Al-Ahram Weekly Online   2 - 8 March 2006
Issue No. 784
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

On the brink
Can Iraq agree on a national unity government to pull it back from the spectre of civil war, asks Omayma Abdel-Latif
Publish and be... jailed
Jailan Halawi reports on the latest stand-off between Egyptian journalists and the state
The curate's egg of compensation
Reem Leila reports on planned payments to those hardest hit by the avian flu virus
Before and after Askariya
Iraq's tragic drama ascended in intensity to a whole new level, though the worst has been so far forestalled, writes Firas Al-Atraqchi
The myth of civil war
The bombing of the Samaraa sacred shrine roused leaders to call for calm and tolerance. Abbas Kadhim hopes it is just the beginning
Federal choices needed
At all costs, Iraq's disintegration must be avoided, which means altering the constitution and moving towards effective, not sectarian, federalism, writes Yahia Said
"There is ethnic cleansing"
Muthana Hareth Al-Dari, spokesman of the influential Iraqi Association of Muslim Scholars, tells Amira Howeidy that the time has come for everyone, including Sunnis, to arm themselves
Tour of duty
The agenda of a series of high-level Arab consultations conducted by President Mubarak was complex. Dina Ezzat reports
Expectant still
Twelve months after President Mubarak announced Article 76 would be amended, and the public still awaits the reform of Egypt's political life, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Empire of the sun
An Ancient Egyptian sun temple has been found in Matariya, reports Nevine El-Aref
Falling to pieces
The Wafd Party is descending into chaos. And it is not alone, reports Mona El-Nahhas
Hamas throws a hardball
Hamas fires its first political volley: that before negotiations can occur, Israel must recognise Palestine, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Israel's clear-cut policy
The Israeli government has met Hamas's election win with confusion but its policy toward the Palestinians is clear, writes Graham Usher
Neighbourly diplomacy
Both Iran and Arab Gulf states see dialogue as the only way to address fears over the Iranian nuclear file, Rasha Saad reports
Rumsfeld on the warpath
Rumsfeld to fight it out in the public opinion front, writes Emad Mekay from New York
Reductio ad absurdum
Nehad Selaiha hails the Arabic premiere of Jean Genet's Le Balcon at Al-Hanager
The reclusive oracle
The message is clear, the film crude. Hani Mustafa finds little to write home about in Fattah Eineik
Cliché galore
In a new release, Mohamed El-Assyouti finds the same old caricature of Islamic fundamentalism -- with a generous twist of moralising


Restaurant review
by Youssef Rakha

Days after the devastating bombing of a sacred Shia mosque in Samaraa, north of Baghdad, Shias in London took to the streets in passionate support of the unity of Iraq, rejecting all attempts to divide the nation along sectarian lines

Living murder
By Nermeen Al-Mufti


Canons of monotheism
By David Tresilian


Please smile while under the boot
The self-righteous arrogance with which the West feigns shock at Muslim reactions to humiliation reveals how deeply the colonial attitude runs in the Occident, writes Mulham Assir
Seeing the bigger picture
While Danish caricatures of Islam were offensive and insensitive, we all can do more in moving towards tolerant and common understanding, writes Pernille Bramming
An exercise of will
Amin Howeidi seeks to bridge the gap between crises and competence
What a shame
The cronyism of Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank is ruining the institution and driving the best of its staff out, writes Mohamed Hakki
The Iranian connection
by Salama A Salama
Editorial: Sedition in Iraq

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