Al-Ahram Weekly Online   17 - 23 June 2010
Issue No. 1003
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Beleaguered still
Dina Ezzat finds little evidence that Arab countries are poised to break the siege imposed on Gaza
Museum of the century
Nevine El-Aref attends the inauguration of the first two stages of the Grand Egyptian Museum
Scrambled air
A week into the World Cup, the dispute between Egypt and Al-Jazeera over transmission interference remains unresolved, Inas Mazhar reports
Testing the border
Two weeks after it decided to open the border crossing with Gaza, Egypt continues to deny passage at will, reports Amira Howeidy from Rafah
Chilled court
The dispute between lawyers and judges is escalating, reports Reem Leila
Unanswered questions
Accusations that a 28-year-old man was brutally beaten to death by the police have provoked a wave of public unrest, reports Mohamed El-Sayed
Shura election results contested
Widespread allegations of vote rigging dog the newly-elected Shura Council, which meets next week to elect a chairman and two deputies, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Towards a resolution
A unified personal status law may settle the conflict over divorce and remarriage between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the state, reports Reem Leila
A world of promise
While Egypt pledges to improve its human rights record in Geneva, NGOs remain sceptical, reports Doaa El-Bey
Pension for all
A controversial law aimed at restructuring the pension and insurance system was subject to hot debate in the People's Assembly this week, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Financing a roof
New regulations may help realise the full potential of Egypt's real estate market, Sherine Nasr reports
Another futile effort
Direct or indirect, Palestinians are telling Washington that no progress can be made in peace talks with Israel, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Gaza's humanitarian catastrophe
While Israel says there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, in reality there is a catastrophe, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Who owns the 'Palestinian question'?
Is the outpouring of sympathy following the historic flotilla to be taken at face value, asks Omayma Abdel-Latif
No government in sight in Iraq
This week's brief opening session of Iraq's new legislature shows how difficult it will be to reach consensus on choosing a prime minister, writes Salah Hemeid
Cabinet composition
Two contradictory trends, with a common cause, helped shape Sudan's latest cabinet, concludes Gamal Nkrumah
Sanctions, so what?
Amani Maged wonders if the fourth round of sanctions will make any difference
Beyond engagement
With engagement over and sanctions ineffective, what is America's Iran policy, asks Graham Usher in New York
Silence of the ally
As the UN Security Council imposed new sanctions against Iran, Syria, Tehran's sole Arab partner, stayed silent, reports Bassel Oudat in Damascus
The waiting game
Sports like the World Cup are politics with a handsome young face, but behind the mask are the same ugly old guys, says Gamal Nkrumah
Love's labour gained
Ati Metwaly rediscovers Tristan and Isolde
Tell all
Nader Habib introduces one of the Arabic language's guardian angels
The Mevlevi's house
Giuseppe Acconcia goes Sufi
A mode of old rubbish
Amira El-Naqeeb enters the labyrinth of fashion and art in search of a common identity
Breaking the stereotype of divorce
In an attempt to overcome the stigma of divorce, one young Egyptian divorcee has launched a radio station for divorced women, attracting the admiration of Amany Abdel-Moneim
Akin to Ramadan
Ahmed Morsy sees the modifications the World Cup has made in Egypt's daily routine
Surf's up
Egypt is home to some of the best waves on the Mediterranean coast but that fact hardly rates a ripple. Nesma Nowar reports

Palestinian children play football in a field in Gaza, close to the border fence with Israel as World Cup fever fires up the globe..

One planet, one future
By Mahmoud Bakr


Would Hamas lift the siege?
Contrary to common accusations levelled at Egypt, Hamas is second after Israel in upholding the siege on Gaza, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
A year after Obama's big speech
Forget the naysayers: Obama has made significant progress in changing US Middle East policy, writes Emad Gad
The future of Islam in Europe
While Western Islamophobia is a reality to contend with, Muslims based in the West often don't help matters, writes Khalil El-Anani
Changing direction on Gaza
In his struggle to be objective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Obama is facing significant obstacles, writes James Zogby
Salama A Salama:
Hot air?

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