Al-Ahram Weekly Online   28 August - 3 September 2008
Issue No. 912
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

'Absolutely no breakthrough'
Cairo hosts yet another round of talks with Palestinian factions, the US secretary of state makes her 18th visit to the region and Israel releases 198 Palestinian prisoners. But is there any real progress on the ground?
Ship of hope
The waterborne show of international solidarity to break Israel's blockade on Gaza succeeded, reports Saleh Al-Naami
Penalised for monopoly
A court verdict against nine cement companies is praised by the government but dissatisfies producers, writes Mona El-Fiqi
Rebuilding begins
Efforts are underway to restore the Shura Council's meeting hall before the new parliamentary session begins next November, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Revel the fire
Some Egyptians, mainly the younger generation, appeared to gloat over the sight of the Shura Council building ablaze. Is it a sense of social alienation, wonders Gamal Nkrumah
On Cairo's shoulders
Israel is still counting on Egypt to deliver Shalit -- and in a way, the stability of Gaza, Dina Ezzat reports
For the bar
Candidates are up and running in the Bar Association's tightly contested elections, Mona El-Nahhas reports
Testing those who test
School teachers must first pass an exam if they want a substantial financial boost. But Reem Leila discovers that not all are happy about being students again
Undermining faith
Israel continues to burrow beneath the foundations of the Aqsa Mosque in the heart of East Jerusalem, reports Khaled Amayreh
The puppet cuts his strings
Iraq's prime minister is no longer content to be seen as an American stooge, writes Saif Nasrawi
Playing the Russian card
The recent visit by Bashar Al-Assad to Russia strengthens Syria's diplomatic hand, writes Bassel Oudat from Damascus
Preparing for Ramadan
With Ramadan round the corner, consumers complain while the government tries to provide essential foodstuffs at reasonable prices
Falling apart
Having gotten rid of President Musharraf, Pakistan's ruling coalition has turned on itself, writes Graham Usher in Islamabad
When the military takes power
The coup d'état has been a staple of history. Its modus operandi and results are all too consistent, writes Ayman El-Amir
Leafing through
Following Mrs Suzanne Mubarak's inauguration of a new cultural centre in the Delta city of Mansoura recently, Dina Ezzat investigates the impact of attempts to promote reading
Blistering burgers
Gamal Nkrumah notes that at Lucille's you get burgers to clutch with both hands
Empty-handed return
A single bronze is all Egypt could manage in Beijing. Why, asks Inas Mazhar

A DRAMATIC ordeal of a hijacked Sudanese private airliner, belonging to Sun Air, ended in Libya yesterday with the release of its 95 passengers and crew and the surrender of the hijackers who sought political asylum in France.

Palaces and the people
By Nevine El-Aref
All we need is love
By Sara Abu Bakr


Olmert curbs Palestinian rights
Oslo has entered its final, tragic-comic stage. The onus now is to ensure Olmert's planned dénouement does not become a reality, writes Mustafa Barghouti
For the defence
Will the International Criminal Court agree to its prosecutor-general's request to bring Sudan's president to trial? Unlikely, writes Abdallah El-Ashaal
Follies and triumphs
Ramzy Baroud on the excesses, and the real heroes and heroines, of this yearŐs Olympics
Sectarianism and the nation
Prioritising affiliations of ethnicity and sect destroys the people. Yet only the state can protect the interests of its citizens, argues Galal Nassar

The Palestinian hero
by Bahgory

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