Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
23 - 29 September 1999
Issue No. 448
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Ibrahim Nafie
Ibrahim Nafie:
Capital investments

Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed:
An impossible equation

Hassan Nafaa
Hassan Nafaa:
Developing an Arab context

Iman Mustafa
Iman Mustafa:
Cherchez le guru

Profile by David Blake

Tahia Carioca
Dancing to the
rhythm of time

THE DEATH of Tahia Carioca, at the age of 80, on Monday afternoon, marks the end not only of an astonishingly multi-faceted contribution to Egyptian and Arab life, but also of an entire cultural era

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50 Years of Dispossession The complete archive of the
Special pages commemorating
50 years of Arab dispossession
since the creation of the State of Israel

President Hosni Mubarak
Ambitious for change
As President Mubarak prepares for a new term in office, a broad cross-section of society is hoping for political and legal reforms

Referendum coverage and commentary
: Egypt, Comment, Focus
An intervention issue
The UN General Assembly debated the rights and wrongs of 'humanitarian intervention' and the limits of state sovereignty. Hoda Tawfik, in New York, writes

The fate of nations
The tragic showdown in East Timor demonstrates once again the tragic consequences of the West's selective approach to national self-determination. Gamal Nkrumah compares and contrasts

Oslo strikes back
Ehud Barak furrowed his own "secret channel" with Yasser Arafat this week. Graham Usher in Jerusalem looks at the probable items discussed

Targeting Hamas
Jordanian officials claim that "illegal acts" committed by Hamas were the reasons behind the crackdown in Jordan earlier this month. Lola Keilani reports from Amman

Reviving old splendour
Cairo Stock ExchangeOne day after the opening of the Fourth Euromoney Conference, businessmen celebrated the inauguration of a major privately-funded project to give the Cairo Stock Exchange district a facelift. Gihan Shahine visits the area and reviews the bourse's century-old history
From right to left
Proficiency in Arabic is on the decline, say experts; is Egypt's private education system to blame? Amira Howeidy stirs up a syntactical hornets' nest
Films, chaos, confusion: the Fifteenth Alexandria International Film Festival was nonetheless an improvement on its predecessors
Critical posturing
Bedevilled with awards
In the shadow of upheaval


Y2K(BC)BUG Egyptomania's
here to stay
Tarek Atia discovers an America obsessed with all things Egyptian
Syria's track
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright held talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq Al-Sharaa on the sidelines of the opening of the UN General Assembly.
Hamas arrest
Jordanian Security officials detained three leaders of the banned militant Palestinian group Hamas immediately after they arrived at Amman's international airport aboard a United Arab Emirates flight from Iran via Dubai.
UN rebuffed
Israel has refused to cooperate with a Norwegian diplomat appointed only the day before as special UN coordinator for the Middle East peace process.

Raisa dead
Hundreds of Muscovites, from former premiers to penniless pensioners, paid a final farewell yesterday to Raisa Gorbachev, wife of the Soviet Union's last leader, who brought a dash of glamour to the normally lacklustre position of Soviet first lady.

Lucky by the Pyramids
Peter Nicol is the new world squash champion with a little help, writes Nashwa Abdel-Tawab, from the world's seventh wonder

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