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Current issue | Issue 1287, (17 - 23 March 2016)
Sunday,17 December, 2017
Issue 1287, (17 - 23 March 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Digest

Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

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Al-Ahram Weekly

The head of Al-Mansoura University Mohamed Al-Kenawi opened the third phase of the Children’s University on Sunday. The project is one of the programmes of the Academy of Scientific Research that aims to introduce children from nine to 15 years to the different fields of knowledge and help them choose the courses that they can study when they grow up. The project is part of the initiative ‘Scientists that can make the future’.


Ahmed Al-Zend: Masters and slaves

Ahmed Al-Zend was dismissed from his post this week following widespread criticism of a statement Al-Zend made on television. Asked whether he would jail journalists, Al-Zend said he would jail anyone who deserved it, even the Prophet Mohamed.

Though he later apologised for the statement, which was widely interpreted as an insult to the prophet, Al-Zend had confirmed his reputation for verbal blunders.

Earlier this year he said that, for every policemen martyred, 10 thousand terrorists should be killed.

A passionate advocate of allowing holders of judicial positions to pass them onto their children, during a 2012 conference of the powerful Judges’ Club, which he headed, Al-Zend said, “we will not stop appointing judges’ sons whether people like it or not. Judges’ sons will be appointed every year; there is no power in Egypt that can stop this holy march of justice.”

Also before being appointed minister in Ismail’s cabinet in May 2015, speaking for judges, Al-Zend said, “we are the masters and the rest are slaves... Whoever burns a judge’s photo will have his heart burned out; his memory and his shadow will be banished from Egypt.”

Al-Zend was minister of justice for under a year. Born in Tanta in 1946, he became a public prosecutor after obtaining a degree in Islamic law from Al-Azhar University, Faculty of Sharia and Law, in 1970. He went on to hold various judicial positions in Aswan and Daqahlia. He served as a member of the board of directors for the Judges’ Club during the 1980s, after which he was involved in establishing its branch in his hometown of Tanta.

Al-Zend was the head of the Sharia Courts in Ras Al-Khaima, UAE, from 1991 to 1993, and then a legal adviser to the Crown Prince of the Ras Al-Khaima until 1996. On his return to Egypt, he was appointed head of the Tanta Sports Club, a position he held between 2001 and 2004. He was then appointed the first president of Egypt’s Sports’ Court, which had an important role to play in resolving several crises.

Finally, Al-Zend was appointed as head of the Cairo Court of Appeals, a position he maintained until his appointment as head of the Judges’ Club in 2009.


A politicised report

“Hypocrisy is the main feature of the European Parliament’s resolution regarding the killing of Regeni. It is the hypocrisy of those who exerted their full investigative and professional efforts to spread rumours and present them as facts. They exerted every effort to denounce Egypt without giving evidence or waiting for the investigations to end. The European Parliament was concerned about the Italian student and ignored the case of tens of thousands of Libyans who were killed, slaughtered and forcefully disappeared because of Europe’s interference in Libya. It chose to ignore all this and produce a politicised report on Egypt.”

Akram Al-Kassas, Al-Youm Al-Sabei


Farewell Al-Arabi, welcome Abul-Gheit

“The Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi was frank when he told foreign ministers last week that the AL is a reflection of the state of the Arab countries. The words of the veteran diplomat were bitter as he bid farewell to his position. His words came as a shrewd response to those who used to criticise the AL without realising that ever since its establishment in 1945, it has been a league for the ‘rulers’ rather than the ‘people’. Thus in order for Ahmed Abul-Gheit, who deserves the new position, to make genuine change in that body, he needs to inject life into an organisation that is no longer capable of playing any role with its present structure or budget.”
Khaled Abu Bakr, Al-Shorouk

“Abul-Gheit assumes his job as the Secretary General of the AL amid an Arab situation that he described to me as ‘catastrophic’. He added that history will not forgive us if the regional organisation keeps giving up on its responsibilities and referring every file to the UNSC as the body responsible for international peace and security.”
Makram Mohamed Ahmed, Al-Ahram


Force creates havoc

“The blame heaped lately by Obama on England and France because of the disorder in Libya after the ouster of Gaddafi is a repetition of an earlier statement by the British Prime Minister David Cameron and Obama that they made a mistake ousting Gaddafi without having alternative plans. Both statements prove that intervention by force creates havoc. Nevertheless, some international powers are pushing for war in Syria when the political solution is the only way out.”
Ibn Al-Dawla, Al-Youm Al-Sabei


A slip of the tongue

“Let’s acknowledge that dismissing Al-Zend was not political. Thus, we cannot regard it as an indicator of the inclination of the government in the coming phase. It is a late reaction to a slip of the tongue. Let’s also acknowledge that his dismissal was not within a quiet and acceptable reshuffle in order to give a chance to younger generations. It came as a result of a statement that does not conform to the discipline of an official or to terms and commitments of the constitution.”
Gamal Al-Gamal, Al-Masry Al-Youm


Egyptian Essence: Another $200,000,000

“In a statement issued on Monday, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) declared the launch of a new exceptional auction for selling $200 m to banks at LE8.85 per $1 to reduce the demand on the dollar and lead to a further decline in its value against the Egyptian pound in the informal market. Last week it launched a similar exceptional auction to sell $500 m.”
Al-Akhbar


Facebook

“The President of Malawi Joyce Banda is an example of an official who started with herself before asking her people to take austere measures. Before asking her people to reduce their spending, she sold off the elegant presidential plane. That decision came within an economic reform plan that included reducing her salary by 30 per cent, selling off 60 Mercedes cars used by government figures and stripping senior officials of any luxuries. After that, she asked the people to unite, reduce their spending and be patient. One year later, the financial situation in Malawi has significantly improved.”
Ahmed Nasr

“The problem is not in Al-Zend, Atef Ebeid, Kamal Al-Ganzouri, Ahmed Nazif, Fathi Sorour or Kamal Al-Shazli. The problem is in the people who have been ruled by such characters for 60 years and still allow them in power. Egypt is full of respectable and honourable people and genius scientists. The question is why these deformed people have the upper hand? The answer: this is what the director wants. Thus, we should sack the director and not the actors.”
Amr Abdel-Wahab


Twitter

Zainab. @IHafeezian 
Blast in #Ankara, It took the lives of 40+ people & more than 150 are severely injured. #PrayForAnkara #Turkey

Senem Tug Aksoyek @senemtugaksoyek 
Yet another bombing in #Ankara. Blast heard kilometres away. First official number reaches 2 fatalities with 75 wounded.

Chris Collins @CollChris  
#Turkey blocks Facebook @Twitter following #Ankara blast - for showing images.
 
Nancy Okail @NancyGEO  
Egypt›s Judges› Club resistance to sack MoJ El-Zend despite his shameful career stances is quite telling of the quality of Egypt’s judiciary.

Zeinobia @Zeinobia  
By the blessing of the Prophet , El-Zend is fired. #Egypt #society #media


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