Al-Ahram Weekly Online   10 - 16 December 2009
Issue No. 976
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Palestinians want more than words
The EU's policy statement on a future Palestinian state now needs to be acted on, writes Khaled Amayreh from occupied Jerusalem
Divergent visions
What does the Arab world -- along with other developing countries of the South -- stand to gain from the Copenhagen Climate Summit, ponders Gamal Nkrumah
Dangerous games
The dust is slowly settling on the furore surrounding the Egypt-Algeria World Cup qualifying match. Dina Ezzat wonders how long it will take for the wounds to heal
Surprise run-off
No one predicted a second ballot in the Press Syndicate elections. And now, writes Shaden Shehab, only the foolhardy would attempt to second guess the results
Politics of conditionality
Gamal Essam El-Din reports on reactions to the conditions Mohamed El-Baradei says must be in place for him to consider standing for the presidency
'Friendship and warmth'
Nevine El-Aref speaks with UNESCO's new director-general, visiting Egypt on the first leg of a comprehensive Arab-African tour
Confusion clouds rescue
The authorities have called off the search for missing passengers after two Nile ferries collided near Rosetta, reports Reem Leila
Beyond reach
What is in store for investors and consumers of the yellow metal, Sherine Nasr asks
Building on extremism
While there is an ideological shift in Israeli society towards the right, it is not the only reason why Jewish settlements are quickly being inhabited. Saleh El-Naami investigates
Security or aid
The US response to a national unity government in Lebanon is to condition the aid on disarming Hizbullah, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif in Beirut
If not now, when?
The unrest provoked by the arrest of key SPLM leaders threatens the drive to promote Sudanese national unity, writes Gamal Nkrumah
One step forward
By agreeing on a new election law, Iraqis have removed a roadblock on the way to next year's national ballot. But it is far from being the solution to the country's problems, writes Salah Hemeid
The Obama surge
Barack Obama's exit strategy from Afghanistan is based on the American withdrawal from Iraq, writes Graham Usher in New York
Visions of Islam
One of the world's most important private collections of Islamic art is currently on display at the Institut du monde arabe in Paris, writes David Tresilian
When Santa comes to town
Ati Metwaly celebrates
Icons of a beloved martyr
Seventeen centuries after the martyrdom of Egypt's top saint, Mar Mina, artists gathered in an ancient church to honour his memory and prove that the tradition of icons is still going strong, says Nader Habib
A new forum for translators
Rania Khallaf attended a seminar that promises new horizons for literary translations
Married, or maybe not
Increasing numbers of couples today are resorting to urfi or unofficial marriage, presenting legal and religious experts with a host of new challenges, reports Riham Adel
The she protectors
Are female bodyguards the stuff of fact or fiction? Mai Samih investigates
Both will be punished
The results of a FIFA investigation into the Egypt-Algeria incidents will be known by the end of February. Inas Mazhar reports from Cape Town
Pleased to tie
In the 104th Cairo derby between arch-rivals Ahli and Zamalek, both sides failed to shine after a scoreless draw for the second successive time, Ahmed Morsy reports

Tuesday's car bombings in Baghdad were the third deadliest in Iraq's capital this year. Some 127 Iraqis were killed and hundreds others wounded in the coordinated attacks which targeted government buildings including the Interior and Finance Ministries..

An honourable exit
By Azmi Bishara



Now they know
By Inas Mazhar


Is it too late for Obama?
The Arabs are growing tired of waiting for the promises the new US president made to be fulfilled, writes Hassan Nafaa
From India to Iraq
Without resulting action, inquiries into Iraq and Ayodhya serve no purpose except to rake over old wounds, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed
Democracy, indeed
In banning minarets, Switzerland has exposed how fake the rights and freedoms of the West really are for minorities, writes Ramzy Baroud
Beyond El-Baradei
Change should be brought about by deep and comprehensive dialogue across all social and political stakeholders, not at the behest of one individual, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Don't disown Dubai
Despite all criticism, in part driven by envy, Dubai is a symbol of Arab renaissance and deserves to be rallied, writes Emad Fawzi Shoeibi
The war within
Ahmed Naguib Roushdy re-examines the controversy that continues to surround the United States' entry into W WII
Pan-Arabism in context
The impulse to unity may have been sidetracked but that does not mean it was wrong, argues Galal Nassar
Another tumultuous week
With so many issues to address, expanding the war in Afghanistan might derail Obama's agenda of change, writes James Zogby
Salama A Salama:
Presidential bid

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