Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
21 - 27 October 1999
Issue No. 452
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875 Issues navigation Current Issue Previous Issue Back Issues

New departures for UNESCO?
As results of the elections for the new director-general of UNESCO emerged yesterday, Daniel Robertson in Paris reviews the campaigns and the French press's reactions to them
May the best man win...
Egyptian or Saudi? Could be neither. Amira Howeidy reports on rivalry in high places
A week in the world
Trading places
It was just another humdrum week when it came to "natural" disasters -- you know, the ones caused by all those factories burning up all that cheap coal and, especially, cheap petrol. In Central America, hundreds died in freak floods, from El Salvador to Oaxaca, and over quarter of a million were left homeless, as a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico delivered up 15 inches of rain in a matter of days. It was the worst flooding to hit the region in over 40 years. --read on--
The legacy of a great African
Julius KambarageFormer Tanzanian President Julius Kambarage Nyerere had the gift of incandescence. Undaunted by the multiplicity and complexity of the development problems his people faced, Nyerere's presence at political rallies, remote poverty-stricken villages, academic conferences and international forums where he pleaded the case of the South always lit up the occasion. He had a way with words, especially in his native Kiswahili. He was the philosopher-king, intellectual, enlightened, the polar opposite of the despotic ruler so common in the Africa of his day. But he was also a man of the people.
Falintil guerrilla An armed FALINTIL guerrilla guard in the East Timor town of Ermera. FALINTIL, the armed wing of the pro-independence movement, re-established control over Ermera after pro-Indonesian militias took over the town in May and destroyed it following the East Timorese overwhelming vote for independence in the August referendum

(photo: Reuters)

Enter the generals
After a crackdown on the opposition and a purge of the ruling party, Pakistan's new strongman, General Pervez Musharraf, is consolidating his hold on power by courting the US
Duty-free in Seattle
Next month sees the inauguration of a new round of global free trade talks in Washington state. Faiza Rady counts the mounting costs of the neo-liberal consensus

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