Al-Ahram Weekly Online   29 October - 4 November 2009
Issue No. 970
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

The resignation of Transport Minister Mohamed Mansour on Tuesday stirred up a hectic debate over the political responsibility of cabinet ministers, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
What will happen, when?
Long before the 2011 presidential elections an early speculative game is already in full swing. What's all the fuss about, wonders Dina Ezzat
Deadly collision
Another disaster on the railways undermines official claims that the network is being overhauled, reports Reem Leila
Pushing the deadline
Dina Ezzat reports on Egypt's last-ditch attempts to keep Sudan united
'We will not dance to the tunes of others'
Ahead of the sixth annual conference of the ruling National Democratic Party, scheduled to open tomorrow, Assem El-Kersh and Mohamed El-Sayed speak with Alieddin Hilal, secretary-general of the NDP's Media Committee, about a host of political issues
A better shape
The NDP's sixth annual conference opens amid much talk of social justice and the usual speculation about whether President Mubarak will be succeeded by his son Gamal. So what's new, wonders Gamal Essam El-Din
In quest for justice
The trial of the man accused of stabbing Marwa El-Sherbini in a German courtroom opens amid tight security, reports Doaa El-Bey
Title deeds
Ownership of several of Heliopolis's landmark buildings is being contested in the courts, reports Reem Leila
Rice out of hot water
In an effort to keep the tabs on consumer prices of rice, new regulations balancing supply to the local market and exports were issued last week, Mona El-Fiqi reports
Developing Doha
Niveen Wahish speaks to Hisham Badr, Egypt's permanent representative at the UN and World Trade Organisation (WTO), about where Africa stands on the current challenges facing the Doha Development Agenda
Back to the brink?
Twin bomb attacks caused chaos in Baghdad this week and underlined Iraq's still-fragile security, writes Salah Hemeid
Fool's gold
Plans for an election are impractical at best, argues Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Tactical pressure points
In Gaza, Abbas declaring elections in January is seen as a manoeuvre to force Hamas to sign the Egyptian reconciliation plan, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Upping the ante at Al-Aqsa
Despite Arab government denials, Muslim officials on the ground confirm Jewish extremists are escalating plans to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
Israeli violations of 1701
Israel's decision to continue its intelligence operations in Lebanon is a serious violation of UN Resolution 1701, Omayma Abdel-Latif writes in Beirut
Syria's cold feet
For the past four years Syria has been begging for a partnership with the EU. Now the EU agrees, Syria says it'll think about it, Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus
Tough choices
After the Baluchistan attacks, Iran faces two options -- heightened confrontation or accommodation, argues Mohamed Said Idris
After the killing fields
Cambodians today are looking for explanations for the disasters that have befallen their country, not least through the trials of former leaders of the communist Khmers rouges, writes David Tresilian from the capital Phnom Penh
Fitting epilogues
Nehad Selaiha winds up her coverage of the 2009 CIFET
The breadwinner
If you think bread can only be found in bakeries, then think again. Rania Khallaf finds other places to savour the aroma of fresh bread
Double trouble?
While some people blame second wives for opportunism, others blame the negligence of the first. Riham Adel investigates the controversial subject of polygamy
Go and stop
The 14 November 2010 World Cup qualifier against Algeria will force another postponement of the Egyptian domestic league, reports Ahmed Morsy

Once again the Egyptian railway system took centre stage on Saturday as a tragic collision between two passenger trains near Ayyat, 80km southwest of Cairo, left 18 dead and 36 injured: the last in a series of incidents attesting to criminal negligence...

Elections under siege
By Azmi Bishara
Back to the future
By Hossam Tamam


Planetary updates
By Nader Habib


By Hani Mustafa


Responding to Lord Owen
Controversy over who won the 1973 October War persists, not because there can be doubt on the facts, but because the struggle of which the war was an episode continues, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Elections are no answer
Ageing politicians clinging to privilege by all means: this is the shameful theatre playing out on the Palestinian national scene,writes Hassan Nafaa
Together for peace
American Arabs and Jews, while deft at attacking each other at times, have proven they can cooperate to build a vision of a better future, writes James Zogby

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