Google celebrated the 93rd birthday of Oriental dancer Samia Gamal with a new doodle this week. Google’s comment on the doodle read, “On what would be her 93rd birthday, we celebrate Samia Gamal, an Egyptian icon whose talents are admired as much today by aspiring dancers and film fans as they were in the height of her fame.”
“Regardless of politics, the high prices that hit the country, the greed of sales people or the deteriorating performance of some officials, I would like to focus on the main cause of the corruption that has spread to the marrow: it is the absence of moral values and principles. We should believe in the importance of morals and try to spread them on the individual as well as the state level. Let each person start with himself. We are in dire need of reinstating moral values in ourselves and our society.”
Mohamed Ebeid, Al-Ahram
Mahmoud Abdel-Fadil: Attempting economic reform
Mahmoud Abdel-Fadil, the great Egyptian thinker and economist, devoted his life to reforming the Egyptian economy and society. He died this week at the age of 76.
He warned of a possible popular uprising in Egypt in his book Early Warning Bells before the 25 January Revolution.
Abdel-Fadil was born in 1941 in Al-Sayeda Zeinab neighbourhood. He was interested in reading Arabic literature from an early stage.
He graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University in 1962 and earned his PhD at the Sorbonne in the early 1970s. He taught at Cambridge University from 1972 to 1975 and then as an expert in the World Bank before his return to Cairo to head the economy section at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.
Elite Capitalism was one of his most famous books, in which he described in details the effect of the widening gap between the rich who live in palaces and the poor who can hardly find their basic needs.
He is the author, among many other books, of Development Income Distribution, Social Change in Rural Egypt 1951-1970, and The Political Economy of Nasserism.
Abdel-Fadil was known for his genuine love for his country and its poorest citizens. He died abroad, but according to his wish he was buried in the land he had always loved.
“Every now and then we hear voices in parliament calling for amending the constitution especially the article about the presidential term in office. Some suggest extending it to six years. While that call apparently reflects partiality to the president, in fact it takes us back to the stagnant thinking that allowed [Anwar Al-] Sadat and [Hosni] Mubarak to undertake similar amendments. Whoever respects the president should call on him to respect the constitution that brought him to power. However, these calls are likely to melt like ice given that the fresh thinking brought about by the January Revolution is still present even if it is slightly dormant.”
Mahmoud Khalil, Al-Watan
Action and reaction
“Trump’s mistakes are the result of lack of experience in the rules of action and reaction inside US institutions. He came from outside traditional US institutions. He was never a member of Congress or Senate and he never worked in the army or as a diplomat. Thus, he mistakenly thinks he has open and complete authority like a CEO.”
Emadeddin Adib, Al-Watan
“Merkel’s visit and her meeting with President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi opened a new page in the relations between the two states. And that puts all the relevant parties before a big responsibility in facing the present challenges including terrorism, economic cooperation, immigration and above all the security of the Middle East.”
“Merkel’s visit to Egypt and her meeting with Al-Sisi not only served the bilateral interest of the two states that are bound by historical relations for decades but also benefited the strong political and economic influence that Germany enjoys within the EU as well. The visit will help Egypt put an end to a lot of its problems especially in the fields of economics, development and educational reform.”
Amgad Rasmy, Aharq Al-Awsat
53,694 treatment approvals in a week
Egyptian Essence: 53,694 treatment approvals in a week
“The Ministry of Health declared that it issued 53,694 approvals for state-paid treatment during this last week which cost the state more than LE96,658,000. These approvals included over 18,000 Hepatitis C patients in order to support the ministry’s plan to eradicate the virus.”
“My apologies, deposed president [Mubarak], I haven’t forgotten the 50 Egyptians who died as a result of a fire in Beni Sweif Theatre, the Sharm El-Sheikh bombings, the 1,400 martyrs who died on the Al-Salam ferry or the Copts’ 10 massacres that ended with the Saints Cathedral blast and left 183 dead. I haven’t forgotten the catastrophe in Duweika, corruption in most ministries including the police, victims of train accidents in Upper Egypt and Al-Ayyat or daily road accidents that left thousands dead and uncompensated. I haven’t forgotten how Upper Egypt and Nubia were neglected or how Marsa Matrouh and Al-Wadi Al-Gedid were marginalised, the rigging of parliamentary elections, the fact that you ignored the wish of 30,000 youth to leave and described them as a minority, the injured youth on the ‘Friday of Anger’ or the martyrs of the revolution.”
“Mahmoud Abdel-Fadil died. An unfinished project. And how can he be a complete project in a country that does not appreciate scientists? However, he cast light on thought and raised issues. I hope his disciples will continue his project in theorisation and application. We will miss him.”
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Will Smith stayed for two hours inside the Egyptian Museum. Security prevented locals and tourists from entering till he finished his tour.
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So Turkish, Israel and British politicians are heading to the one and only one Mecca that speaks Russian...