Al-Ahram Weekly Online   3 - 9 December 2008
Issue No. 925
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Their and our democracy
The US elections but underline that the Arab region has far to go on the path to political freedom, writes Amin Howeidi
In Focus: A possible consensus
A grim report from the US intelligence community limits Obama's room for action while making action all the more imperative, writes Galal Nassar
Telling it as it is
Unless the Palestinians can speak effectively with one voice, the world won't listen, though Palestine is the core problem, writes Mustafa Barghouti
Bashing us failed
For all the ways in which Arabs and Muslims were maligned in the 2008 US election year, they were not kept out of politics, writes James Zogby
Crisis management
The Bush era is ending, but the disasters left in its wake are momentous, writes Gamil Mattar
Behind the scenes
The US-UK-Israel agenda for the Middle East and South Asia region is proceeding unabated, writes Abdus Sattar Ghazali
What's wrong with human rights?
Selective incitement and absent sanctions ensure that human rights remains but hot air in a world of ruthless states, writes Ayman El-Amir
Deconstructing the Arab Obama
Sceptics -- particularly in the Arab world -- think Obama means more of the same. Their arguments are absurd, writes Amr Hamzawy
Another type of terror
Events in Mumbai put the world on notice that new methods will be necessary to confront wanton political violence, writes Ammar Ali Hassan
Turkey in Arab eyes
As Turkey becomes increasingly engaged in Middle East issues, Arabs would do well to review their preconceptions of it, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
No time to hide
How long will extremists speak on behalf of Muslims, asks Aijaz Zaka Syed
Iraq's US security charade
Whatever agreements the US forces Iraq to sign cannot obscure the obvious: the US should withdraw from Iraq and acknowledge the mess it made, writes Ramzy Baroud

A new Palestinian maze

Close up:
Mumbai in flames
By Salama A Salama

Media savvy
By Aida O'Reilly

This week:
Kamel Zuheiri

Cartoon by Gomaa

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