Al-Ahram Weekly Online   5 - 11 August 2010
Issue No. 1010
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Politics of brinkmanship
The flare-up on the Israeli-Lebanese border cannot be divorced from mounting regional tension, writes Amira Howeidy
Direct to where?
In the face of US pressure, direct talks between Israel and the PA look inevitable. But what will the results be, asks Dina Ezzat
Future faces
A poster war has erupted on Cairo's streets between the supporters of President Hosni Mubarak's younger son Gamal, and of ex-IAEA chief Mohamed El-Baradei, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Solution not yet reached
Negotiations between Maghagha bishops and Minya's governor over the construction of a new bishopric have led nowhere so far, Reem Leila reports
Same old story
Two months ahead of parliamentary polls and the debate in Washington over political reform and human rights in Egypt is heating up, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
The growth of violent crime
A quick glance through the crime pages of daily newspapers during the past few years and you might be forgiven for thinking that murder has become a staple of Egyptian daily life, writes Mohamed El-Sayed
'A quantum leap'
NileSat's launch of a new satellite puts the company ahead of the game, reports Fatmah Shaarawi
Tutankhamun's chariot goes to New York
One of the chariots found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun travelled to New York last week to meet up with other relics of the golden boy king at the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, Nevine El-Aref reports...
Drums of war
Is the Lebanese-Israeli border clash the first shot in a new and much-anticipated regional war? Omayma Abdel-Latif seeks answers
Abbas's impossible decision
Submit to Washington and keep the Palestinian Authority afloat, or follow the Palestinian street and see the Ramallah government implode? Khaled Amayreh weighs Abbas's choices in Ramallah
Backed to the wall
The incompatibility of governing and staging resistance is coming increasingly to the fore in Gaza, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Visits under the microscope
King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia visited Syria this week and accompanied Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on a visit to Beirut, all the while closely watched by Washington, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Salvaging Sudan?
Khartoum's refusal to placate the southern Sudanese by separating the state from religion has strengthened the hand of separatist forces in the run-up to next year's referendum, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Too little, too late?
With Jordanian Prime Minister Samir Rifai reshuffling his cabinet in the run-up to November's elections, will this be enough to ease tensions in the country, asks Oula Farawati
War or jaw-jaw?
The current escalation in US and Israeli sabre-rattling against Iran is probably no more than that, writes Amani Maged
Return of Al-Qaeda
As US combat troops prepare to withdraw from Iraq, Al-Qaeda seems to be making a comeback in the country, writes Salah Hemeid
Looking both ways
Pakistan has even more cards to play in the war against terror than Cameron claims, writes Gamal Nkrumah
A poor harvest
Nehad Selaiha tries to make the best of the 5th Egyptian National Theatre Festival, held from 17 to 28 July
The ten commandments of displacement
When Youssef Rakha asked the Madrid-based poet Ahmad Yamani how his latest book, Amakin Khati'ah (Wrong Places, Cairo: Dar Miret, 2009) came about, the latter sent him a numbered list of observations
A talisman for luck and love
Osama Kamal finds there is strife in the house, even in a house of poets
It takes two hands to clap
Browsing through a new book, Sara Eid learns about the act of applause in ancient and contemporary times
All in the airbrush
Salonaz Sami sounds out expert opinion on what's hot in make-up this summer
Egyptian teams, African hope
Both Ahli and Haras Al-Hedoud kept up their winning streaks in the Orange CAF Confederation Cup and Champions League competitions last week, Abeer Anwar reports

Lebanese soldiers clear debris at a damaged checkpoint after an exchange of fire between Israeli and Lebanese troops along the border in the southern village of Adeisseh...


Nursing rights?
By Sarah Eissa


Playing in downtime
While it may appear to be embracing change, the Muslim Brotherhood is jockeying on the political scene with no clear strategy except joining nobody, writes Khalil El-Anani
Truth of a scandalous war
Obama faces a stark choice in Afghanistan: leave now with some dignity or await the humiliation that befell the Russians, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed
Middle East watershed
In the post-US war era in the region, despotic Arab regimes will be ripe to fall, writes Ayman El-Amir
Dangerous illusions
As threats of a new Israel-Lebanon war appear to loom, no one seems to have learned anything from the region's history, writes James Zogby
Change in Egypt
With positive and negative consequences, change is both inevitable and is the shifting tide all policymakers must address, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Salama A Salama:
Close up: Wrong answer

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