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Current issue | Issue 1266, (15 - 21 October 2015)
Thursday,23 May, 2019
Issue 1266, (15 - 21 October 2015)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

Mamdouh Al-Beltagui: Memory and Vision

Minister of Toursim Hesham Zaazou mourned his predecessor Mamdouh Al-Beltagui saying he made a clear impact on Egyptian tourism. Under his administration tourism boomed after it had suffered as a result of terrorism.

Al-Beltagui died peacefully at the age of 76 on Saturday. Together with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Zaazou and many present and former ministers and dignitaries bid to him farewell.

Al-Beltagui held several prominent posts under former president Hosni Mubarak. He was tourism minister from 1993 till 2004, information minister from 2004 to 2005 and youth minister from 2005 until the 25 January Revolution in 2011, when former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was ousted together with most of the figures who served under him.

Al-Beltagui was born in 1939 in Alexandria. He studied law and started his career as an assistant to Egypt’s prosecutor-general in 1958, a post he kept until 1974. After he obtained his PhD from the Sorbonne, he was appointed media attaché at the Egyptian Embassy in France, and in 1982 he headed the State Information Service.

He is regarded as one of the best tourism ministers in history, having managed to boost the industry following a serious drop.

Al-Beltagui led an active productive life. After the January Revolution, he wrote his memoirs, Memory and Vision, in which he documented his rich career.  

“Like many others who took part in 30 June, I had hoped that the first parliament to be elected after the event would be different from the fake Mubarak parliaments or the maimed MB parliament. We had a dream that the next parliament would prioritise the rights of the poor citizen and include members who could benefit the country. However, it ended up being the kind of ‘secret battle’ in which the ‘dancer and drummer’ or the ‘detective and thief’ compete, with few exceptions.”
Mohamed Saad Abdel-Hafiz, Al-Shorouk

Congratulations, Tunisia

“The award that the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet won is a strong signal to all civil society organisations in the Arab world that there is no solution to our problems without a genuine, strong and effective presence of civil society. Thus the message that should reach the governments of Arab countries including Egypt is that building a strong civil society is in the interest of these governments in the first place because it represents their first defence wall against the emergence of corrupt and extremist tendencies. But will anybody listen?”
Emadeddin Hussein, Al-Shorouk

“Congratulations to Tunisia. However, our Tunisian brothers should be cautiously happy with their prize, which they were not given for their achievements but for the sake of saving the face of the Arab Spring and covering up its failures in the region. The Nobel committee sometimes gives the prize to those who deserve it like Sadat, Arafat, Carter, Nelson Mandela, Mohamed Yunis and Malala Yousafzai but sometimes it gives it to those who don’t like Dalai Lama, Obama, Tawakkol Karman, Leo Tsao Bao and Aung San Suu Kyi.”
Hani Assal, Al-Ahram

Third holiest shrine

“Al-Aqsa Mosque has a special status in the heart of every Muslim as the first qibla and the third holiest shrine. Nevertheless, ever since the Israeli occupation took over the Palestinian lands, it has not missed a single chance to violate the sanctity of that mosque. The repeated attacks against Al-Aqsa have, without a doubt, hurt the feelings of the Arabs and ignited more conflicts in the region, which gives terrorist groups a pretext to attempt to destabilise society in the Arab countries and the world at large. The international community together with the Arab League and other organisations should take all measures to protect the safety of the shrine.”
Shawki Allam, Al-Masry Al-Youm

The bitter truth

“The bitter truth is that the negative effects of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Egypt are permanent. The dam, in brief, will transfer water storage from behind the High Dam to the Ethiopian Plateau. Within decades Egypt will back to the period before the High Dam was built, prone to severe drought in years when the water level is low.”
Mohamed Nasreddin Allam, Al-Watan

Egyptian Essence: 112 ships in 2 days

“The chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Mohab Mamish stated that 112 ships went through the channel on Saturday and Sunday, 53 on the first day and 59 on the second. 52 ships headed south and 70 headed north without stopping.”
Al-Youm Al-Sabei


“Say what you will: Tunisia is still in danger, its revolution has not succeeded, the Nobel committee is not fair… The bottom line is that a syndicate-labour union was formed, it stood firm in the most dictatorial times and at the right time it managed to bring all the belligerent parties to the negotiating table and forced them to accept a compromise to stop the country from sliding into a catastrophe.”
Hossam Bahgat

“Abu Bakr Al-Boghdadi called for an immediate stop to Russia’s ‘infidel’ attacks and the return of the US’s ‘pious’ attacks.”
Ashraf Al-Sabbagh

“Most people are against oppression in principle. The only exception is when they practise it because they care about the greater good and not just their own interests!”
Ayman Zaineldine


Amro Ali @_amroali  
Egyptian parliamentary elections are just a sideshow in the Sissi regime.

Benazir Shah @Benazir_Shah  
Women wearing niqab will not be allowed to vote in parliamentary elections: Egypt’s electoral commission.

Breaking NewsVerified account @BreakingNews  
Islamic State is prime suspect in Turkey bombing that killed at least 97, Prime Minister Davutoglu says.

Montel WilliamsVerified account @Montel_Williams  
In wake of Ankara bombing remembering Turkey is our NATO ally. An attack on the Turkish people is an attack upon the United States.

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