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The Kouchner Conversion

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s appointment of Bernard Kouchner as France’s foreign minister was a brilliant political stroke. Having beaten his Socialist rival, Ségolène Royal, Sarkozy decided to compound the Socialists’ crisis by appointing to his government several political figures long associated with the center-left. Sarkozy persuaded two women from immigrant backgrounds, Rama Yade and the …

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Peace, please, for Palestine, Mr President!

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Premier Olmert are reported to be engaged in secret negotiations. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has just agreed in principle to take part in President Bush s Middle East Peace conference, currently scheduled for this November. These are momentous developments, and show that the time for peace may …

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China's thoroughly cynical creed: the use of slave labor

When a government-run brick plant in Hongdong County of Shanxi Province was revealed to be using slave labor, a famous episode from a Beijing opera flashed through my mind. In that opera, a prostitute named Su San, after being sentenced to death, pleads for mercy to unconcerned passersby as she is marched down the main …

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US arms deal may lead to arms race, say pundits

CAIRO: The recently announced US initiative to arm its friends in the Middle East to limit Iranian influence may plunge the region into an intense arms race, political pundits told Daily News Egypt Although Syria was mentioned as one of the US’s concerns in the region, the military buttressing of its allies was portrayed primarily …

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Turkey's post-election outlook

ISTANBUL: The extent of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) victory in Turkey s parliamentary elections has exceeded everyone s expectations, including those of the party members themselves. According to final election results, it won 340 of the 550 seats in the parliament, a majority not often witnessed in the Turkish political scene. Such success, …

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Link Development joins Microsoft Dynamics President's Club

CAIRO: Link Development has received recognition from Microsoft for outstanding customer commitment and sales achievement and has been named to the Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club, according to a statement released to the press. This recognition came during Microsoft s recent global partner event in Denver, US. It is an elite club, recognizing the top five …

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A pressing need for reform

The issue of reform of the PLO is one of the most complex and important issues on the Palestinian political agenda. The organization is considered the sole, legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, but it currently suffers from an inability to translate that theory into a practical reality that is accepted by all Palestinian factions. …

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Egypt's Sawiris completes Greek telecom buy

Egyptian billionaire and Orascom Chairman Naguib Sawiris boosted his reach on Tuesday with a deal to buy out Tellas, Greece s second-largest phone company. Greek power utility Public Power Corp. (PPC), which owns 50 percent minus one share of Tellas, accepted a 175 million euro ($239.8 million) offer from Sawiris s Weather Investments unit for …

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Slow recovery for both tourism and the Bedouin

SOUTH SINAI/CAIRO: The water is a deep blue and inviting. The moon rises over Saudi Arabia as the sun sets over Egypt. The beach huts and lounge chairs are in neat rows and the waiters at the bar are ready to serve. But one crucial element is missing from this postcard scene, the tourists. Nearly …

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Increase in QIZ exports not enough, say industry players

Qualifying Industrial Zone (QIZ) exports have increased this quarter by 10.6 percent from $164.7 million to $182.3 million. While the increase in exports may seem substantial, Karim Shafie managing partner of Gherzi – a specialized textile consulting company – thinks it should have been much greater. “The QIZ is doing much better in other countries, …

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People across the country get creative to deal with the summer heat

CAIRO: As the summer heat reaches new record levels, electricity bills are soaring across the country. However, the less fortunate, who can afford neither fans nor air conditioners, are literally thinking outside the box to fend off the heat. “My family and me sleep on the roof of our house, says Ashraf Ali, a resident …

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"Simpsons Movie" earns plenty of laughs on big screen

The Simpsons Movie is everything a fan of the 18-year-old animated Fox television series could ask for. But then, Homer Simpson opens the movie by calling everyone in the audience giant suckers for paying to see what they get for free on TV. Looks like the world is full of giant suckers. Maybe some will …

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Water conference proposes regional groundwater council

CAIRO: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-Escwa) organized a conference on “Evaluation and Adaptation of Existing Water Visions and Forecasts for Shared Aquifer Management in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Region (Meda) at the Mena House Oberoi Hotel in Giza on July 30-31. The conference discussed knowledge transfer and data collection on …

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Uniting Asia

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions seem to have died down, at least for now. The Six-Party Talks have, at long last, succeeded – thanks, apparently, to China’s solid opposition to the nuclearization of northeast Asia. Under the aegis of the Six-Party umbrella, the United States and North Korea have even held the bilateral talks that North …

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Qalet Al-Kabsh residents go on hunger strike

CAIRO: Nine Qalet Al-Kabsh residents, whose homes were demolished by the government last March after a huge fire destroyed the area, went on hunger strike on Sunday. Other people are willing to go on strike, said Mustafa Mohamed, one of the residents, we have been living with friends and relatives for the last three months, …

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Winning with Opium in Afghanistan

Despite considerable effort by the international community in Afghanistan since 2001 to eliminate the Taliban and al Qaeda, the insurgency in the south of the country has gathered momentum at breakneck speed in recent months. Our field research shows that we are not winning the campaign for the hearts and minds of the Afghan people …

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Ministry of Communications celebrates 6th Egyptian Engineering Day

CAIRO: Engineering graduates of different universities in Egypt exhibited their most creative graduation projects in celebration of sixth annual Egyptian Engineering Day (EEG) Monday. This year the event had the motto of Your Next Step, and aimed to encourage all engineering graduates to start inventing small innovative projects and also to benefit from the organized …

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The best and brightest fanatics

In Britain and Australia, several Muslim medical doctors and engineers have been arrested following a series of failed car bombings. The arrest of these well-educated professionals, together with the Egyptian doctor Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s role as Al-Qaeda’s deputy leader, raises questions that go far beyond disaffection among Muslims and the consequences of America’s misadventures in the …

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"No End" a depressing look at Iraq war

Reuters A damning appraisal of America s handling of the Iraq war, post-Mission Accomplished, No End In Sight may not offer up any fresh revelations, but this effectively assembled documentary puts it all in valuable, if depressing, perspective. Executive produced by Alex Gibney, who directed Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, the film (it …

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Saying No to Medical Technology

In a dramatic twist of fate, one of the world’s premier heart surgeons, Michael DeBakey, recently underwent cardiac surgery using a technique that he had devised, at the hospital where he had practiced. What gave the story added interest was that DeBakey was 97 years old at the time, and the operation was carried out …

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Watheeqa buys more Raya shares to counter OT offer

CAIRO: The Kuwaiti Watheeqa Group has offered to buy an additional 5 million shares in Egypt s Raya to help fend off a takeover by Orascom Telecom, Raya Chairman Medhat Khalil said on Monday. Orascom Telecom (OT), a regional mobile operator, offered to buy the technology and communications firm in mid-July for LE 12 per …

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Our Virtual Middle Ages

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, is the most impressive collective intellectual project ever attempted – and perhaps achieved. It demands both the attention and the contribution of anyone concerned with the future of knowledge. Because of the speed with which it has become a fixture in cyberspace, Wikipedia’s true significance has gone largely unremarked. Since its …

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Intel, NTI push for WiMAX in Egypt

In a bid to continue driving greater access to technology and the online world through WiMAX technology, Intel has teamed up with the National Telecommunications Institute (NTI) in Egypt to establish a wireless training lab at the NTI s facility in Smart Village and implement a training and certification program on WiMAX technology in Egypt. …

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Anti-Terrorism Yemeni Sheikh in Fear for his Life

Head of Muslim preaching and mosques in the city of Aden Sheikh Anis Al-Hobaishi reported on Saturday that his life could be in danger after he made statements recently on the authenticity of one of Prophet Muhammad’s sayings (Hadith) regarding jihad. Sheikh Al-Hobaishi’s concern grew after a number of imams signed a petition addressed to …

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NGOs strive to educate some of Egypt's 2.76 mln working children

CAIRO: Walid Adly is 18 and has a fifth grade education. And he’s darn proud of it. He is one of Egypt’s 2.76 million working children forced to postpone their schooling to provide for their families. Many children have to forego schooling altogether to supply up to a quarter of their family’s monthly income, according …

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Admin court rejects Ayman Nour's health appeal

CAIRO: The administrative court has rejected jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour’s health release during the final court session Tuesday, but the defense team plans to appeal the court’s decision, lawyers said. Amir Salem, Nour’s lawyer, told Daily News Egypt that the court has based its decision on the technical forensic medical reports presented by the …

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Farouk Hosni nominated as Unesco director general

CAIRO: The Egyptian government announced Monday that it was nominating Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni as a candidate for the position of director general of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). There have been nine director generals since Unesco’s inception, but none of them have been from Egypt or any Arab country. …

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