Al-Ahram Weekly Online
23 - 29 August 2001
Issue No.548
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In for the long haul -- and winning
Israel's recent assault on Hamas has brought it increased popularity among Palestinians and deeper unity with Fatah. Graham Usher in Gaza looks at the rise and rise of Palestine's premier Islamic movement

Releasing tension
Seeking to calm public anger, Lebanese authorities released nearly all those who were arrested after rumours of a plot to undermine state security. Zeina Abu Rizk reports from Beirut

'A crack in the Zionist citadel'
A group of Druze leaders are calling on their co-religionists to reject service in the Israeli army, Lola Keilani reports from Amman

Palestinians Just dessert?
Economic issues, ostensibly the objective of Bashar Al-Assad's visit to Kuwait, could not quite push politics into the wings. Sherine Bahaa reports

Flogging returns
As the hard-line judiciary wages war on "vice," social offences are now punished by public whippings. Azadeh Moaveni reports on the new punishments that have scandalised Tehran

Hostage drama continues
Almost a month after the kidnapping of a German diplomat in Yemen, the government remains unable to determine his whereabouts, reports Nasser Arrabyee from Sana'a

Old dog, new tricks?
A new Islamic party in Turkey is making a bid for the centre ground, by celebrating Atatürk and courting the EU. But Turkey's secularists remain suspicious, Gareth Jenkins reports from Istanbul

Fundamentally wrong
Demanding security
Stronger relations
Border village closed
Berbers anger

Indictiong Sharon
CLARIFICATION: In Issue 546, 9-15 August, Al-Ahram Weekly published a call for contributions to help pay for the indictment of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by a Belgian court on charges of war crimes. We have since been notified by the Arab European League (AEL) that they are the only body legally delegated to act for the victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacre who are bringing this case. Contributions can be made to the AEL at the following accounts: 310 1239729 58 BBL BELGIUM, or 000 0908067 50 Bank van de Post Belgium. The AEL may be contacted on 00-32-475-733-444 or 00-32-496-244-409, or by e-mail at

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