Al-Ahram Weekly Online   2 - 8 March 2006
Issue No. 784
Region
 
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Pressuring Hamas
The EU steps in to save Abbas, but Hamas is still out in the cold, writes Erica Silverman
Israel's clear-cut policy
The Israeli government has met Hamas's election win with confusion but its policy toward the Palestinians is clear, writes Graham Usher
Hamas throws a hardball
Hamas fires its first political volley: that before negotiations can occur, Israel must recognise Palestine, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Saudi showdown
Was it too optimist too fast to judge terrorism over in Saudi Arabia? While it might yet be brought under control, events this week show it gaining in sophistication...
Lebanese impasse
Domestic blunders in steering Lebanon to safety are turning an existing domestic crisis into a potential impasse, reports Hicham Safieddine
Neighbourly diplomacy
Both Iran and Arab Gulf states see dialogue as the only way to address fears over the Iranian nuclear file, Rasha Saad reports
Flurry but no action yet
Washington's insistence on dispatching blue berets to Sudan might prove a turning point for the country, writes Gamal Nkrumah

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