Al-Ahram Weekly Online
8 - 14 November 2001
Issue No.559
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Shifting fortunes
As the fortunes of the US war against terrorism decline, those of the "war party" in the administration seem to rise. Mohamed Hakki writes from Washington

Come hail, storm or Ramadan
The US military campaign against Afghanistan appears set to escalate in coming weeks, undeterred by winter or Ramadan, Thomas Gorguissian reports from Washington

Caught in a cruel crossfire
Pakistan's Christians, among the most impoverished and persecuted sections of the population, were the latest victims to the can of worms which the war against Afghanistan has opened across its borders. Iffat Malek writes from Islamabad

Tough test of loyalties
The British anti-war effort is gaining momentum even at the heart of the political establishment, writes Gamal Nkrumah from London

War by other means
Galal Nassar on the difficulties faced by war reporters covering the US operation in Afghanistan



My enemy's enemy
In the days before 11 September, the Northern Alliance was a frail coalition of tired-out warlords. But a shift in US perspective has refashioned these misremembered mujahedin as a formidable guerrilla force, writes Nyier Abdou

A silent genocide
Ignored by the media and dismissed by American and British politicians, millions of impoverished Afghans are being casually starved to death. Faiza Rady investigates

Between the devil and the deep blue sea
Insecurity and tighter controls on asylum seekers have added to the looming human disaster of the Afghan refugees, writes Mervat Diab

Defining the terms
Arab ministers of justice expressed their determination to fight all forms of terrorism -- including Israeli state terror, reports Dina Ezzat

Britain's position
During his visit to Cairo, British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon denied that the war against Afghanistan was a war against Islam and pledged that Britain will not let terrorists operate on its soil. Amira Ibrahim reports

Empty-handed both ways
British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to the region to win Arab support for the US war against Afghanistan. But with nothing to offer, he got nothing in return, writes Michael Jansen

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