a small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
The proposed reforms are being blocked by a small but powerful cabal within the government.
cabbala (mystical interpretation of the Old Testament of the Bible; society, small group meeting privately) (Latin, from Hebrew qabbalah)
cabal sounds like cannibal to me. so the cannibals join unite to promote their interest i.e. kill and eat people. cabal (Kabul), remember this place. Bin Laden and his men secretly united in kabul (cabal) to promote their interest, i.e. 9/11 attack. Cabal--- kabila in Hindi u know (must have seen in bollywood movies). imagine them when u read cabal you will automatically recall the meaning i. e secret group of persons secretly united to promote their interests.