Al-Ahram Weekly Online   29 November - 5 December 2007
Issue No. 873
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

From Balfour to Bush
That the Palestinians would be the losers at Annapolis was a foregone conclusion, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Lebanese politics continue to be driven by regional rivalries, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif from Beirut
No calm in sight
Violence is up, Al-Qaeda is adapting to new security measures and parliament is at loggerheads, reports Nermeen Al-Mufti
Down to business, and bribes
After two weeks of procedural sessions, opposition and independent MPs are determined to shower ministers with questions intended to embarrass, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
A partial backdown
Judges meet tomorrow to debate their response to the Ministry of Justice's draft law regulating the Higher Council for Judicial Bodies, reports Mona El-Nahhas
Central city blues
While the government abruptly cancelled surprise plans to move the capital out of Cairo, Reem Leila wonders what if
Touching the void
Lebanon lurched into the unknown this week, with Baabda presidential palace standing empty for the first time in the country's troubled history, Lucy Fielder reports
Clear as mud
As political jockeying continues in Beirut, Sami Moubayed considers the Syrian options
The day after
The dust may have settled in Annapolis, but not in the Middle East. Dina Ezzat examines the aftermath of a controversial peace meeting
Paint by numbers
In its latest trick, Israel is using the idea of a Palestinian state to ethnically cleanse itself and to keep its illegal settlements, marvels Saleh Al-Naami
Sharif's second coming
The return of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif is a blow to General Musharraf, though not yet to Pakistan's military regime, reports Graham Usher from Lahore
White gold in dark waters
Egyptian cotton is facing a serious marketing problem in both local and international markets. Mona El-fiqi reports
A good Indian is a dead one
Drive the indigenes out, enslave them, wipe them off the face of the Earth, the Old Testament commands us. Gamal Nkrumah decries the pernicious twin concepts of the Promised Land and Chosen People
Colonising a metaphor
The Bible tells me so. Lurking behind the Middle East's problems -- and not only -- these days is the misuse of the Bible to further unscrupulous political ends, argues Eric Walberg
So easy
Egypt was comfortably crowned the winner of the 11th pan-Arab Games. Inas Mazhar reports on a no-contest championship

Cairo International Film Festival opens

Madrid redux
By Azmi Bishara


Saving Iraq's heritage
By David Tresilian


Testing ground
Lebanon has long acted as a regional laboratory, and will do so again in the aftermath of Annapolis, writes Hassan Nafaa
Flexibility versus escalation
Participating Arabs are walking into another trap in Annapolis, writes Nicola Nasser
Demoralisation and absence
How conditional can support for the Palestinians be, asks Ramzy Baroud
Pricking the Western conscience
he West needs to be constantly reminded that it is not just complicit in the persecution of Palestinians but that it bears much of the responsibility for stripping them of the most basic human rights, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Good governance pays

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