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Current issue | Issue 1298, (2 - 8 June 2016)
Tuesday,21 August, 2018
Issue 1298, (2 - 8 June 2016)

Ahram Weekly


Al-Ahram Weekly

Faten Hamama: Still among us   

This week saw two events that show how the late Lady of the Arab Screen is still alive among us: a Google doodle celebrating her 85th birthday on the 27 of May; and the four-day Faten Hamama Film Festival at the Cairo Opera House. The doodle showed Hamama as Laila in the 1964 feminist film The Open Door, while the festival – first held in January 2015, prior to her passing – opened with two of her short movies, and honoured folk dancer Farida Fahmi and all-round performer Sherihan.

Revered as an icon across the Arab world, Hamama substantially helped to improve the industry in Egypt and emphasised the importance of women in cinema and society alike. Born in 1931, Hamama made her debut in 1939 alongside the great composer-actor Mohamed Abdel-Wahab. But her career began while she was a 16-year-old student at the Higher Institute of Acting in Cairo. Over the next eight years, she made over 20 films and became the highest paid female actress in Egypt. She starred in some 100 films, some of which made a direct impact on society with Uridu Hallan (I want a solution, 1975) paving the way to pro-women amendments in the personal status law.

In 2007, eight of the films Hamama starred in were included in the top 100 films in the history of Egyptian cinema by the cinema committee of the Supreme Council of Culture in Cairo.




“I noted the drastic change that happened to the Egyptian personality after the 25 January 2011 Revolution. The genes of the people were replaced to make them sanguine. That change took place when the people agreed to burn each other in the name of changing the regime. Ever since then, the personality of the people has undergone a 180 degree change that is reflected in the crime in Minya, the bloody conflict between two tribes in Aswan and many other incidents.”

Abdel-Fattah Abdel-Monem, Al-Youm Al-Sabei


The truth

WalidTaher, Al-Shorouk


The middle ages

“What happened in Al-Karam village in Minya is like what used to happen in the middle ages when whole tribes were punished for one person’s possible mistake. Before checking whether the allegation of a relationship between a Christian man and a Muslim woman was true, every Christian in the village was attacked. As if Egypt has not been a state governed by a constitution and laws ever since the rule of Mohamed Ali in 1805. The other shocking fact is that neither the police nor the officials moved to stop the attacks against the Christian houses, preferring instead to repeat the rhetoric about national unity between Muslim and Christians. The incident is a clear indication of the extent of moral deterioration in our society in the last few years."

Amr Al-Shobaki, Al-Masry Al-Youm


“There is a consensus on criminalising what happened to the Minya woman. But condemnation with the strongest of terms is not enough. The governor must be sacked because of the way he reacted. First he denied the incident, claiming that it was a fire at one of the houses, then he described what was happening as a simple matter!”

Ahmed Abdel-Tawab, Al-Ahram


Stop exploitation

“The government decision to make reference lists for the prices of medicine after it agreed to a 20 per cent increase to the prices of medicines that cost less than LE20 is intended to protect the consumer from exploitation. The decision was misinterpreted and some companies have raised their prices in an exaggerated manner. Thus, it was important for the government to add a paragraph explaining that the raise should not exceed LE6 pounds per box regardless of the number of strips it contains.”



Fabricated news

“We are used to the fact that some Western newspapers, especially The Guardian routinely publish false or fabricated news, features or opinion pieces about Egypt. There is no explanation for this approach, which surpassed any imaginable limit after the 30 June Revolution except that it coincides with the interests of those who conspire against Egypt...”

Galal Dweidar, Al-Akhbar


“No need to exert an effort in explaining that The Guardian stopped dealing with a freelance writer who used to write opinion articles about Egypt before the revolution because he wrote fabricated articles in the US. He is not the newpaper's correspondent in Egypt as the media and the foreign ministry insisted. They know that fact quite well, but they are trying to market it as a conspiracy against Egypt and to cast doubt on the foreign reports written about Egypt, which are gradually dwindling because of the restrictions imposed on foreign correspondents. Perhaps the last scandal was stopping a UN correspondent from entering Al-Ittihadiya during Kerry's eemting with Al-Sisi or deporting a French correspondent without giving any reasons.”

Ahmed Khair Eldeen


“The State Council fined the government LE200 because it did not disclose the border demarcation agreement. But those who demonstrated against the agreement were fined LE100,000 each. Long live justice.

Bottom of Form

Nour Farahat



Bel Trew @Beltrew  

Sectarian attack in Minya: Mob strip elderly Christian lady, drag her through streets, set fire to 7 homes #Egypt.


Dee_Kholaif @Dee_Kholaif  

Some1 rightfully lamented priests, not rights advocates, were 1st to meet #Minya abused lady. Maybe coz they're all jailed. #MinaThabet. #Egypt.


Ribo Gibbs @Agnosticgibbs  

The crime committed in Minya yesterday against a Christian old lady can give you an idea of the big challenge every secular face in #Egypt.


Jon Williams @WilliamsJon  

#Egypt officials investigating crash of #EgyptAir #MS804 confirm received pings from blackbox locator.


Egyptian Essence

4,000,000 tonnes of wheat

“Some 4,369, 593 tonnes of wheat were handed in to the branches of the Development and Agricultural Credit Bank and the millers affiliated to the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade in different governorates.”



Africa Day

Egypt and various African states commemorated Africa Day last week with a party at Manial Palace that included folklore shows and music from different African states. Egypt was presented by the National Troupe for Popular Art. The party also included fashion shows from 12 African states in addition to the participation of the wives of African ambassadors with the most delicious African food.

Africa Day commemorates the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which later became the African Union (AU), in 1963.

On the national front, the Foreign Ministry coordinated an extensive programme of 15 events held throughout May in the framework of Egypt's celebration of Africa Day and in cooperation with the Egyptian Parliament and the Ministries of Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sports and Higher Education as well as the State Information Service, African embassies, the mission of the African Union and a number of other organisations.

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