17 - 23 June 2004
Issue No. 695
|Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875|
Terms and timing
Sharon still heads a minority government in Israel. But the chances of Labour rescuing him daily increase, reports Graham Usher from Jerusalem
A consensus is growing among Palestinians about the positive merits of a crystallising Egyptian involvement in effecting the proposed Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Khaled Amayreh reports from the West Bank
Down by law
The Iraqi interim government faces a major challenge both before and after the transfer of power on 30 June, namely that of restoring law and order, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif
Battle of flags
Ibrahim Al-Marashi travelled northern Iraq to assess its mood since attention shifted to Baghdad and the south
A timely shift
Turkey seeks to empower the Organisation of the Islamic Conference while shifting its foreign policy away from Israel towards a rapprochement with Arab states. Gareth Jenkins reports from Istanbul
What next for Sudan?
Mahmoud Morad speaks with Sudan's first vice president about the country's future
Much ado about nothing?
The ambiguity surrounding a recent decision granting Al-Azhar search and seizure powers has provoked much speculation, misinterpretation and anger. Gihan Shahine reports
The recent death of a Muslim Brotherhood detainee has cast an unequivocal light on prisoners' rights. Jailan Halawi reports
On the edge of change
Residents of Rafah -- the town on Egypt's border with Gaza -- often find themselves suffering the consequences of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Reem Nafie takes a tour
Reports that Libya's leader ordered the assassination of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah sent shockwaves through both the Arab world and the West. Rasha Saad investigates
Unravelling 'enlightened moderation'
In a rejoinder to an article by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Masooda Bano argues that Musharraf is telling Muslim nations to follow Washington's dictates
Venezuela recall woes
The opponents of President Hugo Chavez scored a small victory when they gathered enough votes to trigger a plebiscite which could impeach him. But it may be too early to celebrate, Hisham El-Naggar writes from Buenos Aires
Online matchmaking is finally catering to Arabs and Muslims around the world. Gihan Shahine logs on to rate its success
Iraq's oil exports were effectively halted when a pipeline was blown up near the southern city of Basra.
Mental health of post-war Iraq
by Ahmed Okasha
Criticisms of Egypt's stand on Sharon's disengagement plan are ill-informed, writes Ibrahim Nafie
Your best effort?
When we needed action and principle, circuses and spectacles marked the first half of the year in Arab diplomatic circles, writes Gamil Mattar
Power defeats law
Justice and occupation are as opposed as truth and hypocrisy, writes Abdallah Al-Ashaal
A faithful step forward
A historic opportunity for rapprochement with the West is afforded to all Muslims, writes Mustafa El-Feki , if the tenets of Islam are refined and recalled
A poetics of return
The journey of return is not something based only in politics, but cuts and runs through the very essence of Palestinian existence, writes Sharif S Elmusa
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