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

Iraq focus
Before and after Askariya
Iraq's tragic drama ascended in intensity to a whole new level, though the worst has been so far forestalled, writes Firas Al-Atraqchi
On the brink
Can Iraq agree on a national unity government to pull it back from the spectre of civil war, asks Omayma Abdel-Latif
Living murder
Every day is one's last in the new Iraq, until the sun sets and rises and it starts over again, writes Nermeen Al-Mufti
The myth of civil war
The bombing of the Samaraa sacred shrine roused leaders to call for calm and tolerance. Abbas Kadhim hopes it is just the beginning
"There is ethnic cleansing"
Muthana Hareth Al-Dari, spokesman of the influential Iraqi Association of Muslim Scholars, tells Amira Howeidy that the time has come for everyone, including Sunnis, to arm themselves
The threat of sectarianism
The bombing of the shrine in Samarra put the whole of Iraq on edge, with leaders scrambling to contain the consequences
Federal choices needed
At all costs, Iraq's disintegration must be avoided, which means altering the constitution and moving towards effective, not sectarian, federalism, writes Yahia Said

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