Al-Ahram Weekly

Purse strings and palace politics

Leaked Saudi diplomatic cables show Riyadh determined to brook no challenge to its regional position. Dina Ezzat reports

Purse strings and palace politics

Ambassadorial reshuffle

Egypt’s new ambassadors and other representatives abroad will continue to present and explain the country’s foreign policy to the outside world, writes Doaa El-Bey

Ambassadorial reshuffle

Remembering the Saudi role

Leaked cables underline not only the hostility felt in Saudi Arabia over the ascendency of the Muslim Brotherhood following Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, but the changes in Riyadh’s position following the accession of King Salman, writes Amira Howeidy

Remembering the Saudi role

‘Forcibly disappeared’

NGOs and political movements have been outspoken over a recent wave of what they characterise as the forced disappearance of youth activists. Ahmed Morsy reports

‘Forcibly  disappeared’

Statements of intent

The Muslim Brotherhood continues its war of words against Egypt. Amany Maged reports

Statements of intent

Shafik on the offensive

Former president Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister Ahmed Shafik has denied being part of a conspiracy against President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, reports Gamal Essam El-Din

Shafik on the offensive

Something for everyone?

Three months after its due date, the government has finally produced this year’s budget, reports Sherine Abdel-Razek

Something for everyone?

Down the Iraqi rabbit hole

The Islamic State group would not exist had it not been for the folly of the United States in invading Iraq and creating a power vacuum in the country, writes Andrew J Bacevich

Down the Iraqi rabbit hole

Geneva talks fail, for now

Predictably, UN sponsored talks between Yemen’s warring parties went nowhere. But that doesn’t mean Operation Decisive Storm can last forever, writes Medhat Al-Zahed

Geneva talks fail, for now

America’s to lose?

A recent article has warned of the US losing the Middle East, reaffirming the embedded colonialism of Western analysis, writes Richard Falk

America’s to lose?
EGYPT Theories of  terror

Theories of terror

Ahmed Eleiba examines the ideological underpinnings of Sinai’s Jihadist groups

Ready to be ratified

Egypt’s three election laws are in their final stages of revision. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

Poll put off

Dostour Party elections were abruptly postponed following a dispute over the number of members eligible to vote, reports Reem Leila

ECONOMY Smarter taxis hit Egypt

Smarter taxis hit Egypt

New smartphone-based taxi services are becoming more and more popular in Egypt, reports Ahmed Kotb

Preparing for a rainy day

Preparing for a rainy day

Niveen Wahish talks to the head of Egypt Post Essam Al-Sagheir about the group’s newly launched citizen accounts

WORLD Moscow’s Syrian wager

Moscow’s Syrian wager

Russia has pledged to support the Al-Assad regime in Syria to the bitter end, a policy that may find it with no friends left in the country, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Assault on Iraqi writers

Assault on Iraqi writers

Fear is hanging over secular Iraqi intellectuals following a militia raid on the Writers Union building in Baghdad, writes Salah Nasrawi

The assassination of Al-Wuhayshi

The assassination of Al-Wuhayshi

The US is in a de facto alliance with Al-Qaeda in the war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, as can be seen in the likely outcomes of its recent drone attacks, writes Dan Glazebrook

SPORTS An Egyptian at the top

An Egyptian at the top

Modern pentathlete Amr Al-Geziri is Egypt’s first male athlete to climb to the top of the world rankings. Ghada Abdel-Kader reports

LIVING Hard times

Hard times

Part of Ramadan falls during the exams season this year, leaving students to sit their tests when they may not have eaten or drunk for up to nine hours, writes Omneya Yousry

opinion

Why the US military opposes a combat role in Iraq

While the US military is opposed to any ground combat role in the war against the Islamic State, pragmatism dictates that it remains engaged in a conflict whose outcome it cannot influence,
writes Gareth Porter

opinion

The imperative of Palestinian liberation

Despite the vicious attempt of the Zionist movement to impose Palestinians the total peace of subjugation, real peace can only come with Palestinian liberation, writes Atef Al-Shaer in London

opinion

Democracy, invention and citizenship

The key difference between backward and modern societies is the extent to which the needs of citizens are at the centre of government, writes Moataz Abdel-Fattah

opinion

Odd amnesty

The decision of the presidency on the occasion of Ramadan to release a number of jailed Muslim Brotherhood supporters while excluding prominent secular figures is difficult to explain, writes Khaled Okasha

opinion

A whirlwind tour

The French are pushing for the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. But without strong US support, which appears doubtful, it is unlikely to go anywhere, writes Hussein Haridy

opinion

Getting the region in order

The deterioration of the Arab regional order into conflict and strife in the last decade is virtually unprecedented. The rot must be halted before there is little left to save, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

opinion

Racism and gun violence are killing us

While it’s easy to drum up support to take action against some far-flung extremist, the United States appears unable to address its ailments at home, writes James Zogby

opinion

Preparing for the Paris climate talks

Only international efforts can address the effects of climate change. In this, Egypt has a key role to play, having influence in Africa and the Arab region, writes Ambassador James Moran

culture

Brave new shoots

Nehad Selaiha welcomes a new batch of Egyptian women playwrights who found their way to the stage this year

1948

Hani Mustafa keeps up with shifting images of Jews on Egyptian television

A Fatimid Scheherazade

Ati Metwaly celebrates Ramadan in true classical style

To Reem with love

Rania Khallaf saw the visual tales artist Mohamed Abla devised for his granddaughter

For paint alone

Nourhan Tewfik quizzes the Moroccan-British artist Wadia Boutaba on her woman-oriented work

Heritage
Historic Ayyubid walls reopen

Historic Ayyubid walls reopen

After more than a decade of restoration, Cairo’s Ayyubid walls and the Qubet Al-Amir Tarabay Al-Sharifi were inaugurated, reports Nevine El-Aref

features

Expelled for life

Three generations of a Palestinian family are struggling to stay on their land in the face of Israeli attempts to evict them, reports Jen Marlowe from the Occupied Palestinian Territories

A traditional renaissance

Stefan Sigaard Weichert pays a visit to Cairo’s Nadim factory, where traditional crafts are being produced for a growing market

Press review
Digest

Digest

Compiled by Doaa El-Bey