Al-Ahram Weekly Online   16 - 22 September 2010
Issue No. 1015
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Far from easy
Direct talks between Palestinians and Israelis are moving forward, but the ride is rough, reports Dina Ezzat in Sharm El-Sheikh
Sitting on a tinder box
This year's 9/11 anniversary brought rancour among non-Muslim Americans and fear to Muslim ones, writes Graham Usher in New York
The Sharm El-Sheikh factor
On site, Dina Ezzat traces the long link between the Red Sea resort and the peace process
Opening shots
Preliminary lists of NDP parliamentary candidates have now been drawn up, writes Gamal Essam El-Din, and there are few surprises
Want a seat?
Opposition parties are geared to reject election boycott calls, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
More to come
As wrangling continues in the wake of the theft of Egypt's only Van Gogh, Nevine El-Aref wonders what the trial of the head of the Fine Arts Section and 10 other officials at the Ministry of Culture will reveal
Stop the sale
A US oil company is under fire for being accused of planning to bury radioactive waste in Marsa Matrouh. Reem Leila reports
No trust
Lawyers not satisfied with the performance of the Bar Association Council are planning to withdraw confidence. Mona El-Nahhas wonders whether they will succeed
Advertising bonanza
Though Egypt's advertising market has come a long way, the sector leaves much to be desired, writes Niveen Wahish
Charity needed
Ahmed Kotb reports on the development of the charity business
Hurdles impeding peace
As direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks move out of Washington, little progress appears made on the fundamentals, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Resistance unyielding
Despite Ramallah's close cooperation with Israel to defeat the Palestinian resistance, recent operations prove its capacities remain strong, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Hariri absolves Syria
After years of accusing Syria of killing his father, Lebanon's prime minister recently dropped his charges. But what if Hizbullah members are indicted? Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut
Riding high -- for now
Turkey's charismatic leader can't seem to do anything wrong these days, marvels Gareth Jenkins
To the rescue?
Up to now Iraq's neighbours have often contributed to the country's problems. Can they be its saviours, asks Salah Hemeid
A deafening silence
Syrian officials have not commented on the resumption of direct talks between the Palestinians and Israel, but nor have they directly criticised them, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
The world according to Tony Blair
British prime minister during the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and now envoy for the Quartet on the Middle East, Tony Blair published his memoirs earlier this month, impressing some but doubtless infuriating many others, writes David Tresilian
Knights Hospitaller, Boat People and literary translation: in a strangely Catholic stronghold of the Mediterranean, Youssef Rakha reencounters his own life and work
Red flower power
The rebellious spirit of Emel Mathlouthi's songs made Rania Khallaf ponder the real value of this force
Nights of old
Are you sitting comfortably? Osama Kamal went to hear the Arabian Nights at the Diwan
Permission to pray
Life is More Beautiful than Paradise (2009) by Khaled Al-Berry. Translated by Humphrey Davies. The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo, New York
Reviewed by Gamal Nkrumah
A different turn
Dementia, an incurable condition that affects many old people, can have serious effects on loved ones, as Samia Abdennour discovered
One hope lives
Ahli qualified for the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League while Ismaili bade farewell, reports Abeer Anwar
Squash in Soho
The 2010 Women's World Squash Open, featuring the 32 top players in the world, has begun in Soho Square in Sharm El-Sheikh. Inas Mazhar reports from the seaside resort

It is hoped that Mubarak's talks with Abbas, Clinton and Netanyahu will provide the appropriate prelude to the Jerusalem round. But first Israel must demonstrate political flexibility and a commitment to compromise


Extracurricular dilemmas
By Ahmed Abu Ghazala


Nine years later
To be both Muslim and American is now being painted by reactionary opportunists as a contradiction in terms, writes James Zogby
Safeguarding Muslim-West relations
Everyone has a role to play in isolating preachers of hate and intolerance, write John Esposito and Sheila Lalwani
From Bush to Obama
While much remains to be done, Obama has changed the reference points of US relations with the Islamic world, writes Moataz-Bellah Abdel-Fattah
Jerusalem: one capital or two?
The formula of Jerusalem as a divided capital is even less likely to succeed now as when it failed 10 years ago, writes Wahid Abdel-Maguid
Wrong questions, no answers
As with any debate that reaches the point of hysteria, the real issues behind the proposed mosque in lower Manhattan are now obscured, writes Ramzy Baroud
Safety in numbers
Maintaining the dynamic of change requires clearheadedness, not wishful thinking, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Salama A Salama:
Political soap

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