Al-Ahram Weekly Online   25 February - 3 March 2010
Issue No. 987
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

No light ahead
Israel's rightwing government is not pursuing peace but rather sabotaging it, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Holding it together
In south Sudan, Arab League chief Amr Moussa made a last ditch appeal for continued Sudanese unity, Dina Ezzat reports from Juba
El-Baradei with Moussa
After receiving a warm welcome at Cairo airport on 19 February, ex-IAEA head Mohamed El-Baradei has embarked upon a media campaign that includes sustained attacks on the regime, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Mohamed Abdel-Baky joined the hundreds of Egyptians who flocked to Cairo airport to welcome El-Baradei
The El-Baradei phenomenon
The entrance of El-Baradei to the Egyptian political scene gives secular and liberal opposition parties a chance to regain ground from Islamists, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Against the odds
What are the chances of the Ghad Party's founder, Ayman Nour, running in the coming presidential polls, Mona El-Nahhas asks
A controversial review
UNHRC's first periodic review of human rights in Egypt ended with government officials pledging to implement a majority of its recommendations, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
In defence of politics
The State Security Supreme Criminal Court will issue its ruling in the Hizbullah cell case in April. Amira Howeidy attended the hearings
Impaired judgement?
Despite widespread opposition, procedures to appoint women to judicial posts at the State Council will be completed, Mona El-Nahhas reports
Unknown, unregistered, but thanks
You don't know what you've got till it's gone. Nevine El-Aref reports on the return of a previously unknown coffin that was only found thanks to the diligence of US customs officers
Migrating south
Developing Upper Egypt is high on the government's to-do list, but not high enough for some investors, Niveen Wahish reports
Export dreams
Can Egypt's non-oil exports be doubled during the coming four years? This is what the government and private sector are aiming for, reports Mona El-Fiqi
Fabricating history
Israel's attempts to establish historical grounds for its existence include stealing, destroying and substituting Islamic heritage, reports Khaled Amayreh in Hebron
The boomerang effect
The assassination on foreign soil of one of Hamas's top leaders is proof that the resistance movement's warnings on Israel are true, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Tormenting the dead
In a typical move, Israel is building a "museum of tolerance" right on top of an ancient Muslim cemetery, writes Khaled Amayreh
Demolishing peace
Israeli house demolitions are the flipside of the coin to illegal settlement building. For peace to have a chance, both must stop, writes Heidi Schramm
Head to head
Both Tehran and Washington have heavily invested in Iraq's forthcoming parliamentary elections, making the voting even more crucial, writes Salah Hemeid
Poor prognosis for Iraq's elections
With elections imminent in Iraq, the mood among the Iraqi community in Syria is a mixture of dismay and disappointment, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
The equation has changed
Hizbullah has vowed to exact equal damage on Israel if it wages war on Lebanon, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif
On-again off-again
Progress towards peace and democracy is halting, but strong reasons for optimism remain, contends Gamal Nkrumah
Tough talk
There is an urgent need for the government to reach out to the southerners, not to try to bully them into submission, now that the Houthis have been quelled, insists Mohamed Hafez
Sahelian vice squad
Niger's coup is wildly popular, but is it a harbinger of democracy and prosperity, asks Gamal Nkrumah
Musical orientalism?
Orientalism in western art and literature has been much commented upon, but a Paris concert series has broken new ground in exploring representations of the orient in music, writes David Tresilian
It's the truth, stupid
An unexpectedly pleasant surprise: Injy El-Kashef goes to the movies
Moving in circles
Bassam El-Zoghbi talks to Osama Kamal about turning the news into an art form
A writer with a different agenda
Scriptwriter Ahmed Abdallah tells Kamal Sultan that the critics are just doing their job
About a bandit
The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur (2009) by Daoud Hari. Random House, New York
The optimism of stones
Nevine El-Aref gives vent to her fantasy and admires some masterpieces at the Aswan International Sculpture Symposium
Singing for what reason?
Patriotic songs have filled Egypt's airwaves in recent years, often linked to football and other sporting events. Are they the expression of a sincere love of Egypt, or an attempt to cash in on people's feelings, asks Enjy El-Naggar
Scents of the past
Osama Kamal explores Egypt's past in the company of one of Port Said's best-known antique dealers and collectors
Upping the antics
Tigers of this particular Chinese Year are out in the open and not in the Woods. Watch out for felines that furrow in the Snow, says Gamal Nkrumah with a wink
In handball, it's not all bad
Despite losing the African Handball Championship to rivals Tunisia, Egypt still earned a berth in the World Championship in Sweden next year. Inas Mazhar reports
Around the World Cup table
At the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Secretary-General Jerome Valcke discussed with journalists the latest on football's showpiece event. Inas Mazhar was there

This Palestinian child throws a stone at Israeli soldiers in Hebron in what might become the third Intifada after Israel revealed plans to destroy two mosques on alleged Jewish heritage sites...


By Hossam Tammam
Opposite effects
By Khalil El-Anani


Still them and us
By Gamal Nkrumah


Ending political monotony
With mid-term legislative elections coming up later this year, what steps can ordinary people take to dispel political monotony, asks Amr Hamzawy
The road to hell
How can Obama expiate America for the sins of Guantanamo and its embrace of torture, asks James Zogby
Staring down a paper tiger
Henry Norr has a history lesson for Obama
Caught red- handed
Can the European countries involved really allow Israel to use their passports for state sponsored extrajudicial killing, asks Ayman El-Amir
Mossad's murderous reach
Israel's practice of extraterritorial assassination is a threat to the very basis of the international order, writes James Petras
Getting away with murder
Israel has been caught with a smoking gun in Dubai, but Washington is turning a blind eye, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed
Another lame summit
Without the collective political resolve necessary to face imminent regional challenges, the annual Arab summit will remain a pointless exercise, writes Hassan Nafaa
The Arab reform process
Democracy is feasible only when it takes on board the specifics of the society it seeks to govern, writes Galal Nassar
US vs Iran in Iraq
Events in Iraq are spinning out of whatever control the US still has there, warns Nicola Nasser
Salama A Salama:
Iranian nukes
Salama A Salama

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