Al-Ahram Weekly Online   24 - 30 December 2009
Issue No. 978
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875


Beyond the wall
Is Egypt fencing off Gaza or is it distancing itself from the Palestine cause for now? Dina Ezzat seeks an answer
Total racism, total war
On the first anniversary of Israel's war on Gaza, shocking revelations are appearing on the methods and reasoning behind the war, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Hawkish coup
The Muslim Brotherhood's hardline old guard has tightened its grip on the group at the expense of the younger generation of reformists, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
In touch
Presidential meetings with top Gulf officials aim to keep Egypt informed on security developments in the volatile region, Dina Ezzat reports
Will she or won't she?
Egypt is to submit a formal request for the return of the iconic bust of Queen Nefertiti, now on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin, Nevine El-Aref reports
Education ministers face down critics
The ministers of education and higher education were placed in the hot seat by independent and opposition MPs on Saturday, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Demolition halt
Demolishing dangerous residential buildings sounds like a good idea. Unless, that is, you happen to be a resident, reports Reem Leila
A piece of history resurfaces
After 14 centuries, a giant monolith from a submerged temple was raised from the seabed in Alexandria last week, Nevine El-Aref watched the dramatic recovery
No escaping the tax
The deadline for submitting real estate tax reports has been pushed back three months, but this has not stopped the talk, writes Niveen Wahish
Acting to save jobs
The impact of the economic crisis on the labour market has been devastating. Sherine Nasr reports on the findings of a recent conference addressing labour woes
Could be doing better
The Egyptian job market is caught between an education system disconnected from economic reality and a global financial crisis that is changing the rules of the game, Nesmahar Sayed reports
Settling old scores
Lebanon and Syria have turned one page but have they started a new one? Omayma Abdel-Latif reports from Beirut
Awaiting a miracle from Washington
The Palestinian Authority may be seeking renewed talks with Israel even in the absence of an Israeli freeze on settlements, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Message: break the siege
The Viva Palestina convoy is hours away from Egypt while participants of the Gaza Freedom March have started arriving in Cairo. VP organiser Kevin Ovenden asks, "Will they get through?"
Al-Qaeda under fire
The Yemeni army moved against Al-Qaeda activities in the country last week in three simultaneous operations, reports Nasser Arrabyee
Iran's endless crisis
Six months after its presidential election, there are no signs of improvement in internal politics nor resolving the panic over Iran's nuclear programme, writes Mahjoob Zweiri
Old oilskins burst
Iran's seizure of Iraqi oil field raises the alarm. What is Tehran up to in its beleaguered neighbour, asks Salah Hemeid
Chilcot blasts Blair and Bush
Labour's "investigation" into its very own war crimes is unlikely to reveal what really happened, reports Mohamed Khan
Beijing and not Bonn
The rich world needs to remake the case for climate in such a manner as pleases the poor, cautions Gamal Nkrumah
Puccini in love
The Cairo Opera's production of La Bohème, one of Puccini's greatest operas, makes audiences fall in love with the piece once again, writes Ati Metwaly
Trouble in Ezbet Adam
Incoherence and cinematic plagiarism mar the latest offering from director Mahmoud Kamel, writes Hani Mustafa
Présence africaine
The literary and intellectual achievements of post-war Africa are recalled at a current French exhibition, writes David Tresilian in Paris
Sand-baked faces
Injy El-Kashef relishes an encounter between brush strokes and Egypt's unfamiliar tribes
Land of distinction
Ghada Abdel-Kader wonders at the bizarre contrasts of the city
Disciple of immortal beings
Osama Kamal attends a concert in the best of folk tradition
Tummy glazed over
When chefs are asked to design Christmas cakes, the results can be spectacular and tremendous fun, notes Gamal Nkrumah
What women need
A recent Cairo conference suggests that the sexual harassment of women is becoming a pan-Arab phenomenon, reports Enjy El-Naggar
Networking for a purpose
At a recent conference on women's rights in the Arab world, Ahmed Abu Ghazala discovers that reforming the personal status law is the main challenge for Egyptian women's groups in the coming year
What happened in Copenhagen?
Denying democracy is what ultimately led to the debacle of ineffective action on global climate change, write Curtis Doebbler and Margreet Wewerinke
Middle of the road
Halfway through the Egyptian domestic league, Ahli are as usual on top of the table, reports Ahmed Morsy

Palestinians observe heavy machinery at work on the Egyptian side of Rafah, on the border with Gaza ...


Follies of Fate
By Gamal Nkrumah
The dangers of hearsay
By Faiza Rady


Fortunes of war
By Galal Nassar


Savour every Santa
By Gamal Nkrumah and Sherif Sonbol


The suicidal world order
Events in Copenhagen point the way to a new division in world politics, between those whose development is destroying the planet and those who will be the first -- but not the last -- victims, writes Hassan Nafaa
Nailing the Iraq lie
All those responsible for the sham war on Iraq must be brought to account, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed
US befuddled and bewildered
Washington doesn't seem to know what it is doing, or what direction it is going in, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Paying for Europe's identity crisis
Moves to underwrite French identity are but part of a shift to the right throughout Europe in which immigrants and Muslims are prime targets, writes Ramzy Baroud
Salama A Salama:
Copenhagen woes

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