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

Bittersweet medicine
Sherine Nasr and Sherine Abdel-Razek assess measures to fund the 30 per cent public sector pay increase
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
Surprise tactics
The NDP and government close ranks to head off growing criticism as bread shortages continue, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Behind the smokescreen
Israel's belief that it has cornered Palestinian factions into agreeing to a truce whatever the cost is misguided, writes Saleh Al-Na'ami from Gaza
Life after Guantanamo
Gamal Nkrumah traces the triumph of human dignity embodied by the struggle of a Sudanese cameraman's affliction
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
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
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
Slow death everywhere
Israel's continued siege is taking Gaza back to the Stone Age, reports Saleh Al-Naami
Signs of rapprochement
Leaders within Fatah are waking up to the dangers of the present course charted by Abbas, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Declaration of war?
With the Arab summit over, Lebanon appears faced with a choice between stifling political inaction and open street conflict, Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut
Walking a tightrope
Despite the recent US-Iranian tensions over Iraq, Nuri Al-Maliki has proven to be a smart tactician, writes Saif Nasrawi
No end in sight
Four years on, there is no sign of an end to Yemen's rebellion, reports Nasser Arrabyee from Sanaa
A case of split infinitives
On 22 April 2008, Hillary Clinton, candidate for the Democratic Party nomination in the upcoming US presidential elections, threatened "to totally obliterate" the Iranian people, fully demonstrating the bankruptcy of her campaign, writes Hamid Dabashi
Impossible judicial crisis
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan's deposed judges will be restored on 12 May -- they won't be, writes Graham Usher in Islamabad
Making space for Egypt's actors?
A decision to limit the roles played by Arab actors in Egyptian-made films has created havoc in the industry, reports Rania Khallaf

LAST MINUTE FILL UP: Motorists rushed to refuel before new prices kicked in at gas stations

A champion of Arab film
By David Tresilian
Selective data, wrong lessons
Omitted from the latest US State Department report o terrorism is that the Bush administration has fuelled it, writes Ramzy Baroud
Media contrasts
Whereas Arab media enjoys limited freedom as journalists struggle for more, US media freedoms are guaranteed but no one uses them, writes James Zogby
A credible peace process
Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not be possible without bringing Hamas onboard, plain and simple, writes Mohammed Herzallah
Some subtlety please
An obsequious press does more harm than good to the president and country, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Our own Guantanamo

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