Al-Ahram Weekly Online   7 - 13 May 2009
Issue No. 946
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Some give, some take
The upcoming Mubarak-Obama summit offers opportunity to renew and recast Egyptian-US relations, Dina Ezzat reports
Just in case
Egypt may not have recorded a single case of swine flu but it is ready, say officials, to deal with the threat of a pandemic, Reem Leila reports
Spending caps
The government is laying out its stall for an expansionary budget, reports Niveen Wahish
Doomsday scenarios
A Shura Council report rings alarm bells about the possible spread of swine flu, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Banned from entry
At airports and seaports, the authorities are ready with contingency plans to ensure swine flu does not get past them. Amirah Ibrahim reports
Nuclear option a priority
Minister of Energy and Electricity Hassan Younis has said that a bill regulating Egypt's first nuclear power stations will be discussed in cabinet next week, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Home via Eton College
Following almost four decades in the hands of a private collector in England, a collection of 454 ancient artefacts has been returned to Egypt, Nevine El-Aref reports
Will Abbas do it?
Palestinian national dialogue hangs by a thread as leaders in Ramallah suggest that unilaterally they will form a new Palestinian government outside its framework, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Cronyism all the way
Fatah's internal problems continue as the current leadership tries to stuff the long-awaited Sixth Congress with its own cadre, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
War is Israel's default
The Arab League's Hesham Youssef says that without progress towards peace we should prepare for the worst, Dina Ezzat reports
Au revoir justice
Electoral showdown over the judiciary and the Special Tribunal has begun but elections are still on, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif from Beirut
The broken legacy of Durban
All in all, the Durban Review Conference did more to weaken the struggle against racism and discrimination than to strengthen it, writes Curtis Doebbler
A matter of time
Al-Bashir is ready to lead Sudan as democratically elected president for a third term in office, notes Gamal Nkrumah, but will others follow?
Yemen, make or break
State corruption and unheard grievances have Yemen on the edge of a secessionist civil war, writes Nasser Arrabyee
The Arabs risk being left behind as Washington gears up for negotiations with Iran, writes Salah Hemeid
No logo
Empty billboards are a glaring reflection of the international economic slowdown, Niveen Wahish reports
Betting on infrastructure
Infrastructure projects are bringing the Union for the Mediterranean closer together, Sherine Shoukry reports
'I painted her voice'
Cartoonist George Bahgory talks to Sayed Mahmoud about his muse, Umm Kolthoum
The day-care gamble
Finding childcare can be an anxiety-inducing experience for many working mothers, with the psychological well-being of children hanging in the balance, writes Gihan Shahine
Smashing Zamalek
The club claimed the Men's African Volleyball Club Championship at the expense of country rivals Ahli. Inas Mazhar reports
Gulf's striking duo
The 11th Sinai International Open Bowling Championship came to an end with Bahrain and Kuwait taking the honours, reports Ghada Abdel-Kader
Cairo giants turn midgets
Defending champions Ahli have crashed out of the African Champions League. Ahmed Morsy reports on the rare power failure

Even though there has not been a single case of swine flu reported in Egypt, these Cairo school children, or perhaps their parents, are not taking any chances...

Where there's muck...
By Dena Rashed
An absurd tragedy
By Nehad Selaiha


Israeli war games
If Israel is pushing for a strike on Iran it is to secure its hegemony in the region, not to eliminate only Iran, writes Ayman El-Amir
Conflict without context
The effect of the media in taking internal Palestinian strife out of the context of Israeli occupation is akin to the violence it silences, writes Ramzy Baroud
Understanding Lebanon's elections
Delinking Lebanon from the pro-US Middle East axis may well be the result, challenging to some, of June's upcoming poll, writes Rannie Amiri
Growing in crisis
Political Islamists across the region face challenges in terms of accessing public life, but signs are that the challenges are allowing them to mature, writes Amr Hamzawi
The Arabs and the US
If we want people to support the Arab position then we had better offer them a coherent position to support, argues Galal Nassar
First impressions count
Amid a dizzying array of challenges, President Obama has shown great courage and discipline in his first three months in power, writes James Zogby
The Pope inspires no hope
While ready to pay homage to shrines of Jewish suffering, Pontiff Benedict XVI consigns to despair millions in refusing to visit Gaza or speak out about the Israeli military occupation of Palestine, writes Nicola Nasser
Slama A Salma:
Friendly fire

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