Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
4 - 10 November 1999
Issue No. 454
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Pack of Cards

By Madame Sosostris

At the end of this tragic week, I find myself at a loss for words. I just wish to extend my deepest sympathy to all our readers who have lost a member of their family or a friend on EgyptAir Flight 990. My thoughts are with you.

* As part of a comprehensive campaign to promote Egypt abroad, the Japanese film Nile will be screened during the 23rd International Film Festival. The film, based on the prominent Japanese Egyptologist Sakugi Ushimura's first book, is directed by Syegi Izumi and stars Tsunihico Watasi, Ryugi Katgeri, and features promising young Egyptian actress Rania Youssef. The film which aims at acquainting the Japanese with Ancient Egyptian civilisation, was produced with the assistance of the Egyptian ministries of Culture and Tourism, the Japanese Embassy, the Japanese Wasida University, the Egyptian Cultural Centre and EgyptAir.

The promotion campaign includes a TV programme on Egypt, an art exhibition to be launched in 2001 for a year during which artefacts from the Egyptian Museum will be displayed in Tokyo.

Front Page

Alexander the Great * In remembrance of the good old days of Alexandria, my dear friend and colleague Alaa Riad informed me that the members of an association for promoting Greek-Egyptian friendship, whose members are all former residents of Alexandria, have donated to their favourite Mediterranean city a magnificently crafted bronze statue, representing Alexander the Great, mounted on his fiery charger. The masterpiece, which has been sculpted by artist Constantinos Baliou Loghos, was carried into Alexandria port by a Greek warship, arriving at the same time as 700 Egyptian/ Greeks, now living in Greece, who came to celebrate their national day in Alexandria, said Ithmios Solianis, professor at the Greek Academy and deputy director of the association. The statue will be placed on a granite pedestal in Al-Hurreya Square in the vicinity of the Shallalat Gardens and Alexandria Stadium.

owen* The department of History of the American University in Cairo hosted a lecture by Professor Roger Owen of the University of Harvard on Lord Cromer. The lecture took place on 1 November in the Rare Books Library. The following day, Owen came to visit his friends at the Weekly and it appears that he is in the process of writing a whole book on Lord Cromer. When he reaches the Egyptian period of Lord Cromer's life Owen will come to Egypt where he will stay a while. Needless to say, we are all looking forward to seeing him again soon.

* A lecture will be delivered by Mexican writer Martha Zamora on her biography of the painter Frida Kahlo, The Brush of Anguish, on 7 November at Hill House in AUC. Zamora who is at present in Cairo for a visit , has erected an Altar in memory of Kahlo which can be viewed at the Spanish Cultural Centre, Institute Cervantes on 3, 4, 7 and 8 November.

* AUC Department of Performing and Visual Arts has launched the 10th Annual Student Art Exhibition on 1 November. The works will remain on show at the Ewart Gallery until 30 November.

On 10 November, Music for Flute and Piano also sponsored by AUC Department of Performing and Visual Arts will feature Inas Abdel-Daim (flute) and David Hales (piano) in works by Schubert, Godard, Monti, Teffanel and Poulenc.

The same department invites theatre goers to a performance of Molière's The Miser directed by Paul Mitri staged at the Wallace Theatre from 11 to 19 November.

Fulbright Program

* The Fulbright Programme in Egypt will be celebrating this evening the Golden Jubilee 1949-1999 of the Institution with a Gala Dinner which will take place at the Aida Ballroom of the Mariott Hotel.

Rania Khallaf

* Our own Rania Khallaf was warmly congratulated by Gaber Asfour, head of the Supreme Council for Culture (SCS), for the two papers she presented and discussed at the symposium organised by the SCC to commemorate the100th anniversary of the publication of Qassem Amin's The Liberation of Women. One of Rania's papers was based on the book she recently published on women's issues.

Ahmed Fakhr

* Major-General Ahmed Fakhr director of the National Centre for Middle Eastern Studies and professor of national strategy at Nasser High Military Academy, was reelected last week as head of the Local Council of Cairo Governorate. After a long period of illness, Fakhr resumed the duties of this post where he had been sorely missed. The major-general has always been prepared to sacrifice his own interest and his health to the fulfilment of his cumulative obligations whether at the governorate, the academy or the centre, and has headed the Egyptian delegation at the Committee on Disarmament at the Madrid conference.