Al-Ahram Weekly Online   7 - 13 May 2009
Issue No. 946
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

First impressions count
Amid a dizzying array of challenges, President Obama has shown great courage and discipline in his first three months in power, writes James Zogby
Israeli war games
If Israel is pushing for a strike on Iran it is to secure its hegemony in the region, not to eliminate only Iran, writes Ayman El-Amir
Conflict without context
The effect of the media in taking internal Palestinian strife out of the context of Israeli occupation is akin to the violence it silences, writes Ramzy Baroud
Understanding Lebanon's elections
Delinking Lebanon from the pro-US Middle East axis may well be the result, challenging to some, of June's upcoming poll, writes Rannie Amiri
Growing in crisis
Political Islamists across the region face challenges in terms of accessing public life, but signs are that the challenges are allowing them to mature, writes Amr Hamzawi
The Arabs and the US
If we want people to support the Arab position then we had better offer them a coherent position to support, argues Galal Nassar
The Pope inspires no hope
While ready to pay homage to shrines of Jewish suffering, Pontiff Benedict XVI consigns to despair millions in refusing to visit Gaza or speak out about the Israeli military occupation of Palestine, writes Nicola Nasser

Divide and lose

Close up:
Friendly fire
By Salama A Salama

We must be active
By Ayman Abdel-Wahab

This week:
Hosni Mubarak

Cartoon by Gomaa

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