Al-Ahram Weekly Online   6 - 12 August 2009
Issue No. 959
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Good-bye Fatah?
A single question hangs over Fatah's first general conference in 20 years. What is the movement for? There are no easy answers, writes Amira Howeidy
De-revolutionising Fatah
Despite the show of rhetoric, Palestinians know that Fatah is in trouble having lost its fighting credibility as a force against occupation, writes Khaled Amayreh in Bethlehem
Whither the ides of March
Mercurial Druze leader Walid Jumblatt's decision to leave the March 14 anti-Syrian movement has further delayed the formation of a national unity cabinet in Lebanon. Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut
Still the economy
Economic prospects top the public's concerns according to the NDP's nationwide poll, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Expert witnesses
Reports that experts at the Ministry of Justice had ended their sit-in prove premature, says Mona El-Nahhas
Water woes
Recent outbreaks of typhoid cast doubts on the quality of potable water in Egypt, reports Mohamed El-Sayed
Back to the future
Nobel Prize laureate Ahmed Zewail charts a 21st century course for Egypt, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Peace among Nile nations
The new air of optimism concerning cooperation among Nile Basin countries is set to mark a definite break with the tempestuous past, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Ottoman museum reopens
The Rosetta National Museum was officially inaugurated last week by President Hosni Mubarak, reports Nevine El-Aref
Sowing the right seeds
The government says it has a bumper wheat crop, but farmers and agricultural experts claim there is no cause to celebrate, Mona El-Fiqi investigates the difference in opinion
Easier said...?
Improving the wages of government employees is no easy task, but a recent study shows it's possible, reports Niveen Wahish
Playing for zero
Hamas appears as softening to the West, but its flexibility will mean nothing unless the West -- particularly the US -- can rein in Israel, writes Saleh Al-Naami
A tailored crime
The issue is broader than Lubna's apparel, says Asmaa El-Husseini
Federation of chaos
Despite US pressure, there are no signs of much touted Iraqi reconciliation in the build-up to January's general election, writes Salah Hemeid
Commentary: Obama and Tehran
Whereas his predecessor was brash and outwitted, Obama's diplomacy is already upping the ante on Iran, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
A night for golden years
Getting older people together to sing while cheering up an elderly audience was guaranteed to add a sparkling to the evening. Rania Khallaf enjoyed it all
Curation: from intuition to innovation
Amira El-Naqeeb travelled to the US to explore the concept of art curation -- one that is still unfamiliar in Egypt
Sixteen years later
Egyptians surely had in mind to win back the world youth handball crown they held in 1993 when they played against Iceland yesterday in Cairo, Inas Mazhar reports
Becoming mighty
Ahead of the new league season, Egypt's top football clubs have used the summer transfer window well to strengthen their hands ahead of fierce contest for the title, Ahmed Morsy reports

IN THE SHADOW OF ARAFAT: Abu Mazen presiding over the opening session of Fatah's general conference taking place in Bethlehem now...

The Talented Mr Maher
By Hani Mustafa


Varieties of protest
By Nehad Selaiha


Why are we so far behind?
External or internal factors: the debate goes on about why Arabs are behind. Sooner or later we need to learn from others, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Human security questioned
Having added wars and occupation as risks to human development, the UNDP's top analysts should add corruption and incompetence in power, writes Hassan Nafaa
Hope for Darfur
For once, writes Hassan Abu Taleb , positive signs are coming out of Sudan
Obama's test
In the reciprocal world of Washington politics, Obama's ability to damp fires of conflict in the Middle East depends on providing Americans with basic healthcare, writes James Zogby
Between expression and religion
While the state uses Islamic morals with expediency to stifle freedom of expression, Egypt will remain caught between conservatism and liberalism, embracing neither productively, writes Amr Hamzawy

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