Al-Ahram Weekly

War launched in Yemen

Besieged Yemeni President Hadi will raise his country's saga in the Arab summit at Sharm Sheikh today as Houthi rebels and their allied army untis are being struck by  Arab coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia in the southern port city of Aden

War launched in Yemen

Egypt to press for Arab force

Cairo will be using this week’s Arab Summit, the first major gathering to take place in Egypt since the beginning of Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s presidency, to push for a joint Arab force, writes Salah Nasrawi

Egypt to press for Arab force

Firepower on display

Ahmed Eleiba on the messages delivered by recent military manoeuvres

Firepower on display

Advice taken

Egypt accepted more than 80 per cent of the UN Universal Periodical Review’s (UPR) recommendations during the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting in Geneva last Friday. Hisham Badr, assistant foreign minister for multilateral affairs and international security, tells Doaa El-Bey this is proof of the Egyptian government’s commitmen

Advice taken

Devil in the detail

Experts have welcomed this week’s signing of a declaration of principles covering Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam but stress it must be followed by other, more detailed agreements. Doaa El-Bey reports

Devil in the detail

‘Pyramidiots’

Pseudoscientific theories that contend that the Pyramids have special powers are the reason behind the filming of pornographic scenes and meditation on the Giza Plateau, reports Nevine El-Aref

‘Pyramidiots’

Plugging constitutional gaps

The government has rejected amendments proposed by political forces that would radically overhaul the electoral system. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

End of the two-state solution?

Now that Netanyahu has won a new mandate for his extremist policies, few expect negotiations to resume. Ahmed Al-Sayyed reports from Gaza

Libyan talks continue

The major Libyan factions continued negotiations this week in Morocco as violence flared across the country, writes Kamel Abdallah

Libyan talks continue

War threatens Yemen

While Yemen’s different groups are continuing to attend the country’s national dialogue, each is preparing for civil war, writes Nasser Arrabyee in Sanaa

War threatens Yemen

Preparing for the Iran deal

High on the agenda of the upcoming Arab Summit will be how to manage the region once Iran is reintegrated, Dina Ezzat reports

EGYPT In the dock

In the dock

The referral to trial of a police officer for killing a woman who was part of a peaceful protest is being hailed as a half-victory by activists, reports Khaled Dawoud

The syndicate’s new broom

The syndicate’s new broom

Newly elected Press Syndicate head Yehia Qallash talks to Ahmed Morsy about his plans to reform the industry

A win-win situation

A win-win situation

Many Egyptians fear that Ethiopia’s construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam will reduce the amount of Nile River water that reaches Egypt. Mona Sewilam sounded out Egyptian and Ethiopian opinion in advance of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s visit to Ethiopia and Sudan

Trees felled

Trees felled

Mahmoud Bakr reports on the efforts of the Cairo Governorate and the Ministry of Environment to stop the cutting down of Merryland’s trees

ECONOMY Trimming the civil service

Trimming the civil service

New legislation has been introduced on the recruitment, promotion and pensions of Egypt’s six million civil servants, reports Mona El-Fiqi

The chicken or the egg?

The chicken or the egg?

The question of whether democracy brings economic development, or the other way around, was debated at this year’s Economic Research Forum Conference in Tunis, reports Niveen Wahish

A return to profit and new routes

A return to profit and new routes

Sameh Al-Hefny, CEO of the EgyptAir Holding Company, spoke to Naglaa Shabanah about the national carrier’s plans to boost sales and profitability

Building for the future

Building for the future

The construction industry is preparing for a boom in the wake of the Egypt Economic Development Conference, reports Ahmed Kotb

WORLD The legacy of war

The legacy of war

Even if the guns fall silent in the country’s civil war, Syria will be licking its wounds for years to come, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Will Erdogan’s dream go up in smoke?

Will Erdogan’s dream go up in smoke?

Turkey’s strong-arm president is backtracking on prior positions on the Kurds, hoping to win back votes as ultra-nationalist sentiments rise. It is a big gamble, writes Sayyed Abdel-Maguid

A Tunisian gunman’s road to radicalisation

A Tunisian gunman’s road to radicalisation

Eric Reidy speaks to friends and acquaintances of Yassine Laabidi, one of the gunmen responsible for last week’s attack at Tunis’s Bardo Museum

Fencing off Al-Shabab

Kenya says it will wall off its border with Somalia, but experts question whether the step will prevent cross-border infiltration by determined terrorists, writes Haytham Nuri

SPORTS Foreign champions in Cairo

Foreign champions in Cairo

Despite competing at home, Egypt’s modern pentathlon athletes failed to make it to the podium at the World Cup 2. Inas Mazhar reports

LIVING World’s biggest plate of foul

World’s biggest plate of foul

Egypt now officially holds the Guinness World Record for the largest dish of foul, beating the previous record holder, Spain, reports Omneya Yousry

opinion

Israel’s Arab List steps up

Netanyahu’s “sweep” of the Israeli elections was lamentable but Arab Israeli gains suggest the possibility of a complete transformation of the logic of the region’s most protracted conflict, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

opinion

The freedoms we like

While despots fear free peoples, they would be better to understand that happy countries are more stable, writes Ahmed Roushdy

opinion

Inequality is a threat to stability

Unless Egypt addresses poverty and inequality it could face unprecedented levels of unrest, writes Ibrahim Nawar

opinion

Naked Bibi

What astute observers have long known, Binyamin Netanyahu has made crystal clear: the peace process is dead, from Israel’s side. What will the West do now, asks James Zogby

opinion

How will Israel’s election affect the Arab Summit?

The prospects of an even more right-wing coalition ruling Israel complicates all other regional issues and bodes ill for Arab interests, writes Hussein Haridy

opinion

EU disunity on foreign policy

The issues of Ukraine and Iran have exposed fissures in concerted European foreign policymaking that may also impact Washington, writes Al-Sayed Amin Shalaby

opinion

Iran expands on ruins of Arab nation state

The spread of Iran’s regional influence is the outcome not only of disastrous US policies but the failure to build Arab nation states, writes Azmi Ashour

culture

A is for Africa

Hani Mustafa attended the fourth round of the Luxor African Film Festival

Charter of the imagination

Ati Metwaly attended the fifth Hakawy Festival of children’s theatre

Temporary shelter

Nehad Selaiha hails a new festival for homeless theatre makers

Heritage
Death of a pharaoh

Death of a pharaoh

Forensic studies indicate that the forgotten 13th-Dynasty Pharaoh Senebkay may have died a violent death, writes Nevine El-Aref

The madness named Tutankhamun

The madness named Tutankhamun

The United States falls under the spell of Tutmania each time the boy king’s relics visit the country for a national tour, writes Zahi Hawass

features

Hideous heights

The Cairo district of Heliopolis is losing its low-rise buildings, threatening the area’s architectural heritage, writes Abeya El Bakry

Press review
Digest

Digest

Compiled by Doaa El-Bey