Al-Ahram Weekly Online   15 - 21 October 2009
Issue No. 968
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Whistling in the wind
Saleh Al-Naami wonders if anyone is convinced by inter-Palestinian reconciliation
Fragments come back home
The controversy over five 3,200-year-old ancient Egyptian tomb fragments removed from Egypt and put on display in the Louvre in Paris has finally come to a close, reports Nevine El-Aref
Reconciliation interrupted
Even if signed, which looks now impossible, any reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas appears unlikely to hold, Dina Ezzat reports
Calling Eastern Europe
President Hosni Mubarak concludes his six-day European tour that includes Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy on next Sunday
Veiled reasons
The grand sheikh of Al-Azhar stirred troubled waters when he told an 11-year-old pupil at a girls-only school that there was no need for her to cover her face, reports Reem Leila
Another political season
Gamal Essam El-Din previews the NDP's sixth annual conference, scheduled to begin on 31 October
Mustafa fights her corner
Hala Mustafa, the editor of Al-Dimoqratiya, was questioned by the Press Syndicate following her controversial meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Of labour and migration
The migration of skilled labour can relieve demographic pressures, but it will never be the answer to employment challenges in the region, Sherine Nasr reports on a study released this week and interviews the director of the International Migration Programme of the ILO
Hardly any respite
While some calm has returned to the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Muslim holy site is still under grave threat, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
They came to say good-bye
Frank discussions between north and south suggest what must be done if Sudan is to remain one country, reports Asmaa El-Husseini from Juba
Saving face?
The Syrian-Saudi summit gave Lebanon's leaders a green light to form a government, but domestic rivalries may mean delays, Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut
A long-awaited visit
By way of Saudi King Abdullah's trip to Syria, the proverbial hatchet has been buried between the two countries, Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus
End of the affair?
The Turkish refusal to allow Israel to participate in military exercises has plunged Turkish-Israeli relations into a crisis, and marks yet another power shift between civilian and military, writes Gareth Jenkins from Ankara
Ultimate prize: Kismayo
As the Shabab and Hizb Al-Islam militant groups battle it out for control of the southern port city of Kismayo, Somalia's future seems to be in the balance, writes Attiya Issawi
The Afghan imbroglio
The first act of the 2009 Nobel Peace winner may be to wage war, writes Graham Usher in New York
The Devil is a busy man
Gamal Nkrumah reflects on the repercussions of the awe surrounding Obama's unanticipated award
Nothing left but the shell
Desert Voices, Moneera Al-Ghadeer, Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2009, pp 246
Promised lands
On the occasion of filmmakers withdrawing last month from the Toronto Film Festival in protest of Israeli involvement in the event, Eric Walberg takes a radical look at Israel's cultural and political connections in Canada
The show must go on
It was Pina Bausch's dream to present two of her most famous shows at the Cairo Opera House. Rania Khallaf witnessed the dream coming true, but without the dancing queen herself
Whiff of an ever present past
Amira El-Naqeeb on tradition, music, and dance in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Time to give back
Gamal Essam El-Din finds out how a pioneering non-governmental organisation has been encouraging social responsibility among Egypt's business community
Down to the wire
Egypt and Algeria are headed for a nerve-wracking World Cup showdown, reports Ahmed Morsy
On African soil
Brazil and Ghana will battle it out for the FIFA U20 World Cup crown

Parts of a painted scene discovered in 1980 at the tomb of a nobleman in Draa Abul-Nagaa necropolis on Luxor's west bank...

Scandal in the raw
By Azmi Bishara
Obama's Peace
By Joseph Massad


'A question of justice'
By Gihan Shahine


Pity the region
By Hani Mustafa


On power in practice
It is not force that wins in the end, but rather persuasion and justice, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Does Obama deserve it?
In awarding Barack Obama the world's most prestigious prize, the Nobel Committee has reaffirmed that millions still pin their hopes on the US president, writes Hassan Nafaa
Obama's Afghan predicament?
Muqtedar Khan assesses the chances of US President Barack Obama's capacity to overcome the challenge Afghanistan poses to Pax-Americana
Our shame near complete
It is not US pressure that led Abbas in Geneva to betray his own people. It is the Oslo culture of corruption and profiteering that is the shame of all Palestinians, writes Ramzy Baroud
Distraction then destruction
Instead of focussing on recasting the world economy to the favour of ordinary people, the world's bankers and politicians have their eyes set on confronting Iran, writes Sara Flounders
A new film about Arab immigrants to the US tells their story with a starkness and empathy unseen until now, writes James Zogby
Salama A Salama:
Pride and prejudice

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