Al-Ahram Weekly Online   23 - 29 September 2010
Issue No. 1016
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Talks now uncertain
Israeli-Palestinian talks once again appear on the brink of collapse over the illegal settlements, writes Khaled Amayreh i n Ramallah
Undying legacy
Gamal Nkrumah reflects on Nasser's legacy 40 years after his passing
What's in a photo?
Plenty, it seems. Al-Ahram 's Photoshop job on a picture involving the president has erupted into a furore of rare proportions. Alaa Abdel-Ghani reports
The Ahram "photo" and the Western media's reaction
A statement by the Chairman Dr. Abdel-Monem Said
Cabinet ministers kick off campaigns
The first stage of the ruling NDP's selection of its candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections will begin next week. Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Waiting for the Brothers
The Muslim Brotherhood may be readying itself to contest November's parliamentary elections but it has yet to announce its intentions, writes Amira Howeidy
El-Baradei rebuffed
Opposition parties reject ex-IAEA chief Mohamed El-Baradei's calls to boycott November's parliamentary elections, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Showcase in Rome
The Egyptian Art Academy in Rome will be reinaugurated today by President Hosni Mubarak following comprehensive restoration, Nevine El-Aref reports
'The coffee incident'
The debate surrounding the death of president Gamal Abdel-Nasser is reignited 40 years later, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Soon enough
A court ruling due within 48 hours may help lawyers oust their syndicate council, Mona El-Nahhas explains
Back to problems
The new academic year began with a shortage of school books, reports Reem Leila
Tip of the iceberg
Investors are anxiously waiting to see how the Madinaty case will be wrapped up, reports Niveen Wahish
Israel kills as it talks
Even while peace talks shakily resume, Israeli forces attack and kill unarmed Palestinians, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
No great expectations
Last year Barack Obama carried the hopes of much of the world at the UN General Assembly. No longer, writes Graham Usher in New York
Boycotting apartheid
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign continues to pick up steam, notes Eric Walberg
A change of heart in Damascus
Syria is reconsidering its candidate for the next prime minister of Iraq in the hope of reaping political and economic gains, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Can Iran beat the sanctions?
With the international sanctions regime against the country beginning to bite in Tehran, Iran has been developing ties and friendships abroad, says Amani Maged
The SPLM moves on
The dynamics of the southern Sudanese referendum have turned out to be too much about tribal politics and not enough about policies, warns Gamal Nkrumah
Ending exceptions
Arab League officials tell Dina Ezzat from Vienna about efforts to get Israel to bow to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Wrestling with Barcelona
Ahmed Masadeh, secretary-general of the Union for the Mediterranean, tells Al-Ahram Weekly that he hopes the union will improve on its humble public image, reports Dina Ezzat
In the valley of the jinn
Nehad Selaiha enjoys a revival of a theatrical homage to two great poets
Perplexing display
Samir Farid wraps up the 67th Venice Film Festival (1-11 September) where the Golden Lion went, as he puts it, to a modest American film
Of immigrants and terrorists
By the Mediterranean beach, Hani Mustafa looks north
Queen for a month
Kamal Sultan meets a veteran actress who played a royal role in Ramadan
Art of all ages
Vinous Fouad finds that the Fourth Salon Masr benefits from ignoring the age gap
Trapped in 1300
The Time-Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets (2010) by Khairy Shalaby. Translated by Michael Cooperson. The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo, New York.
Reviewed by Gamal Nkrumah
Miles of murals for peace
A new pyramid of peace will soon rise up over the Nile. Anayat Durrani gasps in awe
Queen Hatshepsut King of Upper and Lower Egypt
Framed by steep cliffs and poised in elegant relief is the mortuary temple of Deir Al-Bahri, known in ancient times as the "Most Holy of Holies". We now know more than ever before about the plans and ideas of the remarkable woman who built it, says Jill Kamil
Legends of ancient heroes
The atmosphere of Egypt's traditional stories still fills Cairo's older districts even if the storytellers themselves have mostly long departed, writes Mohamed Mursi
In their own words
For a change, instead of talking about children, Samir Sobhi listens to what they have to say
Where the finest women are
Look no further than the Egyptian version of Soho Square to find the world's best female squash players. Ghada Abdel-Kader reports from Sharm El-Sheikh
Out by law
Zamalek again faces an uncertain future after a court ordered that the entire board be disbanded, reports Ahmed Morsy

Just as Cairenes thought that they were over the worst of the traffic during the festive period of Ramadan and Eid, hordes of excitable children descended on the streets on their way to and from school...



Who is negotiating with whom?
According to international law, it is the Israeli authorities that must convince the Palestinians to allow them to exist, not the other way around, writes Curtis Doebbler
By the book
Throughout Egypt's modern history the selection of the head of state has been in accordance with strict rules, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Hate mongers among us
The rationales used to take the US to war in Iraq were part of a pre-set agenda, a critical mass of false beliefs characterised by hate, writes Jeff Gates
Religious reform and Arab society
Fundamental change in the Arab region depends on reaching out to institutions of religious education and reforming them, not ignoring them, writes Tarek Heggi
The abuse of plurality
What good is a free media when the preferred recourse is to demagoguery, asks Amr Hamzawy
Salama A Salama:
Close up: Body language

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