Al-Ahram Weekly

‘An economic turnaround’

The government is going the extra mile to attract investors to Egypt, write Niveen Wahish and Sherine Abdel-Razek

‘An economic turnaround’

Managing a strategic alliance

Despite current tensions, Cairo is unwilling to compromise its relationship with Washington, writes Dina Ezzat

Managing a strategic alliance

A deafening silence

Ahmed Eleiba on the price Egypt will pay for the international neglect of Libya

A deafening silence

Unresolved matters

The rift between Egypt and the Nile Basin countries over sharing the waters of the Nile River was not healed during the recent meeting in Khartoum, reports Reem Leila

Unresolved matters

A war of coalitions

Eleven electoral coalitions will be competing in Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary polls, reports Gamal Essam El-Din

A war of coalitions

Expanding the grid

A new piece of legislation will put the electricity sector on track for a major overhaul, writes Niveen Wahish

Expanding the grid

Next stop, Morocco

While conflict still rages in Libya, the UN-sponsored national dialogue is moving closer to establishing agreement on at least some fundamentals, writes Kamel Abdallah

Next stop, Morocco

Too few for victory?

US plans to train 5,000 opposition combatants a year in Syria may be inadequate given the extent of the problems in the country, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Too few for victory?

The Shia militias’ moment

Sectarian chaos fomented by the Islamic State group is giving Iranian-backed Shia militias the chance to rise in Iraq, writes Salah Nasrawi

The Shia militias’ moment

Leading activist imprisoned for protesting

The high-profile trial of activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah and 19 co-defendants ended on Monday with verdicts of up to five years in jail. Amira Howeidy reports

Leading activist imprisoned for protesting
EGYPT The president’s speech

The president’s speech

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s speech to the nation last weekend covered topics of national and international importance, reports Reem Leila

Egypt’s options to fight terror

Egypt’s options to fight terror

Differences emerged between the US and Egyptian views of terrorism at a conference in Washington last week, reports Ahmed Eleiba

Optimistic about co-existence

Optimistic about co-existence

Andre Zaki, the new head of the Anglican community in Egypt, explains his views on politics and interfaith dialogue to Michael Adel

ECONOMY More dollars needed

More dollars needed

New controls on dollar deposits are creating heavy losses for Egyptian importers, writes Ahmed Kotb

Computer spies

Computer spies

Computer hard drives in more than 30 countries, including Egypt, may have been infected by a hard-to-detect spy system, reports Stefan Weichert

WORLD Peace, and building materials

Peace, and building materials

A few months ago, donors promised to help rebuild Gaza. But not much has happened since, writes Ahmed Al-Sayed from Gaza

New turning point in Yemen

New turning point in Yemen

Former Yemeni president Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled to the southern city of Aden this week, where he plans to rally support against the country’s Houthi rebels, writes Nasser Arrabyee in Sanaa

Erdogan and women

Erdogan and women

Women in Turkey are standing up for their rights after the brutal murder of a rape victim, writes Sayed Abdel-Meguid from Ankara

Can Nigeria defeat Boko Haram?

Can Nigeria defeat Boko Haram?

With elections postponed for six weeks, Nigeria appears set to move against Boko Haram, writes Haytham Nuri

Glimmer  of peace

Glimmer of peace

The Minsk-2 agreement struck earlier this month augurs some hope for peace in Ukraine, but significant obstacles remain, writes Nourhan Al-Sheikh

LIVING Nutritional battles in the home

Nutritional battles in the home

Can simple recipes tame rebellious kids, asks Mai Samih 

opinion

Giving Netanyahu leverage

The background to the leak of the US negotiation stance on Iran shows how far Obama has made himself dependent on Israel’s approval of a deal, writes Gareth Porter

opinion

Calling the West’s bluff

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s call for international intervention to end the Libyan crisis has effectively called the West’s bluff, writes Dan Glazebrook

opinion

Where is the grand strategy?

Victory against the formidable challenge of Islamic militants operating region-wide will be impossible without a grand strategy that designates priorities, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

opinion

Obama, pitch perfect

In his recent comments on the wellsprings of Islamic terrorism, President Obama hit the mark. Unlike his critics, who only want to seed a clash of civilisations, writes James Zogby

opinion

Egypt’s right of self-defence

US reactions to Egypt’s air strikes in Libya show the hollowness of talk of a balanced strategic relationship between the two countries, writes Hussein Haridy

opinion

The US’ strange stance

Yet again Washington has taken issue with Cairo, and again is on the wrong side of the argument, writes Mohamed Salmawy

opinion

Patent US contradictions

Though the US conducts daily airstrikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, it sung a different tune when Egypt sprung to self-defence in Libya, writes Al-Sayed Amin Shalaby

culture

Renewing discourse

Nevine El-Aref spoke to Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour about the challenges ahead

Ottoman culture in disguise

Mona Anis and Youssef Rakha spoke to Orhan Pamuk, the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, while he was in Cairo to inaugurate the Cairo Literary Festival (14 -20 February)

The Crusades through Arab eyes

Paul M. Cobb, The Race for Paradise, an Islamic History of the Crusades, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp335. Reviewed by David Tresilian

Heritage
Mosque restoration resumes

Mosque restoration resumes

Restoration work on the Al-Zaher Baybars Mosque is set to resume after a five-year break, reports Nevine El-Aref

The tomb of Queen Khent-kawes III

The tomb of Queen Khent-kawes III

A Czech team working at Abousir near Saqqara has found the tomb of a previously unknown ancient Egyptian queen, writes Zahi Hawass

features

Mission empowerment

Men can also be involved in the struggle for women’s rights, as the story of one foundation reveals, writes Mai Samih

Press review
Digest

Digest

Compiled by Doaa El-Bey