Al-Ahram Weekly Online   17 - 23 March 2005
Issue No. 734
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Dialogue and semantics
Round three of the Palestinian factions' dialogue in Cairo did not yield ceasefire results but reflected unprecedented inter-Palestinian agreement, writes Amira Howeidy
Changing the rules
The presence of Ayman Nour, discussions of constitutional amendments and the People's Assembly law spiced up the third round of national dialogue, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
'A risk worth taking'
Ayman Nour tells Mona El-Nahhas that running for president and working to restore party unity top his post-release agenda
Raising the stakes
The mass demonstration in Beirut on Monday was not just to protest against Syria's lingering presence in Lebanon: It was to announce the Lebanese opposition as a major political force, writes Graham Usher in Beirut
Too much hype
It is too early to measure the impact of reform movements in the Middle East, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif
In our hands
Iraq's Kurds are skillfully using their power as a minority to advance their own interests, but will the cost be turmoil, asks Nermeen Al-Mufti
Marx in Iraq
Mohamed El-Anwar in Baghdad talks to Hamid Majid Moussa, leader of the Iraqi Communist Party
In slow motion
The second conference on Arab reform fails to impress Sherine Bahaa
Demands up in the air
Air controllers end their week-long go-slow with none of their demands met, reports Amirah Ibrahim
'Nobody's listening'
The government-controlled GFTU tells Esco workers to go back to work or else, reports Faiza Rady
Enough, reiterated
The first Kifaya (Enough) conference underlined the rejection of the political establishment but offered no strategy on how it might be countered, reports Amira Howeidy
Second wind
After slowing to a crawl for three years, the privatisation programme has witnessed rapid developments during the last six months. Sherine Abdel-Razek reports
Balanced diet?
Hani Mustafa samples an offering of many flavours
Action-hero dynasties
Mohamed El-Assyouti celebrates the lineage of a recent box-office hit
'You can never be strong enough'
As the number of single mothers continues to rise, Serene Assir listens to accounts of tragedy, hope and heroism

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On democracy
by Azmi Bishara
Ruby and the chequered heart
by Abdel-Wahab M Elmessiri


Pulling together
Ibrahim Nafie urges political forces to unite and not squander the opportunities that will come with the amendment of Article 76
The reform impetus
There is a bitter irony in the fact that reforming the Arab League may also require a little nudge from without, writes Gamil Matar
Beyond Mubarak
It would seem, writes Salah Montasser, that military rule in Egypt is over
On NATO's future
A subject of global concern is the transformation now underway in NATO, comments Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
Get to the meat!
by Salama A Salama

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