Al-Ahram Weekly Online   8 - 14 January 2009
Issue No. 929
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Searching for an exit
Diplomacy rears its reluctant head and the "truce" word is suddenly everywhere as Israel's war on Gaza enters its third week. Saleh Al-Naami reports from the besieged Strip
All eyes on Rafah
Egypt is under pressure to open the only exit from Gaza not under Israeli control. Amira Howeidy examines the legalities and symbolism of the Rafah border crossing
More than a challenge
As the aggression on Gaza intensifies, Cairo -- for right or wrong -- has come under fire for its crisis management. But can the recent Egyptian-French initiative limit the damage, asks Dina Ezzat
Demonstrating support
Reem Leila reports on the wave of protests in solidarity with Gaza
The blame game
When Arab parliamentarians met in Cairo on Sunday to discuss Israel's attacks on Cairo the result, writes Gamal Essam El-Din, was a predictable hurling of abuse
Children under fire
Aside from its direct killings, Israel's continued siege on Gaza and the psychological trauma of its war offensive are destroying life, especially children, writes Saleh Al-Naami
No going back now
Israel may be seeking to destroy Hamas, but what it is actually doing is destroying any possibility for peace, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Assistance already delivered
The ghosts of Israel's war on Lebanon in 2006 hang over Gaza's battlegrounds. Omayma Abdel-Latif writes from Beirut on Hizbullah's options
Who uses whom?
Syria has a history of supporting militant Palestinian factions, but some say it uses them as pawns, Bassel Oudat writes from Damascus
Ebb and tide
Billiations, bankruptcies, nationalisations and suicides are some of the scenarios international stock markets witnessed through 2008. Sherine Abdel-Razek revisits the drama the local bourse underwent
Egypt captured by a Japanese brush
The influence of the ancient Egyptian civilisation is far-reaching. Rania Khallaf celebrates the New Year with the Pharaohs painted by a Japanese artist
Bethlehem to Faggalah
Nader Habib discovers that praying Christmas mass in the heart of Cairo is as good as in the Holy Land
Soccer blur
The local league picture will be made clearer once Ahli plays all their postponed matches, reports Ahmed Morsy
Soccer blur
The local league picture will be made clearer once Ahli plays all their postponed matches, reports Ahmed Morsy

UNBROKEN SPIRIT: A Palestinian youth stands next to a Palestinian flag and watches as others inspect the damage at a building following Israeli forces' aggression against Gaza...
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The inconvenient truth about Gaza
The foot dragging of Palestinian diplomats in the face of Israel's Gaza onslaught suggests that for some ending Hamas is more important than ending the violence, writes Curtis Doebbler
President Obama's historic speech
Putting words in the mouth of the US president-elect, John Whitbeck outlines what Obama would say if he were serious about change in world affairs
Arab constitutional manipulations
In efforts to bolster their autocratic rule, Arab regimes appear frequently ready to shred their constitutions, writes Amr Hamzawy
Shoe of dignity
With only his shoes, one Iraqi took from the outgoing US president something priceless: his dignity, writes Amin Howeidi
Salama A Salama:
Close ranks

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