Al-Ahram Weekly Online   1 - 7 July 2004
Issue No. 697
Special
 
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

On Monday, US Civil Administrator Paul Bremer handed over "sovereignty" to the Interim Government of Iraq in a furtive ceremony, two days ahead of schedule. Not the stuff that independence days are made of. How sovereign is Iraq; what kind of future does the ongoing process offer for that shattered nation; and most significantly, how can a genuinely free, democratic and prosperous Iraq be created? Al-Ahram Weekly, in these special pages, invited Iraqi journalists and intellectuals to provide some answers
Scorched dreams
As Baghdad gets ready for sovereignty, Nermeen Al-Mufti discovers that dreams can taste of death and ashes
Who will rule Iraq?
Aziz Jabr Shayyal assesses the political fortunes of the different Iraqi groups and the prospects for state building
Hard days ahead
Saif Abu Gulal writes on the challenges facing Iraq's interim government in the months ahead
The future of Iraqi resistance
The post-Saddam Hussein era has been one of triumphs and defeats on all sides, writes Abdul-Hussein Shaaban
'Iraq's long shadow'
Anas Al-Tikriti argues that the rhetoric about the power handover to Iraqis is no more than an attempt to make an essentially ugly situation slightly more palatable
Anatomy of a people
Disparate forces released in the new Iraq are simply a consequence of decades of dictatorship and state decay, writes Ibrahim Al-Haidry
Wrong perceptions
Ibrahim Al-Marashi looks at how the Iraqi media reacted to the scheduled transfer of power

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