Al-Ahram Weekly Online   4 - 10 February 2010
Issue No. 984
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

The will to win
Alaa Abdel-Ghani and Dena Rashed identify the tried and trusted formula that presented Egypt with a third consecutive victory
A nation rejoices
Across the country, Egyptians from all walks of life celebrated as the national football team won the Africa Cup of Nations. Dina Ezzat joined the festivities
Hell and high water
While relief efforts continue to help rebuild the lives of the victims of the floods accusations of negligence emerged, reports Mohamed El-Sayed
Changing Brotherhood faces
In his second week of office the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei appointed three hardline conservatives to leading positions, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
No more trafficking
Parliament is about to endorse a comprehensive new antiquities law that will incorporate all the requirements suggested by the Ministry of Culture, reports Nevine El-Aref
The woes of Suleiman
A judicial ruling has forced former minister of housing Ibrahim Suleiman to resign both from parliament and as chairman of the Maritime Petroleum Services Company (MPSC), Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Electrically attractive
The government is allowing the private sector to own, not only operate, power plants, reports Sherine Nasr
Abbas at a loss
His political credibility wagered on the peace process, Palestinian President Abbas is not coping well with Israel's perpetual intransigence, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Several birds, one stone
Israel's assassination of a top Hamas official is clearly aimed at forcing the resistance group into a military response, writes Saleh Al-Naami
The return of Goldstone
Israel's vicious counter-campaign against the UN fact-based report on its war on Gaza continues as the time approaches when further action will be considered, writes Amira Howeidy
Mission not impossible
Efforts to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1701 in Lebanon have met with success, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams tells Omayma Abdel-Latif
Change or we'll charge
By way of two executions of Iranian opposition figures, ostensibly a signal to domestic and foreign protagonists, Iran has lost the advantage of years of shrewd diplomacy and regional manoeuvring, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
Pluralism or perplexity?
Asmaa Al-Husseini looks at how the elections are shaping up in Sudan
First guns, then butter
The Yemeni government now has the blessing of the West and, along with it, the promise of arms and economic aid, says Mohamed Hafez
Whiter than white
The much awaited appearance of Tony Blair at the Iraq Inquiry went surprisingly smoothly. Mohamed Al-Zahed followed the show
Reconciling the irreconcilable
In London, Afghanistan President Karzai charted his road to peace with the Taliban, but it is not clear whether the US will follow it, writes Graham Usher in New York
Bingo Bingu
Good-bye Gaddafi, welcome Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria. Gamal Nkrumah assesses the crises besetting the AU
Voyage of the absurd
France is celebrating the centenary of the birth of playwright Eugène Ionesco, an intriguing influence on modern Arabic literature, writes David Tresilian in Paris
Post-Orientalism in new hues
The humanist aspect of artist Adel El-Siwi's new exhibition will work magic in the market and gallery alike. The painter pours his heart out to Gamal Nkrumah
Fluffing peacock feathers
Cotton, Climate and Camels In early Islamic Iran: A Moment in World History, by Richard Bullet, New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. PP22
The Butterfly Dream
Fawwaz Haddad, The Unfaithful Translator, Beirut: Riyad El-Rayyes, 2008, 488 pages
Beautiful in green?
Why hire professionals to redecorate the house when you can do it yourself, asks Salonaz Sami
The Pharaohs of Egypt have won their seventh Africa Cup of Nations and a record third in a row, Abeer Anwar reports
What we and others said
Ahmed Morsy listened to voices from the street and looked at what the outside world had to say about Egypt's third successive African triumph

The tried and trusted formula that presented Egypt with a third consecutive victory...


Don't forget Sudan
The secession of southern Sudan could pose a serious threat to Egypt's national security, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
When Israel joins NATO
If Israel succeeds in joining NATO, its regional belligerency would be backed by the collective strength of the entire alliance. Before that happens, will the Arabs react, asks Galal Nassar
Obama's disappointment
The reality of Washington is now being reflected in the face of Barack Obama -- a city where politics is not the art of the possible, but business as usual, writes Hassan Nafaa
Putting peace front and centre
To get Middle East peace back on the agenda, the Arabs need to seize the initiative, writes James Zogby
The colonial prism
Blair's arrogant intransigence on Iraq is reminiscent of the colonial and imperial era that many thought was history, writes Ayman El-Amir
Beware the coming war
Tel Aviv's recent rhetoric is further proof that Israel cannot exist outside the cycle of perpetual war, writes Ramzy Baroud
Perpetuating violence
The premise of fighting terror with violence is nonsensical, counter-productive, and based on cynical private profit, writes Curtis Doebbler
Salama A Salama:
Freedom matters

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