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

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
Border tensions
Despite their common struggle against terrorism, Saudi Arabia and Yemen are having difficulties resolving their border dispute, reports Peter Willems from Sana'a
Is Baathism dead?
For Syria's Ba'ath, it is a make-or-break moment. The question is, how will it survive? Omayma Abdel-Latif investigates
Opposing force
Syria's opposition forces believe that national reconciliation is the way to fight US intervention in domestic affairs
Dr Abdul-Aziz Al-Rantisi (1947 - 2004)
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
Still stateless
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are seeing their chances of returning home dwindle. Mohalhel Fakih reports from camps across Lebanon
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
All bark and no bite
Global reactions to Israel's assassination of the Hamas leader Abdul-Aziz Al-Rantisi were predictably unfavourable. Gamal Nkrumah reviews official reactions
How blank the US check?
Bush may have given Israel a blank check some time ago to use all means necessary to suppress the Palestinian uprising, but US officials conceded that the assassination of Al-Rantisi came at a very awkward time, Khaled Dawoud reports from Washington
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
Failing in Iraq
Iraqi political scientist Wameed Al-Nithmi talks to Graham Usher about the the causes and probable consequences of the present violence in Iraq

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