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Current issue | Issue 1351, (6 - 12 July 2017)
Friday,20 July, 2018
Issue 1351, (6 - 12 July 2017)

Ahram Weekly




The first tahtib or stick fighting championship was launched at the Shooting Club in Giza on Saturday. Six governorates are taking part. Tahtib is a martial art and a dance that dates back to ancient Egypt. A mainly Upper Egyptian phenomenon, its practitioners are males of all ages. Last year tahtib was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

“President Al-Sisi’s visit to Hungary can be seen in the context of Egypt’s foreign policy, which aims to open up to and cooperate with states and groups all over the world. The president will also attend the Visegrad Group Summit. The fact that the four-member group invited Egypt to their summit indicates that they regard it as an important regional power. Egypt was the only state invited to that meeting and the third state ever to be, after Germany and Japan.”


Marwa Al-Sahn

Marwa Al-Sahn: Representing Egypt

“It is great to be part of the IFLA Governing Board [GB] team who work together in harmony to serve librarians, archivists and information specialists all over the world,” wrote Marwa Al-Sahn in the statement of candidacy she presented to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

The director of the Centre of Francophone Activities at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Al-Sahn is the first Egyptian woman to become a member of the IFLA GB (2017-2019). Her experiences on the national, regional and international levels in the field and her multilingual skills will enable her to play an active role in the GB. Al-Sahn joined the IFLA in 2003 and became a full member in 2005. She obtained her Masters degree in 2007 and her PhD from Paris in 2012.

The GB is formed of a president, an elected head, five members elected by the committee and 10 directly elected members — of whom Al-Sahn is one, the others being from Canada, Nigeria, Denmark, France, Sweden, Hungary, the US, China and Germany. Al-Sahn, who has been proud of her work at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, is even more proud of representing Egypt at the IFLA. 

The IFLA is a leading non-profit international organisation representing the interests of library and information professionals. It was established in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1927. It has 1,600 members in 150 countries. The main branch is in the National Library in Holland.

A new dawn

“In fact, President Al-Sisi is the person who has suffered the most from the decision to raise fuel prices. The timing was not the best and the repercussions of the first raise can still be felt. However, the president chose to adhere to a reform programme drawn by the IMF agreement, unlike previous rulers who preferred to boost their popularity even if the price was losing the confidence of the international community in the Egyptian economy... People should support the president just as they supported [Gamal] Abdel-Nasser after the 1967 defeat and [Anwar] Al-Sadat after the 1973 victory. If we endure the latest measures patiently, a new dawn will break.”

Newton, Al-Masry Al-Youm


“It is our right to question the government about raising fuel prices a few hours before the anniversary of 30 June, and at the time when people are suffering from price hikes in most basic goods, the floatation of the pound and a value-added tax since last November. Can we conclude that the government has become confident that this decision poses no security or social threats? Or is it because the government is sure that people are too tired to object in that period after Ramadan? If the government thinks so, I assume that it should be more cautious because the people’s suffering has become very clear. People are talking to themselves in the streets.”

Emadeddin Hussein, Al-Shorouk

Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

Logical calls

“The sudden disclosure of the political and economic measures taken against Qatar engaged the Arab and international media, which chose to focus on the measures and not their deep causes. Doha managed, to a great extent, to make use of that fact and sum up the crisis in the calls of Gulf states to impose sanctions on Qatar. Doha hoisted slogans like ‘un-negotiable’ and ‘not conforming to laws of international relations’. Thus the issue has become a number of ‘illogical conditions’ that the Gulf states declared they were imposing rather than the political agenda that Qatar has adopted for years, which aims to allow the organisations of political Islam, mainly the Muslim Brotherhood, to take over the region.”

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Rights of viewers

Where are the rights of viewers?

“We have nearly one year ahead of us before next Ramadan. This is enough time for the Supreme Media Council to start protecting the rights of viewers after they have been violated for years. The issue is not only the message that the work delivers or the bad language used or the obscene scenes, but also the intensive advertisements, especially during Ramadan. The viewer has been transformed from a person who watches a creative work of art into a tool for pumping money in the pockets of ad producers and satellite channel owners. The TV screen has become a tool for ads rather than a place to provide viewers with material.”

Hazem Mounir, Al-Watan 

Amr Selim, Al-Masry Al-Youm

A middle-class family on the 10th day of the month


“Regarding the conflict in the Gulf, whichever party is counting on world powers for help or coordination will lose. World powers, especially the US, are too busy — and the present situation serves them perfectly. No one will give you a ready-made victory. And no world power can be effective on its own. The fight is open. And whoever plans and moves with caution will win.”

Khaled Okash

“If the Arabs bow to any power, then that is the end. The US or Russia are head-on in Syria and the rest of the east. Turkey and Iran are bogged down in Syria. In addition, Iran is active in Yemen and has an eye on Bahrain. There is no way out except steadfastness against Qatar.”

Mohamed Qassem


Riad Hamade @HamadeRiad  

#Egypt Raises #Fuel Prices as It Pushes Painful Overhaul.

Zeinobia @Zeinobia  

Happy 30 June Dear #Egyptians: Less #energy subsidies, more fuel prices.

Timothy E Kaldas @tekaldas  

Fuel prices for high octane 95 fuel in Egypt rose less than for 92. The state still subsidizes fuel for Mercedes. That’s a waste of money.

The Arab Republic @arabrepublic1  

Sisi really doesn’t care about the elections. If he does, then he wouldn’t have transferred Tiran or Sanafir or increased gas prices by 40%.

Demolition decrees

Egyptian Essence: 100,000 demolition decrees

“Another tower facing the recently demolished Azarita tower started to lean over this week, prompting the civil protection forces to take the decision to evacuate it too. Statistics show there are some 48,600 buildings that are either built without permits or do not comply with the number of floors in the permit. Over 100,000 demolition decrees were issued for these buildings.”


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