Al-Ahram Weekly Online   4 - 10 September 2008
Issue No. 913
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Not business as usual
Tuesday's arrest of construction magnate Hisham Talaat Mustafa on murder charges took all by surprise, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
A waste of time
Two-state solution negotiations are still amounting to nothing, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Hard bargaining
Hamas is holding fast in the Shalit affair, to the chagrin of Israel, under pressure to see its soldier freed, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem
One down, seven to go
As Al-Anbar is passed over to the Shia coalition in government in Iraq, thoughts turn to the prospects of future stability, writes Saif Nasrawi
Parliamentary postmortem
MPs and Interior Ministry officials joined the People's Assembly National Security and Defence Committee to hear the initial findings of the investigation into the fire that hit the Shura Council building on 19 August, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Another dry month
Not many householders are waiting for rain. It is water they want, from their taps, Reem Leila reports
Heated teachers, cool officials
School teachers continue to protest against what they see as humiliating exams they must take, Reem Leila reports
Eye on Gaza
Dina Ezzat charts the fortunes or otherwise of Cairo's latest attempts to contain the situation in Gaza
Bag of need
Rising poverty and escalating food prices make feeding the poor imperative, especially during Ramadan. Reem Leila presents a new plan for the holy month
Damascus rehabilitated
Behind today's four-way summit between Syria, France, Turkey and Qatar lies Syria's ongoing talks with Israel, writes Sami Moubayed
Teachers listen to Hamas
Debilitating the educational and health sectors in Gaza is Fatah's new strategy for bringing down Hamas -- a strategy that is failing and will likely backfire, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Mistake or manoeuvre?
Hizbullah's shooting on a Lebanese army helicopter has raised many eyebrows, writes Raed Rafei in Beirut
Blood on the streets
Turkey's domestic political crisis deepens as bombings up the pressure all round, writes Gareth Jenkins
The new face of hunger
Are high food prices here to stay, wonders Nader Nourelddin
Asif Ali Zardari: statesman or operator?
Pakistan's next president may prove as divisive as its last, writes Graham Usher in Islamabad
Introducing Joerack Obiden
Barack Obama and Joe Biden are overwhelming favourites with the Democratic Party establishment. But, how popular are they with ordinary Americans, wonders Anayat Durrani in Los Angeles
Off the leash
Georgia slides towards pax-Americana as the Arab world watches the repercussions, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
Magic lanterns
Inji El-Naggar searches for the perfect fanous
Near and far
Ahli are close to a semi-final spot in the Champions League. Zamalek's chances are getting slimmer, Ahmed Morsy reports
Pack of cards
By Madame Sosotris

The holy fasting month of Ramadan is upon us...

Race for Ramadan
By Rania Khallaf
Music to my ears
By Rania Khallaf
Wake up, sleepyhead!
By Amira El-Noshokaty


Is the Georgian crisis a good thing?
The bipolar world of the Cold War has not returned, but that a multipolar world approaches is undeniable, writes Hassan Nafaa
After the convention
In glorious style, Obama has kicked off the official Democratic campaign, though the road to the White House will be long and hard, writes James Zogby
The mess left behind
The next occupant of the White House faces a chaotic, unstable world order, thanks to eight disastrous years under Bush, writes Ramzy Baroud
The greater rift
The conflict between Fatah and Hamas disguises a more dangerous divide that threatens the very existence of the PLO, argues Nicola Nasser
Russia and the Caucasus
Galal Nassar traces a seismic shift in international relations

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