Al-Ahram Weekly Online   12 - 18 March 2009
Issue No. 938
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Gaza or bust!
As he entered Gaza through the Rafah checkpoint Monday evening, British MP George Galloway said he was overwhelmed with happiness at the convoy's arrival on the anniversary of Prophet Mohamed's birth. "The trip was long and difficult during which we travelled thousands of miles and crossed many borders...
Commentary: Politicising racism
The US refusal to participate in the Durban II conference against racism dashes the hopes of those who voted for and welcomed the first black US president, writes Ramzy Baroud
Stepping out, not down
Fayyad's resignation is an attempt to get foreign powers to influence Palestinian dialogue talks, in particular to declare that they will only do business with a government he heads, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Building on bold-faced lies
Leaked Israeli settlement expansion plans prove that interminable peace talks are but cover for the material destruction of Palestinian horizons, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem
Al-Maliki's U-turn
As the Iraqi prime minister tries to position himself as a leader of all factions, violence is on the increase, worries Saif Nasrawi
Opposition on sidelines
Veteran Algerian politicians are boycotting upcoming elections, reports Nabil Fawwaz from Algeria
Skirting the real issues
Rabat's decision to cut ties with Tehran is an unhelpful response to Iran's growing regional influence, writes Salah Hemeid
Behind arresting Al-Bashir
The West is attempting to do in Sudan by criminal indictment what it did by force in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine, writes Galal Nassar
Dangerous denial
With the arrest warrant against Sudan's president issued, Arab regimes must consider the consequences if Khartoum continues to bury its head in the sand, writes Khalil El-Anani

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