Al-Ahram Weekly Online   3 - 9 December 2008
Issue No. 925
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Interests come first
Maintaining close ties with Riyadh and containing disagreements with Damascus is a lynchpin of Egypt's current regional policy, Dina Ezzat reports
Cold war
Will American mediation ease or deepen the crisis in Pakistan-India relations caused by the killings in Mumbai, asks Graham Usher in Islamabad
Juggling the questions
MPs may have tabled a record number of interpellations but few are likely to be discussed, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
The pilgrims' progress
Egyptians demonstrate demanding passage for Palestinian pilgrims seeking to travel to Mecca. The situation at the Rafah crossing, though, remains confused, with Hamas preventing pilgrims from entering Egypt, reports Reem Leila
Hopes for conciliation
The authorities appear to be softening their tone towards Sinai's Bedouins following unrest across the peninsula, reports Amirah Ibrahim
Violent crime wave
Reem Leila delves beneath the headlines
Ship Intifada and pilgrim lottery
While a Libyan ship tries to break the siege with food and medicine, Saudi bureaucrats stymie pilgrims, bemoans Saleh Al-Naami
Bottom of the bottom
While Arab activists and intellectuals rally to the cause of Palestinian refugees, officialdom in Ramallah denounces their efforts, reports Khaled Amayreh
Kiss of NISS
Gamal Nkrumah tries to unravel the high level CIA presence at a preposterous intelligence gathering in Khartoum
Too much 'democracy'
The Kuwaiti cabinet broke its own record by resigning last week for the second time in nine months, reports Sherine Bahaa
Spy tactics
Israel's attempts to take advantage of the destitution it creates include bribing Palestinians to spy on Palestinians. Those who refuse starve or die, writes Saleh Al-Naami
A step forward
The government is attempting to translate promises to support the economy into action, writes Niveen Wahish
Uncertainty about oil output and prices continues to dampen the market as OPEC meets in Cairo, Sherine Nasr reports
Among the dead of Mumbai
With the attacks in Mumbai Pakistan-India relations have reverted to type, says Graham Usher in Islamabad
Luxor, the artists' view
Nevine El-Aref joins in the applause at the closing ceremony of the first Luxor International Painting Symposium
Happy moments
Sayed Mahmoud has captured a unique moment at one of the extraordinary photography exhibitions downtown
Psychology of fashion
Ghada Abdel-Kader explores the relationship between fashion and identity
Eye of the beholder
Giovanna Montalbetti and photographer Sherif Sonbol describe the fashion experience, from the often forgotten perspective of the photographer
In Japan, Ahli seek the sky
Egypt's Ahli football club want to take it all at this month's World Clubs Championship in Japan, Inas Mazhar reports
Where karate began
Egypt's karate players were part of a long awaited reunion championship in Japan

Lebanese Maronite leader Michel Aoun arrived in Damascus yesterday in the first visit of its kind to Syria, his former foe, since 1990...

Lévi-Strauss at 100
By David Tresilian


Their and our democracy
The US elections but underline that the Arab region has far to go on the path to political freedom, writes Amin Howeidi
A possible consensus
A grim report from the US intelligence community limits Obama's room for action while making action all the more imperative, writes Galal Nassar
Telling it as it is
Unless the Palestinians can speak effectively with one voice, the world won't listen, though Palestine is the core problem, writes Mustafa Barghouti
Bashing us failed
For all the ways in which Arabs and Muslims were maligned in the 2008 US election year, they were not kept out of politics, writes James Zogby
Crisis management
The Bush era is ending, but the disasters left in its wake are momentous, writes Gamil Mattar
Behind the scenes
The US-UK-Israel agenda for the Middle East and South Asia region is proceeding unabated, writes Abdus Sattar Ghazali
Another type of terror
Events in Mumbai put the world on notice that new methods will be necessary to confront wanton political violence, writes Ammar Ali Hassan
Turkey in Arab eyes
As Turkey becomes increasingly engaged in Middle East issues, Arabs would do well to review their preconceptions of it, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
No time to hide
How long will extremists speak on behalf of Muslims, asks Aijaz Zaka Syed
Iraq's US security charade
Whatever agreements the US forces Iraq to sign cannot obscure the obvious: the US should withdraw from Iraq and acknowledge the mess it made, writes Ramzy Baroud

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