Al-Ahram Weekly Online   27 August - 2 September 2009
Issue No. 962
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Great expectations
But are they justified as far as the Middle East is concerned? In Washington, Ezzat Ibrahim analyses responses to the Mubarak visit
Still stuck in neutral
Palestinian national dialogue is put off until after Ramadan while key players also await the new initiative of Barack Obama, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Happy clappy day
Egyptologists have poured scorn on a new study claiming that construction of the great pyramid began on 23 August, reports Nevine El-Aref
A Hero's Welcome
On Sunday, writes Amr Ghoneim from Suez, quarantine procedures delayed the celebration of the return of 33 Egyptian fishermen held hostage in Somalia, held at the Ataka Port...
Darfur, Juba and beyond
Egypt is removing its unwritten veto on Qatari mediation in Darfur, but this does not mean it is stepping out of the Sudan issue, Dina Ezzat reports
No sick leave for schools
Reem Leila reports on measures to halt the spread of swine flu in schools
Clearing the debris
The restoration of one of Cairo's historic synagogues has provoked an all too predictable controversy, reports Nevine El-Aref
Party poopers
Al-Wasat has been denied a licence to operate as a political party for the fourth time, reports Mohamed El-Sayed
A cup half full
The fact that things are better than expected is reason enough to rejoice, reports Niveen Wahish
Horrid beyond words
Has Israel been harvesting organs from Palestinians it kills?
Reproducing failure
The US is insisting on restarting talks between the Palestinians and Israel, but to what end, asks Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
Message of fear in Iraq
While aspects of last week's Black Wednesday bombings in Baghdad remain mysterious, their message was clear, writes Salah Hemeid
No end in sight
Al-Houthi rebels fighting the security forces in northern Yemen this week refused a government offer of a ceasefire, writes Nasser Arrabyee
Libya's long odds
A delicate balancing act between Libya and the West is threatened by Megrahi's release from a Scottish jail and triumphant reception at home, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Rivals for power
Political conflict in Iran has moved from the streets to the corridors of power, with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad facing conservative opposition to his choice of cabinet, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
Fiery rhetoric... and then what?
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad visited Tehran recently to congratulate the Iranian president on his election victory. But what else was on the agenda, wonders Bassel Oudat
Forgive the militants, not the French
The Algerians are willing to give militants another chance, but they are less keen to forgive the French for past colonial injustices, writes Nabil Fawwaz
Stacking up corpses
Whatever the outcome of last Thursday's Afghan presidential poll, it doesn't look very good for democracy, argues Gamal Nkrumah
A question of identity
Abdel-Moeti Bayoumi tells Gihan Shahine that Muslims have to change their reality if the Muslim ummah is to regain its former worldwide esteem
Running on empty
The advent of Ramadan prompts Gamal Nkrumah to probe Egypt's fasting traditions
Not even a bronze
Egypt failed to make an appearance on the podium of the World Handball Juniors Championship. Inas Mazhar reports
Swine flu in the pool
Thirteen swimmers from Zamalek Club came down with the H1N1 virus, Abeer Anwar reports

Everywhere in the city food is served free at the time of Iftar, the moment when a Muslim breaks his fast during the month of Ramadan...

Anatomy of Sufism
By Ammar Ali Hassan
War stories
By David Tresilian


Anti-Zionists: the new heretics
Just as the Inquisitions decided who was in and who was out, with dreadful consequences for the latter, so now is Zionism in its demand for total allegiance to Israel, writes Jeff Gates
Could El-Baradei have halted the Iraq invasion?
Latent indications of remorse suggest there is more to the role of some in paving the way for the invasion of Iraq than at first meets the eye, writes Abdallah El-Ashaal
The right to walk
Israel's atrocities in Gaza must not be allowed to slip from public consciousness, writes Ramzy Baroud
Palestine in relativity
Freedom or oblivion is the stark choice facing all Palestinians, writes Mazin Qumsiyeh
Another long hot summer
As happens to every president, the malaise of summer has derailed, somewhat, the momentum of Obama. That he will fight back and prevail is nonetheless assured, writes James Zogby
Time to speak openly and freely
Israel has profited from the intellectual cowardice of others long enough. It must be exposed for what it is, writes George Hishmeh
Terrorism revisited
The deliberate confusion of resistance to occupation with terrorism serves to reinforce the latter, argues Ayman El-Amir
The Islamic Republic of Gaza
How can the project to liberate Palestine be saved from collapse, asks Galal Nassar
My name is Khan
The aggravated detention of India's greatest superstar is proof that America under Obama has not yet turned a page on the paranoia of Bush's war on terror, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed
With Mubarak in Washington
The prospects for peace, writes Abdel-Moneim Said following his return from the US capital, are more positive than at any time in recent memory
Salama A Salama:
Old medicine

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