Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
27 May - 2 June 1999
Issue No. 431
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875 Index of issues This week's issue

Mubarak Iron works in Aswan
President Hosni Mubarak resumed his visits this week to a number of industrial and infrastructure projects in the south of the country to promote the national economy and capitalise on available natural resources.
Shura backs Mubarak for new term
The Shura Council, the consultative upper house of parliament with no legislative powers, met on Monday to recommend the nomination of President Hosni Mubarak for a fourth term in office. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

Successful military talks in Washington
President Mubarak has received a report from Field Marshal Tantawi on the results of his recent successful visit to the US. Amira Ibrahim reports

Giving Barak the benefit of doubt Arafat
The Arab parties involved in regional peace-making are stepping up their consultations and coordination in preparation for a possible revival of the stalled peace process following Ehud Barak's triumph. Nevine Khalil explores the options

Reconciliation clinched with Sudan
Egyptian-Sudanese relations, cool for years, are making a leap forward, Dina Ezzat reports
Jihad implicated in
US Embassy bombings

The chances of extraditing a fugitive Islamist from the US appear to be fading after US authorities accused him of cooperating with Osama bin Laden. Jailan Halawi reports

Parliament approves NGO bill
A bill that regulates NGO activities has been approved in principle by the People's Assembly. Gamal Essam El-Din attended the session
...while NGOs step up the fight
Hunger strikes, news conferences and a peaceful demonstration outside the People's Assembly were organised by NGOs in protest against the NGO bill, reports Mariz Tadros

Farouk Hosni Hosni steps up counter attack
Culture Minister Farouk Hosni used a Shura Council meeting to fire more broadsides against his detractors and raise support for his policies. Gamal Essam El-Din was there
Lawyers out
in the cold

The Court of Appeals has abolished the registration of some 40,000 lawyers with the Bar Association. Mona El-Nahhas looks into the consequences
Wali versus Al-Shaab
off to a fiery start

Lawyers defending Al-Shaab journalists in a libel lawsuit brought by Agriculture Minister Youssef Wali are seeking to have the court disqualified from conducting hearings. Khaled Dawoud attended the heated trial session
Amira Howeidy looks into the new faces of Egyptian Islamism, as growing tendencies within it adopt a more "secular" posture
A farewell to militancy?
Centrists driven to despair
Healer or quack?
Is Narguis Galinian a fraud or a 'healer' with a supernatural gift? Mariz Tadros looks into the controversy


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