Al-Ahram Weekly Online   5 - 11 January 2012
Issue No. 1079
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Monitors in the limelight
Syria's opposition doubts the effectiveness of the Arab League monitors in the country, fearing that the failure of their mission will result in international intervention, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Before the ink was dry
News of an agreement between the Syrian opposition inside and outside the country has been premature, with the opposition abroad pulling out of the deal
Jonglei jingoism
Obtuse tribal warlords, cattle rustlers, gangsters and rival youth militias may have dished the chances of South Sudan's peace and prosperity, laments Gamal Nkrumah
Underground war
With Israeli rhetoric on Gaza ramping up, a key concern ahead of any offensive is the danger of the tunnels of the Palestinian resistance, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Palestinians castigate 'illogical' Amman meeting
Fatah officials downplay a meeting between the PA and Israel in Jordan, amid no change on Israel's side in its colonial policies, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Massacre in the mountains
The "friendly fire" killing of Kurdish civilians by Turkish warplanes has raised disturbing questions about Turkey's new hardline Kurdish policy, Gareth Jenkins reports
Endgame in Iraq?
Pessimism prevails in Iraq at the beginning of 2012, with renewed talk of partitioning the country, writes Salah Nasrawi
Iran's last trump
Threatening to cut Gulf oil supplies in retaliation to Western plans to boycott Iranian oil adds fuel to the fires of war, says Amani Maged

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