Al-Ahram Weekly Online   25 June - 1 July 2009
Issue No. 953
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Russian return
Will Moscow host a Middle East peace conference later this year? Dina Ezzat looks for answers
A bitter cup exit
South African newspaper reports claiming that Egyptian footballers had a romp with South African female companions triggered a firestorm. Inas Mazhar reports from South Africa
Peace pursued, nonetheless
Egypt is unfazed by Israel's intransigence, Dina Ezzat reports
Weighing the harvest
While People's Assembly Speaker Fathi Sorour praised a full crop of new legislation, opposition MPs were more concerned about what parliament has left undone, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Omra scare
Will swine flu lead to the omra being cancelled? Reem Leila assesses the possibilities
24 hours with possible swine flu
What happens when you suspect your child is suffering from H1N1? Alaa Abdel-Ghani was forced to go where you wouldn't normally want to set foot
Plague death in Libya
Egypt takes precautionary measures as plague fears grow along its western border, reports Reem Leila
New council, old squabbles
Three weeks after it elected a new council the Bar Association seems to be slipping into the same bad habits, reports Mona El-Nahhas
'Unbalanced' report
Doaa El-Bey reviews reaction to the US state department's Trafficking in Persons Report 2009
Nuclear programme taking off
Egypt is taking its first steps towards reviving its national nuclear power programme for peaceful purposes, Sherine Nasr reports
Fourth time around
Interest rates are down to single digit figures, but has that affected the market significantly? Niveen Wahish finds out
Cat and mouse
Hamas astuteness means it's no longer clear who's chasing who, argues Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Back to square one
Israel's obsession with nuclear weapons reveals just how ephemeral the Zionist project is, discovers Saleh Al-Naami
Let's get a move on
Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Aziz Duweik, just released from an Israeli detention centre, has called for "immediate reconciliation" between Fatah and Hamas, saying the rift between the two factions was inflicting incalculable damage on the Palestinian national cause. Khaled Amayreh talked to Duweik in Ramallah
Date line: #IranElection
Have Twitter and social media been co-opted to replace a more conventional attack on Iran, asks Amira Howeidy
Roc and a hard place
Iran's revolution continues to fascinate and surprise the world, Mustafa El-Labbad reports
A nation divided
Alireza Doostdar provides insight into the schism that threatens to break apart Iranian society
The calm after the storms
In Beirut Omayma Abdel-Latif meets Hizbullah's second most powerful official to gauge his reactions to recent developments both in Lebanon and Iran
Troops out, anarchy in?
Uncertainty looms large in Iraq, writes Salah Hemeid
Reinventing the wheel
A new world is being born, one without the US dollar greasing the wheels of commerce, notes Eric Walberg
Time for dance
Nehad Selaiha hails the 10th Egyptian International Modern Dance Festival which opened at the Opera House on 16 June
Laugh or you'd cry
Clowns Without Borders and the Egyptian street theatre company Al-Khayal Al-Shaabi have been cheering up children in Cairo's most culturally unprivileged areas. Ghada Abdel-Kader watched them perform
Art of movement
After last week's inauguration of the Cairo International Modern Dance Festival at the Opera House, Rania Khallaf interviews artistic director Walid Aouni
Out of India
India as an idea is fast gaining momentum. But what is India, asks Gamal Nkrumah
Couldn't continue
After its disappointing defeat against the USA at the FIFA Confederations Cup, the Egyptian national team has its eyes focussed on the Rwanda World Cup qualifier on 5 July. Inas Mazhar reports from South Africa

IS THIS burning bus a portent of where the revolution in Iran is headed? While demonstrations have ebbed, frustration and anger remain among supporters of the losing reformist Mousavi. Fissures in Iranian society are deep and will take a long time to heal

An alternative reading
By Azmi Bishara


Building momentum
Abdel-Moneim Said argues a more nuanced Arab response is needed to Netanyahu's speech outlining his position towards the peace process if pressure is to be maintained on the Israeli government
Beyond politics
Increasingly, people are being bought and sold in the streets of our cities, writes Ramzy Baroud
People power
The Iranian elections show that the people's democratic will can no longer be held in, writes Hamid Dabashi
Addressing Lebanese Americans
Of Arab Americans, Lebanese Americans have a particular duty to pay attention to the needs of their homeland at this time, writes James Zogby
Roadmap to nowhere
Will President Obama allow Netanyahu to sabotage a historic opportunity for peace in the Middle East, asks Aijaz Zaka Syed

Neda Sultani

by Bahgory

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