Al-Ahram Weekly Online   9 - 15 February 2006
Issue No. 781
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Handling defeat
Fatah's defeat in the Palestinian elections is no less significant than Hamas's victory, writes Graham Usher in Gaza
To be decided
The policy architecture of the new Palestinian government is yet to be formed while Hamas is standing strong on its long-held refusal to negotiate with Israel, reports Erica Silverman
Strategic pragmatism
Ahead of forming the new Palestinian government, Hamas is working hard to allay the fears of international actors and Fatah competitors, reports Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Who's behind the kidnaps?
Could secret paramilitary groups be adding to the violence and lawlessness in Iraq? Firas Al-Atraqchi examines the possibilities
A new Iraq in the making
The breakdown of the results of Iraq's recent parliamentary elections shows the entrenchment of sectarian lines, writes Nazem Abdel Wahed Al-Jasur
Touring the East
King Abdullah's tour of Asia reflects a change in style on the part of the Saudi royal family. Doaa El-Bey looks at the economic and political outcomes of the visit
This is not according to law
While almost assured to be referred to the Security Council for punitive measures, Iran still has right on its side, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
Whose victory?
America's persistent attempts to refer Iran to the Security Council have finally bore fruit. For Iran, however, the endgame has not yet begun, Rasha Saad writes
Lost in the great divide?
As it prepares to launch its international channel Al-Jazeera is once again making the news, reports Amira Howeidy from Doha
Photo caption
Emir Sheik Sabah Al Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah appointed his 68-year-old brother as the new crown prince and successor to the throne...

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