Al-Ahram Weekly Online   5 - 11 February 2009
Issue No. 933
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Ceasefire stymied
A ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, supposed to be announced today, is on hold as Israel adds the prisoner swap issue to the fray, Amira Howeidy reports
If not fascism, what is?
Without censure, a growing current in Israeli politics is calling for the outright killing of Palestinians, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem
Edging forward slowly
Doaa El-Bey follows efforts to put inter-Palestinian talks and the Hamas-Israel truce back on track
Bolstering tourism
The global financial crisis is having a significant impact on Egypt's tourism sector. But, writes Reem Leila, there are ways out
Clashes over spiralling debts
Chairman of the Central Audit Agency Gawdat El-Malt has launched a scathing attack on the government of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, complaining about Egypt's escalating public debts, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Half a century of enlightenment
Egypt's Ministry of Culture celebrated its 50th anniversary at this year's Cairo International Book Fair. Nevine El-Aref was there
Angry words of compromise
The ceasefire may -- out of dire necessity -- push forward national reconciliation talks, according to Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Milestone or millstone?
Iraq's provincial elections are being hailed as remarkable, but the road to democracy is still long and bumpy, writes Saif Nasrawi
Going for the jugular
Meshaal's call to replace the PLO is met by alarm, and not only among so-called moderate Palestinian and Arab players, writes Saleh Al-Naami
More of the same
Plans for a third bloc to stand for election in one of Lebanon's most hotly contested areas have fuelled angry debate, observes Lucy Fielder in Beirut
See-saw sanctions
Will Congress tighten sanctions or end them, asks Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Too slow for comfort
The automobile market in Egypt is suffering badly, and the problem runs deeper than the current financial crisis, investigates Niveen Wahish
Of piety and profanity
Gamal Nkrumah notes that the AU's package is welcome but insufficient
Where to start?
Obama has made the Middle East a priority as he tries to undo some of the devastation wrought by Bush around the world, says Anayat Durrani
Beginning of the end of lawlessness
Having being swept into office with the promise of change, Obama has moved swiftly to dismantle some of the most controversial policies of the Bush administration's "war on terror", Tamam Ahmed Jama reports
Stand to pavillion
Gamal Nkrumah tracks down the AUC Press at their Naguib Mahfouz pavillion at this year's Cairo International Book Fair. Having started at the fair's inception 41 years ago with a humble lone stand, it has become a legend like Mahfouz himself
Clowns... our alternative faces
Where are the clowns? Well, maybe they're here. Rania Khallaf finds herself a mask to hide behind
Watching videos, changing minds
The recipient of a YouTube Visionary Award last December, Queen Rania of Jordan's Arab world videos are changing perceptions of Arabs and the Arab world. Dena Rashed logs on
Steeped in memory
Serving up the Pharaohs' food by the plateful is meat and drink for one of Egypt's foremost cookbook writers, Magda Mehdawy. Gamal Nkrumah samples the delights of her Grandmother's Kitchen
First taste of glory
Haras Al-Hedoud won their first ever football trophy after snatching the Egyptian Cup from Enppi. Ahmed Morsy reports

A masked Palestinian youth prepares to fire a tear gas cannister using an improvised firing mechanism at Israeli soldiers following a demonstration against Israel's apartheid wall in the village of Nilin, near Ramallah...

A week in Gaza
By Khaled El-Fiqi


Stay in the street
By Azmi Bishara
Will Obama bring change for Muslims?
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali


The BBC's flop
In refusing to broadcast an appeal on behalf of Gaza's victims, the BBC did not uphold its objectivity but rather took sides for fear of Israeli disfavour, writes Ayman El-Amir
A humanitarian offensive
In tying humanitarian relief to the ceasefire, European and American diplomats are again taking sides against the Palestinians, inevitably sustaining the conflict, writes Nicola Nasser
Healing Gaza's wounds
Though the drama of war has subsided, the world must not forget Gaza's victims, writes James Zogby
In response to the Muslim Brotherhood
The outlawed group remains trapped between ideology and reality, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Target the lobby
Without taking apart, piece-by-piece, the elaborate, ruthless and war-mongering Israel lobby, no change in US Middle East policy will be possible, writes Ramzy Baroud
Hoping on Obama's audacity
If anyone can break the cycle of violence in the Holy Land, it's America's new president, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed
The unity imperative
Only unity in action can save the Arab order from imminent collapse, and the Arab world from new waves of colonialism and desolation, writes Hassan Nafaa
In focus: Don't undermine the PLO
Hamas's suggestion of replacing the PLO would take the Palestinian struggle back to square one, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Upholding justice

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