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Current issue | Issue 1291, (14 - 20 April 2016)
Saturday,21 July, 2018
Issue 1291, (14 - 20 April 2016)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

Shine blue on Autism Day

In support of autistic people, Luxor was lit in blue last Sunday for “World Autism Awareness Day”.

The Luxor Temple, the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Luxor governorate building and many big hotels were lit in blue, in addition to other places in Egypt like the Cairo Tower, the Suez Canal Authority building, the Al-Qasr Al-Aini building, the 57357 Cancer Hospital and some commercial buildings.

A number of monuments around the world like the Eiffel Tower in France, the Empire State Building in New York and the Burj Al-Arab Hotel in Dubai were also lit blue on that day.

The Press Syndicate: 75 years of struggle for freedom 

The Egyptian Press Syndicate marked its diamond jubilee on Sunday by remembering martyrs of the pen and the camera. Always a champion of freedom of expression, as its head Yehia Qallash said in the opening speech, the syndicate called for the release of detained journalists. The ceremony featured a documentary about the syndicate’s history since it was opened.

Celebrations are likely to last till the end of April. Tuesday’s event was dedicated to the struggle of female journalists and today’s will be to the memory of the late journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, who died in February. Next week a conference will be held to discuss the future of national, party and private journalism, social media, new legislation and journalists’ salaries.

The famous stairs of the venue of the syndicate in downtown Cairo have seen various protests and sit-ins whether relating to those issues or to freedom of expression in general. The first press syndicate in the Middle East, the syndicate opened in 1941, though there had been attempts to establish it – notably at the Al-Ahram headquarters – as early as 1891.

“Egypt will not find a way out of the present crisis except through our quest for the truth, our search for information and our demand for taking part in public affairs by freely choosing officials and holding them accountable. Looking for the truth means documenting injustices, naming victims be they Egyptians or foreigners and identifying culprits without any discrimination between top officials or lower ranking ones. Today we may not have the ability to question the culprits in a legal and decisive way, but one day we will.”
Amr Hamzawi, Al-Shorouk

The snowball effect

“The body of Regeni could have been a small snowball, had it not been dealt with negligence. As a result, and because of repeated mistakes regarding that matter, it became a bigger and more dangerous snowball. The government felt the gravity of the situation after the European Parliament statement and repeated attacks from European and Italian newspapers. The delegation that it sent to Italy to resolve the matter was supposed to impress the Italians by the serious investigations done. However, it shocked them with a 2,000-page document not translated into Italian! As a result, Rome summoned its ambassador in Cairo for consultation. After all these annoying developments, the only response that Egypt’s Foreign Ministry had is a statement saying that it has not been informed of the withdrawal of the ambassador. ”
Mohamed Al-Dessouki Rushdi, Al-Watan

Rats do not eat iron

“I hail those institutions, especially the banks, that are redecorating the Nile Corniche and the old bridges. I hope they do the same in the various governorates so that the old bridges will not meet the same fate as the Abul-Ela Bridge which was to be an open artists’ workshop until it was claimed that the rats eroded it, although rats do not munch on iron.”
Farouk Guweida, Al-Ahram

A historic visit

“I do not tend to use exaggerated adjectives like ‘historic’, ‘unprecedented’, or ‘strategic’. However I do not hesitate to describe the results of King Salman’s visit to Cairo as historic in their effect on the bilateral relations. The visit has comprehensive strategic dimensions that one cannot deny. The visit was well prepared. Thus, it led to the signing of 17 agreements and memoranda of understanding.”
Osama Al-Ghazali Harb, Al-Ahram

“Agreeing on the major strategic aims is the basis for any alliance between countries. At this stage, Cairo and Riyadh agree on fighting extremism and terrorism, reestablishing balance between the Arab states and their regional neighbours, namely Iran and Turkey, and protecting the Arab states from fragmentation and failure.”
Gamal Abdel-Gawad, Al-Watan

“The King Salman Bridge is an important and practical step in Arab cooperation as it helps to achieve Arab dreams and aspirations. It is a beginning for building mutual development and mutual interests in a world that is heading for joint projects providing opportunities for development for all countries. We stand before a major project that takes us forward towards Arab integration, bilateral cooperation and mutual Arab interests.”
Ibn Al-Dawla, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

Egyptian Essence: More than 11,000 state lands reclaimed

“The Committee for Reclaiming State Lands and Property headed by Ibrahim Mehleb declared that it regained more than 11,389 feddans of state land in the areas of Wadi Al-Natroun, Qena and Suez.”
Al-Youm Al-Sabei


“The Egyptian Ministry of Health is now closing down Al-Nadeem Centre for Rehabilitating Victims of Torture. What better way to underscore the widely shared belief that torture is being deployed as state policy in Egypt than closing down the most important centre working for thirteen years in documenting cases of torture and rehabilitating victims of torture..”
Khaled Fahmy


Zack Gold @ZLGold  
In addition to bridge project, #Egypt & #Saudi sign agreements to fund water, agriculture, power projects in #Sinai.

Nervana Mahmoud @Nervana_1  
#ISIS’s Wilayet Sinai could be the biggest beneficiary of #Egypt-Saudi proposed bridge. No security would be good enough to prevent them!

Gregg Carlstrom @glcarlstrom  
Egypt cites constitution, rule of law (!) in refusing to turn over phone records about Giulio Regeni’s murder.

Kenneth Roth @KenRoth  
As Egypt cover story for Giulio Regeni murder crumbles, security forces look more implicated.

The Big Pharaoh @TheBigPharaoh  
Egypt dossier to Italy could be an indication that a high profile security apparatus murdered Regeni and the state is trying to cover it.

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