Al-Ahram Weekly Online   25 April - 1 May 2012
Issue No. 1095
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Egypt blocks the pipe
Cutting off gas exports to Israel might have felt like a bombshell but it didn't come out of the blue, write Niveen Wahish and Sherine Abdel-Razek
300 on a mission
Anan's plan on Syria has backers and doubters but there is no alternative, writes Graham Usher at the UN
No obvious choice
The remaining batch of presidential candidates is provoking as much despondency as enthusiasm, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Sting in the tail
Islamist parties campaigned vigorously for a yes vote in the March 2011 referendum on the interim Constitutional Declaration. Now some of them wish they hadn't, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Cold-shouldering consensus
Will Muslim Brotherhood intransigence split the Islamist vote, asks Amani Maged
The sheikh president
Even if he cannot run for the presidency, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail represents a new and deep-running trend in Egyptian social and political life, writes Khalil El-Anani
Messages of warning
As the military celebrated the anniversary of Sinai's liberation, the head of the ruling Armed Forces addressed friends and foes alike, Amirah Ibrahim reports
Trapped turbans
Egypt's mufti comes under heavy fire after a surprise visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque defied a decades-long national travel boycott to Jerusalem while the city remains under Israeli occupation. Gihan Shahine monitors the furious debate
When business talks politics
While the decision to export gas to Israel has sparked much controversy ever since 2005, it was only this week that Egypt decided to put an end to the deal. Sherine Abdel-Razek and Niveen Wahish investigate the timing and repercussions of the move
A risky venture
UN monitors started their mission in Syria this week amid warnings of catastrophe should they fail, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Abbas-Fayyad feud imperils PA
A personal spat between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his premier, Salam Fayyad, is overshadowing the Palestinian Authority, writes Khaled Amayreh
Gomaa in hot water
The visit of Egypt's Ali Gomaa to Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem unleashed a firestorm of criticism among Palestinians, writes Saleh Al-Naami
No Arab Spring for Bahrain
Torture and death lurk behind the return of Bahrain's glitzy Formula 1 race, writes Rasheed Abul-Samh
Into Heglig's Hades
The ensanguined spectre of Sudanese contesting ideological convictions, secularist South and Islamist North, leads to another round of bloodletting, laments Gamal Nkrumah
Al-Qaeda's kidnapping business
US drone attacks continue, endangering delicate negotiations to free kidnapping victims, says Nasser Arrabyee
A turning point for the Sudans
The battle between the armies of Sudan and South Sudan is not over yet, and future relations require patience and open-mindedness, says Asmaa El-Husseini
Sarkozy loses in first-round poll
French President Nicolas Sarkozy did poorly in last weekend's elections, perhaps leaving the path clear for socialist challenger Fran├žois Hollande, writes David Tresilian in Paris
Protecting your ideas
Sarah Eissa explores the options
With Brazil
The Egyptian Olympic football team was placed in Group C with Brazil, New Zealand and Belarus in the draw held at Wembley Stadium in London, Inas Mazhar reports
Egypt

Fittingly, torn posters of two now ineligible presidential candidates are pasted in a downtown Cairo street. Ahmed Shafik on Tuesday became the latest candidate to be disqualified from the race...
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Protestophilia
By Youssef Rakha

 

The nightmare of Gaza prisoners
The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is worse than ever, with Israeli propagandists silencing protests and beating the drum for war against Iran, writes Ralph Nader
More than the Al-Assad regime
In danger of imploding as a result of its leadership's folly and hostile forces abroad, it is what Syria has always stood for that should be uppermost in our minds, writes Ghada Karmi
Deir Yassin remembered
This year marks the 67th anniversary of the massacre at Deir Yassin, one of the most appalling crimes carried out by the Jewish Irgun and Stern gangs in Palestine, writes Felicity Arbuthnot
East Africa at the brink
There are hidden hands behind Sudan's Oil War, warns Ramzy Baroud
The awakening must continue
What lessons do earlier revolutions hold for Egypt's revolution, asks Ahmad Naguib Roushdy
The mufti goes to Jerusalem
The mufti's recent visit to Jerusalem was a way of showing solidarity with the people of a city suffering under decades of occupation, says Mohammed Moustafa Orfy
Is the Arab Spring over?
While it might not have died, the Arab Spring has not lived up to its promise, though much has changed, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Revolution at the crossroads
With the rapid fall from grace of some Islamists leaders, the Egyptian public is waking up to the real requirements of revolution, writes Ayman El-Amir
War between the two Sudans
The ongoing conflict between North and South Sudan and the threat of these countries' further fragmentation hold lessons for the Arab order as a whole, writes Galal Nassar
Salama A Salama:
Wasting time

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