Al-Ahram Weekly Online   16 - 22 February 2006
Issue No. 782
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

The not-so-simple truth
A year after Al-Hariri's death and Lebanon is increasingly haunted by the ghosts of its past, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif from Beirut
Local councils in limbo
In spite of strong domestic and foreign objections, the People's Assembly quickly approved a controversial legislative amendment postponing municipal elections for two years. Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Shias pick kingpin
As Al-Jaafari looks set to continue as prime minister, security and the occupation remain everyday horrors, writes Nermeen Al-Mufti from Baghdad
Face to face with ancient royals
The first intact tomb since Tutankhamun's has been found in the Valley of the Kings. Nevine El-Aref witnessed the discovery
Paying the price?
An Egyptian diplomat in Gaza was kidnapped and then released. Magda El-Ghitany explores the ramifications on Egyptian-Palestinian relations
Discourse in a day
The ruling party met the government to debate the ways and means of implementing President Hosni Mubarak's presidential campaign programme
Corruption of all sorts
The People's Assembly featured fiery debates on alleged high-profile corruption in government circles, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Engineering a thaw
Is the Engineers Syndicate crisis nearly over? Mona El-Nahhas tries to find out
The terror of occupation
If coalition troops are protecting Iraq from terrorism, who is protecting Iraqis from coalition troops, asks Firas Al-Atraqchi
The general and the Ayatollah
Following a historic accord struck between Hizbullah and Lebanon's Christians, Michel Aoun speaks to Omayma Abdel-Latif about the new moment in Lebanese politics
Strengthening the line
A presidential cabinet shake-up leaves Syria's Baath Party more firmly in command, writes Sami Moubayed
A new social contract
Mona El-Fiqi leafs through Egypt's new human development report
M is for mortgage
Houses, people, money: Sherine Abdel-Razek examines moves to bring the three together
Tolerance and co-existence
The Danish cartoon controversy reaching boiling point, Magda El-Ghitany delves into the issues underlying tensions between Europe and Islam
See no evil
A damning report accuses Europe of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses allegedly committed on its soil in the name of fighting terrorism. Tamam Ahmed Jama reports from Paris
Mitigating resistance
Isabella Camera d'Afflitto, Italy's leading translator of Arabic literature, speaks with Hala Halim of the strategies she employs in translating -- and promoting -- contemporary literary texts
Timely release
A new Danish film about suspicions surrounding Palestinians in Copenhagen advocates intercultural dialogue. Samir Farid writes from Berlin
IBM your body
Kiss your diet good-bye. Amira El-Noshokaty puts you on the latest fitness strategy


Engimatic discovery
by Nevine El-Aref


Can music heal?
By Amira El-Noshokaty


Bush is unexceptional
There is nothing new under the sun when it comes to George W Bush, though the future remains unwritten, writes Elie Nasrallah
More lists, please
Are acts of salvation, courage and deliverance meaningful only if the saved are Jews, asks Mulham Assir
Showdown of cultures
It is time to address the core of contentious divisions across cultures, and between states and regions, instead of masking them in an empty "dialogue of civilisations", writes Ayman El-Amir
Cartoon awakening
Ramzy Baroud inches towards a positive media strategy
Why not Hamas?
by Salama A Salama


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