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Current issue | Issue 1286, (10 - 16 March 2016)
Thursday,16 August, 2018
Issue 1286, (10 - 16 March 2016)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

This week, Google celebrated International Women’s Day by an 80-second video entitled “One Day I Will”. The video sees notable women and girls from 13 different countries around the world, including Egypt, completing the sentence “one day I will...”. The Egyptian woman, who was captured with the pyramids behind her said, “one day I will be the first woman president of Egypt”. The video, which is supposed to be inspirational for all women, also featured Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for her campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan. Malala and fellow activist Muzoon Almellehan say: “One day we will see every girl in school.”

Ray Tomlinson: A pioneer who will never perish

Raymond Tomlinson, the internet pioneer credited with the invention of e-mail and the “@“ sign died of a heart attack at the age of 74 this week.

Tomlinson’s contribution brought about a complete revolution, fundamentally changing the way businesses as well as people communicate.

The American computer programmer first thought of the idea of electronic messages that could be sent from one network to another in 1971, sending the first e-mail while working as an engineer for a research company in Boston. His company also played a major role in developing an early version of the internet, known as ARPANET.

Tomlinson was also a pioneer in developing the required services in network electronic mail, including developing a mail transport agent to move e-mail between machines, creating a protocol for moving e-mail between machines, setting a standard format for e-mail messages and designing a tool for creating and reading e-mail.

Tomlinson was born in New York in 1941. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1963. He then studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), earning an SM in electrical engineering in 1965. In 1967, he started working at a reputable research and development company where he helped develop the TENEX operating system, including implementations of the ARPANET and TELNET protocols. He chose the @ sign to separate local from global e-mails in the mailing address. Person to person network e-mail was born and user@host became the standard for e-mail addresses, as it remains today.

Tomlinson received various awards through his career. In 2000, he received the George R Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award from the American Computer Museum. In 2002, Discover Magazine awarded him its Innovation Award. In 2004, he earned the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Internet Award. He was named the Prince of Asturias Award Laureate for Technical and Scientific Research in 2009. He is ranked number four on the MIT list of top 150 innovators and ideas. His work was also recognised by his peers in 2012, when he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

Tomlinson will always be remembered as the man who started e-mail, the most popular computer application ever, with over a billion and a half users spanning the globe and communicating across the traditional barriers of time and space.

“Hamdeen Sabahi’s initiative ‘Let’s Find an Alternative’ to unite all the civil political forces is, without a doubt, in the interest of the country. However, the fact that it was launched via his Facebook page indicates that it is not serious enough. It should have been initiated after a series of meetings among the various political parties and forces or after holding various workshops to study the options and come up with a group rather than an individual document or initiative. Sabahi, representatives of all other political powers and the state are thus in need to sit down, think and work to come up with a sound and strong basis for an initiative for unity.”

Mohamed Al-Dessouki Roshdi,

The catastrophe of the dollar price

“There is no way out of the catastrophe of the rising dollar price except limiting imports and imposing taxes on unnecessary goods, at least until we manage to increase exports. However, this is not easy because the state is unable to provide the required dollars for necessary imports. At the same time, the dollar price hike will raise the cost of production, limiting our ability to export at a competitive price.”
Abbas Al-Tarabili, Al-Wafd

Not impossible

“It is not difficult or impossible that the detained should find a list of their legal rights hanging on the wall of a police station, namely the right to notify family members, the right for a lawyer and the right to hold the police is responsible for his life and safety. Abuse and humiliation must disappear forever – we do not have any other option.”
Karam Gabr, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

A message from the MPs

“There are many details and secrets pertaining to the issue of Tawfik Okasha. However, I still insist that refraining from taking punitive measures against him would have contributed to breaking one of the important taboos among Egyptians, that of normalisation with Israel. The important message that the MPs sent by rescinding Okasha’s membership is: governments may be forced to shake hands with Israeli officials, but the people and those who represent them will not have it, especially when there is nothing in return.”
Emadeddin Hussein, Al-Shorouk

“The Okasha incident highlighted an important matter: society needs to take a firm stand on issues that cause differences including normalisation. Some may claim that Egyptians have rejected normalisation ever since the Camp David Accords were signed in the 1970s and, while that discourse may appear logical, it does not reflect developments in Egyptian-Israeli relations or changes in the regional and international arenas. While we claim that we boycott Israel, several persons meet the Israeli ambassador behind the scenes. We need to stop circumventing and take a firm stand on normalisation.”
Mohamed Ibrahim Al-Dessouki, Al-Ahram

Egyptian Essence: 3,250,000 cases of infringement

“The Minister of National Development Ahmed Zaki Badr underlined that there are some 3,250,000 cases of encroachment on state lands. In order to protect public property, a committee is being formed to list all these encroachments.”


“The minister of irrigation followed in the footsteps of the minister of health, his colleague in the failed cabinet. They both tried to escape punishment by their syndicates on the pretext that they were in a political position. They failed to realise that that position is temporary. They also failed to understand that their responsibility is essentially towards the people, the source of all power. I appeal to their syndicates to suspend them, for life.”
Nader Fergany

“The American Independent newspaper wrote that Leonardo DiCaprio deserves the Oscar Award twice, once for his acting skills and another time for responding to a question by the Egyptian journalist who asked, ‘What about the first Oscar for you?’”
Nour Farahat


Ali H. Aslan @aliHaslan  
I sometimes habitually click on the Zaman app forgetting the newspaper has been seized and access has been blocked by Erdogan regime. So sad.

Naila bozo @nailabozo  
It’s closure of today’s Zaman that opened people’s eyes to Erdogan’s brutality, not oppression of Kurds.

Jon Williams @WilliamsJon  
EU may block #Turkey’s membership application over #Zaman takeover.

RT @RT_com      
ISIS uses Nazi tactics to train youths to become ‘more lethal, brutal, better fighters’.

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