Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
16 - 22 December 1999
Issue No. 460
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875 Issues navigation Current Issue Previous Issue Back Issues

'Seizing the moment'
Mubarak There is a fresh glimmer of hope for regional peacemaking now that the Syrians are on board. Nevine Khalil writes from Sharm El-Sheikh
The limits of friendship
Can Washington's 'discomfort' with Cairo's ambitious regional role undermine wide-scale Egyptian-US cooperation? Dina Ezzat examines the possibilities
New warmth for old allies
Warmth has been restored to Cairo-Damascus ties, but, serious efforts will be needed to keep them alive
Decorating the femto
PRESIDENT Hosni Mubarak will today award Nobel prize laureate Ahmed Zewail the Necklace of the Nile, one of the most prestigious state decorations, in recognition of his scientific achievement. Zewail is the first Egyptian to be awarded a Nobel science prize.--read on--
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MP faces prison term
An MP is likely to lose his parliamentary seat after being convicted of submitting false documents. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

Satellite, telescopes or the naked eye?
After two years of technical studies, a plan for launching an Islamic satellite to determine the start of lunar months has yet to see the light. Mona El-Nahhas reports

Shura debates political reform
In a heated Shura Council debate, the government promised that a revised bill on the exercise of political rights will be submitted to parliament ahead of next year's general elections. Gamal Essam El-Din reports
Managing water
Large dams have become synonymous with the water management dilemma. Fatemah Farag attends debates on a life-or-death issue
Smoke on the water...
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES: Yet another week has passed with Cairo residents living in the shadow of the "mysterious cloud" -- as the Arabic-language press describes the smog engulfing parts of the capital. --read on--
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