Al-Ahram Weekly Online   8 - 14 April 2004
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ShiaDeeper into the quagmire
The Shia Intifada represents the greatest challenge yet faced by the US-led occupation and its plans for Iraq. Graham Usher reports from Sadr City in Baghdad
Free to be like US
Freedom of speech only means so much in the new Iraq, reports Nermeen Al-Mufti
JerusalemLooking for trouble
Israel this week upped the ante at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque when hundreds of policemen indiscriminately attacked thousands of Muslim worshippers, reports Khaled Amayreh
Qualified green light
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is likely to gain the conditional backing of the Bush administration for his Gaza disengagement plan at a time both leaders are eager for even small successes, Khaled Dawoud reports from Washington
Who runs the river?
Neither Egypt nor the downstream Nile Basin nations are messing about on the river, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Political agenda for Mubarak-Bush summit
With several key issues related to regional security at stake, US officials are welcoming President Hosni Mubarak's visit to Texas next week. Khaled Dawoud reports from Washington
Summit rescue mission
Dina Ezzat follows the upbeat Egyptian and Arab diplomacy that is trying to save the Arab summit
No picnic at the ranch
US President George Bush's summit meeting with President Hosni Mubarak will address a number of substantial differences over US foreign policy. Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Believable guilt?
Found guilty of seeking to spy for Israel, a state security court sentenced a young lawyer to 15 years behind bars. Jailan Halawi reports
Treasuring peace
The first Tutankhamun exhibition to be held in Europe for more than two decades opened in the presence of Mrs Suzanne Mubarak. Nevine El-Aref attended the grand inauguration in Basel, Switzerland
Sudanese uncertainties
Washington's latest reprimand is set to rile the Sudanese as they struggle with stalled peace processes in the south and the west of the country, writes Gamal Nkrumah
The Hamas factor
Palestinian factions have been holding intensive meetings to formulate a joint command that would run Gaza if and when the Israeli army leaves, Khaled Amayreh reports
IndonesiaA dangerous trend
The results of the Indonesian and Sri Lankan polls have sent ripples across the Indian Ocean, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Congress contests BJP's secular image
Vajpayee hopes that a growing "feel good factor" in India will help him win a second mandate as the world's largest democracy heads to the polls later this month, writes Jaideep Mukerji from New Delhi
Rout of the right
The left is making unexpected inroads into Western Europe as the results of Sunday's French regional elections clearly show, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Magic pills
When it comes to diets, pills will not provide the answer. Yasmine El-Rashidi uncovers the menace behind the magic
Home alone
National Orphan's Day was launched on 2 April. The controversial implications were not lost on Amira El-Noshokaty who attended the event
Goal of his life
Egypt's newly-appointed football coach expresses his hopes and fears at a press conference. Nashwa Abdel-Tawab reports

Iraqi men shout during a rally --caption--


By Sinan Antoon


Egyptian vision
President Mubarak's meetings next week with President Bush could not come at a more crucial time, writes Ibrahim Nafie
Not Pepsi or Coke
Arab-Americans who identify with conservatism and tradition should rethink their alliance with Bush, writes Azmi Bishara
Taking stock
Facts on the ground may be grim in Iraq, but a regional and global logic can still be discerned, writes Hassan Nafaa
Illusions of reform
Arab intellectuals talk about reform but don't want to think about Islamism, writes Hassan Abu Taleb
Picking up the pieces
The UN is hardly well placed to step into an Iraq that it was complicit in ruining. The time is now for it to renew its legitimacy by addressing the issues independently of conquering powers, writes Ayman El-Amir
Egypt's education
Ahmed Ezzat Abdel-Karim, one of Egypt's most famous historians, is probably best known for his 1934 work on the history of the country's modern education which was published in Al-Ahram. Professor Yunan Labib Rizk reviews the study

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