Al-Ahram Weekly Online   8 - 14 May 2008
Issue No. 896
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Surprise tactics
The NDP and government close ranks to head off growing criticism as bread shortages continue, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Forward momentum
The new traffic law, which the government hoped would end chaos on Egypt's roads, has been delayed, reports Reem Leila
Water war
Egypt's precious Nile water is wanted by outsiders, Reem Leila reports
Striking contrast
The proposed strike of 4 May failed, but with government announcements of prices going up, many wish now it hadn't, Dina Ezzat and Dena Rashed report
Only with Damietta's consent
The suggestion that kickbacks were paid to secure approval for the construction of a controversial fertiliser plant in Damietta opens a can of worms, reports Mohamed El-Sayed

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