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Saturday at St. Anthony's

In the barren expanse of the Eastern Desert, under the clarity of a seamless blue sky, lies a historic and often overlooked monastery. Although the monastery ranks amongst travel book highlights, its distance from better-recognized monuments has protected it. A gentle pulse in a desolate landscape, St. Anthony’s is the picture of serenity. Secluded, majestic …

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Israelis and Palestinians should ponder 'land for refugees'

It is now pretty clear that despite almost universally repeated incantations, the Quartet “road map is not going anywhere. In a way, it never was a road map, but a wish list; nor did it specify how to get from A to B. Above all, it put both Palestinians and Israelis in the unenviable position …

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Darfur's step forward, into the precipice

It was one of those moments during the Lebanon war in summer 2006 when newspapers were glimpsing the metaphorical light at the end of the tunnel. A friend turned to me and said, without realizing what he was saying: “Yesterday we stood on the edge of a precipice. Today we have taken a great step …

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Public, private and all the spaces in between

In a small, archetypal “white cube gallery, two artists opened a joint exhibit with resounding resistance to conventional space. But while the Mashrabia gallery space is standard by contemporary norms, the gallery breaks with Cairo’s modernist dominated, state-sanctioned art scene, giving room for perhaps more combative artistic expression. One can see why such fundamental conceptual …

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Crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

The ongoing crackdown on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group has entered a new phase marking a new phase in the escalating confrontation between Egypt’s two main political rivals. It seems that the magnitude of the state’s aggression is almost comparable to that of the Nasser era. Their current effort to marginalize and isolate the Muslim Brotherhood …

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The ICJ applied too high a burden of proof on Srebrenica

The judgment earlier this week of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning Serbia’s involvement in the massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995 should be greeted with considerable ambivalence. On the one hand, the fact that an international tribunal has pronounced on the responsibility of a state in the matter of genocide is …

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British journalist calls for more communication between Europe and the ME

CAIRO: Veteran British journalist and Oxford professor Timothy Garton Ash delivered an urgent call for cooperation between Europeans and Middle Easterners on Tuesday night at the American University in Cairo. He sees the alienation of Muslims in Europe and the lack of interaction between the two regions as the major challenges facing this potentially beneficial …

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Environmentalist shocked at violation of Red Sea coral reef

CAIRO: The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) allegedly gave a local council official in Hurghada a permit to dig approximately 1,700 meters into the Red Sea to lay the grounds for a new five-star hotel. Mohammed Shitta, the Secretary General of the local council of Hurghada was allegedly given the green light Thursday. On Friday, …

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Annual Career Mart advises AUC students

CAIRO: Two large white tents were pitched at the American University in Cairo (AUC) Sunday as hundreds of students crowded around tables for information about employment opportunities and career advice. “We attempt to open students’ options so that they don’t graduate with only one idea [one career option] before them, said Dalia Awad, advisor at …

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UN studies global warming at north, south poles

NEW YORK: The largest polar research program in 50 years, with a major focus on global warming, gets under way this week with United Nations support as thousands of scientists from over 60 countries prepare to carry out 220 science and outreach projects in both the north and south polar regions. The International Polar Year …

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Egypt, EU sign first twinning arrangements

CAIRO: The first twining agreements between the European Union and Egypt in the sectors of tourism and postal services took place Monday, Feb. 26 at the Conrad Hotel. The signature ceremony will be attended by Tarek Kamel, Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Zohair Garana, Minister of Tourism, and Ambassador of the Delegation of the …

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A political resolution won't save the Palestinian economy

The resignation of the Hamas-led government on February 15, and the expected formation of a new government based on the deal reached in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, between Hamas and Fatah may finally bring an end to Palestinian internal divisions and the internecine violence that followed last year’s stunning rise of Hamas to power. It may …

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The EU is wrong on the Palestinians

The European Union approach towards the former Palestinian government led by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) formed in March 2006 was one of isolation; the EU and its member states refused dialogue, at least on an official level, and withdrew budget support. The EU intended to press Hamas into accepting the three conditions posed by …

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The world cannot afford to avoid a climate change revolution

The world is in the midst of a great political transformation, in which climate change has moved to the center of national and global politics. For politicians in persistent denial about the need to act, including US President George W. Bush, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, there is no …

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Here's what the Syrians must do for a deal with Israel

Almost everything has changed since Israel and Syria were last involved in peace negotiations seven years ago. The Israeli-Syrian conflict still exists, but it has become only one of many hot fronts in the global war of cultures and religions. Israel clearly sides with the Western and democratic world in this global confrontation and Syria …

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A rare opening for the US in Palestine

After months of political deadlock and escalating violence, Fatah and Hamas have agreed to cease fighting and establish a national unity government, in line with the so-called Mecca Agreement recently sponsored by Saudi Arabia. Although this new government will be led by the current prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah …

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Unesco to send team to assess excavations near Aqsa Mosque

NEW YORK: Concerned by the impact of recent controversial construction work on access to the Al-Haram Al-Sharif, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) dispatched a team to investigate the project initiated by Israel in the Old City of Jerusalem. I believe that such a mission constitutes the most appropriate …

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Middle Eastern governments can gain from blogging

For a very long time, almost everyone agreed that media in the Arab world did not reflect the reality of things in a part of the world that has been plagued with wars and conflicts over the past six decades. Some 10 years ago, satellite TV channels started to proliferate in the region ushering in …

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When murder should simply be called murder, not 'jihad'

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, many in the Western world have struggled to correctly identify acts of terrorism and their perpetrators. Often, people reading newspapers and watching TV news conclude that such acts were committed in the name of jihad, the Islamic concept commonly, and incorrectly, defined as “holy war. Many Westerners (and …

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Human rights expert says occupation resembles apartheid

Associated Press GENEVA: An independent report commissioned by the United Nations compares Israel s actions in the West Bank and Gaza to apartheid South Africa – charges that drew angry rebukes from Israel and were sure to revive charges that the U.N. Human Rights Council is biased against the Jewish state. The report by John …

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Change your diet to increase your chances of having a baby

Conception is a miraculous event, orchestrated by a multitude of factors that culminate in fertilization of the female egg with the male sperm and nine months later, the birth of a new human being. But fertility and the speed with which you conceive is dependent on several parameters such as your diet and environment. Taking …

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Egypt needs $450 mln for new bird flu campaign

CAIRO: Egypt will embark on a new nationwide campaign to vaccinate live poultry against avian influenza, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said on Wednesday. The plan comes after a second wave of the H5N1 influenza subtype in the country led to the deaths of seven people since October 2006. The first wave began in February 2006, …

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The self-inflicted vulnerabilities of Iran's economy

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini once famously said: “Economics is for donkeys. Well, looking at the economy of Iran today it is clear that Iran could do with some more donkeys, in the guise of economists. Iran has perhaps the largest combined oil and gas resources in the world. It has about 980 trillion cubic feet of …

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Are things coming together for George W. Bush in Iraq?

Doctors use the word “crisis to describe the point at which a patient either starts to recover or dies. President George W. Bush’s Iraqi patient now seems to have reached that point. Most commentators appear to think that Bush’s latest prescription – a surge of 20,000 additional troops to suppress the militias in Baghdad – …

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Britain tiptoes away in the darkness

“What all of this means is not that Basra is how we want it to be. But it does mean that the next chapter in Basra’s history can be written by the Iraqis. With these words British Prime Minister Tony Blair formally announced the start of the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq. It is …

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