Thursday,25 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1395, (24 - 30 May 2018)
Thursday,25 April, 2019
Issue 1395, (24 - 30 May 2018)

Ahram Weekly

No harmony between the ancient and modern

 Iraqi elections
Iraqi elections

Various issues engaged the Egyptian press this week ranging from the advent of the holy month of Ramadan and the elections in Iraq and Lebanon to developments in the Renaissance Dam and the decision to put football star Mohamed Salah’s shoes in the Egyptian section of the British Museum.

Zahi Hawas wrote that despite his love for and pride of Mohamed Salah, like all Egyptians, he wished that his shoes be put on display in a suitable place, in a sports museum or anywhere that accords him the appreciation he deserves.

Objectively speaking, Hawas added, the monuments displayed in the British Museum reflect the history and civilisation of great people. Thus, it is inappropriate to display the shoes of any person amid Pharaonic monuments.

“We know that the pair of shoes is a symbol of Salah’s genius. But there is no harmony between the monuments that represent ancient Egyptian history and the shoes that are a modern symbol,” Hawas wrote in the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

The editorial of the daily Al-Ahram said that the latest developments in the Renaissance Dam could be met with cautious optimism given that the outcome of the latest round of talks can be regarded as positive. 

However, the edit added, hope depends on the commitment of the involved parties to the road map outlined in the document issued at the end of the meeting and their flexibility to implement the studies and resolve differences over the preliminary report.

“No doubt, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have walked a long distance to resolve this complicated issue. The moment of truth is approaching. It is the moment when the final stands of the three parties will be revealed. It will be clear whether the spirit of cooperation will vanquish the old mistrust and a history of not making full use of the Nile’s resources,” the edit said.

Emadeddin Adib chose to focus on a regional matter in his regular column in the daily Al-Watan: the Iraqi elections.

The loss of Iran supporters in the Iraqi parliamentary elections is graver and more influential to Tehran than Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear agreement.

“Historically speaking, Iraq has always been the big prize for Iran. Controlling Baghdad has always been a dream to all those who came to power in Iran,” Adib wrote.

What is amazing, he added, is that the US financed the biggest colonial project in modern history by occupying Iraq. That project cost Washington $3.7 trillion. Nevertheless, it gave it away to Iran, thanks to [US diplomat Paul] Bremer.

As a result, Iran was in full control of Iraq for years. That is why, Adib explained, Iran’s loss in Iraq is grave. Thus, he concluded, we should be on full alert as to the new political policy that Iran will adopt to regain Baghdad.

By Ahmed Kaoud, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

“This is just the list of the TV series and programs I follow in Ramadan.”

By Ahmed Kaoud, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

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