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15 - 21 March 2001
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Missing Mr BlakeSir- I am very proud of your Weekly. I find it a great achievement. It is well balanced, its articles well written, subjects well studied and looked into, full of knowledge and culture, and of a large variety. It also provides readers with information in different fields that is extremely useful. The book reviews are particularly precious. Happy tenth anniversary, and may you carry on the good work for many years to come, with continuing progress.
I noticed that in the latest issue (8-14 March) Mr David Blake's article was missing. Inquiring, I was told that he was in hospital recovering from surgery. May I take this occasion to wish him a very speedy recovery. His style in writing is a school in itself. To me, he is a teacher of language. I read and reread his reviews to learn as much as possible from them. Get well soon, Mr Blake, I miss your gems!
Dr Reine Naggar
African identitiesSir- After reading Nevine Khalil's "A new Arab order" (Al-Ahram Weekly, 1-7 March), it is clear that the proposed appointment of Egypt's formidable Foreign Minister Amr Moussa to the top post of secretary-general of the Arab League is a direct result of Egypt's vigilant and unfailing pan-Arab and pan-African foreign policy and its promotion of democracy in the region.
The departure of Amr Moussa from the OAU and COMESA is a big loss to Africa and especially Zambia, not only because of his commitment to the development of Africa but also as an example for all of his loyalty to the president and people of Egypt.
In spite of the prevailing state of affairs, it could be considered a blessing in disguise if Amr Moussa has the opportunity to influence a change in Arab investment policy towards Africa. Perhaps he could also be the answer to the Iraqi, Libyan and Palestinian political quagmires. I therefore wish to congratulate Egypt for giving us a true and selfless son of Africa, who is a staunch supporter of conflict resolution and an unquestionable statesman.
In conclusion, I commend your esteemed newspaper for maintaining a high standard of journalism. However, your coverage of African affairs is not wide enough, just as the Western press delights in the deliberate marginalisation of the continent. Please remember that you are an African paper and should be identified with our cultural, political and social aspirations.
Lt-Col P Kafumukache
Ambassador of Zambia
Sir- As a regular reader of your esteemed newspaper, I cannot let Al-Ahram Weekly's 10th anniversary pass without congratulating you. The Weekly's appearance marked a turning point in English-language journalism in Egypt. Its design, contents and the quality of the language used are all outstanding. The layout is pleasing to the eyes; the themes touched upon are diverse and interesting. Finally, the writing is accessible yet erudite.
This in brief is why I am so enthusiastic about the Weekly, and convey this enthusiasm to others at every opportunity. I congratulate you again.
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