Tuesday,21 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1327, (12 - 18 January 2017)
Tuesday,21 May, 2019
Issue 1327, (12 - 18 January 2017)

Ahram Weekly


Ines Abdel-Dayem, the director of the Opera House, was honoured for her contributions at a conference in the Faculty of Pharmacology, Ain Shams University, this week. The conference, which aims to boost national unity, was organised by the university and Bait Al-Aila. The Minister of Migration Nabila Makram, the former minister of scientific research Nadia Zakhari, artists Magdi Kamal and Tarek Al-Dessouki, singers Anoushka and Eman Al-Bahr Darwish as well as football player Gamal Abdel-Hamid were honoured at the conference.


“Although President Al-Sisi’s visit to the Cathedral to wish the Copts a happy Christmas is not the first, it has special significance because it occurs less one month after the terrorist attack on the St Peter Church that left 30 martyred. The repeated visits of Al-Sisi to the Cathedral on Christmas eve not only represents a sublime presidential custom but also demonstrates how the concept of ‘citizenship’ precedes any religious or sectarian beliefs.”
Osama Al-Ghazali Harb, Al-Masry Al-Youm


In a questionnaire conducted by Al-Youm Al-Sabei this week, 83 per cent ruled out the possibility that the new exam system for the Thanaweya Amma, the secondary school certificate, will prevent cheating in the final exams; only 17 per cent thought it would effectively stop cheating.


Do we need the biggest worship house?

“I want to thank President Al-Sisi for stating during his visit to the Cathedral that the biggest mosque and church will be built in the new administrative capital. But I expected him to declare that the biggest research centre or scientific lab will be built there as well. The world will not respect us for number of minarets reaching high into the sky or the number of crosses hanging on church domes. The world will respect us for the number of patents and research papers that we undertake. Egyptians can pray anywhere, but they cannot undertake scientific research anywhere.”
Khaled Montasser, Al-Watan


Simple objective language is the key

“Unfortunately, I can see no change in our water consumption. In spite of the water poverty we have been suffering for years, statistics show that the average consumption of the individual is 450 litres per day, in comparison to 150 in Germany. I don’t believe that the TV advertisements calling for rationalisation are effective. Besides, bringing religion into these advertisements does not seem to help either. In order for the message to reach people, we need to use simple, definite and objective language.”
Inas Nour, Al-Ahram

A cold-blooded crime 

“We should look at the details of that exceptional crime in which a person decided to slaughter another person in Alexandria. Adel Asaleya, a takfiri killer boasted in front of the prosecution that he killed his victim exactly as the Islamic State (IS) members kill their victims. That is the real danger: the takfiris may make this a rule and give themselves the right to judge over other people and put the knives on their necks IS style.”
Hamdi Rizk, Al-Masry Al-Youm
“The killer confessed in the investigations that he cannot read or write and that he heard a fatwa on TV that it is legal to kill those who sell alcoholic drinks. This is further proof of the effect of these kinds of fatwas on illiterate viewers. Thus, we have a pressing issue that should be dealt with immediately, what set of rules should govern society: the law and the constitution, or other ideas that alter from one person to the next and lead to crime and havoc?”
Ahmed Abdel-Tawab, Al-Ahram


Egyptian Essence: Just add 2

“The Egyptian telecommunication company, Telecom Egypt, declared that all landline numbers in Alexandria will be eight instead of seven digits, with a 2 added at the beginning.”
Al-Youm Al-Sabei


“Rafsanjani’s death gives a bunch of conflicting signals. First, President Hassan Rouhani and the reformers lost an important buttress in their fight with the conservatives and the revolutionary guard. This will be reflected in the result of the next presidential elections in May. Secondly, the Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei is the only person left from the generation that played a decisive role in the revolution and continued to have influence in state institutions. Thirdly, Rafsanjani will not be able to play an influential role in choosing Khamenei’s successor as he did in naming Khamenei Khomeini’s successor. Fourthly, the Saudi-Iranian détente lost one of its supporters. That means that the geopolitical conflicts of the two states will persist in the short term at least.”
Mustafa Al-Labbad
“There are no reformers in Iran. Even if there are genuine reformers, they will be jailed. Any reform cannot work in a system that is governed by a supreme guide and religious leaders who have the last say in choosing the president. The system is barren and radical opposition is nearly absent, so there can be no reformers in the true sense of the word.”
Adel Al-Ramly


Negar @NegarMortazavi  
Rafsanjani was godfather of the Reform movement in Iran. He started economic developments that paved the way for social & political reform.

Trita Parsi @tparsi  
#Rafsanjani’s death is a blow to moderates in Iran, particularly when it comes to struggle of who will replace Khamenei as supreme leader.

Maryam Rajavi @Maryam_Rajavi  
Rafsanjani played highly crucial role in the past 38 years in repression, terrorism and nuclear quest to preserve the regime.

Saeed Ghasseminejad @SGhasseminejad  
Rafsanjani was the regime’s mastermind in its bloodiest era, the dark age of mass executions, torture and fear.

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