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Current issue | Issue 1299, (9 - 15 June 2016)
Tuesday,18 September, 2018
Issue 1299, (9 - 15 June 2016)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

The Opera House has a busy programme in the holy month of Ramadan that includes Arab and Islamic nights in its three branches in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhour. Troupes from Palestine, Indonesia, Sudan, Bangladesh and China will take part, presenting heritage shows, in addition to concerts starring famous singer Ali Al-Haggar, musician Nesma Abdel Aziz, guitarist Yehia Khalil and religious singers Ali Al-Halabawi and Mohamed Mohsen.

Muhammad Ali Clay: The Greatest

The death of former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali triggered worldwide expressions of affection and admiration for one of the best-known athletes of the 20th century. "He'll be remembered as a man of the world who spoke his mind and wasn't afraid to take a chance and went out of his way to be a kind, benevolent individual that really changed the world," the family spokesman, Bob Gunnell, said at a news conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in 1942, Ali shot to fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Nicknamed "The Greatest", the American beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to win his first world title and became the first boxer to capture a world heavyweight title on three separate occasions. In 1974, Ali had re-won the world title against a new world champion: the hard-hitting heavyweight George Foreman. In 1978, he defeated Spinks in a rematch to claim the heavyweight crown for an unprecedented third time.

After a brief hiatus during which he announced his retirement, Ali made an ill-advised comeback against Larry Holmes. He ended up being pulled out of the fight by his trainer after the tenth round. He retired permanently at age 40 in 1971 with a ring record of 56 wins and five losses.

Ali was not only a fearsome fighter, he also spoke out against racism, war and religious intolerance, projecting an unshakeable confidence that became a model for African-Americans at the height of the Civil Rights era.

Usama Shami, president of the Islamic Community Centre of Phoenix, said, “He was a voice for Muslims that was more accepted by many Americans than the voices of other Muslims. We have lost someone who is a champion of Islam, who is respected and who spoke against violence.”

In the last few years of his life, Ali was helping to promote the idea of Islam, explaining that ISIS does not represent Islam. He had long suffered from Parkinson's disease which impaired his movement and speech and made him a prisoner in his own body. Ali was admitted to hospital with a respiratory ailment early last week. He died last Friday of septic shock at the age of 74.

“In a state ruled by law, citizens have equal rights and duties regardless of their religion. But in incomplete states, the Muslim majority burns the houses of the Christian minority. The 'uncivilised' citizens in the village of Al-Karam, Abu Kurkas stripped Soad, an elderly Coptic lady knowing that matter would end by forcing the poor lady's family to accept an out-of-court settlement.”
Mohamed Saad Abdel Hafeez, AlShorouk           

In brief

“The interview with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, two years after he came to power, was sincere and transparent. It touched the heart and gave confidence to those who count on him. He proved that major achievements do not require too many years and that Egypt wasted centuries on unfounded excuses now that whatever was said in the past about administrative, financial or political obstacles has proved to be a lie. In brief, we are in need of the professional and honest boss who is after nothing except the development of his country.”
Dandarawi Al-Hawari, Al-Youm Al-Sabei
“President Al-Sisi... emphasised that religion is a matter between the person and God and that the basis for judging people is their work. He also underlined that the major projects starting now – nuclear electricity, for example – will yield results after years, that is, the coming generations will benefit from them. He was also clear in explaining the drastic change in Egypt’s foreign policy: the past dependence on the US because it has 99 percent of the game cards is no longer valid. Egypt’s foreign relations are variable and based on its interests.”
Emad Gad, Al-Watan

“I’d hoped that the interview with the president would tackle the issue of overpopulation, poverty and unemployment... Generally speaking the interview answered various important questions. But what it did not discuss requires similar interviews every now and then.”

Moataz Bellah Abdel Fattah, Al-Watan

Dialogue is the key

“No one knows how the situation deteriorated in that manner with the parties failing to reach a solution for a whole month. Now the situation has turned into a conflict between the Press Syndicate, the Minister of Interior and the Public Prosecution. Each party is using the trump cards it has to prove that it is right. That kind of conflict cannot be resolved in court, but via dialogue.”
Salah Eissa, Al-Masry Al-Youm

Another Ramadan, no dramatic changes

“Nothing changes in the world of Ramadan TV except the standard that keeps falling year after year. In spite of the economic difficulties facing the drama industry, the production companies continue giving in to the greed of those who call themselves stars although they do not deliver the value that would justify their pay. Every Ramadan reveals how our soft power is deteriorating and how much weaker we are getting in the field. I do not expect that this Ramadan will be any different.”
Wahid Abdel Meguid, Al-Ahram


“The spokesman of the Ministry of Education acknowledged the leak of the religion exam. But he declined to describe what happened in the Arabic exam as a leak: ‘We are not all angels and we reject the commotion.’”
Wael Gamal
“The present education and exam system must lead to that result. The stakes are too high. The solution is possibly in restructuring the whole system and giving less importance to the Thanaweya Amma certificate.”
Ahmed Mamdouh

“Various teachers had the grammar and poetry sections of the exam at 6am on the day of the exam. These sections are supposed to be written especially for the exam. So the issue is more than a leak through the Internet.”
Magdy Samy


Egypt MFA Spokesman @MfaEgypt
No one can abolish/question #Egypt's #African identity. We share history of struggle vs. colonialism & for liberation. Proud to be African.

Yvonne Khamati @YvonneKhamati
 I will repeat one last time. It is not acceptable to be called dogs and slaves. Not by Egypt Deputy Foreign Minister representing AMCEN boss.

Oren Kessler @OrenKessler
Sisi announces Sinai development projects worth 150b Egyptian pounds incl. 77,000 residential units, 350 greenhouses.

Nervana Mahmoud @Nervana_1
Good and essential for long term counter-terrorism in #Sinai.

Zakaria @_ZVCK  
"Don't tell us how much u love Mohamed Ali & yet be prejudice against Muslims in this country."

Prof Edward Scicluna @edward_scicluna  
Mohamed Ali: Thankfully humanity occasionally presents us with a great person who changes the world for the better.

Egyptian Essence: Inspecting 72,597 food outlets

“A state of emergency was declared in the Ministry of Health and Population ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. The ministry's food inspection department made random inspection visits to 72,597 restaurants, food shops and outlets that are serving meals in Ramadan. It has seized some 1,366 tonnes of food and 51,235 litres of juice not suitable for human consumption since January."

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