Al-Ahram Weekly Online   1 - 7 December 2011
Issue No. 1074
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Strong showing for Islamists
Islamic parties and the ruling military council are the biggest winners of the first stage of legislative elections as the results start to come in, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Near perfect poll
For the first time since 1952, parliamentary elections are under genuine judicial supervision, Mona El-Nahhas reports
The day the silent majority voted
The first stage of Egypt's first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections saw the silent majority turning out in their millions to vote despite continuing unrest and political divisions, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
A salute to competence
In the absence of outright violence during the first phase, the military council seems to have succeeded in safeguarding the parliamentary elections, Amirah Ibrahim reports
Voting at last
Expatriate Egyptians were able to vote in the parliamentary elections at embassies or consulates abroad or by post, writes Doaa El-Bey
Return of an old-guard premier?
The appointment of old-guard politician Kamal El-Ganzouri as prime minister of a national salvation government has further polarised the political scene, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Change of winds
Egypt's monetary policymakers changed the interest rate direction after two years of stagnation. Niveen Wahish finds out why and Nesma Nowar reports on what measures banks have taken
The old wise economist
Politics aside, how can the prime minister-designate save the economy, Sherine Abdel-Razek asks
Calls for safe zones in Syria
Some Syrian opposition members and Western countries have called for the creation of safe zones and humanitarian corridors in Syria, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Entering dangerous waters
The Iraqi government may be taking unknown risks by standing behind the Al-Assad regime in Syria, writes Salah Nasrawi
Joint resistance strategy
Finally, the leaders of Hamas and Fatah appear to be reading from the same page, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Angry new dawn
A kind of peace has returned to Yemen, but the underlying problems have yet to be addressed, says Nasser Arrabyee
Allies at war
The killing of 25 Pakistani soldiers by NATO forces was an accident foretold, writes Graham Usher
Tunisia's creative documents
For once Ati Metwaly sets her ears to rest, opening her eyes wide -- to revolution
The Martyr and the Nude
Youssef Rakha marvels at the revolutionary body
Within and without
Hani Mustafa enjoys the Panorama of European Film against the odds
The reddish line
Rania Khallaf is fascinated by a unique red area
Aikido as a way of life
Sara Abou Bakr discovers the secrets behind the traditional martial art of aikido, with photographs by Hatem El-Toudy
London bridge
Egypt's footballers are in hot pursuit of the 2012 Olympic Games, reports Ahmed Morsy

THE VICTORY sign against the setting sun and the flag in Tahrir Square marks the triumph of the revolution, if not quite in establishing a new political order then in encouraging political participation and awareness of human rights. The overwhelming enthusiasm with which Egyptians are voting in their first parliamentary elections since the ouster of the Mubarak regime bears testimony to hope in a better future...



Strictly business
By Nesmahar Sayed


No lessons learned
Despite the fact that the US war on Iraq was a disaster, the same talking heads that sold the war remain influential in US politics, writes James Zogby
Revolution, wave two
The events in Tahrir from 19 November show that the revolution is far from over in the eyes of the youth who sparked it, writes Azmi Ashour
When nature takes its course
Politics entails control over events, but some things -- like revolutions -- are beyond control and can only be managed, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Arab Spring and the intellectual divide
There are loud words these days about democracy, especially from the West, but no mention of imperialism, notes Ramzy Baroud
Salama A Salama:
Wait a minute

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