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Current issue | Issue 1262, (10 - 16 September 2015)
Saturday,22 September, 2018
Issue 1262, (10 - 16 September 2015)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

Mahmoud Yassin: Golden Age icon

“I really appreciate your reception and praise, which crowns many years of hard work. I do not deserve all that honour. You taught me everything. I possess all the traits that you mentioned because you helped me to acquire them.”

Thus actor Mahmoud Yassin — the star of such landmarks as The Thin Line (1971), The Bullet is still in my Pocket (1974) and Ascending to the Abyss (1978) — responding to the praise and appreciation of his friends, colleagues and disciples at a seminar in his honour during. The occasion was the 31st Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries, which is dedicated to him.

With a documentary on his life, a retrospective programme of his work and a critical essay (published in both Arabic and English) on his achievement, the festival celebrates Yassin comprehensively. It is worth mentioning that, over the last three decades, Yassin repeatedly took part in the Alexandria Film Festival as a participant and a jury member.

Yassin has been an actor for 50 years. He has also served as chairman of the Actors Syndicate, Journalists and Authors of Giza Charity Association, which helps the poor in Giza, since 1990, as well as the World Food Programme Ambassador, appearing in the agency’s first-ever Arabic public service announcement in September 2004.

Yassin was born in 1942 in Port Said. He has been married to actress Shahira since 1970. They have two children, Rania and Amr, both actors.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina organises a 3D Video Mapping Show at the Façade of the Qait Bey Fort. The show is repeated every 45 minutes. For the second time the magic of the past returns, using the technology of augmented reality, to tell the story of the legendary Cleopatra, the queen of queens.

“The principle of geographic distribution was introduced at our universities in the 1980s for economic and social reasons that have nothing to do with education. The idea was to spare students a long commute and provide them with dorm space. Some of these reasons remain logical, others do not. In every case, however, it limits the choices available to students. I therefore call for cancelling that principle as the first step to reform our universities and transform them from a machine to print certificates to a place the produces scientists and professionals.”
Gamal Abdel-Gawad, Al-Watan

Syrian refugees

“The controversy about the Syrian refugees has not stopped ever since the picture of Eilan overwhelmed the international media — as if that issue was not known before, or as if it was suddenly disclosed. The core of the issue is not finding shelter for these refugees, although that too is required, but finding a solution for a country that was stable, whose people used to live in peace.”
Al-Youm Al-Sabei

“What is the difference between Eilan whose picture on the beach broke our hearts, and that of Omar Salah, the boy who has cancer and who accompanied the president on his trip on Al-Mahroussa Yacht for the opening of the New Suez Canal? The answer is related to the army in both pictures. The Egyptian army protected Omar and other citizens while the Syrian army, divided, failed to provide similar protection to its people, women and children. It has become a tool to torture them.”
Moataz Abdel-Fattah, Al-Watan

Egypt can

“Some believe that the aim of the president’s foreign visits is to re-introduce Egypt to the world or to revive old relations with some states. However, I believe that the main aim of the visits is to show the world that Egypt is still strong and capable of facing the crises facing the region at present, and that it is able to re-develop itself. No doubt the success of the people and the president in building the New Suez Canal with Egyptian money is the best message the president has to deliver to the world.”
Abbas Al-Tarabilli, Al-Wafd

Who are you?

“The number of people who want to run in the parliamentary elections reminded me of Muammar Al-Gaddafi’s notorious statement, ‘Who are you?’ I initially thought the opportunists and those who trade in religion would abstain from running in the next elections and leave the arena to the young and to genuine patriots who want to achieve real reform. However, this turned out to be an illusion.”
Gehad Abdel-Moneim, Al-Wafd

Egyptian Essence: 86 victims of negligence

“Hospitals in Egypt have seen 86 victims of medical negligence in the last six months, according to a report by the Egyptian Centre for the Right to Medicine. Some of these cases died while the rest developed serious complications. Nevertheless, we have not seen any move on the part of the Health Ministry to open that thorny file or on the part of the Doctors Syndicate to impose strict punishment on negligent doctors.”
Ibn Al-Dawla, Al-Youm Al-Sabei


“I will not be deceived by the news about the state fighting corruption. This news has been all over the place for decades and the state did not budge — with the exception of a few bubbles now and again, to absorb political or economic discontent or to cover up its failures. The news about the arrest of a minister minutes after he was forced to resign will definitely distract people from more pressing issues that have engaged them in the last few days.”
Hazem Hosny

“Corruption is one of the strongest state institutions and part of the culture of the individual and society. The fall of one or two corrupt figures is a step on the way to transparency and is important for any confrontation with corruption. The report on transparency will be revealed soon. I regard that as an indication. Let us wait and see.”
Gehan Amin Ali


Mai El-Sadany @maielsadany  
Parliamentary elections are in 48 days. Oh good, now we just need political parties, platforms, and candidates. Simple things. #Egypt

The New York Times @nytimes  
Humanitarian groups say the Arab world’s richest nations aren’t doing enough to help Syrian refugees.

Al Jazeera English @AJEnglish  
Opinion: The solution is not opening up Europe’s borders; it’s defeating ISIL and removing Assad from power.

The Telegraph @Telegraph  
Israel builds fence to keep Syrian refugees out.

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