Al-Ahram Weekly Online   17 - 23 July 2008
Issue No. 906
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

No closer
As Fatah seeks to extend the presidency of Abbas by diktat, it is Abbas that is resisting by all means national reconciliation dialogue with Hamas, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Met with silence
Recent Israeli army aggressions against Palestinian charities, beauty salons and shops show unequivocally that Israel is morally lost, writes Khaled Amayreh in Nablus
Still illegal
Four years on, Palestinians still demand that the World Court's ruling on Israel's apartheid wall be implemented, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Spoiling for a fight
The Argentine sheriff has a showdown with the Sudanese strongman. The fireworks have begun, shudders Gamal Nkrumah
Confusion -- what confusion?
The US continues to play games with Iran, while Europe continues to try to keep things calm, Rasha Saad reports
Two Shia nightmares
Why does Al-Maliki really want a timetable for US withdrawal from Iraq? Salah Hemeid tries to figure it out

Dina Ezzat from Paris explores the possibility of closer and more egalitarian cooperation between countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean on the one hand and the European Union on the other. Amid much controversy, the French managed to pull off a publicity coup of gigantic proportions, but of course, not everyone was happy
Arabs redirect Paris
Internal Arab disputes top the news amid attempts to further Mediterranean cooperation
Shores apart -- still
Flamboyant attempts to re-launch cooperation around the Mediterranean might well yield results
Washed up
Hopes for a breakthrough in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations during the Mediterranean summit were dashed, reports Doaa El-Bey
Courting time
Sarkozy is trying to heal the rift with Syria but has little to show as yet, Bassel Oudat writes from Damascus
Why the cave-in?
Bouteflika's sudden reversal -- with no explanation -- on the French-sponsored union has raised many hackles, reports Nasr El-Din Qasim

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