Al-Ahram Weekly Online   6 - 12 November 2008
Issue No. 921
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Pirates of Bab Al-Mandab
It may sound fantastical, but pirates in the Red Sea are no joke and threaten Egyptian national interests, writes Amin Howeidi
Change this
While he did everything to pander to Israel, Obama will face the same problems US policy has always faced as a result of Israeli intransigence, writes Ayman El-Amir
Arab roadmap left
Liberal and leftist forces in the Arab world are the best placed to forge a new social contract for the Arab people, writes Amr Hamzawy
Poverty eradication in Egypt
The goal of poverty reduction should be a stable, loyal and productive society, writes Sayed Attia
In Focus: Return of the Baghdad Pact
Bush wants to give Iraq one last gift: subservience to an agreement that perpetuates the US occupation and absolves invading and occupying US forces of their crimes, writes Galal Nassar
Differing directions
Despite being pro-Israeli, Obama will face an Israel radicalised to the right while the US he promises, and that the world awaits, is of the centre, writes Hassan Nafaa
Contesting the subtext
Bigotry has made Arab and Muslim a pejorative in the US presidential elections, writes Muqtedar Khan

Spare us the optimism

Close up:
President Obama!
By Salama A Salama

Errors of judgement
By Ammar Ali Hassan

This week:
Barack Obama and John McCain

Cartoon by Gomaa

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