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Current issue | Issue 1338, (30 March - 5 April 2017)
Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Issue 1338, (30 March - 5 April 2017)

Ahram Weekly


The March celebrations on the occasion of choosing Luxor as the capital of Arab culture were concluded on Saturday. The last night of celebrations, which was held outside the Karnak Temple included a performance by the Abdel-Halim Nouweira Troupe for Arabic music. The pictures show the magnificent performance of the renowned Reda Troupe on the fourth night of the celebration. The Ministry of Culture has prepared a 12-month programme for the occasion.

Ahmed Zaki

Ahmed Zaki: The Emperor

Although he died 12 years ago on 27 March, actor Ahmed Zaki is still alive in his movies and plays. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented stars in Egyptian and Arab cinema.

He was born in 1949 in Zagazig. Known for his unique impersonation skills, he started his career in 1969 with a small but memorable part in the famous comedy play Hello Shalabi, in the course of which he impersonated the then famous cinema villain actor Mahmoud Al-Melligi. He was still studying at the Cairo Higher Institute for Drama Studies. He graduated in 1974.

His role in the widely popular Madrasat Al-Mushaghebin (The School for Trouble-makers) brought him to the limelight.

Other famous early roles include the successful 1978 comedy play Al-Iyal Kibrit (The Children have Grown Up), his television portrait of the blind Egyptian literary giant Taha Hussein (the dean of Arabic literature) in the serial drama of his autobiography Al-Ayyam (The Days).

His later work includes the television comedy musical series Howa we Heya with actress Souad Hosni in 1980.

Two of his greatest successes were playing Egypt’s presidents Gamal Abdel-Nasser and Anwar Al-Sadat in two popular movies, Nasser 56 (1996) and The Days of Sadat (2001), which became landmarks of the Arab screen.

His last movie was Halim, the autobiography of the famous singer Abdel-Halim Hafez. He departed before the movie was finished. His only son Haitham, who looks like his father, continued the movie. Zaki died in 2005 of lung cancer, after president Hosni Mubarak granted him the State Merit of Award for his work in over 50 movies.

“The Amman Arab Summit is the most important summit in light of the challenges facing the Arab region, the terrible situation in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the relative improvement in Libya in addition to the need for Arab cooperation to combat terrorism and support trade and economic cooperation. The files before the summit are very important and need thorough discussion to reach consensus, remove inter-Arab differences and support the Arab League which is the house of all the Arab countries.”
Mohamed Al-Hawari, Al-Akhbar


Borrowing from the future

“We can safely describe our government as ‘the government that collects money’. But it doesn’t want to do anything once it has [the money]. This approach is based on the assumption that they inherited the state. They consider the citizen a parasitic creature who wants to live on what he does not possess. Collecting money comes by washing the government’s hands of any subsidy or service that it offers and forcing the citizens to pay fully for what they get. In addition, the government resorts to ‘borrowing from the future’ through the billions of pounds that it borrows, forcing future generations to repay. And, finally, it asks the poor citizen to donate money to his country.”
Mahmoud Khalil, Al-Watan

Food safety

“Complete frankness and transparency are the only measures needed to face the fear and worry that overwhelmed the Egyptian streets with regard to the safety of consuming imported meat, especially after what has been said about Brazilian red meat. In this respect an old question is raised anew about the reasons for importing red meat from distant countries like Brazil and Australia rather than our neighbouring African states.”
Mohamed Barakat,

“The case of children poisoned as a result of consuming school meals is not the first but we hope it will be the last. The state pays billions to provide this meal for school children who suffer from malnutrition but the absence of conscience and oversight caused the catastrophe, which should be deterred. In fact, the government has clarify whether there is someone who deliberately poisoned school meals to embarrass the ministry [of education], and whether the supplier knew that the meals were not good and gave them to the children anyway. Be that as it may, the issue requires a decisive stand.”
Osama Shalash,


Reduce the human element

“The most problematic files are probably those of subsidy and social welfare. Half the subsidy and maybe more goes definitely to undeserving parties because of the lack of information. However, if we use the available information, especially that provided by CAPMAS, to draw a social map of citizens, we will be able to tell who deserves the subsidy and who doesn’t. The same applies to all other problems, including traffic, transportation, prices, etc. If we reduce the human element and rely more on scientific tools, we will be able to close many doors to corruption.”
Akram Al-Kassas, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

After six years, Mubarak is home

“Mubarak is free and back in his house. Great. What about those who called for revolting against him? In prison?!”

Amr Selim, Al-Masry Al-Youm

Sahar Nasr

Egyptian Essence: $4.3 billion net investment

“The Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr laid the foundation stone for the biggest centre serving investors in Upper Egypt in Qena. She explained that it will be finished in 10 months at a cost of LE60 million and will serve 1,881 companies in Qena, Luxour and Aswan. Meanwhile, she stated that the net foreign direct investment reached $4.3 billion in the first half of the present fiscal year in comparison to $3.1 billion in the same period last year.”


“The US raids on Mosul killed more than 200 civilians. Nevertheless, nobody is moved. But the whole of Britain was moved by the death of three British citizens by a Briton from Jamaica who converted to Islam while he was in jail.”
Nour Farahat

“In the recent past, Saudi Arabia and King Abdullah stood with Egypt against the West and the US under Obama. Today, Trump urges Saudi Arabia to support Egypt. Don’t ask me why.”
Walid Auf


The Big Pharaoh @TheBigPharaoh
London attack is another reminder that ideology is the root cause of terrorism, other elements such as despotism are catalysts.

Imraan Siddiqi @imraansiddiqi
Muslims in UK leading a campaign to help the victims and families of the London attack.

Ed Miliband @Ed_Miliband
The reaction of our country, London, Parliament to this week’s appalling attack — calm, resolute, united — speaks volumes about who we are.

Hari Kunzru @harikunzru
So, after London attack is it time to ‘ban immigrants’? Attacker was christened Adrian Elms, born in Kent.

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