Al-Ahram Weekly Online   12 - 18 August 2010
Issue No. 1011
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Fatah says no
Historic party figures are speaking out against resuming, on Washington's bidding, unconditional and open talks with Israel, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Ramadan on zero
While some extra goods are now available to people in Gaza, few have the money to buy them, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Israel accepts trivial probe
After insisting that Israel has nothing to hide from the UN secretary-general's panel of inquiry into its 31 May bloody attack on a Turkish ship carrying pro-Palestinian peace activists, Israel is now trying to arm-twist the international body in the hope of eviscerating the investigation of substance, reports Khaled Amayreh
The case against Israel
The fate of the UN Hariri Tribunal hangs in the balance after Hizbullah reveals evidence that implicates Israel, Omayma Abdel-Latif reports
Stranger than fiction
Lebanon's Israeli spy scandal took another turn this week with the charging of a prominent figure in a party allied to Hizbullah. Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut
Closing Pandora's box?
Is the ban on the wearing of the face veil in Syrian schools and universities motivated by support for secularism or by fear of the influence of Islamist trends, asks Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Still no government in Iraq
Efforts to end the impasse over the formation of a new government in Iraq are nowhere near a breakthrough, writes Salah Hemeid
Yemen debates constitutional reform
The first meeting of Yemen's national dialogue took place last weekend, with as yet uncertain aims and schedule, writes Nasser Arrabyee
Agreeing to disagree
The deadlock over the appointment of the top commanders demonstrates the continuing shift from military to civilian, but reinforces concerns about the AKP's commitment to the rule of law, says Gareth Jenkins in Istanbul

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