Al-Ahram Weekly Online   4 - 10 February 2010
Issue No. 984
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

First guns, then butter
The Yemeni government now has the blessing of the West and, along with it, the promise of arms and economic aid, says Mohamed Hafez
Pluralism or perplexity?
Asmaa Al-Husseini looks at how the elections are shaping up in Sudan
Whiter than white
The much awaited appearance of Tony Blair at the Iraq Inquiry went surprisingly smoothly. Mohamed Al-Zahed followed the show
Abbas at a loss
His political credibility wagered on the peace process, Palestinian President Abbas is not coping well with Israel's perpetual intransigence, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
The return of Goldstone
Israel's vicious counter-campaign against the UN fact-based report on its war on Gaza continues as the time approaches when further action will be considered, writes Amira Howeidy
Several birds, one stone
Israel's assassination of a top Hamas official is clearly aimed at forcing the resistance group into a military response, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Change or we'll charge
By way of two executions of Iranian opposition figures, ostensibly a signal to domestic and foreign protagonists, Iran has lost the advantage of years of shrewd diplomacy and regional manoeuvring, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
Mission not impossible
Efforts to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1701 in Lebanon have met with success, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams tells Omayma Abdel-Latif

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