Beyond the truce
The cease-fire announced by Palestinian factions marks a major breakthrough for the government of Abu Mazen, writes Ibrahim Nafie
Our cultured elite
The war against Iraq has divided the Arab intelligentsia in a curious manner. So bizarre is the polarisation, argues Azmi Bishara , that some now equate democracy with US hegemony
Is terrorism a world pole?
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed discusses the relevance of his assumption that terrorism can be categorised as a "world pole"
America's attempts at making peace in the Middle East face a number of internal obstacles, writes Diaa Rashwan
US officials claim they want to reform Iraq's school system. Galal Amin questions their motives
Beyond the mirage
One state or two, the real issue is the ethnic exclusivity of the state of Israel, argues Paul Eisen
Politics & imagination: after the fall of Baghdad
The new crusades are upon us, says Ammiel Alcalay . George W Bush's inscription at Auschwitz, "Never forget", was meant to accomplish exactly the opposite: to obliterate the idea of all memory other than newly minted official memory, to destroy any narrative that goes beyond idolatry, beyond the superficial image captured in a sound bite or an orchestrated video clip
The Palestinians have chosen to hold to the course of peace in the face of Israeli aggression. The Israelis, for their part, have made important, albeit largely symbolic, gestures...
Signs of haste
Egypt, under pressure from Washington, has signed a bilateral agreement exempting US citizens from the International Criminal Court (ICC)...
By Salama A Salama
Where has the wit gone?
Once again we had a glimpse of Mohamed Said Al-Sahhaf, not as Iraq's information minister, and not as a plastic doll mocking the man who promised the Americans a sad end in Baghdad, but as a face on Al-Arabiya Channel, and a changed man...
Fadia El-Ghazali Harb
Cease-fire in Palestine
I was gladdened by the news of a cease-fire between the Palestinians and Israel...
By Naguib Mahfouz