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Archive for April, 2007

Love and hate for US in Egypt

Posted by alanmirs on April 27, 2007


Love and hate for US in Egypt
For the third and final part in "Death to America", a series examining anti-Americanism around the world, the BBC’s Washington correspondent Justin Webb travelled to Cairo to gauge the range of views held on the US.

Condoleezza Rice

Ms Rice’s good will message
 came too late for many

"For 60 years my country the United States pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region, here in the Middle East and we achieved neither.

"Now we are taking a different course. We are supporting
the democratic aspirations of all people."

Students in anti-Israel and US protest, Cairo, 2002

Many are disappointed by America’s efforts to help the region
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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US withdrawal only solution for Iraq’s dilemma

Posted by alanmirs on April 26, 2007


US withdrawal
only solution for Iraq’s
dilemma

Tehran – The only solution to end the dilemma
in Iraq was to withdraw the United States forces from Iraq and leave
all state affairs to the Iraqi government, Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Thursday


Ahmadinejad told visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari that
‘end of occupation’ was the only way to return security and stability
to Iraq


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US to make history trying alleged child war criminal

Posted by alanmirs on April 25, 2007


US to make history trying alleged child war criminal

Mark Tran
Wednesday April 25, 2007
Guardian Unlimited


A flag at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay
A flag at Camp Delta, Guantánamo Bay. Photograph: AP
 
A human rights group today attacked a US decision to file murder charges against a Canadian national and alleged Taliban fighter who was captured in Afghanistan when he was 15
"To have held a 15-year-old boy in the harsh and lawless conditions of Guantánamo for five years has already been a travesty of justice – and to put him before an unfair ‘military commission’ trial simply adds to a disgraceful record in his case," said the Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Navy resumes Gulf ship missions

Posted by alanmirs on April 24, 2007



Navy resumes Gulf ship missions

Des Browne

The defence secretary was criticised over the MoD’s media strategy

The Royal Navy is to resume boarding operations in the northern Gulf
for the first time since the capture of its personnel by Iran.

The missions were suspended after 15 UK sailors and marines were detained by Iranian forces in March


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Women graduates challenge Iran

Posted by alanmirs on April 22, 2007


Women graduates challenge Iran
By Frances Harrison
BBC News, Tehran


Well over half of university students in Iran are now women. In the applied physics department of Azad University 70% of the graduates are women – a statistic which would make many universities in the West proud.

The number of women graduating from Iran’s universities is overtaking the number of men, promising a change in the job market and, with it, profound social change.

 

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Egypt anchorwomen battle for hijab

Posted by alanmirs on April 19, 2007


Egypt anchorwomen battle for hijab

By Ranyah Sabry
BBC News, Cairo


Ghada El Tawil

Ghada insists she has no political agenda by wanting to wear the veil

The last four years in the lives of TV presenters Hala El Malki and Ghada El Tawil have been a continuous struggle brought about by their employers’ refusal to implement two court verdicts

some 75% of Muslim women in Egypt wear the hijab and so the presenters are not trying to do anything out of the ordinary and there is certainly no political agenda

Egyptian women in Cairo

Many Egyptian women choose
to wear the veil in public


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Power of the headscarf

Posted by alanmirs on April 17, 2007


Power of the headscarf

A POINT OF VIEW
By Lisa Jardine


Faye Turney

Turney’s headscarf put her motherhood to the fore

The headscarf Faye Turney was made to wear in Iran made us look at her as a woman, not as a seaman, says historian Lisa Jardine as she returns to A Point of View.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6553033.stm

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THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ: A ‘SHADOW’ INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

Posted by alanmirs on April 15, 2007


Divided Iraq has two spy agencies

Shiite officials wary of the CIA-funded, Sunni-led official intelligence service have set up a parallel organization.
By Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
April 15, 2007
BAGHDAD — Suspicious of Iraq’s CIA-funded national intelligence agency, members of the Iraqi government have erected a "shadow" secret service that critics say is driven by a Shiite Muslim agenda and has left the country with dueling spy agencies

 

 

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Police gaffe makes Muslims pray in wrong direction

Posted by alanmirs on April 15, 2007


AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A Dutch police station trying to help Muslim detainees face Mecca for their prayers painted arrows in cells pointing in the wrong direction
 
 

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Before I start this poem,

Posted by alanmirs on April 15, 2007


Before I start this poem,
And if I could just add one more thing…
A full day of silence
for the tens of thousands of Palestinians
who have died at the hands of
U.S.-backed Israeli forces
over decades of occupation
I’d like to ask you to join me in
a moment of silence            
in honour of those who died
in the World Trade Centre
and the Pentagon
last September 11th

I would also like to ask you
a moment of silence
for all of those who have been
harassed, imprisoned, disappeared,
tortured, raped, or killed
in retaliation for those strikes,
for the victims in both
Afghanistan and the U.S.

 
 

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