Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
27 July - 2 August 2000
Issue No. 492
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Mustafa Kamel El-Sayed
Mustafa Kamel El-Sayed:
Shattered on impact

Mohamed Sid-Ahmed
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed:
Final status negotiations

Ezzat Adel
Ezzat Adel:
Changing channels

Profile by
Amira Ibrahim

Holy Family
Jumping the gun
Carefully mapped and recently-restored with painstaking care, sites along the route of the Holy Family in Egypt opened to great fanfare almost two months ago. But is Egypt really ready for religious tourism? asks Rehab Saad
Pot Pourri
Pot Pourri
By Fayza Hassan

Restaurant review
Fleece in sheep's clothing
Injy El-Kashef discovers that vestments do not make the monk

From the archives:
The 1995 parliamentary elections
The full coverage of the 1995 elections

PalestineOn the day Palestinian-Israeli negotiations collapsed a Palestinian looks towards a bulldozer near the Jewish settlement of Tekoa in the West Bank during a protest against Israeli road works on Palestinian land

'Pray in Jerusalem'
Yasser Arafat arrived in Alexandria yesterday for consultations with President Mubarak following the collapse of the Camp David talks

A new state of play
Will a Palestinian state emerge from the rubble of Camp David II, asks Dina Ezzat

A few good men
Hot on the heels of last week's legislative amendments placing parliamentary elections under full judicial supervision, the ruling party must deal with a list of 'honest' candidates in the November ballot.Gamal Essam El-Din sifts through

Win some, lose some
Ibrahim Shukri may have won a round in a legal battle with the government, but the latter appears determined to have his Labour Party disbanded. Mona El-Nahhas investigates

A mark of excellence?
The multitude of top students in this year's secondary school certificate examinations is an indication of either mushrooming genius or a flawed educational system. Shaden Shehab keeps score

At Internet speed
Khaled Bichara, CEO of Egypt's largest ISP talks to Niveen Wahish about his meteoric career and the current state of the industry

America's Jerusalem
According to President Clinton Jerusalem was "the most difficult problem" discussed at Camp David. It was also main cause behind the summit's failure, writes Graham Usher from Jerusalem

Creative solutions
Was the United States a truly honest broker in the Camp David talks? Lamis Andoni, in Washington, argues that nearly all US proposals to settle the conflict aimed at emphasising Israel's dominance

Guerrillas on extended leave
What lies in store for Hizbullah resistance fighters after their triumphant liberation of south Lebanon from Israel? Ranwa Yehia talks to one of the brave men in black

Digital divide
More empty promises on debt forgiveness at the G-8 Okinawa summit left the world's poor out in the cold, writes Gamal Nkrumah

Joining the club
Talk of missiles has dominated US-Russian relations, but whether rockets of the future will be tipped with satellites or warheads is still up in the air, writes Marc Munro

Portrait of an artist
Sabry RaghebThe portrait, the still-life -- two unfashionable genres to which Sabry Ragheb, who died this week, devoted much of his life and all of his considerable talents. Below, Al-Ahram Weekly records personal reminiscences of the artist as both 'friend and mentor', together with the last interview Sabry Ragheb gave
By Hosny Guindy and Makram Henein
The francophone predicament
With his beadiest eye on the cultural press, Youssef Rakha finds himself wondering whether Paris has accidentally become the Arabs' cultural capital
Sugar plateau
Royal residence, desert city, polluted spa -- whatever one might say, H is most definitely for Helwan, cheers Samir Sobhi. Photographer Randa Shaath, in tow, captures some of the place's charms
Front Page
  US Mirror Site (updated on Sunday)

Standing firm
"ARAFAT'S firm stance at Camp David was praiseworthy and will enhance the Palestinian negotiating position in the coming stage," Arab-Israeli member of the Knesset, Azmi Bishara, told Rasha Saad on Tuesday, following the breakdown of Camp David II.
--read on--

Concorde crash
FRANCE grounded its entire fleet of Concordes indefinitely yesterday pending the outcome of the initial investigation into the cause of the crash of Air France flight 4590 on Tuesday. --read on--

Desert crash
THIRTEEN Jordanian servicemen were killed when a C-130 Royal Air Force transport crashed early Tuesday morning during a training flight. --read on--

Ahmed Barrada

Taking the world by storm
Barada in Alexandria, El-Borolossi in Jamaica, and Darwish in Milano. Nashwa Abdel-Tawab reports on the Egyptian trio squashing champions around the world

Egypt to Checkmate Russia?
Russia's Garry Kasparov has dominated the world of chess since he captured the World Championship in 1985. It seems, that Egypt may have its own Kasparov in the workings

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