Al-Ahram Weekly Online   3 - 9 September 2009
Issue No. 963
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Obama's ticking clocks
Will the UN serve as the launching ground for Obama's signature policies of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and sanctions against Iran? asks Graham Usher from New York
Fayyad's pseudo state
The West's preferred Palestinian announces that he will build a state regardless of the outcome of peace talks. But what kind of state, asks Saleh Al-Naami
Turning the tables
The often breathtaking statistics of food consumption during Ramadan hide huge differences in patterns of consumption, writes Dena Rashed
A nuclear falling out
Parliamentarians and nuclear power scientists appeal to President Hosni Mubarak to prevent businessmen from interfering in the choice of sites for nuclear power plants, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
The return of the Iron Lady
After 22 years as a fugitive, businesswoman Hoda Abdel-Moneim has returned to Egypt, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Despite reassurances
Swine flu is quickly establishing itself in Egypt, reports Reem Leila
Eyeing the goal posts
As elections draw closer Culture Minister Farouk Hosni remains confident that he will be UNESCO's next director-general, writes Nevine El-Aref
A cleaner Giza?
Don't hold your breath, advises Dena Rashed
Coptic swan song
Speculation is rife on who succeed to the See of St Mark, reports Gamal Nkrumah
Potato fight
A ban by the EU on Egyptian potato exports threatens to break into a commercial dispute, Mona El-Fiqi investigates
Strong performance
The final results of the 2008/09 budget balance sheet are out, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Where is Obama now?
Middle East peace talks are as far off as ever as the new US administration appears helpless to press Israel to end its colonial intransigence, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
Silly spat or dangerous rift
It's not the first time that Syrian-Iraqi relations have hit a bump, rues Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Protests against Iran in Yemen
The Yemeni government has protested against what it alleges is Iranian support for the Al-Houthi rebels, writes Mohamed Al-Asaadi
Prospects after a funeral
The youngest member of a powerful clerical dynasty, Abdel-Aziz Al-Hakim's death this week raises questions for the Iraqi Shia, writes Salah Hemeid
New evil in the making?
An attempt on the life of the Saudi deputy interior minister failed this week, while attracting concern because of the status of the target, writes Sherine Bahaa
On the cusp of continuity
Land of the Rising Sun is running to stand still, writes Gamal Nkrumah
The angel in her voice
She is said to have the voice of an angel, and indeed she does. Rania Khallaf attended a musical night with singer Lena Chamamyan
Keeping cool in Ramadan
Amany Abdel-Moneim shares tips on how to beat the heat during a mid-summer Ramadan
A judo couple
Egypt's Hisham Mesbah and Ramadan Darwish took two bronze medals in the World Judo Championship in Holland, Abeer Anwar reports
Deciding Saturday
The weekend's pivotal match against Rwanda will go far in determining Egypt's chances of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, reports Inas Mazhar

DON'T LET YOUR NERVES FIZZ: The soft-drink ad, put up specifically for Ramadan, frames the all-too-familiar prospect of Ramadan traffic in the difficult hour before Iftar, when all of Cairo is frantically headed for the table...

Hard times in Gaza
By Saleh Al-Naami


Hamlet galore
By Nehad Selaiha
The sight of music
By Amira El-Naqeeb


The truth will come out
Renewed allegations of human organ trafficking haunt Israel, testament to the fact that the victims of its crimes will never cease -- even from beyond the grave -- to demand justice, writes Hassan Nafaa
Wasting Ramadan
All studies show that in the holy month of fasting society consumes more. Abdel-Moneim Said asks why
But did it happen?
Again, charges of anti-Semitism obscure grievous allegations levelled against Israeli officials -- this time claims that organs were harvested from dead Palestinians, writes Jonathan Cook in Nazareth
A matter of destiny
A deep history of cultural and material ties unites Egypt and Turkey in a common purpose, writes Ahmet Davutoglu
Salama A Salama:
Swine revenge

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