Al-Ahram Weekly Online   6 - 12 March 2008
Issue No. 887
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

More than Gaza
As Israel pursues its "holocaust" in Gaza, America deploys a destroyer off Lebanon, Iranian President Ahmadinejad makes a historic trip to Iraq and the Arab cold war grows colder, should the region be bracing itself for the worst, asks Amira Howeidy
Consistent demands
Students take the lead in protests denouncing Israel's carnage in Gaza, with demonstrators demanding Egypt unilaterally open the Rafah border, reports Serene Assir
What words for this?
Palestinians are being indiscriminately killed in Gaza. Is the world deaf and blind, asks Saleh Al-Naami
Where do you stand?
With scores of Gazans killed by Israel, the position of President Abbas and the PA comes into focus, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Full steam ahead
Washington's deployment of its infamous warship to Lebanon threw the country into further confusion this week, Lucy Fielder reports
Dressed up diplomacy
Rice's visit to the region was as predictable as its outcome, writes Doaa El-Bey
Mending fences with Congress
Fathi Sorour's visit to America this week had a wide ranging agenda, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Time for change?
The Tagammu is requested to reactivate its links with the public
Revolving doors
The Democratic Front, once hailed as a beacon for reform, is as divided as ever
Taking the biscuit
The three ministries involved in supplying school meals are playing pass the parcel when it comes to accepting blame for the recent outbreak of food poisoning among pupils, reports Reem Leila
Spot the difference
Yet another civil society group is tackling religious understanding and youth problems, reports Gamal Nkrumah
Unwavering commitment to inequality
As Israel escalates its violence against Palestinians the media continues to insist that it is the fault of Gazans, writes Ramzy Baroud
Syria's summit hopes
Damascus is ready and waiting, but will the guests show up, asks Sami Moubayed
Winning at risky business
The managing director of Citadel Capital tells Sherine Abdel-Razek how a company he co-started four years ago with a capital of LE2 million now manages $7 billion in investments
To leave and stay at the same time
The handover of power in Russia is confounding one and all. Eric Walberg looks into the crystal ball
The Taliban surge
What has caused the post-election upsurge in violence in Pakistan, asks Graham Usher in Mingora
Che redux
Colombia takes a leaf out of Israel's military handbook infuriating its neighbours in the process, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Countdown to the Prize: The first International Prize for Arabic Fiction, dubbed the Arabic Booker and launched this year, will be announced in Abu Dhabi on 10 March. Al-Ahram Weekly reviews three of the shortlisted novels and talks to two of their authors
Towards the abyss?
Madeeh al-Karahiya (In Praise of Hatred), Khaled Khalifa, Damascus: Amisa, 2006. pp420
After the fall
Taghridat al-Baga'a (Swan Song), Mekkaoui Said, Cairo: Al-Dar, 2006. pp290
Stories of the in-between
Ard al-Yambous (Land of Limbo), Elias Farkouh, Amman: Al Mouassassa and Al Arabiya and Azminah, 2007. pp233
Theatre of shadows
Despite the attractions of modern games and movies, many children are still fascinated by traditional shadow puppet theatre, revived at Cairo's Folk Puppet Forum, writes Amira El-Noshokaty
Intervention from the top
The giant problem of Egypt's giant goalkeeper might soon be resolved after President Mubarak personally stepped into the fray, Inas Mazhar reports

ISRAEL KILLS PALESTINIAN BABIES: Israeli occupation forces shot 20-day old infant Amira Abu 'Akr in a fresh incursion in the Gaza strip on Tuesday


Lost from Lebanon
By Franklin Lamb
Nakba again
By Jonathan Cook
Finding the thousand words
By Hannah Mintz


United and divided
Europe, with its history of conflict, has embraced unity while the Arab world, despite its cultural homogeneity, remains divided. Why, asks Hassan Nafaa
Vision for a New Silk Roads
Processes of world transformation are deep at work in our time. Our task is to give these institutional definition, such as in the proposed New Silk Roads Forum, writes Anouar Abdel-Malek
The highest stakes yet
The American public must demand thoughtful policy, not hollow rhetoric, from their leaders, writes James Zogby
Seeds of hatred
In pursuit of colonial interests, Israel and its backers have insulted and defamed Islam, but as a consequence turn millions against them, writes Ayman El-Amir
When Australia said sorry
Shahira Samy ponders the significance for the Arab-Israeli conflict of Australia's apology to its aboriginal community
Deferring recognition of Kosovo
As the US jumps to recognise Kosovo, the Arabs should not follow, despite valid considerations that would say otherwise, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Semantic quibbles

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