Al-Ahram Weekly Online   25 October - 31 November 2012
Issue No. 1120
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Skating on thin ice
Islamists hail the refusal of the Administrative Court to rule on the legality of the Constituent Assembly as a victory, reports Gamal Essam El-Din
Presidential mishaps
Egypt's presidency has witnessed a string of unfortunate mishaps this week, raising questions about the competence of its administration, reports Dina Ezzat
All at sea
President Morsi attends naval exercises following a spate of criticism directed at former military commanders, reports Amirah Ibrahim
Pressing for control
The suspension of the editor of Al-Gomhuriya exacerbates tensions between journalists and the Shura Council, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky
How will it end?
Mona El-Nahhas writes on the current heated dispute over the status of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Egypt's draft constitution
Moving backwards
The draft constitution sounds alarm bells among women's rights activists, reports Reem Leila
'People can change reality'
To a packed hall at the American University in Cairo in the city's Tahrir Square, Noam Chomsky this week again asserted his belief in the power of the people in the face of overwhelming political and economic interests, writes Aziza Sami
A change in chants
Secular parties have decided to turn the debate over a new constitution into the decisive battle with the Muslim Brotherhood, reports Khaled Dawoud
Hostage to fortune
Ahmed Shafik's accounts -- and those of his children -- have been frozen by the Illicit Gains Authority (IGA), Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Camp David immune system
The Egyptian-Israeli peace accords are the focus of intricate, high level wrangling, writes Ahmed Eleiba
Towards the Papal chair
As preparations to select the next pope enter their final stages candidates for the throne of St Mark speak to Michael Adel
Splitting apart
Is the Salafist-Muslim Brotherhood honeymoon over?
Eyes on the clock
Will the government's decision to close Egypt's shops at 10pm be implemented, wonders Ahmed Kotb
Controversial visit
Curious and cut short. What was the precise purpose, wonders Saleh Al-Naami
Mind the borders
The question of Gaza's border crossings -- especially Rafah -- comes again to the fore as Hamas rejects Ramallah's offer of ending the siege in return for a controlling role, writes Ahmed Eleiba
Palestinians brace for tough Eid Al-Adha
While an unprecedented economic crisis grips the occupied Palestinian territories, Palestinians can still rely on the bonds of social solidarity, writes Khaled Amayreh in Dura in the West Bank
Fatah's mediocre victory
With conspicuous low turnout, Fatah won in lacklustre fashion in largely uncontested local elections, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Hebron
Lebanese killing fields
Lebanon could be closing a dark chapter of assassinations, or the latest victim could be the start of a protracted conflict, writes Andrew Bossone
Haniyeh, Meshaal face off
With two big names dropping out of the running, it would appear that the way is clear for Ismail Haniyeh to take over as Hamas head, unless Khaled Meshaal demurs, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Poor prospects for a truce
UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has put forward proposals for a truce in the Syrian conflict, though observers insist that only binding UN resolutions will end the fighting, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
A single leadership?
The Syrian revolutionaries have announced that they will unite under a single leadership, facilitating the acquisition of weapons from abroad, reports Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Foreign policy in the US presidential campaign
There is little difference between the two candidates on Egypt and the Arab Spring, notes Ezzat Ibrahim
Netanyahu seeks a third term
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to call early elections is meant to sideline potential rivals, writes Samir Ghattas
A catastrophic hour
After watching a film based on a true and appalling train accident, Rania Khallaf wonders how far this odd society will go
Obituary: Exit great theatre maker
Theatre director and cultural mediator Hanaa Abdel Fattah (1944-2012) died on 19 October at the age of 68
Saroukhan, all but forgotten
Ameera Fouad attends a retrospective of the father of caricature at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Evasion of establishment
Gamal Nkrumah is intrigued by Ganzeer who assembles establishment and street art in a provocative bravura display -- cat and canary, upstairs downstairs
Culinary secrets for the Eid
Perfect cooking being the aim of every passionate cook, Moushira Abdel-Malek shares her secrets
Ahli and Esperance -- here we go again
Once more, the Red Shirts of Cairo meet Tunis' Blood and Gold. Abeer Anwar reports on how the teams reached the final of the African Champions League
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More than three million pilgrims converged on Mecca in the journey of a lifetime -- the hajj. Tomorrow they will perform the most important section of annual ritual, the ascent of Mount Arafat.
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Bankrolling rights abuses
The possibility that US aid to Israel is funding the latter's violations of Palestinian rights needs to be examined, despite the hysterical retorts of Zionist groups, writes James Zogby
The Brotherhood's abluted capitalism
When examined in plain detail, the Muslim Brotherhood is no different from the Mubarak regime in its fundamental economic and capitalist outlook, writes Ammar Ali Hassan
To the prosecutor-general: Leave
Establishing justice in Egypt after years of law serving tyranny is impossible under the current prosecutor-general and his assistants, writes Gamal Eid
The EU and the Nobel Prize
The recent Eurozone crisis stands as proof of the deep wisdom of the European project, given that peace on the continent was never threatened, writes Abdel-Moneim Said
Obama, Romney and the Middle East
The direction of the two US presidential candidates is the same. It's all a question of timing, concludes Amr Abdel-Ati
Towards a constitution for the 21st century
We have to understand that change is now part of daily life, and with it come new challenges that new constitutions should be flexible enough to address, writes Ismail Serageldin
End of the Salafist utopia
The politics of religion is more complex than the Salafis thought when they jumped into the ring last year,
notes Khalil Al-Anani
The key to Africa's future
Good governance leading to the equitable and sustainable deployment of resources is the foundation of Africa's future development, writes Abdoulie Janneh
Tyranny and the public sphere
To the ancients, tyranny was the projection of unfettered personal desire, and hence opposed to social existence. This definition remains apropos, writes Mohamed Soffar

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