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Protesting 'this evil thing'
Palestinians and international peace activists take to the streets in protest against the separation wall, Khaled Amayreh reports

The plot thickens
The second phase of the German-brokered prisoner deal between Israel and Hizbullah is far from straightforward, Christian Henderson reports

Season of promises
The race for the Algerian presidential elections has begun. Amira Howeidy reports

Conservative finale?
After the conservatives coast to a sweeping electoral victory in Iran, the public is mostly disenchanted and some reformers look simply inept, reports Mustafa El-Labbad

Bumpy road to sovereignty
Pressure is mounting on the Iraqi Governing Council to put the final touches to the Iraqi interim constitution, but as Omayma Abdel-Latif reports, many issues remain unresolved

Repairing the failed state
Barham Salih talks to Al-Ahram Weekly about the Fundamental Law due to be signed by 28 February, what the Kurds mean by a federal Iraq and the fraught issue of disputed areas like Kirkuk

Mother Iraq
Women in Iraq fear that the American occupation may have replaced one kind of tyranny with another, writes Graham Usher in Baghdad

Westerns initiatives that miss the point, a WMD-free Middle East and peace prospects in Sudan -- Dina Ezzat, in three separate articles below, leafs through the agenda of the forthcoming Arab summit

'It's pouring initiatives' -- hallelujah?
The Arab world is looking askance at foreign initiatives aimed at reforming it

Now or never?
Has the time come for a nuclear-free Middle East?

Doing their bit
Has the time come for a nuclear-free Middle East?


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US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld offers a gesture of thanks as dozens of members of Iraq's new police force cheer him during his visit to Baghdad Police Academy on Monday (photo:AFP)


Last Monday a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle outside a police station in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing at least 13 people and wounding 50 others. The attack was the latest in a string of suicide bombings against Iraqi security forces and others seen as cooperating with the US-led occupation
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