Al-Ahram Weekly Online   27 September - 3 October 2012
Issue No. 1116
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Operation long-term
Strategic concerns are taking precedence over security issues in Sinai, writes Ahmed Eleiba
Mursi in New York
The visit to the UN of Egypt's first democratically elected president was overshadowed this week by indications that US-Egyptian relations are turning sour, Ezzat Ibrahim reports from New York
First interview fails to impress
President Mohamed Mursi has sent clear messages to the West and confused messages back home, reports Dina Ezzat
What's in a name?
Amira Howeidy on the proliferation of political coalitions with grand titles and vague platforms
Two blows for the Brotherhood
The Freedom and Justice Party's attempts to reinstate the People's Assembly go nowhere, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Islamist coalitions
There is intense jockeying for position ahead of parliamentary elections, and coalition is one of the buzz words, writes Amani Maged
Almost there
A final draft of the constitution is nearing completion, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
Defending freedoms
Intellectuals, journalists, artists and human rights activists denounce the new draft constitution as regressive, reports Khaled Dawoud
Job description
Not quite second in command: Reem Leila reports on the anomalous position of Mohamed Mursi's vice president
Nasser in 2012
Like Hamlet's dead father in Shakespeare's play, the ghost of former president Gamal Abdel-Nasser haunts the Egyptian political scene, but to what end, asks Ahmed El-Tonsi
Pitching for investment
Strenuous efforts are being made to make the Egyptian market more attractive. But, for the moment, they may not yield much, writes Niveen Wahish
Will coupons replace gasoline subsidies?
Rumours abound about governmental plan to implement a smart card system for fuel consumption as part of efforts to cut energy subsides, reports Ahmed Kotb
Obama's mixed messages
In his General Assembly speech President Obama said a lot to the American people about the Arab revolutions but not much to the peoples of the region, writes Graham Usher at the UN
Abbas's impossible choices
In a rage about protests against his rule, Mahmoud Abbas threatens to resign while questions remain over his efficacy if he continues, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Playing with fire
Fanatical Jews hone in on Al-Aqsa while Abbas seeks UN recognition for Palestine. In both directions, tensions rise, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
US hesitation 'part of the plan'
Syria's opposition has criticised the US for dragging its feet over the Syrian crisis, but observers believe the inaction could be part of a strategy to remove Syria from the regional equation, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Going back in
Leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army announced this week that they were moving back into Syria, with observers hoping that this will improve the army's performance, Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus
Libya battles militias
Libyans regard the upsurge in violence as a wake-up call to contain the threat of Islamist militias, writes Gamal Nkrumah
What happens on 23 October?
As the deadline for the publication of the country's new constitution approaches, uncertainty continues to reign in Tunisian political circles, writes Lassaad Ben Ahmed in Tunis
Syria's dividing lines
Syrians in Lebanon take one of two sides: those who reject Al-Assad's Baathist regime, and those who remain willing to negotiate with it, writes Andrew Bossone
Back in force
Nehad Selaiha hails the fourth Independent Theatre Season
Through the fire and flames
The restoration of the National Theatre in Azbakiya and preparations for the Tunisia International Book Fair are the highlights of official culture this week, reports Nevine El-Aref
Cairo Document
Rania Khallaf finds out more about slogans and graffiti
Let's talk vogue
Sexy, classy and classic are the trends of this fall and winter. Amany Abdel-Moneim measures up the latest
Real but unreal
Is pro wrestling fixed or is it genuine? A former Intercontinental champion says it's somewhere in between. Ahmed Hamdi reports on the fact and fiction and also finds out which superstars are pro-wrestling fans most excited about and with whom they have a love/hate relationship
From one job to another
The recruitment of a former Egyptian athlete marked the launch of the Central Specialised Federation for Intellectual Disabilities, Abeer Anwar reports

Mohamed Mahmoud Street, one of the ways in and out of Tahrir Square, was immortalised during and -- particularly -- after the January Revolution as the site of violent clashes between protesters and police.

Sacred bulls for the tourists
By Nevine El-Aref


The ups and downs of our civil current
Despite the appearance of an Islamist landslide post-25 January, Egypt's civil and moderate culture remains strong, writes Ammar Ali Hassan
Obama's second term
While he has not fulfilled all his promises, Obama is likely to remain in power for four more years, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
What future for Egypt's wealth?
US support for the Muslim Brotherhood appears to have been cemented on its leanings towards the interests of private capital. This will not serve millions of poor Egyptians, writes Ayman El-Amir
The awareness factor
The non-materialisation of billions of dollars of investment promised by the Muslim Brotherhood is being blamed on a lack of awareness of the Egyptian people. Is it fair, asks Emad Gad
Where is the evidence?
While the Muslim Brotherhood claims to have renounced violence, can we be sure that the peaceful trend in the movement will always outweigh its fanatical other, asks Tarek Heggy
The worst apartheid in modern history
Palestinians not only endure a crushing occupation; Israel's apartheid system makes them pay for it as well, writes Mustafa Barghouthi
In focus: Facts of friendship
As long as Arab regimes guarantee US interests in the region, Washington supports them. This rule of thumb appears to be holding for Islamist regimes too, writes Galal Nassar

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