Al-Ahram Weekly Online   26 February - 3 March 2004
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Winds of change
Arab governments are uneasy about US plans to impose democracy and reform in the region, reports Nevine Khalil

Minister battles with MUST
The conflict between the Ministry of Higher Education and Misr University for Science and Technology took on a new dimension after the two sides took their battle to the press. Mona El-Nahhas investigates

'We'll get them'
An Upper Egyptian vendetta consumes four more lives, including a groom on his wedding day. Reem Nafie reports from Beni Mohamed

The need for nurture
Helping disadvantaged children before it's too late was the subject of a regional conference held in Cairo this week. Amira El-Noshokaty attended

Crossing the street
Egypt and Iran are inching towards restoring full diplomatic ties. A leap, however, is yet to be taken, reports Rasha Saad

It must be something in the water
With the controversy over Nile water distribution rearing its ugly head, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday took the initiative of tackling the contentious issue, writes Gamal Nkrumah

Social reform before the House
Gamal Essam El-Din reviews five new high-profile laws that will be discussed in parliament over the next few weeks

NCHR asserts its independence
The newly established National Council for Human Rights is slowly getting into gear while fending off criticism from sceptics, reports Gamal Essam El-Din

No more walls!

Balancing reactions
France's controversial anti- hijab bill continues to spark protests on Egyptian campuses. Gihan Shahine talks to analysts in Cairo and Paris about a complex socio-political dynamic

Print run
Foreign-licensed publications can now print in Egypt, but at a price. Yasmine El-Rashidi reports


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