Sunday,19 August, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1289, (31 March - 6 April 2016)
Sunday,19 August, 2018
Issue 1289, (31 March - 6 April 2016)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

A sculptor still alive

Mahmoud Mokhtar,  an Egyptian sculptor, was part of the original “Pioneers” of the Art movement. Although he died on 28 March 82 years ago, his work is still alive. The picture show his masterpiece: Nahdet Misr or Egypt Renaisance, with Mokhtar next to his work

No more crinkles for The Independent

Giving in to the possible future of journalism, this week the prestigious British newspaper The Independent confirmed the end of its 30-year old print run. This Saturday saw the last issue of the daily hitting the newsstands in paper format before the title moves onto a digital-only format. The newspaper publishers claimed the move would ensure a “sustainable and profitable future” for the company, which has been struggling with heavy losses for years. But the decision made some 75 journalists redundant.

“The newspaper industry is changing, and that change is being driven by readers,” said newspaper owner Evgeny Lebedev. The newspaper’s final editorial concluded: “Today the presses have stopped, the ink is dry and the paper will soon crinkle no more. But as one chapter closes, another opens, and the spirit of The Independent will flourish still. Our work goes on, our mission endures, the war still rages, and the dream of our founders shall never die.”

The paper’s last front page featured an exclusive story about a British connection in a plot to kill a Saudi King, and a striking image of train passengers being evacuated during an anti-terrorism operation in Brussels. Inside, four special edition magazines look back on the history of the newspaper. Journalists at the paper post images from the newsroom of the final hours spent working on the daily.

The newspaper, which was launched in 1986, printed its last daily title on Saturday. The last Independent on Sunday appeared on 20 March. The paper was established by a group of journalists led by Andreas Whittam Smith. It enjoyed initial success, rising to a circulation of over 400,000 by 1988. But current paid circulation at the daily title is just over 40,000 while its sister paper, The Independent on Sunday, sells just under 43,000 copies.

Lebedev bought The Independent for £1 million in 2010 but has since pumped around £60 m of investment into the publishing group, including funding the launch of the Tabloid I in a bid to attract a younger and wider audience.

“They’re showing us that the future is digital,” Lebedev added. “This decision preserves The Independent brand and allows us to continue to invest in the high quality editorial content that is attracting more and more readers to our online platforms.”

“I reject the Russian request to place Russian forces at Egyptian airports in return for restarting Russian tourist trips to Egypt. I consider this an encroachment on Egyptian sovereignty because it means accepting the presence of Russian security forces in Egypt and opens the door to other countries to request the presence of their security forces in Egypt on the pretext of protecting their tourists. ”
Abbas Al-Tarabili, Al-Masry Al-Youm

What prompts terrorism?

“There is no protection from terrorism. The latest Brussels attack is more evidence of that. Modern society has various weak points that cannot be fully protected. However, the question is: what prompted young Muslims born in Europe to harm these countries? Is it poverty and marginalisation? But these are not enough reason to prompt terrorism. It is rather the extremist ideologies and interpretations spread among Muslims that incite terrorism.”
Gamal Abdel-Gawad, Al-Watan

A simple question

“The statement of the Interior Ministry raises dozens of questions, the simplest of which is perhaps why the police killed all the members of the gang that they claimed killed Regeni. Would it not have been better to keep them alive so that the whole world would hear their confessions?”
Osama Al-Ghazali Harb, Al-Ahram

A government reshuffle?

“I fail to understand what all this concern about a government reshuffle is about. Why is the media interested to know who will leave and who will stay in a government that has turned out to be of no use after the army became responsible for all government jobs from paving the streets to removing garbage to unclogging the manholes.”
Suleiman Al-Hakim, Al-Masry Al-Youm
“There are various questions in the minds of people regarding the performance of the Sherif Ismail government especially after the recent reshuffle. Chief among these questions is how the government will deal with thorny issues like that of education and health in addition to that of unemployment and attracting investment.”

Egyptian Essence: 260 cases of “forced disappearances”

“The Ministry of Interior is looking into 260 cases referred to it by the National Council for Human Rights, according to a press statement issued by the ministry. The ministry emphasised that it is keen on upholding human rights and that there is nothing called ‘forced disappearance’. It was a phrase coined by terrorist groups to tarnish the image of Egypt.”
Al-Youm Al-Sabei


“I returned from South Korea (Seoul) hours ago after I spent a week there attending a UN conference with representatives from 18 countries. In the last two days, the only issue they talked to me about, in satirical tones, was the interior minister’s statement about the gang he claimed killed Regeni. Nevertheless, the gang, all of whose members the police killed, had kept his passport, money and even dope! A person from Uganda told me, ‘If you are used to deceiving your people, the world does not accept deceit.’ What can I say; we have become the mockery of the world.”
Nour Farahat

“Young man imprisoned for over 2 years for wearing a “No to torture” T-shirt is released on bail. Makes you wonder how many years for a jacket or an overcoat!”
Hani Shukrallah


Brian Whitaker @Brian_Whit  
Egypt: more questions in Regeni case. Photos raise doubts about the regime›s account.
Eric Trager @EricTrager18  
Italian PM rejects #Egypt›s claim that it killed student Regeni’s tormentors/killers.
Mada Masr @MadaMasr  
Italian investigators queried why a gang who allegedly killed Regeni would hold onto his ID months after his death.
Joel Gulhane @jgulhane  
Giulio Regeni’s parents say they find #Egypt police gang story hard to believe.

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