Al-Ahram Weekly Online   18 - 24 October 2012
Issue No. 1119
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Israel goes for early balloting
Netanyahu's "successes" include a depressed economy and stalled "peace process", notes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
Elections and escalation
Israeli assassinations in Gaza continue as Netanyahu gears up for elections, reports Saleh Al-Naami
Destination Palestine
Flying an unmanned spy drone over Israel-occupied Palestine is sending a clear message that the Islamic resistance movement has its priorities sorted out, reports Omayma Abdel-Latif
Are we there yet?
Some Syrian opposition figures believe that Russia's position may be changing and that Moscow may soon agree to the starting of a transitional phase, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Mali -- the next Afghanistan
The Security Council has moved a step closer to authorising military force in Mali -- the precedents are not good, writes Graham Usher at the UN
Al-Sharaa, the alternative?
The Turkish foreign minister has proposed that Syrian Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa lead a transitional government to end the war, a proposal rejected by the regime and given only lukewarm support by the opposition. Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus
Iraqi arms deals spark debate
Vast weapons deals agreed by Iraq with Russia and the Czech Republic have led to controversy over the country's intentions, writes Salah Nasrawi
Jordan braces for elections
Jordan's newly appointed Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour failed to reach reconciliation with the Islamic Action Front, says Khetam Malkawi
Dialogue or war?
On 15 November, all Yemeni groups are supposed to sit for national dialogue about their new future, after two years of violent conflicts, says Nasser Arrabyee

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