Al-Ahram Weekly Online   4 - 11 June 2009
Issue No. 950
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

In Cairo, Obama set the scene
At the end of a visit that started around 9am Cairo local time and lasted for over eight hours, US President Barack Obama left Egypt for Germany for the remainder of a Middle East-Europe tour that started Wednesday in Saudi Arabia and will end Saturday in France, Dina Ezzat
Obama's extended hand
Dina Ezzat explores the prospects of the US president's address to the Muslim world, while Gihan Shahine gauges public sentiment
Assurances for Obama
Getting Obama to move on Middle East peace will not be cheap for Arab countries, but officials deem the price worth paying, Dina Ezzat reports
H1N1 case confirmed
There is no need for panic, say officials, as Egypt confirms its first case of swine flu, Reem Leila reports
Muddy waters
Bar Association polls are over. What's next, asks Mona El-Nahhas
Positive discrimination for MPs
Gamal Essam El-Din reports on plans to increase women's representation in parliament
Move over
Journalists of Al-Ahram and Akhbar Al-Yom protested against the Shura Council decision to merge three publications into the two organisations, Reem Leila reports
Beyond depositor agony
Lower interest rates will bring mixed blessings. Hany Abou El-Fotouh identifies the potential winners and losers
Flying in the face of America
Despite all international efforts to stop settlement expansion, the Israelis are going on with their plans, reports Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
Dialogue dies as well
Ramallah's assassination of a Hamas commander in the West Bank may be the straw that breaks the back of Palestinian national reconciliation efforts, writes Saleh Al-Naami
No cooperation
ISRAEL this week said it was refusing to cooperate with a UN war crimes investigator who would look into war crimes perpetrated by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip during the brutal Israeli army offensive against the coastal enclave five months ago, reports Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
The Lebanese decide
Lebanon votes next Sunday as polls suggest the opposition could emerge victorious, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif in Beirut
Battle for the vote
Lebanon's Christian regions will see the fiercest competition in this week's elections, Lucy Fielder reports from Metn
Premiership in play
North Lebanon is the key battleground from which will emerge the next Lebanese prime minister, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif in Beirut
Will Syria intervene?
Ahead of Lebanon's upcoming elections Syria feigns indifference, but observers underline how crucial they will be, Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus
New dawn for Iraq
An outpouring of frustration and mistrust with Saudi Arabia contrasts with sunny vistas in Egypt, writes Salah Hemeid
Calling the shots
In Swat the Pakistan army has shown it can take on the Taliban -- as long as Washington is nowhere in sight, writes Graham Usher in Mardan
Fathers of men
Joseph Massad, Desiring Arabs, University of Chicago Press, 2007
The Ally at the Gate
Reading recent books on the history of the encounter between Islam and the West, both Christian and post-Christian, Youssef Rakha posits a single civilisation adjusting its constituent elements through the centuries
Two b's in bomb
Amira Howeidy wonders just what Jad Shwery can do for the image of Arabs in the West
Men want to look good too
The desire to look youthful transcends differences of gender, age and economic status, finds Salonaz Sami
It's becoming a habit
First it was the African Champions League. Now Ahli have crashed out of the Confederation Cup after a stunning loss in Angola, reports Ahmed Morsy
The battle in Belida
After warming up in the heat of Oman, the Egyptian national football team is setting its sights on the World Cup qualifier against Algeria on Sunday, Inas Mazhar reports

A worker refurbishes the carpets in the 14th-century Sultan Hassan Mosque, one of the wonders of Islamic architecture, hours before Obama visits...


Messages to and from Obama
By Abdel-Moneim Said
Reaching out
By Assem El-Kersh
Great expectations in Egypt
By James Zogby
Obama reneges on change
By Hamid Dabashi
A gap to bridge
By Moez Masoud
High hopes
By Dena Rashed


Water woes
By Galal Nassar


A beacon's rebirth
By Nevine El-Aref


Who has a heart?
By Gamal Nkrumah

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