Al-Ahram Weekly Online   27 September - 3 October 2007
Issue No. 864
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

'A matter of life and death'
Egypt's largest workers' action in 20 years began on Sunday. Karim El-Khashab examines the ramifications of this latest strike
United for change
For the first time in 20 years, a coalition of four secular opposition parties was formed to press for greater political reform, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Strictly dialogue
Recent Egyptian-Iranian talks have promised no breakthroughs, Dina Ezzat reports
Playing loose with law
Israel's declaring Gaza "hostile" is but a way to justify its unwarrantable starvation of Palestinians under occupation, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Crawling on hands and knees
The build-up to the "peace conference" is wearing out Abbas's kneecaps, laments Khaled Amayreh
The changing face of the news
Karim El-Khashab reviews the emergence of an "adversarial" press unseen in Egypt since the 1920s
The usual suspects
The police face yet more allegations of torture, reports Karim El-Khashab
'Not a photo-op'
Egypt's UN representative tells Dina Ezzat about the importance of the US-sponsored Middle East peace conference resulting in something concrete and the repercussions if it does not
New party founders?
What does the resignation of the chairman of the Democratic Front Party mean? Mona El-Nahhas seeks answers
Spectre of partition
The battle over who will be Lebanon's next president is the latest front line in the proxy war being fought by regional and international powers, writes Lucy Fielder from Beirut
Al-Qaeda or inside job?
Rumours of power struggles surround the recent suicide bombings targeting Bouteflika, says Faysal Saouli
'We'll revoke Al-Maliki's licence first'
The privatisation of security in Iraq threatens more than innocent civilians, reports Nermeen Al-Mufti
Words, not war with Iran
Iranian President Ahmadinejad's trip to New York this week was marked by protests and opposition, yet many Americans saw an opportunity to promote dialogue and debate, writes Ida Sawyer
Get a move on, then
Darfur featured prominently at the UN this week and the Sudanese government was pleasantly surprised, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Under fire
The Pakistan army may be kingmaker in politics but its realm is shrinking, writes Graham Usher in Rawalpindi
French fox
Sarkozy attempts to kill two birds with one stone. Can he do it? asks Eva Dadrian from Paris
Welcome, Maestro
The Cairo Opera's latest newcomer speaks to Amal Choucri Catta
With a little help from my friends
Digital filmmaking, independent cinema and the 23rd Alexandria International Film Festival (7-11 September): Nahed Nassr keeps her hopes up
Finding the inner Muslim prince
In the third of his Ramadan articles, Eric Walberg looks at the increasing attraction to Islam on the part of Westerners
Sources of authority
The making of fatwas in practice, and by tradition, is a collective process of adapting change to Islam, writes Sheikh Gamal Qotb
The age of fatwas
The traditional wisdom of Islamic jurisprudence is being bent to the whims of politicised fundamentalists, writes Azmi Ashour
This side of terror
Ramadan gives Westerners, and Americans in particular, a different perspective on Islam, writes Ida Sawyer
A global gift
Nashwa Abdel-Tawab discusses how people around the world celebrate the spiritual and religious aspects of Ramadan according to their traditions

Engulfed by the glitter of festive lights, a Palestinian elder sits cross-legged unperturbed by an Israeli police officer who stands guard at one of the entrances of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound during Ramadan in Jerusalem's Old City

Take Tehran next
By Jonathan Cook


Winning a victory
Exercising political rights can lead to results, even for Arab Americans, writes James Zogby
Gazan scenarios
Under domestic pressure, the Israeli government may sabotage the upcoming Washington meeting by authorising a show of force over Gaza, writes Samir Ghattas
Academic shock and awe
The Israeli lobby has enlisted US university presidents to its cause with no debate on US university campuses, writes Sharif Elmusa
It's good to be king
Low turnout in Morocco's legislative elections is good for the monarchy but bad for the country, writes Amr Hamzawy
In Focus: Games of deceit
Though it has failed to implement its agenda, the US still has a few dangerous weapons in its arsenal, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Zoned out

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