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Start looking for similarities among the world's religions

The West and the Muslim world are multi-faceted, multi-cultural, and multi-religious realms despite the narrow way they are often viewed and defined. There are millions of Muslims in the West, and there are millions of individuals of other faiths in the “Muslim world. There are underlying relationships between these supposed separate worlds that exist in …

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The four occupations smothering the Middle East

When the United Nation Development Program’s Arab Human Development reports appeared a few years ago, the authors spoke with sanitized language. When analyzing political tyranny in the Middle East, they dubbed oppressive governance as “freedom deficit. This medical diagnosis of the “deficit in freedom treated tyranny as if it were a nutritional lack, a problem …

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Arab democrats are being abandoned

Now that the Democrats have won control of both the House and the Senate, President George W. Bush has finally succumbed to pressure and replaced his unpopular defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, with an old-school conservative, Robert Gates. Those advocating engagement with Syrian and Iran over Iraq seem to have taken a major step forward toward …

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Is that a LE 500 bill in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Merchants and government employees sarcastic about new bills CAIRO: The New Year will see the introduction of two new bills to the lineup of denominations in Egypt’s currency. The announcement has been met with varied reactions from the public, banking officials and authorities on economics. Farouq Al-Oqda, chairman of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), …

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A win for democracy!

A special thank you to peacemakers who communicated the truth about the illegal invasion of Iraq. Our individual conversations, presentations, newspaper articles, books, movies, phone calls, teaching events, peace demonstrations, radio interviews, television interviews, and prayers do make a difference. In the Freedom From War organization alone, the above actions enabled us to educate over …

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US environmental policy, or how to wear swimsuits to work

As an American, I am appalled, ashamed, and embarrassed by the United States’ lack of leadership in dealing with global warming. Scientific evidence on the risks mounts by the day, as most recently documented in England’s magisterial Stern Report. Yet, despite the fact that the US accounts for roughly 25 percent of all man-made global …

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US environmental policy, or how to wear swimsuits to work

As an American, I am appalled, ashamed, and embarrassed by the United States’ lack of leadership in dealing with global warming. Scientific evidence on the risks mounts by the day, as most recently documented in England’s magisterial Stern Report. Yet, despite the fact that the US accounts for roughly 25 percent of all man-made global …

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Expect little change in US foreign policy

There appears to be little disagreement that the fierce partisan debate over Iraq in the run-up to the midterm congressional elections last week may have largely determined its outcome. During the campaign each party tried to create the perception of certainty as to how to proceed in Iraq without providing any credible evidence or sustainable …

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French FM seeks Darfur compromise with sudan

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy conferred with Egyptian officials Sunday ahead of a trip to Khartoum aimed at finding a compromise with Sudan on the deployment of peacekeepers in Darfur. The French diplomat held talks with Khartoum s Egyptian allies in a bid to explore new solutions after the Sudanese government made …

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Iranian influence a double edged sword for Egypt's Shiites

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Iran s rising regional influence has emboldened Egyptian Shiites to demand more rights, but has also left them vulnerable under a regime that questions their loyalty and treats all religious groups with suspicion. The post-Saddam Hussein rise of Iraq s long-downtrodden Shiites, the popularity of Lebanon s Hezbollah movement and Iran s …

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Where there is a will, there is no way for Sfax:

Al-Ahli victorious in the Rades showdown In an incredible show of sheer will and stamina, Al-Ahli managed a righteous injury time goal to blow Tunisian hopes and win the African championship for the second year in a row. The roaring Tunisian crowd filled the Rades stadium but the Ahli players were on a mission. They …

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After Rumsfeld, a good time to refocus on 'soft power'

The midterm elections in the United States earlier this week were the sharpest popular rebuke that President George W. Bush has yet suffered at home. With Congress lost to the Democrats and exit polls showing six in 10 voters opposed to the Iraq war, Bush finally fired Donald Rumsfeld, his disastrous secretary of defense. But …

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Consider an interim deal to avoid a risky political vacuum

Since Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert shelved his unilateral withdrawal, or “convergence plan for the West Bank, his government has had no political agenda at all for dealing with the Palestinian issue. Between the weakness displayed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the escalating military activity in Gaza brought on by Hamas’ arms buildup and …

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Dream of permanent peace by delaying it for a decade

Here in the Gaza Strip, where I live, few dream of peace. For now, most dare only to dream of a lack of war. It is for this reason that the Hamas movement proposes a long-term truce during which the Israeli and Palestinian peoples can try to negotiate a lasting peace. A truce is referred …

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Early detection of breast cancer saves lives

Simple steps can increase survival chances to 95 percent “I discovered the lump in my breast by mere chance. I was in the shower and felt something under my hand. Three days after I discovered it, I was on the operating table [for a mastectomy], says Faiza Abdel Khalick, breast cancer survivor and co-founder of …

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'Harmless hookah' targeted in Egypt health drive

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: A hookah set complete with apple-flavored tobacco has become compulsory hand luggage for many tourists returning from a holiday in Egypt. But as trendy hookah lounges are flourishing from Europe to California, the hubbly bubbly addiction is also gaining ground in the homeland of shisha-smoking and causing growing concern among health officials. …

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Egyptian cleric allegedly abducted by CIA recounts torture in Egypt

Associated Press An Egyptian cleric who disappeared from a Milan street in 2003 in an alleged CIA kidnapping said he was tortured with electric shocks, left in a cell where rats crawled on his body and threatened with rape when he was taken to Egypt, an Italian newspaper reported Thursday. Corriere della Sera said Osama …

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As climate changes, can we?

If there was any remaining doubt about the urgent need to combat climate change, two reports issued last week should make the world sit up and take notice. First, according to the latest data submitted to the United Nations, the greenhouse-gas emissions of the major industrialized countries continue to increase. Second, a study by the …

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Love the prices, hate the quality

Informal survey says Egyptians admire the Chinese for production capabilities CAIRO: During the first week of November, President Hosni Mubarak visited Beijing, where the nuclear issue was high on the agenda. But whenever China comes up in conversation, the first thing that comes to people’s minds is the onslaught of Chinese products that seem to …

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Cairo Carousel

Diseases and displease The Big Kahuna is ill Something I caught in a taxi ride en route to interviewing a chef for my second column. But the detour left me frazzled. Befuddled. Watch out for that puddle, yasta. That kid running from behind the bus, don’t hit him. No, hit him. Wait . he stopped. …

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Coach shooting for a royal flush?

Pressure’s on for Ahli’s all or nothing in Tunisia CAIRO: Al-Ahli club’s Portuguese coach Manuel Jose has thrown all his cards into the fray and is waiting for a royal flush. Earlier this week, the Egyptian football federation agreed to postpone Al-Ahli’s game with Emppi in order to give the redcoat players enough rest before …

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'Victor's justice' condemns Saddam

On Sunday came the anticipated verdict following the trial of Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein – death by hanging. Early media reports described Saddam as shaking and shaken. In reality, he fluctuated between being anger, defiance and composure. The BBC’s correspondent in Iraq John Snow, who attended the sentencing, said he noticed a smile on …

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Two conditions must guide a Palestinian-Israeli settlement

The Middle East, with its vital resources and strategic location, is at a boiling point, and the course of events in the region has a direct impact on international stability. From there, a world war could break out. Conversely, it is also the place from where global peace could emerge. It is widely understood, except …

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Iran's Achilles heel: its reliance on oil revenues

Like North Korea, the Iranian government will not shy from a showdown over its nuclear program. Why should it? A nuclear weapon is the ultimate guarantee that the United States can never do to Iran what it did to Iraq. Moreover, this struggle with the US rallies much-needed domestic support. What, then, can the US …

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Putting an Islamic spin on global pop culture

Local tradition not only adapts but incorporates global trends Washington, D.C.: For decades Western popular culture has attracted the ire of Islamic activists who accuse it of subverting values, corrupting youth, destroying families or robbing Muslims of fundamental aspects of their identity. But hostility towards Western popular culture is not restricted to those who claim …

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Cairo streets take on a new dynamic

The psychology of the harasser and how to fight back CAIRO: As 17-year-old Layla is walking down a main street in Maadi, she notices a man straddling a bicycle on the corner. As she gets closer, she sees some unnaturally rapid movements underneath the man s galabiya as he hisses indecipherable words at her. A …

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US key to solving Palestinian-Israeli conflict

The words we use and the statements we make define who we are, what we believe. The more accurate our pronouncements are, the closer we are to the truth and to understanding each other. The better the understanding, the more engaged we become when the opportunity avails itself. In her keynote address to the American …

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Saving Iraq's justice: move Saddam's trial abroad

So Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death. This does not come as a surprise. If one person were to be singled out in the world today for the ultimate sentence, Saddam would be the one. He is personally responsible for the death of about two million people through his rule between 1968 and 2003. With …

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No negotiations, no peace

The Israeli-Palestinian political arena has never looked worse. This is a reflection of the negative political situation internally in both areas. It seems that the main political agenda of the Israeli government today is survival, and once that becomes apparent to the people of Israel, the government’s days are numbered. On the Palestinian side, the …

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Rebuild Africa by funding the African Union Mission in Darfur

Last April, in the delegate’s lounge of the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, this columnist met with the Organization of Islamic Conference’s (OIC) permanent observer to the UN, Ambassador Abdul Wahab, to discuss ways in which Arab, Islamic, or African nation-states might assist in ending the genocide in Darfur. At that time, Qatar, Tanzania, …

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