Al-Ahram Weekly Online   22 - 28 January 2004
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A compass for reform
If everyone agrees that reform is essential, its direction remains controversial, writes Ibrahim Nafie

Mars to Earth
The landing of a small machine on Mars has sent human imagination soaring. But here on earth, says Azmi Bishara , it's business as usual

Of religion and politics
France's decision to ban the veil reflects the depth of the crisis in western liberalism, writes Awatef Abdel-Rahman

Vague comfort
A split in the Muslim Brotherhood is not to be expected yet, writes Amr Elchoubaki

An unholy alliance
International capitalism, and a resurgent religious fundamentalism, combine to further oppress women, argues Nawal El-Saadawi

Can the clock be turned back?
New revelations concerning Bush's plans to go to war against Iraq lead Mohamed Sid-Ahmed to raise critical questions on the future of America's Middle East policies

Time to remember
Whatever the discursive niceties it is important to realise that Israel is Zionist, and that Zionism displaces and kills, writes Ghada Karmi

Cartoon by Gomaa
Cartoons by Fathi

An act of vandalism
What Zvi Mazel, Israeli ambassador to Stockholm, did in Sweden, speaks volumes about the intentions and attitude of Israel's extreme right...

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Iraqi unity
As the spectre of ethnic and sectarian divisions loom over their country, it is imperative Iraqis start thinking of what they must do to stay together...
By Salama A Salama

Seven steps
Political and constitutional reform has topped the agenda of Egyptian political and civil society since the 1970s...
By Hussein Abdel-Razeq

French dreams
Concerning the article published in the French magazine L'Expresse, in which my Ahlam Fatrat Al- Naqaha (Recuperation Dreams) was compared to Graham Greene's later writing...
By Naguib Mahfouz

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