Inside the Middle East
October 26, 2009
Posted: 456 GMT

Filed under: Egypt •Health •U.S. •Video

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miriam   October 27th, 2009 3:27 pm ET

This is an immensely important story and it is encouraging that the Middle Eastern taboos related to women's health are being challenged.

Unfortunately, there is more to this story than that which is reported in this piece.
This run was part of a regional conference organized by the Susan G. Komen Organisation, a conference heralding 'unprecedented cooperation' between the region's doctors and researchers.

There is one major hurdle in this run for a cure, the fact that at the last moment, Israeli participants who had been invited were 'disinvited' by the Egyptian health minister.

Israel has a breast cancer incidence rate of 1 in 8 and is one country in the region where the subject is not taboo and medical research is among the most advanced in the world.

Attitudes may be changing in the region wrt breast cancer awareness, however, the race cannot be won while political discrimination erases the finish line.

Arie   October 27th, 2009 8:17 pm ET

It is great to see the level of awareness towards breast cancer in the Egypt. It is also great to see Egyptian Men participating in the walk for cure alongside the survivors and other women. It is a positive sign that show progress.

Debatekid   October 29th, 2009 1:22 am ET

Just the fact that people are aware is a start but there is much much more to do before we can parade around in a circle, People need to be in the labs the government pays for not wasting time telling happy stories and running, running solves nothing and its wasting time that is greatly needed.

dunwoodie   October 31st, 2009 12:46 am ET

Why is it that I cannot find any news regarding the investigation made by Amnesty International where it decried the fact that Israel is denying even the minimal amount of potable water to the Palestinians? The only place I found the information was on the BBC network.

A. Smith   November 4th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

The real news on Egypt is who in the Bush-Cheney White House setup the secret torture prisons with American taxpayer dollars?

Is the US President in charge of the CIA and delegates its actions, or is the CIA in charge of the US President?

If the constitution is still in effect, former President Bush Jr. should also be charged by the Italian Courts as one of the co-defendants in the world-breaking kidnapping case against the CIA.

Non-Propaganda News Flash:

23 CIA Agents were convicted of kidnapping a Islamic Cleric in Italy and taking that poor man to a secret prison in Egypt where he was repeatedly tortured, all under the CIA rendition program setup by Bush Jr.

There appears to be no charges listed nor found against the Cleric, he was just kidnapped and repeatedly tortured in a secret prison located in Egypt.

An Italian judge has convicted 23 Americans – all but one of them CIA agents – and two Italian secret agents for the 2003 kidnap of the Muslim cleric.

The CIA's Milan station chief at the time, Robert Lady, was given an eight-year term, while the other 22 Americans convicted – one of them a US air force colonel – were sentenced to five years in prison!

The CIA rendition jet was repeatedly seen landing and taking off from the Portland, Oregon airport. Were any American's kidnapped and later murdered in one of the CIA secret prisons?

America wants and needs to know how many American Citizens were kidnapped by the CIA under the Bush-Cheney CIA rendition program?

A. Smith

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