Al-Ahram Weekly Online   31 May - 6 June 2012
Issue No. 1100
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

A nation polarised
The next two and a half weeks are crucial in determining Egypt's future after the first round of presidential elections left Egyptians deeply divided, reports Khaled Dawoud
Taking the pledge
Facing a collapse in its vote, the Muslim Brotherhood is desperate to reassure the public it means what it says, writes Amani Maged
Coming from the inside
How was Mubarak's last prime minister able to trounce the pundits and make it to the run-off? Gamal Essam El-Din looks for answers
Unexpected results
The unexpected happened in last week's first round of the presidential elections, with the frontrunners being dropped in favour of candidates with apparently lower approval ratings, writes Dina Ezzat
Hard figures
Presidential Elections results
Behind the scenes
Minor and limited irregularities are unlikely to have affected the results of last week's poll, say monitors, Gihan Shahine reports
Voice of voters
Turnout in last week's presidential elections was lower than expected, reports Reem Leila
Way off base
For many voters, the results of surveys before the elections were shocking, reports Reem Leila
Copts' cause for caution
The misconception that Christians voted blindly for Shafik bears closer examination, contends Gamal Nkrumah
Brotherhood delaying tactics?
The Muslim Brotherhood is being accused yet again of trying to monopolise the writing of the constitution, Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Electoral jitters
Worries about the result of the upcoming presidential elections run-off are taking their toll on the market. Sherine Abdel-Razek takes a look at the market's performance
Libya: the ongoing disaster
NATO's destruction of Libya as an independent regional power has paved the way for the military re-conquest of Africa,writes Dan Glazebrook
Could Cyprus pull Turkey and Israel into war?
While Ankara is keen to mend fences with Tel Aviv after recent tensions, the latter appears to be turning the tables, creating sparks over Cyprus, writes Sayed Abdel-Meguid
A story of two Sudans
Are the two Sudans arranging a real peace deal or is it just a piece of deception, wonders Asmaa El-Husseini
Mogadishu mettle
Fostering fruitful dynamics beyond the confines of the Afgoye Corridor is a challenge for Somalia's transitional government, contends Gamal Nkrumah
Inevitable civil war?
Last week's massacre in the Syrian town of Hawla, in which at least 50 children were killed, has brought the country closer to the brink of civil war, writes Bassel Ouda t in Damascus
From mosque to university
The Syrian revolution was criticised by several secularists because it was launched only from mosques. But as events developed and evolved universities and students became the heart of the revolution, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Crisis of confidence
So long as each side distrusts the other, Palestinian reconciliation remains a distant dream, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Amman's answer to Bouazizi
The self-immolation of a Jordanian man in protest against plummeting living standards is another strike against mounting austerity measures coming out of Amman, writes Khetam Malkawi
Failure in Baghdad
American intransigence over Iran's nuclear-enrichment programme led to the failure of last week's P5+1 group talks in Iraq, writes Mojtaba Mousavi from Baghdad
The battle lost
Samir Farid packs his bags in anger
Electoral dissonance
Ati Metwaly listens to music against the odds
Salafism and coffee
Salonaz Sami finds out about extremism the Costa way
Soldiers in the stands
In the middle of a compelling nationwide presidential election, Egypt play Mozambique in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Ahmed Morsy reports

Tahrir Square graffiti reminds voters of those who lost their lives for freedom. The message is not to betray the martyrs in their choice of president...


Exilic experience
By Gamal Nkrumah


Victory for freedom to choose
While some may balk at the results of the first round of the presidential elections, the process as a whole needs to be understood as a victory for the revolution, writes Azmi Ashour
Starving and broke: Yemen
Wracked by internal strife, Yemen is on the edge of collapse while US meddling isn't helping, writes Ramzy Baroud
Zionists eager for Mursi
Instead of embracing a Mubarak throwback, the Zionist lobby is warming to Mohamed Mursi in Egypt's presidential race, sure he will fail miserably and carry the blame, writes Franklin Lamb from Beirut
Why liberals got it wrong and Islamists obliged
Islamists didn't hijack the Egyptian revolution; liberals never had the numbers to carry it off, writes Rahim Elkishky
Romney: Going negative, subtly
Indications are, despite the high moral rhetoric, the Romney campaign won't stick solely to positive campaigning, writes James Zogby
No more eternal leaders
Egypt needs a president who can share, not monopolise, power, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Salama A Salama:
Miracle worker

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