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

A putative peace
The chances of anything positive emerging from the upcoming peace summit on Palestine grow daily less, writes Khaled Amayreh from Ramallah
De facto recognition for the Zionist entity?
Dina Ezzat tries to assess the Arabs' possible gains and concessions in the next peace meeting
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
'United we stand'
Plans to partition Iraq are causing a political earthquake, says Nermeen Al-Mufti
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
'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
Safe waters
Reports of villages being inundated along the Nile banks have raised public concern over the highest flood level for 60 years. But is there anything to really worry about, asks Reem Leila
Opening the gaps
Serene Assir examines the significance of the return to Gaza of up to 80 Palestinians stranded in Sinai
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
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Fatah confronts itself in Gaza, and it's not a pretty picture, observes Saleh Al-Naami
Seven years on
As Palestinians mark a sad anniversary, their plight continues to worsen, laments Khaled Amayreh
Break the stalemate
"Consensus" was the word on almost all lips this week, but there's been nothing to show for it in the presidential race yet, reports Lucy Fielder
Sudan's heart of darkness
The gruesome murder of AU peacekeepers raises questions about the credibility of attempts to stop the violence in Darfur, warns Gamal Nkrumah
Rift in history
Gamal Badawi reviews the origin of the division between Sunni and Shia Islam
Politics versus creed
The undeclared civil war raging in Iraq is not sectarian, but rather political, sparked and driven by US arrogance, writes Amr Elshobaki
Bidding fiasco
Apparently not many bidders were serious at a tender to sell a large chunk of land at Ain Sukhna, turning a potentially elite tourist destination into a dud. Rehab Saad investigates
Fear and fearlessness in Pakistan
General Musharraf has overcome legal challenges to his candidacy to become Pakistan's president for a second time. But with every victory the opposition grows stronger, reports Graham Usher from Islamabad
Constitution hijackers quashed
A US federal court has struck down a section of the controversial Patriot Act, reports Tamam Ahmed Jama
Picking up the thread
Nehad Selaiha looks forward to the opening of theatres at the end of Ramadan
My favourite tycoon
Saad El-Daly, Anwar El-Sadat -- and Jailan Halawi
Nocturnal diversions
There is no question about Ramadan nights being a special time of year, writes Nahed Nassr, but are they equally enjoyable for everyone?
The extraordinary gentlewomen's club
The women-only trend has taken the country by storm: Salonaz Sami and Injy El-Naggar explore the latest perks of their gender
For the final
Inas Mazhar previews the two penultimate games which will produce a final in the African Champions League

LONDON is throbbing with excitement as the opening of "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" -- the most hyped up British museum exhibition in the offing, scheduled for November -- approaches...

Fatimid Cairo restored
By Nevine El-Aref


A breath of eternity
By Rania Khallaf


Ashraf Abdel-Baqi
By Gamal Nkrumah


Who failed the test?
Columbia University shamed itself when its president clumsily attempted to vilify Ahmadinejad, writes Hassan Nafaa
The freedom tug-of-war
Journalists are again vying with the government as promises not to imprison for alleged publication offences have evaporated, writes Mohamed Nour Farahat
Promises to keep
So long as it remains hostage to the agenda of the world's most powerful states, the UN cannot live up to its foundational mandate, writes Ayman El-Amir
Divergent voices
Fatwas sought to ensure unity, but it appears, in this age of instant media and communications, that they are now sowing discord, writes Seif Abdel-Fattah
Countdown to November
Nothing worthwhile is yet on the table of the upcoming meeting on the Middle East, and time is running out, writes James Zogby
Not a success story
Bush presented Al-Anbar as a US victory in Iraq and a vindication of his troop surge. And then it all fell apart, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Logic of extremes

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