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Current issue | Issue 1274, (10 - 16 December 2015)
Sunday,17 December, 2017
Issue 1274, (10 - 16 December 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Digest

Compiled by  Nevine Khalil 

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Al-Ahram Weekly

Donald Trump: Shock factor

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called on Monday for the United States to bar all Muslims from entering the country until the nation’s leaders can “figure out what is going on” after terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, California. A prohibition of Muslims — an unprecedented proposal by a leading American presidential candidate, and an idea more typically associated with hate groups — reflects a progression of mistrust that is rooted in ideology as much as politics.

Trump is a flamboyant American business magnate, investor, author, television personality and 2016 presidential candidate, worth $4.5 billion according to Forbes magazine. Trump’s populist anti-immigrant are a defining contrast to the establishment Republican faction, earning him support among working class white voters amid heavy controversy in the news.

On the campaign trail in September, Trump declared: “I love the Muslims”, but turned sharply against them after the Paris terrorist attacks, demanding a database and ID cards to track Muslims in America. His poll numbers rose largely as a result, but when they waned earlier this week he called for the ban — fitting his pattern of making stunning comments when his lead in the Republican presidential field appears in jeopardy.

The real estate tycoon is chairman and president of The Trump Organisation and founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump’s career, branding efforts, lifestyle and outspoken manner have made him a celebrity, a status amplified by the success of his NBC reality show, The Apprentice.


One of the most valuable shipwrecks in history was found this week off the shore of Columbia. The wreck of Spanish ship is laden with treasure, estimated at between $1 billion to $10 billion, was sunk by the British more than 300 years ago. “Great news! We have found the San Jose galleon,” tweeted Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos.

The wreck, discovered near the port city of Cartagena, has been described as the holy grail of shipwrecks since the ship was carrying one of the largest amounts of valuables ever to have been lost at sea. The San Jose was carrying gold, silver, gems and jewellery collected in the South American colonies to be shipped to Spain’s king to help finance his war of succession against the British when it was attacked by a British warship in June 1708.


“They are using security as an excuse because they are upset the World Squash Federation didn’t include them in the decision to move the contest to Egypt.”
Egyptian Squash Federation President Assem Khalifa


End the brutality

“[Police violations] cannot be treated by good intentions; the only procedure is to enforce the state of law.”
Mohamed Hussein, Al-Ahram

“It is unimportant whether there are higher instructions for torture or humiliating people on purpose. What is important is there an atmosphere that allows it.”
Emadeddin Hussein, Al-Shorouk  

“In order for Arab security sectors… to be viewed as legitimate, they would have to undertake reforms designed to achieve critical improvements in their professionalism, basic technical skills and competence, and operational performance.”
Yezid Sayigh, Carnegie Middle East Center
 
“What is new is people’s reaction. The street is a red line for the government,”
Aida Seif El-Dawla, The New York Times


Turning off the tap

Egypt will freeze talks on importing Israeli natural gas after an international arbitration court ordered Cairo to pay a fine of almost $1.73 billion to Israel. Egypt will appeal the ruling by a panel at the Geneva-based International Chamber of Commerce within six weeks, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said in an interview. The fine was imposed after arbitration between East Mediterranean Gas Company, Israel Electric Corporation, and companies supplying Egyptian gas through a pipeline in Sinai that was repeatedly sabotaged.
Bloomberg


Gun threat

“Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified combat rifles used in California, and certain kinds of ammunition, must be outlawed for civilian ownership. It is possible to define those guns in a clear and effective way and, yes, it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.”
The New York Times


Egyptian Essence: Egypt’s reached 90 million on Sunday

According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), statement, Cairo governorate registered the largest population at 9.43 million, followed by Giza at seven million, followed by Sharqiya in third place with six million people.


Facebook

“A truly shocking statistic: 25,000 young men and women joined IS in the past nine months from 100 countries.”
Khaled Okasha

“Any perverse ideology in the world has followers. This is normal. IS is a perverse ideology that has money, means of communicating with its followers.”
Nasser Ahmed Ali

“Social media is what helped these [recruits],”
Hayam Riyad


Twitter

I didn’t know that Donald Trump was fluent in Nazi
@DrBassemYoussef

Voices in Egyptian parliament call upon Sisi to appoint Magda Aaron, head of Egyptian Jewish community [to] parliament
@Egypt_Speaks

More [European] countries [are] dropping bombs over Syria, yet more borders are closing in the face of refugees. Where are they supposed to go?
@HodaAH

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