Al-Ahram Weekly Online   7 - 13 June 2012
Issue No. 1101
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Tahrir or bust?
The square is again full of protesters, leaving political forces scrambling, so far unsuccessfully, to capitalise on the return to street politics. Will it be a storm in a teacup? Amira Howeidy seeks answers
SCAF ultimatum on constitution
The stand-off between the Muslim Brotherhood and other political parties -- SCAF included -- over the constituent assembly, is expected to come to a head today, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Now for the aftershocks
The end of the "trial of the century" heralds fresh turmoil, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Who are they?
Reem Leila provides a brief rundown of the people acquitted in Judge Ahmed Refaat's loaded verdict in what had been dubbed "the trial of the century"
Divided as ever
Protests in Tahrir are unlikely to stop the presidential election process. Instead they will highlight the deep divisions and mistrust between the Muslim Brotherhood and secular political parties, writes Khaled Dawoud
Pledge document
On Friday 1 June representatives from across the political spectrum signed a document they called the Pledge...
Fall of fear
After 30 years, the state of emergency has finally come to an end, Dina Ezzat reports
Persisting uncertainty
Recent developments are making Egypt's economic outlook more blurred than it already is, writes Niveen Wahish
Stealth war revealed
In an unprecedented move, Israeli officials own up to a cyber attack targeting Iran. But why, asks Saleh Al-Naami
Palestinians polarised by Egyptian scene
Mubarak's Egypt backed Fatah against Hamas. Now, the shoe is on the other foot as Egypt goes to the polls to choose a president, writes Khaled Amayreh in Hebron
The unique weapons of Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda has been stepping up suicide attacks in response to US and Yemeni army actions against it, writes Nasser Arrabyee
Business abandons the regime
Damascus and Aleppo businessmen went on strike this week in a possible rehearsal of civil disobedience aiming at overthrowing the Syrian regime, reports Bassel Oudat in Damascus
What does Russia want?
Russia's continued support for the Syrian regime has been leading some Western countries to threaten military intervention even without UN Security Council authorisation, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Kiir on course
The need for funds is at its greatest even as corrupt officials siphon off millions of petro-dollars in South Sudan and scurry off to Ethiopia for talks on Abyei with Khartoum, writes Gamal Nkrumah
The real cost of the Iraqi oil boom
The oil boom in Iraq is deepening ethnic divisions in the country and inflaming regional power struggles, writes Salah Nasrawi
Turkey commits to Somalia
Reinvigorated international support led by Turkey in Somalia has been welcomed wholeheartedly but could signal Istanbul's desire to exert its influence in the Horn of Africa, writes Sayed Abdel-Maguid
From Tripoli to Mitiga
Gamal Nkrumah finds that powerful local militias are curiously and simultaneously undermining Libya's nascent democracy process and strengthening the concept of social justice
Waiting for Boris Gondunov
Ati Metwaly contributes to revolution
Playing God here and now
Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Sharia Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World, Sadakat Kadri, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Reviewed by Eric Walberg
Dust... and its white silence
Xenia Nokolskaya's photographs on show at the Townhouse Gallery evoke an Egypt that is gone but not yet forgotten. Osama Kamal reports
Her-story, not his
The Words of Women project has been documenting the contributions made by Egypt's women to last year's 25 January Revolution, writes Omneya Youssry
First two points
Egyptians travel to Guinea today for the second clash in their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, reports Ahmed Morsy

TAHRIR: The square is again full of protesters...

The Tao of the elections
By Youssef Rakha



A view from abroad
b David Tresilian


Uncovering the Arab body
By David Tresilian


Revolution in chaos
Egyptians have only one last chance to save the revolution: not allowing the Constituent Assembly to be stacked by theocratic-leaning Islamists, writes Ayman El-Amir
Need for a new transitional phase
Egypt's next president will need to rebuild national consensus, restore the prestige of the country's damaged institutions, and act to end the economic crisis, writes Ahmed El-Tonsi
Political curiosities
It is testament to the democratic paucity among Egypt's political elites that those without a popular base are seeking to bind the next president, regardless of popular will, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Three years after Cairo
Partisan obstruction continues to block change in US policy towards the Arab and Muslim world, writes James Zogby
Free Mahmoud Sarsak
Along with everything else Palestinian, Israel wages war on football, its latest target being Mahmoud Sarsak, writes Ramzy Baroud
Mubarak and 'Mubarakism'
The concentration on individuals rather than on policy orientations in the presidential elections means that Egyptian voters, having removed Mubarak, are in danger of legitimising Mubarakism, writes Bassem Hassan
Salama A Salama:
Think compromise

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