Al-Ahram Weekly Online   31 July - 6 August 2008
Issue No. 908
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Drowning twice over
Two years after the Al-Salam sank, with the loss of 1,034 lives, the owner of the ferry has been found not guilty of responsibility for Egypt's worst maritime disaster, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Do not pass go
Were last week's bombings in Gaza intended to push Palestinian national dialogue out of reach, asks Saleh Al-Naami from the besieged Strip
Square one again
A horrific beach bombing takes Hamas and Fatah back to the edge of open strife, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Enshrining resistance
Lebanon's leaders are haggling again, though the true balance of power has been laid bare, Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut
By hook or by crook
The Sudanese president balances heart with head in his Darfur charm offensive, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Face-off with Facebook
Mohamed El-Sayed discovers how flying a kite with the colours of the Egyptian flag and singing patriotic songs now constitute an attempt "to topple the regime"
Conspicuous omission
To mark the 56th anniversary of the 23 July Revolution 1,500 prisoners who have served at least half of their sentences received presidential pardons. Opposition leader Ayman Nour was not among them, Mona El-Nahhas reports
Controversial cocktail
The sale of alcohol at Cairo's Grand Hyatt Hotel will not be banned outright, as first reported, but restricted to a single, 40th floor bar, Reem Leila reports
Affirmative action?
One more document on the future of Egypt. So what's new, asks Mona El-Nahhas
Separation anxiety?
Signs point to a reconfiguration of Syria's relation to Iran, though the signals are mixed, writes Bassel Oudat from Damascus
Blood on the streets
Turkey's domestic political crisis deepens as bombings up the pressure all round, reports Gareth Jenkins from Istanbul
Beautiful to behold
Iran responds to the West's package of incentives with rhetorical rather than confrontational posturing, writes Sherine Bahaa
More than promises
Iraqi Shia leader Ammar Al-Hakim speaks of the need to rebuild ties with Egypt and Arabs in interview with Salah Hemeid
Join the club
The "candidate of change" will bring more of the same, writes Ramzy Baroud
Far away from Hong Kong
Egypt is still struggling to liberate its economy, as shown by its mediocre standing in the Economic Freedom Index. Sherine Abdel-Razek keeps score
The French connection
In his later years Youssef Chahine enjoyed stalwart support from France, drawing attention to the Franco-Egyptian thread in his later films and his cosmopolitan sympathies, writes David Tresilian in Paris
Selling dreams
As some TV commercials offer cures from baldness to serious illnesses, many viewers are sold the dream, Amira El-Naqeeb investigates a circle of deception
No child's play
By Gamal Nkrumah
Did it again
Ahli once more beat Zamalek, this time lifting the Egyptian Super Cup, Ahmed Morsy reports

THE SECOND DEATH: An aerial view shows corpses of passengers of the sunken Egyptian ferry floating in the Red Sea in February 2006, three days after the ship, carrying about 1,400 people, most of them Egyptians, sank...


Sailing into eternity
By Nevine El-Aref
Adieu Chahine
By Hani Mustafa


Loveless in Egypt
By Sahar El-Bahr


Ambiguous precedents
Hassan Nafaa examines the issues around the ICC's request for a warrant against Sudan's president
Anatomy of power
Ayman El-Amir explores common denominators between dictators the world over
From cradle to grave
The disfiguring hallmark of Arab societies is their culture of fear, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Modern fiefdoms

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