Al-Ahram Weekly On-line
7 - 13 January 1999
Issue No.411
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A year of little choice

As Iraq fragments, and the peace process stalls, Egypt strives to keep the wolf of Arab fraction at bay. Dina Ezzat reports
Bridging the gaps
Crossing the Suez Canal will never be the same again, and that's no bad thing. For two bridges are soon to open, reports Amira Ibrahim

Election shenanigans

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered more extremist measures against Palestinians to satisfy right-wing voters in the run-up to the elections. Khaled Amayreh reports from Jerusalem

Bombs sour charm offensive
The new government of President Lahoud and PM Al-Hoss was an occasion for Washington to launch a charm offensive in Lebanon. Many Lebanese, as Zeina Khodr reports, are unmoved

MubarakRefurbishing the Fatimids
Following President Mubarak's field visit to Fatimid Cairo last week, new regulations have been issued to speed the restoration and redevelopment of Islamic Cairo. Nevine El-Aref reports
MPs rage over erosion of parliamentary power
People's Assembly Speaker Fathi Sorour was the focus for an extraordinary outburst from opposition and independent deputies this week, as they accused the government of blocking their investigations. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

The party's over
Ibrahim Nafie
Coping with the millennium
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed

  • Zone test
  • New UN men
  • euro The euro is born
    Europe's single currency made its debut this week. Gamal Nkrumah weighs up reactions from around the globe

    Copts believe the Holy Family spent a little over three and a half years in the country, during their Flight into Egypt, while Muslim sources put it at seven years. But such differences only serve to strengthen the tradition

    In their footsteps
    An escape into Egypt

    islamic The sacred
    in a secular age

    As the Ramadan debates enter their third week, Omayma Abdel-Latif discusses the Islamisation of the West with John Keane