Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
16 - 22 December 1999
Issue No. 460
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Ibrahim Nafie
Ibrahim Nafie:
A house in order

Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed:
2000: the year
of a settlement?

Roger Owen:
Global trade and global government

James Zogby
James Zogby:
Presidential tug of war

Samih Al-Qasem
Hassan Khannoufa:
No fanfare necessary

Profile by
Tarek Atia

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

Millennium eve! Beehive at Giza
MORE than one thousand construction workers, Egyptologists, and technicians have been toiling since 5 November to prepare the site near the Great Pyramids of Giza where a spectacular millennium eve celebration is set to take place on December 31. Nevine El-Aref checks the progress of the work.

A coup for democracy?
Is Sudan poised for a radical change of direction following President Al-Bashir's move against Al-Turabi? Mohamed Khaled and Dina Ezzat look for answers

Moving to the endgame
Following the resumption of talks on Wednesday, many Israeli and Palestinian analysts believe that peace between Israel and Syria is now a "done deal". But who has done what to whom? Graham Usher writes from Jerusalem

Determined to fight on
Despite the announcement of the resumption of Syrian-Israeli peace talks, Hizbullah in Lebanon is determined to keep its resistance against Israeli occupation forces at its current level. Hizbullah leader Sayed Hassan Nasrallah spoke to Khaled Dawoud in Beirut

Decorating the femto
Ahmed Zewail 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--

A moral agenda, not a political programme
DebateThe state's relation with political Islam has been an uneasy one during the past century. Can the Islamist opposition -- whether it has renounced violence, or never condoned it in the first place -- now become part of the legitimate political landscape? Omayma Abdel-Latif gauges reactions

Alif is for apple
Lisan Al-ArabThis Ramadan, Al-Ahram Weekly offers its readers a series of reflections on the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet, gleaned from Ibn Manzour's Lisan Al-Arab

Front Page

Ideal choice
UN SECRETARY-General Kofi Annan outlined the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the position of head of the new UN inspection agency for divesting Iraq of its remaining weapons of mass destruction. --read on--

War games
TURKISH and Israeli warships began joint military exercises in the eastern Mediterranean at dawn yesterday, highlighting the growing relationship between the two countries. --read on--

Talks eve THE LEBANESE resistance group Hizbullah yesterday launched a string of attacks on Israeli positions in southern Lebanon just hours ahead of the resumption of peace talks between Syria and Israel in Washington. --read on--

the British Museum

For the assiduous Egyptophile, London's Soane Museum is the unlikely keeper of an Egyptian artefact that was once all the rage. Nyier Abdou tells the tale

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