Al-Ahram Weekly Online   22 - 28 April 2004
Issue No. 687
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Seismic shift
Dina Ezzat reports on Arab attempts to minimise losses in the face of President Bush's U-turn on US Middle East policy
'Peace has come to an end'
Amidst calls of vengeance that swept Arab streets, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal spoke words of reason to Sherine Bahaa
Policy of death
Israel gloats over the assassination of Hamas leader Al-Rantisi while the Palestinians mourn the loss of their martyr, reports Khaled Amayreh
Crime after crime
As violence continues to claim more lives, fears are growing that Iraq's lack of security poses the greatest threat to the country's political future. Omayma Abdel-Latif investigates
Whither Hamas?
With the second attack on Hamas's leadership in less than a month, the question is how far the blow will affect the political and military force of the movement. Sherine Bahaa searches for an answer
A time of discontent
What is it with the Arabs? Why is it that they are sitting back passively watching the travesty unfold? Why do they remain 'a powerless people', as Edward Said once described them, when so much is at stake. Arab intellectuals, interviewed by Omayma Abdel-Latif, grapple with an answer to the most pressing questions
Still stateless
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are seeing their chances of returning home dwindle. Mohalhel Fakih reports from camps across Lebanon
Danger zone
For Egypt, Bush's support to Sharon over Israel's unilateral disengagement plan signals the onset of a perilous new era in Middle Eastern politics. Dina Ezzat reports on Cairo's reaction and, below, follows yet another episode of efforts to hold the Arab summit
On the edge of the abyss -- again
Amidst public anger over the Israeli assassination of Hamas leader Al-Rantisi, Gihan Shahine finds the US has also come under fire for its widely perceived complicity in the bloodshed
Who's to blame?
At a Cairo conference, Mohamed El-Baradei was criticised for his role in nuclear inspections in Iraq, while Israel remains free of blame. The IAEA director-general argued his case. Aziza Sami reports
India's Muslim myth
Religion is the last thing on the minds of an increasing number of India's Muslims as they head to the polls, reports Jaideep Mukerji from New Delhi
Searching alternatives
Sharkiat remains at the forefront of the emerging alternative music scene. Aly El-Guindy speaks with Fathy Salama, the band's founder, and driving force
Turning a blind eye
The Maadi child molestation case breaks the silence on the sexual abuse of children. Lina Mahmoud investigates
Viva la música!
At his first live concert in Egypt, Enrique Iglesias kept his fans dancing all night long. Dena Rashed swayed to his rhythms
Give and take
Egypt reclaimed Africa's handball championship. Inas Mazhar writes on the change in situation
Mordechai Vanunu

VANUNU FREED: After 18 years imprisonment, Israel's whistle-blower, Mordechai Vanunu was yesterday set free

The dynamic of occupation
by Azmi Bishara



Law of the jungle
The ripping up of agreements, the shredding of international law, has become a Washington habit. It threatens us all, writes Ibrahim Nafie
An unacceptable invitation
With his letter to Sharon reversing years of US foreign policy Bush has declared war on moderation, says Hassan Nafaa
The second Balfour Declaration
A question that Mohamed Sid-Ahmed believes stands at the heart of the Palestinian problem: is Israel the state of all its citizens or that of its Jewish community only?
Open letter to President Bush
By Osama El-Ghazali Harb

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