Al-Ahram Weekly Online   5 - 11 January 2012
Issue No. 1079
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Islamists taking the pulse?
On the threshold of winning a commanding majority in the Egyptian parliament, Islamists are beginning to manifest their political and ideological substance, sending alarming messages to whom it may concern, Amani Maged reports
Arab fates entwined
What happens next following the Arab League's monitoring mission in Syria may affect the pan-Arab organisation as greatly as it does Damascus, writes Dina Ezzat
The final push
Gamal Essam El-Din reports on the third stage of parliamentary elections which ended yesterday
Courting a backlash
Egypt is struggling to contain the fallout from last week's raids on NGO offices in Cairo, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Mubarak denounced
For the first time in his trial, Mubarak heard the prosecution lambasting his rule as president. Gamal Essam El-Din reports from the courtroom
It's starting again
Despite the differences, the anger that started the 25 January Revolution has noticeably resurfaced, Dina Ezzat reports
Monitors in the limelight
Syria's opposition doubts the effectiveness of the Arab League monitors in the country, fearing that the failure of their mission will result in international intervention, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Palestinians castigate 'illogical' Amman meeting
Fatah officials downplay a meeting between the PA and Israel in Jordan, amid no change on Israel's side in its colonial policies, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Underground war
With Israeli rhetoric on Gaza ramping up, a key concern ahead of any offensive is the danger of the tunnels of the Palestinian resistance, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Endgame in Iraq?
Pessimism prevails in Iraq at the beginning of 2012, with renewed talk of partitioning the country, writes Salah Nasrawi
Massacre in the mountains
The "friendly fire" killing of Kurdish civilians by Turkish warplanes has raised disturbing questions about Turkey's new hardline Kurdish policy, Gareth Jenkins reports
Jonglei jingoism
Obtuse tribal warlords, cattle rustlers, gangsters and rival youth militias may have dished the chances of South Sudan's peace and prosperity, laments Gamal Nkrumah
Iran's last trump
Threatening to cut Gulf oil supplies in retaliation to Western plans to boycott Iranian oil adds fuel to the fires of war, says Amani Maged
Bloodier still in Abuja
Christmas Day bombings by Boko Haram and petrol price protests across Nigeria augur ill. Are the authorities in Abuja dancing to the wrong tune, catechises Gamal Nkrumah
Fragrance of times past
Nehad Selaiha remembers an ardent rebel who did not live to see 25 January
Two days later
The 43rd Cairo International Book Fair is to open on 22 January, or is it? Nevine El-Aref finds out
The seven acts of the oppressed
Osama Kamal attends a piece of theatre where the audience is an essential part of the performance
Between Asmaa and Tahrir 2011
Sarah Mourad talks to the young director Amr Salama about his films of 2011
Disappointment on wheels
Public transport drivers are far from satisfied, Omneya Yousry listens to unfulfilled demands of more than two decades
Ahli vs Bayern
Egypt's league title holders meet the Bundesliga giants in Doha on Saturday, Ahmed Morsy reports

REVELLERS celebrate New Year in Tahrir, not the most orthodox of places to party, but to the thousands who thronged the iconic square on 31 December it was the most suitable venue to bring in the year ahead.



Christmas core
By Ati Metwaly
A New Year in Tahrir
By Khaled Dawoud


Egypt cannot be a theocracy
Despite winning the elections, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt must find balance in the relation between religion and the state, writes Ayman El-Amir
The revolution is not over yet
Regardless of the brutality of the army, or the opportunism of Islamists, Egypt's revolutionaries will keep fighting for dignity and freedom, writes Azmi Ashour
Enter Putin, yet again
Despite growing protests, Putin may well return as Russia's president. But what kind of president will he be, asks El-Sayed Amin Shalabi
Commemorating Naguib Mahfouz
Mahfouz captured the intricate contradictions of Egypt, and even the wider Arab world. But would he have understood the Arab Spring, asks Abdel-Moneim Said
Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood
The recent meeting in Cairo of the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood and Ismail Haniyeh is highly significant, marking the expansion of Hamas's regional clout, writes Ramzy Baroud

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