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Current issue | Issue 1264, (1 - 7 October 2015)
Monday,16 July, 2018
Issue 1264, (1 - 7 October 2015)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

Gamal Abdel-Nasser: Still with us

Forty-five years after his death, millions in the Arab region and beyond remember the strong and charismatic Egyptian leader, president Gamal Abdel-Nasser.

No one can forget his role with president Mohamed Naguib and the Free Officers in launching the 23 July Revolution that ultimately led to the abdication of King Farouk and the end of the monarchy in Egypt. Nasser also undertook the industrialisation of the country, with a complete vision for the future. Most of the Egypt’s industries were established or developed under Nasser.

InJuly 1956, Nasser was only 38 years old when he took the brave decision to nationalise the Suez Canal as a means to funding the Aswan High Dam project, after the British and Americans, who had promised to, refused to help. He aimed to achieve liberation after decades of colonial rule in the region. The decision resulted in the Tripartite Aggression — British, French and Israeli forces — against Egypt in October 1956.

People tend to forgive or forget that Egypt under Nasser suffered its notorious defeat in the 1967 war with Israel, which ended with the occupation of the Sinai Peninsula, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Golan Heights. Most of these areas are still under Israeli occupation.

In response to the defeat, Nasser dramatically resigned in a televised speech. But following mass protests demanding that he should continue to lead the people, he withdrew his resignation. For many he remains a symbol of dignity, pan-Arabism, and social justice.  

He ruled Egypt from 1954 until his death in September 1970. He died of a heart attack a few hours after he concluded an Arab summit in Cairo, having escorted all the leaders to their planes. The announcement of his death left Egypt and the Arab world in a state of shock. His funeral, which was attended by all Arab and many non-Arab leaders, was among the largest in history.

More recently, Nasser was an inspiration for the young, who raised pictures of him in Tahrir Square during the 25 January Revolution.


“A new academic year starts this week, bringing the same concerns and difficulties to most families. But it is likely to be worse now that the problems have accumulated over many years. Private tuition tops the list. It is a thorny issue that needs coordinated efforts of all state institutions to be resolved.”

Al-Youm Al-Sabei


Parliamentary elections: Vote for the experienced candidate.

“Didn't I tell you to mention that I belong with the revolutionary youth…!!!”

Ahmed Adel Naim, Al-Akhbar


The UN General Assembly

“When he became president, Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi took on the mission of retrieving Egypt’s image as a regional power. Today [Sunday], his second participation in the UN General Assembly proved that everyone is dealing with a new Egypt capable of making achievements like the Suez Canal project, and able not only to maintain its unity and coherence in the face of terrorist threats but also to be a partner in resolving the problems of the region.”

Ibn Al-Dawla, Al-Youm Al-Sabei


“On the eve of the 70th UN General Assembly, I wonder whether world leaders realise the challenges facing the world. Will these challenges make them reconsider their policies to avoid further danger and catastrophe? My question is prompted by the GA presentation of an ambitious plan for sustained development until 2030, which requires pooling resources and efforts rather than wasting them on conflicts and pointless wars.”

Inas Nour, Al-Ahram


No need for a magic wand

“Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said the government does not have a magic wand. Well, who said we were looking for a magician to solve the country's problems? What we need is a prime minister who is able to deliver rather than play tricks, able to deal with reality rather than live in illusion... He still might need the magic wand to immediately sack lenient or incapable ministers, though.”

Mahmoud Khalil, Al-Watan




To blame or not to blame

“I wonder whether to blame Saudi Arabia for not fixing a crane or consider the fact Riyadh is not responsible for winds and storms. Should I blame Saudi Arabia for not imposing a strict system to avoid stampeding or remind myself that pilgrims break all the rules? However, it is Saudi Arabia’s responsibility — and destiny — to protect pilgrims from storms, leniency and themselves. The kingdom will be capable of preventing similar incidents in the future, God willing.”

Hazem Al-Hadidi, Al-Akhbar


Pilgrimage or battle?

“It is a tragic thing to wake up on Eid day to news of hundreds of people dying while performing a religious ritual. The argument about whether or not they are martyrs evades the real problem, that Muslims unfortunately do not understand order. They do not respect rules or care about the rights of others. The strong steps on the weak and all he cares for is to finish the rituals and wash himself from sins like a newborn baby — even at the expense of the blood of fellow Muslims."

Hazem Hosny


“Please stop publishing pictures for the victims of the Mina stampede. What is the point of pictures that make the heart and the eyes weep?”

Nour Farahat


AlArabiyaEnglishVerifiedaccount  @AlArabiya_Eng 

Thursday's #Hajjstampede was deadliest since 1990, where 1,426 Muslim were trampled to death.



Ozer Khalid  @OzerKhalid  

A Survivor says the #HajjStampede was caused by police blocking all but one route, and then directing a contraflow.


Avinash Gavai  @Rantaramic  

Saudi Arabia says Iranian pilgrims are the cause of the #HajjStampede.


LayemiFearless  @IamThatYemi  

It's a bit of an irony how so many people were killed trying to 'stone' the 'devil'. #HajjStampede

Egyptian Essence

8% of schools ready

“Hours before the start the new academic year, the prime minister received a report from the new Education Minister stating that the national project for developing and maintaining schools has achieved between 5 and 8 per cent of its plan. Thus students in schools that have not been maintained will have to move to other schools.”




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