Al-Ahram Weekly Online   16 - 22 June 2011
Issue No. 1052
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Election battle lines
Demands led by liberal and secular forces to draft a new constitution ahead of parliamentary elections are intensifying, with some threatening a million-man "Constitution First Friday", Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Fighting over Syria
The United Nations Security Council is at an impasse regarding Syria but change is coming in any case, writes Graham Usher at the UN
Testifying against Mubarak
Egypt's ruling military council has refuted charges that it plans to keep ousted former president Hosni Mubarak from standing trial in Cairo, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Says who?
Should members of the dissolved National Democratic Party be excluded from political life? Mona El-Nahhas seeks a legal answer
Revolution in their eyes
Amira Howeidy listens to Azmi Bishara, the Arab world's leading political analyst, talk about the Egyptian revolution in Cairo
The spy who embarrassed me
Jailan Halawi questions how the new Egypt will respond to an alleged Israeli spy
Cometh the Islamists
After official approval of the Muslim Brotherhood's new political party came the surprising approval of a Salafist party, writes Amani Maged
All back to normal?
The government is hopeful that the lifting of the four-month-old curfew will send positive messages of Egypt's recovery, writes Jailan Halawi
The future of gas
Egypt has resumed its natural gas exports to Israel -- for now, reports Ahmed Morsy
Balancing act
Human development is prioritised in the government's economic plan for the coming fiscal year, reports Mona El-Fiqi
Tayyip triumphant sets sights on Middle East
Turkey's AKP is returned to power in a landslide as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expands his horizons and sets his sights on the leadership of the Middle East, reports Gareth Jenkins in Ankara
Learning to walk again
Turkey's vibrant democracy is an inspiration to Arab countries throwing off their autocratic yoke and their Western patrons, says Eric Walberg
Syria's unprecedented isolation
As European countries distance themselves from Damascus, the UN Security Council may take measures to isolate the country further, reports Bassel Oudat from Damascus
Gaddafi doesn't do dotage
The endgame is not in sight, but the Libyan fight is shifting southwards and westwards, postulates Gamal Nkrumah
Change afoot in Iraq?
While Iraq's leaders continue to shame their country, the tide may be finally turning against them, writes Salah Nasrawi
Hamas, Fatah determined to form unity government
Despite delays and contention over who will head an interim technocratic Palestinian government, Fatah and Hamas are likely to come to terms, writes Khaled Amayreh
Tel Aviv's most guarded secret exposed
A lawsuit filed against the administration of an Israeli biological research institute has blown open what is arguably the most secret weapons facility Israel has, writes Saleh El-Naami
New side to an old friend
French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde stops over in Cairo to rekindle an old friendship between Egypt and France and to lobby support for her candidacy of the IMF's top job. Gamal Nkrumah encounters the persuasive Parisian
A delicate balance
Ati Metwaly attends a remarkable concert
A Viennese treat
Nehad Selaiha talks about the Egyptian revolution at the Vienna theatre and music festival and samples a variety of theatrical fare
How to have a perfect interview
Job interviews don't seem to be getting any easier, though there are some things you can do to improve your chances, says Mai Samih
Stuck together
Ahli and Zamalek remain tied for the league lead, Ahmed Morsy reports

THREE gentlemen enjoy a view of the Nile while seated on the 6 October bridge on Tuesday at two in the morning, marking the end of a curfew which was imposed on 28 January, three days after the revolution began...


Starting up
By Youssef Rakha
The terrific toy
By Gamal Nkrumah


Forgotten heroes
By Amira El-Noshokaty


Parallel power lust
One response has defined the reaction of all Arab regimes that have faced protest and criticism: stay in power regardless of the price, writes Ayman El-Amir
In Focus: A plan to save Egypt
Exceptional circumstances call for exceptional measures. Egypt needs a parliament of its most capable rather than a hodge-podge of its politically electable, writes Galal Nassar
To marry a Buddhist
Fed a TV diet of trivial issues, the Egyptian public is not asking -- neither itself nor others -- what really is freedom, what is dignity, and what is justice, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Egypt's challenges ahead
Egypt's democratic reformers face major challenges in exiting from 60 years of authoritarian rule. But there are grounds for optimism, writes Hasan Afif El-Hasan
Arab spring but no Arab summer?
The NATO-led attack on Libya is a textbook example of European and American imperialism, writes Jeremy Salt
Writing our own stories
With US President Barack Obama serving as a mouthpiece for Israeli diplomacy, it is time for the Palestinians to tell their own stories, writes Susan Abulhawa
Confronting challenges, learning lessons
Rather than fight on one side or another of distant battles, Arab Americans should strive to ensure that Washington's policy is responsive to the needs of the Arab world, writes James Zogby
Afghanistan: why civilians are being killed
Only an army of occupation would be willing to sacrifice a multitude of Afghan civilians in killing a single combatant, writes James Petras
Salama A Salama:
A donkey's tale

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