Al-Ahram Weekly Online   30 July - 5 August 2009
Issue No. 958
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

What's new?
Is Washington retreating in the face of Israel's refusal to halt settlement building, asks Khaled Amayreh from occupied Jerusalem
Public perceptions
The nationwide poll of public reactions to government policy conducted by the National Democratic Party has produced a mixed bag of results, reports Mohamed El-Sayed
A concerted push
Doaa El-Bey follows this week's meetings aimed at boosting the possibility of a resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks
Guessing games
The US Department of Defense's Foreign Policy magazine's selection of Omar Suleiman as the most powerful intelligence chief in the Middle East opens a new round of presidential speculation, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Pilgrims face selective ban
The old, young and chronically sick are likely to be prevented from travelling to Saudi Arabia until further notice, reports Reem Leila
Water matters
Ministers in charge of water affairs from all 10 Nile Basin countries agreed to disagree over how to allocate the most precious of commodities. Reem Leila reports from Alexandria
'Old wine in new bottles'
The fifth Arab Human Development Report has met with the usual controversy. Gihan Shahine sifts through its pages
Allaying public fears
An outbreak of typhoid in two governorates prompts the Health Ministry into launching an awareness campaign
Get ready for rebound
With corporate earnings about to be announced, experts believe the Egyptian economy has held its own for now, but a global rebound is needed for Egypt to recover its pre-crisis growth levels, Niveen Wahish reports
Eye for an eye
Khaled Amayreh takes a hard look at Fatah's long-awaited, much-heralded and highly controversial sixth congress convening in Bethlehem
Legal theft
Saleh Al-Naami explains how Israel continues to finance its illegal colonies in the West Bank from US and Australian sources despite official US disapproval
Gift horse or Trojan horse?
Syria's patience seems to be paying off as talks with Israel are renewed, reports Bassel Oudat from Damascus
Abyei after The Hague
Has a new door opened to conflicts over oil and land, asks Asmaa El-Husseini
New constellations
Kurdistan's political map is undergoing major changes with recent elections, says Nermeen Al-Mufti
Instability and chaos
Mohamed Al-Asaadi worries that Yemen may be the only "two-state solution" around
The French connection
Relations between France and its former north African colony are characterised by intrigue, says Nabil Fawwaz
Hausa hallucinations
Across Muslim sub-Saharan Africa, militant Islamists are garnering support among the disillusioned population. This week's religious violence in northern Nigeria and Somalia poignantly drives the point home, notes Gamal Nkrumah
A different terror
Nehad Selaiha is puzzled by the intrusion of censorship into Laila Soliman's latest theatrical venture at the Hanager
To smack or not to smack, that is the question
Should parents be allowed to smack their children? Gihan Shahine explores questions of discipline
Woes in Wembley
Egyptian champions Ahli finished last in the Wembley tournament, Ahmed Morsy reports

A Palestinian demonstrator runs for cover as Israelis fire teargas in a West Bank village near Ramallah...

Obama's domestic outlook
By Ahmed Naguib Roushdy



Russians on ice
By Giovanna Montalbetti


Say cheese
By Nesmahar Sayed


Spirit of enquiry
The 40th anniversary of man's landing on the moon leads Abdel-Moneim Said to ask why the Arabs are so happy to take a backseat when it comes to exploring the forefront of technology
Back door open
Samir Ghattas reviews a decade and a half of Syrian-Israeli negotiations
The Iranian conundrum
Israel is behaving like a cat on a hot tin roof, writes Ayman El-Amir
Exporting crises
For three decades since the Iranian revolution Tehran has exported conflicts as means of keeping internal contradictions in check. Now, writes Galal Nassar, Tehran's strategy is approaching endgame
Evil trafficking
The Egyptian response to a US report on human trafficking ducked the real issues to complain about numbers, writes Nehal Fahmi

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