Al-Ahram Weekly Online   5 - 11 April 2012
Issue No. 1092
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Hurdles before the race
Only days to the nomination closing date, the odds for the presidential hopefuls favour no one, reports Dina Ezzat
Bracing for 10 April
Kofi Annan's peace plan has failure written all over it, but it still offers the best solution to the Syrian crisis, writes Graham Usher at the UN
Shifting the goalposts
By seeking the presidency the Muslim Brotherhood is rewriting the interim period's political scenarios, writes Amira Howeidy
Square tango
As the Muslim Brotherhood breaks yet another promise and fields a presidential candidate, analysts argue over whether it has SCAF's blessing or not, writes Amani Maged
Plumbing the depths
Military pardons allow Khairat El-Shater's presidential bid, claims the Brotherhood's lawyer. Mona El-Nahhas delves into murky legal waters
Cautious response
The fielding of Khairat El-Shater as the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for the presidential elections drew cautious international reaction, Doaa El-Bey reports
A 'stillborn' assembly
As the constituent assembly meets without a quarter of its members its claims to be representative are fast descending into farce, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Hole in the wall
Residents and activists breach one of the army-built concrete barriers that disfigure Downtown streets, Mohamed Abdel-Baky reports
Smugglers foiled again
Egypt has recuperated a large number of authentic ancient Egyptian artefacts including two anthropoid sarcophagus lids, Nevine El-Aref reports
Flirting with Islamic finance
With Egypt's politics dominated by Islamists, the financial market has developed a love for Sharia-compliant products. Sherine Abdel-Razek investigates
Sunni protests in Iraq
Protests by Iraqi Sunni leader Iyad Allawi at the new US envoy to Baghdad have underlined Sunni discontent at US policy in the country, writes Salah Nasrawi
Al-Qaeda alive and 'well'
The new Yemen is the West's latest failed state, discovers Nasser Arrabyee
Negotiate with both hands
There is no excuse for inciting further carnage on either side of Sudanese borders, affirms Asmaa El-Husseini
'We fought for freedom, not Sharia law'
Rached Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia's ruling Islamist Al-Nahda Movement, speaks to Al-Asaad Ben Ahmad about Salafis, Sharia and the creation of a new society
A federated Barqa?
The danger of secession of the oil-rich eastern Libya threatens not only the rest of Libya, but Egypt, says Hassan Al-Qashawi
No change in Bahrain?
According to human rights activists, the clampdown on pro-democracy protesters continues in Bahrain, writes Osman El-Sharnoubi
Awaiting implementation?
The Syrian regime has agreed to implement the Anan peace plan, but the country's opposition says it will collapse if it does so, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Before the bullets run out
The Free Syrian Army, a source of concern to the Syrian regime, is splitting the opposition about its future and goals, writes Bassel Oudat
Tribulation in Timbuktu
The Tuareg people are profiting from the post-Gaddafi power shifts across the Saharan sands, contends Gamal Nkrumah
A forest of masks
Nehad Selaiha finds topical resonance and lots of fun in a provincial production of Alberto Moravia's La Mascherata
Book news from the Emirates
On its way to becoming an essential port of call for regional and international publishers, the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair ended its 22nd edition on Monday, writes David Tresilian from Abu Dhabi
Dancing with a star
Alexandrian women are flocking to the city's Sporting Club to attend classes by Youssra, the latest dance and aerobics sensation, says Ameera Fouad
Better on the outside
With no domestic football being played, Egypt's camp in Sudan is of the utmost importance, reports Ahmed Morsy

Supporters of Al-Ahli, Egypt's most famous football club, amassed in downtown Cairo yesterday demanding speedier trials in the wake of the Port Said tragedy in which 74, mainly Al-Ahli fans, were killed in a league match on 1 February


Israel's Ides of March
By Eric Walberg


A forest of masks
By Nehad Selaiha
Marvellous marble
By Rania Khallaf


Carpentry tales
By Mohamed Mursi


Dreaming of the top
By Omneya Yousry


Corrupting the Biblical message
Unity Coalition for Israel is spearheading Armageddon in the Middle East with Jews apparently as the first victims. But it's in their interests. Really. Stuart Littlewood marvels from faraway London
Twenty lost years
The Palestinians are farther from having a state then they have ever been, writes Hasan Afif El-Hasan
'Despite it all we still laugh'
A vignette of modern Palestine shows the invidious strategy Israel uses to ethnically cleanse while playing by the rules, describes Tamar Fleishman from the West Bank
The Brotherhood according to El-Shater
A recent interview by Brotherhood presidential candidate Khairat El-Shater in the New York Times has done little to clarify the group's economic or social programme, writes Ahmed El-Tonsi
Egypt's democratic potential
While the US may no longer be a true democracy, Egypt has the opportunity to become one through drafting an exemplary new constitution, writes Nile El-Wardani
Why liberals failed
The failure of liberals to fight the electoral battle continues to create strife between them and Islamists who did and won, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Democracy à la Brotherhood
The blatant stacking by Islamists of the assembly that will draft Egypt's new constitution is not only improper but also illegal, writes Azmi Ashour
Steps the FBI must take
The FBI Arabs and Muslims profiling scandal runs so deep that real reform must happen, writes James Zogby
Three lessons from Iraq and Tunisia
The success of Iraq and Tunisia in writing new constitutions should guide Egypt as it drafts its own, writes Eman Ragab
Salama A Salama:
Water woes

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