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Friday,21 September, 2018
Issue 1295, (12 - 18 May 2016)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

In recognition of the work of Nagi Shaker, a pioneer in puppet shows, Al-Gezira Centre for Arts staged a puppet show of the famous operetta Al-Leila Al-Kebira last weekend. At the end of the show some of the viewers were photographed with Shaker.

Sadiq Khan: Defying the odds

The Labour Party politician Sadiq Khan, a British Muslim of Pakistani origin and a human rights solicitor, was elected mayor of London this week. He had insisted he was running to become mayor of all Londoners and tackle inequality in the capital. Now is his chance to prove it.

Khan, the son of a bus driver and a seamstress, was one of eight children born to a Pakistani immigrant family in a south London housing estate. It was at school that he took up politics, joining the Labour Party at the age of 15. He studied law at the University of North London and put his degree to good use straight away, becoming a trainee solicitor in 1994 at Christian Louise Christian. During this time Khan worked on a number of high-profile cases defending teachers and lawyers who had experienced racial discrimination.

In 2005, Khan fought for and retained the marginal seat of Tooting for Labour, one of five new ethnic minority MPs elected that year.

He was raised a Muslim and has never shied away from acknowledging the importance of his faith. In his maiden speech as an MP he spoke about his father teaching him the traditions, or hadiths of the Prophet Mohamed, in particular the principle that “if one sees something wrong, one has a duty to try to change it.”

His resolve has placed him in a position to do just that, but will he manage to?

“Egypt is on threshold of self-sufficiency in producing wheat now that the Farafra project was launched last week, with plans to increase the area of cultivating it next year in addition to resolving the chronic bureaucratic problems facing wheat farmers. Thus, the start of the Farafra project should have been an occasion to celebrate across the country, but unfortunately the press crisis spoiled that occasion.”
Adel Al-Sanhouri, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

Fact, not fiction

“I followed the election of the London mayor as if I was watching science fiction. I asked myself whether one day we will see a Shia Saudi become Emir of Taif, for instance. Then I lowered the ceiling of my dreams and wondered whether one day we will see a Coptic governor in Qena. But the protest that erupted in Qena as soon as post premier Essam Sharaf declared a Coptic governor there came to mind. As a result, Sharaf had to sack him shortly after. And yet, all this notwithstanding, I hear those who are bold enough to say that we live in a civil state!”
Khaled Montasser, Al-Watan

Press: The crisis and way out

“I noted few mistakes in dealing with that crisis; first, the syndicate agreed to offer shelter to two journalists summoned by the General Prosecution. Secondly, the Interior Ministry’s quick show of power by breaking into the press syndicate. It should have put the issue before the public and given the syndicate two options, either to hand the two journalists to the prosecution or to refuse and give enough justification for the Interior Ministry to break into the syndicate. Thirdly, the decisions taken in last Wednesday’s meeting at the syndicate. The way out is that both parties should acknowledge their mistakes, the syndicate should freeze the decisions it issued and ask the president to interfere to resolve the crisis.”
Salah Montasser, Al-Ahram

“I wonder whether the Interior Ministry consulted any state institution before taking that dangerous decision. I think, and I hope I am wrong, that breaking into the press syndicate will mark the beginning of a new phase reminiscent of Mohamed Morsi and the MB’s decision to issue a constitutional declaration on 22 November 2012. I hope there will be a quick move on the part of the government to contain the situation, quickly apologise for what happened and punish whoever is responsible.”
Emadeddin Hussein, Al-Shorouk

Egyptian Essence: 193,625 cases of corruption

“The chief of the Administrative Prosecution Sameh Kamal said that there were more than 193,000 cases of corruption before the prosecution in 2015. 133,398 were concluded while 60,227 are still open.”


“I call on President Al-Sisi to personally interfere to contain the crisis by holding a meeting attended by the council of the Press Syndicate, the chief editors of national newspapers, the ministers of interior and finance and the prosecutor general in order to listen to the problems facing journalists, reach a solution to them and take measures to prevent similar crises in the future.”
Nour Farahat

“Everyday, we hear news about friends detailed, jailed, tortured, disappeared or framed and news about families in pain searching for their children who are either in prison or dead in detention. This is all the work of the Interior Ministry in collaboration with the prosecution and judiciary. Thus, it is difficult to sympathise when the Giza security headquarters is burnt or an officer dies in Helwan.”
Ghada Shahbandar


Amr No 2 CC @Cairo67Unedited  
#ISIS Cairo branch declares responsibility for yesterday’s deadly attack that killed 8 policemen in Helwan.

Hasan Sari @HasanSari7
All those living in Cairo or covering news from there know 1000s of MB members live in Helwan. MB wants world 2 believe Daesh reached Cairo.

Fadi Al-Qadi @fqadi  
#Egypt newspapers enforce Press Syndicate assembly resolution: Pictures of Minister of Interior printed negative all over.

Sarah El Deeb @seldeeb  
#Egypt lawyer #MalekAdly (preparing 2 challenge gvt decision 2handover islands 2 #Saudi jailed for 15 days 4 “attempting 2 overthrow regime”.

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