Al-Ahram Weekly Online   10 - 16 July 2008
Issue No. 905
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Chasing a mirage?
Hamas leaders arrive in Cairo to resume efforts, mediated by Egypt, aimed at addressing numerous issues currently deadlocked on top of which is the elusive Palestinian reconciliation, Dina Ezzat and Khaled Amayreh report
Misery without borders
According to Cairo, factional reconciliation can end the agonies of Palestinians caught on the border at Rafah, Dina Ezzat reports
A leader with no government
Horse-trading seems to be the major occupation of Lebanese politicians, says Hanady Salman in Beirut
Not without a fight
The recent detentions suggest that Turkey's Justice and Development Party is ready to use muscle for political ends, writes Gareth Jenkins
Iraq indivisible
Fifty years on, the 14 July revolution still evokes among Iraqis the virtues of patriotism and unity, writes Salah Hemeid
Hailing the killer
A new documentary celebrating the assassin of Sadat reopens a bitter and unresolved chapter in Egypt-Iran relations, writes Rasha Saad
Massacre on the Nile
From a small Delta village Mohamed El-Sayed reports on a slaughter of horrific proportions
Mystery in Moscow
An Egyptian disappears in Moscow under mysterious circumstances. But this is no ordinary suspense story, reports Gamal Nkrumah
Timetable no matter who?
Unresolved issues in the security negotiations and less violence may lead to a timetable for a US withdrawal from Iraq, writes Saif Nasrawi
Shows of strength
Attempts to intimidate Hamas on the Shalit affair don't seem to work, says Saleh Al-Naami
Together, but...
All the players have their own agendas, so can the new Mediterranean union succeed, asks Doaa El-Bey
Overqualified and unemployed
Landing a job, let alone a good one, is becoming more difficult by the day. Sherine Nasr investigates why it seems that the shortest route to unemployment is a university degree
A tale of two operations
Pakistan is having difficulty making peace with its Islamist radicals, but is determined not to repeat the mistakes of last year's "war on extremism", writes Graham Usher in Peshawar
Tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee
There is little dividing the two US presidential candidates on the Middle East, notes Anayat Durrani
Summits and summits
Once again rich countries are passing the buck, fumes Gamal Nkrumah
Moves afoot
The football transfer market has been active as ever, reports Ahmed Morsy

THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM: Armed with the national flag, a Palestinian young man stands in silent confrontation with an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank following protests against the construction of the apartheid wall deemed illegal by the World Court...

Picking on cotton
By Gamal Nkrumah
Pitfalls of political film
By Hani Mustafa


By Amira Howeidy


Sarkozy sells a mirage
The French president's project for Mediterranean cooperation has much to do with positioning France next to the US and little to do with Arab interests, writes Hassan Nafaa
Selective security
So shattered by the Bush years, the UN and its Security Council seem lost and bereft of purpose, writes Ayman El-Amir
Of jackals and crocodiles
Talabani's "chance" handshake with Barak simply confirms what everyone knew: Israel has been at the centre of the project of destroying Iraq, writes Ramzy Baroud
Holy Land lost
The simple things in life, like one's relation to a landscape, are what are being effaced by the Israeli occupation of Palestine, writes James Zogby

Abdel-Wahab Elmessiri

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