the man who sought to falsify the result of the presidential election of 2004, inciting the Orange Revolution. Back then, a peaceful and honest result was reached in the …

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Somalia, it is time to open your doors

Prominent Somali intellectuals and parliamentarians from sub-clans once constituting the core of the defeated Islamic Courts Union claim that old rivals are dominating the government and unwilling to share power. Oddly, the international community tolerates this refusal and as a result, the Transitional Federal Government’s (TFG) clan-catering continues unabated. Perpetual exclusion, however, is indefensible and …

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'New media' fatwas rankle traditional Islamic sources

CAIRO: The Internet, satellite television and even the telephone are increasingly being used in the Muslim world to issue fatwas – religious decrees – on issues as varied as whether women can pluck their eyebrows or good Muslims should read Harry Potter. A fatwa is a ruling by a recognized Islamic scholar, often on a …

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A second European politician attacks the Quran

BRUSSELS/CAIRO: The leader of the extreme right party in Belgium, Philip Dewinter, has condemned the Quran as an intolerant and unacceptable book, agreeing with comments made earlier in the week by Geert Wilders, the head of the right-wing Freedom Party in the Netherlands. Dewinter, the floor leader for the conservative political party, the Flemish Block, …

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Breaking new ground: DeBirs brings luxury yacht production to Egypt

ALEXANDRIA: In many ways, Egypt is an unlikely place to find one of the world’s leading and most innovative producers of luxury power yachts. With no culture or tradition of manufacturing these kinds of luxury items, Egypt has never been the place wealthy business executives turn to when it comes to buying their opulent toys. …

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Water crisis continues in Cotisca and Maadi, ends in El Gharbeya

CAIRO: The shortage of drinking water in Cotisca squatter and Maadi district continues to increase the frustration of residents, while the Ministry of Housing and Utilities and Urban Communities ended the crisis in El Gharebya governorate Wednesday. Inhabitants of a squatter called Cotsica, in Tora, have been suffering from a lack of drinking water several …

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Missing Brotherhood students sneak message from prison

CAIRO: Three students affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) who disappeared last month, managed to sneak out a message saying they have been held in Tora Prison for 11 days, Brotherhood lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud told Daily News Egypt. They also said that a fourth student, Mohammed Assem, is being held with them. Although …

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Dying to be thin: a look at anorexia nervosa

Every night, before going to bed, Aliaa has a cup of milk or juice. Feeling guilty, she forces herself to get some asleep. She doesn t want to think about what she had just done. She usually only manages two hours of sleep a night. Insomnia is not her ailment. It is merely one of …

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Cairene filmmaker delves into the life of Egyptian women

In his two short films – a documentary and a short feature – Egyptian filmmaker Sherif El Bendary attempts an unusual feat: to portray the angst, joy, passion, and hardship of being a young woman in Egyptian society. In a screening on Wednesday night at Al Kotob Khan Bookshop in Maadi, Bendary displayed his two …

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Learning nothing from Iraq, Democrats charge forward to Pakistan

United States Presidential Candidate and Senator Barack Obama’s speech on August 1, 2007 at the Wilson Center, a think tank in Washington D.C., confirmed what many feared: the Democrats will continue, unabated, a war on terror that bears exact resemblance to the one waged by President Bush. The only difference: it’s going to happen in …

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The slums of Haiti's Sun City

There may be worse slums in Haiti, but none so infamous for its violence and grinding poverty as Cité Soleil in the heart of the nation s capital, Port au Prince. Drinking water is scarce, public sanitation non-existent. Most of its 300,000 residents have no electricity; fewer have jobs. The neighborhood s mayor was blunt …

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WITH A GRAIN OF SALT: Al Ahli Bank Visa Card!

An Egyptian lady traveled abroad, carrying a visa card issue by Al Ahli Bank. She was comforted by the idea that she can use it to cover all her expenses, for the credit card was issued by a respected national bank. She wouldn’t have to worry about carrying large amounts of cash that could either …

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Lebanon, a lesson in conflict management?

ATLANTA, Georgia: With a population of four million divided amongst 18 religious sects, it is surprising that the Lebanese political system has managed to survive this long. Now, this already burdened, fractious society heads into what promises to be a tumultuous presidential election. But Lebanon s struggles should be understood as more than simply a …

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The Korean hostage crisis and its wider ramifications

It is not surprising that a number of Muslim governments and civil society organizations have condemned the abduction of South Korean nationals by the Taliban in Afghanistan on 19 July 2007. The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) itself has taken a strong stand and has called for the immediate and unconditional release of all the …

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Iraq's humanitarian crisis

One of the world’s largest and fastest-growing humanitarian crises is also among the least-known: Iraq. More than four million people, one out of every seven Iraqis, have fled their homes in what is the largest population displacement in the recent history of the Middle East. The continuing violence not only causes so many civilian deaths …

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