Al-Ahram Weekly Online
21 - 27 March 2002
Issue No.578
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Virgin Mary (Bethlehem)For well over a century this statue of the Virgin Mary has stood in Bethlehem, before the French hospital, observing the endless procession of pilgrims to worship at the town's holiest sites. But last week it became one more casualty of Israel's undeclared war, hit by indiscriminate Israeli fire, the nose and hand blown off, the body of the statue left pockmarked

OPEN PAGEOpinion

Ibrahim Nafie:
A last chance
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed:
Palestine or Iraq?
Azmi Bishara:
Talking to tanks
Salama Ahmed Salama:
False sense of satisfaction

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Pakestine

Splinting the reeds
For three months Yasser Arafat successfully faced down the challenges of war. Can he now face down the challenges of a cease-fire, asks Graham Usher from Jerusalem

Countdown to Beirut
Dina Ezzat reports on preparations for, and the likely agenda of, next week's Arab League summit in Beirut

'Killing with ease'
The US peace mission to Israel has not stopped Israel's slaughter of Palestinians. Khaled Amayreh reports from Jerusalem

Political mercenaries
The appointment of a new hard-line chief-of-staff for the Israeli army is likely to mean more of the same, writes Jonathan Cook from Jerusalem

OPEN PAGEEgypt


'We are not afraid'

For a second week, student protests, expressing solidarity with Palestinians and opposition to Sharon's crimes, continued in most Egyptian universities. Khaled Dawoud reports

MPs demand delivery not promise
The recent limited cabinet reshuffle seems to have done little to save Prime Minister Atef Ebeid's government from accusations of poor performance. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

Veiled freedom
The case of a Shorouq Airlines co-pilot, fired for wearing the veil, will be heard by the Labour Court later this month. Mona El-Nahhas reports

OPEN PAGERegion

A spectacular miscarriage
The integrity of the Lockerbie trial is under question following the denial of Abdel-Basset Al-Megrahi's appeal against his life sentence. Judit Neurink reports from Camp Zeist

Rehabilitating Libya
Now that the Lockerbie case is over, Libya and its former Western adversaries, the US and Britain, are expected to launch talks on how to close that chapter, reports Anayat Durrani from Washington

OPEN PAGEEconomy

Running out of rice
A shortage of rice on the market has led to an unprecedented increase in prices and a crisis for exporters. Mona El-Fiqi investigates

Reining capital in
Egypt is liberalising trade, but, Salah El-Amrousy argues, it does not need to liberalise capital movements

OPEN PAGEInternational

Bonds that blind?
Gamal Nkrumah wonders why African leaders are seeing Zimbabwe's recent elections through rose-tinted glasses

Berezovsky's revenge
Accusing fingers are being pointed at Russian President Vladimir Putin for masterminding a bombing campaign originally blamed on Chechen separatists, writes Negar Azimi

Reda Ali
Reda Ali:
Every woman's best friend
Profile by Yasmine El-Rashidi Pot Pourri
Are men from Mars?
By Fayza Hassan Restaurant review
Change of season
As the weather warms, Inji El-Kashef finds fresh escapes

OPEN PAGECulture

L I S T I N G S
>i< An all-inclusive guide to goings on around Cairo >i<


Nation unto what?
Two documentaries by Palestinian filmmaker Nizar Hassan were shown this week in Cairo. Amina Elbendary watched, perplexed

Agatha Christie in Iraq
"How much I have loved that part of the world": an exhibition on Dame Agatha Christie's life in the Middle East reveals an intriguing involvement, writes David Tresilian from London

OPEN PAGEFeatures

OPEN PAGETravel


The hard rockers of Aswan

When he heard the sound of hammering coming from somewhere between the deep blue river and the granite cliffs of Aswan, artist Gamil Shafik, his sketchbook at hand, went down to investigate

Tourist-friendly Aswan
Aswan's granite quarries are famous, its bazaars exotic, its scenic beauty and sunny climate legendary. Nevine El-Aref revisits the city whose ancient noblemen of the Old Kingdom guarded the "southern gate"

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