Al-Ahram Weekly Online   1 - 7 October 2009
Issue No. 966
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Neither friend nor foe
Despite recent ups and downs, Egyptian-Israeli relations remain lukewarm as usual, writes Dina Ezzat
Israel eyes Al-Aqsa
Recent Israeli police violence at Al-Aqsa Mosque confirms that Israel's leaders condone attempts by Jewish fanatics to destroy the second holiest Islamic shrine, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Signs of relief
As a testing financial year comes to an end Sherine Nasr detects at least some economic shoots
Cut to the core
Moving beyond the settlement sticking point is what Egypt hopes the US envoy to the Middle East can deliver, Dina Ezzat reports
Better safe than sorry
As the new academic year looms schools and universities are scrambling to halt the spread of swine flu, reports Reem Leila
New restrictions on pilgrims
This year's hajj season looks bleak for airlines, reports Amirah Ibrahim
The UNESCO debate
Farouk Hosni's failed bid to be elected as UNESCO's new secretary-general has triggered a ferocious debate back home, reports Nevine El-Aref
Cultural fiasco?
Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni's campaign to head UNESCO resembles a comedy of errors, writes Ayman El-Amir
No halt to calls for reform
The sudden resignation of the deputy chief justice of the Court of Cassation, Mahmoud El-Khodeiri, surprised both judicial circles and the public. Mona El-Nahhas talks to El-Khodeiri about the reasons behind his decision
A normal furore
Hala Mustafa, editor of Al-Ahram's quarterly magazine Al-Dimoqratiya, will be questioned by the Press Syndicate following her controversial meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Drawing battle lines
Press Syndicate elections open early, reports Mohamed El-Sayed
Signing in
Egypt may finally be ready to offer e-signature services, Niveen Wahish reports
Looking good
About five months have passed since the new, sleek white taxis hit Cairo's streets. The project appears successful for all involved. Ahmed Kotb reports
Hit or miss dialogue
The outcome of talks in Cairo between Palestinian factions is still uncertain, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Gloomy prospects
Obama's weakness in front of Netanyahu will inevitably rebound badly on Abbas, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Israel's nuclear theatre
Once again, "grave threats" are used to divert from atrocities authored by Israel against defenceless Palestinians, writes Ramzy Baroud
The mood changes
The Lebanese are cautiously optimistic that the latest round of consultations could finally give them a government more than three months after the June elections, reports Lucy Fielder from Beirut
Yemen war continues
As the conflict in Yemen intensifies, attention is turning to the growing number of civilian casualties, reports Nasser Arrabyee
Last stand in Juba
With the unity of Sudan in the balance, southern and northern opposition leaders gather in a last ditch attempt to keep things together, writes Asmaa El-Husseini in Juba
Safe but still vulnerable
Terrorised and persecuted, some of Iraq's Palestinian refugees are being resettled, though even their future remains uncertain, writes Anayat Durrani
Engagement Obama-style
The United States president scored one major success and suffered one major defeat at his inaugural United Nations General Assembly, writes Graham Usher in New York
Not your average folklore
Sayed Mahmoud talks to singer Fayrouz Karawya
The mystic circle in motion
Mawlawya's religious chanting kept Rania Khallaf dizzy for days. Here she describes the show
Women in yellow
Women are taking the driving seat in Cairo's cabs, says Mariam Fishere, who takes a ride
With one second left
Egypt lost a heartbreaker to Paraguay and must now pull their socks up if they are to continue in the Under-20 World Cup
Egypt

Egypt's under-20 soccer players run a serious risk of anonymity... --caption--

Resistance denied
By Stephen Lendman

Interview:

Irena Bokova
Nevine El-Aref

Culture:

Coming of age?
By Nehad Selaiha

 

Will Israel fall in five years?
Forget the 1967 borders and return to pre-1948 borders, and the sooner the better, writes Jeff Gates
Out on a limb
There is little time left for the international community to show that it is really in favour of a Palestinian state, writes Salim Nazzal
Shelving the partition straitjacket
The most practical and just solution in Palestine is not two states but democracy and equal rights, writes John Whitbeck
An 'abnormal' nationalism
An exclusive Jewish state in Palestine: Israel's raison d'être is also its tragedy, writes Shahid Alam
The last stronghold
Galal Nassar examines the often pernicious role of the media in any process of normalisation
Farouk Hosni and UNESCO
The regrettable defeat of Egypt's culture minister in elections for the position of head of the UN's foremost social and educational institution is replete with important lessons, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
The US and the UN
What's new in Washington's relationship with the international organisation? Hassan Nafaa seeks some answers
The global nuclear challenge
A nuclear weapons free world is within grasp if concerted action is taken at all levels, write Gareth Evans and Yoriko Kawaguchi
Salama A Salama:
An artist's saga

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