Marriage of convenience

Signs of a new alliance in the eastern Mediterranean between Turkey, Russia and Iran should not be misread. It is a temporary expedient that will lead to nothing, writes Bassel Oudat from Damascus

Marriage of convenience

Turkey’s position not clear

The last few weeks have seen a change in Turkish foreign policy, reports Doaa El-Bey

Turkey’s position not clear

The Brotherhood and Salafis

Amany Maged reviews the latest bout of backbiting between the Brotherhood and Salafis

The Brotherhood and Salafis

Grilled on wheat and a five star hotel

Khaled Hanafi was forced into resignation after MPs filed complaints against him, accusing the minister of corruption and graft. Gamal Essam El-Din reports.

Grilled on wheat and a five star hotel

Church building stirs controversy

A draft law regulating the construction and restoration of churches receives a stormy reception in parliament, reports Gamal Essam El-Din

Church building stirs controversy

Sleeping with the enemy

Washington’s way of doing business with Iraq’s Shia militias will test US strategy in the Middle East as never before, writes Salah Nasrawi

Sleeping with the enemy

Battle of political projects

Speaking to Al-Ahram Weekly’s Ahmed Eleiba in interview, Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr comments on conditions in a country facing multiple challenges to unity

Battle of political projects

Machar: Arrest or rescue?

Having fled Juba a month ago, rebel leader Riek Machar is currently at the leisure of authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But was he arrested, or was he rescued, asks Haitham Nuri

Machar: Arrest or rescue?

Libya reconciliation drive

New moves are afoot in Libya to avert further civil war. But is there any chance of success, asks Kamel Abdallah

Libya reconciliation drive
EGYPT ‘Back  to  normal’

‘Back to normal’

Dina Ezzat assesses the likely fallout from cooling relations between Cairo and Riyadh and Abu Dhabi

A legal labyrinth

The government is continuing its attempts to overturn a court ruling preventing it from transferring ownership of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia, Mona El-Nahhas reports

Halting illegal migration

Halting illegal migration

MPs will vote on new legislation to tackle people smuggling within two weeks, writes Mohamed Abdel-Baky

ECONOMY Feeling the pinch

Feeling the pinch

New electricity tariffs, the expected value-added tax (VAT) and the possible increase in metro ticket prices are fuelling concerns about inflation, reports Doaa Farid

Destination Marsa Alam

Destination Marsa Alam

The city of Marsa Alam on the Red Sea could be a magnet for tourism in Egypt, according to the Association of Investors in Marsa Alam and South Sinai, writes Samia Fakhry

Stocking up on rice

New rates for rice deliveries are no guarantee of a cooling down in consumer prices, reports Niveen Wahish

WORLD Russia’s space  in Syria

Russia’s space in Syria

Russia has stopped using the Iranian Hamadan military base, indicating a possible setback in its campaign to carve out new strategic space in Syria, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Rush to Assad

Rush to Assad

After years of demanding the overthrow of Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad, Turkey’s Erdogan appears to be undertaking one of his signature U-turns, writes Sayed Abdel-Meguid

Erdogan in Iran

The announcement of a forthcoming visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iran is part of an ongoing shift in Turkish foreign policy, writes Rania Makram

For the sake of Lebanon

Saudi Arabia has been punishing Lebanon for the Lebanese Shia group Hizbullah’s siding with Iran in Iraq and Syria and has cut billions of dollars in aid to the country, writes Camelia Entekhabifard from Beirut

Mud-raking in US campaigns

Mud-raking in US campaigns

The Trump and Clinton campaigns are working hard to dig up old scandals that might influence the vote in the upcoming US presidential elections, writes Khaled Dawoud

SPORTS Three bronze and many opinions

Three bronze and many opinions

The Egyptian delegation bid farewell to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games with three bronze medals. Inas Mazhar reports from Rio de Janeiro

LIVING Not just for men

Not just for men

Samah Zaki is an Egyptian woman who has broken all the rules and introduced female football coaching to Egypt, writes Omneya Yousry

opinion

An Israeli hand not shaken

Arab athletes can only be expected to shake hands with Israeli counterparts when Israel abandons apartheid, writes
Jeremy Salt

opinion

The new ‘two-state solution’ that will colonise Palestine

Under a ludicrous new blueprint, Israel would withdraw its settlements in return for Palestine becoming a giant surrogate Israeli colony, writes Nafeez Ahmed

opinion

Building bridges in divisive times

While some opportunist politicians spit venom and stoke fears, others seek to bring peoples and faiths together. Among the best examples is professor Akbar Ahmed, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed

opinion

The fate of Arab summits

The experience of the past half century has shown that Arab summit meetings are not the answer to the challenges facing joint Arab action, writes Hassan Nafaa

opinion

Khalid Jabara: Victim of hate and negligence

The killing of an innocent man in Tulsa is an indictment of a system that fails Arabs in America, writes James Zogby

opinion

Beating Daesh

While the ideology of the Islamic State group must be confronted wherever it springs up, Arabs bear a special responsibility to open pathways to overcome it, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

opinion

The French crisis V

There is an inability to imagine more than one possible future today in France, explaining the weakening of political decision-making in the country, writes Tewfik Aclimandos

opinion

Dealing with half-truths

Recently The Economist magazine lambasted Egypt and its president. It was an unjust attack, but going on the counter-offensive may not be the best response, writes Hussein Haridy

culture

Capitalism and the Kremlin’s high-flier

Reviewed by Gamal Nkrumah

Richard Sakwa, Putin and the Oligarch: the Khodorkovsky-Yukos Affair, London: Taurus, 2014

Jerusalem syndrome

Rania Khallaf speaks to Mamdouh Sakr, the unique author of a unique travelogue

Meet the rockers

Salonaz Sami swings to visionary tunes

Going to the cinema

A new book provides intriguing first-hand accounts of cinema-going in 20th-century Egypt, writes David Tresilian

Heritage
New roles for the palace?

New roles for the palace?

Plans are afoot to convert the Baron Empain Palace in Heliopolis into a cultural and social centre as well as a heritage site and theatre, writes Nevine El-Aref

features

Hidden fortunes of therapeutic tourism

Egypt is a treasure trove for tourists seeking climatic physiotherapy, but it is not receiving its fair share of the limelight, says Rasha Sadek

Press review
Digest

Digest

Compiled by Doaa El-Bey