Al-Ahram Weekly Online   4 - 10 October 2007
Issue No. 865
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Questions and some answers
In a brief statement he made on Monday on the occasion of honouring university graduates, President Hosni Mubarak provided plenty of statements that targeted local and foreign audiences...
More than dialogue needed
The secretary-general of the Egyptian-Iranian Friendship Association tells Dina Ezzat that the time is now for Cairo and Tehran to resume full diplomatic relations
Presidential focus
Egypt and Saudi Arabia are trying to ensure a smooth presidential elections process in Lebanon. Dina Ezzat reports
Opening the gaps
Serene Assir examines the significance of the return to Gaza of up to 80 Palestinians stranded in Sinai
Rumour and retribution
The opening shot in an ongoing battle? Shaden Shehab ponders the significance of the latest trial of Al-Dostour 's editor-in-chief
Muddying the law
What should be made of the Supreme Judiciary Council's threat of punitive action against anyone criticising court rulings, wonders Mona El-Nahhas
Consolidating the rank and file
A major step for democracy, say NDP leaders. Another paper tiger, respond independent analysts. Gamal Essam El-Din reviews the ruling party's internal elections
'As political as it gets'
As the demands of the Mahala strikers are met, the prospect of copycat industrial action has grown, writes Karim El-Khashab
A medical conundrum
Starting next year, the number of medical students will be drastically reduced, reports Reem Leila

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