Al-Ahram Weekly Online   12 - 18 March 2009
Issue No. 938
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Buckle up Bashir
Sudanese President Bashir balks at the burden of being the world's most wanted man, notes Gamal Nkrumah
Pre-summit diplomacy
The four-way meeting bringing together President Hosni Mubarak, his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad, Saudi King Abdullah and Emir of Kuwait Ahmed Al-Gaber Al-Sabah in Riyadh is an attempt to move closer to reconciliation ahead of the Arab Summit scheduled to take place in Doha on 30 March, writes Sherine Bahaa
Stepping out, not down
Fayyad's resignation is an attempt to get foreign powers to influence Palestinian dialogue talks, in particular to declare that they will only do business with a government he heads, writes Saleh Al-Naami
What's in a visit?
Gamal Essam El-Din attempts to decipher the reasons and results of Gamal Mubarak's trip to the US last week
Hands off, and we mean it
Parliament is shortly expected to endorse a draft law outlining severer penalties for antiquities trafficking and copyright of Egypt's heritage, Nevine El-Aref reports
Standing by Sudan
It won't be fun for Egypt if Sudan breaks up, or breaks down under pressure. So Cairo stands by Khartoum come what may, notes Gamal Nkrumah
The balance sheet
Reem Leila reviews progress in the battle to empower women
Building on bold-faced lies
Leaked Israeli settlement expansion plans prove that interminable peace talks are but cover for the material destruction of Palestinian horizons, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem
Behind arresting Al-Bashir
The West is attempting to do in Sudan by criminal indictment what it did by force in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine, writes Galal Nassar
Dangerous denial
With the arrest warrant against Sudan's president issued, Arab regimes must consider the consequences if Khartoum continues to bury its head in the sand, writes Khalil El-Anani
Al-Maliki's U-turn
As the Iraqi prime minister tries to position himself as a leader of all factions, violence is on the increase, worries Saif Nasrawi
Skirting the real issues
Rabat's decision to cut ties with Tehran is an unhelpful response to Iran's growing regional influence, writes Salah Hemeid
Opposition on sidelines
Veteran Algerian politicians are boycotting upcoming elections, reports Nabil Fawwaz from Algeria
Commentary: Politicising racism
The US refusal to participate in the Durban II conference against racism dashes the hopes of those who voted for and welcomed the first black US president, writes Ramzy Baroud
Hard times ahead
Gamal Essam El-Din reviews the first detailed parliamentary report assessing the impact of the global financial crisis on Egypt
Harnessing the storm
Any crisis brings both challenges and opportunities, writes Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieldin. To emerge healthier and stronger from the current financial turmoil we must learn from past mistakes and the experience of others
Godless in Godapitiya
Sri Lanka's Tamil separatists do little to attract sympathy to their cause, says Gamal Nkrumah
Cry my beloved poetry
Spring brought poetry from the inaugural round of the Dubai International Poetry Festival (4-10 March) to this week's issue of Cairo's most popular literary publication, Akhbar Al Adab, which dedicated its Bustan (Orchard) department to poetry criticism and poets' testimonies: Youssef Rakha considers a maligned genre
The V Files
Amal Fawzi tells Nesmahar Sayed about one of Egypt's most contentious social issues
The new airwave
Online radio stations for Egypt's youth are booming, Ghada Abdel-Kader tunes in
Slight sigh of relief
Ahli's sudden series of trip-ups is threatening their march towards another title. But the opposition is doing its part to help the defending champions, Ahmed Morsy reports

Mubarak's meeting in Riyadh promises wider Arab reconciliation...

Sailing like an Egyptian
By Nevine El-Aref


Swiss time
Hani Mustafa dips into the Swiss Film Festival in Cairo


Messengers from Washington
While Turkey and Iran are at the heart of any prospects for forward movement on the Middle East, Israel is the new US president's primary challenge, writes Ayman El-Amir
A tale of two expectations
Optimists and pessimists alike on the future of the Middle East alongside Obama have little to go on yet, writes Amr Hamzawy
That list of dormant threats
Prudence is essential to the high politics of state, but so too, once in a while, is proactive action against perils ahead, writes Amin Howeidi
Egyptian-Saudi messages
Wise and judicious leadership is the cornerstone of the Arab order led by Cairo and Riyadh, but it needs to be strengthened by an effective support network, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Rethinking Egypt-US relations
Obama should listen and Egypt must act to enhance bilateral US-Egypt relations, writes El-Sayed Amin Shalabi
Salama A Salama:
What policy?

Omar Hassan Al-Bashir
by Bahgory

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