Al-Ahram Weekly Online   30 June - 6 July 2011
Issue No. 1054
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Back on the edge
Exactly what sparked heavy clashes between police and demonstrators around Tahrir Square Tuesday night is unclear, but the result is worrying to all, reports Khaled Dawoud
'Don't quit'
Republican Senator John McCain stressed that helping Egypt's economy serves US interests and the spread of democracy throughout the Middle East. The veteran senator and former US presidential candidate spoke to Khaled Dawoud
Egypt goes for growth
A recent US conference painted a rosy picture of Egypt's potential in the ommunications and IT sectors, reports Ezzat Ibrahim from Washington
Big demand met
Local councils are to be dismantled, reports Reem Leila
Multiple charters
The sudden preponderance of bills of rights highlights the growing divide among secularists and Islamists, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Brotherhood, divided by five
The Muslim Brotherhood's reputation for unity is in tatters as four splinter groups seek to form their own parties. Can the organisation withstand the winds of change, asks Amira Howeidy
Shifting sands
The outlines of Egypt's post-revolution political landscape are slowly emerging, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Running behind
Presidential front-runner Amr Moussa seems determined to keep on campaigning come what may, reports Dina Ezzat
An ancient jigsaw puzzle
Huge limestone blocks inscribed with coloured decorations dating from the 22nd Dynasty have been unearthed north of the Delta town of Zagazig, Nevine El-Aref reports
Art attack
Were last weekend's allegations over objects missing from the Museum of Islamic Art's new display aimed at stirring up more controversy over the Ministry of State for Antiquities? Nevine El-Aref reports
Egypt has decided to refrain from external borrowing, for the moment. Niveen Wahish gauges reactions
No return to 'cheap food'?
G20 agriculture ministers meeting in the French capital last week sidestepped measures to tackle growing food price volatility, writes David Tresilian in Paris
PA reluctant about UN in September
While the Palestinian leadership is still committed to seeking UN recognition of a Palestinian state in September, Mahmoud Abbas says he is open to other "constructive proposals", writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
No military option here
To his consternation, Netanyahu is finding no allies among former senior security officials for his plans to attack Iran over its nuclear programme, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Israel's contempt for the law of the sea
As the Gaza Freedom Flotilla II prepares to set sail for Gaza, Israel continues to assault the vessels of third-party nations at sea with impunity, writes Stuart Littlewood from London
Gaddafi's gadfly
NATO is the toast of Libya's National Transitional Council even as Gaddafi's gaffes and guilt do not fade in his foes' books, cautions Gamal Nkrumah
Small steps ahead
As a national conference on reform opened in the Syrian capital this week, it may be that the gulf between the regime and the opposition is still too wide for a solution to the crisis to be found, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Abandoning Al-Assad?
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was reported to be planning a visit to Syria last week as Ankara's relationship with Damascus moved towards breaking point, writes Gareth Jenkins
Also Europe's problem
Hundreds of illegal Tunisian immigrants to Europe have returned home, many of them putting an end to a sad adventure, writes Mourad Teyeb in Tunis
Anti-Western wanderlust
Al-Bashir didn't drop into a black hole during his trans-Eurasian odyssey. Instead, he affirmed Iran and China are unmistakable sources of stability to a Sudan in throes of change, expounds Gamal Nkrumah
Closing Camp Ashraf
A camp for exiled Iranians in Iraq is turning from being a pawn in a political chess game into a timebomb in an already violence-battered country, writes Salah Nasrawi
Victory in defeat
There are many parallels between Vietnam and Afghanistan. The recent American mayors' resolution to "bring our war home" and Obama's announcement that troops are now being withdrawn are fresh reminders, but the story they tell is grim, says Eric Walberg
The Afghanistan debate we should be having
Haggling about troop numbers or the timeframe of their departure is the wrong way to think about US responsibilities in Afghanistan, writes James Zogby
In the name of revolution
Ati Metwaly goes Czech
Post-revolutionary old-age blues
Youthful in spirit and execution, the Egyptian revolution has sometimes aroused emotions of fear and concern amongst the elderly, writes Hanan Radwan
From closed to open
Egypt is doing well at the World Summer Special Olympics Games being held in Athens. Inas Mazhar reports from the ancient Greek home of the Olympics
On the verge
Title holders Ahli leapfrogged over Zamalek and moved five points clear atop the domestic football league, Ahmed Morsy reports

An event aimed at honouring the families of the martyrs of the 25 January Revolution at the Balloon Theatre in Agouza, a district of Cairo, on Tuesday sparked some of the worst clashes between protesters and the police since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak on 11 February...

A tragic epilogue
By Giuseppe Acconcia


Sound of the soul
By Nesmahar Sayed


Sharing a culture
In this fifth and final article of the series, Jill Kamil takes a look at national identity
In Focus: Superpower checkmate
While the world focuses on what is happening on the ground across the Arab region, the contest for strategic influence between the great powers is easily forgotten, writes Galal Nassar
The road to a constitution
Instead of debating whether elections should or not come first, political forces need to get down to the work of mapping the content of Egypt's new constitution, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
New paradigm in Palestine
The only way forward is to go backwards -- to the UN's original plan -- and then to the General Assembly to implement a new one, propose Mahmoud Musa and Awni Sarrif
The Palestinian right to remain and return
The right to return to one's country of origin is a right enshrined in the rules of international law, and yet it has been denied to the Palestinian refugees, writes Samah Sabawi
Manufacturing dictatorship
Foreign intervention did much to prop up the Arab dictatorships currently under fire in the Arab Spring, writes Azmi Ashour
Political art at its worst
With initiatives proliferating to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the international community is forgetting that we have been here before, says Sam Bahour
Salama A Salama:
Other rules of the game

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