|Al-Ahram Weekly On-line
5 - 11 October 2000
Issue No. 502
|Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875|
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THIS morning President Hosni Mubarak will deliver a radio and television broadcast to the nation marking the anniversary of the 1973 6th of October War victory. Later in the day, Mubarak is presiding over talks with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Sharm Al-Sheikh. The meeting will be attended by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Yesterday, Mubarak placed a wreath at the War Memorial and at the tomb of late President Anwar El-Sadat, who was gunned down exactly 19 years ago.
A Gulf firstTHE UNITED Arab Emirates is scheduled to fly a chartered plane to Baghdad today, becoming the first Gulf Arab country to send an aircraft to Iraq in protest against decade-old UN sanctions.
A spokesman for the state-owned Emirates airline told Reuters yesterday that the gesture had been ordered by UAE President Sheikh Zayed Al-Nahayan.
Futile debateTHE FIRST televised debate between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W Bush which took place last Tuesday had been billed as potentially a defining moment in the US presidential campaign. As it turned out, little happened of real significance.
A snap CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of 435 registered voters who watched the debate found that 48 per cent thought Gore did best, as opposed to 41 per cent who favoured Bush. Of six political scientists around the country interviewed by Reuters, four gave the edge to Gore. The other two said it was a tie. None of them seemed to think it mattered very much anyway. US foreign policy in the Middle East did not come up in the debate.