Al-Ahram Weekly Online   4 - 10 August 2011
Issue No. 1059
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Retribution Mubarak's unthinkable end
Yesterday's appearance of Hosni Mubarak before a criminal court to face charges of murder and illegal profiteering kept millions glued to their television screens, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Time to reflect
Jailan Halawi on post-revolution Ramadan
Al-Qaeda in Sinai?
Security and military forces begin to tighten their grip on north and central Sinai following an attempt to take over the police headquarters in Arish, reports Jailan Halawi
Defining treason
Changes to a 60-year-old law seek to make it easier to prosecute senior figures from the ousted regime, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Given another chance
Youth movements insist last Friday's mass protest was an opportunity to restore public confidence in them, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Islamist Friday
Amani Maged ponders what can be learned from last week's show of Islamist strength
The Church has announced it will stand its ground. Copts demanding the right to divorce and remarry say they will battle on, reports Rasha Sadek
Mending fences
Common interests must be pin-pointed before any significant thaw in Egyptian-Iranian relations, writes Doaa El-Bey
Costly meals
Political unrest, economic woes and price hikes do not seem enough reasons to tighten Egyptians' spending during Ramadan, reports Ahmed Kotb
Fruits of turmoil
Tough economic conditions and insecurity on the streets are casting a shadow on the traditional Ramadan market for yameesh, Mai Samih reports
The PA and September
Determined to petition the UN next month to recognise Palestine, leaders in Ramallah are busy convincing Washington and Tel Aviv that the move is nothing to worry about, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Facing both ways
The UN has staged a dry run of the Palestinians' September bid for statehood with everything clear except what the Palestinian Authority wants, writes Graham Usher in the UN
An end to the Dahlan saga?
The recent raid on the home of Mohamed Dahlan on the West Bank has upped the stakes in the conflict with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Begging for help, but for how long?
The financial crisis hitting the Palestinian Authority is probably the worst in living memory, with many ordinary people's livelihoods at stake, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
'We will come out every day'
Syrian protesters decide to continue during Ramadan, prompting the Syrian regime to resort to massive force in an attempt to stamp out the popular uprising, reports Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Hariri suspects named
Lebanon's Special Tribunal confirmed this week the names of the first four Hariri assassination suspects, already leaked to the press, Lucy Fielder reports
Yearning for Younis
Libya is utterly predictable. Gaddafi takes a surprisingly sanguine view of Abdel-Fattah Younis' demise. Time runs out for NATO and its proxy the NTC and both now catch the jitter bug, anticipates Gamal Nkrumah
US troops to stay on in Iraq
After months of game playing, Iraqi leaders say they now have a deal to keep a limited number of American trainers in the country, writes Salah Nasrawi
The changing of the guard
The mass resignation of the Turkish military high command last week sent a shock wave through Turkish politics, but the real test lies ahead, writes Gareth Jenkins in Ankara
Just buying time
With Yemen's President Saleh still hanging on, tribal conflicts throughout the country continue without resolution in sight, writes Nasser Arrabyee
Sudan: more partition to come?
The secession of the south of Sudan has not brought comprehensive peace, with Kordofan and Blue Nile pointing to further fragmentation to follow, writes Asmaa El-Husseini
Washington is worrisome
The 11th hour deal between Republicans and Democrats over the US debt crisis was a compromise that worked politically in Obama's favour, but it comes at the expense of American national debt sustainability and Washington's international credibility, counsels Gamal Nkrumah
Mafrouza: welcome to a world
A five-part documentary on the lives of the residents of a popular district of Alexandria, Mafrouza is being given an enthusiastic welcome by international audiences, writes David Tresilian in Paris
A midsummer night's fracas
Ati Metwaly assesses the seasonal fever
Fasting without the fat
Looking for the best ways of breaking the vicious circle of fasting, food and fat during the holy month of Ramadan? Gihan Shahine explores the options
Holding promise
Sparkling Egypt hold four-time champions Brazil to an astonishing 1-1 draw in their opening Group E match at the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia. Ahmed Morsy reports

For the first time since his ouster as president on 11 February, Hosni Mubarak was flown from his hospital bed in Sharm El-Sheikh to a live televised trial in Cairo. He appeared on a stretcher in the same cage along with his two sons Alaa and Gamal, Habib El-Adli and six of El-Adli's associates...


The best dates for Ramadan
By Nesmahar Sayed and Sherif Sonbol


Dance fever hits Cork
By Nevine El-Aref


Mubarak's trial
Will the trial of Mubarak underline that no one is above the law, or will it degenerate into a thirst for vengeance at any cost, asks Abdel-Moneim Said
Islamists and the future of Egypt
The question is not whether the youth can realise the revolution's aims, but whether the revolution can pull Islamists away from autocracy and towards freedom, writes Azmi Ashour
Rationalising Islamists
While many fear the reverse, the reality is that Islamist movements are taking their cues from reformist and civil movements, writes Ammar Ali Hassan
Salama A Salama:
Risky protests

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