Al-Ahram Weekly Online   5 - 11 July 2012
Issue No. 1105
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

The turn to war
The apparent failure of the Geneva conference may mean the end of diplomatic efforts to solve the Syrian crisis, writes Graham Usher at the UN
Positions vacant
Gamal Essam El-Din reports on speculation surrounding Mohamed Mursi's first government
Mursi's first messages
Dina Ezzat reports on the first week in office for Egypt's new president
Commentary: The bipolarity of politics
Although a MB-SCAF confrontation is possible, a compromise between the onetime partners is more likely, opines Ziad Akl
System building
With just two months to go the constituent assembly drafting a new constitution has yet to decide on whether Egypt should adopt a presidential or parliamentary system, or a mixture of the two, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Third way takes the stage
The formation of a new third current in Egypt's political life is giving hope to the country's secularists, reports Mona El-Nahhas
Leaving the square
Protesters end two weeks of demonstrations in Tahrir, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
Pressing the press
Journalists are living a current crisis with the Shura Council. They fear the new criteria for choosing editors-in-chief of different publications would Islamise the country's press, Reem Leila reports
Trading insults
The war of words between the Muslim Brotherhood and Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan is likely to continue, writes Doaa El-Bey
Rising water: a necessary evil?
Can the new pumping system on the Giza Plateau help reduce damage to the Sphinx caused by leaking subterranean water? Nevine El-Aref looks at this, and what caused the high water level
First order of business
What is the first order of business as far as the economy is concerned now that Egypt has a president? Niveen Wahish gauges expert opinion
Libya's forgotten elections
Despite the lack of media coverage, in a few days Libya is due to go to the polls in elections that hold all the keys to the country's future, writes Hassan Fathy Al-Qashawi
Towards reintegration
Whatever Al-Qaeda in Yemen spokesmen may say about continuing their activities, it seems that the organisation's fighters are reintegrating themselves back into society, writes Nasser Arrabyee in Sanaa
Between daydreams and denial
Whereas Sudan urgently needs a political solution to its current crisis, the government is in denial and the opposition refuses to let up until the whole regime falls, writes Asmaa El-Husseini
Peace process 'clinically dead'
The Palestinian Authority is reverting to old oppressive tactics as its raison d'être is increasingly questioned, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Two governments in crisis
The worst financial crisis ever is how Palestinian government officials -- at least in Ramallah -- are describing the latest shortfall in government funds, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Many agendas at work
The distorted Western media coverage of the conflict in Syria has been just one example of the many interests at work in the country, writes Richard Lightbown in London
The drums of war
A Turkish military build-up on the border with Syria is causing apprehension in the region, writes Sayed Abdel-Meguid in Ankara
The Gulf and regime change
The Gulf countries have supported the Syrian opposition since the beginning of the uprising in the belief that it will bring about the end of the Al-Assad regime, writes Prasanta Kumar Pradhan
Before it's too late
As humanitarian conditions continue to worsen in Syria, observers are urging action before time finally runs out, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
No switching sides in sight
Nothing will convince Moscow to change its perspective on the Syria issue -- not even concessions that the West might offer, writes Nikolas K. Gvosdev
Failure in Geneva
Representatives of the international community meeting in Geneva have agreed another plan to resolve the Syrian crisis, though observers believe this will have little impact on the regime, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Neither umbrella nor agenda
The meeting of the Syrian opposition groups in Cairo was a relative success, Dina Ezzat reports
Burmese barnacle
Gamal Nkrumah laments the threat to democracy in Myanmar posed by religious conflict with the world now watching the slaughter of the Burmese Arakan Muslims instead of the rising star of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Dancing on hot coals
Nehad Selaiha reads a powerful political statement in a new dance theatre piece by Dalia El-Abd
The race for the future
The Rise of Nations: The Race For Progress and Winning The Future, Amr Helmy
Honours upstaged
The announcement of Egypt's State Awards received little attention this year, reports Nevine El-Aref
Shocking elimination
With great disappointment, Egypt fails to reach Africa Nations Cup for the second time in a row, reports Ahmed Morsy

A man waits to deliver his letter requesting for help from Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi, as he sits near a military police officer in front of the presidential palace in Cairo...


A looming paradox
By Ezzat Ibrahim
Egypt, Islamist state
By Galal Nassar
No licence to touch
By Salonaz Sami


No change in US-Egyptian relations
While in the coming period we may see some rhetorical flourishes for domestic consumption, fundamentally the US-Egypt strategic relationship will continue unaltered on both sides, writes Amr Abdel-Ati
The other side of the wall
Palestinian residents of occupied Jerusalem have little to celebrate on this year's Jerusalem Day, writes Ruth Fleishman in Ramallah
Post-Arab Spring Palestine
The Arab Spring did much to return sovereignty into the hands of the Arabs. But how that will impact the Palestinians remains to be seen, writes Ramzy Baroud
A festival of resistance
Though living under Israeli military occupation, the Palestinians are keeping their memories and culture alive, writes Sam Bahour in Al-Bireh
From mosque to palace
The Muslim Brotherhood has finally reached the peak of the pyramid of power, but that doesn't mean to say they now have a free hand, writes Hasan Afif El-Hasan
All those "third" ways
If there is to be a third way outside the old regime and Islamists, it needs work to establish it, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Lessons and the way forward
Regardless of how deep are the political cleavages in Egypt, even after the presidential elections, the real test now is meeting the needs of the people, writes James Zogby
It is time that the relationship between the Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party and Egypt's new president was more clearly defined, writes Ahmed El-Tonsi
A country divided
So long as some appear allergic to the Muslim Brotherhood, diehard adherents will continue to proliferate at a time when Egypt needs national unity, writes Mohamed Mustafa Orfy
Pragmatism versus ideology for the Brotherhood
Despite the fears of some, the Muslim Brotherhood is unlikely to engage in heavy indoctrination or change the foundations of the Egyptian state when in power, writes Khalil El-Anani
Salama A Salama:
A different leader

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