Al-Ahram Weekly Online   12 - 18 July 2012
Issue No. 1106
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Inching towards a showdown?
Mohamed Mursi's decision to reinstate parliament has locked him in a power struggle with judges and generals, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Destination Riyadh
President Mohamed Mursi's first foreign trip is to Saudi Arabia, Dina Ezzat reports
Al-Azhar stands up to Salafis
The wording of 1971 constitution's Article 2 on Islamic Sharia will be retained, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Playing to form?
It took 10 days for President Mohamed Mursi to issue his first bombshell decree, reports Amani Maged
Clinton in Cairo
Hillary Clinton will visit Egypt against a backdrop of ambiguity over the US role in President Mohamed Mursi's decision to reinstate the dissolved People Assembly, reports Ezzat Ibrahim from Washington
Patience in the ranks
When Mursi decided to reinstate the parliament which SCAF dissolved, the generals remained calm. Was a deal struck beforehand, asks Amirah Ibrahim
Turned down
The court's ruling to overturn the president's decision to reinstate the dissolved parliament sparked heated debate, reports Khaled Dawoud
Too many complaints
Hundreds of petitioners have stormed complaint offices set up on the instructions of newly elected President Mohamed Mursi, reports Reem Leila
One more committee
Is last week's presidential decree re-opening investigations into the killing of protesters a PR exercise or an attempt to uncover the truth? Mohamed Abdel-Baky investigates
Cleopatra Ceramics strike contained
Workers at Cleopatra Ceramics ended their demonstrations after the company's management pledged to pay workers their financial dues, Nesma Nowar reports
Effective efections?
A number of important defections are taking place from the Syrian military, indicating that the regime could be crumbling, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Deluged with documents
For the second time since the beginning of the Syrian uprising, leaked e-mails are offering a glimpse inside the Syrian regime
Wading among the rapids
Kofi Annan is again trying to drum up support for his peace plan. It's a lonely sojourn, writes Graham Usher at the United Nations
The Syrian cauldron
While the Western powers have their own reasons for wanting to bring down the Syrian regime, Turkey's agenda is far less clear, writes Jeremy Salt in Ankara
No policy shift?
Iraq's balancing act on the Syrian crisis seems more confused than confusing, writes Salah Nasrawi
War of lies and apathy
Washington may have overcome the "Vietnam Syndrome" in its war on Iraq, but US peace movements are left to deal with the American public's indifference to human suffering caused by wars, writes Kathy Kelly
Libya's liberal leap
General elections in Libya were hailed as a landmark, a leap forward, and preliminary results claim that militant Islamists were elbowed out by liberals, notes Gamal Nkrumah
Is the end nigh for Al-Bashir?
Writers and intellectuals in Sudan are speaking out, saying that none of the country's deep problems can be solved if Al-Bashir and his regime remain in power, writes Asmaa El-Husseini
The Arafat forensic file reopened
While the Palestinian Authority has dodged many bullets on its dubious relation with Israel, it may not be able to dodge the charge that Israel assassinated Yasser Arafat, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Pulling Lebanon back from the brink
While Lebanon's politicians continue to thrive on the old colonial sect system, most of the people simply identify as Lebanese. It is time the former followed the latter, writes James Zogby
Hormuz alarm bells
Iran's supreme guide believes that making a nuclear bomb is a simulation of the North Korean model, and a safety measure for his regime in the coming quarter of a century, reports Ahmed Eleiba
American fiesta
Ati Metwaly claps along
Beauty on borrowed time
Salafist stirrings? Sexual mores under scrutiny? Literally, ends that mark new beginnings. Art in an Islamist-oriented Egypt is a fascinating subject not least in that it reveals the transient nature of social values that seem non-negotiable today, remonstrates Gamal Nkrumah
Puducherry blue
Venus Fouad contemplates a vision of the East painted under azure skies
Riding for life
Cycling for individuals and groups alike is enjoying something of a renaissance in Egypt, writes Salonaz Sami
Have it both ways
Zamalek lost and Ahli won in their African Champions League Group B opener, reports Ahmed Morsy

What's in it for me?: THE BACK and forth power struggle between Egypt's new President Mohamed Mursi, the country's ruling generals and the judiciary might make for compelling viewing but to many Egyptians, including this not bemused Cairo street vegetable vendor, such political wheeling and dealing does not make any difference whatsoever...

The patchwork cartoonist
By Osama Kamal


Tyranny of the zealots
The rise of vigilante violence in Egypt is a worrying sign as President Mursi makes rash unilateral moves, writes Ayman El-Amir
Professional demands
Perhaps the gravest challenge President Mursi faces is how to satisfy so many disgruntled workers, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
The myth of military rule
Hysterics about the country languishing under military dictatorship are overblown and unhelpful, writes Galal Nassar
A better future for the Arab world
A solidarity pact between Egypt, Libya and Tunisia could help all three countries jump-start their economies, writes Mohammad Tarbush
Mursi's dangerous move
In reinstating the People's Assembly judged unconstitutional by the highest legal authority in the land, President Mursi has imperilled one of the foundations of the new republic Egyptians want, writes Mohamed Mustafa Orfy
Egypt's troika
Newly elected President Mohamed Mursi's decision to recall parliament has revealed worrying links between the Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party and the presidency, writes Ahmed El-Tonsi
Re-examining the niqab
Aside from rank hypocrisy, the recent scandal of a Salafi MP engaging in public indecency brings to light worrying questions about the use of the full face veil, writes Azmi Ashour
Time to talk Camp David
It is not the rise of political Islam in Egypt that suggests a coming conflict with Israel, but rather the desire of Egyptians to embrace their dignity and to decide their own futures, writes Ramzy Baroud
Future scenarios for the Arab uprisings
While there are four possible scenarios for the future of the Arab uprisings, the most likely is for a process of limited change and the formation of unstable democratic regimes, writes Mohsen Saleh
Egypt's possible political systems
Islamist caliphate, modern civic state or somewhere in-between? Yusry El-Azabawi examines three scenarios at the centre of Egypt's political drama and what they herald at home and abroad
Salama A Salama:
The middle road

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