Al-Ahram Weekly Online   9 - 15 December 2010
Issue No. 1026
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Parliament's tough job
The new PA faces a difficult legislative agenda, Dina Ezzat reports
Looking into the abyss
As Israel's settlement project is granted a free hand from the US, Abbas is thinking again of quitting everything, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
New state, more worries<
Cairo is continuing with its scheme of engaging Nile Basin countries which could soon increase in number. Dina Ezzat reports
Modern form of slavery
An international conference in Luxor is to discuss means to combat human trafficking, Reem Leila reports
In celebration of Coptic art
An exhibition showing the splendour of Coptic art and the Copts' contribution to Egypt's heritage is the highlight of the Coptic Museum centenary exhibition, says Nevine El-Aref
Sharm beaches close
Reem Leila asks whether last week's spate of shark attacks in Sharm El-Sheikh will affect tourism
Euro butterflies
Recent fluctuations in the value of the euro are irking Egyptian exporters, Mona El-Fiqi reports
Maximising trade
The liberalisation of agricultural exports between Egypt and the EU will soon bear fruit, reports Sherine Nasr
Fatah riven with fights
With accusations against Abbas and his circle multiplying, the struggle within Fatah is turning personal, writes Saleh Al-Naami
WikiLeaks 'vindicated Israel'
Intention is determinative, asserts Jeff Gates
Stating the obvious
The latest WikiLeaks dispatch contained no surprises, but nonetheless reveals the propagandistic role of US diplomacy, writes Ramzy Baroud
For all the world to see
Disclosures made by the Internet site WikiLeaks will come as no surprise to Iraqis, whose plight has now been more fully revealed, writes Salah Hemeid
Showdown in Khartoum
The ICC warrant is the Western gun in Al-Bashir's back pushing him to cede the south, says Asmaa El-Husseini
A traitor and an assassin
A leaked US embassy cable revealed an act of perfidy by a Lebanese cabinet minister, as the Special Tribunal gets set to accuse Al-Hariri's assassin, reports Lucy Fielder
Syria in the middle
With Syria and Saudi Arabia leading efforts to pre-empt indictments in the investigation into the assassination of Rafik Al-Hariri, what might Syria's intentions be, asks Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Let them eat yellowcake
Has the West lost the stomach to pressure Iran into submission, asks Amani Maged
War by other means
The latest negotiations about Iran's nuclear programme will go the same way as the others, writes Graham Usher in New York
Julian Quixote
An epic drama is unfolding after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by Scotland Yard, marvels Eric Walberg
Switzerland's black sheep
Mona Sewilam interviews Social Democratic Swiss Federal Parliament member and member of the Presidential Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Andreas Gross about Muslim migrants and Islam, especially the legal aspects, as this is the root cause of the problem now confronting Muslims
Orientalism in Europe
A major exhibition in Brussels this winter presents an overview of 19th-century orientalist painting, writes David Tresilian
Silver screen, red carpet
Hani Mustafa takes stock of the 34th International Cairo Film Festival (30 Nov-9 Dec)
From Cairo with love
Umm Kulthoum traces Juliette's journey through Cairo, writes Soha Hesham
Flesh with a point
Last week Rania Khallaf visited one of the bloodiest exhibitions ever, and wonders how beauty can be spurred out of cruelty
How to shine this season
Passant Al-Sawaf talks to make-up artist Howaida Nassar about tips that will help every woman shine like a diamond this winter
Inauspicious from the beginning
Ahli's new coach did not get the winning start he and the club's supporters were looking for, but they will try again tomorrow. Ahmed Morsy reports
World Cup backlash
The announcement that Russia and Qatar would host the two World Cup editions of 2018 and 2022 provoked reaction, mostly negative, the world over. Inas Mazhar reports

THIS SHARM El-Sheikh couple is probably wondering whether it's safe to go back into the water. Steven Spielberg's classic Jaws left the answer up in the air...

Election special:

By Gamal Essam El-Din
Could it be unconstitutional?
By Mona El-Nahhas
A toothless watchdog?
By Gamal Essam El-Din
Wafd at the crossroads
By Shaden Shehab
In upheaval
By Mona El-Nahhas
The Brotherhood's next move
What will be the Brotherhood's tactics now it is no longer represented in parliament, asks Dina Ezzat
Gender conflicts
By Reem Leila
Subject to question
By Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Al-Ahram Weekly published a supplement devoted to the parliamentary elections with news, interviews and wide-ranging coverage of the parties and candidates


Shark hunting
Abdel-Moneim Said analyses the NDP's use of state-of-the-art election techniques
Who's afraid of Arundhati Roy?
Moving to prosecute India's most celebrated writer and activist is not just absurd but a disservice to a great democracy, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed
The EU and human rights in Egypt
Supporting reform, technically and financially, is the best way for Europe to support human rights in Egypt, writes Marc Franco
A loss for all
Though ruling party pundits may believe it has won a sweeping electoral victory, in upsetting the balance it struck with opposition parties, it may find itself on the run, writes Ammar Ali Hassan
The essential role of the opposition
Without a culture of compromise and respecting differing opinions, it is hard for any polity to claim to be democratic, writes Galal Nassar
Raw power wanes
While the opening decade of the century has been marked by state terror and colonial domination, the efficacy of raw power has peaked, writes Ayman El-Amir
Building a straw man
Israel has jumped on WikiLeaks' diplomatic disclosures to point to the threat of Iran, but the reality is that Palestine remains the heart and soul of the Arab struggle, writes James Zogby
Salama A Salama:
Party favours

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