Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
25 Nov. - 1 Dec. 1999
Issue No. 457
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The spirit of partnership
What does cooperative security in the Mediterranean mean for this country? Dina Ezzat examines Cairo's perception of the term


'Our dearest investment for the future'
After a decade of achievement, a landmark conference announced the country's strategy for childhood and motherhood for the next 10 years. Dahlia Hammouda reports

A clean slate
Following President Mubarak's speech to a joint session of the People's Assembly and Shura Council, consensus has emerged on the need to revise the General Elections Law to give a boost to democracy. Gamal Essam El-Din reports


Who protects migrant workers?
The time has come to protect expatriate Egyptian labour. But Fatemah Farag finds that solutions are hard to come by
 
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Public outrage over suicide leak
Leaked reports that an EgyptAir co-pilot deliberately crashed Flight 990 triggered anger at all levels of Egyptian society
'He died twice'
Members of co-pilot Gamil El-Batouti's family have strongly rejected speculation in the US media that he deliberately crashed the EgyptAir Boeing 767 in order to commit suicide. Outraged family members spoke to Nadia Abou El-Magd
Charges fly in crash debate
Transport Minister El-Demeiri has charged that the Boeing Company attempted to alter the course of the crash investigation to put the blame on EgyptAir. Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Was it sabotage?
EgyptAir's chief pilot, rejecting the suicide scenario, believes that Flight 990 was brought down by either a bomb explosion or a missile that hit the aircraft's tail. Tarek Selim spoke to Amira Ibrahim just before he headed for the US to join the Egyptian investigating team
Obituary

The end of the symphony
Salah Zaki: 1928-1999

Salah Zaki

Brotherhood in decline?
The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood seems to be sorely in need of a fundamental shift in ideology, but are the Brothers willing to take the risk? Omayma Abdel-Latif seeks an answer
The limits of tolerance
Is the government prepared to tolerate the quest of Islamist groups for legality? Not quite, writes Amira Howeidy
A row over numbers
Decisive action will be taken against any private university that enrols more students than it can handle. Shaden Shehab reports
Make-believe diplomacy
The importance, even the relevance, of the Arab League is debatable. So why is a simulation of the organisation's activities important? Fatemah Farag seeks an answer
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