Al-Ahram Weekly Online   9 - 15 October 2008
Issue No. 917
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Post-Eid freefall
Egypt might not be in the middle of the international financial crash. However, the local stock market cannot escape the pinch, Sherine Abdel-Razek reports
Preparing to fail
Ahead of talks in Cairo aimed at national reconciliation, Palestinian factions are doing everything possible to weather the worst, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Licence to kill
Jewish settler fanatics continue to kill and steal from Palestinians without censure from Israel, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
The homestretch
In an election that seems to change from week to week, the 2008 presidential and vice presidential debates have been anything but boring, says Anayat Durrani
Pressing for change
The presidential pardon granted to Al-Dostour 's Editor-in-Chief Ibrahim Eissa is one step closer to the scrapping of custodial sentences for publication offences, writes Shaden Shehab
Cairo in Baghdad
Egypt is not fast-tracking bilateral relations with Iraq, but it is moving them from the slow lane, Dina Ezzat reports
Slogans and substance
For the second year the NDP places social justice atop its conference agenda, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Unsafe streets
The Eid was once again marred by attacks against women in the streets of Mohandessin. Reem Leila reports on the growing problem of sexual harassment
Don't hold your breath
Will elections at the Bar Association go ahead? No one is sure, writes Mona El-Nahhas
Climbing on the bandwagon
Recent calls that the UK must compensate Egypt for its occupation of the country are unlikely to be heeded, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Celebrating criminality
In Israel, the murder of Palestinians and their mutilation is openly applauded at the highest levels. Is anyone in the West watching? asks Saleh Al-Naami
Fractures beneath appearances
Progress in Iraq is more mirage than reality, writes Salah Hemeid
Who is targeting Syria?
A bombing in Syria's capital joins a considerable list of unexplained terrorist attacks on Syrian soil, Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus
Torn apart by civil war Sudan stands a good chance to be put back together again, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Gas prices revisited
Egypt aims to accelerate negotiations to secure better prices for its natural gas exports, reports Sherine Nasr
'One of us'
Youssef Boutros Ghali lands big responsibility as IMFC chair, writes Niveen Wahish
Armed and dangerous
Military might has been both the guiding principle and the practical policy of Zionist plans for the creation of Israel, writes Galal Nassar
An American friend
Asif Zardari has presented himself as America's man in the "war on terror". It won't do him much good in Pakistan, writes Graham Usher in Islamabad
Listening to Sarah
McCain's running mate reveals well the thinking that Republican strategists aim to insert into the American psyche, writes James Zogby
High time to move beyond clichés
The Palin-Biden debate left a lot to be desired, writes Ramzy Baroud
Towards information for all
An international conference held this week at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina highlighted the role of libraries in meeting the challenges of the formation age, writes Heba Sharobeem
This band of brothers
By Rania Khalaf
The priciest token
Is wedding jewellery more than just a token of love, wonders Amira El-Noshokaty
The saviour
Egypt's only medal in the Beijing Olympics came from Hisham Mesbah in judo. Ghada Abdel-Kader interviewed our redeemer
Pack of cards
By Madame Sosotris

Along the once impenetrable Bar Lev Line of Israel, Egypt's flag was planted on Sinai soil 35 years ago to mark the country's historic military victory. The 1973 war of 6 October had the double accomplishment of vanquishing the demons that had haunted Egypt in the wake of the 1967 debacle and preparing the groundwork for a peace treaty Cairo forged with Tel Aviv from a position of power and pride.

Zero-sum thinking still
By Azmi Bishara

Theatre review:

Warming up
By Nehad Selaiha
Mameluke makeover
By Nevine El-Aref
A living legacy
By Serene Assir


Mortgaged futures
As volatile markets continue to swing like a pendulum Hassan Nafaa ponders the implications of the global financial meltdown
No easy ride
Locked between US plans in the Arab region and Afghanistan, Pakistan appears both a target and a victim of the war on terror, writes Abdallah El-Ashaal
Mea culpa
It is too easy to demonise the West, writes Amr Hamzawi
Courting Nasrallah
Cairo's overtures to Hizbullah are about shoring up Lebanon's now fragile Sunni community, writes Ammar Ali Hassan
Re-branding globalisation
As financial markets continue their roller-coaster ride it is US hegemony that is being left behind, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Tragic ending

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