Domestically driven regional reform tops the agenda at a conference organised by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, writes Ibrahim Nafie
Rome and Jerusalem revisited
A crucial goal of Zionism since its inception was to transform European (and later other) Jews into European Christians culturally, while continuing to call them Jews. Joseph Massad steps into the Benny Morris debate
The threat of nuclear proliferation
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed warns of the growing trend towards the proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction
Birthdays, pink balloons, red hearts, "freedom": the Western world works hard to construct the world in its image, writes Azmi Bishara
To be freed of the word
In the shadow of a single word -- "terrorism" -- the world has lost its head, giving conservatives and warmongers all the ammunition they need, writes John V Whitbeck
The knowledge economy
The South may appear to have shaken off the colonial North, but research is big business and money is influence, writes Mustafa Kamel El-Sayed
The year of the helping hand
The world and the Sudanese want peace in Sudan, but a lasting peace cannot be brokered by a self-interested, election-conscious American government, writes Curtis Doebbler
East or West?
The closer Europe edges to unity the more it needs to define its global role, writes Anouar Abdel-Malek
Freedom for who?
Last Saturday Al-Hurra television channel, trailed by President George Bush in last month's State of the Union speech, began broadcasting...
When greater means less
US and European politicians, having utterly failed to facilitate a peaceful settlement in the Middle East, are busy looking for other ways by which to pretend to help...
By Salama A Salama
Tackling football's problems
Egyptian soccer has been on a downhill slide since 1962, when it lost the African championship in Addis Ababa...
The Frankfurt Fair
Of all my preoccupations the next round of the Frankfurt International Book Fair is the most pressing, not least because the Arab world is being highlighted at what is probably the most important publishing event in the world...
By Naguib Mahfouz