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

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
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
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
Hope for Darfur
For once, writes Hassan Abu Taleb , positive signs are coming out of Sudan
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

Mission to the US

The future of south Sudan
By Abdallah El-Ashaal

This week:
Hussein Moussavi

Cartoon by Gomaa

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