Al-Ahram Weekly Online   20 - 26 November 2008
Issue No. 923
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

No post-withdrawal guarantees
Iraq's security pact with Washington hardly signals an end to the country's woes, writes Salah Hemeid
Private doubts
The ruling NDP's bid to muster national support for its new privatisation programme is already encountering fierce opposition, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Surer than slogans
India shows the way during the first state visit of President Mubarak in a quarter century, says Gamal Nkrumah
Employment ban
The Ministry of Manpower and Immigration has issued a blacklist of Saudi companies accused of abusing foreign workers, Reem Leila reports
Reasons for discontent?
The bloody confrontations in Sinai between Bedouin tribes and security forces may just be the tip of the iceberg, reports Amirah Ibrahim
Staff of life
Is there a price to be paid for the import of low cost wheat from Russia and the Ukraine, wonders Reem Leila
Bearing out the betrayal
With Israel's breach of the ceasefire in Gaza, Saleh Al-Naami laments yet another example of Israeli-PA collusion which victimises Hamas
Heil, Feiglin!
Khaled Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem shudders at the drift to fascism in Israeli politics
Come January
Hamas is determined that if Mahmoud Abbas is to remain president beyond 9 January 2009, it is only through "a package agreement", writes Dina Ezzat
Crystal-ball gazing
Obama's victory has seismic repercussions for upcoming Iranian presidential elections, predicts Mustafa El-Labbad
Ping-pong diplomacy
Will talk do more than bluster, asks Bassel Oudat from Damascus
The gas conundrum
Time will only tell what effect this week's court ruling freezing Egyptian gas exports to Israel will imply, reports Sherine Nasr
No hidden agenda
Magda Shahin writes on the arrival of three major US financing agencies onto the Egyptian scene
'What certificates?'
Citizens reacted to the proposed plan to give them free shares in public sector companies with disbelief, confusion and amusement, Niveen Wahish reports
How's China for chutzpah
Inside a charmed circle, G20 nations make the most of their economic prowess in Washington to the detriment of those without, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Courting the bear
A flurry of meetings last week -- in Nice, Brussels and Sharm El-Sheikh -- show the changing face of Russian-Western relations, says Eric Walberg
I'd like learning better
Amira El-Noshokaty reports on the downside of school education
New pyramid found at Saqqara
The newly discovered subsidiary pyramid of queen Sesheshet, mother of King Teti I, the founder of the Sixth Dynasty, is another clue to understand more such an enigmatic dynasty as Nevine El-Aref writes
When looks don't count
The different ways in which history is treated in television dramas are many and varied, but the nearer they stay to the facts the better they are, says Ghada Abdel-Kader
My sexy shoes
Amira El-Noshokaty enjoys reading some of the shortest plays ever
Best of times
Do do it better
Gamal Nkrumah on the contest that clusters together Asian, Arab and Italian-inspired dishes with an accent on distinctness
Ahli all the way
Ahli of Egypt won a record sixth CAF African Champions League crown after drawing 2-2 with Coton Sport of Cameroon. Inas Mazhar covered the pulsating final and the joys on Cairo's streets

FANS show unabashed joy after Ahli conquered Coton Sport of Cameroon on Sunday...


Defending Byzantium
By David Tresilian

Theatre review:

Hard times
By Nehad Selaiha


A comprehensive agenda
Adopting a framework for comprehensive peace in the Middle East is the change that Obama really needs to herald, write Ezzedine Choukri-Fishere and Omar Dajani
In Focus: Ready to change
Optimism must be tempered but Obama's election still contains the seeds of hope, writes Galal Nassar
Choose your region
Iran is no enemy in the region, and neither is Turkey, writes Amin Howeidi
Together they did
Barack Obama's historic victory spells the end of the Bush nightmare, but also opens unique possibilities, writes Chronis Polychroniou
Journalists shouldn't
Syrian propaganda is behind stories of Lebanese terror in Syria, and some journalists are playing along, writes Hussain Abdul-Hussain
Invisible casualties of war
Women may not be regularly fixtures of the front line but inevitably they form the bulk of the victims of any conflict, writes Ramzy Baroud
The party goes on
Egypt's ruling party could have done better, argues Ammar Ali Hassan
Revitalising America's image
A revival in America's reputation ultimately rests not on diplomacy but substantive policy change, writes Amr Abdel-Atti
Open letter to Obama
The next US president is uniquely placed to bring change, hope and peace to a troubled world, and to do so must begin in the Middle East, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed
The next White House
Obama made history, but don't expect change overnight, writes Amr Hamzawi
American Muslims celebrate
While Obama's election left millions euphoric, much work remains to be done, writes Abdus Sattar Ghazali
Lessons that should be learned
Obama's team should have done more to address and dismiss wild stories about Rahm Emanuel, writes James Zogby
Salama A Salama:
Close up: Copy India

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