Al-Ahram Weekly Online   3 - 9 January 2008
Issue No. 878
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Beyond redemption
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto leaves Pakistan on the edge of a precipice, writes Graham Usher in Islamabad
The pilgrims' progress
The plight of Palestinian pilgrims stranded in northern Sinai is approaching an end but the trauma of Gaza will continue, reports Dina Ezzat from Arish
To invade or not to invade
Israel's policy of assassinations in lieu of re-occupation in Gaza is doomed, argues Saleh Al-Naami
Off limits and beyond the borders
Has the time come for Egypt to re-visit its relationship with Israel? Dina Ezzat asks
Nazif under fire
Gamal Essam El-Din reports on attacks by MPs on the government's economic record
Aid and abet
The future of US aid is expected to be decided in 2008, reports Doaa El-Bey
As good as it gets, for now
Larijani's visit to Cairo continues to improve ties between Egypt and Iran but Rasha Saad asks whether it is enough to restore diplomatic relations
Revisions and reintegration
Society must embrace, rather than question, the renunciation of violence by what was once one of Egypt's most militant Islamic groups, writes Jailan Halawi
Fowl reaction
As more victims fall prey to Avian Influenza, Reem Leila highlights the weaknesses of national awareness campaigns to combat the disease
Intifada Part Three?
New settlements being built under Abbas's nose are a time-bomb, warns Khaled Amayreh
Conflicting statements
Things are going well or not so well, depending on who you listen to, says Nermeen Al-Mufti
We watch and worry
A senior official and an informed report cast doubt over the prospects of Arab security and cooperation in 2008. Dina Ezzat reports
Switching on to the wind and sun
Egypt is poised to integrate more renewable energy resources into its national electricity grid, writes Sherine Nasr
Every drop counts
Nader Noureldeen Mohamed assesses water scarcity in the Arab world and suggests several solutions to avoid poverty
The Mayor's birds of prey
Charlie Hill is the Republican presidential candidate Rudolf W Giuliani's chief foreign policy adviser, and the head of an advisory team the New York Times calls "the hawks". Some of the names in this group give the impression that the neo-conservatives are back, marketing themselves under a new brand. Hill was interviewed by Ezzat Ibrahim
Quintessentially Kenyan
Last Thursday's presidential election results raise concerns that Kenya's politics will be increasingly unstable in 2008, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Happy, willy-nilly
Building up to Coptic Christmas on 7 January, Nader Habib celebrates New Year's Eve
The cognitive map
Abdel-Wahab Elmessiri is among the Arab world's most distinguished historians of ideas, perhaps best known for his gargantuan Encyclopedia of Jews, Judaism and Zionism. To be launched by May 2008, the English edition of his autobiography -- to appear with Awakening (London-Los Angeles) -- spans the widest range of topics from Judaism to an Easterner's experience of the West. Originally written in Arabic, this is the latest chapter to have been added to the book

President Hosni Mubarak inspecting the 1,200 Egyptian peacekeeping troops being deployed in Darfur...

Remains of the century
By Mona Anis


Whose Lebanon is it?
It's high time for the Lebanese to start nurturing a collective possessiveness and a unified solidarity towards a single Lebanon, argues Ayman El-Amir
Knowledge as necessity
Transition to a knowledge society involves far more than upgrading education systems and research centres, writes Amr Hamzawy
Juggling acts
Relations between Cairo and Washington are as ambiguous as ever, writes Mustafa El-Feki
Gainful associations
Amin Howeidi muses at how political and economic interests have always dictated the rise and fall of global alliances
What to look for in Iowa
After more than a year of non-stop campaigning the fate of America's 2008 presidential aspirants will be determined by 3 January caucus in Iowa and the 8 January New Hampshire primary, writes James Zogby
Salama A Salama:
New-look Sarkozy
Time to say no

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