Al-Ahram Weekly Online   29 January - 4 February 2009
Issue No. 932
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Mission near impossible
The arrival of George Mitchell to the region is being greeted with both relief and dispassion, report Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah and Sherine Bahaa in Cairo
A new beginning?
As Egypt pursues Palestinian reconciliation and the reconstruction of Gaza it might be narrowing its distance from Hamas, Dina Ezzat reports
NDP slams attacks
In the face of attacks from Islamist and leftist forces, the ruling National Democratic Party mobilised this week to defend Mubarak's policies on Gaza, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Protecting knowledge
On the fringes of the Cairo International Book Fair publishers and writers call on authorities in the Arab world to fight intellectual property theft, Nevine El-Aref reports
New wine skins
Obama has promised a "responsible withdrawal of troops" from Iraq but stakes could be high if he has no coherent strategy, writes Salah Hemeid
Door of hope
Mustafa El-Labbad looks at the possibility of a significant change in relations between Washington and Tehran
Enchanted by Obama
Following years of tensions with the US, Damascus is relieved to see that a new administration is now in office, Bassel Oudat writes from Damascus
Adjusting to disaster
Saleh Al-Naami gives a few examples of the viciousness of the Israeli occupation forces
Jingoism all the way
As elections near, Israel is swinging to the right, the only question being how far, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Partnering for diversity
The Nabucco gas summit gives a boost to regional energy cooperation, Sherine Nasr reports
No dinner tonight
As though endless bread queues weren't enough, now the government has to deal with a shortage of cooking gas cylinders, Reem Leila reports
'Enjoy it all'
Advice from the Bush twins is more useful than anything their father ever said, reports Anayat Durrani
Carter redux
Even before the euphoria evaporates, analysts are preaching gloom and doom for Obama on the home front, says Eric Walberg
Positive indications
US President Obama has given several signs that a Middle East settlement is his number one priority, argues James Zogby
Unclench your fist
Reversing previous policies concerning the Muslim world, US President Barack Obama makes it clear that the leading lights in his administration convey signs that are, at last, not so difficult to read, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Sending the right signals
Obama's opening moves on the Middle East scene are harbingers of hope and positive change ahead, writes Muqtedar Khan
A coherent stick
US President Barack Obama's new special envoy to Afghanistan-Pakistan signals continuity as much as change, notes Graham Usher in Islamabad
Pushing on
Nehad Selaiha detects signs of ageing at the French Cultural Centre's 7th Festival des Jeunes Createurs
A load of old cobblers
Rania Khallaf experiences the shoe effect on Egyptian artists
Blabbering balderdash
Gamal Nkrumah has a gloriously grandiose apparition of Cowgirls and a lionised Ox in 2009
Grievances aired
A two-day international conference sought to end the row over Egypt's TV football broadcasting rights. Inas Mazhar sees what was accomplished

A 250-METRE-long embankment, a quay and some Ptolemaic baths are the most recent discoveries at Karnak Temples..


Esna revisited
By Giovanna Montalbetti


What the world needs is not Davos
While elites gather in Davos to bleat the same economic slogans, the rest of the world suffers the economic crisis they instigated and now propose to solve, writes Curtis Doebbler
Victims twice over
Once again, the Palestinians find themselves pawns of regional power struggles while brutalised by a barbaric Israel, writes Azmi Ashour
The new siege mechanism
Some within the pro-US Palestinian establishment, to Israel's manifest interest, are seeking to condition aid to Gaza on their reassertion of power in the coastal Strip, writes Nicola Nasser
Who wants rule by scholars?
Those who think that Iran's rising regional profile is no matter of concern are not looking closely enough, writes Galal Nassar
The message is clear
For Palestinians, so far, the new US president represents no change whatsoever, writes Ramzy Baroud
Salama A Salama:
Prosecute the crimes

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