Al-Ahram Weekly Online   30 August - 5 September 2012
Issue No. 1112
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Calling on Iran
In Tehran, Dina Ezzat waits for the groundbreaking visit by an Egyptian president to the Islamic Republic
A new terror map
How could one terrorist attack pack enough power not only to shake the foundations of the status quo in Sinai but send tremors that have shaken Egypt and Gaza, plus Egypt's sensitive, if relatively stable, relationship with Israel? Samir Ghattas explains
The crisis as seen from Sinai
Government efforts at restoring security in Sinai are proceeding along three tracks, none of them without pitfalls, writes Ahmed Eleiba
Constitutional challenges ahead
The 100-member assembly in charge of drafting Egypt's new constitution has completed much of its job, but thorny issues remain, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Victims of the tap
Hundreds of people have been poisoned by contaminated water in the Sansaft village in the Menoufiya governorate, writes Mohamed Abdel-Baky
A blow for press freedom
The case of journalist Islam Afifi has raised concerns about what can be published in Egypt, reports Mona El-Nahhas
China or bust
Egyptian-Chinese economic and trade relations have so far performed well below their potential, Niveen Wahish reports, as the president's visit to China hopes to change that
They have the president's ear
After almost two months of searching, the names of the presidential team are out, reports Reem Leila
What happened to the money?
A judicial commission was formed this week to investigate money smuggled out of Egypt by cronies of the former Mubarak regime, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Doomed from the start
Despite the hype over the 24 August anti-Brotherhood demonstration, several experts and political analysts predicted its failure, Reem Leila reports
One bite at a time
The government's decision to produce a more expensive version of the common subsidised bread may be a step towards reforming the whole system, reports Mona El-Fiqi
The IMF loan, encore
Renewed interest in aid from the fund has stirred new controversy, writes Niveen Wahish
Blackmailing the PA into submission
With the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process going nowhere, mainly due to Israeli intransigence and American complicity, Israel is increasingly bullying the Palestinian Authority (PA) into doing its bidding, says Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Waiting for Fadi
Though nothing links Palestinians in Gaza to the Rafah attack that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers, their subsequent treatment -- by Egypt in particular -- smacked of collective punishment, concludes Saleh Al-Naami
Hope and despair for Lebanon's Palestinians
The Eid Al-Fitr holiday has been bleak for Palestinians in Lebanon this year, but there are signs of hope, writes Franklin Lamb in Beirut
Arrigoni's murder trial in Gaza
On 4 September, the trial of those accused in the murder of Vittorio Arrigoni is due to conclude. Much more than justice for one great man is at stake, writes Ramzy Baroud
Terror in Turkey: who is to blame?
With Syria imploding on its borders, Turkey is increasingly worried about armed groups in the vicinity using force to press their demands, writes Sayed Abdel-Meguid in Ankara
Tripoli torn apart
Lebanon is being sucked into Syrian war. Graham Usher reports from Tripoli, the country's most lethal frontline
Instability rocks Lebanon
A series of kidnappings, killings and the threat of bombings have pushed Lebanon to the brink of total instability, writes Andrew Bossone in Beirut
Syrian diplomacy 'on verge of collapse'
Lamia Al-Hariri, the first female Syrian diplomat to defect, says that the Bashar Al-Assad regime has thrown away every opportunity to reach a diplomatic solution to the crisis
Damascus distroys its own heritage
With some historical sites being turned into military barracks and others being damaged and robbed, the alarm is being raised about the need to protect Syria's cultural sites
Mission impossible?
The veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has taken over management of the international response to the Syrian crisis, but will he be able to find a political resolution
Egypt passes NAM mantle to Iran
Two conferences this month showed that Washington's attempts to isolate Iran have failed, writes Eric Walberg
De Profundis
Gamal Nkrumah tells the tale of the life and times of Abune Paulos, the Ethiopian patriarch who passed away last week and whose legacy entailed sorting out rational mechanisms for one of Africa's most venerable and ancient Christians on surviving and getting along in a precarious brave new world
A history of Ethiopia's Church
Nader Habib examines the historical development of Christianity in Ethiopia and its relationship with Egypt's Coptic Church
A Gathering of Eagles
Egyptian intellectuals staged a protest against recent constraints on journalists in downtown Cairo, Ahmed Morsy reports
Silence of the Lambs
Ati Metwaly thinks about art in an age of change
Visiting the baron's palace
Recently in Tunisia, David Tresilian reviews former first lady Leila Ben Ali's testimony, now out in Paris, and visits the idyllic village of Sidi Bou Said just outside Tunis, looking beyond the revolution as such
Back in London
Egypt's athletes return to the site of the Olympics for the start of the 2012 Paralympics, Abeer Anwar reports

A YOUNG Syrian refugee looks out of a UNHCR tent at the Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the northern Jordanian city of Mafraq...


Walls in between
By Dina Ezzat


Memories of revolution
By David Tresilian
Before we bid summer goodbye
By Rania Khallaf


The Egyptian condition
While Egypt faces numerous interconnected challenges following the landmark 25 January Revolution, with effective planning and mobilisation, the nation can rise again to former glories, writes Mohsen Zahran
The new quartet
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran have both a meeting of interests in Syria, and the chance to mediate that conflict for the better, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Why still invisible?
Despite efforts to raise the alarm by human rights organisations, Palestinian hunger strikers are being ignored by the international community, writes Richard Falk
The crisis of capitalism
Western capitalism is in crisis, and it is time we woke up to the fact, argues William A. Cook
The missing option on Iran
The US should give priority to the Palestinian-Israeli peace process as a way towards solving the crisis with Iran, writes Nicola Nasser
Brahimi: a man for all crises 000
Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has mediated many challenging conflicts in the past, but in trying to find a solution to the Syrian crisis he is taking on a mammoth task, writes Ayman El-Amir
Islamist economic strategies and policies
Do the Islamists who rose to power on the back of the Arab Spring have any novel economic ideas, asks Khalil Al-Anani
NAM is still relevant, if it wants to be
The Non-Aligned Movement could be again a force, if its member countries see how much they have in common, writes Mahmoud Murad
Westminster eyes the Arab Spring
The British policy towards the Arab Spring has been entirely consistent, contends Dan Glazebrook
Salama A Salama:
Water emergency

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