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IMF says Lebanon economy to grow by 4% in medium term

Reuters – The International Monetary Fund forecasts Lebanon’s economy will grow by 2% in 2014 and a “modest 4% over the medium term,” despite two years of violence, political paralysis and a huge refugee influx. But with heavy pressures weighing on the economy, the IMF also said in a report published on Friday that Lebanon …

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Libya assembly speaker confirms Miitig as premier

AFP – The speaker of Libya’s General National Congress confirmed Ahmed Miitig as the country’s prime minister Monday, after approving his appointment following a chaotic session of the interim parliament. “Ahmed Omar Miitig was appointed head of the transitional government, and asked to form his cabinet and present it to the GNC for a confidence …

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Egypt, Turkey and Iran: Exchanging roles in a tumultuous Middle East

By Fadi Elhusseini After less than a year of exceptional Egyptian-Turkish rapprochement, the events of 30 June 2013 ruptured this relationship. Similarly, when Egyptian and Iranian statesmen began to decrease tensions and a thaw in relations resulted, events returned things to square one. As these scenes, by and large, have been repeating themselves over and …

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My liberal times in Oum al Dounia – (Part One)

By Dr Ronald Meinardus After nearly eight years at the helm of the Cairo Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF), Germany’s liberal think tank, Dr Ronald Meinardus, who has, on and off, also contributed to the editorial page of this newspaper, is leaving Egypt shortly. The following is the first of three …

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Who is responsible for the disbanding of the national partnership?

I have no problem with replacing the 30 June alliance term with the national partnership. Recently, I have used the term 30 June alliance to refer to the alliance formed between the old state supporters, the democratic entities and the army. This alliance went through many stages and attacks leading me to believe that it …

Farid Zahran

Too hoarse race

By Philip Whitfield Too cute? You try. Two’s company, three’s a crowd (corny); Spin doctors (better); Whispering campaign (true); Rope a dope (scurrilous). What’s being spoon-fed? Battle lines drawn, littered through copy with adjectival innuendo: Al-Sisi’s campaign headquarters in the “upper class” Al-Tagammu (New Cairo) district…(snooty?). Worse: Sabahy, youngest of a peasant farmer’s 12 children …

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Mortar fire on Syria schools kills child, hurts 40: Media

AFP – Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital on Tuesday killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media said. Rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Al-Assad hold some territory on the outskirts of Damascus from which they have regularly launched mortar and rocket attacks targeting …

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UN’s Iran rights watchdog slams case of death-row woman

AFP- A UN human rights monitor on Monday urged Tehran to halt the planned execution of an Iranian woman for the alleged murder of a former intelligence official, saying her trial had been deeply flawed. The case of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who claims she acted in self-defence after a sexual assault, raises concerns because of her …

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Israel minister warns Kerry over ‘surrender’ to Iran

AFP- Israel’s intelligence minister Monday slammed as unacceptable comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme which he said indicated a “surrender” to Tehran. “The things Kerry said in the Congress are worrying, they are surprising and they are unacceptable,” Yuval Steinitz, who is also strategic affairs …

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Algeria presidential campaign winds up with recriminations

AFP-  Final campaign rallies were held for Algeria’s presidential election on Sunday after the incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his only real rival Ali Benflis waged a war of words. The 77-year-old Bouteflika, despite ailing health and not even appearing in person on the campaign trail, remains favourite to win a fourth term in Thursday’s poll …

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Revolution-proofing

As demonstrated on Thursday, when some protesters held a rally downtown demonstrating against the Protest Law and demanding the release of prominent activists, we are looking at a country which is becoming starkly different from what it was in 2011. Of course, while I am not here to bury the 25 January Revolution nor to …

Dr Mohamed Fouad

Islamists boycott Algeria vote as North African tide turns

AFP – Algeria’s Islamists – once the country’s leading political force – are boycotting this month’s presidential election, chastened by recent poor performances at the polls and setbacks for ideological soulmates across North Africa. The three main moderate Islamist parties have forged an unlikely alliance with the fiercely secularist Rally for Culture and Democracy to …

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Without political support? (Part two)

In the previous article, I highlighted the importance of belonging to a political party or movement when it comes to presidential candidates. The presidential candidate that emerges from a party has a certain framework within which he works along with thousands of other members and volunteers. However, a presidential candidate who does not belong to …

Farid Zahran

Athletes and artists show Gaza still occupied

Recent cases involving athletes and musicians show how much Gaza is still under Israeli occupation By Hussein Ibish, Now I recently participated in a debate in New York City where two noted American pro-Israel advocates, Rabbi Shmuely Boteach and Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, both kept insisting that there is no Israeli occupation in Gaza. Tell …

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The case for Donald Rumsfeld’s prosecution

By Dr Cesar Chelala I have just finished watching the film “The Unknown Known” by Errol Morris, which is a long interview with Donald Rumsfeld, the former Secretary of Defence during the Iraq war, and cannot stop thinking about Rumsfeld’s role in the use of torture, for which he was widely condemned. In 2009, Manfred Nowak, …

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