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Current issue | Issue 1301, (23 - 29 June 2016)
Saturday,21 October, 2017
Issue 1301, (23 - 29 June 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Digest

Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

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Al-Ahram Weekly

Whirling dervish

A member of “Mawlay Ensemble” band and whirling dervish performs a traditional Mawlawi Sufi dance during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at Al-Raba Cultural Centre in Old Cairo. (photo: Reuters)


The UK’s EU referendum: To stay or not to stay?

Today, British citizens are to say yes or no to the question, Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave? Today’s referendum was held as a result of growing calls from the ruling Conservative MPs and the UK Independence Party (UKIP), who argued that Britain had not had a say since 1975, when it voted to stay in the EU in another referendum. Prime Minister David Cameron said, “It is time for the British people to have their say. It is time to settle this European question in British politics.”

In January 2013, Cameron promised that, should his party win a parliamentary majority in the 2015 general election, the UK government would negotiate more favourable arrangements for continuing British membership of the EU, before holding a referendum as to whether the UK should stay or leave, the latter choice referred to as Brexit along the lines of Grexit for Greece. But Brexit would probably lead to economic decline with losses of up to £550,000 by 2020. Brexit proponents feel it would reverse immigration, save the taxpayer billions and free Britain of a huge economic burden.


“The variety of series, programmes and channels prepared for Ramadan point to an undeniable fact: the one voice, one opinion or one taste is no longer possible. We grew up in an age of paternalistic media. We used to have two TV channels and three state-owned newspapers. The minister of information used to play the role of the conductor who leads an orchestra designed not only to entertain people but to shape their behaviour, morals and taste. Now the state has lost that monopoly and shaping people’s taste and thinking is left to various channels competing to attract more viewers and ads. There is no sole conductor whether we keep the post of Ministry of Information or annul it.”
Gamal Abdel-Gawad, Al-Watan


Violence in Europe

“The violence that overwhelmed the Euro 2016 is no surprise. The games and battles taking place in the Euro games revealed the state of tension in the world today. There are wars everywhere, Syrian refugees, planes that fall in the seas, Trump who hates the other, the threat of ISIS, famines in different places in the world, all of which generates tensions and gives rise to the kind of character willing to express itself through violence. I am not with violence in sports, but I am saying that it is natural and reflects what is going on in the world around us.”
Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Sherif, Al-Youm Al-Sabei


Teach me how to fish

“Can anyone know the amount of money collected by charity organisations or spent on feeding the needy during Ramadan? Answering this question appears impossible even to specialised researchers or experienced accountants. If we add the money spent on Ramadan banquets, we will see how far we are from the Chinese adage, ‘Teach me how to fish instead of giving me a fish.’ Those who collect huge amounts of money do not consider earmarking part of the money collected to establishing small projects for tens or even hundreds of young people within the families that receive Iftar meals.”
Wahid Abdel-Meguid, Al-Ahram


A catastrophe

“This should sound an alarm to all three arms of the Egyptian state as well as political parties and civil society institutions. Organised cheating in Thanaweya Amma exams is the apex of a catastrophe in the making, but we chose to voluntarily or involuntarily ignore it. It is a catastrophe that is hitting the most valuable thing we have: the human being. It is a catastrophe that is mushrooming like cancer, the climax of the failure of the educational system and the only expected outcome in the absence of educational reform.”
Osama Al-Ghazali Harb, Al-Ahram
 
“Various suggestions have recently come to light in the wake of the controversy raised by the phenomenon of cheating in the Thanaweya Amma — or secondary-school certificate exams. In a newspaper interview the Minister of Higher Education suggested starting an admissions system that does not completely rely on the results of Thanaweya Amma but on the mental abilities of the candidate. He added that it is high time for Egypt to be divided into five educational regions that have different exams rather than one exam for the whole country. That would reduce the cheating phenomenon to a great extent. I believe that his suggestion is worth discussing by the ministries of education and higher education and the government. It should also be presented for a wider social debate.”
Mohamed Barakat, Al-Akhbar


Egyptian Essence: 32 cargo boats in one day

“32 vessels carrying some two million tonnes of cargo crossed the Suez Canal on Sunday. The Panama vessel MSC travelling from Morocco to Singapore and carrying 182,000 tonnes was one of the 14 vessels that came from the north. Another 18 vessels came from the south, including the Hong Kong ship Cosco England carrying 160,000 tonnes.”
Al-Shorouk


Facebook

“Ramadan, under the opportunistic capitalism, changed to a month of TV series and deluge of ads that aim to increase the profit of advertisers. The amazing thing is that people have been complaining non stop of the high prices and poor quality of most of these advertisers’ products, especially the mobile phone companies. What if those companies stopped advertising and used the money to reduce their prices and improve their services? That may have a positive impact on their profits, people’s satisfaction and peace in society. It will be a win-win situation for all parties.”
Nader Fergani
 
“Communication companies do not need to advertise at all. They can use the money to improve their services and reduce their rates. They can also use it to start projects for the needy. And that would definitely bring about better results impact than the ads. But it is the narrow-minded thinking and inhumanity of savage capitalism.”
Salah Assaf


Twitter

Nehal @nelsherif  
So, Morsi gets a life sentence and the journalists get a death sentence?! #espionage #Qatar #trial #Egypt

Anne Bayefsky @AnneBayefsky  
Former Egypt Prez, pro-terror Islamist & #Obama partner, Morsi, gets 1 more life sentence.

Nervana Mahmoud @Nervana_1  
Not death sentence and it can be appealed. #Egypt clearly does not want to create another Qutb’s style martyr. #Morsi


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