Al-Ahram Weekly Online   11 - 17 October 2012
Issue No. 1118
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Articles of faith
Consensus over the draft constitution is as far away as ever, writes Gamal Essam El-Din
A Nobel for the voice of the poor?
The Mother Teresa of Cairo, Maggie Gobran, may win a Nobel Peace Prize tomorrow. Egypt, and Rasha Sadek, are crossing their fingers
A presidential upgrade
President Mohamed Morsi spoke on the anniversary of the 6 October War against a backdrop of political bewilderment and economic anticipation, reports Dina Ezzat
Back in Africa
IN A KEEN showing of Egyptian interest to foster ties with African countries, especially the Nile Basin states, President Mohamed Morsi arrived in Uganda on Tuesday for a one-day visit where he participated in the country's Independence Day celebrations with the president of Uganda Yoweri Musevini and other African leaders, Dina Ezzat reports
One hundred days with Morsi
Hosni Mubarak had three decades to entrench his legacy. Mohamed Morsi promised to undo some of its worst manifestations within 100 days. So what's the verdict, asks Amira Howeidy
Time for accountability
Reem Leila asks whether 100 days were enough for President Morsi to keep his promises
Queuing continues
The government has barely scratched the surface in its attempt to resolve bread and fuel shortages, reports Niveen Wahish
Those missing and the uninvited
Ahmed Eleiba reports on this year's celebrations on the 39th anniversary of the October war
Towards a politics of consensus
Prime Minister Hisham Kandil has met with representatives from across the political spectrum in an attempt to forge agreement on economic policy and other pressing issues, reports Reem Leila
Mumps scare
Thousands of children are suffering as a result of the recent outbreak of mumps in Egypt
Choice of a clean slate
Mohamed Abdel-Baky reports on the new appointments at the Homeland Security Sector and the Central Agency for Organisation and Administration
Copts still under attack
One year after the Maspero tragedy, the targeting of Coptic citizens and churches is continuing, reports Dina Ezzat
Morsi's promises for his first 100 days in office
President Mohamed Morsi spoke on the anniversary of the 6 October War against a backdrop of political bewilderment and economic anticipation, reports Dina Ezzat
Battle of the bishops
Electing a successor to Pope Shenouda III is proving a contentious business, reports Michael Adel
One year on
The relatives of the "Maspero martyrs" are still seeking their rights one year after the killings, writes Sarah Murad
Puppet show or real poll?
The Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, is holding elections. How free are they, asks Amani Maged
Splinters and settlements
Has the power struggle within the Salafist Nour Party reached its end?
A good story to tell
Does Egypt have what it takes to attract much needed foreign investment? Sherine Abdel-Razek listened in as economic experts tried to offer answers at the Euromoney conference
On shaky ground
Growth forecasts for oil importing countries in the North Africa and Middle East (MENA) region, including Egypt, continue to be negatively affected by the aftermath of the Arab Spring
Out on a limb
The question is no longer whether or not Hizbullah has been drawn into the Syrian quagmire; it is about the nature and degree of such involvement, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif
Awaiting an 'Iranian Spring'?
Israel and the US have backed away from military confrontation with Iran, hoping that further economic sanctions will bring down the regime, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Autumn fury
Ahmed Eleiba discusses Iran, Israel and the crisis threatening to overtake the region
'Combat has the upper hand'
Haitham Manaa, chair of the National Coordination Committee Abroad and a veteran Syrian opposition figure, explained that the regime could still be brought down by peaceful means, writes Bassel Oudat in an exclusive interview
No exit from Homs
The siege of Homs has entered its fifth month, with nearly 1,000 families now being stranded in the devastated city
Turkey edging towards war
Alevis in Turkey lead protests as Kurds in Syria seize control of border regimes, adding to Ankara's worries, says Sayed Abdel-Maguid
A risky provocation
The Syrian military has attacked targets inside Turkey despite warnings from the Turkish government, possibly with the aim of trying to spread the crisis more widely in the region, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Clashing interests
Turkey and Syria are locked in a conflict that neither wants but is unable, it seems, to prevent. Graham Usher reports from the United Nations
Israel seeks Al-Aqsa Mosque
Israeli forces stormed the Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem this week, part of a plan to take control of the Muslim sanctuary, writes Khaled Amayreh in East Jerusalem
Romney's 'vision' for the Middle East
Republican candidate Mitt Romney delivered one of the most comprehensive speeches on foreign policy so far, where he promised Americans a different course on major issues. At the top of the regions Romney addressed is the Middle East, Ezzat Ibrahim reports from Washington
Venezuela's visionary genius
Venezuelan elections pave the way for buttressing socialism in South America, applauds Gamal Nkrumah
Fiesta's end?
Will the Ministry of Culture stop staging cultural festivals in Egypt? Nevine El-Aref finds out
Cry my beloved Syria
Abdel-Qader Manla, the founder of a new Syrian band in Cairo, speaks to Rania Khallaf
Education for parents
While many teachers complain about their students' attitude in class, Nesmahar Sayed discovers that some parents can be even more annoying
Easy win -- and a turkey -- slip away
Despite an early two-goal lead, Egypt's Ahli were forced to settle for a draw against Nigeria's Sunshine in their Orange CAF African Champions League semi-final first leg clash, Abeer Anwar reports
Hard to choose
Of all the European derbies played this week, Ahmed Hamdi sees which captured our attention and imagination the most

ON TUESDAY evening, a march set off from Shobra towards Maspero to mark a year since the massacre of pro-Coptic demonstrators there. Among the protesters' demands is retaliation for those killed in Maspero and the dissolution of the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly, which will be the main demand of a million-man march they proposed, to take place this Friday.


Bigotry builds empires
By Gihan Shahine


One love
By Soha Hesham
Grassroots Jews
By Hani Mustafa


A Palestinian state in Sinai?
Rumours of a future Palestinian state in Sinai should be firmly quashed by the Egyptian government, writes Ahmad Naguib Roushdy
Are Arab Jews refugees?
Rumours of a future Palestinian state in Sinai should be firmly quashed by the Egyptian government, writes Ahmad Naguib Roushdy
Not his lucky day
President Barack Obama fluffed his first debate with Mitt Romney. But that hardly constitutes a sea change in US politics, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Yes, there is an alternative
The post-Oslo balance of power must be tilted in favour of the Palestinian people, writes Mustafa Barghouthi
Latin lessons
Latin American countries successfully made the shift from repressive dictatorship to robust democracies. Yet Egypt remains loath to learn from their experiences, writes Emad Gad
Don't buy into the hysteria
The debate between the candidates in the US presidential elections was a mood changer, but it has not altered the fundamental political landscape, writes James Zogby
Iran by proxy
Ignore the handwringing of Western leaders, it is foreign intervention that is fuelling the chaos in Syria, writes Jeremy Salt from Ankara
One hundred days of alienation
A sense of powerlessness has found its way among many Egyptians who do not identify themselves with the ruling troika of president, Freedom and Justice Party and Muslim Brotherhood, writes Ahmed El-Tonsi
Send in the clowns
US think tanks like the Washington Institute for Near East Policy are beating the drum for a US war against Iran in the interests of Israel, writes William Cook

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