Al-Ahram Weekly Online   4 - 10 October 2012
Issue No. 1117
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Human rights and Egypt's future
Human rights are essential to all peoples, but also institutions, for without protected human rights, social instability reigns, writes Mona Makram-Ebeid
Western reporting from the Middle East
Echoes of colonialism often affect how foreign news agencies report on the region, from the misuse of stringers in the street to arrogant editors in the newsroom, writes Salah Nasrawi
Rumbles of discontent
While the Muslim Brotherhood attempts to monopolise the political sphere, popular dissent against Islamist rule is growing, shifting the ground beneath the regime's feet, writes Mohamed Hassan Khalil
Don't mention the Turkish model
Though initially lauded by the Arabs as a bastion of new Islamist wisdom, as the Arab Spring went bad, in Syria in particular, the failures of Turkish acumen were revealed, writes Gamil Matar
The Arab American vote: 2012
While Arab American support for President Obama has dropped, this hasn't translated to a swing to Mitt Romney, writes James Zogby
The trapped empire
The rise and fall of empires can span decades, if not longer. All indications remain that US decline is inexorable, not least because of its policy in the Arab region, writes Ramzy Baroud
Conspiracy theories and our view of others
Until a given society engages in frank introspection, progress is impossible. Nowhere is this truer than in Arab societies, writes Azmi Ashour
Constitution in the balance
Something as fundamental as a constitution for the country should be the subject of lively national debate, not the preserve of backroom deals and partisan politics, writes Ayman El-Amir
Salafist Spring
The rise of jihadist Salafism amid the Arab Spring is perhaps its most dangerous aspect, threatening the ideals that drove the popular uprisings themselves, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

Double-edged foreign aid

Cartoon by Gomaa

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