Hundreds of Christians and Muslims attended a celebration in Dobara Church on Friday afternoon for Christmas. A choir recited hymns during the ceremony.
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Satirist TV host Bassem Youssef, who presents Al-Bernameg TV show, said he wished there was no crackdown on the show adding that the “current regime should be asked about reasons which made [former president] Morsy’s era was more democratic than now.” In a talk show on the privately-owned TV channel MBC Masr on Sunday, Youssef said that his show will not impede Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, defense minister, from winning the presidential elections, nor would it affect him in the case he won. Any presidential candidate who wants to prove presence of freedom of expression should never be bothered by any show that criticizes him, Youssef said, adding that continuity of opposition shows that hold the government accountable under any regime shows the presence of democracy. Youssef was a vocal critic of Morsy’s regime and Islamists, which exposed him to judicial lawsuits on insulting the president and blasphemy. His show was suspended on the privately-owned channel CBC by late 2013 due to mocking pro-Sisi campaigns. Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
Pour des raisons religieuses, l’épopée hollywoodienne consacrée au mythe biblique de l’arche de Noé ne sortira pas dans les cinémas du Qatar, du Bahreïn et des Émirats arabes unis. D’autres pays musulmans pourraient prendre la même décision.
Le film n’est pas encore sorti et trois pays du golfe Arabique ont déjà décidé de le bannir des salles de cinéma. La superproduction hollywoodienne que le cinéaste Darren Aronofsky consacre à Noé et sa fameuse arche ne sortira pas au Qatar, au Bahreïn ni aux Émirats arabes unis, ont rapporté, samedi 8 mars, les studios Paramout Pictures.
Les comités de censure de ces trois pays voient d’un mauvais œil la représentation sur grand écran de celui que l'islam considère comme un prohète. Incarné dans le film par l’acteur néo-zélandais Russell Crowe, Noé est en effet une figure commune des trois grandes religions monothéistes (christianisme, judaïsme, islam). Un chapitre entier du Coran est consacré à ce personnage contraint, à la demande d'Allah, de construire une arche afin de sauver du Déluge tous les êtres vivant sur terre.
Plusieurs autres pays pourraient emboîter le pas à ceux du Golfe. En Égypte où le film doit sortir le 26 mars - soit deux jours avant la sortie prévue aux États-Unis -, la plus haute autorité islamique du pays, Al-Azhar, a estimé que la superproduction était contraire à l'islam et demandé son interdiction.
"Il n'est jamais permis de représenter le prophète ou ses compagnons en raison de la stature sacrée qu'ils ont été donnés par Dieu, a indiqué à l’AFP Abbas Shuman, un membre d’Al-Azhar. Il est permis de raconter la vie du prophète et de ses compagnons, et nous l'encourageons, mais seulement en tant que narration, sans caractère jouant le rôle du prophète." Al-Azhar n’ayant qu’un rôle consultatif, c’est au comité de censure qu’il reviendra de statuer sur la question.
On 4 March HarassMap launched a new campaign with the aim of empowering women to speak out against sexual harassment. The new campaign, called Mesh Sakta or Don’t Be Silent, was launched online with participants posting tips on how to face sexual harassment in the streets. Both men and women participated in the online campaign.
The campaign is meant to serve as a means of counteracting the shaming that happens to harassed women when they seek action against their harassers. Usually, women are discouraged from filing complaints with the police by both people in the street and police officers. Women often find themselves in a weak position when they try to act against their harassers since they do not receive any moral support from the people around them. Some even have to go against their families to file complaints against sexual harassers.
Part of the campaign is providing some examples of women who fought back. As such, HarassMap posted two video testimonies of women who took actions against their harassers. One young girl, Alaa Saad from Fayoum, was able to get a sentence against her harassers. The court initially sentenced him to a year in jail, but he was able to get it reduced to six months in the appeal.
The Egyptian revolutionary motto, “bread, freedom, social justice,” which echoed over 18 days until Hosni Mubarak's ouster on February 11, 2011, illustrated how restricted access to food had become one of the people's main grievances. In the aftermath of the revolution, infused by a renewed sense of ownership of their country, many citizens launched environmental initiatives with a focus on sustainable agriculture.
Egypt's agricultural landscape only comprises five to seven percent of the total area of the country and is limited to the Nile River and its narrow valley and northern Delta, with other green pockets in the oases and on the northwestern coast, which has more frequent rainfall. The rest is desert—rocky, sandy, parched land unable to blossom with conventional farming techniques. Another issue is that cities like Cairo have spread cement tentacles over what used to be extremely viable agricultural land and have replaced it with brick towers.
And, while a third of Egypt's annual share of the Nile is used for irrigation, it is loaded with pollutants and pesticides from upstream countries and from Egypt itself, which is notorious for excessive pesticide use. Since chemical pesticides were first introduced to Egypt in the early 1950s, a million metric tons have been released into the environment, polluting the water and depleting the soil's quality.
A group of Christian youth activists that came together in the tumultuous aftermath of the Egyptian revolution is looking to the future and hoping to build on the gains wrought in Tahrir Square by mobilizing young people to better advocate for themselves.
“One of the main things is that people started to speak,” said Mina Elkess, a 28-year-old ophthalmologist and one of the group’s leaders.
Since the revolution, Christians have begun participating more directly in the political process, a primary goal of the Maspero Youth Union, which celebrated its third anniversary on Wednesday (March 5).
The group, formed to fight for civil rights, rejects the mostly passive role Christian Copts played before the revolution, when the church’s patriarch served as proxy for the Coptic community in all matters political. It targets younger people — a powerful force in a nation where more than half the population is under 25 — and teaches them to advocate for their rights.
The union was born in the aftermath of a torching of a church in a village on the southern outskirts of Cairo. That church burning prompted large demonstrations in Cairo outside the Maspero, the state television building. The union takes its name from the peaceful demonstrations held there.
قال أحمد خيري، رئيس اتحاد عمال مصرالقومي، إن مصر تمر بمرحلة فارقة، وهو ما دفعه لإطلاق مبادرة ميثاق الشرف لوقف الإضرابات العمالية لمدة عام.
وأضاف «خيري» في مداخلة هاتفية ببرنامج «مصر الأهم» على قناة «المصرية»، أن 3 شهور فترة غير كافية للحكومة لكي تحل كل المشكلات، وعلى العمال أن يساعدوا الحكومة من خلال العمل ووقف الإضرابات.
وأكد «خيري» أن مصانع الأسمنت تقلل الذكاء عند الأطفال 4.5%، وفق ما أثبته في رسالة الماجيستير الخاصة به.
The Ministry of Electricity declared Sunday that prices are expected to rise by 10 to 15 percent for high consumers.
The ministry added that only the cabinet is entitled to raise prices, reported privately owned daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm.
In response to customer complaints that bills have been unusually high, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker said that prices have not increased since January 2013, and that they are representative of the actual consumption of citizens. Shaker added that the electricity company welcomes complaints or further investigations into the matter.
The ministry has been suffering from an unprecedented financial crisis due to the poor collection of electrical payments, the high costs of fuel and spare parts for power stations, in addition to increasing production costs.
It is planning to launch a media campaign to encourage the reduction of electrical consumption during the summer months.
Le ministre de l’irrigation de l’Egypte dénonce « l’entêtement » de l’Ethiopie sur barrage.
Le barrage de la Renaissance a été une source de préoccupation pour le gouvernement égyptien, l’appréhension élevé qu’il aurait une incidence négative sur la part des eaux du Nil pour l’Egypte.
Le ministre égyptien de l’Irrigation, Mahmoud Abdel –Muttalib, a dénoncé lundi passé ce qu’il décrit comme l’obstination de l’Ethiopie vers la construction de son Grand- Renaissance Dam, MENA.
Le projet de l’Éthiopie est un barrage hydroélectrique de 4,2 milliards $ sur le Nil Bleu, l’un des principaux affluents du Nil. Il est une source de préoccupation pour l’Egypte, car il est encore indéterminé comment il va affecter le Nil et surtout la part de l’eau qui arrive jusqu’en Egypte, principale source d’eau potable du pays.
Dans les discussions de janvier dernier entre l’Egypte, l’Ethiopie et le Soudan, les négociations sont arrivés à une impasse, avec le rapport MENA que l’Éthiopie a refusé de revoir les termes de « mesures de confiance », que les responsables égyptiens demandent leurs modifications afin d’éviter une réduction de la part de l’eau du Nil destinée à l’Egypte.
Abdel -Muttalib, qui a conservé son poste dans le nouveau gouvernement intérimaire de l’Egypte, a déclaré que leur part de l’eau du Nil est une «ligne rouge» que l’Egypte ne permettra pas à franchir pour qui que ça soit.
Following his meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of Arabtec Construction Company Hasan Abdullah Ismaik, Minister of Deference Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi announced the construction of one million residential units for Egyptian youth, the armed forced spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali said on his official page.
The project will be cooperation between the Emirati construction company and the Egyptian armed forces. It is expected to be implemented over the next five years and aims to solve the housing problem for low income youth.
The cost of the project remains unknown as the Emirati representatives stated in a press conference that it is still “under study”.
The project will be under the umbrella of the “For Egyptian Youth” initiative, which was launched by Al-Sisi on Sunday.
Ismaik stated that this cooperation comes as part of the Abu Dhabi’s efforts to support the Egyptian leadership, adding that the company is honoured to be implementing the “largest housing project in the Arab World” with the armed forces.
Ismaik pointed out that the project will offer job opportunities to more than one million Egyptian citizens and will have a positive impact in developing economic and social conditions in Egypt.
Egypt on Friday welcomed Saudi Arabia's decision to list the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and called on other Arab countries to follow suit.
By AHMED ARAFA
CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood will not participate in the upcoming presidential elections, Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Sisi told Youm7 Saturday.
One member of ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s defense team said most of the Brotherhood leaders were imprisoned and there is no hope to find political resolution or reconcile with the current political regime, which makes it difficult to participate in the upcoming elections.
Interim President Adly Mansour issued a law on March 8 to regulate Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections, which grants immunity to the Supreme Electoral Commission’s decisions from appeals by other judicial bodies.
The Muslim Brotherhood boycotted the constitutional referendum on Jan. 16 and 17. The pro-Brotherhood National Alliance to Support Legitimacy announced on Dec. 16 that they decided to boycott the referendum and the Brotherhood-organized demonstrations would continue.
Originally published in Youm7.