Al-Ahram Weekly Online   27 September - 3 October 2012
Issue No. 1116
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Obama's mixed messages
In his General Assembly speech President Obama said a lot to the American people about the Arab revolutions but not much to the peoples of the region, writes Graham Usher at the UN
Abbas's impossible choices
In a rage about protests against his rule, Mahmoud Abbas threatens to resign while questions remain over his efficacy if he continues, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Playing with fire
Fanatical Jews hone in on Al-Aqsa while Abbas seeks UN recognition for Palestine. In both directions, tensions rise, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
US hesitation 'part of the plan'
Syria's opposition has criticised the US for dragging its feet over the Syrian crisis, but observers believe the inaction could be part of a strategy to remove Syria from the regional equation, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Going back in
Leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army announced this week that they were moving back into Syria, with observers hoping that this will improve the army's performance, Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus
Libya battles militias
Libyans regard the upsurge in violence as a wake-up call to contain the threat of Islamist militias, writes Gamal Nkrumah
What happens on 23 October?
As the deadline for the publication of the country's new constitution approaches, uncertainty continues to reign in Tunisian political circles, writes Lassaad Ben Ahmed in Tunis
Syria's dividing lines
Syrians in Lebanon take one of two sides: those who reject Al-Assad's Baathist regime, and those who remain willing to negotiate with it, writes Andrew Bossone
Questions on an airlift
In protesting against alleged Iranian weapons shipments to Syria through Iraqi airspace, Washington may be doing little more than playing to the gallery, writes Salah Nasrawi
Turkish generals get life
Is this justice or revenge, asks Sayed Abdel-Meguid
Yemen in need
Yemen needs urgent assistance from friends and donors and cannot wait on long run plans, say government officials, Nasser Arrabyee reports

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