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Current issue | Issue 1283, (18 - 24 February 2016)
Thursday,16 August, 2018
Issue 1283, (18 - 24 February 2016)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

Yacoub Al-Sharouni: 85 years of creativity

The International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY) chose to honour children’s literature pioneer Yacoub Al Sharouni this week, crowning his decades-long career. The ceremony will be held in Canada next August, where Al-Sharouni will be awarded for his book Laylatul Nar [Night of Fire]. The book is described by critics as worth reading by children and adults alike — which is a principle Al-Sharouni believes in also: If you can capture the imagination of children in books, you can do the same with adults.
Every two years, IBBY honours the best authors of children literature in writing, translation and illustration around the world. Laylatul Nar tackles a key issue that is never addressed in children’s literature, namely marginalised social classes, and sheds light on slum areas. The plot takes place in the poor Cairo neighbourhood of Manshiet Nasser.
Al-Sharouni also celebrated his 85th birthday last week, and the Press Syndicate’s Cultural Committee hosted a ceremony in his honour titled “85 Years of Creativity”. He was born on 10 February 1931 and grew up in a literary gifted family. His older brother, Youssef is a literary writer and his other brother is an artist.
Al-Sharouni graduated from the Faculty of Law in 1952 and worked in that field at the start of his career, but soon switched to writing. He worked as the head of Beni Sweif Cultural Centre, and wrote more than 400 books for children.
He also wrote a regular column in Al-Ahram newspaper since 1981 called “1001 Stories”.

“President Al-Sisi’s speech before the parliament was general without mentioning any details, unlike previous speeches. He did not say a word on the three most pressing issues: the civil service law, the crisis of the Doctors Syndicate and the Renaissance Dam. He did not adlib or use colloquial language. In conclusion, the president wanted the first meeting with the MPs to be a protocol meeting, because the political blocs and coalitions inside the parliament have not been formed yet.”
Mahmoud Saadeddin, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

Catastrophic scenario

“When I read the news about finding the body of the Italian researcher Julio Regeni, I hoped that it was a mere accident and that no one related to the government or its agencies was involved. If we have any information we should disclose it, no matter how painful. Even if that catastrophic scenario is not true — and I pray it isn’t — security agencies should quickly investigate and provide answers to questions related to what happened to the Italian man.”
Emadeddin Hussein, Al-Shorouk

A scaffold in Tahrir Square

“Last May, the president of North Korea executed his minister of defence using an anti-aircraft missile because he slept during a meeting. Three days ago, he executed the chief of staff because he is corrupt. I don’t know why I recalled North Korea’s exacting punishments when I read about the accident of the Beni Sweif train. We are living an era of lenience and absence of any sense of responsibility. The only way out of this is to apply decisive and quick punishment. I am not calling for the execution of officials Korean style, of course, but I think we need a scaffold in Tahrir Square. It is either this or havoc.”
Al-Masry Al-Youm

Messages from Dar Al-Hekma

“The doctors’ message last Friday was clear: We will not give in. I reckon that there is another message to doctors from that demonstration in front of Dar Al-Hekma, which saw participation and support from different sectors in society and simple citizens. They should use the present crisis as a starting point for overhauling the health system, reviewing standards and improving the state of hospitals.”
Mahmoud Khalil, Al-Watan

“Although the doctors’ General Assembly tried to avoid any political slogans, the political significance of the gathering was clear. First, it is a popular protest against individuals who belong to the Egyptian police. Second, it is a great expression of the vital role played by syndicates — one of the key institutions of civil society.”
Osama Al-Ghazali Harb, Al-Ahram

“Any syndicate step that aims to serve people is welcome provided that it is held within the law. The General Assembly of the Doctors Syndicate has a special spirit this time, which we all respect and encourage as long as the aim is to preserve the dignity of doctors and apply the law.”
Mohamed Al-Dessouki Rushdi, Al-Watan

Egyptian Essence: 150,000 classes needed

“As part of the framework of the Initiative of Investment in Education, Minister of Education Al-Helali Al-Sherbini said that his ministry seeks to achieve the targets of the first phase by the end of 2018. He added that the ministry needs around 150,000 classes by the end of that phase in order to increase the number of students in classes and cancel afternoon schooling.”


“The doctors’ general assembly is the strongest and most important celebration of the 5th  anniversary of 25 January Revolution. The Doctors Syndicate did not call for that meeting for narrow idiosyncratic demands but in quest of the aims of the revolution: bread, social justice and human dignity. No doubt, that there are good as well as bad doctors, given that they are a sector from the Egyptians. However, they should be proud that they created their syndicate which fought for the people and the targets of the great Egyptian revolution.”
Nader Fergany

“I think confrontation between doctors and a corrupt security system is coming and may escalate to a general strike in light of the regime’s present escalation. It is the simple citizen who will write the end of that confrontation. Thus is it our job as educated youth to convey the right picture to them in the streets, workplaces, among our neigbhours and even in cafes.”
Bassem Ahmed


shahiraamin13 @sherryamin13
Egypt facing multiple challenges but we shall overcome: Sisi in speech to parliament. Applause and cries of we love you as pres Sisi begins speech to parliament.

Heba Farouk Mahfouz @HebaFarooq  
3 MPs interrupted Sisi during his speech @ parliament with questions on Renaissance Dam, detained youth, marginalization of Nubia. Sisi ignored.

The Big Pharaoh @TheBigPharaoh
In his speech to parliament, Sisi said nothing about the two most pressing topics: doctors grievances towards police and murder of Regeni.

Raja Lakhani @RomeoRajaL
Thousands of doctors in Egypt protest after police accused of attack on two medics: Doctors across Egypt threaten to strike and close hospitals.

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