Al-Ahram Weekly Online   17 - 23 December 2009
Issue No. 977
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Drift and division
The Palestine Liberation Organisation's ruling Central Council met in Ramallah this week to extend the term of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas indefinitely...
Whittling at freedom
This has been yet another momentous week for Sudanese political reform even as opposition forces insist that the Sudanese government is a singularly unpopular one, notes Gamal Nkrumah
Rapprochement with Iran
Egypt and Iran have not been able to normalise relations, and Iranian regional ambitions may mean that they will not be able to do so, writes Salah Hemeid
Window of opportunity closing
Attempts of the Turkish government to reach out to the Kurds have reached an impasse with the banning of the DTP, says Gareth Jenkins
Getting away with murder
Settler attacks on Palestinians escalate while Israel does nothing to apprehend the culprits, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Palestinian Christians urge boycott
Condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Christian leaders call on their brethren worldwide to rise up in action
Dead in its tracks
Palestinian unity is still unreachable, writes Saleh El-Naami
Return to Gaza
International solidarity with besieged Gaza is gaining momentum despite a Western media blackout. Amira Howeidy reports on the progress of the second Viva Palestina aid convoy as it crosses Europe
'Sadly still needed'
As Karen Abu Zayd approaches the end of her mandate as UNRWA commissioner-general, she talks to Dina Ezzat about a lifetime's commitment to fighting injustice
Who is besieging who?
Will GCC and the US "rescue" Yemen from collapse, asks Nasser Arrabyee
Who is Samir Rifai?
As the cabinet of new Jordanian Prime Minister Samir Rifai takes its oath of office, does this latest change of government signal the possibility of real change, asks Sana Abdallah in Amman
The real thing
Al-Hariri will visit Syria shortly but will this be a courtesy call or a historic visit which will end tensions spanning four years, asks Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Commentary Life on the fault lines
Are we doomed to live on the fault lines of misconceptions and a lack of understanding, or can new technologies empower individuals to make their voices heard across borders, asks Raed Rafei

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