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Current issue | Issue 1343, (4 - 10 May 2017)
Saturday,23 June, 2018
Issue 1343, (4 - 10 May 2017)

Ahram Weekly


Some 30 countries took part in the International Heritage and Drums Festival that started last month in Al-Muezz Street. It concluded its performances in Cairo last week at the Salaheddin Citadel. This week it moved to Luxour where the different participating troupes performed in the main street in Luxour and then moved to Abu Haggag open area to continue their performances. The festival, which is to be held in different places in Egypt, aims to spread dialogue among different cultures via drums for the sake of peace.

“This year International Workers’ Day coincides with Egypt taking big steps towards establishing giant national projects which places a burden of responsibility on the workers’ shoulders... If the efforts of the labour force in the past managed to lay the foundations for mega-projects and implement much needed development, such efforts are now doubly needed in the light of the present challenges and the technological leaps.”


“We couldn’t combat it, so we turned it into a tourist attraction.”
Abdallah, Al-Masry Al-Youm

IMF expectations for the Egyptian economy

A message of peace and love
“Pope Francis’ visit to Cairo to participate in Al-Azhar’s peace conference [is a turning point] in Al-Azhar’s relations with the Vatican... It gives a strong message of religious coexistence and in solidarity with Egyptian Christians, 75 of whom died in a heinous terrorist attack last month. This is a serious and significant visit that has benefited Egypt [by highlighting Al-Azhar’s position the world over].”
Amr Al-Shobki, Al-Masry Al-Youm
“During his 27-hour visit, Pope Francis met with President Al-Sisi and they both gave magnificent speeches. He met with the grand imam of Al-Azhar and they ended their friendly meeting with a sincere hug. And he met with Pope Tawadros and they signed a historical document practically ending the two churches’ differences. He also prayed for Egypt in a mass he conducted at Cairo Stadium...”
Salah Montasser, Al-Ahram

“[Pope Francis’] visit got the world media’s attention and shed light on peace and security in Egypt... Pope Francis was right when he said that Egypt is the cradle of all religions, that it contributed to spreading humanity and civilisation to the world and that it is an example of moderate Islam.”
Mohamed Al-Hawari, Al-Akhbar

Ask the president

Ask the president

“This week’s youth conference was better organised and more credible than previous ones. [It] managed to create a space for fruitful discussion between officials and the young. What completed the picture was the ‘Ask the president’ initiative, instituted a few days before.”
Mohamed Salah Al-Badri, Al-Masry Al-Youm

Where is the Nile Taxi?

Nile Taxi

“Last year the then transportation minister Saad Al-Geyoushi inaugurated the Nile Taxi project, but it turned out there were no jetties for the boats, nor had the relevant companies signed any contracts with the government. After the usual pleasantries, Al-Geyoushi left the inauguration ceremony before anyone could question him — then he left the ministry altogether. But ever since then, there has been no news of the project.”
Ahmed Galal, Al-Akhbar


“Thinking of the labour force in 2017 in the same way as we did at the beginning of the 20th century is a strange thing. This is nothing to do with the fact that they are underpaid or denied the right to form independent unions. But the times have changed sufficiently for the attempt to support them in the same way to be doomed to failure. Realising that the times have changed is one of the conditions for success in my view.”  
Hala Galal


Veo África @VeoAfrica 
Egypt-Palestine Relations: President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo for the 3rd time in two months.

Jewish Community @JComm_BlogFeeds 
Egypt urges US to play ‘active’ Mideast peace role: Mahmoud Abbas, ahead of meeting with Trump in Washington.

Marian Houk @Marianhouk
Mahmoud Abbas is in Cairo + met w/ Egypt’s President Sisi Ramallah: they discussed resuming a peace process based on two states, 67 borders.

Card Peter K Turkson @CardinalTurkson 
Same day Pope Francis in Egypt spoke of peace in brotherliness & exorcised religion of violence, UN Security Council debated going to war!

Egyptian Essence:

2 students’ attempt to alleviate the suffering of the poor

Sandwich on the wall

“To help ease the suffering of the poor, Mohamed Essam and Mohamed Magdi, two secondary school students, started the ‘Sandwich on the wall’ campaign to provide free food to the poor by calling on the patrons of participating restaurants to pay for an extra sandwich and put the receipt on the wall. Poor people can enter these restaurants and have a paid-for sandwich. So far, only three restaurants have taken part in the campaign, but Essam and Magdi aim to increase that number during the summer vacation.”
Al-Youm Al-Sabei

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