Al-Ahram Weekly Online   21 - 27 August 2008
Issue No. 911
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Sifting through the embers
Preliminary investigations suggest negligence or an electrical fault caused the fire which destroyed the Shura Council building on Tuesday, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Underground lifelines
Digging tunnels between Gaza and Egypt is the only option for Gazans starved of medicine, fuel and basic supplies, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Deepening chasm
Continued moves by Fatah against Islamic charities and institutions in the West Bank are testament that reconciliation is a pipe dream, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
One step at a time
Plans to send an Egyptian ambassador to Iraq are progressing, if at a snail's pace, reports Dina Ezzat
Settlement and separation
The Abu Fana Monastery saga is finally resolved. But at what cost, asks Gamal Nkrumah
One more appeal
Mona El-Nahhas reports on the controversy surrounding the open letter to Barack Obama penned by jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour
What's in a name?
The government's decision to relocate the controversial E Agrium fertiliser plant has yet to allay the fears of civil society in the Mediterranean city, reports Mohamed El-Sayed
Unacceptable treatment
European ambassadors have been told they must improve the way their embassies process visa applications, reports Doaa El-Bey
Little Iraq
A solution to Kirkuk's dispute will be elusive so long as conflicting parties pursue conflicting ethnic agendas, writes Saif Nasrawi
Sent to the long grass
Despite a glowing visit, Lebanon's new president will find progress delayed on the substantive issues presented to Syria, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Tripoli rumbles on
A bomb in Tripoli last week showed that security in Lebanon remains precarious despite a crop of political settlements, Lucy Fielder reports
Gaining momentum
After months of global and local bust, the dollar is gaining ground, Sherine Abdel Razek reports on the reasons and repercussions of the change in fortune
Mixed fortunes
In the future, supply-demand fundamentals won't be the only oil price determinants, writes Sherine Nasr as she reviews the latest OPEC Energy Outlook
Israel's US missile shield
While Israel appears the beneficiary of US interests in the Middle East region, its place is ultimately as one pillar under a US strategic umbrella, writes Galal Nassar
Pre-emptive exit
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf steps down with his head held high, for now, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Diplomatic rubble
Russia's firm response to the Georgian gamble in Ossetia is being interpreted in various ways, but the reality is clear, says Eric Walberg
Legacies of Islam
The World of Islamic Art, Bernard O'Kane, Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2007. pp224, illustrated; Medieval Islamic Medicine, Peter E. Pormann and Emilie Savage-Smith, Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2007. pp240, 12 b/w illus
The cost of winning
Sports clubs are crammed to overflowing in summer. But is the pressure to succeed taking the fun out of sport, asks Nashwa Abdel-Tawab
Better than nothing
A last-gasp goal from Mohamed Abu Treika gave Ahli the lead of Group A and earned the second spot for arch-rivals Zamalek, Ahmed Morsy reports
Pack of cards
By Madame Sostris

A HELL OF A DIFFERENCE: A long night of fire-fighting ended in a smog-choked sky over the famous dome of the parliament buildings, leaving one person dead and 13 hospitalised..

The Arabs and Obama
By Azmi Bishara
Propping up the plateau
By Nevine El-Aref

Theatre review:

The magician
By Nehad Selaiha


Open letter to President Obama
Change we can believe in is needed as much at the international level as at the US national level, writes Hassan Nafaa
Remember Mosaddeq?
The quandary of US regional policy now can be traced, in large part, to its ouster of a democratically elected Iranian liberal, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
The Saakashvili experiment
The Georgian war on South Ossetia was a leap forward in US attempts to control the Eurasian region by proxy, writes Ramzy Baroud
The candidates divide
Over Georgia, the world has seen a glimpse of what the next US presidency would be like under McCain or under Obama, writes James Zogby

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