It could have been worse
Sir-- Dear Mr Zahi Hawass, if you think the treatment you received at the British Embassy was so bad, try being a foreigner trying to renew your visa at the mogamma ('Why do they treat us like this', 29 April-5 May, Al-Ahram Weekly ). Then compare experiences.
Sir-- I noticed that there isn't one single comment under Abdel-Moneim Said's article 'Hijacking El-Baradei' (22-28 April, Al-Ahram Weekly ). That certainly is not natural. Is it possible that no one among El-Baradei's hundreds of thousands of supporters commented on Said's carefully revised approach in tearing El-Baradei apart because of the sheer pressure his very existence exerts on the current Egyptian regime for reform and accountability?
One Palestinian hand
Sir-- Apparently the current US administration is sort of preoccupied with their economy outlook (domestic issues come first). On the other hand, it understands well the fact that if Israelis want to sit down and talk peace they will. The thing is, Israel keeps on throwing rocks on the road every now and then and you have to choose which road to take.
So as they say, it takes two hands to clap so what would the Americans do with one hand (Palestinians)?
Result of 2000
Sir-- Sixty plus years on, the vituperative language has not abated. The equation of Zionism = racism = Nazis has succeeded in making Israel a pariah state in the Islamic world which has spread its contagion to the balance of the world. The Palestinians have not been able to gain any traction and resistance has made life a misery for the Palestinian people. The deal was decided in 2000 with the Clinton parameters. The Israelis signed on; Arafat did not. That's the deal. Let's not wait for another war. The armed struggle is over. It's to the peace table that's what's required. The Gazan people should perhaps move in an entirely new direction, to look at their own fate as a result of their own missteps.
Treat them well
Sir-- Egypt's zabbaleen community recycles 80 per cent of the country's garbage, more than any country on the face of the earth. The foreign companies that Cairo has hired recycle only 20 per cent. This was a very bad decision. If the foreign companies have more modern methods, help your own people, the zabbaleen, to update their methods as well. They need your help. They do not need your arrogance and scorn. I find them to be sweet decent people. Any time you put down your own people, it sends a very bad message to the world.
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