Al-Ahram’s Special Issue

The 25 January Revolution (Special issue)

Egypt, after birth pangs

The showdown over the future of the country is far from over. Assem El-Kersh discusses the prospects and implications

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Youssef Rakha on the first two Days

Cyber revolution

Mohamed Abdel-Baky reports on the role of Internet activists in instigating protests

Testimony from Tahrir

Gerard O’Neill once said: “Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.”

The death of innocence

Nevine El-Aref remembers some of those killed in the course of the revolution

Leaders without disciples

A Committee of the Wise, but who appointed them, asks Amira Howeidy

Beyond the crisis

On Sunday Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zuweil outlined the ways in which he thinks it possible to end the stalemate between the protesters and Egypt’s regime, reports Nevine El-Aref

Reforming the constitution

Constitutional amendments are central to the national dialogue between Omar Suleiman and opposition forces, reports Gamal Essam El-Din

Jumping on the bandwagon

After playing no role in the 25 January uprising opposition parties are now seeking to speak for the protesters, reports Mona El-Nahhas

Tactical gains

The Muslim Brotherhood is in a win-win situation, at least for now, reports Dina Ezzat

Wael Ghoneim: Mastermind

Mohamed Badie: Taboo no longer

Mohamed El-Baradei: Contender

Is the party over?

What now for the NDP, asks Gamal Essam El-Din

Hossam Badrawi: New guard

Gamal Mubarak: Turnabout

Ahmed Ezz: Downfall

Maged El-Sherbini: Still in

Mubarak’s choice

All eyes on Suleiman

Ahmed Shafik: Tough

What has really changed?

The search is on for an answer to the most pertinent questions: What exactly has changed in Egypt and where to go from here? Assem El-Kersh asked figures on the scene

Conspiracy, treason or corruption?

Although the disappearance of the police forces across Egypt on the fourth day of the demonstrations remains a huge mystery, Jailan Halawi attempts an explanation

Switching sides

Normally at odds with the government, Bedouins of the Sinai supported government troops in repelling an assault by non-Egyptian militants, Amirah Ibrahim reports

Smoke and sweet potatoes

Nesmahar Sayed takes refuge

The price to pay

Sherine Abdel-Razek reports on the cost Egypt is paying for change to happen

Communication loss

Cuts in mobile and Internet connections were a lose-lose situation, writes Nader Habib

Hand in hand

Last decade’s communications revolution changed the lives of millions of people in this country, most of all the young…

Nose down

The violent clashes and chaos which have been sweeping Egypt for more than two weeks have shaken the aviation business, Amirah Ibrahim reports

Placebo effect

A package of policies catering to the public’s social needs was well received, but people want more, Mona El-Fiqi reports

Budget restraints

Can the government afford its new-found generosity, wonders Niveen Wahish

An illusive trickle-down

Changing the cabinet was President Mubarak’s first step to calm street anger. Sherine Abdel-Razek assesses the economic performance of Nazif’s government during its six-year tenure

Friend or foe

Should President Hosni Mubarak resign? It is a question that is polarising families as well as the public, writes Shaden Shehab

Nasser and now

There are fascinating parallels between recent events and Egypt’s past, according to Hoda Abdel-Nasser. Gamal Nkrumah sounds the chief seraph of her father’s legacy out

The silent majority?

While many Egyptians have spoken with their feet over the past two weeks, others think there are other roads to change, says Dena Rashed

People power

They pitched tents, waived flags, paraded posters and stopped traffic. Tahrir Square packed them in on Tuesday in what was reportedly the largest gathering since the protests erupted on 25 January…

Photos by Sherif Sonbol

Bread crisis averted

As Egypt witnesses unprecedented demonstrations, supplying the local market with bread becomes a priority, reports Nesma Nowar

Can’t get enough

The market is regaining its balance after a week of price hikes and a commodity purchase spree, Sherine Nasr reports

‘Mummy, what’s a revolution?’

Egyptian families have faced additional worries over recent days, as Nesmahar Sayed explains

The writing on the wall

A thug riding his camel, cracking a whip and brandishing a sword, is a frightening sight indeed; but, argues Injy El-Kashef, more frightening still is the YouTube clip exposing him to the world

Lost credibility

The state run media’s credibility has reached an all time low, writes Doaa El-Bey

When the keyboard stopped

The severing of the Internet posed for Egypt’s e-journalism its first big test, Nader Habibreports

‘Don’t let the flower die’

Egypt’s writers, artists and thinkers have in the main supported the demands of the 25 January revolution. Rania Khallaf gauges their views

In the footsteps of Taha Hussein

Appointed minister of culture in this week’s new government, writer and academic Gaber Asfour has long modelled himself on pioneering Egyptian writer Taha Hussein, explains Osama Kamal

Acting out the revolution

Gamal Nkrumah interviews a quartet of Egypt’s cinematic stars on their take on events

Not getting away with it

Looters were prevented from removing their spoils from the Egyptian Museum, and restoration of the 70 artefacts damaged during the foiled raid has already been completed, reports Nevine El-Aref

Egypt is not Iran

Far from bringing comfort to the Iranian leadership, Egypt’s revolution is inspiring Iran’s democratic opposition, writes Rasha Saad

Palestinian escape stories

Thousands of prisoners have escaped from Egyptian jails over recent days, including many Palestinians

Pre-emptive strike

Calls for protests against the Syrian regime have so far been unsuccessful, spurring debate about why the country has been so unresponsive, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

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