Al-Ahram Weekly Online   31 January - 6 February 2008
Issue No. 882
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

New reality, old dilemma
Out of the Rafah-Gaza quandary there emerges a disturbing reality, yet the same predicament lingers on
Beirut's 'Bloody Sunday'
The killing of demonstrators in Beirut has thrown the army chief's presidential candidacy into question. Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut
A question of faith
Gamal Nkrumah sounds out rights activists' reactions to a new court ruling this week that no longer denies Bahaais essential identity documents
Pick and mix
Opposition MPs say there is a pressing need to improve Egypt's human rights record but deny there is any discrimination against religious minorities, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Iranian rapprochement
Gamal Essam El-Din examines the significance of recent visits to Cairo by senior Iranian officials
Follow through
Gamal Nkrumah reviews the controversy surrounding the publication of Mohamed Hassanein Heikal's letters to President Mubarak in Al-Masry Al-Yom
For the homeless, hot koshari
Families are out in the cold in Boulaq Abul-Ela after being evicted from their homes to clear the rubble of five buildings which collapsed. Reem Leila exposes an often corrupt and ineffective housing licensing system
Spontaneous popular action on the part of Palestinians in Gaza left all political players reeling last week, sparking an influx of an estimated 700,000 Palestinians -- near half of the Gaza Strip population -- into the Egyptian Sinai, desperate for food, fuel, medical supplies and other basic necessities of life. Can the genie be put back in the bottle? And should it?
Israel's Gaza mess
The crisis created by Israel's blockade of Gaza is unlikely to go away anytime soon, writes Dina Ezzat
New dawn
When the walls collapsed, so did the red lines drawn by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, writes Saleh Al-Naami from Gaza
Brotherhood sought
Palestinian calls for a permanent border agreement with Egypt intensify as Gaza is swiftly returned to a state of total siege, reports Serene Assir from Gaza
Constants reiterated
In Damascus, Amira Howeidy attends a conference of Palestinians who refuse to kowtow
Yet another nothing
While Hamas is changing facts on the ground at Rafah, the latest talks between Abbas and Olmert go nowhere, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem
Mosul in the crosshairs
While Iraqi troops stand poised for an onslaught on Al-Qaeda, it is a political deal that will set the course for Iraq's future, writes Salah Hemeid
Obituary: Unity in struggle
George Habash (1925-2008)
An initiative on the brink
Dina Ezzat examines the chances for Amr Moussa to go back to Beirut and deliver reconciliation
Heavy weather
Almost as striking as the scale of the US economy's current setback is the relative immunity the Egyptian economy has enjoyed in its face, Sherine Abdel-Razek reports
Death of the puppet master
Gamal Nkrumah analyses the controversial legacy of Suharto
Voting for the revolution
As Cubans went to the polls, Washington-backed "dissidents" continued to plot against the power of the people, writes Faiza Rady
Abu Treika most popular
Mohamed Abu Treika has been voted the world's most popular footballer. Ahmed Morsy sees how genuine the poll is

Egyptian soldiers work on closing a section of the border between Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, and Egypt. The number of Palestinians crossing into Egypt slowed as security forces tried to seal the border blown up by militants nine days ago

Centenaries and censorship
By Mahmoud El-Wardani


Pessimism USA
Something has changed in the land of the brave: everyone is miserable, writes Gamil Mattar
People power in Gaza
At the end of the day, it was simply people standing up and marching to Gaza's border that changed everything, writes Ramzy Baroud
The Rafah Quartet
Out of crisis springs opportunity, but Hamas, Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority must work together, writes Ezzedine Choukri-Fishere
Palestinian predicament
Developments on the Gaza-Egypt border have exposed a number of myths; from now on things will not be the same again, writes Ayman El-Amir
Recipe for failure
The roots of Lebanon's current turmoil were in evidence when it first gained independence, and little has been done in the intervening years to nip their growth, writes Galal Nassar


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