Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
13 - 19 April 2000
Issue No. 477
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Osama El-Ghazali Harb
Osama El-Ghazali Harb:
Why is peace floundering?

Mohamed El-Sayed Said
Mohamed El-Sayed Said:
The state is the crisis

Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed:
The present impasse

Ammar El-Shiri'i
Ammar El-Shiri'i:
Darkness and the guru
Profile by
Youssef Rakha

1994 opinion poll
The results of Al-Ahram Weekly poll
conducted prior to the last parliamentary elections

Millennium issue
20th century Special issue
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

Mahmoud Said
Born on 8 April, painting icon Mahmoud Said (1897-1964) died 67 years later on the exact same day. An early, dedicated pioneer with a distinct vision and an instantly recognisable style, Said's paintings reflect the same sense of far-fetched symmetry that conditioned his life course.

'Handshakes are useless'
Despite optimistic Israeli and American declarations, the prospects for peace look bleak

Busier skies ahead
Record numbers of tourists may lie behind recent talk of new airports and airlines. Tarek Atia investigates

Opposition rails against electoral reform bills
Following a debate which has raged for months, parliament has approved two government-sponsored amendments to the Political Rights and People's Assembly Laws. Gamal Essam El-Din attends

The Cairo connection
Galal Nassar, writing from Damascus, explores the reasons behind Cairo's revitalised role on the Syrian track of the peace process

An uneasy likeness
At the G77 Havana summit, diversity might well have formed the sum of the whole, writes Gamal Nkrumah

Cairo in bloom
FlowersAs spring falls upon the city, Yasmine El-Rashidi takes in the flowers and scents
Curing the customers
MedicineIs Egypt applying global quality standards in its healthcare system? As Gihan Shahine discovers, efforts are being exerted to improve medical services, but there are still many obstacles to negotiate
Randa Shaath
A degree of over-compensation
Youssef Rakha attends the closing ceremony of the Aswan Sculpture Symposium
An Australian affair
SquashIn what has become a recurring theme, the Al-Ahram Grand Prix squash championship retained its Aussie colours, Nashwa Abdel-Tawab reports from Hurghada while Hossam Diab captures precious moments on film

Front Page

Books Books Monthly supplement

Treading warily
"We have gone far [to realise peace in the Middle East] but we still have a very long way to go before we reach our objective," Foreign Minister Amr Moussa told Ain Shams University students on Tuesday evening. And that was as far as he would go in addressing Arab-Israeli peace-making in a lecture supposedly addressing the post-peace scenario in the Middle East, reports Dina Ezzat.

In search of a cure
The pharmaceutical industry is unhappy; the Ministry of Health refuses the blame. Gamal Essam El-Din reports on a heated parliamentary debate

A turban -- and heels
For the first time ever, a woman has applied for the job of ma'zoun. Will the authorities allow her to certify marriages and divorces? Gihan Shahine gauges the reactions

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