Al-Ahram Weekly

Abdel-Rahman El-Abnoudi (an Upper Egyptian Odyssey)

Mona Anis  celebrates the 70th birthday of poet Abdel-Rahman El-Abnoudi, reviewing his journey to fame and talking to him about his life and career

Abdel-Rahman El-Abnoudi (an Upper Egyptian Odyssey)

Shift to diplomacy

Warplanes may continue their sorties and the artillery still thunders but Operation Decisive Storm is winding down, writes Medhat Al-Zahed

Shift to diplomacy

Election laws, mark two

The committee charged with redrafting laws that must be in place before parliamentary elections are held is expected to finish its work this week. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

Election laws, mark two

Consultancy firms agreed

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed on two international consultancy firms to carry out technical studies on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, reports Reem Leila

Consultancy firms agreed

Intelligence remains the key

Simultaneous terrorist strikes in Sinai on Sunday raise questions about the efficacy of military strategy, writes Ahmed Eleiba

Intelligence remains the key

Bomb blasts black out TV

Nile Sat channels resumed broadcasting hours after bomb blasts ripped through two of their electricity towers, reports Ahmed Morsy

Bomb blasts black out TV

Sudan’s ‘irrelevant’ elections

Elections in Sudan are all but a foregone conclusion, though opposition to Omar Al-Bashir both civil and military continues to mount, writes Haytham Nouri

Sudan’s ‘irrelevant’ elections

Syria’s revolutionary south

New hope is emerging in the south of Syria of a concerted front against government forces and their Iranian backers, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Syria’s revolutionary south

End of democracy in Iraqi Kurdistan?

The fate of Masoud Barzani’s presidency has put the nascent democracy of Iraqi Kurdistan to its biggest test yet, writes Salah Nasrawi

End of democracy in Iraqi Kurdistan?
EGYPT Eye on the future

Eye on the future

A month after his appointment, Minister of Culture Abdel-Wahed Al-Nabawi speaks to the press. Nevine El-Aref reports

Easter greetings

Easter greetings

Egypt’s top officials offered their best wishes to Christians and visited various churches to mark Easter Sunday, Michael Adel reports

Effigies for Easter

Effigies for Easter

Sham Al-Nessim celebrations in Port Said, long famous for targeting despots, this year features straw effigies lampooning Islamic State terrorists, writes Mahmoud Bakr

ECONOMY Grinding to a halt

Grinding to a halt

Egypt’s ongoing gas shortages are crippling the country’s energy-intensive industries, reports Ahmed Kotb

Building on  COMESA

Building on COMESA

How can Egypt gain greater benefits from its membership in the COMESA economic bloc, asks Mona El-Fiqi

WORLD The curious case of Pakistan

The curious case of Pakistan

Pakistan has played a delicate balancing act between Iran and Saudi Arabia and refrained from joining Operation Decisive Storm, to the ire of some, writes Gamal Nkrumah

A date with international recognition

A date with international recognition

Described as a historic event, Pope Francis served a Holy Mass in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Nora Koloyan-Keuhnelian watched the service closely

Rethinking America’s Cuba policy

Rethinking America’s Cuba policy

US President Barack Obama is holding out the olive branch to Cuba, with US and Cuban leaders apparently deciding to let bygones be bygones, writes Gamal Nkrumah

SPORTS Nigeria standing in the way

Nigeria standing in the way

Egypt faces a tough draw in its bid to return to the Africa Cup of Nations. Marawan Zayed reports

LIVING Bon appétit!

Bon appétit!

Ghada Abdel-Kader meets chef Somaya Mohamed, creator of some of the most delicious and popular dishes in Egyptian cuisine

opinion

Limits to Iranian power

Arab reaction to the Lausanne nuclear deal has been alarmist and overblown. Tehran may be an adversary of sorts, but it is not omnipotent, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

opinion

A letter to President Obama

With a deal struck that will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, the time is ripe for Washington to address Tel Aviv’s known nuclear weapons arsenal, writes Al-Sayed Amin Shalaby

opinion

Curing the sick man of our time

Democracy in all aspects of life is the only pathway to transforming the Arab world amid grave threats and runaway dangers, writes Ibrahim Nawar

opinion

Acknowledging the Armenian Genocide

Just as we must pay heed to the cries of victims wherever they are and whenever they raise their voices, Armenians deserve our solidarity and attention, writes James Zogby

opinion

An anti-modernist psychosis

Indoctrination into religious dogma is the first step in the formation of a terrorist mentality, one that denies the present to live in an imagined past, writes Azmi Ashour

opinion

Naming and shaming in Yarmouk

Many are responsible for the humanitarian crisis in the Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria, which is a badge of shame for the international community, writes Ramzy Baroud

culture

Big plans for a small hall

Ati Metwaly finds out what tenor Sobhi Bidair is up to

Egypt in revolution

Bernard Rougier & Stéphane Lacroix, L’Egypte en révolutions, Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2015, pp322.  Reviewed by David Tresilian

In search of grace — Stories and storytellers

Nehad Selaiha is captivated by a call for resistance at the AUC

features

The search for a cure

Unconventional medical treatments have survived in Egypt for millennia and today new alternative healing methods are becoming more common, writes Gamal Nkrumah

Press review
Digest

Digest

Compiled by Doaa El-Bey