Al-Ahram Weekly Online   27 March - 2 April 2003
Issue No. 631
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Limiting the damage
Since war has been launched, Cairo wants it swift and limited. Nevine Khalil and Soha Abdelaty report on the Egyptian position

Parliamentary rage
The arrest of two Nasserist MPs for allegedly inciting anti-US protests triggered a furious response in parliament. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

Mobilising the NDP
The ruling party's cadres were mobilised this week to keep anti-war protests in check. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

EgyptAir on crisis footing
The outbreak of war in Iraq has led to serious disruptions in Egypt's aviation sector, reports Amira Ibrahim

Fair fares well
Despite the war, and the absence of the US and the UK, it was more or less business as usual at the Cairo International Fair last week, reports Eman Youssef


Debating jihad

Jihad need not imply a war of religions. Gihan Shahine reports on the state of the debate

Newsreel
Iin an upholding of Egypt's commitment towards the agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs), the Egyptian judicial system recently refused a request made by an Egyptian pharmaceuticals company...

'It will never be the same'
People's anger rose to unprecedented levels this week as the invasion of Iraq began. Shaden Shehab monitors the mood on Cairo's streets

A day at 'Hyde Park'
Two days of massive anti-war street demonstrations rocked Cairo last week. Mass arrests followed. Amira Howeidy reports

Security alert
Hundreds of anti-war activists and demonstrators have reportedly been detained following clashes with police. Officials told Jailan Halawi that they are merely reacting to security threats


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Thousands gather in Tahrir Square on the first day of the war; the scene in front of Al-Azhar after Friday prayers; the angry crowd tries to leave the mosque; on the street, police attempt to disperse the gathering using water cannons

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Anti-riot forces try to divide the protestors; chanting against the war; property damage; closing off streets near Tahrir; smoke rises over the corniche as a fire truck burns on Friday afternoon

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