Al-Ahram Weekly Online   17 - 23 February 2005
Issue No. 730
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Cry the beloved country
Civil peace in Lebanon was hanging by a thread yesterday, as hundreds of thousands of Lebanese buried their former prime minister in an emotionally charged funeral. Mohalhel Fakih reports from Beirut
Ghosts of the past
Hazem Saghieh detects promise in the panic that followed the assassination of Rafiq Al-Hariri
All eyes on Damascus
News of Al-Hariri's assassination took the Syrian capital by storm, and accusations that Damascus ordered his elimination are empty, writes Sami Moubayed
Opposition blames Damascus
The assassination of Rafiq Al-Hariri has galvanised Lebanon's opposition
Beyond interpretation
Faleh A Jabar unravels the seeming paradoxes of the Iraqi election
The Sunna challenge
The Iraqi elections asserted the preeminence of the united Shia groups and put an end to the ambitions of a number of political claimants. The challenge now is to properly integrate the Sunna, writes Abbas Kadhim
Testing times
Abu Mazen faced down one test to his leadership this week but there are graver ones to come, writes Graham Usher in Jerusalem
US visit soured by Nour arrest
Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit was grilled about the Ayman Nour case in Washington this week, reports Khaled Dawoud
Making a hero
While its leader remains incarcerated, the Ghad Party's unity is being put to the test. Mona El-Nahhas reports
Party consensus repudiates meddling
At the latest national dialogue meeting, ruling and opposition party leaders launched a united attack against foreign intervention, and agreed to delay crucial constitutional issues. Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Back to Tel Aviv
Egypt is in the process of naming its ambassador to Israel after a four-year hiatus, reports Nevine Khalil
Queen dies
Former Queen Nariman died in Egypt today from a brain hemorrhage. She was 72. Nariman was married to the last king of Egypt, Farouk. They were later divorced. See Queen Nariman profile
Far and wide
The consequences of Al-Hariri's assassination go beyond Lebanon's borders. Dina Ezzat reports on the concerns of many
The road to Damascus
Abu Mazen solicits Syrian help in restraining militant Palestinian and Lebanese groups, writes Sami Moubayed from Damascus
New beginning?
Were the Iraqi elections a solution or a quandary? Mohamed El-Anwar from Baghdad assesses the post-elections results
Annan's last spin
In the United Nations, too, business comes before politics, writes Ayman El-Amir
America's refuseniks
The movement to refuse military service in Iraq is on the rise, reports Sharif Abdel-Kouddous from Washington
Fuelling fears
A sudden shortage in gasoline has prompted anxiety among consumers about an imminent price increase, Sherine Nasr reports
Stairways of the nation
The celebrated scriptwriter Wahid Hamed tells Salonaz Sami about the characters in Alaa El-Aswani's immensely popular novel, The Yaqoubian Building
Suspenders of disbelief
Injy El-Kashef questions the meaning of national treasure
Lost souls
How can it be possible that three years after 400 people were burned alive in a third-class train carriage the authorities have yet to hold anyone accountable, asks Fatemah Farag
Distressing reconnaissance
On a third-class train ride, Mustafa El-Menshawy observes the plight of the dispossessed

Carrying Al-Hariri's remains draped in the Lebanese flag


One week on
Ibrahim Nafie reviews developments since the Sharm El-Sheikh summit
An unsolved mystery
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed argues that false premises can adversely affect whatever positive results were achieved in the Sharm El-Sheikh summit
A time for political wisdom in Iraq
Iraqis now have a sense of ownership of the political process. The point, however, is what they will do with it, writes Patrick Seale
The echoes of justice
Behind the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold the right of habeas corpus for detainees at Guantanamo lurks the disquiet of the justices with practices at both Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, writes Ahmed Naguib Roushdy
Different times, different place
After 5,000 years it is time to admit that Egypt has changed. So why not a new constitution, asks Abdel-Moneim Said
Nuclear blackmail
Hassan Abu Taleb examines the implications of the series of leaks from the International Atomic Energy Agency
Ukraine as model
by Salama A Salama

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