Al-Ahram Weekly Online   25 - 31 October 2007
Issue No. 868
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Turkey's next battle
Ankara is preparing to launch a military incursion into northern Iraq to target the PKK, writes Gareth Jenkins from Istanbul
Ready and waiting
With Turkey poised for invasion in northern Iraq, the US faces a dilemma, writes Salah Hemeid
Blair's true colours
The real reason Blair was seconded to the Quartet -- liquidating Palestinian resistance to occupation -- appears ever more clear, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Undeclared truce
Lebanon's divided leaders were unusually sociable towards each other this week, but the presidential election suffered yet another delay, Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut
Different face, same policy
The resignation of Iran's chief nuclear negotiator is unlikely to change the course of tense Iranian-Western relations, Rasha Saad reports
Bhutto's bloody homecoming
The carnage that met Benazir Bhutto on her return to Pakistan showed the brutality of the Islamic threat. But it also exposed how weak the answers to it are, writes Graham Usher in Karachi
Full steam ahead
While the NDP is busy preparing the agenda of its ninth congress, the opposition has few hopes the event will signal any change, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Jumping the gun
The Muslim Brotherhood's political party platform is causing controversy even before it is finalised, reports Amira Howeidy
Dawn raid
Families are left homeless in Helwan after being evicted from their homes to make way for a water purification plant, reports Reem Leila
Bitter pill to swallow
Restricting the number of drugstores a single pharmacist may own is not going down well with many pharmacy owners. Reem Leila reports
Much like Auschwitz
Israel's regard for Palestinians can be summed up in how it imprisons and terrorises them, writes Khaled Amayreh in the occupied West Bank
Another invasion?
While straining under occupation, Iraq faces a possible Turkish invasion in the north, writes Nermeen Al-Mufti
Furl the flag
Gamal Nkrumah reflects on Sarkozy's bad week
Peddling nostalgia
Ramadan TV is over, but one serialised drama lives on: Hala Sakr seeks out informed opinion regarding the controversy surrounding the monarch's portrayal in King Farouk, which though restricted to the Saudi satellite channel during Ramadan is now being screened again on national television
Last resort
Suicide is arguably more prevalent in Egypt than it has been in a long time: Sahar El-Bahr reports
Restaurant review: Instinct to return
Serene Assir finds a space to relax, laugh and talk
Time to make or break
Ahli will start its two-legged final on Saturday in Sousse towards claiming the African Champions League for the third time in a row. Inas Mazhar reports from the Tunisian hometown of the challenger Etoile de Sahel

LIBRARY CELEBRATED: Dina Ezzat joins the festivities marking the fifth year of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Peddling nostalgia
By Hala Sakr


Songs of the world
By David Tresilian


Montaser El-Zayyat
By Sahar El-Bahr


To every administration its autumn
As Bush nears leaving office it appears certain that the Arabs have to be blamed for all his failures, writes Gamil Mattar
Flashpoint Iran
US plans for Iran are the same as those it had for Iraq: break a military threat to Israel, writes Amin Howeidi
In focus: The uncertainty principle
Iran may be a paradox, but it is one that has displayed a very particular consistency, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Living in garbage

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