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Current issue | Issue 1241, (9-15 April 2015)
Thursday,19 October, 2017
Issue 1241, (9-15 April 2015)

Ahram Weekly

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Al-Ahram Weekly

285 cartoonists from 80 countries are exhibiting 850 pieces of art during the second International Cartoon Festival which is taking place from 4-10 April at the Cairo Opera House.

The event is headed by Gomaa Farahat and includes cartoonists George Bahgory
and Tamer Youssef.


A nation in danger

“The Middle East at present is full of unrest and overwhelming disorder. However, for the first time in a long time, the will of the Arab leaders met with that of their peoples on the importance of a group action to protect national security against the dangers of terrorism, conspiracies and foreign intervention in the Arab nation. President Al-Sisi summarised this situation by describing the region as ‘a nation in danger’.”

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Torture in prisons

“What the visit of the delegation of the National Council for Human Rights to prisons has revealed, that prisoners are subjected to torture, requires a serious stand on the part of the president who should personally interfere to resolve the problem and punish whoever is involved.”

Hamdi Rizk, Al-Masry Al-Youm


Egypt and Iran

“While Iran was signing its framework deal last Thursday, the presidential palace in Aden fell to the Houthis. But then the world was not as interested in what was happening in Yemen as it was in the signing of the deal, in Lausanne. This fact raises a few questions, namely: How will Cairo deal with that change? Will Egypt be part of the international community rushing to Iran? And will it be restrained by the policies of the past, under which Sadat cut Egypt’s relations with Tehran after the Iranian Revolution?”

Said Al-Shahhat, Al-Youm Al-Sabei


Egyptian Essence: 952,000 marriages

“In 2014, 952,000 couples were married according to the statistics of the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics.”


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“In the crisis of the late Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid, during which a case was filed to separate him from his wife, I was in an international conference in Brussels. A French professor was sitting next to me and he knew I was Egyptian from my conference ID. He said he had two questions for me: Is there a relation between writing books and marriage? When I responded negatively, he said, Then why did an Egyptian court rule that Abu Zeid should divorce his wife because he wrote a book? His second question was what could be the relation between thinking and killing? I answered that it has been a complicated relation throughout history. However, he said, ‘Bloodshed is very worrying in your culture’.”
Nour Farahat 


Twitter

TIME.com @TIME  
Obama defends Iran deal as “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

Fox News @FoxNews  
Netanyahu urges US, allies to seek ‘better deal’ with Iran as Israel steps up lobbying efforts.

DavidKenner @DavidKenner
Saudi Arabia and its allies also will love that Obama answered Q about reassuring them re Iran deal by talking of their internal instability.

Hend @LibyaLiberty  
Iran stocks soar after nuclear framework deal. They’ll have a Cheesecake Factory in Tehran in no time.

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