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The article summarizes the opinions of a number of experts concerning the way of fighting extremism and other destructive thoughts in society.
Thousands of Egyptian riot police were deployed in central Cairo Thursday in an attempt to quell demonstrations and disperse opposition supporters, who took to the streets in support of the judges’ demands for the independence of the judiciary. Demonstrators were beaten up, streets and metro...
The author examines the question of how to ensure that democracy in Middle Eastern countries does not come at the expense of secularism, personal freedoms, and equal rights for women and minorities, given that both American policy-makers and most Arabs hold to the reductionist view that democracy...
Dr. Layla ‘Abd al-Majīd reports on a Cairo University conference dealing with the relationship between media and democracy and outlines her requirements for democratic media.
The incidents of the past couple of weeks showed a lack of political strength. They also refuted the claims of those who believe that democracy brings instability, for they occurred in spite of the existence of the emergency law, political centralization and the exceptional powers granted to...
Using the example of the differences between Ghana and South Korea, which in the 1960s had similar incomes per head, but which had completely diverged by the 1990s, Amartya Sen argues that one should avoid attributing the difference simply to culture, أ  la Huntington. Sen then challenges...
Jamāl Shāhīn reports on a new program by the American Embassy in Egypt that will target young reformists and train them in the principles of democracy and human rights. Shāhīn considers the decision of the US Embassy to allow members of the Muslim Brotherhood to participate as a sign of change in...
The author discusses the ongoing problems concerning national identity cards, which are now being computerized, and the difficulty of rectifying minor mistakes.
Many human right activists have opposed the Human Rights Committee of the People’s Assembly’s suggestion to alter the human rights organizations in Egypt to make them fall under the authority of the NGO’s Law instead of the Joint-Stock Company’s Law.
This writer, with a non-Western background, writes in strong support of Western values, especially freedom of expression in light of the Danish cartoon crisis, and condemns multiple aspects of the Islamic society as being inferior.

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