Al-Ahram Weekly Online   28 January - 3 February 2010
Issue No. 983
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Time for fair play
Alaa Abdel-Ghani and Dina Ezzat report on yet another Egyptian-Algerian donnybrook intentionally being played down
Russian razzmatazz
The 2010 Cairo International Book Fair promises more than Pushkin -- with Pelevin, Prigov and Petrushevskaya, notes Gamal Nkrumah
Disastrous deluge
The widescale damage left by flash floods in three governorates revives questions about the lack of crisis management plans, reports Mohamed El-Sayed
Brotherhood changes tack?
Mohamed Badei, the newly-elected supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, uses his first week in office to issue a series of conflicting statements, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Wall to wall
Dina Ezzat examines the debate over the two walls on Egypt's eastern borders
No interference
The Nagaa Hammadi attack attracted widespread condemnation from abroad. The government, however, insists it is an exclusively domestic concern, reports Doaa El-Bey
Banking on people power
Nasserist MP Hamdeen Sabbahi plans to contest the presidential elections as a "popular candidate". He explains his strategy to Amira Howeidy
Hope collapsing
It's not enough to have thousands of people suffering from cancer. Now they find themselves forced to do without tried and trusted help until further notice, Reem Leila reports
Testing the veil
ALTHOUGH the Supreme Administrative Court has lifted the ban on the niqab students are still banned from examination rooms after arriving in face veils, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
SOS from local industries
Local industries continue to suffer the repercussions of the international financial crisis, Mona El-Fiqi reports
Conspicuous failure
From rich sounding promises, Obama's Israel-Palestine policy appears reduced to simply managing, not resolving, the conflict, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Date of no significance
An expired parliament and presidency make no difference to inter-Palestinian discourse, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Lebanon mourns
A plane crash plunged Lebanon into mourning mixed with speculation this week, reports Lucy Fielder in Beirut
Biden fails in Iraq
Shia determination to keep former Baathists out of Iraq's next elections has dealt a blow to Washington's desire for their rehabilitation, writes Salah Hemeid
Turkey scores against Israel
The lesson of a recent diplomatic spat is that Tel Aviv needs Ankara much more than Ankara needs Tel Aviv, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
More than they can chew
Gamal Nkrumah examines the ramifications of the three-pronged rebellion bedevilling the Yemeni authorities
Creating new heroes
Faced with a resurgent Al-Qaeda in Yemen the Obama administration seems to have learned nothing, writes Graham Usher in New York
Desert quagmire
Yemen's slide into chaos is sending shock waves throughout the region and even the world, documents Mohamed Hafez
Where's our Mandela?
Singular, inspiring and resolute leadership is above all what the Arab and Islamic world needs, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed
Let there be love
Two journalists, two women, two world views. Oprah Winfrey asked the questions, Injy El-Kashef gave her answers
A textual vacuum
Nehad Selaiha encounters a strange case of language failure
From arabe to beur
The cultural history of Arab and North African immigration to France is on display at the country's national museum of immigration, writes David Tresilian in Paris
European delight
Ati Metwali sums up an unusual week
The many faces of a coffeehouse
Few places are more heavily laden with memory than Zahret Al-Bostan, the coffeehouse tucked in a side alley not far from Talaat Harb Square in downtown Cairo. Osama Kamal joins in the coffee ritual
Hope against hepatitis C
A new centre for treating hepatitis C is offering new hope to patients, but ways of combating the threat effectively have still to be found, writes Ahmed Abu Ghazala
Marriage: a first-aid guide
Learning how to lead a successful married life has become more necessary than ever, reports Ghada Abdel-Kader
Again Algeria
After ousting Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt will meet a familiar foe in the semi-finals. Abeer Anwar reports

Egypt celebrates against Cameroon and hopes the festivities continue against Algeria in tonight's semi-final in the Africa Cup of Nations..


A Nubian journey
By Haggag Ouddul and Sherif Sonbol


Context to catastrophe
By Curtis Doebbler


Committing to Afghanistan
By David Tresilian


The grand Zionist façade
Assertions without substance, prejudice without apology, violence without regret; these are the foundations of the Zionist dream of Israel, writes Shahid Alam
When the alternative is not so different after all
Unseemly wrangling over power within the Muslim Brotherhood may have terminally damaged the group's public credibility, writes Khalil El-Anani
Glimpsing the post-crisis world
On the back of the global financial crisis, the balance of power is shifting from debtors to creditors, and foremost to China, writes Galal Nassar
Transparent truths
We need to redefine corruption the better to fight it, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
After Massachusetts
For Obama, the best form of defence is attack: to be clearer and more resolute on his reform agenda, writes James Zogby
Salama A Salama:
A brave voice

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