Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
23 - 29 December 1999
Issue No. 461
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Edward Said
Edward Said:
Scoundrel times indeed

Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed:
The Sudanese crisis

John Whitbeck:
Peace, process or worse

Gamil Mattar
Gamil Mattar:

Barriers to the breakthrough

Safynaz Kazem
Safynaz Kazem:
Born to be wild

Profile by
Amira Howeidy

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

Reflection of Pyramids
THE NEW year is only a few days away, and on 30 December you will not find the regular Al-Ahram Weekly, packed with news and views, at your local newsstand. Instead, we have planned a commemorative issue to see the twentieth century off with a bang. --read on--

Sudan plays wait and see
As the power struggle continues in Sudan, several African neighbours, led by Egypt, as well as Gulf states are pledging support for President Al-Bashir

A different kind of stable
New technology is being used not only to search for oil and minerals, but also for archeological remains. Nevine El-Aref recounts how Ramses II's capital was discovered in the Nile Delta

A threat greater than Y2K?
Law enforcers are ringing alarm bells about potential terrorist targets in the US and abroad as America prepares to celebrate the new millennium with a big bang, reports Thomas Gorguissian from New York

Jingoism wins the day
Wars win votes, in Chechnya for Yeltsin and Putin this week, just as they did in the Falklands for Mrs Thatcher nearly 18 years ago. Abdel-Malek Khalil writes from Moscow

work Searching for employment abroad is no longer the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, for workers or the government. Fatemah Farag examines what has become of the "Gulf dream" and finds out that facts and figures regarding the labour market remain scarce
Wish you were here
No massaging the figures

Giza ready Prepping the plateau
When the lights go up on the eve of 31 December, the eyes of the world will turn on Giza; are we ready? Nevine El-Aref follows up the last-minute preparations

It often seems as though civil society has been left out of the political equation in which the state attempts to reassert its hegemony as the Islamists make their bid for a piece of the pie. Is there no room to manoeuvre between the two poles? Omayma Abdel-Latif harvests views from across the political spectrum
'Playing by the rules'
'No partners in power'

Seen is not heard
The second part in a series of Ramadan reflections on the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet, from Ibn Manzour's Lisan Al-Arab

Front Page

Peace summit
ISRAELI Prime Minister Ehud Barak held a late-night three-hour meeting in Ramallah on Tuesday with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to discuss the draft peace framework to be presented in mid-February. --READ ON--

World warning
THE US Government has issued a new worldwide warning that Americans may be the target of New Year terrorist attacks extending up to mid-January. --read on--

Apology sought
LIBYAN Leader Muammar Gaddafi said he intends to seek an apology and compensation from the US if the two Libyan suspects on trial for the 1988 bombing of a Pan-Am passenger plane over Lockerbie are found innocent. --read on--

Here comes the hero
Every Ramadan, historical dramas are a great TV favourite -- and who is a more appropriate digestive than Salaheddin? Amina Elbendary samples the reconstruction of a legend for our times

Kamal Khalifa
On with the motley
Toppled apple carts, broken doors and crucifixions where you would least expect them. Nigel Ryan examines what art is on offer

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