A bleak mid-winter
What kind of state is being proposed in this "two-state" solution, asks Ibrahim Nafie
Hope amid the ruins
Mustafa El-Feki suggests ways to save the region from encroaching disaster
The furore over Tariq Ramadan
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed discusses the case of a maverick Islamic personality
Dubious courage and doddering wisdom
Libya's decision to abandon its WMD programme illustrates the tragic state of the Arab world today, writes Hassan Nafaa
A popular relationship
As he prepares to head back to his homeland, India's ambassador to Egypt, Satnam Jit Singh , reflects on his three year term of service in Cairo
The Geneva Accord was long ago scripted by Israeli Military Intelligence, writes Salman Abu Sitta
The mother of all farces
The messages broadcast in the wake of Saddam's capture were as grim as they were wrong, writes Osama El-Ghazali Harb
The only good to be salvaged from the earthquake that struck the historic Iranian city of Bam is that it offers an opportunity for nations that have political and ideological differences with Iran to show they care for ordinary Iranians...
New Year resolutions
2003 has been described as the worst year in modern Arab history by some pundits...
By Hani Shukrallah
Democracy and other mysteries
As 2003 drew to a close political reform in the Arab world, despite having been the focus of so much attention from outsiders, remained as elusive as ever...
By Salama A Salama
Same old conspiracy
The last 12 months have seen the continuing tragi-comedy that is our national life further unravel...
By Nabil Abdel-Fattah
Transcending the crisis
There is no doubt that we are in the throes of a crisis. Only I like to be optimistic, always...
By Naguib Mahfouz