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What are the socio-cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (Part 6)

  /  July 28, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Through the last five articles we noted what we call the characteristics of slums and determined that there are four main attributes of these neighbourhoods. The most important of these characteristics are that the residents read the rest…

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Money talks

  /  July 27, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Philip Whitfield Sing along: Money, money, money must be funny in the rich man’s world. Money, money, money: always sunny in the rich man’s world. ABBA’s chart-topper. Here’s the 64-million-dollar question: Where will the read the rest…

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The need for a peace narrative in the Middle East

  /  July 26, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Dr Cesar Chelala Growing up in Tucuman, a town in the North of Argentina, I had the opportunity to see a small example of peaceful coexistence and collaboration between Arabs and Jews. I was reminded of read the rest…

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Israel’s deadly attack on Gaza – A never-ending déjà vu

  /  July 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Jonathan Moremi A few weeks ago I bought the book “The General’s Son” by Miko Peled, an Israeli. His father – Matti Peled – was one of the most respected Israeli Generals fighting in read the rest…

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The Gaza Diktat

  /  July 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The Versailles Treaty directly led to World War II. It came, infamously, to be known by the German side as the “Diktat”. It is an insidious notion in politics: the dictation of terms by one read the rest…

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How’d they do it?

  /  July 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Timothy Kaldas How’d they do it? How did Israel manage to bombard civilians with impunity and convince so many to stand silently by or even offer their endorsement and secure the support of many read the rest…

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Israel’s ‘Protective Edge’: Why Now?

  /  July 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Fadi Elhusseini The new Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip is not the first and won’t be the last if the political equation in that region does not change. Throughout previous aggressions Israel read the rest…

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The betrayal of Dr Schweitzer

  /  July 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Dr César Chelala I first learned of Dr Albert Schweitzer’s work when I was a medical student in the 1960s. During those years, the story of Schweitzer’s efforts to improve the health of Africans read the rest…

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Football pitches: An emerging battleground for control of Iraq

  /  July 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Iraqi football pitches have emerged as an alternative battleground in the struggle for control of Iraq between the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of northern Iraq, and embattled read the rest…

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Broke? Spend, spend, spend

  /  July 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Philip Whitfield Let me give you my vision: A man’s right to work as he wills, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state of servant and not as master. read the rest…

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What are the socio-cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (5)

  /  July 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Slums, according to our definition as outlined in the four previous articles, are characterised by a largely poor and marginalised population, a lack of services and the absence of prior planning. The neighbourhoods are often read the rest…

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The Un-united Arab Republic of Egypt

  /  July 16, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Amr Khalifa “United we stand, divided we fall,” a wise man once said. Apparently, Egyptians have not heard of the man – Aesop, an ancient Greek storyteller. The tumult Egypt has experienced for the read the rest…

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Gaza, the Gordian knot

  /  July 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Gaza___ the formula of a quick fix and hope for the best has failed. The simple fact that the recent war in the Gaza strip is the third in six years is enough proof of the read the rest…

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Don’t shoot I hoot

  /  July 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Philip Whitfield Let’s remind ourselves of the central challenge Egypt faces: the population explosion and its consequences. We know Greater Cairo’s 22 million will be 40 million in 10 years. In 30 years Cairo’s population read the rest…

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Israel and Saudi Arabia: Forging Ties on Quicksand

  /  July 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Distrust of the US and questions about the reliability of the US as an ally have persuaded Saudi Arabia and Israel to go public with their tacit alliance

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Do Egyptians deserve a better life?

  /  July 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Mohammed Nosseir In principle, every citizen deserves a better life; why should people suffer if their lives can be improved? However, a better life won’t be dished out and served up on a golden read the rest…

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Gaza’s heavy price

  /  July 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala The new Israeli attacks against Gaza, which have already resulted in more than 100 deaths, will prove, once again, to be counterproductive. Violence against Palestinians will not diminish their rightful demands for freedom read the rest…

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Speech of the Ambassador of Georgia HE Mr Archil Dzuliashvili

  /  July 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By HE Mr Archil Dzuliashvili The following is the speech given by the Georgian ambassador to Egypt on the occasion of the signing by Georgia, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova of the Association Agreements with read the rest…

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Israeli investigation into Palestinian’s murder focuses on football fan group

  /  July 11, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

By James M. Dorsey An Israeli investigation into the murder of 16-year old Mohammed Abu-Khdeir in apparent revenge for the killing of three teenage Israeli settlers on the West Bank has focused attention on Israel’s read the rest…

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What are the social and cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (4)

  /  July 10, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Over the three previous articles we have tried to identify the social and cultural dimensions of the harassment phenomenon, and we considered this phenomenon to be mainly associated with the spread, growth, and rebellion of read the rest…

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Egypt mourns emblematic figure of interfaith dialogue: A tribute to Dr Mahmoud Azab

  /  July 9, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Didier Leroy Dr Mahmoud Azab, interfaith dialogue counsellor for the Great Imam of Al-Azhar University (often considered the highest authority in Sunni Islam), passed away on 29 June in Cairo. The day before, Didier read the rest…

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‘Catastrophic’ it is!

  /  July 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Amnesty International said last week that Egypt is witnessing a “catastrophic” decline in human rights. Indeed, human rights conditions in Egypt are currently a disaster, but the “catastrophe” Egyptians are witnessing these days is all-encompassing. read the rest…

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Gaza will live

  /  July 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Dr Cesar Chelala Gaza is subject, once again, to severe Israeli bombing for the death of three Jewish teenagers. This only aggravates a situation that has been causing enormous and unnecessary civilian suffering to a read the rest…

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Crisis in Syria: Civil war, global threat

  /  July 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Ban Ki-moon   The horrific war in Syria continues to worsen and bleed beyond its borders.  A cold calculation seems to be taking hold: that little can be done except to arm the parties read the rest…

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What are the social and cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (3)

  /  July 1, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

We stress for the third time, the four attributes of slums that were described in the previous two articles: the first, that most slum residents are marginalised; second, that these residents are poor; third, that read the rest…

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Facts are stubborn things

  /  June 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  10 Comments

On 5 March 1770, British soldiers killed five civilians in Boston, Massachusetts in what Americans would call the “Boston Massacre”. The incident happened within the larger context of escalating polarisation between factions calling for American read the rest…

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In answer to Pope Tawadros, now is the time to talk about human rights

  /  June 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Wael Eskandar Last week Pope Tawadros issued the latest in a long list of fiery statements, when, in a visit to Norway, he remarked: “We can pray in a nation without a church but read the rest…

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Why Bush and Blair should be prosecuted for war crimes

  /  June 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Dr Cesar Chelala Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently stated that air strikes and drones should be used once again on Iraq to stem recent gains by extremists in that country. Mr Blair is oblivious read the rest…

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World Cup boosts Iran’s image, highlights political sports battles

  /  June 26, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By James M. Dorsey It didn’t take long for it to emerge that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shared an understanding of football’s political utility with predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose conservative policies he hopes to reverse. read the rest…

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Al-Jazeera Trial and Sisi’s Era

  /  June 25, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

“Shocking, appalling, preposterously unjust.” These are excerpts of angry global reactions to the harsh prison sentences of three journalists for Al-Jazeera English by an Egyptian court. Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to seven read the rest…

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