7 - 13 October 2004
Issue No. 711
|Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875|
Update: 9 October 11:30 PMExplosion at Egypt's Taba resort
A car-bomb explosion at Egypt's Taba Hilton has left 34 confirmed dead so far. Yasmine El-Rashidi reports from Taba
US and Iraq forces may crush the insurgency in Sunni areas. This is not the same as winning the peace, writes Salah Hemeid
Sharon pounds Gaza
The Israeli army steps up its barbarous butchering at defenceless Palestinians in Gaza, reports Khaled Amayreh
In the crossfire
Iraqi civilians continue to be the main victims of the brute force unleashed by the US forces in Iraq, Hassan Hamid reports from Baghdad
Heavy US aerial bombardment wrecked havoc in Iraqi cities. Ahmed Mukhtar from Falluja gives an eye-witness account
'The summer before the dark'
The spectre of the war on Iraq continues to haunt Tony Blair, reports Alistair Alexander from London
Questioning the conference
Despite Egypt's announcement that it will host an international conference on Iraq, reports Rasha Saad, the planned gathering's fate seems far from certain
Gihan Shahine talks to the Egyptian hostages who were released after several gruelling days in captivity
The struggle over who will chair the Arab Journalists' Federation left the Egyptian Press Syndicate in turmoil, writes Shaden Shehab
In Washington's good books?
Have most Arab governments decided to vote for Bush? Looking at Syria, the answer could be: Yes. Khaled Dawoud reports from Washington
Lebanon at the crossroads
Walid Jumblatt remains defiant. An attempt on the life of one of his top allies failed to silence him, reports Mohalhel Fakih from Beirut
Reformists laid low
Saudi reformists are growing more pessimistic as the kingdom applies brakes on the political reform process, by Rashid Abu Al-Samh
Tariff reduction and neo-liberal propaganda
Tariff reductions have repeatedly failed to bring about the development and industrialisation that developing countries need. Salah El-Amrousi argues that we should learn from experience
American theatre critic Martha W Coigney spoke to Yasmine El-Rashidi about theatre and peace
Save your marriage now!
Speaking openly about sexual relations remains largely taboo in Egypt, even within marriage. Reham El-Adawi meets a woman who is trying to break down the wall of silence around pleasure
CONFLICTS OF GRIEF: Israeli atrocity reaches a new zenith as the body of Wafi Assaliyah is brought to his house in the Jebaliya refugee camp in sight of his children...
by Zaid Al-Ali
No to negativism
A dynamic reform process requires an end to quibbling, writes Ibrahim Nafie
First among equals?
Well, nothing could equal the inanity of the Arabs at the UN last week, writes Hassan Nafaa
The Western connection
Diaa Rashwan reviews the history of connections between the Muslim Brotherhood and Western parties
Escaping the spiral
In demanding Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi be put on trial Arab intellectuals are inciting, not opposing, violence, argues Gamal Zayda
by Salama A Salama
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