Al-Ahram Weekly Online   23 February - 1 March 2006
Issue No. 783
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Hamas determined
While Israel talks of starving the Palestinians, Hamas continues its preparations for government, reports Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Paradise found
A film about Palestinian suicide bombings is causing controversy, and gaining much accolade, ahead of the Oscars in March, reports Erica Silverman
Comment: Opportunities gained or lost?
The high-profile visit by Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to Turkey has put the host country in the spotlight, writes Gareth Jenkins from Ankara
Countdown to showdown
The battle for the presidency appears to be face of the ultimate showdown between the two dominating alliances in Lebanon, writes Hicham Safieddine
What now for Syria?
One year after Al-Hariri's killing, and Syria is struggling. Omayma Abdel-Latif in Damascus examines prospects for political reform in the wake of 12 unprecedented months
Hard days ahead
Buthaina Shaaban, key Syrian spokesperson, speaks to Al-Ahram Weekly about the future of Syrian-Lebanese relations and Syria's stand on investigations into Al-Hariri's killing, one year on
Running to the last hour
But two weeks before a crucial meeting of the IAEA, Iran is engaged in last-minute diplomacy with Europe and Russia to avert possible sanctions, Rasha Saad reports
Comment: Enter the death squads
Is the current Iraqi government a threat to its people, asks Firas Al-Atraqchi
A window on Iraq's 'insurgency'
The latest ICG report reveals Iraq's resistance groups are more confident and less divided than the US military wants us to think

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