Al-Ahram Weekly Online   29 September - 5 October 2011
Issue No. 1066
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Revolution, radicalised
The SCAF's timetable for parliamentary elections, and its detailing of the voting system under which they will be held, can only compound an already tense climate of strikes and growing opposition, writes Amira Howeidy
Many bridges to cross
Mahmoud Abbas's triumph at the United Nations was also a failure, writes Graham Usher at the UN
Majority of parties oppose new law
Opposition to changes in the electoral law is growing, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Pre-poll divisions
Changes to the election law have split political parties, with the Islamists mostly in favour, the rest against, reports Amani Maged
A notorious legacy
Dina Ezzat reports on how the state of emergency survived a revolution
Secret testimony
A complete media blackout served only to fuel fevered speculation about what Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi really said at the trial of his former boss, Hosni Mubarak. Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Searching for one voice
A majority of political groups have rallied around the demand that the military transfer power by April at the latest, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Strikes continue
While teachers and doctors decided to temporarily suspend their ongoing strikes, public transportation drivers continue their sit-in, Reem Leila reports
Rise of the archaeologists
It seems that the curse of the Pharaohs continues to cast its spell over Egypt's antiquities, Nevine El-Aref reports
Privatisation in reverse
Soon after a court returned Omar Effendi to the public sector, a landmark court verdict last week suspended the privatisation contracts of another three companies. Mona El-Fiqi reports
Urgently needed
The Middle East and North Africa economies (MENA) have challenging work ahead especially in an increasingly complicated global economy, Niveen Wahish reports
Jewish settlers vow killing field
With the world expressing support for a Palestinian state, Jewish settlers in the West Bank promise rivers of blood in revenge attacks, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Abbas's popularity takes a leap
Hailed as a hero, Mahmoud Abbas appears to have won the PR battle waged at the UN, though now the words must be acted upon, writes Saleh Al-Naami in Gaza
Levantine-style sanctions
European and US sanctions have started to affect the Syrian economy, but they may take a long time to undermine the regime, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Tales of torture in Syria
More than 100 people have died under torture since the start of the Syrian uprising, with the country's security forces being accused of removing their organs before they died
Damascus faces army dissent
Dissensions within the Syrian army could help the protesters in their fight against the regime, but they are unlikely to be enough to topple it alone, reports Doaa El-Bey
Libya's unfinished agenda
Swinging right, or backwards? The NTC shies away from posing as a trend-setter of the Arab world for obvious reasons, reckons Gamal Nkrumah
Withered olive branches
The Yemen protests turned into an on-and-off war after the big players refused to offer concessions to each other, reports Nasser Arrabyee
Dangerous calculations
Tensions between the Baghdad government and the Kurdish regional government in Iraq are running high, with the country's proposed new oil and gas law adding to an already crisis-ridden situation, writes Salah Nasrawi
A slow Saudi 'Spring'
Saudi women were surprised as the king granted them the right to vote -- in 2015, says Rashid Abul-Samh
Turkey redraws Sykes-Picot
A new Bermuda Triangle has been spotted, but this one is in the eastern Mediterranean -- between Turkey, Cyprus and Israel, observes Eric Walberg
In search of a leader
Nehad Selaiha is carried back to 1919 in quest of leader models
So you think you can
Venus Fouad is uplifted by the young talent at the Cairo Opera House, before being heavily let down
Ice breakers
Sweden's first Arab film festival featured dozens of feature, documentary, and short films from across the Arab world
'What if I get lost?'
Going to school for the first time or after a long vacation can cause anxiety in children. Gihan Shahine listens to experts' advice on how to handle pre-school jitters
Mountain climbers
Zamalek reached the Egyptian Cup semi-finals while Ahli were eliminated. Ahmed Morsy reports
American to lead the Pharaohs
Former coach of the US football team Bob Bradley is the new head coach of the Egyptian national football squad. Inas Mazhar reports
Egypt

THE ABDEL-MONEIM Riad bus station, a transportation hub for millions of Cairene commuters, is now empty due to the continuos sit-ins by drivers of the Public Transportation Authority.
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A spoonful of arias
By Ati Metwaly

 

America's dangerous game
The upcoming vote on Palestine at the UN is actually a dramatic moment, marvels John Whitbeck
Ibrahim Zaza: The Gaza boy newspapers omitted
While Israel serves up tragedies, the Western media seems systematically disinterested, writes Ramzy Baroud
A common destiny?
Tibet and Palestine share a similar history, but Tibet is ignored by the world, says Tenzin Nima
Audacity to change
An open letter to President Obama, by Ahmed Yousef from Gaza
Obama's free fall
US President Barack Obama's speech to the UN rejecting the Palestinian bid for statehood was an exercise in hypocrisy and disinformation, writes Stuart Littlewood
On the wrong side of history
Should the United States veto the Palestinian bid for statehood in the UN Security Council it will be committing an error of epic proportions, says Aijaz Zaka Syed reports
Dreams and illusions
Be careful what you wish for, and what you believe in, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
A disturbing and dangerous week at the UN
Once again, in trying to appease Israel, the US has weakened its own standing before world public opinion, writes James Zogby
As the drone flies
The latest boy-toy wins the terrorism prize hands down, bemoans Ralph Nader
The plot thickens
The Gulf Cooperation Council initiative on Yemen is designed to preserve the current regime in power, despite its grisly human rights record and the protests of the opposition, writes James Gundun in Washington
What happened to Nasser's middle class?
The government raced to contain the shortages in the supply of diesel fuel this week, reports Nesma Nowar
Salama A Salama:
Turkish lessons

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