Al-Ahram Weekly Online   4 - 10 November 2010
Issue No. 1022
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Palestinians' last chance
While leaders across the Palestinian political divide head to Damascus for renewed reconciliation talks, few are optimistic about the probable result, writes Saleh Al-Naami
How serious is Al-Qaeda?
Mohamed Abdel-Baky reports on the reaction to this week's threats against Copts
Countdown to a showdown
It might be just a conflict between the north and south and it might be a worse scenario with regional interventions but the future of Sudan looks disturbing, reports Dina Ezzat
Just your ID
Voters now need only their ID cards to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Before the big battle
Gamal Mubarak says the 28 November parliamentary polls will be a turning point in Egypt's political life. Gamal Essam El-Din reports
When a prince helped out the Sphinx
The remaining part of a large mudbrick wall built by an 18th-Dynasty Pharaoh to protect the Sphinx from the desert wind has been uncovered on the Giza plateau, reports Nevine El-Aref
Ramallah seeks an out
The Palestinian leadership is looking for side exits from a moribund peace process that appears set to collapse, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Window to Palestinian defeat
Were the Palestinians to concede the Jewish character of Israel it would end their national cause, and Israel's politicians know it, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Tough choices for Sudan
As southern Sudanese flee southwards before January's referendum on the country's future, what further catastrophes await Sudan, asks Asmaa El-Husseini
Why Yemen?
Religious extremism from Saudi Arabia is an excuse for false flag operations targeting Yemen, reports Nasser Arrabyee
Israel in, Iran out
Turkey's ties with Israel plunged to new depths after the AKP named Israel as one of the main threats to Turkey's security, reports Gareth Jenkins
Al-Hariri's ghost
The crisis over the investigation into Rafik Al-Hariri's assassination has once more made Syria a foe in Washington, writes Graham Usher
Back on the rocks
Tensions are still running high between Syria and the United States, with hopes of rapprochement dashed, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Minimum wage mania
A public debate over whether LE400 makes a reasonable minimum wage has just begun, Niveen Wahish reports
From the South to the G20
Ahead of the 2010 G20 Seoul summit, Doha Abdelhamid draws attention to the missing development agenda
Dilma at the helm
Middle-aged, middle class, socialist and statist -- that is the way forward for a new presence who battled cancer to navigate Brazil's ship of state, postulates Gamal Nkrumah
To attraversiamo or not to attraversiamo
Nesmahar Sayed appreciates beauty in diversity
Jasmine wars
Meeting Gilbert Sinoue, Lamia Rady discovers the scent of jasmine and war through a century of Middle Eastern history
Winning the cosmic war
Reza Aslan, Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization, Random House, 2010
Clean sweep
By Nesmahar Sayed
Into second gear
Zamalek's win propelled them to the top of the league table but Ahmed Morsy wonders for how long

Posters flooded the streets days before the official start of the electoral campaign
Next week Al-Ahram Weekly will run a supplement devoted to the parliamentary elections with news, interviews and wide-ranging coverage of the parties and their candidates


Imams going social
By Ahmed Abu Ghazala


When ideology rules
Wherever it reigns, ideological rule is bad for politics and people, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Atrocities, leaks and failures
States cannot fight terror through repression: this is the lesson the West has not yet learnt, writes Ayman El-Amir
Last cry for freedom
Instead of embracing its most profound and loyal thinkers, Arab culture has a propensity to silence innovation, the late Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid being a case in point, writes Salah Salem
Salama A Salama:
Twisted laws

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