Friday,19 October, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1370, (23-29 November 2017)
Friday,19 October, 2018
Issue 1370, (23-29 November 2017)

Ahram Weekly

​Building the minds

 Renaissance Dam
Renaissance Dam

Analysing the outcome of the Arab League (AL) emergency meeting together with the aftermath of the Renaissance Dam failed negotiations were two of the important issues that engaged the Egyptian press this week.

Usama Al-Gahzali Harb pointed to the AL resolution that held Hizbulaah responsible for supporting terrorist groups in the Arab countries.

However, he wrote in the  daily Al-Ahram that the clear-cut resolution is not enough because the problems with Hizbullah will not end given the fact that it is a full partnership in governing Lebanon. The party has its influential leaders and strong followers inside Lebanon.

Thus, the writer called for opening an Arab-Iranian strategic dialogue that set the basis for dealing with each other in the hope of reaching a formula that is similar to the Soviet-American détente in last century.  

Regarding the Renaissance Dam, Youssef Ayoub wrote that that file is primarily a political and legal file. Thus we should deal with it in that context.

While the writer called for keeping the technical track open, he added that a degree of flexibility from the Ethiopian side is likely to break the ice.

He also pinned hope on the political track via the expected visit of the Ethiopian Prime minister to Egypt to attend the meeting of the Supreme joint committee due next month.

'I expect that occasion to witness the required frankness with the Ethiopians who should realise the danger of the present situation and that the only option before us at present is to abide by the outcome of the technical studies and reach an agreement regarding the time needed to fill the dam reservoir and the operating process," he wrote.

Abbas Al-Tarabili underlined Egypt historic rights in the Nile water in his regular column in the private daily Al-Masry Al-Youm. He called for drastic measures such as declaring that Egypt will stop abiding by the Declaration of Principles signed in March 2015, and openly reject the Entebbe agreement and stop any contact with Ethiopia if it decides to continue building the dam. He also called for referring the issue to the UN and International Court of Justice or to take further measures given the support that we get from some Nile Basin states, namely Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan. "The Egyptian move in that file should not stop, even if we have to internationalise the issue," he concluded.

Emad Eddin Adib focused on anlysing the state of Egypt at present in the private daily Al-Watan.

He wrote that we can briefly and accurately describe Egypt as witnessing 'an improvement in its infrastructure but a decline in the psychological structure of its people'.

The economic development, he added, usually goes hand in hand with the social reform or the improvement in the state of humans who cause that development.

"But we see a leap in building stones and a deterioration in building the conscience and minds of people," he explained.

Egypt, Adib concluded, is in need  of reforming minds and conscience before building bridges and roads. It is in need of reforming the people in order to succeed in reforming the economy," he concluded.

Renaissance Dam

Renaissance Dam


"Are you sure that if we throw that thing at the dam, it will collapse."

By Abdallah, Al-Masry Al-Youm

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