Al-Ahram Weekly Online   23 February - 1 March 2006
Issue No. 783
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Update 25 February 12:00 GMT
After Askariya
Iraq invasion enters its final, most horrific act, says Firas Al-Atraqchi
Crunch time
Israel and the US are putting the squeeze on the new Palestinian government and Hamas is looking to its "brothers", writes Graham Usher
Hamas determined
While Israel talks of starving the Palestinians, Hamas continues its preparations for government, reports Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Flying rumours
Rising panic has accompanied the implementation of emergency measures to contain the spread of avian influenza which has also affected a 17 billion pound industry
Poultry industry collapses
The spread of avian flu has devastated a once thriving industry, reports Reem Leila
Candid talk
What does the US want from Egypt, asks Amira Howeidy as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Cairo
Judicial stand-off
Judges have vowed to escalate their campaign for full judicial independence in the face of growing intimidation from the state, writes Mona El-Nahhas
View to a museum
Developing the panoramic surroundings of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in Fustat is on the government's priority list now that Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif has given the go ahead, says Nevine El-Aref
Back to the streets
Kifaya returns to street activism and proves it is still very much alive and kicking, Mohamed El-Sayed reports
Enter the death squads
Is the current Iraqi government a threat to its people, asks Firas Al-Atraqchi
Paradise found
A film about Palestinian suicide bombings is causing controversy, and gaining much accolade, ahead of the Oscars in March, reports Erica Silverman
Opportunities gained or lost?
The high-profile visit by Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to Turkey has put the host country in the spotlight, writes Gareth Jenkins from Ankara
In the first report of its kind, a team of UN human rights experts says Guantanamo Bay should be closed immediately, reports Tamam Ahmed Jama
Corrective measures
Is the market now in freefall? Sherine Abdel-Razek investigates
Of husbands betrayed
On their second outing Amal Choucri Catta finds Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci better received
Mixed messages
The Night Baghdad Fell didn't give Hani Mustafa nightmares. Well, not yet
Auto makeover
Amira El-Noshokaty tried out the latest Cairo has to offer
Band battle
Given the opportunity to be a star, asks Salonaz Sami, would you have what it takes?
Restaurant review
By Injy El-Kashef

TURNING POINT IN IRAQ: The Askariya shrine in Sammaraa before and after Feb 22

What now for Syria?
By Omayma Abdel-Latif
Obituary: Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
By Anouar Abdel-Malek


The prize of regional integration
With oil prices soaring, Arab governments have real opportunity to invest in regional cooperative relations, bolstering the Arab world against uncertainties ahead, writes Gamil Mattar
In the shadow of a mad world
France in 2003 seems nothing like France in 2006. The path from then to now runs through Damascus, writes Hassan Nafaa
America as paper tiger?
Talk of sanctions, as considerations of their efficacy show, are but prelude to military action on Iran and evidence of failure among US strategists, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
Securing the foundations
If the constitution needs amending, so be it. Full democracy is the prize being sought, writes Galal Nassar
Torture most vile
By Salama A Salama

Bahgory: Mohamed Sid-Ahmed

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