Al-Ahram Weekly Online   24 - 30 November 2011
Issue No. 1073
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

What next for revolution's second wave?
Protestors in Tahrir want rid of Egypt’s rulers, this time only days ahead of historic elections, Amira Howeidy reports
Then and now
The initial love affair the public had with the ruling Armed Forces when they deployed into the cities 10 months ago has given way to loud mistrust. Where did things go wrong? Amirah Ibrahim reports
Tough job
Nobody is sure who will accept becoming the next prime minister of Egypt at this critical juncture, but many want potential presidential candidate Mohamed El-Baradei, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Revolution -- part II
Police and army brutality triggers the second wave of Egypt's revolution, reports Khaled Dawoud
Wavering stock
The Islamists, whose fortunes had been steadily rising, have found that their electoral assets have either plateaued or begun to dwindle as a consequence of their response to this week's events, Amani Maged reports
Tear-gassing the economy
Violence in Tahrir Square is pushing Egyptian stocks to new all-time lows, Sherine Abdel-Razek sheds light on the losses of the economy at large
Islamist election map
Amani Maged reviews the confluences and fault-lines engineered by the plethora of Islamist factions
Safeguarding voting sites
The military council has prepared a comprehensive plan to secure the voting process. It remains to be seen whether it will make the voters feel safer, Amirah Ibrahim reports
Against the odds
Mohamed Abdel-Baky reports on the progress of a new generation of parliamentary candidates
A unique set of elections
The forthcoming parliamentary elections will seal the fate of the old Egyptian political party system, but will they lead to the establishment of a new majority party, asks Salah Eissa
New faces, new hope
Mona El-Nahhas profiles some of the newly founded liberal and leftist parties running in the forthcoming parliamentary elections
NDP offshoots
There's no shortage of options for former NDP members looking for a new home, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Made to order
In the absence of any ideological agreement, electoral coalitions that emerged in the months preceding the elections are held together by little beyond political opportunism, reports Doaa El-Bey
The Christian vote
The number of Copts standing in the parliamentary elections is relatively small, reports Reem Leila
On their own
Unlike the last parliament which reserved 64 seats for women, the quota has been scrapped for the upcoming parliamentary elections
Who's afraid of monitors?
While Egyptian civil society expects to play a major role in safeguarding parliamentary elections it is unclear how it will meet the challenges involved, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Is it safe to vote?
Not everyone will be heading to polling stations come election day. Reluctant non-voters tell Rasha Sadek of their security concerns
Gung ho for capital
The economic policies of the Mubarak regime were "on the right track" says a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood. So does the group have anything new to add? Sherine Abdel-Razek investigates
What about the economy?
The economic component of the various parties' election campaigns leaves a lot to be desired, reports Niveen Wahish
Spending too much
Although the Supreme Elections Committee has set a maximum of LE500,000 for election campaign spending, this ceiling is not being respected, reports Nesma Nowar
Electronic elections
The official website of the Supreme Elections Committee is where you can get the most reliable information about the polling centres and voting procedures, reports Nader Habib
Go to your nearest embassy
For the first time in living memory Egyptian expatriates are able to vote in domestic elections. Al-Ahram Weekly samples their opinions, writes Nader Habib
On guard again
Popular committees are back, this time to protect the rights of voters to choose their candidates, Nesmahar Sayed reports
Pound slides on unrest
Clashes in Tahrir Square this week have led to the worst depreciation of the pound in eight years, reports Ahmed Kotb
Inching forward?
The Yemeni president decided to attend the ceremony of ending his county's crisis in Riyadh. Will this finally end the crisis, asks Nasser Arrabyee
Together despite pressure
While the issue of the premiership remains contentious, signs are that Fatah and Hamas are inching towards reconciliation, slowly but surely, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Coalition government in Tunisia
Tunisia's new Islamist-leftist coalition government is well placed to achieve stability in the country, writes Lassaad Ben Ahmed from Tunis
Marzouki takes charge
As left-wing politician Moncef Marzouki is named new Tunisian president in a power-sharing deal with the Islamist Al-Nahda Party, what might the future hold from this perhaps unlikely combination, asks David Tresilian in Paris
Tensions flare in Iraq
The withdrawal of US troops from Iraq is supposed to herald a new beginning for the country, but bitter disputes over oil and territory might yet spoil the celebrations, writes Salah Nasrawi
Seif vs supercops
Libya's NTC aims to avoid a mob justice end for Seif Al-Islam whose father urged him not to pity his gruesome fate, notes Gamal Nkrumah
Sanctions begin to bite
The economic sanctions imposed against Syria are putting more and more pressure on the Al-Assad regime, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Libya revisited?
Will the Security Council deal with Al-Assad the same way as it dealt with Gaddafi, asks Graham Usher at the United Nations in New York
Robert Irwin: anti anti-orientalist
The author of many books on the Arab world and of a defense of European orientalism, the British writer Robert Irwin has recently published an intriguing autobiography. He spoke to David Tresilian in Paris
A wealth of emptiness
Delighted, Samir Farid writes from Thessaloniki
Different faces of extremism?
Unusual bravery or needless provocation? Salonaz Sami assesses the case of naked Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda El-Mahdy
Over to Morocco
In the North African country, the Egyptian football team is hoping to qualify for London 2012. Ahmed Morsy reports

The crowds part, making way for ambulances racing through Tahrir Square carrying the injured and the dead throughout this week's brutal showdown...


Liberty Square is not only the name of a square in Egypt
Yahya Lababidi forges global connections
In Focus: Convictions can change
The Arab nation faces a choice: embrace a forward-looking perspective on change, or regress to outmoded rhetoric that will save no one, writes Galal Nassar
Icarus and his wings
Flighty and daydreaming, the Arab uprisings lack leadership and direction, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
A future for the SCAF
The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has long claimed that it is managing and not ruling the country. In the light of events this week, it is more essential than ever that it defines its role, writes Ahmed El-Tonsi
Carry on Obama
Ruthlessly pursuing its Middle East grand strategy come hell or high water risks another terrorist tsunami, warns Deepak Tripathi
Egypt above all
Azza Heikal
The way it was
In the early days of Obama, there was a sense of a common mission. Not now, writes James Zogby

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