Al-Ahram Weekly Online   10 - 16 February 2011
Issue No. 1034
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875



The 25 January Revolution
(Special issue)



What's next for Egypt?
There are many questions about the country's future, at least in the short term. Dina Ezzat reports
Egypt, after birth pangs
The showdown over the future of the country is far from over. Assem El-Kersh discusses the prospects and implications
25, 28
Youssef Rakha on the first two Days
Cyber revolution
Mohamed Abdel-Baky reports on the role of Internet activists in instigating protests
Testimony from Tahrir
Gerard O'Neill once said: "Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression."
The death of innocence
Nevine El-Aref remembers some of those killed in the course of the revolution

Leaders without disciples
A Committee of the Wise, but who appointed them, asks Amira Howeidy
Beyond the crisis
On Sunday Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zuweil outlined the ways in which he thinks it possible to end the stalemate between the protesters and Egypt's regime, reports Nevine El-Aref
Reforming the constitution
Constitutional amendments are central to the national dialogue between Omar Suleiman and opposition forces, reports Gamal Essam El-Din

Jumping on the bandwagon
After playing no role in the 25 January uprising opposition parties are now seeking to speak for the protesters, reports Mona El-Nahhas
Tactical gains
The Muslim Brotherhood is in a win-win situation, at least for now, reports Dina Ezzat

Is the party over?
What now for the NDP, asks Gamal Essam El-Din

What has really changed?
The search is on for an answer to the most pertinent questions: What exactly has changed in Egypt and where to go from here? Assem El-Kersh asked figures on the scene

Conspiracy, treason or corruption?
Although the disappearance of the police forces across Egypt on the fourth day of the demonstrations remains a huge mystery, Jailan Halawi attempts an explanation
Switching sides
Normally at odds with the government, Bedouins of the Sinai supported government troops in repelling an assault by non-Egyptian militants, Amirah Ibrahim reports
Smoke and sweet potatoes
Nesmahar Sayed takes refuge

The price to pay
Sherine Abdel-Razek reports on the cost Egypt is paying for change to happen
Communication loss
Cuts in mobile and Internet connections were a lose-lose situation, writes Nader Habib
Hand in hand
Last decade's communications revolution changed the lives of millions of people in this country, most of all the young...
Nose down
The violent clashes and chaos which have been sweeping Egypt for more than two weeks have shaken the aviation business, Amirah Ibrahim reports

Placebo effect
A package of policies catering to the public's social needs was well received, but people want more, Mona El-Fiqi reports
Budget restraints
Can the government afford its new-found generosity, wonders Niveen Wahish
An illusive trickle-down
Changing the cabinet was President Mubarak's first step to calm street anger. Sherine Abdel-Razek assesses the economic performance of Nazif's government during its six-year tenure

Friend or foe
Should President Hosni Mubarak resign? It is a question that is polarising families as well as the public, writes Shaden Shehab
Nasser and now
There are fascinating parallels between recent events and Egypt's past, according to Hoda Abdel-Nasser. Gamal Nkrumah sounds the chief seraph of her father's legacy out
The silent majority?
While many Egyptians have spoken with their feet over the past two weeks, others think there are other roads to change, says Dena Rashed

People power
They pitched tents, waived flags, paraded posters and stopped traffic. Tahrir Square packed them in on Tuesday in what was reportedly the largest gathering since the protests erupted on 25 January...
Photos by Sherif Sonbol
Bread crisis averted
As Egypt witnesses unprecedented demonstrations, supplying the local market with bread becomes a priority, reports Nesma Nowar
Can't get enough
The market is regaining its balance after a week of price hikes and a commodity purchase spree, Sherine Nasr reports
'Mummy, what's a revolution?'
Egyptian families have faced additional worries over recent days, as Nesmahar Sayed explains

The writing on the wall
A thug riding his camel, cracking a whip and brandishing a sword, is a frightening sight indeed; but, argues Injy El-Kashef, more frightening still is the YouTube clip exposing him to the world
Lost credibility
The state run media's credibility has reached an all time low, writes Doaa El-Bey
When the keyboard stopped
The severing of the Internet posed for Egypt's e-journalism its first big test, Nader Habib reports

'Don't let the flower die'
Egypt's writers, artists and thinkers have in the main supported the demands of the 25 January revolution. Rania Khallaf gauges their views
In the footsteps of Taha Hussein
Appointed minister of culture in this week's new government, writer and academic Gaber Asfour has long modelled himself on pioneering Egyptian writer Taha Hussein, explains Osama Kamal
Acting out the revolution
Gamal Nkrumah interviews a quartet of Egypt's cinematic stars on their take on events

Not getting away with it
Looters were prevented from removing their spoils from the Egyptian Museum, and restoration of the 70 artefacts damaged during the foiled raid has already been completed, reports Nevine El-Aref

Egypt is not Iran
Far from bringing comfort to the Iranian leadership, Egypt's revolution is inspiring Iran's democratic opposition, writes Rasha Saad
Palestinian escape stories
Thousands of prisoners have escaped from Egyptian jails over recent days, including many Palestinians
Pre-emptive strike
Calls for protests against the Syrian regime have so far been unsuccessful, spurring debate about why the country has been so unresponsive, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Israel's Ikhwan mantra
Israel's pro-Mubarak stance is explained by its desire to preserve its interests in the region, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
Listening to the people
Events in Egypt provide a fine example of how the US does and doesn't formulate its foreign policy, finds Ezzat Ibrahim
Cookie-cutter cuisine
The US has baked itself into a corner. It should learn to enjoy the fruits of its labour, says . Eric Walberg

New nation
Will Sudan cut in two find a way to heal, asks Gamal Nkrumah
At home and away
Oula Farawati in Amman takes the pulse of the Jordanian street, and talks to Egyptians who "just want to go home"
'We're all Egyptians'
The Lebanese have been glued to television coverage of Egypt's protests, but so far there has been more talk than action as a result, reports Lucy Fielder from Beirut

On the same street
Living next to the president has its ups and downs, reports Alaa Abdel-Ghani
Time out
The whistle has blown indefinitely on the country's sporting life. Ahmed Morsy reports

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