Al-Ahram Weekly Online   1 - 7 May 2008
Issue No. 895
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May's hopeful tidings
President Mubarak announces a support package for those on low incomes while security measures against "havoc" are enhanced, Dina Ezzat reports
A conditional calm
Palestinian factions meeting with Egypt's General Intelligence chief give their conditional agreement to Cairo's proposals to maintain calm in Gaza, reports Amira Howeidy
Cedar jihadis
Does Al-Qaeda exist in Lebanon? In Beirut, Omayma Abdel-Latif seeks answers
A lose-lose game
Nuri Al-Maliki's bid to subdue Sadr's militia could spark a Shia-Shia civil war and increase Iran's influence in Iraq, writes Salah Hemeid
No reconciliation, no truce
Gaza is giving Cairo a headache, Dina Ezzat reports
Where's the flagship?
Two years ago the government promised there would be no extension of the state of emergency and that any replacement legislation would not be sprung on parliament but discussed well in advance. So what happened, asks Gamal Essam El-Din
In her favour
The storm kicked up after it was suggested that the testimony of a woman should be equal to that of a man has died down after a detailed explanation and a seal of approval from the Islamic Research Council, Reem Leila reports
Days of protest
As doctors stage protests across the country, Hala Sakr reviews the ongoing battle between the Ministry of Health and physicians
Facing Facebook
Rumours abound that the government is considering closing down access to Facebook, the website that has become a favourite venue for Egypt's disaffected young. But what good will it do, asks Magda El-Ghitany
What's next, Abbas?
Spurned in Washington, can President Abbas defer any longer the imperative of re-establishing Palestinian national unity, asks Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Damascus ascendant
Turkish approaches to Damascus confirm that diplomatically Syria is the lynchpin of the region, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
A lose-lose game
Nuri Al-Maliki's bid to subdue Sadr's militia could spark a Shia-Shia civil war and increase Iran's influence in Iraq, writes Salah Hemeid
Hidden hands in Pakistan
Pakistan's new government has started its peace strategy -- but neither the Taliban nor Washington is committed to it, writes Graham Usher in Mardan
Killing the golden calf
The sheen is coming off perhaps America's only hope for salvation, worries Gamal Nkrumah
Great power with great risks
The jury is still out on whether to develop nuclear or renewable energy for commercial purposes, as Sherine Nasr finds out
The pun is the thing
Nehad Selaiha is amused by a mouse that turns agent provocateur at Rawabet
The Metro we missed
The first Egyptian graphic novel, The Metro, was confiscated by the authorities last week a few months after its publication, writes Rania Khallaf
Seeds of change
Nashwa Abdel-Tawab is stunned at how developments in the region have induced an unprecedented political realism in its youngsters
African analysis
A symposium on the technical aspects of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana was held in Cairo to evaluate what happened. Inas Mazhar surveyed the field
Egypt

MAY'S HOPEFUL TIDINGS: President Mubarak announces a support package for those on low incomes while security measures against "havoc" are enhanced, Dina Ezzat reports
--read on--

A different May Day
By Faiza Rady
Egypt's coming energy crisis
By Hussein Abdallah
In the mood for spring
by Nesmahar Sayed and Sherif Sonbol

 

The next president's touch
Behind the scenes of the US presidential election, special interests are locked in struggle to further or else contain the legacy of Bush, writes Gamil Mattar
Sinkable Israel
While on the surface it appears invincible, Israel lies exposed in its behaviour as a racist, belligerent, arrogant and colonial pariah, writes Ayman El-Amir
The struggle for Syria
Israel's offer to return the Golan is a ruse betraying ulterior agendas, writes Hassan Nafaa
Turning nasty
Despite Pennsylvania, Clinton cannot hope to win but can damage Obama, writes James Zogby
Backing into the future
If the Muslim Brotherhood is to be anything but a relic, it needs to harmonise its foundations with the realities of society now, writes Khalil El-Anani
Our leaders or our failures
Gathered in Cape Town, and despite pressing needs and issues, the world's parliamentarians had little to say beyond platitudes, Curtis Doebbler writes

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