Al-Ahram Weekly Online   17 - 23 September 2009
Issue No. 965
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Revolving doors
Another round of shuttle diplomacy from US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell fails to convince the Israelis to freeze settlement building. In Ramallah, Khaled Amayreh wonders how many doors are left for Mitchell to knock on
Final stretch at UNESCO
As members of UNESCO's governing executive board consider their votes for the organisation's next director-general this week, Nigel Richardson looks back on an unusually bitter campaign
Light at the end of the year
Egyptian mediation between Palestinians and Israelis on the one hand and Palestinians and Palestinians on the other is making little progress, but hope lies ahead, Dina Ezzat reports
A clean break
The streets are getting cleaner in Giza but for how long, asks Dena Rashed
Full steam ahead
Fine-tuning the agenda of the NDP's sixth annual conference is a top priority for the party's most senior figures, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Whose democracy?
While NDP MPs were determined to celebrate Egypt's "democratic achievements" opposition MPs and political activists questioned what these achievements actually were, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Rallying support at UNESCO
The identity of the new director-general of UNESCO will be decided over the next few days, reports Nevine El-Aref
Schools out still
The start of the school year may be delayed even further, reports Reem Leila
Political point-scoring
The leftist Tagammu Party navigates troubled waters, reports Mona El-Nahhas
Whereto Kifaya?
Has the Egyptian Movement for Change outlived its usefulness, asks Mohamed El-Sayed
Back to Africa
Accompanying Investment Minister Mahmoud Mohieldin on his week-long visit to Beijing, Assem El-Kersh finds out whether China will be Egypt's convoy back to Africa following a period of economic disengagement
Inching upwards
Niveen Wahish reports on Egypt's improvements in business and competitiveness
Devil in the details
In Gaza, Saleh Al-Naami finds the latest ideas coming out of Cairo for Palestinian reconciliation miss the core problems
Dividing war spoils
Israel's robbery of Palestinian property reaches new heights with Likud's latest illegal laws and subterfuges, writes Salman Abu Sitta
The temperature rises
The resignation of Lebanon's prime minister designate Saad Al-Hariri has caused the country to slide back into political crisis, reports Lucy Fielder from Beirut
Nuclear threat to the Golan
Syria has accused Israel of burying nuclear waste in the occupied Golan Heights, presumably in tunnels dug in Mount Hermon. Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus
Trouble ahead?
As Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi celebrated 40 years in power, problems at home and abroad are besetting the Libyan regime, writes Atiya Essawi
Obama's Vietnam
Eight years after 9/11 Barack Obama is fighting an unwinnable war, writes Graham Usher in New York
Game changer
Just when his adversaries thought they had Obama cornered, in one speech he turned the tables, writes James Zogby
The sounds of silence
Eurospeak: "peace" via US missile bases, a mobile missile "blanket", a "convention" on cybercrime, "Long live NATO!" Eric Walberg strains to hear a Euro voice of reason
The magic lute
In the buildup to a House of Oud concert held during Ramadan, Giuseppe Acconcia speaks to one of Nasir Shamma's brighter students
I know what you did last summer
Ahmed Kotb chronicles how Ramadan cut short the North Coast holiday this year
The boys are ready
Egypt is all set to host the 24 teams at the three-week FIFA U20 World Cup

There's much singing and dancing as a couple, soon to be married, rejoice in their low-rent Cairo neighbourhood after getting the news that their furniture has been upholstered, knocking down the last hurdle to their Eid Al-Fitr wedding. There are 200,000 marriage contracts issued during the four-day feast after Ramadan...


By Samir Farid


End of an era
The shock waves from 9/11, writes Abdel-Moneim Said, seem finally to have played themselves out
Let's try something else
The "Ben-Gurion of Palestine", Salam Fayyad, wants a state before one is established. Is his third way right, asks Samir Ghattas
September's coup de grace
Was 9/11 the opening move of an intelligence war waged in plain sight and under cover of shared beliefs from which only Israel would benefit, asks Jeff Gates
Demanding just peace
It is time for the Arabs to put an ultimatum to Obama: pressure Israel into peace or veto a resolution in the Security Council demanding respect for international law, writes Hassan Nafaa
Grief engraved in memory
Remembering all victims, past and continuing, 9/11 should be recast as a tragedy that brings humanity together around common aspirations, not vengeance and violence, writes Ramzy Baroud
Making Libya pay?
If Libya has to pay for IRA attacks in Britain, what about others who are guilty of far greater crimes, asks Aijaz Zaka Syed
Salama A Salama:
Right report

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