Al-Ahram Weekly Online   8 - 14 March 2012
Issue No. 1088
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

NGO blunder backfires
Days after the prime minister insisted Egypt would never bow to external pressure, foreign defendants in the high profile case against NGOs were allowed to leave the country. The public is furious, but will soon forget, writes Khaled Dawoud
Arms come to the fore
Is a political resolution still possible in Syria, asks Bassel Oudat from Damascus
What independence?
Judges' anger at what they say is flagrant interference in their work is growing, reports Mona El-Nahhas
NGO crisis on hold
Following last week's lifting of the travel ban on six American NGO employees the US is carefully watching the repercussions on Egyptian public opinion, reports Ezzat Ibrahim from Washington
Muddy waters
Who gains what from the debacle that has engulfed the legal case against unlicensed NGOs? Mohamed Abdel-Baky reports
The struggle for consensus
The window closes today for receiving proposals on the formation of the 100-member committee tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Time runs out
Kamal El-Ganzouri's government is unlikely to survive beyond 11 March, writes Amani Maged
Private protest
Students at the German University in Cairo continue to demonstrate, reports Reem Leila
Little things stopping Saudi aid
Saudi Arabia is blaming procedural matters for the delay in financial assistance to Egypt, reports Doaa El-Bey
Time for sukuk
Policy-makers are laying the ground rules for a sukuk (Islamic bonds) market in Egypt, writes Niveen Wahish
Few defections in Syria
No significant defections have been recorded from the Syrian regime, possibly because of the all-encompassing control of the security forces, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Tehran's Damascus axis
The end of Al-Assad's regime will end Iran's regional influence, so one can expect Tehran to play a full hand before it happens, writes Sheherezade Faramarzi
Netanyahu wags America by tail
In his trip to Washington, Israel's premier acted more like the US president than his host, Barack Obama, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
Giving up on reconciliation
After some hope of overcoming internal divisions, Palestinian factions are as far from reconciliation as they ever were, writes Saleh Al-Naami
A Saudi ambassador in Baghdad
The appointment of a new Saudi ambassador to Iraq may not signal a thaw in relations between the two countries, writes Salah Nasrawi
All in it together
Oil-rich Cyrenaica declares autonomy, militias flex their muscles and Libya faces the threat of fragmentation and the political ascendancy of uncompromising Islamists, laments Gamal Nkrumah
Yemen's political hell
In response to the tragic deaths of soldiers this week, the new elected president vows to crush all terrorists, says Nasser Arrabyee
War or negotiations?
Al-Bashir calls for military mobilisation against foes at home and abroad, but he is his own worst enemy, argues Asmaa El-Husseini
Lion in his lair
Gamal Nkrumah appraises the prospects of the third term of a Putin presidency and looks at the legacy of the presumed Beelzebub who bedevils his foes
From the quatre-vingt-treize
Gilles Kepel, Quatre-vingt-treize, Paris: Gallimard, 2011. Pp. 322
Art of the expedient
Gamal Nkrumah recalls a recent photographic pronouncement of the aesthetic paradoxes of Africa
A country of brave and beautiful girls
Rania Khallaf came across an amazingly new artistic talent in the world of plastic art today
Finding the perfect learning curve
Any child could be turned into a young Salafi by using the right Internet search terms, writes Salonaz Sami
Progress made
Zamalek made it to the next round of the African Champions League, reports Abeer Anwar
Libya

Tribal and civic society leaders in Libya's eastern province of Cyrenaica proclaimed their option for autonomous status or self-rule...
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Netanyahu hopes for a different Washington
With Palestinian rights off the agenda, all focus is on the drums of war against Iran, writes James Zogby
Let's make war
If US intelligence believes Iran hasn't got an active nuclear weapons programme, why are Western politicians so keen to promote war against the country, asks Stuart Littlewood
Testimonies from the heart of darkness
In the second instalment of her reports from the occupied West Bank, Tamar Fleishman describes sentences handed down in Israeli military courts
The poverty of theocracy
No religious current can claim a monopoly on social values, but this truth seems to have escaped Islamists who have risen to prominence on the back of the Arab Spring, writes Azmi Ashour
Reform the police, but keep it professional
Post-revolutionary Tunisia faces the same security concerns as Egypt, but is addressing them with more maturity, writes Eman Ragab
Too much at stake
Despite recent tensions regarding the trial of US civil society personnel in Cairo, US-Egyptian strategic relations will survive intact, writes El-Sayed Amin Shalabi
Free will in focus
The NGO workers crisis is not about Egypt's dignity so much as its lack of free will, writes Ahmed El-Tonsi
Syria's uncertain future
The Syrian revolution is in a war of nerves with a regime that shows no signs of backing down, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Rich man, poor man
Globally people are rising against social injustice, demanding that the rich support the poor, writes Ayman El-Amir
Living side by side, almost!
Equality of citizenry must exist in the hearts of men before it can be practised socially, writes Samir Sobhi
Salama A Salama:
Learn these lessons

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