Al-Ahram Weekly Online   27 March - 2 April 2008
Issue No. 890
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

A de facto calm
The fragile truce between Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza and Israel is holding, writes Khaled Amayreh from Jerusalem
The heat is still on
Experts and consumers are not yet satisfied with the new government procedures to alleviate the ongoing bread crisis, Mona El-Fiqi investigates
No leader to send
With no head of state to send to Damascus and no solution to their political crisis, the Lebanese are wondering what will follow the Arab summit, Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut
Same as it ever was
The Arab League's Hesham Youssef tells Dina Ezzat that the Damascus Arab summit will not differ greatly from summits of the past
Fuel for discussion
The parliament's debate on natural gas exports to Israel exposes the incendiary nature of the affair, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Church weddings
A growing body of Coptic laymen and women are demanding change in church rules governing divorce and remarriage, reports Gamal Nkrumah
Making room on the bench
As the National Council for Women celebrates the first anniversary of the appointment of 30 women judges, Reem Leila looks back on a year in the courts
New dawn for Luxor temples
Nevine El-Aref reports on the reopening of Dendara Temple and Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif's visit to Luxor
Pending appeal
Ibrahim Eissa, editor-in-chief of Al-Dostour, is sentenced to six months in prison with hard labour for reporting rumours concerning President Mubarak's health. Shaden Shehab was in court
To strike or not
Heated disputes at the Doctors' Syndicate have done little to clarify the situation, writes Hala Sakr
Teachers stand up
Official promises to raise the income of university professors have failed to contain their anger, reports Mona El-Nahhas
Precarious accord
No sooner signed than ignored, reactions to the Sanaa Declaration are indicative of deep rifts that persist in the Palestinian Fatah movement, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Gaza's suffering children
The Israeli occupation and its relentless attacks destroy the mental health and lives of children of Gaza, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Same as it ever was
The Arab League's Hesham Youssef tells Dina Ezzat that the Damascus Arab summit will not differ greatly from summits of the past
Drilling partners
Chinese initiatives to invest in the Egyptian petroleum sector are bearing some lucrative results, reports Sherine Nasr
Formalising the informal
Laila Iskandar writes about the dilemmas of the informal sector
A sweet deal
Kraft Egypt is taking a larger bite out of the local biscuits and cake market, Sherine Abdel-Razek reports
War and democracy
Scores of political groups have sprung up since the US invasion of Iraq, but the silent majority still lack democratic representation, writes Salah Hemeid
'Cheated and used'
Five years on, Iraqis who went along with the US-led war now look back in anger as their nation is sucked into a quagmire, writes Saif Nasrawi
Where do Iraqis stand?
In all the analysis accorded to the sad anniversary of the US invasion and destruction of Iraq, few words have focussed on the human toll for Iraqis, writes Ramzy Baroud
Who's winning in Iraq?
Having handed Iraq to Iran, the US faces a strategic dilemma of enormous proportions, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
Pakistan's truculent justices
Pakistan's first parliamentary session was dominated by neither its new prime minister nor his assassinated leader but by an imprisoned judge, writes Graham Usher in Islamabad
Tibetan tinderbox
For all the hype around Tibetan angst, Western longings to trash the Olympics are bound to flounder, argues Gamal Nkrumah
Horrors of the war
An eye-witness account of the agony of war in Iraq, Aida Schlaepfer's film Gangs of Baghdad focuses on the ordeals of ordinary Iraqis, writes Nesmahar Sayed
Made in Egypt
Amira El-Noshokaty looks into the long-forgotten world of traditional Egyptian folk art

SADR MILITIA RISES AGAIN: At least 40 people were killed in clashes between Iraqi security forces and fighters from the Shia Sadr militia on Tuesday and Wednesday in Iraq's second largest city Basra.

Separation or unity
By Azmi Bishara
History or heritage?
By David Tresilian
Pepsi, Doritos... and drugs
By Gihan Shahine


Summit stakes
Coming to the fore in Damascus, the dilemma Arab leaders face is between making sacrifices and being sacrificed, writes Gamil Mattar
The invisible guests of Syria
Crippled ahead of convening, the Arab summit in Damascus will be haunted by the confrontation between Iran and the US, writes Ayman El-Amir
Salama A Salama:
Useless conferences

Bahaa Taher

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