Al-Ahram Weekly Online   2 - 8 July 2009
Issue No. 954
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Withdrawal symptoms
Iraqi leaders insist they can maintain security as American troops leave the country's cities, writes Salah Hemeid
Death row debates
With more than 100 death penalties already issued this year activists are increasingly questioning the effectiveness of capital punishment, reports Dena Rashed
Seventh round?
Talks between Hamas and Fatah sponsored by Egypt have been delayed once again -- till 25 July, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Chasing reconciliation
Dina Ezzat reports on the little progress made in pursuit of inter-Palestinian and Arab rapprochement
Same old story
NDP leaders say press reports that the party intends to nominate Gamal Mubarak as its candidate in the 2011 presidential elections in a matter of weeks are complete fabrications, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Only one leak plugged
Although the struggle over the chairmanship of the Bar Association has ended, the battle between former and current syndicate chairmen continues, Mona El-Nahhas reports
Coordinated response
The Ministry of Health's new crisis management centre is to lead the battle against swine flu, reports Reem Leila
Another blow to the Brotherhood
Security forces took the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood by surprise this week arresting several of the group's leading figures, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Resilience in times of crisis
Responsible development may be the shortcut to a competitive economy. Sherine Nasr reviews the findings of the latest competitiveness report
Big efforts for small industries
Government bodies concerned with small enterprises joined forces with international agencies to give the SMEs sector in Egypt a boost
Forbidden fruit
Israel is pushing ahead with settlements, defying Obama to punish Adam, prophesies Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
We Arabs have had enough
Palestinians refusing the colonial state imposed over their heads are branded terrorists while Israelis are given carte blanche to be outright racist against Palestinians. In occupied Jerusalem, Joharah Baker asks why
The arm-twisting game
Surprised that the new US president isn't towing a Zionist line, Israel is resorting to all kinds of pressure tactics to maintain diplomatic cover for its colonial practices, writes Ayman El-Amir
Disturbing signal
While heavily influenced by Iran, Hizbullah has deep ties across the spectrum of the Iranian elite, writes Franklin Lamb in Dahiyeh, Beirut
Popular will vs Western conspiracy
The real struggle in Iran is not happening in the street, backed by foreign powers, but within the core of the Iranian establishment, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
Foothold for the enemy
Syria fears that traditional economic ties between Turkey and Israel, now in focus as Ankara seeks partners in a de-mining project on its southeast frontier, could trigger a crisis of Syrian national security, reports Bassel Oudat from Damascus
One minefield to another
The Turkish government's attempt to clear mines along its southern and eastern borders triggers nationalist sentiment amid accusations that reclaimed land will be leased to Israelis, writes Gareth Jenkins in Ankara
What's the US policy on Sudan?
Mixed messages are coming from Washington, says Asmaa El-Husseini
Making up in Mauritania
There is no short cut to democracy in Mauritania and no place for cosmetic reform, notes Gamal Nkrumah
Whither the revolutions?
June was a busy month for two of Washington's real "axis of evil". Venezuela's Chavez completed his nationalisation of oil and Iran's Ahmadinejad stemmed a Western-backed colour revolution, leaving both bad boys in place, muses Eric Walberg
A star born of Arab unity
Kamal Sultan talks to Feras Ibrahim, one of the most promising Syrian actors of his generation
Looking good on little sleep
For many new mothers, maintaining their good looks may be a post-pregnancy challenge. But as Gihan Shahine finds out, there are many surefire ways to wake up a tired look
Egypt can shine in the Med Games
Egypt has the ability to do well in the XVI edition of the 2009 Mediterranean Games in the Italian seaside city of Pescara, Ghada Abdel-Kader reports
Dream comes true for El-Badri
Ahli will rely heavily on their new appointed head coach to maintain the status quo, Ahmed Morsy reports

Iraqi leaders insist they can maintain security as American troops leave the country's cities..


John Esposito
By Amira Howeidy
The game of nations
By Azmi Bishara


The season ends
By Nagwa El-Ashri


No time to waste
By Laila Iskandar


Doubts and concerns
The careful thoughtfulness that epitomised Obama before he entered the White House is standing up, so far, to the tests he faces once in the Oval Office, writes James Zogby
Seize the day
Obama has opened the door, if but a little, to Islamist movements in the Arab world. The question now is if they have the foresight to walk through it, write Amr Hamzawy and Jeffrey Christiansen
Who wins if Iran loses?
Having failed to punish it militarily, Iran's enemies are using other ways to bring it down. At stake is not just the future of the Islamic republic, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed
The elephant changes direction
Hindutva is taking a new path after the BJP's defeat, says Usama Khalidi
Between principle and necessity
As Hamas opens up to talk of peace it must honour the suffering of the Palestinian people and not buckle before colonial pressure, writes Ramzy Baroud
Post-election Iran
However difficult it is to read the signs coming out of Iran conclusions can be drawn. The most obvious, writes Abdel-Moneim Said , is that the Iranian regime cannot resist change indefinitely
Petty squabbles
The elections for UNESCO's secretary-general look set to provide an exemplary lesson in why the Arabs always mess up when it comes to fielding candidates for international posts, writes Hassan Nafaa
Looking in the wrong places
Arab analysis of the crisis in Iran reveals more about latent defeated mentalities than the crisis itself, writes Hamid Dabashi

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