Al-Ahram Weekly Online   1 - 7 November 2007
Issue No. 869
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Regaining the lead
Dina Ezzat gauges reaction to an Egyptian presidential commitment to develop peaceful nuclear energy
A parallel PLO
Palestinian factions plan an alternative to the Annapolis conference and it will convene in Damascus, reports Khaled Amayreh from Ramallah
As the world forgets Gaza
Hyper-inflation and 80 per cent unemployment are the real target outcomes of Israel's siege on Gaza, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Still on the edge
Diplomacy appears to be faltering as the Turkish-Kurd crisis continues to broil, reports Nermeen Al-Mufti from Baghdad
When the campaign turns ugly
Will the Press Syndicate elections allow journalists to get their own house in order, wonders Shaden Shehab
Shifting focus
The NDP's ninth congress opens on Saturday with socio-economic issues at the top of its agenda, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Aga Khan Trust revives the Middle Ages
The Khayrbek and Umm Al-Sultan Shaaban monumental complexes, two of the finest examples of Islamic mediaeval architecture in the Darb Al-Ahmar district of Cairo, have been restored. Nevine El-Aref was at the opening ceremony
University politics
Campus elections have again become the site of violence between security forces and students, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Viral mutations
The WHO is continuing to warn against the threat posed by Avian Flu. But is anyone listening?
Matters of judgement
With his latest fatwa still the focus of controversy, the grand sheikh of Al-Azhar seems determined to continue to shock the public, writes Mona El-Nahhas
The long march
Ammar Ali Hassan examines the recent history of dissent and the reasons why Egypt's protest movements have so far failed to secure any of their goals
Turkey determined
Barring swift concrete moves to eradicate separatist Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, a Turkish military incursion appears inevitable, reports Gareth Jenkins from Istanbul
The wasteland
Palestinians trickling back to Nahr Al-Bared camp tell of a burned, looted scene of desolation, Lucy Fielder reports
Who's scuttling Sirte?
Tables turn as Darfur rebels cripple international efforts, reports Gamal Nkrumah
Greenback revived, CBE to the rescue
The Central Bank of Egypt intervened to save the dollar from its free-fall last week. Sherine Abdel-Razek reports on the reasons and repercussions of the move
Fear in the village
The uprising in Swat is a microcosm of Pakistan's war against militant Islam, writes Graham Usher in Islamabad
Nobel cause
Marking the Nobel Prize for Literature, awarded this month to British novelist Doris Lessing -- the oldest ever to receive it to date -- Nahed Nassr quizzes out the local literati about the position of Arabic literature in the world today
Paedophilia at large
Reading Radwa Farghali's Baghaa Al-Qasiraat (The Prostitution of Minors), published this month by Dar Al-Mahrousa, Mohamed Baraka bemoans the dearth of literature on sex
A dip in the stock pool
Enjy El-Naggar asks why professionals give up cosy careers for the risks of the bourse
Hands off
Safe Streets for All, writes Hadeel Al-Shalchi, is the latest move against the plague of sexual harassment in Egypt

MOTHERLY AFFECTION: While children in the northern Gaza Strip watch the funeral of Mohamed Hamad, a young militant killed in clashes with Israeli troops on Monday, their house exhibits a scene made all the more poignant by the seige of Gaza...

The real McCoy
By Dena Rashed


The Polish school
By Nevine El-Aref

Film review:

Unreal dreams
By Hani Mustafa


Egypt must turn
Egypt's departure from geo-strategic constants after Nasser has led directly to the region's current woes, writes Hassan Nafaa
Transparent rulings
The issuing of fatwas must be codified, argues Abdel-Wahab Elmessiri
A tale of three show-trials
The very public indictment, prosecution and trial of leading American Muslim organisations and persons reveal a larger agenda at work, writes Abdus Sattar Ghazali
Wallowing in petrodollars
Charity begins at home which is why, writes Ayman El-Amir , the accumulated surpluses amassed by Gulf states on the back of rising oil prices should be invested locally
In focus Strategic choice
Is democracy a means or an end? We have to decide, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Media overhaul

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