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An unlearned lesson from 9/11

By Dr Cesar Chelala On a rainy morning in April 1958, in Washington DC, Ezra Pound – then a 72-year-old man – was declared “incurably insane” by Judge Bolitha J. Laws, who set him free. As he prepared to leave for Italy, Pound declared: “Any man who could live in America is insane.” I wonder what Pound – …

Daily News Egypt

Explosives cache seized before Afghan elections: Officials

AFP – Afghan police seized 22 tonnes of explosives destined for use in suicide and roadside bombs, officials said Tuesday, four days before elections that Taliban insurgents have vowed to attack. The explosives were uncovered in dozens of plastic-wrapped bags in the northern province of Takhar, as security forces ramp up efforts to protect candidates, …

Daily News Egypt

Libyan fund sues France’s SocGen for $1.5bn

AFP – Libya’s sovereign wealth fund is suing French bank Societe Generale in a British court for $1.5bn (€1.1bn) for allegedly channelling bribes to allies of the son of slain dictator Moamer Qadhafi, officials said on Monday. The Libyan Investment Authority is seeking compensation from the bank and from WalidGiahmi, an alleged associate of Saif …

Daily News Egypt

A file picture taken on September 21, 2010 shows a French soldier (C) patroling with Afghan soldiers in Kapisa province in Afghanistan. (AFP PHOTO)

France ends combat mission in Afghanistan

Nijrab Base, Afghanistan(AFP) – France ended its combat mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday, withdrawing troops from a strategic province northeast of Kabul as part of a quickened departure from the war-torn country. Paris says all French combat soldiers will leave the country next month, two years before allied nations contributing to the 100,000-strong International Security …

Liliana Mihaila

Dr H.A. Hellyer

Defeatism cannot be allowed to overcome Syria

“Today our revolution enters its toughest stages and the cruelty of the regime against our people is proven limitless.” For all the issues that the Egyptian revolution has yet to resolve, Egyptians did not pen the above words. Representatives of the Local Coordination Committees in Syria did, and even as Egyptians have continued to be …

Dr H.A. Hellyer