Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
9 - 15 December 1999
Issue No. 459
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Ibrahim Nafie
Ibrahim Nafie:
Conflicting agendas

Edward Said
Edward Said:
A protest too long delayed

Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed:
and violence

Samih Al-Qasem
Samih Al-Qasem:
The rifle
and the rose

Profile by
Nadia Abou El-Magd

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

Ramadan is here!
Ramadan is here
Despite the cold everyone is out on the newly-lit and decorated streets, causing horrendous traffic jams. Shopping for the holy month is a favourite family affair for most Egyptians. --read on--

Staying in the race
Madeleine Albright's visit to the region may end up on a better note than the note it started with

Straws in the wind
The crisis caused by the "petition of 20" may have passed, but not its significance. Graham Usher in Jerusalem reports on the ongoing fall-out from the most savage Palestinian criticism yet of their national authority and "symbol"

To be, or not to be, prepared
The clock is ticking, and the millennium glitch gets closer by the day. Amira Howeidy reports

Parliament debates millennium-eve party
After an appearance at the Shura Council last week, Farouk Hosni went to the People's Assembly to answer the questions of parliamentarians on the planned third-millennium celebration, Gamal Essam El-Din reports

Fiasco in Seattle
While the din of activists' protests deafened the streets outside, no deals were clinched behind closed doors, write Thomas Gurguisian in Seattle and Faiza Rady in Cairo

Argun's no Stalingrad
Moscow is stepping up its bombardment of Chechen capital Grozny and trying to overrun the strategic town of Argun, but the Chechens are holding out, writes Abdel-Malek Khalil from Moscow

A return to the centre
Mohamed AbduhThe legacy of 20th-century Islamist thought is riddled with disagreement and inextricably associated with political action. In this yearOs first round of Al-Ahram WeeklyOs traditional Ramadan Debates, Islamic thinker Mohamed Selim El-Awwa reflects on a complex heritage, and the difficulties facing its self-appointed heirs

An enjoyable honesty
Dawoud Abdel-SayedFresh from his triumph at the Cairo Film Festival, Dawoud Abdel-Sayed speaks to Youssef Rakha

Front Page

Books Monthly supplement
A shift in strategy
Economic growth and poverty alleviation -- the cornerstones of the World Bank's strategy in Egypt? Aziza Sami examines new initiatives launched by the World Bank last week

Football For a change
Zamalek did what no other club has done this season or last -- beat Ahli in the famed local derby in which, for once, the players played

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