Al-Ahram Weekly Online   14 - 20 February 2008
Issue No. 884
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Razor edge
Lebanese commemorate the third anniversary of Hariri's assassination amid rising tension, Omayma Abdel-Latif writes from Beirut
Israeli strategic crisis
With shells hitting Israeli settlements, the Israeli government examines renewed and costly military action or forcing Egypt to administer Gaza, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Shed light or take heat
Gamal Nkrumah examines the ramifications of this week's ruling that Christian converts to Islam who revert back to Christianity be officially classified as such
Parliament helps the police
In an unprecedented move, a leftist MP was barred from participating in parliamentary meetings on charges of slandering police officers and high-ranking state officials, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Where's the ship?
Egyptian authorities are searching for a cargo vessel that went missing in the Red Sea. Reem Leila reports on the vanishing act
The pursuit of happiness
In the aftermath of Egypt's famous victory in the Africa Cup of Nations, Alaa Abdel-Ghani examines what it means to win
A tourist site for archaic whales
Three years after its listing on UNESCO's World Heritage List, Wadi Al-Hitan was opened as a tourist site by Mrs Suzanne Mubarak last Sunday, Nevine El-Aref reports
False hopes for change
Despite the presentation of a new blueprint for reform this week, the country's opposition parties may be incapable of bringing about real change, writes Mona El-Nahhas
Up in smoke
Even Fayyad admits there are no peace prospects, reports Khaled Amayreh from the West Bank
Options for Europe in Gaza
The more Europe stands idly by, watching Israeli war crimes and collective punishment in Gaza, the more its foreign policy aspirations fall apart before its eyes, writes Stuart Reigeluth
Nasrallah-Aoun: Putting a face to the other
Hanady Salman writes from Beirut on a tale of two Lebanons
Paris brings its guns
Iranian protest against the establishment of a French military base in the Gulf is the latest incident in Iran's sideshow standoff with France, Rasha Saad reports
The bigger picture
Palestinian strategist Mounir Shafiq predicted current tensions with Iran four years ago. He argues in interview with Amira Howeidy that the balance of power is not in favour of the US or Israel, if only the Arabs would listen
Ghali defends pension spending
The finance minister stood up to fierce attacks by independent MPs charging him with misusing the money of pension funds, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Something is happening
Barack Obama's "movement for change" is taking America by storm, and with reason, writes James Zogby
The Iraq factor
Will the Iraq war define the US presidential elections, wonders Ramzy Baroud
The new Auschwitz
In addition to a bumper opium harvest, the US is reaping the whirlwind in Afghanistan, warns Eric Walberg
Cracks in the Bhutto house
All the polls indicate that Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party will win Pakistan's elections next week, but can it survive without a Bhutto at the helm, asks Graham Usher in Garhi Khuda Baksh
Had I not been an Egyptian
Rania Khallaf is disappointed at events organised to commemorate the centenary of the death of Egyptian nationalist leader Mustafa Kamel who once said that had he not been born an Egyptian he would have wanted to be one
Equality at half mast
Margot Badran laments the recent closing down of Zanan, the Iranian Journal for Women
A voyage of discovery
The Cairo Children's Cancer Hospital has a vision that extends far beyond the simple delivery of healthcare and uses art as part of therapy, as Ghada Abd El-Kader discovers
Sealed with love
The verdict is in: Egypt's national soccer team is everyone's favourite Valentine this year as Egyptians continued to bask in their mood of elation and pride. Nashwa Abdel-Tawab delights in an unprecedented Valentine's season

The majestic Nile headquarters of Egypt's Foreign Ministry stands out in the Cairo skyline as it displays one word scripted in light -- mabrouk...


Strategic issues exposed
The popular rush on the Gaza-Egypt border has raised questions that Israel and the US would rather stifle, writes Nicola Nasser
The illegitimacy of striking Iran
There is no justification in international law for pre-emptive strikes of any nature, writes Perihan Abou Zeid
Iran preps for the polls
While the conservative current in Iranian politics remains strong, party diversity alone may change the character of Iran's next parliament, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
In Focus: Invincible no more
Now even by its own admission, the 2006 war on Lebanon proved that Israel's regional pre-eminence has collapsed, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Close up: Falling apart

Ragaa El-Naqash

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