Al-Ahram Weekly Online   17 - 23 July 2008
Issue No. 906
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

The bandwagon effect
It's as if the deaths on Sunday of nine US soldiers at a remote Afghan outpost were meant to dot the i's on US presidential hopeful Barack Obama's proposal -- now seconded by Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain -- to turn the focus from Iraq to Afghanistan, and to send 15,000 more US troops there...
Let them stay, eh
American soldiers who deserted the US army because of their opposition to the war in Iraq are fighting a legal battle to obtain political asylum in Canada, Tamam Ahmed Jama reports from Ottawa
The big chill
There is a new cold war in South East Asia -- between the US and Pakistan, writes Graham Usher in Peshawar
Restore Afghan sovereignty
Norman Paech, international spokesman of the German party Die Linke (The Left) and professor emeritus of law at Hamburg University, is interviewed by Wilhelm Langthaler

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