Al-Ahram Weekly Online   3 - 9 April 2008
Issue No. 891
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Beyond Damascus
Will Arabs wake up to the solidarity alarm bell that rang in Damascus? Dina Ezzat argues that they may well select snooze
House of cards
Washington may be pushing the Palestinians and Israelis to negotiate, but is the peace process really still alive, asks Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
'A matter of weeks'
The NDP and government close ranks to head off growing criticism as bread shortages continue, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Why did a ship chartered by the US navy open fire on a small Egyptian motorboat, killing one peddler and injuring two, as it was transiting the Suez Canal? Reem Leila investigates
Blasted backlash
Gamal Nkrumah feels the pulse of Egyptian intellectuals and clerics in the aftermath of a spate of Western artistic outpourings criticising Islam and denigrating the Prophet Mohamed
Cause for celebration
Crowds gather in the Cairo district of Zeitoun to mark the 40th anniversary of the appearance of the Virgin Mary, reports Sherine Nasr
'We are not merchandise'
Workers at Al-Nasr plant refuse to be "sold" to Orascom, reports Faiza Rady
Tugs not tango
Beyond a façade of containment, the Damascus summit was for many an opportunity to draw demarcation lines between conflicting Arab agendas
Critical months
In Syrian, the strategic choice of negotiations over resistance prevailed, but not as unchallenged as hitherto
The summit that never was
While Syria emerged unscathed, the Damascus Arab summit is more proof that ossified Arab ruling orders are out of touch, writes Ayman El-Amir
Status quo ante?
With the Arab summit over, Lebanon appears faced with a choice between stifling political inaction and open street conflict, Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut
It all comes down to Iraq
Almost every development of significance in the last five years finds its point of origin in the disastrous US decision to wage imperial war on Iraq, writes Gamil Mattar
The politics of bullets
The political fate of Iraq hangs in the balance as Shias face off in a take-no-prisoners showdown, says Ibrahim Nawwar
Bans and penalties welcomed
Finally, experts are praising new government procedures to control prices, as Mona El-Fiqi finds out
Egypt's Indian bet?
In London for the Euromoney Conference, Assem El-Kersh sounds out the ministers of investment and communications on repeated comparisons between Egypt and India
Political poison
Western politics is infected with a lethal virus, diagnoses Eric Walberg
'Limits to what we can do'
Ambassador Klaus Ebermann speaks to Assem El-Kersh and Gamal Nkrumah of constraints on Europe's capacity to act in a troubled Middle East and a difficult new age
Because the lead in the Egyptian league is held firmly by Ahli, the real action in the table is elsewhere, reports Ahmed Morsy
A literary feast
A plethora of literary activities are accompanying the inauguration of the Arab Writers Union's new premises in Islamic Cairo, reports Rania Khallaf
Lost age of the salon de thé
This year marks the centenary of Groppi's tearoom on Adli Street, Fayza Hassan marks the occasion
No sunset boulevard
Restaurant review by Gamal Nkrumah

LAND DAY COMMEMORATED AS US STEPS UP PEACE MEDIATION: Palestinian protesters in Nablus confronting Israeli troops during a protest to mark Land Day on 30 March (when in 1976 residents of Sakhnin protested against Israeli land seizure policy, and six Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces); while (far right) a US handout picture shows Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meeting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Jerusalem

What we must do
By Azmi Bishara
The cup runneth over
By Fayza Hassan

Theatre review:

Playing solo
By Nehad Selaiha
Dancing for Palestine
By Serene Assir


Banking on King Tut
By Nevine El-Aref


After Damascus
If the official Arab order is to be worth writing about, it needs to take bold steps to address the realities, not the rhetoric, of present Arab problems and establish mechanisms to deal with them, writes Hassan Nafaa
What big picture?
The common idea that every regional contest is succinctly played out in Lebanon is false, writes Amr Hamzawy
Salama A Salama:
Summit of despair
Arabs' talk

Bashar Al-Assad

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