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US skirts the issue of Egypt's constitutional referendum

CAIRO: The spokesperson for the US State Department has said that Egypt is undergoing a “process of political reform but offered no position regarding the upcoming referendum on constitutional amendments. “You have to put this in the wider context of political and economic reform in Egypt, McCormack said in response to questions about the speed …

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Sooner or later, Israel will have to talk to the Palestinians

The advent of a Palestinian unity government once again clouds the issue of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and contacts. In reality, in considering the potential role of Hamas in preventing negotiations there are two categories of such talks to be discussed. According to the Oslo accords, any and all peace talks or even conflict-management negotiations between Israel …

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Will democratic hope be dashed in Morocco?

Morocco observers were building up 2007 as a date with destiny for the still-fledgling democracy of King Mohammed VI. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for next September. Yet some question marks persist. Many recall that the 2002 legislative elections were in their day touted as the country’s first “free and fair ballot event. That didn’t happen. …

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"A clash of ignorances" – relief aid and the Arab and Islamic world

DUBAI: In its ongoing bid to promote a multilateral and coordinated approach to global aid provision, the United Nations is making a concerted effort to reach out to Arab and Muslim countries. In doing so, senior UN officials have drawn on the parallels that exist in the centuries-old tradition of charity in Islam and the …

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Rice visits the region, more of the same?

At a time when lack of leadership bounds, the Jordanian monarch delivered what could be easily described as the speech of his lifetime. Speaking to a joint meeting of the US Congress and to the American people, he laid down so eloquently, forcefully and above all convincingly the moral case for a much stronger American …

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The Middle East runs after atoms; can it avoid weapons?

A quick evaluation of nuclear capabilities in the Middle East makes it clear that the region is hosting one major military nuclear state, Israel, and one major nuclear-ready state: Iran. However, the list will be inconclusive if we do not consider that in the course of the past 40 years a longer list of states …

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The Euro-Med Youth Parliament simulation ends on the right note

ALEXANDRIA: Following a rigorous selection processes in their home countries and months of preparation, participants from the Middle East and North Africa region initiated the first Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament (EMYP) simulation in Alexandria s Goethe Institute last week. Together with moderators from the whole Euro- Mediterranean area, the participants spent a week in training and …

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INTERVIEW: Egypt to break FDI record in 06/07 -Investment Minister

Reuters NEW YORK: Egypt s economy is expected to grow by 7 percent in the next five years and to break last year s record for investment from abroad, Investment Minister Mahmoud Mohieldin told Reuters on Monday. Egypt s economic reform program is already paying dividends, with an expected 7 percent growth for the fiscal …

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France must prove it's still a driving force in Europe

Not long ago, an American political analyst compared France’s loss of influence in Europe following its “No vote in the 2005 referendum on the EU constitutional treaty with France’s surrender in 1940. A provocative analogy, but is it apt? The collapse in 1940 revealed the fragility of France’s democracy and its loss of confidence in …

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Have we overestimated Osama's sway?

The only two major terrorist operations for which Khaled Sheikh Mohammed claimed no credit in his recently released testimony before the Military Tribunal at Guantanamo Bay were the August 7, 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the October 12, 2000 attack against the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of …

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Israel's security: new challenge and the response

The last summer war between Israel and Hezbollah exposed the Jewish State’s capabilities to defend itself against short-range rockets. To deal with the emergent situation, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently approved the development of a new anti-missile system named ‘Iron-Dome.’ The system however is a technological response to a threat that is largely embedded …

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Two-year-old tests positive for bird flu, brings total to 26

Reuters CAIRO: A 2-year-old boy has tested positive for bird flu, bringing the number of people who have contracted the disease in Egypt to 26, the Health Ministry said on Monday. The ministry identified the boy as Youssef Mohamed Mahmoud and said he was admitted to hospital on Friday in Aswan, the same southern city …

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Israeli television accuses Egypt of 1973 war killings of POWs

Associated Press JERUSALEM: Just days after Egyptian MPs called for an investigation into film evidence that Israeli soldiers massacred a contingent of Egyptian troops in 1967, an Israeli television station accused Cairo of similar atrocities during the 1973 war. Egyptians killed dozens, if not hundreds of captured Israeli soldiers in the 1973 Mideast war, excerpts …

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Europe's dirty little secret on global warming

Almost two weeks ago, the European Union declared that it had practically saved the planet. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso claimed that Europe would lead the way on climate change, and the EU promised to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 20 percent below 1990-levels by 2020. Of course, with the EU already having promised an …

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Will anxious Arab states soon form a nuclear family?

From Libya to Egypt to fuel-strapped Jordan, Arab countries have signaled their desire to develop nuclear power, even amid a concerted attempt by the United States to tighten the noose around Iran lest it join the nuclear club. These new players are entering a nuclear race in an unstable zone, dominated by two regional powers, …

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Expect Palestinian factionalism to endure

Palestinians have been hoping that Hamas and Fatah will live up to their announced agreement that the government of national unity formed last week would not concern itself with negotiations with Israel, which were supposed to remain the purview of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his capacity as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization …

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Expect Palestinian factionalism to endure

Palestinians have been hoping that Hamas and Fatah will live up to their announced agreement that the government of national unity formed last week would not concern itself with negotiations with Israel, which were supposed to remain the purview of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his capacity as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization …

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Korba festival gets rave reviews

CAIRO: The Korba festival ended on Friday in a wash of color. Bright confetti and chalk drawings covered the ground and people of all ages ran around with flowers painted on their faces. The crowd gathered in Heliopolis’ Baghdad Street to listen to the mellow sounds of Wust Al-Balad as the sun set. Korba was …

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Opposition boycotts parliamentary constitutional amendment talks

Associated Press CAIRO: Opposition lawmakers boycotted an opening parliamentary debate Sunday on constitutional amendments they say will further tighten the president s grip on power. More than 100 lawmakers from the Muslim Brotherhood and other parties refused to attend the session of the 454-seat Parliament because they say the amendments limit judicial monitoring of elections …

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21 Kefaya detainees released from custody

CAIRO: After several hours of prosecution at the Galaa Courthouse, 21 Kefaya detainees were released from the State Security Dhahrar prison near Abbasiya on Saturday. The Kefaya activists were arrested late Thursday night after marching in a demonstration protesting the upcoming referendum on constitutional amendments. Kefaya and other opposition groups have claimed the amendments are …

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Europe's dirty little secret on global warming

Almost two weeks ago, the European Union declared that it had practically saved the planet. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso claimed that Europe would lead the way on climate change, and the EU promised to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 20 percent below 1990-levels by 2020. Of course, with the EU already having promised an …

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Will anxious Arab states soon form a nuclear family?

From Libya to Egypt to fuel-strapped Jordan, Arab countries have signaled their desire to develop nuclear power, even amid a concerted attempt by the United States to tighten the noose around Iran lest it join the nuclear club. These new players are entering a nuclear race in an unstable zone, dominated by two regional powers, …

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Egyptian authorities arrest Palestinian with explosive belt,10 Egyptians over planned anti-Israeli attacks

Associated Press EL-ARISH: A potential Palestinian suicide bomber and 10 Egyptians were arrested in the northern Sinai peninsula, a security official said on Thursday. The Palestinian, identified as Hamid Al-Nador, was detained Tuesday while wearing an explosive belt inside a beach resort in the border city of El-Arish, the security official said speaking on condition …

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Over 30 Kefaya activists arrested during Cairo demonstration

CAIRO: Demonstrations organized by the Kefaya National Movement for Change and opposition parties against proposed constitutional amendments were met with a massive state security sweep in downtown Cairo on Thursday. Over 30 Kefaya activists were detained in protests that began in Tahrir Square and spread through Talat Harb Square, ending with a sit-in of some …

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About time you hit the treadmill

The benefits of exercise in disease prevention A regular exercise regimen goes hand in hand with a healthy diet to maintain health and reach our ideal body weight for our given age, genetic or disease disposition. The benefits of exercise have been extensively studied and it is apparent that being fit is the key to …

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INTERVIEW: Egyptian film mogul plans movie about Al Qaeda

Reuters CAIRO: A leading Egyptian director is preparing to produce a movie about the rise of Al-Qaeda, and he promises to pull no punches in what would probably be the first Arab film about the militant group. Adel Adeeb, head of the Cairo-based film production company Good News for Film and Music, said the movie …

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Europe can do much more for Lebanon

After an absence of more than three years from Damascus, the European Union High Representative Javier Solana met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad this week. Curiously, he did so on March 14, two years after almost 1 million Lebanese assembled in Beirut to protest the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the …

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Turkey Deports Iraqi Asylum Seeker

CAIRO: On Tuesday, the UN Refugee Agency circulated a press release protesting the deportation of a recognized Iraqi refugee by Turkish authorities. Jennifer Pagonis spokesperson for the Office of High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, said in a press conference: UNHCR deeply regrets the refoulement by Turkey of an Iraqi refugee on March 3. The …

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US stokes new hope of free trade deal with Egypt

Reuters WASHINGTON: US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said on Thursday he believed Egypt and the United States were destined to negotiate a free trade agreement, reviving hopes of a deal dashed many times. It really comes down to a matter of timing – when is the right time? It s not if, it s when, …

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