Al-Ahram Weekly Online   30 April - 6 May 2009
Issue No. 945
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Bonus commitment
Niveen Wahish reads through President Mubarak's Labour Day speech
Back to square one
Reem Leila reports on the potential threat posed by swine flu
The next lap
Obama's first 100 days were a breeze, writes Assem El-Kersh. But the new US president is in for a real test
Better times ahead?
What will coming encounters between Mubarak and Obama bring for Egypt and the region? Dina Ezzat seeks answers
A tirade against Israel
Parliament speaker Fathi Sorour refuses to join Israeli efforts to isolate the Iranian president, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Slowly but surely
Cairo International Airport's state-of-the-art new terminal began operations this week with one of the national carrier's most challenging routes. Amirah Ibrahim was there
The art of persuasion
Reem Leila reports on the challenges posed by Egypt's burgeoning population
Fatah's turn to say no
This week's new round of Fatah-Hamas talks ended as they were about to start. Amira Howeidy finds out why
Logical to them
How different is Lieberman from Netanyahu? asks Khaled Amayreh
Slipping the limelight
As Lebanon approaches national elections not all those recently pivotal remain so, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif from Beirut
'Friendly' fire
Who is behind the current escalation of violence mere weeks before the scheduled withdrawal of US troops from Iraq cities? Is it friend or foe, asks Nermeen Al-Mufti
Hardliners on both sides
Iraq has recently been ravaged by bombings, but it could be even worse, writes Salah Hemeid
Existential conditions
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa says he is more concerned with inter-Arab fighting than with Iranian intentions towards the Arab world. Dina Ezzat listens
Clinton's rough start
For a US administration supposedly set on peace, baiting Israel with the lure of isolating Iran seems a curious beginning, writes Ramzy Baroud
Wheat troubles
Angered by wheat procurement prices for this year, more wheat growers are expected to withdraw from the market the coming season, reports Sherine Nasr
A way out
This week the International Labour Organisation (ILO) turns 90. Built on a tripartite structure, the ILO is the only UN agency where governments, employers and workers are represented. It considers social dialogue a cornerstone of social stability. Mustafa Said, chief technical adviser, ILO's Social Dialogue Programme in Egypt, speaks to Nesmahar Sayed about social dialogue as a means of achieving the "decent work" concept
Come dancing
Gamal Nkrumah believes that South African President-elect Jacob Zuma, the redoubtable Zulu war dancer, deserves credit for his stage combat act
In defence of women
Nehad Selaiha watches a folkloric parable with a feminist intention at Al-Ghad hall
Grandfather Wanis
Kamal Soltan interviews veteran comedy actor Mohamed Sobhi
There will be black
The Adawiya urban folk classic Salametha ummo Hassan, writes Gamal Nkrumah, takes on new form as the champions of Egyptian-style heavy metal roll it out
Suspense the name of the game
Ahmed Morsy wonders whether Ahli can preserve their league title

A ministerial meeting headed by President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday decided the immediate culling of 350,000 pigs in Egypt...


Luis-Moreno Ocampo
By Hend El-Sayed Hani
The broken legacy of Durban
By Curtis Doebbler


The Quixote Code
By Youssef Rakha
A flawed draft of history
By Gamal Nkrumah


Another Orient
By Eva Dadrian


Recipe for disaster
Washington's refusal under Obama to deal with Hamas is but a continuation of the failed policies of Bush, writes Hassan Nafaa
Turkey's two directions
Turkey's efforts towards EU accession continue to be stymied, in turn pushing Ankara to engage its southern sphere, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
Assessing the symptoms
Care too much about what is happening and the prognosis is not good, writes Galal Nassar
The next lap
Obama's first 100 days were a breeze, writes Assem El-Kersh. But the new US president is in for a real test
Divergent views
Polls show that Obama has enough support within his popular base to transform US policy towards Israel and Palestine should he decide to, writes James Zogby
Salama A Salama:
Silence of fear

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