Al-Ahram Weekly Online   2 - 8 December 2010
Issue No. 1025
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Confusion ahead of the run-off
The week started with a cutthroat election and is ending with a showdown from the opposition. Dina Ezzat and Gamal Essam El-Din report
Sweeping the polls
The ruling NDP won more than 40 per cent of seats in the People's Assembly in the first round. The final figure, writes Gamal Essam El-Din, will be far more than double
Messages from Omraniya
Between Omraniya and the parliamentary polls, Egypt's Copts are stirred but not quite shaken, concludes Gamal Nkrumah
Over troubled waters
More bridges need to be built between Egypt and the other Nile Basin states, reports Doaa El-Bey
Banning the cutting up
Egypt signed an appeal to be presented to the UN to ban female genital mutilation worldwide, reports Reem Leila
Spotlight on Luxor
The new lighting system on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor is in operation, providing a dramatic view of the famous monuments in the area, Nevine El-Aref reports
A costly yarn
While high cotton prices are finally giving farmers a break, they threaten disaster for textiles producers
Cotton's flip side
While high cotton prices are finally giving farmers a break, they threaten disaster for textiles producers
Fatah tells Abbas to play it tough
While the backbone of Fatah is pushing Abbas to hold his ground, Egypt's president is counselling flexibility lest Israel claim all that remains of Palestine, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Embracing the enemy's enemy
Israel is reconfiguring its strategic relations, in particular reaching out to historic foes of Turkey as Ankara turns its back on Tel Aviv, writes Saleh Al-Naami
New warning of Gaza plight
The disastrous humanitarian situation in Gaza is far from improving, observers warn, Dina Ezzat reports
Dancing in the dark
Al-Hariri's landmark visit to Tehran was the latest step in a diplomatic and political dance, but it's not always clear who is calling the tune, reports Lucy Fielder from Beirut
Putting Iraq together again?
It will take more than the appointment of a new prime minister to put Iraq back on its feet, writes Salah Hemeid
The countdown continues
January's referendum on southern self-determination may not be the last of its kind in Sudan, writes Asmaa El-Husseini
House of cards
Who holds the aces in African-European affairs, asks Gamal Nkrumah
Ways of celebration
FOR THE THIRD consecutive year, the European Union delegation in Egypt organised a photo competition for amateurs. This year's concept was simply Egyptian Celebrations, Rania Khallaf reports
Celebrating Wahbi?
Nehad Selaiha is disappointed by a festival dedicated to Youssef Wahbi
Remembering Nubia
Osama Kamal explores Nubia through the latest show by artist Farid Fadel
From one word to another
Is translation put to its best use in the Arab world? Ahmed Abu Ghazala attends a symposium that suggests language could go further in bridging cultural gaps
The devil in the programming
An otherwise successful concert of music by Mozart and Weber raises questions about the spread of unconventional programming, writes Ati Metwaly
Prescription for a new you?
As six drugs containing sibutramine hydrochloride are banned in Egypt after fears of harmful side effects, what should people do who want to lose weight, asks Mai Samih
A cut above
The explicitness and elegance of Japanese cuisine seduce Gamal Nkrumah
Spanking new
Ahli's new coach officially gets going, reports Ahmed Morsy

Jubilation of a purple-stained finger, a mark of having voted..

Heading east
By Dina Ezzat
Voting in Nasr City
By Ahmed Abu Ghazala
A different Alexandria
By Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Against expectations
By Ahmed Qotb
The Brotherhood's zero
By Amira Howeidy
Has had enough
By Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Resignations en masse
By Mona El-Nahhas
Votes online
By Ahmed Abu Ghazala
Al-Ahram Weekly published a supplement devoted to the parliamentary elections with news, interviews and wide-ranging coverage of the parties and candidates


After the elections
Elections are designed to help the nation meet its aspirations, but these aspirations need to be well formulated and pursued comprehensively. Abdel-Moneim Said gives his suggestions
What is the logic?
US blanket incentives to Israel's far right government risk predetermining any final status talks to the detriment of the Palestinians, writes James Zogby
New language for Middle East peace
Unless our language equates to reality and can conform to the dictates of justice, there will be no peace possible from talks or negotiations, writes John Whitbeck
Gaza's blockade silences women
Aside from the wider humanitarian costs, Israel's illegal siege on Gaza is having a direct gender cost that militates against peace, write Mary Robinson and Lakhdar Brahimi
Salama A Salama:
Election fog

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