Al-Ahram Weekly Online   25 September - 5 October 2008
Issue No. 916
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Hostages until further notice
Attempts to secure the release of 11 tourists kidnapped in the Western Desert have yet to bear fruit, reports Sophia Ibrahim
Search for silver linings
Egypt is not immune to the global fiscal meltdown, writes Sherine Abdel-Razek. But is it all bad news?
The living illusion
The friendly smile hides a sinister agenda, warns Khaled Amayreh from East Jerusalem
The home front
The bombing of the Marriott Hotel in the Pakistan capital has brought war home to Pakistanis like few other events, writes Graham Usher in Islamabad
Revolving doors
Torah prison loses one leading businessman inmate only to gain another, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
The politics of sects
When leading Sunni scholar Youssef El-Qaradawi critiqued Islam's Shia sect all hell broke loose. Amira Howeidy traces the continuing reverberations
A mixed bag
The International Religious Freedom Report 2008 is greeted with the usual claims and counter-claims, reports Mohamed El-Sayed
Apology refused
The grand imam of Al-Azhar will not drop his libel case against Al-Fagr, reports Reem Leila
Gaza's useful mercenaries
According to Hamas sources, groups supposedly affiliated to Al-Qaeda in Gaza are but paid and protected pro-Fatah criminal cells, reports Saleh Al-Naami
Embers under the ashes
A Syrian military court has sentenced 50 Kurds to prison. With other Kurdish leaders awaiting trial, tensions are running high, Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus
A new divide
Arab-Kurd strife might shape future Iraqi politics, writes Saif Nasrawi
Defiant in Yemen
There is a new generation of Al-Qaeda coming of age, reports Nasser Arrabyee from Sanaa
Bring it on
Niveen Wahish tries to understand Egypt's decision to allow greater steel imports
A glass half-full
Is Egypt on the right track towards meetings its international Millennium Development Goals, asks Mona El-Fiqi
Throwing good money after bad
The only solution that Bush can imagine is to reward the culprits, says Anayat Durrani
Classic in a modern tone
Rania Khallaf tunes in to the modern voice of Sayed Darwish
Behind the microphone
Mona Abouissa listens in as Ramadan fills the radio waves once again
Less is more
Amany Abdel-Moneim leads the way towards a delicious dinner with family that won't take you long to prepare

A red granite head thought to be of the 19th dynasty pharoah Ramses II has been unearthed in Tel Basta in the Delta...

After Georgia and George
By Azmi Bishara
A tale for old cities
By Jill Kamil


Against the current
Mahmoud Abbas appears alone in still taking peace negotiations with Israel seriously, writes Nicola Nasser
Shattered dreams
The full-blown Zionist project is over. Even Israel's prime minister admits it, writes Abdallah El-Ashaal
From bad to wretched
The World Bank agrees: Israeli policies aim to destroy the national capacities of Palestinians. Inter-Palestinian rivalry should not abet this project, writes Ramzy Baroud
In the mainstream
Polls show that Arab American attitudes relative to the US presidential race mirror the majority of US voters, writes James Zogby
Jerusalem is now
The US and Israel think they can impose on Palestinian negotiators a distorted peace that effaces all Palestinian rights. They cannot, writes Mustafa Al-Barghouti
Look beyond Rafah
Hamas needs to set its sights on the good of the Palestinian people, not simply its own self-interest, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama
Contentious clerics

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