Al-Ahram Weekly Online   16 - 22 December 2010
Issue No. 1027
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Real vs virtual
As deputies fight to find somewhere to sit in the packed newly elected People's Assembly there's plenty of room outside in Egypt's first alternative parliament, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Recognising the inevitable
This week's policy statement by Hillary Clinton creates room for Palestinian manoeuvre, writes Emad Gad
Stop this traffic
Mrs Mubarak used a two-day international forum against human trafficking in Luxor to announce Egypt's first national plan to tackle the phenomenon, reports Reem Leila
Gale warnings
Amira Fouad witnessed Alexandria being pounded by last week's storm
Down the Salafi road
A new study charts how the Muslim Brotherhood largely pushed itself to the fringes of society, writes Galal Nassar from Alexandria
Parties fizzling out
Results of the parliamentary polls renewed internal divisions within the leftist opposition, Mona El-Nahhas reports
A mood of triumph
The ruling NDP was in high spirits this week, after securing a landslide victory in the recent parliamentary elections, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Back to the shadow
In the wake of the parliamentary elections the opposition is being forced to review its tactics, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Hurt, charming and unassuming
The effortless influence of the elder son of the president is being again appreciated, Dina Ezzat reports
A gem in the landscape
Work will soon begin on the final phase of the planned Grand Egyptian Museum overlooking the Giza Plateau, Nevine El-Aref reports
Safe to swim
After a spate of shark attacks, Egyptian authorities have reopened Sharm El-Sheikh's shores, Reem Leila reports
Management of failure
With the US having admitted it is unable to force Israel to take peace talks seriously, Palestinians are looking to other routes for securing their national rights, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Fourteen centuries of sorrow
As the Muslim month of Muharram begins, Iranians are commemorating the martyrdom of Al-Hussein, writes Amani Maged
Disappointment all round
The failure to extract even a partial Israeli settlement freeze was humiliating for Barack Obama but disastrous for Mahmoud Abbas and his Arab allies, writes Graham Usher
Is this not racism?
Despite relentless evidence that Israeli society is racist to the core, the world outside keeps silent, writes Saleh Al-Naami
'Besiege your siege!'
The movement to isolate Israel through boycott, divestment and sanctions resonates from Canada to the Indo-Pakistani border, notes Eric Walberg
Only modest results
Talks between the Syrian and French presidents this week focussed on Lebanon, with Syria asking for French diplomatic support at the UN, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Conflicting figures
New agreements to export natural gas to Israel have proved as contentious as their predecessors, writes Sherine Nasr
Coerced consensus on climate change
Away from the photo ops, the decisions not taken at the latest world meet on climate change imperil human life on the planet, writes Curtis Doebbler in Cancun, Mexico
Americans against WikiLeaks
Anayat Durrani is disappointed to find that fellow Americans disapprove of attempts to bring transparency to the world of diplomatic intrigue
Chekhov's Wonderful Christmas
Nehad Selaiha hails Frank Bradley's production of Chekhov's Three Sisters at the AUC and wonders why the play has been neglected by the Egyptian theatre
Of time and poetry
Hani Mustafa concludes his coverage of the 34th Cairo Film Festival
Nefertiti and the Cairo Film Festival
Film posters are not what they used to be, reports Venus Fouad
In all my barbarity
Kitabat nawbat al-hirassa (Writings of the security shift): the Letters of Abdelhakim Qassim, ed. Mohammad Shoair, Cairo: Merit, 2010
Reviewed by Youssef Rakha
Justice for the young
Why has domestic labour among children exploded in recent years? Gihan Shahine looks into the lives of young house-helpers in search of an answer
Perhaps an African Olympics
During a visit to Egypt, IOC President Jacques Rogge talked about the possibility of the Games coming to the continent. Inas Mazhar reports
100 years
Egypt celebrates the centenary of its history in the Games, reports Ghada Abdel-Kader

A car stalls as the waters of the Mediterranean surge well past the Alexandria Corniche after the coastal city was pounded by a winter storm...


Lebanon needs both unity and justice
As the work of investigators into the Hariri assassination draws to a close, Lebanon must stand resolute, knowing that unity and justice are not an either/or, writes James Zogby
Last word on the elections
While so many cried foul over the results of Egypt's parliamentary elections, the reality is that the opposition parties failed utterly to mount effective campaigns, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Insisting on their humanity
A new book-length study of the Palestinian issue and its history admirably underlines the human struggle against victimhood of the Palestinian people, writes Ramzy Baroud
Can the PA declare a state?
As the Palestinian leadership lets a flood of priceless opportunities slip away, will it have the courage to declare a state, asks Stuart Littlewood
Efforts to halt human trafficking
An international conference under the patronage of Mrs Suzanne Mubarak was held this week in Luxor, aiming to find ways of ending the scourge of human trafficking, writes Mona Mikhail
The Palestinians have rights too
Why do the Palestinians apparently not have the same rights as all other peoples, asks Abdel-Qader Yassine
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