Al-Ahram Weekly

Hoping for Syria breakthrough

Avoiding a US military strike against Syria would be good news for many Arab capitals, not only Damascus, Dina Ezzat reports

Hoping for Syria breakthrough

Constitution by committee

Liberals dominate the 50-member committee entrusted with writing a final draft of the new constitution, Gamal Essam El-Din reports

Constitution by committee

Sinai — Part III

Military operations in Sinai have shifted to a third phase in the fight against terrorist and jihadist groups there, Ahmed Eleiba reports

Sinai — Part III

History repeats

Will the Muslim Brotherhood be banned? Amany Maged sifts through conflicting clues

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History repeats

Change can wait

The draft of Egypt’s new constitution contains only minimal economic and social changes and no explicit guarantee of social justice, writes Noha Moustafa

Change can wait
EGYPT Islamism’s sole defender

Islamism’s sole defender

The decision by the Salafist Nour Party to join the committee tasked with amending the constitution has surprised many commentators, raising suspicions that there may be calculations at play, writes Amany Maged

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Islamists claim responsibility

Islamists claim responsibility

The Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis group has claimed responsibility for last week’s assassination attempt on Egypt’s interior minister, writes Ahmed Morsy

Royal  comedown

Royal comedown

Where is the furniture of King Farouk’s bedroom? Ayman Barayez investigates

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In search of lost artefacts

In search of lost artefacts

Claims surfaced this week of missing artefacts from Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Arts appearing on display at the Doha Islamic Museum in Qatar, writes Nevine El-Aref

Who will be next?

Who will be next?

There is wide rejection in Egypt of a US military strike against Syria, both in government and popular circles, writes Doaa El-Bey

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Accusations aplenty

Accusations aplenty

Dozens of detained Muslim Brotherhood leaders face an array of charges, reports Ahmed Morsy

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Army justice

Army justice

Demands to ban the trial of civilians in military courts has resurfaced, reports Khaled Dawoud

ECONOMY Reviving tourism

Reviving tourism

Encouraging local tourism is now part of a concerted plan to support a sector that has been suffering for almost three years, Al-Ahram Weekly sheds light on the new scheme

Setting fair limits

Setting fair limits

Efforts are continuing to set minimum and maximum wages in Egypt, writes Mona El-Fiqi

Collateral damage?

Collateral damage?

How might a Western military strike on Syria affect the Egyptian economy, asks Nesma Nowar

WORLD Is Syria ready?

Is Syria ready?

Would the Syrian regime be able to fight off a potential US strike against the country, asks Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Syria: where is the anti-war movement?

Syria: where is the anti-war movement?

Amira Howeidy sounds out the views of British political activist John Rees and Palestinian-American journalist Ali Abunimah

Cornering Obama

Cornering Obama

The Russian move to capitalise on Kerry’s off-the-cuff London remarks on Syria has shown a way out of military confrontation, but further clipped the wings of Obama, writes Ezzat Ibrahim

US influence recedes in Russia

US influence recedes in Russia

Hard choices can no longer be fudged in the international arena, as last week’s G-20 summit in St Petersburg demonstrated, writes Gamal Nkrumah

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Between Al-Assad and Al-Qaeda

Between Al-Assad and Al-Qaeda

Syria’s Kurds have long faced special challenges, and these have only been exacerbated by the conflict in their country, writes Hassan Abdulrazzak

Gaza in a bind, again

Gaza in a bind, again

The destruction of tunnels along the Egypt-Gaza border is compounding Israel’s siege and having a debilitating effect on Gaza’s residents, writes Al-Ahram Weekly’s Gaza correspondent

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Iraq’s forgotten lesson

Iraq’s forgotten lesson

Even when the country begs questions about the anticipated US strike on Syria, the real lesson of Iraq has been forgotten, writes Salah Nasrawi

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SPORTS The last hurdle

The last hurdle

Egypt has made it to the final round of the World Cup African qualifications, reports Inas Mazhar

LIVING Children of turmoil

Children of turmoil

Caught amidst the murky waters of the game of politics, children are the ones bearing the brunt. Nashwa Abdel-Tawab reports on the psychological impact of political violence on the most vulnerable members of our society

opinion

For a neutral civil service

Without separating politics and public administration, Egypt’s democratic aspirations will remain but a pipedream, writes Khaled Amin

opinion

Grounds for optimism in Egypt?

Despite the threat of a return to authoritarianism, enough factors warrant optimism about Egypt’s medium- and long-term future, writes Ismail Serageldin

opinion

Syrian nightmare

Who fires the first shot might be predictable in response to the Syrian chemical weapons crisis. Who fires the last shot is less sure, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

opinion

What we’re debating, what we’re not

Instead of debating the pros and cons of a US military attack on Syria, we should be debating how to end the Syrian conflict in meaningful negotiations, writes James Zogby

opinion

On reconciliation

Contrary to what some have argued, there may be no real urgency behind moves towards national reconciliation, writes Ahmed El-Tonsi

opinion

Remember agriculture?

People think about politics in connection with the country’s new constitution, but a commitment to agriculture and the environment is just as important, writes Nader Noureddin

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Amman’s shaky claims to neutrality

Extensive coordination between the US and Jordan on Syria could open the possibility of retaliation from Damascus, dragging Amman into an unpredictable war, writes Nicola Nasser

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Israel pushes for war

It is Israel and Israeli lobbyists in the United States who are pressing for war on Syria, writes Jeremy Salt

culture

The unworthy worthy

At the Venice Film Festival, Samir Farid is outraged with the results of the official competition

Tractatus Politico-Religiosus

From 25 January to 30 June in four sentences: Youssef Rakha on Egypt’s two revolutions

Redefining freedom

Ati Metwaly visits Christiania

Heritage
Ras Al-Tin named as heritage

Ras Al-Tin named as heritage

A century-and-a-half after its construction, the Ras Al-Tin Palace in Alexandria has been put on Egypt’s official heritage list, writes Nevine El-Aref

Press review
Egyptian press: Europe was created by history, America by philosophy

Egyptian press: Europe was created by history, America by philosophy

Selections by Doaa El-Bey and Gamal Nkrumah cover the assassination attempt on the Egyptian interior minister and the impending US air strike on Syria