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Thursday,23 May, 2019
Issue 1273, (3 - 9 December 2015)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

Egypt’s mouleds are traditional forms of festivals where people gather to be entertained. New to Egypt is Mouled Al-Akeel (Food Lover’s Festival) which was held last week at Horreya Park in Cairo’s upscale neighbourhood of Zamalek. From kebab, fuul and sushi to fondue, éclairs and Oriental desserts, Cairenes with a passion for food saw their favourite meals cooked right in front of them. Not missing from the food festival were the time-honoured traditions of mouleds, such as the culturally rich decorations, games and dances.

Ali Fadali: An urgent decision

Ali Fadali, the head of the Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operation (ECMMO), has raised the issue of a higher ticket price in the hope of reducing losses in that vital and practical means of transportation. He argues that the increase will not significantly affect average Egyptians.

The demand to push the price of the LE1 ticket up two fold has been recently reiterated by Metro officials. But authorities seem reluctant to make a move that some expect might provoke a public backlash among Egyptians who are suffering from rising prices in most basic services and commodities.

The country’s subway has provided a cheap means of transportation for millions for over ten years without a change in fare price, LE1 per trip. The ticket price, as Fadali and other officials argue, is cheaper than most other means of transportation in Cairo.

As a result, the company loses more than LE20 million every month. The monthly revenues of the company from tickets is LE48 million, LE43 million of which are spent on salaries. That, in addition to the enormous power, maintenance and security expenses leave the company in debt.

ECMMO employs some 7,500 employees.

Fadali was appointed to his position in the 26-year-old company last April. When he took the post, he hoped he could improve the service. However, there have been hardly any improvements. Perhaps doubling the ticket price will help Fadali start the desired improvement.

“The truth is crystal clear: the new MPs are being chosen according to the rules of a horse race. Participants in a race bet on the winning rather than the good horse. But the question is: why shouldn’t the good horse win, or in other words why shouldn’t the good candidate win? Because the voters did not have the chance to vote freely. They were influenced by media campaigns and campaigns around the voting centres, in addition to the overt buying of votes.”
Suleiman Gouda, Al-Masry Al-Youm

A controversial visit

“Pope Shenouda died without visiting Al-Quds. He said he would not visit except with his Muslim brothers after it is freed. However, Pope Tawadros had to break that rule to perform his funerary duties. It is a duty visit rather than a slip-up, as some like to describe it. The pope must have felt twice the pain, first because of the death of his fellow clergyman and secondly because he had to visit Al-Quds under occupation.”
Mohamed Amin, Al-Masry Al-Youm

“We all remembered the legendary Pope Shenouda when his successor decided to pay that strange visit to Al-Quds on the pretext of offering condolences. The dead pope is dead, and now this visit will be followed by other visits from church officials. Our worst fear is that the psychological barrier of not visiting Al-Quds will be broken by Pope Tawadros’ visit and the biggest process of religious normalisation for Egyptian Copts will start as a consequence.”
Abdel-Fattah Abdel-Moneim,
Al-Youm Al-Sabei

Not the last

“The attack that left seven dead and eight injured in a hotel in Al-Arish last week is not the first and will not be the last, provided that there are loops in security and as long as we do not learn from previous operations. The perpetrators in that operation used the same tactics they used in previous operations committed by IS in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid.”
Abdel-Azim Al-Basel,Al-Ahram

A difficult mission

“I acknowledge the sacrifices of the police and I pray to God to help them carry out their difficult mission of protecting citizens from terrorism. However, that should not be an excuse for the repeated police attacks on citizens inside police stations and the fall of victims on a daily basis.”
Mahmoud Khalil,

Egyptian Essence: 2,500 new jobs in another High Dam

“The cabinet accepted a Chinese proposal to build an electric power station on Attaqa Hill in Suez that is expected to generate 2,100 Megawatts, the same amount generated by the High Dam. The project is expected to provide 2,500 jobs and the contract will be signed before the end of the year.”


“The protest by those who carry masters degrees gives two indications; first, the deterioration of education in Egypt on all its levels (secondary, technical, university, masters or even PhD), since it proved that all these degrees are incapable of competing in the labour market; secondly, there is no link whatsoever between the degrees in question and the requirements of the labour market. Without looking at those two indications, there will not be progress or development…”
Mahmoud Abdelhamid

“Luxour can be the start of the third wave of popular revolution. And third time is the charm. Support it please.”
Nader Fergany


Mada Masr @MadaMasr  
Public anger resurges as several cases of police torture are highlighted in mainstream and social media in #Egypt

Gregg Carlstrom @glcarlstrom  
Plus ca change: A man arrested for drug possession in Luxor was beaten to death by Egyptian police, sparking riots.

Deena @deenahsn  
Egypt’s PM says police violations won’t be overlooked.
Team of foreign observers will be covering Z upcoming parliamentary elections in Egypt 2promote tourism 2this lovely country.

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