Al-Ahram Weekly Online   27 December 2007 - 2 January 2008
Issue No. 877
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Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

The world is not enough
Will 2008 be any different from 2007? Assem El-Kersh thinks otherwise
Conciliation versus conflict
Al-Ahram Weekly reviews the headline-grabbing stories of 2007 and assesses the ways in which they will impact on 2008
Cast to the wind
Lebanon drifted like a rudderless ship for much of the year, lacking unity in government, parliament and even a president, Lucy Fielder reports
Nakba is now
Only by understanding the Nakba as a unified continuing strategy can we hope to reverse it, writes Serene Assir
A year of Palestinian disunity
Amid intense foreign interference, 2007 marked a year of critical meltdown for Palestinians and their enduring cause, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem
Hamas in the crosshairs
Throughout the year, the US and Israel tried to collapse the Hamas government, an objective sure to survive on the policy agenda of 2008, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Not one step forward
As Washington boasts its "surge" strategy in Iraq has brought new security to the beleaguered nation, the US-imposed political process is as shaky as ever, writes Salah Hemeid
Through one storm to another
While Iran scored major foreign policy successes in 2007, 2008 looks set to see reformists squaring off against hardliners, writes Rasha Saad
Third road between
Caught in the middle between the United States and Iran, Gulf countries this year reviewed their strategic options, writes Mohamed Darwish
Sudanese spats
Gamal Nkrumah reviews the semi-successes and total defeats in the wrathful world of Sudanese politics in 2007
Zeno's paradox
As the end of 2007 approaches, the average driving speed in Greater Cairo is 21km per hour and going down, remarks Dena Rashed. Perhaps life in the city will come to a complete stop next year?
Back and forth
Not a bad 2007 sports year for Egypt, and tough challenges ahead. Inas Mazhar reviews the past and highlights what's coming up

From Israel's apartheid wall to King Farouk on the cover of Time, another charged year held numerous -- predictable -- surprises. Little has improved for Arabs in the course of 2007, but with the benefits of lessons learned and a more positive attitude much can be achieved in the next 12 months
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Looking backward, looking forward
The transition from 2007 to 2008 might mark a historic shift in Egypt, argues Hassan Nafaa
Vying for position
In the second and final instalment of articles on Arab economies and globalisation, Riad Al-Khouri looks ahead to more competition and trade liberalisation in the region in 2008

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