Al-Ahram Weekly Online   6 - 12 October 2005
Issue No. 763
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Closer to the red line
Ground battles in Gaza between the PA and Hamas reflect the ascendancy of the Islamic resistance movement as Fatah fights for breath, reports Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank
Winds of change
The NDP has revealed at least some of its candidates who will be contesting the parliamentary elections and there are no surprises, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Hard rain
Ariel Sharon's post-disengagement strategy is starting to emerge and Palestinians are already killing each other in Gaza, writes Graham Usher in Jerusalem
Cynical games
The president and prime minister of Iraq face off with the future of Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi nation enlisted as political backdrop, writes Nermeen Al-Mufti
An American foothold
Another conference in Congress concerning the problems facing expatriate Copts is angering many back home, reports Gihan Shahine
Heading for the freezer?
Mona El-Nahhas watches the Ghad Party power struggle become ever more ferocious
An agenda for the times
The NDP conference set the stage for change within the party and the country
No to force
Following further violence, demonstrations against bombings and assassinations colour the streets of Beirut as investigations continue into their source, writes Mohalhel Fakih
Taxing issues
The draft sales tax law is in need of fine tuning, reports Sherine Nasr
Beyond bullets
With growing public and elite consensus that military action alone is unable to stop terrorism, the New America Foundation convened last week in a conference on the economic response to terrorism, reports Paul Wulfsberg from Washington
"DeLay"ed justice
The indictment of Congressman DeLay sheds some light on the inner workings of the American justice system, writes James Zogby
Sentenced to silence
Spain's sentencing of Al-Jazeera reporter Taysir Allouni brings further to question just how free media in the West really is, writes Serene Assir
Our last defences
Nehad Selaiha searches for the healing power of theatre on the fringe of the 17th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre
Virtuoso illuminations
Winner of the 2005 Prix Laure Bataillon for the best translated work of fiction, Le Livre des illuminations, a translation of Gamal al-Ghitany's Kitab al-tajalliyat, has refocussed French attention on the work of this leading Egyptian novelist. David Tresilian spoke to Khaled Osman, the novel's translator, in Paris
All quiet in museum corridors
ICOM's annual meeting in Alexandria last week was less successful than hoped for. Nevine El-Aref attended

RAMADAN LIGHTS: On Monday 3 October, thousands turned their heads towards the daytime sky in an attempt to catch sight of the sun's annual, crescent-shaped, partial eclipse.


The decline of liberalism
The great victim of the neo-conservative ascendancy will be liberal political systems everywhere, writes Hassan Nafaa
Counterfeit democracy
Can democracy be simulated? Asks Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
Uncertain futures
The fallout from the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza has yet to settle. When it does, writes Samir Ghattas , the political landscape -- for Palestinians and Israelis -- could look very different
Who's watching?
by Salama A Salama

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