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Current issue | Issue 1234, (19 - 25 February 2015)
Wednesday,15 August, 2018
Issue 1234, (19 - 25 February 2015)

Ahram Weekly


Al-Ahram Weekly

“Egypt’s problem with Libya is not in the 21 citizens kidnapped [and later executed] or the size of the Egyptian labour force there, but in the magnitude of the IS growing every day. We saw in the past armed militants who kidnapped Egyptian drivers to put pressure on the government to release their relatives. These minor problems can be solved through compromises. However, it is different with IS and the Ansar Al-Sharia, who regard everyone as an apostate. If they regard the majority of Muslims as worthy of death, how can we expect them to have mercy for Christians?”
Emadeddin Hussein, Al-Shorouk

The serpent
“What happened on the ground is that the ISIS serpent grew and spread to a far greater extent than those who created could expect. The statue rebelled against its sculptor, as in the Greek myth. Instead of remaining a tool to destroy the enemy — from the viewpoint of different regional and international parties — ISIS became an independent body against everyone. ISIS could further grow and spread if it is not effectively confronted. Air strikes are not enough. The wills of various states had converged on the importance of ISIS’ presence. Those wills must now converge to eliminate it.”
Moataz Billah Abdel-Fattah, Al-Watan

Expense sheet
“Every single hour, we hear about an attempt by the MB to attack a police station, set fire to a public bus, plant a bomb here or there. The worst thing that could happen is for us to grow used to these incidents, so that they no longer attract our attention. Given that legal persecution is too slow to be an effective deterrent, the best way to punish the MB is to force it to shoulder the cost of whatever its supporters have sabotaged. The money can come out of funds seized by the government or the sale of real estate still owned by members of the group.”
Suleiman Gouda, Al-Masry Al-Youm

Egyptian Essence: 4 million drug addicts

“Mustafa Hussein, a psychiatrist, stated in a symposium about the dangers of addiction among teenagers that the number of drug addicts in Egypt has reached four million. Thus a decisive plan is required to face all forms of addiction and control the use of drugs.”
Al-Youm Al-Sabei


“Don’t share ISIS video. Share the names of the innocent Copts and pray for their families.”
Amro Ali

“In a murderous time/ the heart breaks and breaks/ and lives by breaking.”
Stanley Kunitz, The Testing-Tree
Hani Shukrallah


Abed A. Ayoub @aayoub  
Prayers for the families of the 21 innocent men killed by #Daesh in #Libya. Such a horrible act of terror by a group that has no religion.

Lizzie Phelan @LizziePhelan,
American envoy asked: “Can a divided #Libya withstand #ISIL/Daesh?” — A good question, probably asked 4 years too late.

James Wheeler @wheelertweets  
Saddam officers joined #ISIS (Daesh) in Iraq. And of course, some Gaddafi loyalists join Daesh in #Libya. It makes Daesh stronger — not fake.

Mikey Kay @MikeyKayNYC  
Denmark comes under siege & #Daesh kill 21 Coptic Christians on a Libya beach-500km fm Italy.

Rawah @RawahBadrawi  
Between the horrific events in the Sinai and Libya recently, Egypt is wilfully being pushed to the center of the confrontation with ISIL.

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