Al-Ahram Weekly Online   13 - 19 October 2005
Issue No. 764
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Make or break
The outcome of Saturday's referendum on Iraq's new constitution is shrouded in uncertainty, reports Salah Hemeid
Syria's minister commits suicide
Syria's Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan committed suicide in his office early Wednesday, reports Sami Mobayed from Damascus
The last call
The NDP will release the complete list of its candidates for the parliamentary elections tomorrow, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
United they stand?
Well, almost, finds Amira Howeidy, as she speaks with key figures in the United National Front for Change
Empowering the opposition
Omayma Abdel-Latif meets Aziz Sidqi, the man who convinced opposition groups to bury long-held hatchets and unite
Louder and louder
The banned Muslim Brotherhood is gearing up for a greater role on university campuses, reports Mustafa El-Menshawy
Atoms for peace
Mohamed El-Baradei, winner of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, uses the award to appeal for nuclear non-proliferation, reports Dina Ezzat
Mother courage
Nesmahar El-Sayed meets Nobel laureate El-Baradei's hidden mentor
Deep wounds
Sami El-Leithi spent nearly four years at the notorious US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay. Back in Egypt, he tells his horrifying tale to Reem Nafie
Arrests in 'museum curse' case
The three Ancient Egyptian limestone statuettes which disappeared three weeks ago from the basement of the Egyptian Museum have been recovered in an undercover operation, reports Nevine El-Aref
Damage control
A Qatari emir is accused of killing innocent bystanders after taking part in an illegal car race, and then fleeing the country with the alleged help of the police. Magda El-Ghitany watches the government try to soothe a nation's humiliation
Clutching at straws
While rivalries continue to surface in Palestinian politics, Abbas and the PA may need Hamas in the long run, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Under pressure
While the international process of demonising Damascus continues at full speed, the Syrians have no option but to strike a deal. But, Sherine Bahaa investigates, at what cost?
Pakistan's earthquake, Musharraf's test
Pakistan's worst natural disaster in living memory has thrown up an unexpected political opportunity, writes Graham Usher in Islamabad
The blame game
The Pakistani earthquake was described as retribution for the rulers' misdeeds and particularly for the "massive rigging of local government elections in the holy month of Ramadan", reports Iffat Idris from Islamabad
A reluctant betrothal
In the wake of the agreement between the EU and Turkey to begin accession negotiations, both sides appear to be waking to the fact that they do not really want each other after all, writes Gareth Jenkins from Ankara
Risky business
Dina Ezzat reports on the hazards faced by the Arab League mission arriving in Baghdad ahead of a proposed reconciliation conference for Iraq

An Iraqi army soldier casts a shadow on a fence with posters promoting the country's new constitution in Baqouba...


Return to unity
The Palestinian Intifada brought to light the flaws of the Oslo years as well as the machinations of the State of Israel. A revived Palestine Liberation Organisation is the way to address both, writes Nayef Hawatmeh
'Exit strategy'
Washington must decide now when and how its troops can withdraw from Iraq, writes Immanuel Wallerstein
Mission impossible?
Gamil Matar examines the minefields Amr Moussa will have to negotiate in Iraq
Terror and historical determinism
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed discusses terror and the challenge of death
Where angels fear
Arab states might believe that by encouraging Sunnis to endorse the permanent constitution they are working for Iraqi unity, but the opposite would result, writes Abdullah Al-Ashaal
From the president to parliament
The bigger test for Egyptian democracy lies in the People's Assembly elections in November. It is unlikely that the ruling party will cede power easily, writes Khalil El-Anani

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