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Editorial: When Obama speaks

CAIRO: Under the majestic dome of Cairo University’s grand hall on Thursday, US President Barack Obama’s gave his uplifting address to the Muslim world, meeting heightened expectations and his own aims. No doubt Obama’s main objective was to improve the image and perception of the US in Muslim-majority countries and among the American-Muslim community, which …

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Editorial: Egyptian provocation flu

CAIRO: Amid the global swine flu mania and Egypt’s mindless pig massacre, another manifestation of pure chaos and inexplicable aggression marred the steps of the State Council building earlier this week. For journalists and TV networks, it was business as usual as they set off to their destination on May 4 a little before noon. …

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Editorial: It's not the pigs, stupid!

CAIRO: Egypt’s decision to cull its entire population of pigs is not only a misguided effort to contain swine flu, but also reflects the haphazard, panic-driven decision-making process that’s endemic to this country. First of all, there are no pigs sneezing in Mexico. According to a World Health Organization release, when the outbreak was first …

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Editorial: The death of youth activism in Egypt?

CAIRO: Ironically touted as “the day of anger , April 6 this year didn’t seem to trigger much beyond the usual oppressed frustration induced by a regular dose of Cairo traffic. The April 6 Youth Movement was born from the events of April 6 last year when, using Facebook, blogs, text messaging, independent media and …

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Editorial: Press freedom or hate speech?

CAIRO: Mother’s Day wasn’t the only festivity to be marked in Egypt on March 21. Most Egyptians didn’t know that the date also marks the Bahai new year (the Nowruz feast) until an explosive Dream TV program broadcast on March 28 aired footage of the celebration in a talk show pitting two Egyptian Bahais against …

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Editorial: In the spirit of Sadat

CAIRO: In his historic speech to the Israeli Knesset on November 20, 1977, President Anwar Sadat said: “Peace cannot be worth its name unless it is based on justice and not on the occupation of the land of others. It would not be right for you to demand for yourselves what you deny to others. …

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Editorial: I want my kidney back please

There is no weapon of mass destruction worse than poverty. Tragically, for some Egyptians, selling a kidney is the only way out, destroying not only their bodies, but also their souls. Prey to an elaborate underground network of body-part brokers, Egyptians with few options have become a statistic, prompting the World Health Organization to identify …

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Editorial: Egypt's frustrated journalists lash out

CAIRO: The stand-off between a group of disgruntled journalists at Al-Ahram newspaper and its chairman of the board Morsi Attallah earlier this week has set a healthy precedent in a media organization that is deeply embroiled in maintaining the authority of the Egyptian regime. Al-Ahram was founded in 1875 and is the second oldest Egyptian …

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Editorial: The victim's of the ICC warrant

The International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Beshir, though expected, has lit a fire under Arab and African leaders whose own despotic regimes may very well find themselves on the wrong end of the ICC stick – with no carrots in sight. Since the court was set up in 2002, this is …

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Jehan Sadat launches her hope for peace

CAIRO: On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, which eventually led to his assassination, the devoted widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat reminds the world of what her husband died for. Jehan Sadat’s new release, “My Hope for Peace is, first and foremost, a labor of love. At the …

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Editorial: Enough conspiracy theories

CAIRO: Earlier this week, like all Egyptians, I was discussing the bomb that went off at Al-Hussein on Sunday in the presence on my young nephew. “So what happened? he asked. “A bomb went off at a popular tourist bazaar in Cairo, killed a 17-year-old French girl and wounded 24 others, I said. “It was …

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Editorial: Transparency and Ayman Nour

CAIRO: In an eventful week Egypt witnessed two major strike actions and the Prosecutor-General suddenly ordered the release of jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour. The Pharmacists’ Syndicate’s tête-à-tête with the tax authority was triggered by the latter’s decision to overturn a 2005 agreement whereby pharmacies would pay a fixed tax of 15 percent. Without prior …

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Editorial: A question of patriotism?

CAIRO: Ever since the Israeli war on Gaza began last month, a strange virus has taken hold of Egyptian society. This is not about biological warfare, but its effects can be far more insidious. All of a sudden those who felt strongly about the massacres taking place in Gaza and were vocal in their criticism …

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EDITORIAL: CAIRO'S BOOK FAIR AND THE BIBLE INCIDENT

CAIRO: Egypt’s annual international book extravaganza, the Cairo International Book Fair, always comes with its fair share of sexy controversies that make great headlines. I recall in 2003 when several high-profile authors and intellectuals boycotted the 2003 Cairo International Book Fair when Azhar scholars mounted a campaign against three novels published by a State-run institution …

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Religion and the Middle East conflict: An Interview with Dr Aly El Samman

CAIRO: With last month’s escalation of aggression between Israel and the Palestinians in a blatantly disproportionate conflict, some analysts have described the war in religious terms, portraying the “Jewish assault on “Muslim civilians on what the Jews perceive as part of the “Holy Land as a form of ethnic cleansing dictated by the Torah. But …

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Editorial: Obama and equal opportunity

CAIRO: Once again new US President Barack Obama mesmerizes Arab and Muslim populations around the world with a simple gesture, but one that speaks volumes. Obama’s decision to give his first official interview to a foreign network, Al-Arabiya, earlier this week, at a time when the region is literally up in flames in the aftermath …

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Editorial: On Obama and daring to dream

CAIRO: On Jan. 20, 2009 history was made when Barack Obama took the US presidential oath, placing a man from a racial minority at the helm of the world’s only superpower. As a lover of American literature, the idea of America to me is a blend of the idyllic depictions of poet Robert Frost and …

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Editorial: No Peace without Justice

As Egypt stepped up its mediation efforts to secure a ceasefire, holding intense meetings in Cairo with Hamas and Israeli officials, and despite mixed messages about both sides’ sentiments vis-a-vis the Egyptian proposal, Israel continued its relentless destruction of Gaza. News reports about the meetings have been both confused and confusing, especially that at the …

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Editorial: A recent history of Gaza

CAIRO: Below is a release by the ICRC, titled “ICRC gravely concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza : “The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is alarmed about the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip. “The continuing escalation of violence, with military operations taking place in highly populated areas, has serious consequences for …

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Editorial: The price of Egypt's silence on Gaza

CAIRO: A 19-year-old Egyptian intern at this newspaper said something, which to me, sums up what’s at stake for the future of this country if Egypt continues doing nothing about the barbaric assault on Gaza. “I’ll hate my country forever if it’s true that our government knew about this attack and supported it, she said. …

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Editorial: The assault on Gaza

There’s nothing more dangerous than half-truths, especially in times of war. Israel’s genocidal attack on Gaza Saturday has, according to an Associated Press report, killed 315 including seven children under the age of 15 and wounding over 800, 180 of them in critical condition in just under 72 hours. The horrifying footage of dead bodies …

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Editorial: Egypt 2008: Another lost child

Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, an infuriating court verdict wraps up the hasty trial of what I vote to be the most tragic incident of 2008: the death of 11-year-old Islam Badr in a public school at the hands of his teacher last October. An Alexandria court on Thursday sentenced 23-year-old mathematics …

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Editorial: The shoe affair

CAIRO: I must confess that to me, the Iraqi journalist-Bush-shoes-incident was – above all else – as hilarious as it would have been if Muntazar Al-Zaidi had aimed a pie on the US President’s face. Al-Zaidi grabbed the world spotlight earlier this week when he threw his shoes at Bush during a press conference and …

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Editorial: Egypt loses a publishing icon

CAIRO: “To die is to go into the collective unconscious, said German Nobel Laureate Herman Hesse; and what better way to do that than by spreading ideas. That was the mission of Egypt’s iconic publisher Hajj Mohamed Madbouli (1938-2008), who died last week at age 70 after a battle with cancer. The self-taught owner of …

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Editorial: Murder in Egypt's suburbia

CAIRO: Do we ever really get to know the truth when heinous crimes that defy any semblance of logic are committed in Egypt? I’m not a conspiracy theorist and don’t have any crucial evidence to cast doubt on the super-human ability of the Egyptian police to solve a double homicide in five days. Indeed you …

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Editorial: Egyptian schizophrenia rules

CAIRO: The proverbial being from Mars who accidentally lands in Egypt (assuming that it can read) will instantly identify Egypt’s national ailment as some deviant form of schizophrenia marked by haphazard outbursts of excruciating violence. And that’s an understatement. It seems that the “system has morphed into an a-reasonable creature who not only defies basic …

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Editorial: A little introspection can go a long way

LONDON: The great thing about globalization is that it forces us to get to know each other. On this hyper-connected information superhighway you discover that someone you’ve been MSN chatting with for the past six months actually lives next door or that a person you bumped into online who is continents away is good friends …

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Editorial: Yes they can, but can we?

CAIRO: Barack Obama’s historic election as the first African-American President of the United States this week, though inspiring, was a bitter reminder of the stark difference between “us and “them. Ever since George W. Bush was elected for a second term in 2004, despite his ill-conceived invasion of Iraq under the guise of the war …

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Editorial: Egypt's murdered schoolchild: Who's responsible?

On Monday Oct. 27 the mother of 11-year-old Islam Amr Badr packed her son’s lunch as usual. But as she rushed him off to school that morning nothing could have prepared her for the agonizing news she would hear a few hours later; that she will never see her son alive again. News of the …

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