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Current issue | Issue 1315, (13 -19 October 2016)
Tuesday,25 September, 2018
Issue 1315, (13 -19 October 2016)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

The Cairo Opera House celebrated the anniversary of 6 October 1973 War with some of the most famous patriotic songs performed by the National Troupe for Arabic Music. The Opera House Children’s Choir amazed the viewers with their skill. In another celebration the Symphony Orchestra  commemorated its 28th anniversary with the Italian saxophone player Federico Mondelci.

Ismail Ragheb: First speaker

Ismail Ragheb Pasha presided over the first ever Egyptian parliament established under Khedive Ismail on 25 November 1866, 150 years ago.

Ragheb was born in Greece in 1819. He was kidnapped and taken to Anatolia as a slave, whence he moved to Egypt and joined the army under Ibrahim Pasha, the son of Egyptian ruler Mohamed Ali Pasha, in 1830. He converted to Islam and studied at Al-Maktab Al-Amiri, obtaining his high degree in 1834. He became an Amiralie or brigadier general, in 1846.

He held the positions of minister of finance (1858–1860) and minister of war (1860–1861) before he was selected to be the speaker of the first parliament in Egypt known as the MPs Shura Council. He presided over that parliament, which had 75 members elected from the landowning class, until January 1867. He was then appointed as minister of interior in 1867, then minister of agriculture and trade in 1875. He held the finance portfolio again in Mohamed Sharif Pasha’s first government in 1879, and became prime minister from June 1882 until August of the same year.

He died in 1884.

“I salute Isaad Younis for her initiative to encourage Egyptian-made goods and Amr Adeeb’s unconventional initiative, ‘The people gave an order’. The two initiatives highlight the developmental role that the media can play. They show viewers that media feels for them and helps them face their daily suffering. After a deluge of cooking and scandal-mongering programmes, there is a glimmer of hope that the media can present programmes and initiatives with a genuine sense of social responsibility, capable of encouraging local industries.”
Adel Al-Sanhouri, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

Will Santos be luckier?

“It was noticeable that the number of candidates for the Nobel Prize this year reached 376 and there were various problems and conflicts. Although Santos’s win was widely welcomed, winners in previous years caused much controversy – as in Obama’s case in 2009. He won the prize months after he came to office because he said he intended to make an effort to boost international diplomacy and inter-state cooperation. At the end of his second term, he will leave a world that is suffering from failed diplomacy and a regression in inter-state cooperation. We hope that Santos will prove luckier than Obama.”
Inas Nour, Al-Ahram

Back to normal

“What is amazing about the Egyptian character is that it surprises political sociologists as well as world intelligence agencies by its ability to forge miracles in the form of unexpected uprisings. What is even more amazing is that these miracles are seasonal and do not last for long, after which things return to normal. We staged the October War and two revolutions, then everything returned to normal. This phenomenon needs explanation.”
Emadeddin Adib, Al-Watan

Question marks

“The latest warning against visiting Egypt issued by the US embassy raises the question of why it should come during one of Egypt’s most secure phases and whether it is connected to the promising indications that the economy has recently seen. More importantly, why was that warning issued at the time when the joint conference of the Egyptian parliament and Arab parliament is held in Sharm El-Sheikh?”
“These warnings aim to cause a state of panic among foreigners in Egypt and incite them to leave or at least to keep their passports ready to leave should any unexpected developments take place.  It is also a message to Arab investors that Egypt is still unstable and that it is better for them to wait and see before starting to invest there. The question is, when will soft power be used to face that kind of conspiracy and when will top officials, thinkers and media figures believe Al-Sisi’s warning that the conspiracy hatched against Egypt is serious?”
Mustafa Bakri, Al-Watan


“$100 billion in American arms to Saudi Arabia, refuelling Saudi bombers in the air and massive logistical support. The deadly carnage in Yemen wouldn’t have been possible without overwhelming American military, political and diplomatic backing, apparently as a gesture to mollify the Saudis’ ‘seething’ over Iran’s nuclear deal. The oldest nation in the Arabian Peninsula is being destroyed as a ‘sweetener’! And that’s just the politics. Petrodollars pouring into the coffers of the military-industrial complex is the icing on the cake. Or is it the other way around?”
Hani Shukrallah

“Apparently 100 billion will buy anybody lots of support. I am sure lots of US generals will be saying let them kill each other as far as they keep buying from us and I can’t blame them.”
Alaa Hassan


Go Egypt Go @goegygo
Egyptian Parliament celebrates 150-year history in Sharm El-Sheikh.

CFA Egypt @EgyptCfa  
Bankers rule out floating #Egyptian #pound before making official request to borrow from #IMF. #Egypt #Economy

Ahmed M. @ahmedm_
#Egypt #economy and IMF loan is still a bit to be a sealed deal...securing additional required funding is key.

Eman Rahim @Eman_ARahim  
Current economic condition not very encouraging for Egypt to float its currency. Lead to counter effect on #Egypt economy when floating.

Egyptian Essence: 150 years of parliamentary life

“Representatives from 48 Arab, African and European countries including 19 parliamentary speakers and 15 representatives of international organisations joined Egypt this week in its celebration of 150 years of parliamentary life. The celebration was held in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.”

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