Al-Ahram Weekly Online   17 - 23 March 2005
Issue No. 734
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Raising the stakes
The mass demonstration in Beirut on Monday was not just to protest against Syria's lingering presence in Lebanon: It was to announce the Lebanese opposition as a major political force, writes Graham Usher in Beirut
Neither victor nor vanquished
In an interview with Graham Usher Salim Al-Hoss discusses the conflict in Lebanon, its potential dangers and what he believes is its "only" solution
'First things first'
The Bush administration, satisfied with initial reports of Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon, has stipulated that disarming Hizbullah comes next, Khaled Dawoud reports from Washington
Too much hype
It is too early to measure the impact of reform movements in the Middle East, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif
Palestinians protest against UN impotence
With Annan in his living room, Sharon continued this week to thwart the fragile peace process and persecute the Palestinians, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
In our hands
Iraq's Kurds are skillfully using their power as a minority to advance their own interests, but will the cost be turmoil, asks Nermeen Al-Mufti
Marx in Iraq
Mohamed El-Anwar in Baghdad talks to Hamid Majid Moussa, leader of the Iraqi Communist Party
Reaching out
Gamal Nkrumah wonders if what worked in Puntland will work in the rest of Somalia

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