Al-Ahram Weekly Online   14 - 20 May 2009
Issue No. 947
Region
 
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Drumming up tourism
Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Jordan and the occupied territories steered clear of any controversy, if that is possible in a land where Christians suffer almost as much as Muslims, report Oula Farawati in Amman and Khaled Amayreh in Bethlehem
'Umbilical relationship'
Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Jordan and the occupied territories steered clear of any controversy, if that is possible in a land where Christians suffer almost as much as Muslims, report Oula Farawati in Amman and Khaled Amayreh in Bethlehem
Al-Bashir's impetus
His country is behind him. The world doesn't like what it sees. And, Chad and Sudan are at it again, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Contradictory messages
Insiders say that the upcoming final dialogue session between Fatah and Hamas is promising, though division persists and thorny issues remain unresolved, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Messiah or realist?
What was Muqtada Al-Sadr doing in Turkey? Salah Hemeid tries to untangle the mystery behind the Shia leader's surprise visit to Iraq's northern neighbour
Iran's delicate wings
The impact of the forthcoming presidential elections will again illustrate the fine art of balance upon which Iran's political system is founded, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
Never enough
The US decision to renew sanctions on Syria hit Damascus hard, Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus

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