Thursday,19 October, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1314, (6 - 12 October 2016)
Thursday,19 October, 2017
Issue 1314, (6 - 12 October 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Digest

Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

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Al-Ahram Weekly

Egyptian artist Adel Nassif was awarded by the head of UNESCO Irena Bekova at the end of the Icon Fair held in Greece under the auspices of UNESCO and the Greek Church. Nassif particiapted in the fair with his painting “The Escape” (top left) that presented the flight of the Holy Family in Egypt.


Nemat Ahmed Fouad: Daughter of the Nile

Egypt lost a veteran writer and pioneer of the women’s movement this week: Nemat Ahmed Fouad.

Fouad was one of the first women to break the taboo on girls’ education and continue through the secondary stage like a boy of her times.

She went on to attend Cairo University’s Faculty of Arts, earning an MA on the poet Ibrahim Abdel-Qader Al-Mazni and a PhD on the river Nile in Arabic literature. Fouad was well known for her love of the Nile; hence her epithet.

She wrote over 50 books on literature, Islam and philosophy. Among her best known are “The personality of Egypt”, “In my beautiful country” and “Cairo in my life”. She also wrote books about Um Kolthoum and Ahmed Rami, but “To my daughter” was arguably her most influential title, for which she won the 1964 UNESCO award for books on motherhood.

Fouad died on Saturday, but her rich legacy lives on.


“The October War is a military miracle and a lesson still taught in the world’s most prestigious military academies. We can not take stock of all the heroes who took part... but we hail those brave sons of the Egyptian army and we remember all our martyrs, from the Battle of Hattin to that of October.”
Tarek Al-Kholi, Al-Youm Al-Sabei


Will others follow suit?

“This week’s lawyers’ protest against the value added tax is large in terms of the present but small by January Revolution standards. Still, it marks a crucial point in the regime’s relations with some sectors of Egyptian society who have started to complain of rising prices and translate their complaints into protests on the ground. The question is: Will these protests move to other sectors that belong to the middle class other than the lawyers?”
Mahmoud Khalil, Al-Watan


Are we ready?

“President Sadat won the Sinai Liberation War, and achieved the crossing of the Suez Canal, because he prepared for it. Now that we are in another liberation war to make the crossing from poverty and underdevelopment to plenty, it is well to ask whether we are ready for the battle of floating the pound, which has become necessary. Did we prepare at least a six-month supply of staple goods in anticipation of blow that might come from the outside or from within?”
Abbas Al-Tarabili, Al-Masry Al-Youm


Humiliating Egyptian women

“What MP Elhami Ageena recently said about undergoing a virginity test as a condition for enrolling students in university is doubtless a humiliation to Egyptian women and to the reputation of parliament. Parliament should take an immediate decision regarding Ageena as the constitution gave it the right to drop his membership, otherwise such poor performance might spread among other MPs!”
Ahmed Abdel-Tawab, Al-Ahram
 
“Ageena would never have become an MP had Egyptian political scientists and economists stayed in Egypt... While most enlightened minds emigrate, we are left with the superficial.”
Wael Al-Semari, Al-Youm Al-Sabei


Egyptian Essence: LE1,000,000 for no smoking

“Minister Ghada Wali declared a one-million-pound prize for a Ramadan series that does not show any smoking or addiction. The surprise, or should I say “shock” is that the smoking scenes in Ramadan serials reached 46 hours in addition to another 27 hours of drug taking.”
Salah Montasser, Al-Ahram


Facebook

“Obama’s conflict with the Congress has reached a climax in the last 48 hours...The US Constitution gives the president the right to reject Congress resolutions, but gives Congress the right to ignore that rejection as long as it has a majority of votes. That means Obama will leave the White House defeated, and a foggy future awaits the US’s allies.”
Tarek Heggy

“The US is about to go bankrupt and its only exit is in blackmailing the Arab countries or Saudi. It is an act: Obama vetoes and Congress goes ahead with the resolution. I am just reminding you of Fatah and the Palestinian money that was frozen for years as a result of a suit filed by US Jews who claimed to be injured in an operation carried by Fatah in Tel Aviv. Then after more than five years, the case was closed in the interest of the Palestinians.”
Dahlia Shimi


Twitter

@Homberswavvee  
For two towers victims there›s two countries are wiped of the map: Afghanistan and Iraq. Before that Japan, Vietnam millions of victims. #gasta

Abdullah Alharthy @A_HARTHY  
#gasta. US forgot their bloody history!!

@WabranAli  
#sorry but #gasta: Attempt to manufacture other Holocaust !!

AFP news agency @AFP  
Israeli ex-president Shimon Peres’s death has met with official silence in most Arab countries.

Haaretz.com @haaretzcom  
Abbas: #Shimon Peres’ death is a heavy loss to humanity and to peace in the region.

ABC News @ABC  
Sec. Kerry on death of Shimon Peres: “May his life and legacy continue to inspire everyone who strives for justice and pursues peace.” 

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