Al-Ahram Weekly Online   4 - 10 October 2012
Issue No. 1117
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

The PA's desperate UN feat
In New York, Mahmoud Abbas renewed the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition. Whether anything will come of it remains to be seen, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Ramallah
Partial deal in Sudan
A step towards peace or the calm before the storm, asks Asmaa Al-Husseini
Who will follow Meshaal?
Who will replace Khaled Meshaal as head of Hamas appears to have instigated a behind-the-scenes tug-of-war within the movement, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Democratic doubts
Parliamentary elections are approaching in 2013, but Lebanese politicians are fighting over electoral laws, putting in question whether elections will be held at all, writes Andrew Bossone
Thirty years on
New challenges grip Palestinian camps in Lebanon, writes Franklin Lamb from Chatila Camp
An unwanted guest
The regime and its allies claim that Al-Qaeda has infiltrated Syria, but the opposition says the number of jihadists in the country remains negligible, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
An economic heart attack
Syrian officials say the economy will have a "heart attack" by the end of year if a political solution to the crisis is not reached
Corruption at the top
Suspicions of corruption are growing as a result of a rash of recent jailbreaks in Iraq, writes Salah Nasrawi
Yemeni-Iranian ties worsen
Yemen's new regime is not happy with Iran. The Islah Party, the second most powerful, wants to cut all kinds of ties with Iran over allegations of interference in Yemen's affairs, writes Nasser Arrabyee
Kismayo castaways
With the ouster of Al-Shabab forces from Kismayo, Somalia's political parties are preparing for a new era of prosperity in the country, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Riyadh escapes the Arab Spring
Despite the perception that Saudi Arabia has weathered the storm of the Arab Spring, dissent continues in the kingdom and is growing concludes Omayma Abdel-Latif who also interviews Saudi human rights activist Fouad Ibrahim

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