Al-Ahram Weekly Online   27 November - 3 December 2008
Issue No. 924
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Holding Gaza hostage
Gaza's humanitarian crisis escalates as the world watches in silence. Dina Ezzat reports from Cairo, Saleh Al-Naami from Gaza
The right to air
A dispute over TV rights postponed a local soccer derby and shed light on the absence of clear laws governing who may broadcast what. Nashwa Abdel-Tawab reports on a row that basically affects the football man on the street
Reform to continue
President Hosni Mubarak vows that the government will press ahead with economic reforms in the face of the global financial crisis, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Brown on black
Reem Leila reports on the appearance of a massive brown cloud of toxic waste
Politics and pirates
Resolving Somalia's piracy problem will take political as much as military intervention, Dina Ezzat reports
Long road to UNESCO
During his 21-year tenure as minister of culture Farouk Hosni has been a controversial figure, frequently locked in feuds with the NDP, Islamist politicians and left-leaning intellectuals. His latest battle, as a candidate for UNESCO's director-general, is being fought on an international front. Assem El-Kersh and Nevine El-Aref speak to him about his campaign
Deaths and no dinner
Electricity cuts in Gaza continue to kill and distort normal life, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Strange new bedfellows
The gathering ethnic crisis in Iraq could bring about seismic shifts in regional politics, says Saif Nasrawi
Absent good intentions
The sheer level of bitterness between the conflicting parties may forestall all attempts at Palestinian reconciliation dialogue, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Too hot to handle
Boycotting a UN anti-racism conference and trying to bypass Arab media through an Arabic YouTube channel, Tel Aviv appears on the defensive, writes Amira Howeidy
Kristallnacht in Hebron
When will Israel wake up to its gruesome legacy, asks Khaled Amayreh
Not even Palestine
Once again, the Arab collective order is in disarray, even on fundamental Arab issues, Dina Ezzat reports
Playing both sides
Lebanon's president visits Iran in an attempt to bolster Lebanese unity, writes Raed Rafei
Particles of doubt
Damascus won't allow further inspections of Al-Kibar, the site that Israel bombed last September and that the US claims was a nuclear facility, Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus
New entrepreneurs
Carl Schramm offers an intriguing perspective on what he calls the third wave of entrepreneurship
Real estate in the balance
Egypt's real estate developers need to grab opportunities in middle income housing to survive today's market realities, reports Niveen Wahish
Oiling the meltdown
It is oil that protects the Gulf countries from sliding into a worldwide recession. Sherine Abdel-Razek reports on the slippery road ahead
Obama's odious entourage
Disappointment follows disappointment with each "new" face, bemoans Eric Walberg, but there is a sort of silver lining
Pakistan's other war
The fight against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda is not the only conflict on the Pakistan-Afghan border, writes Graham Usher in Islamabad
A life in Egypt
Gamal Nkrumah writes on an exhibition of works by the Swiss artist Margot Veillon, who spent her life in Egypt
Breathe deep and think pink
Women are being invited to attend high-profile business education classes, Nashwa Abdel-Tawab reports
Next to the best
Egypt was placed alongside two World Cup football champions in the FIFA Confederations Cup. Inas Mazhar reports from Johannesburg

HOPE UNDER SIEGE: A Palestinian child flashes the victory sign during a demonstration calling on Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah crossing...


Hidden beauty
By Giovanna Montalbetti


Sweet and sour
By Gamal Nkrumah


All these films...
By Mona Anis
and Hani Mustafa


Migrating art
By Rania Khallaf


Here & Now: Breaking the pattern
The latest row over government plans to give shares away in public companies leaves Assem El-Kersh with a sense of déjà vu
The curse of neo-totalitarianism
As dangerous as terrorism, the rise of autocratic dictatorship is a grave threat to world peace, writes Ayman El-Amir
The Gaza salvation
Hope is eternal, but so too appears the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza, writes Ramzy Baroud
What dialogue do we need?
Instead of being restricted to elites, it is cultured and ordinary people who need to engage the dialogue of civilisations, writes El-Sayed Amin Shalabi
What if?
Is the region ready for Israel to accept the Arab peace initiative? No, says Hassan Nafaa
Let's make some noise
King Abdullah aspires to build bridges with other faiths. His efforts must be backed and boosted by such initiatives across the globe, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed
Clinging to hope
Sameh Habib witnesses Israel's crimes against humanity first-hand
Poisoned chalice
The new US administration inherits the debacle wrought by Bush and his neocon cronies. So what options does Obama have, asks Galal Nassar
Prepping for peace
Arabs should act now, not wait for Obama, writes James Zogby
Salama A Salama:
A sceptic mood

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