Al-Ahram Weekly Online   22 - 28 October 2009
Issue No. 969
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Harsh accusations
Accused of blocking the formation of a unity government and plotting sectarian violence in Tripoli, Egypt is under fire in Lebanon, Omayma Abdel-Latif writes in Beirut
Final days of Yemen's war
With an end to the conflict between government forces and the Al-Houthi rebels only days away, according to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, humanitarian costs are still rising, writes Nasser Arrabyee
Elections on the way?
Political wrangling has delayed the passage of a new Iraqi election law, with possibly serious repercussions for January's elections, writes Salah Hemeid
The Palestinian dilemma
While Fatah looks to use Palestinian elections as a means to destroy Hamas, it is the Israeli occupation that ultimately uses elections to control the Palestinian struggle, writes Khaled Amayreh
Layers of suspicion
Far from resolving interminable tensions, the recent deal struck between the two main Sudanese political forces is unlikely to lead to long-term harmony, writes Asmaa El-Husseini
We haven't seen the carrot
A sea change has occurred in US policy towards Sudan. Khartoum would do well to take note and adapt, writes Asmaa El-Husseini
Israel after Goldstone
How to bury accusations of Israeli war crimes seems high on the agenda for Washington and Tel Aviv, writes Khalid Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem
Tough choices
After the Baluchistan attacks, Iran faces two options – heightened confrontation or accommodation, argues Mohammed Said Idris

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