Al-Ahram Weekly Online   2 - 8 April 2009
Issue No. 941
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Recognising the obvious
The long-expected appointment of a Syrian ambassador to Lebanon marks the beginning of a new era, or does it? Bassel Oudat asks in Damascus
Lip service only
Beyond announcements of moral support, Sudan's president got very little out of the Arab summit, Dina Ezzat reports from Doha
Facing the fragility
The world titters over Somali pirates, but doesn't give a toss about Israeli air strikes against Sudan, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Impunity's third term
Algeria's upcoming presidential elections are set to produce no surprises as Bouteflika maintains his grip on power, writes Amira Howeidy
Losing its shine
The JDP suffered its first ever decline in its overall vote, notes Gareth Jenkins
Linking files
Saleh Al-Naami sees the fruit of dialogue between Palestinian factions
In for the long haul
The outlook from the Palestinians' point of view is dismal, but they refuse to give up, confirms Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Israeli soldiers confess
Revelations are emerging of war crimes committed in Gaza by Israel that makes obligatory an international investigation, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Rotting in denial
Israel's reputation destroyed, its character exposed; but for Israel's leaders, any and all atrocities it commits are to be forgiven, reports Khaled Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem

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