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The quest for the ancient capital Metelis

The quest for the ancient capital Metelis | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The project is conducted under the auspices of the University of Siena in Italy and the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The aim of the mission is mainly to document. “The mission works to document the site and to re-construct the urban system during the Hellenistic Roman period. We think that the site might have hosted the ancient capital Metelis,” said Dr Kenawi, who stresses the fact that the location of Metelis is not confirmed and it is currently just a theory.

The mission has already documented some findings: “This year we have excavated an area of 10 x 10m, where the foundation of a large structure was discovered; thousands of pottery shards were studied and later gave us the date of the excavated area. The date, which is the most important thing for us, lies between the 4th and the 8th century C.E. according to the study of pottery shards. (Daily news Egypt)

 

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/07/the-quest-for-the-ancient-capital-metelis/

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Pour suivre l'actualité de l'Égypte...

Pour suivre l'actualité de l'Égypte... | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

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Le lion et la souris

Le lion et la souris | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Pourquoi le Hamas se lance-t-il dans une nouvelle guerre qu'il ne peut pas gagner ? Comment pense-t-il pouvoir lutter avec ses quelques roquettes et ses tunnels contre l'une des armées les plus puissantes au monde ? De la pure folie, voilà comment un observateur complètement étranger à l'histoire de ce conflit répondrait certainement à ces questions. Toutefois, la folie pourrait avoir ses explications. C'est en tout cas l'avis de Moshe Arens, ancien ministre israélien de la Défense et auteur d'un article dans le journal Haaretz intitulé « The Mouse that Roared » (la souris qui a rugi).

Dans cet article, M. Arens met en exergue sa vision de la stratégie qu'il qualifie de « diabolique » du Hamas. Une stratégie extrêmement bien huilée, si l'on en croit ses dires, qu'il est possible de résumer en trois étapes. La première est celle de l'infiltration des « terroristes » qui commettent des crimes sur le territoire israélien. La deuxième consiste à se réfugier auprès de la population civile et à dénoncer la monstruosité des frappes israéliennes qui tuent des centaines de personnes. Enfin, la troisième et ultime étape correspond, selon l'auteur, au cri de victoire au moment où Israël accepte le cessez-le-feu selon les conditions du Hamas. D'après lui, le Hamas compense son asymétrie sur le plan militaire vis-à-vis d'Israël par une asymétrie sur le plan humanitaire. En d'autres termes, peu lui importe le nombre de morts palestiniens à partir du moment où il y a quelques morts israéliens.

 


Toutefois, cette stratégie du Hamas se heurte, selon Moshe Arens, à trois limites : le drone antimissile, la détermination d'Israël à défendre ses civils et la politique de Abdel Fattah al-Sissi très clairement hostile au mouvement islamiste. Bien entendu, M. Arens écarte dès le départ les causes de cette situation où, effectivement et malheureusement, une vie palestinienne n'est pas égale à une vie israélienne. Pire encore, il fait porter au Hamas la responsabilité de la « tragédie du monde arabe », qu'il explique sans aucune nuance par l'influence de l'islam. À ce titre, il n'hésite pas à reprendre, à son compte et avec confusion, les vieilles théories du déterminisme culturel. Il n'est donc pas étonnant de lire ensuite son éloge de Sissi, « sauveur de la nation égyptienne », et de la Turquie kémaliste, unique modèle d'une société musulmane moderne.
Mais si l'auteur s'appuie autant sur ces généralités visant à présenter Israël comme le seul « rempart contre la barbarie islamiste », c'est parce qu'il semble ne pas pouvoir avancer d'autres arguments pour justifier la politique meurtrière et assumée du gouvernement israélien. Car, quelque machiavélique que soit la souris, c'est bien le lion qui finira par la manger...

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New batch of injured Palestinians arrives in Egypt’s al-Arish General Hospital

New batch of injured Palestinians arrives in Egypt’s al-Arish General Hospital | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: Four injured Palestinians arrived Monday at al-Arish General Hospital in northern Sinai to complete their treatment after the Egyptian government decided to open the Rafah border crossing temporarily to grant them entry, undersecretary of the Health Ministry in northern Sinai Tarek Khater said, Youm7 reported Monday.

All the injured victims were put under medical observation, said Khater who added that all the required procedures were taken after Cairo allowed the entry of wounded Palestinians from the Gaza war for treatment in Sinai.

An informed source told Al Masry al Youm Monday that ignoring all the crossings between Israel and  Gaza and only focusing on the Rafah crossing left many question marks about the real purpose behind these stances and the desire to blame Egypt for the blockade suffered by the Palestinian people.

The source added that Israel is obliged to open all Gaza crossings, according to the the Fourth Geneva Convention which describes Israel as an “Occupying Power” that has responsibilities to ensure the arrival of materials and commodities to Gaza residents. He also criticized Israel for alleged violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention in its treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Egyptian authorities will temporarily open the border crossing Tuesday to accept more injured Palestinians and stranded Egyptians to cross, Al Tahrir newspaper reported Monday.

“The entry of injured Palestinians, due to the Israeli aggression on Gaza, to Egyptian hospitals will continue,” Palestinian ambassador to Egypt Gamal el-Shobky said Monday, adding that the Egyptian authorities promised to re-open the terminal in the near future for the travel of residency holders, students and humanitarian missions, MENA reported.

A number of political parties and forces urged President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the government to permanently open the Rafah border crossing following Israel’s deadly attacks against Palestinians

The Rafah crossing has been mostly closed since the military ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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Min. of Interior coordinates with NGOs to prevent violence against women

Min. of Interior coordinates with NGOs to prevent violence against women | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By AYA SAMIR

CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior is going to launch extensive campaigns in coordination with NGOs and human rights organizations to end sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women, head of combat violent crimes against women department Ayman Saafan said in a statements Wednesday.

 He said his department will focus more on crowded places that were previously reported to have similar accidents and they will distribute Special Forces throughout Egypt’s streets.

The department of combating violent crimes against women was recently added to the Ministry of Interior to protect women in the streets, especially after the repeated harassment accidents that happened recently.

Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim issued a new decision to establish police stations in different governorates in charge only of crimes and cases of violence against women, Al-Tahrir newspaper reported in June. Ibrahim said in a statement that these stations and its special forces will exist in all crowded areas, including celebrations, festivals, sports matches, and similar occasions.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, along with the National Council for Women, launched the National Strategy to Prevent Violence against Women earlier this month.

Mahlab said during the launching conference that the state is responsible for securing women’s rights and should be equal to men. “We are committed to doing our job and to provide women with suitable political representation and a safe life free of all forms of violence,” Mahlab said.

During another conference by Nazra for Feminist Studies, shortly after the Tahrir Square mob harassment accident on June 8, some activists said that maybe the “awful” incident needed to happen to realize that there is a real crisis. Representatives from different NGOs assured that the situation has worsened recently and the state needs work on a real strategy.

Salma Al-Tarzy from Power Against Harassment said during the conference that the state has been dealing with these accidents as individual cases, which helped increase the phenomenon, and the situation become worse.

Safe schools and universities project manger Ahmed Hegab in Harassmap told The Cairo Post that the Ministry of Interior actually held several meetings with a number of NGOs to discuss effective mechanisms and methods to apply on society according to their previous experience.

He said the human rights section in the ministry is currently working with a good number of NGOs and hope to reach good results if they coordinate with organizations that also have real experience with previous situations. “We have no problem working with any governmental entity, since it does consider their cooperation a positive move to start working on the crisis. We do not know if any other NGOs refused to coordinate with them.”

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Wadi el-Natrun, du natron pour la momification, des monastères pour la prière

Wadi el-Natrun, du natron pour la momification, des monastères pour la prière | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le Wadi el-Natrun est une vallée aride située dans le désert occidental de l’Égypte, à environ 80 km au nord-ouest du Caire et 80 km au sud-est d'Alexandrie.

Durant l'époque pharaonique, la région était réputée en raison du natron que l’on trouvait en abondance dans son sol, ce composé naturel de carbonate de sodium, bicarbonate, sulfate de sodium et chlore ayant des propriétés absorbantes et antiseptiques, adaptées aux cérémonies de purification et aux procédés de momification.

Elle était également renommée pour les produits de sa terre, ainsi que pour la vivacité de ses  habitants, comme le rappelle l’histoire des “Neuf palabres de paysan volé”, ou “Conte du Paysan Eloquent”, un plaidoyer pour le droit et la justice, selon les principes de la Maât (conte filmé par Shadi Abdel Salam : http://youtu.be/P_U9kgI2UFg)


À l’ère chrétienne, saint Macaire le Grand vint se retirer dans cette région en 330. Puis des églises, des monastères et des hospices pour les pèlerins y furent construits.

Lors des persécutions infligées aux Chrétiens par les autorités de Byzance, puis par le pouvoir musulman du Caire, la région servit de refuge. C'est ainsi que près de cinquante monastères y furent fondés au IVe siècle. De nos jours, il n'en reste plus que quatre, toujours habités par des moines : Deir El-Suryani (monastère des Syriens), Deir Baramos (monastère des Romains), Deir Amba Bichoï, Deir Abu Makar (monastère Saint-Macaire de Scété).


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Muslim Brotherhood accuses Arab countries of working hand-in-hand with Israel

The Muslim Brotherhood accused Arab governments of working hand-in-hand with Israel against Palestine, saying Hamas is able to beat the Zionist entity. 

The group also urged the Arab people to stage an uprising.

In a statement on Monday, the MB said that dozens were killed, hundreds were injured in the attack against Shajaia neighborhood, describing it as "new horrible massacre that adds to the bloody record of Zionism." 

It added that most victims were children, women and the elderly.

"The criminal aggression is incited by Arab governments by taking part in the blockade on Gaza and launching media campaigns to smear the brave resistance," the statement said. "The heroes who confronted the Zionists and left them with huge losses are able to face the criminal attacks."

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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Rights group: Budget reflects gov't bias towards the rich

Rights group: Budget reflects gov't bias towards the rich | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) criticized the government for the social cost of reducing the budget deficit through decreasing expenditures, the group said in a statement on Sunday.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had rejected an earlier version of the budget and only endorsed it in late June after the deficit was reduced to 10 percent of GDP or the equivalent of LE240 billion. The 10 percent deficit compares to 13 percent in the 2013/2014 fiscal year that just ended.

EIPR said the measures taken to reduce the deficit are lacking economic vision and procedures that are needed to limit its negative effects. These procedures should have included a full revision of general expenditure and its correlation with the ongoing deficit, as well as a comprehensive strategy, including infrastructural problems in the national economy.

In a study, EIPR showed that, while LE48 billion was saved from the budget deficit in an earlier proposal detailing LE292 billion, only LE5.7 billion extra was allocated to networks of social security to protect the poor in the form of social solidarity schemes for extremely low income families.

The saved deficit has also not been translated into an increase in budget allocation for health and education, EIPR said. The organization documented an increase of only 0.2 percent of GDP in health expenditure in comparison with last year's budget, while the expenditure on education remains the same. In both cases, the current budget allocations remain lower than the constitutional commitments to health expenditure (three percent) and educational expenditure (six percent). 

EIPR's study also slammed the structures for increasing revenue through capital gains taxation, by explaining that no radical reform has been conducted on tax structures to reflect a progressive system. According to EIPR, the main revenue from taxation still comes from indirect taxes on commodities that society at large has to incur as opposed to the wealthier portion of it.

EIPR also expressed reservations over the lifting of energy subsidies on petrol products which benefit the poor and for whom no alternative was provided. For example, no guarantees have been presented for the development of the public transportation sector in response to the lifting of energy subsidies, which would directly translate into increasing transportation prices.

Finally, the study calls for more transparency in the ways in which the new budget will be implemented, especially in light of accelerating economic decisions that mostly affect the poor.

EIPR said that, overall, the budget reflects a government bias toward the rich, with measures such as the lifting of subsidies being implemented immediately, while others like the implementation of a maximum national wage are still lingering.

Other rights organizations have expressed similar concerns regarding the class bias in the 2014/2015 budget. The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights also accused the government of making empty promises of social justice in an earlier statement published in May.

 
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L'Egypte renouvelle son estime à Mohammed VI et aux Marocains

L'Egypte renouvelle son estime à Mohammed VI et aux Marocains | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Par Mohamed Chakir Alaoui

L'Egypte a dénoncé, dimanche, par voix de son ministère des Affaires étrangères les propos offensants exprimés par l'animatrice égyptienne Amany El khayat, à l'encontre du Maroc et des Marocains.
L'Egypte a dénoncé, dimanche, par voix de son ministère des Affaires étrangères les propos offensants exprimés, mercredi dernier, par l'animatrice égyptienne Amany El Jhayat, à l'encontre du Maroc. Le Caire a jugé "inacceptable" ces offenses en soulignant que cette attitude "n'exprime nullement les positions du gouvernement et du peuple égyptien", dans un communiqué publié ce dimanche.
"Le Maroc sous la conduite clairvoyante de son roi a été l'objet de propos offensants. L'Egypte et son peuple tout en rejetant totalement cette attitude soulignent qu'ils tiennent en haute estime et considération le royaume du Maroc frère", lit-on dans ce communiqué. Et de souligner: "L'Egypte et son peuple n'acceptent pas que de tels comportements affectent les sentiments de nos frères sachant que les deux pays sont unis par des liens séculaires d'affection et d'amitiés. L'Egypte renouvèle l'estime de son peuple pour les positions du royaume du Maroc frère et de Sa Majesté le roi Mohammed VI qui ont toujours soutenu les choix du peuple égyptien et agi au service du renforcement de la coopération entre le deux pays". Le Caire s'est en outre déclaré déterminé à consolider davantage les relations dans divers domaines surtout en prévision de la tenue de la haute commission mixte de coopération bilatérale.

A noter qu'én dépit de ses excuses, l'animatrice égyptienne Amany El Khayat a été licenciée par la chaîne On TV. La journaliste a fait l'objet d'une campagne de la part des internautes marocains. La communauté marocaine en Egypte lui a intenté un procès.

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Gamal Abdel Nasser museum to open in 2015

By Menna Zaki

The Ministry of Culture will convert former President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s former house into a museum that will be completed by 2015, according to a ministry statement.

The museum will be constructed in Abdel Nasser’s house during the 1952 revolution, Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour said during a visit to the house last week.

Located in Manshiat Al Bakry in Heliopolis, the museum will recount Abdel Nasser’s life, including his military service and his contributions to Egyptian history. Asfour said the museum will tell the story of the “formation of our national history.”

Egypt’s second president, Abdel Nasser led the country during the 1952 revolution, which ended with the monarchy’s abdication and established a new government in Egypt. Among his main achievements were the nationalisation of the Suez Canal and building the High Dam at Aswan.

The museum will showcase Abdel Nasser’s personal belongings, including the medallions that he received during his military service, home furniture, and draft speeches and official letters.

Abdel Nasser’s children, Hoda and Abdel Hakim, are helping to establish and renovate the museum, according to state run Al-Ahram.

The museum will be the second dedicated to Abdel Nasser’s memory. The other, the Gamal Abdel Nasser Museum in the pharaonic village in Cairo, holds over 170 rare pictures of the former president. It also displays the speeches Abdel Nasser gave when he nationalised the Suez Canal and at his stepping down in 1967.

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EU to grant Egypt 60M euro for school food program

EU to grant Egypt 60M euro for school food program | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Education Minister Mahmoud Abou el-Nasr met Saturday with World Food Program (WFP) Resident Representative Lobna Mahmoud to discuss aspects of cooperation between the two sides to provide food support to Egyptian school children, Youm7 reported.

The meeting took up boosting mutual cooperation and a 60 million euro ($81 million) grant for combating child labor and for implementing a new national meal program for school children. It was attended by International Cooperation Unit Coordinator Nermin Noamany and General Directorate of Nutrition General Director Sobhy Abdel-Rahman.

“The agreement aims to economically empower mothers, curb child labor and make school more attractive to students,” Nasr said.

The school meals program will target national schools in 16 governorates, said Nasr, who added that “it was also agreed to prepare a memorandum of understanding between the ministry and the World Food Program.”

“The program is in line with the Egyptian Government’s policy to improve informal areas and to address unemployment with an emphasis on helping women and youth,” according to a press statement issued by the EU in 2013.

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Amany El Kheyatt sacquée par Sawiris après des outrances contre le Maroc et Mohamed VI

Amany El Kheyatt sacquée par Sawiris après des outrances contre le Maroc et Mohamed VI | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Par Hebba Selim

En campagne permanente contre les Frères Musulmans en Egypte et contre le Hamas à Gaza, les médias égyptiens ne se privent d’aucune artillerie. C’est à qui en fera le plus.

L’animatrice Amany El Kheyatt de la chaine ON TV du milliardaire Naguib Sawiris, grande admiratrice du maréchal Sissi, a fait cependant dans l’exercice de ce métier "autorisé" qui consiste à insulter les islamistes, un dérapage sulfureux et insultant contre le Maroc.

Amany El Kheyatt n’a pas supporté que Khaled Mechaal, dirigeant du Hamas à Gaza, adresse un message aux marocains pour les appeler à soutenir Gaza et la Palestine. Le dirigeant du Hamas soutenait que les manifestations en faveur de Gaza ne sont pas inutiles et qu’elles étaient un message humain et fraternel.

Dans le style polémiste de caniveau très en court actuellement en Egypte et avec un argumentaire primitif, l’animatrice s’est laissé aller à évoquer le "rôle douteux" du Maroc dans le Printemps Arabe et le "jeune roi du Maroc" qui a suivi la tendance et a donné un gouvernement islamiste parce qu’il "n’a pas le temps".
Elle s’est moquée de voir le dirigeant du Hamas demander le "soutien du peuple marocain dont l’économie est basée pour une grande part sur la prostitution alors que le Maroc est un des premiers pays affecté par le Sida".
Au Maroc, personne n’a apprécié. Des plaintes en diffamation ont été déposées par l’ambassade du Maroc et une association de marocains à l’étranger. Le ministre égyptien des affaires étrangères, Sameh Choukri, s’est dit en colère contre des propos "inacceptables".

L’animatrice s’est excusée de ses propos qui ont provoqué une avalanche d’insultes de la part de marocains sur sa page Facebook où l’on se moquait de sa petite "intelligence".Au Maroc, personne n’a apprécié. Des plaintes en diffamation ont été déposées par l’ambassade du Maroc et une association de marocains à l’étranger. Le ministre égyptien des affaires étrangères, Sameh Choukri, s’est dit en colère contre des propos "inacceptables".

L’animatrice s’est excusée de ses propos qui ont provoqué une avalanche d’insultes de la part de marocains sur sa page Facebook où l’on se moquait de sa petite "intelligence".

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Inside Egypt's cease-fire efforts

Inside Egypt's cease-fire efforts | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By Walaa Hussein
Egypt's position regarding the management of the Gaza crisis has quickly changed, whereby it endeavored to reopen channels of communication with Hamas and bring Hamas back into the fold. This is the first such attempt since the Muslim Brotherhood’s administration was ousted and former President Mohammed Morsi removed. It also came at a time when Hamas rejected the Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, which coincided with the announcement of a visit by President Mahmoud Abbas to Turkey.
A high-ranking government source revealed to Al-Monitor that Cairo was quick to make its initiative public to head off other parties striving to replace Egypt in embracing the Palestinian cause, but in so doing it exposed the decline of Egypt’s role in the region. The source added, “The initiative was proposed after informing the Palestinian Authority and Israeli government of its content. However, it was not presented to Hamas for review because they are but one of the many Palestinian factions. They were aware of the initiative and its terms in the framework of its current post-reconciliation agreement with the Palestinian Authority.”

On the other hand, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s official position was somewhat confused concerning the crisis caused by Hamas’ rejection of the initiative. The spokesman for the ministry, Ambassador Badr Abdel Atti, affirmed in a telephone interview with Al-Monitor, “The Egyptian Foreign Ministry was moving forward with significant international backing and support.” However, he refused to address Hamas’ rejection because it was but one faction among many. Also, Egypt only deals directly with the Palestinian Authority.

Yet, that position changed a few hours later, following the arrival of Abbas to Cairo for a meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, which coincided with a visit by the envoy of the international Quartet on the Middle East, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Thus, Cairo, after refusing to directly negotiate with the leadership of Hamas, announced via its foreign minister in a news conference with Blair that it had initiated dialogue with Hamas to convince it of the need to accept the cease-fire proposal.

The Palestinian president’s visit to Cairo came in the context of coordinating on the cease-fire initiative. It had been assumed none of the parties would object to or reject the initiative, which would put an end to Palestinian bloodshed and thus be a positive development. Fatah’s representative in Cairo, Ambassador Hazem Abu Shanab, affirmed as much in an interview with Al-Monitor.

Abu Shanab said, “The aim of the meeting between the Palestinian and Egyptian presidents was to urgently discuss the developments pertaining to the Egyptian initiative and work to begin implementing it.” He affirmed that all Palestinian factions agreed to the Egyptian proposal except Hamas, for reasons of its own.

He added, “The meeting between Turkish Prime Minister [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and the Palestinian president, following the latter’s visit to Cairo, was to take advantage of Turkish efforts and relations with the Hamas leaders, as well as to reach a unified Palestinian position in favor of the Egyptian initiative to put an end to Israeli aggression, as well as exploit Turkey’s efforts within the Organization of the Islamic Conference, in addition to regional and international countries.”

Concerning Egyptian fears that Turkey’s role might grow to replace that of Cairo if it were to propose another initiative following Hamas’ rejection of the Egyptian one, Abu Shanab said, “We in Palestine, particularly in the Fatah and national movements, reject any role by anyone, save that of Egypt, as mediator and sponsor of national Palestinian reconciliation or in the political process relating to the Palestinian cause.”

In response to a question about the conditions laid down by Hamas for accepting the Egyptian initiative, he added, “These demands, whether the opening of the Rafah crossing and a port, as well as the release of prisoners, fall in the context of the Cairo reconciliation agreement entered into by Hamas and all other factions. If Hamas has other requests and not conditions in that regard, they may be discussed. But no one will ever accept that it imposes conditions.”

An Arab League source told Al-Monitor, “Presidents Sisi and [Abbas]’ meeting in Cairo on Thursday came to discuss Hamas’ conditions to accept the Egyptian initiative and determine which of those conditions can be accommodated, then present them to the Israeli side prior to [Abbas]’ meeting with Erdogan. In this regard, the Palestinian president proposed to Cairo that Turkey play the role of indirect mediator between Cairo and Hamas, as that was a wish of Hamas, in light of talk about international guarantees for the initiative and Turkey’s ability to influence Hamas leaders.”

The source continued, “The Palestinian president will inform Erdogan of the results of the Cairo talks, remaining points of contention and the need to persuade Hamas to take steps to work toward stopping the aggression on Gaza as soon as possible.”

The same Arab League source said that talk about a Turkish initiative to replace that of Cairo is not cause for concern to the Egyptians because they are confident that neither the Palestinian Authority, represented by Fatah, nor Israel will accept any alternative mediation at the present time. “Hamas’ conditions are well known and [Abbas] carried those conditions to Cairo even before Hamas officially announced them. They are the same demands relating to the release of the two batches of prisoners as agreed to in the Egyptian-sponsored Gilad Shalit deal entered into with Israel in 2012, in addition to the opening of the border crossings with Gaza, compelling Egypt to keep the Rafah crossing open around the clock, agreeing to a maritime corridor to Gaza and permitting Gaza residents to pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The head of the Republic Center for Strategic Studies, Sameh Seif El Yazal, said, "The international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood is behind Hamas’ rejection of the Egyptian initiative, as evidenced by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal leaving Doha for Istanbul mere hours after the initiative was made public. He held a series of meetings with members of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood who had fled from Egypt, as well as with other members of the international organization.”

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Yazal explained that following the initiation of Israeli operations against the Gaza Strip, Egypt was accused of forsaking the Palestinian cause. But Egypt had begun mediation efforts between the two sides to end the killing of innocent people. Both sides accepted Egypt’s mediation, subsequent to which Cairo announced the terms of the agreement within a predetermined time frame. But the move fell contrary to the interests of the international Muslim Brotherhood, whose aim was to find a role for Qatari or Turkish mediation between Israel and Hamas.
He added that, for obvious reasons, Egypt’s regional role can never be affected by such actions, for Cairo knows that Israel would never accept any of the conditions demanded by the Muslim Brotherhood and because Israel is convinced that Egypt is the only country qualified to play a mediator role.

In a joint statement, a number of Egyptian political factions and parties considered the Egyptian initiative not sufficient to build a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. The parties, namely the Constitution Party, the Strong Egypt Party, the Social Democratic Party, the Karama (Dignity) Party, the Egyptian Alliance Party, the Freedom Party, the Bread and Freedom Party and the Road of the Revolutionary Front rejected the adoption of a neutral stance with Israel regarding the Palestinian cause. Instead, they demanded that Egyptian authorities refrain from clamping down on activists who collect donations for the Gaza Strip. The statement added that the Palestinian cause, an Egyptian national security issue, should never be affected by political disagreements with Hamas.

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Gov’t will not disclose names of MB businesses seized

Gov’t will not disclose names of MB businesses seized | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: The government will not disclose the names of companies owned by Muslim Brotherhoodleaders that it has seized and will manage, al-Mal newspaper reported Friday.

The committee tasked with managing and seizing Muslim Brotherhood funds, headed by advisor Ezzat Khamis, ruled June 15 to seize the assets of the Seoudi and Zad supermarket chains, alleging that the chains were owned by Brotherhood leaders.

Wadea’ Hanna, Secretary General of the committee tasked with managing and seizing Muslim Brotherhood funds told al-Mal Friday that they would not disclose the company names to avoid any acts of violence against the properties.

The Egyptian Company for Wholesale that declared undertaking the administration of Zad and Seoudi has been affected negatively, Hanna said.

On June 17, the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Rassd network said a group of fired employees at Zad, Seoudi and other companies restrained by the Egyptian government created a movement called Wahda b Wahda (an Egyptian proverb that referring to an eye for an eye) to incite sabotage in a number of famous markets.

The committee tasked with managing and seizing Muslim Brotherhood funds, confiscated Friday morning 66 entities owned by Muslim Brotherhood leaders headed by Khairat al-Shater and Hassan Malek’s shops.

“The supermarket chains will be delivered to one of the State’s holding companies in order to run them without harming workers,” Hanna said, adding that workers’ salaries and entitlements will not be cut.

“The commercial registration of Seoudi and Zad supermarket chains cannot be cancelled unless there is a declaration of bankruptcy,” an official source inside the Chamber of Commerce told Al-Masry Al-Youm on June 15.

On Sept. 17, 3013, the North Cairo Criminal Court upheld a decision by the attorney general to freeze the assets of prominent MB leaders along with several other Islamist politicians, including Muslim Brotherhood Supreme GuideMohamed Badie and his deputies Shater and Rashad Bayoumi. On March 12, the committee decided to transfer the management of 22 of the group’s NGOs to the government.

The assets of 748 Brotherhood members had been frozen as of Jan. 28, Youm7 reported.

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UN Secretary-General supports Egyptian efforts to stop Gaza conflict

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Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon praised the Egyptian government’s efforts to end the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, in light of the Israeli military escalation. At a press conference on Monday, Ban expressed the international community’s appreciation of the Egyptian efforts, stressing the significance of Egypt as a regional power seeking peace and stability in the region. Ban stated that the international community should assist Egypt in its efforts to put an end to the agony of all women and children, who are paying the price of the situation in Gaza. For his part, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri expressed Egypt’s gratitude to the UN’s role to maintain peace and aid development in the region. Ban will fly to Israel to hold talks with officials on Tuesday, according to Israeli media. The Israel military operation in Gaza entered its 15th day, resulting in the death of more than 500 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Israel says its operations against Gaza aim at stopping rocket attacks from the Strip by Hamas organisation against its territories.
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Egypte : la suppression des aides pétrolières fait flamber les prix

Egypte : la suppression des aides pétrolières fait flamber les prix | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

C’est le sujet du moment en Egypte : l’augmentation continue des prix de tous les biens et services. A l’origine de cette inflation, il y a la décision du gouvernement de couper ses aides à l’industrie pétrolière. Il en résulte une forte hausse du prix de l’essence utilisée pour transporter les produits.

“Nous ne pourrons pas supporter cela longtemps, confie un Cairote. Devons-nous aller dans la rue pour mendier ? Le gouvernement devrait nous aider et soutenir la production de denrées alimentaires.”

Les autorités expliquent vouloir utiliser l’argent des aides pétrolières pour abonder le fond destiné à lutter contre la crise économique très sévère dans le pays depuis plusieurs années.

“La raison des prix élevés des fruits par exemple, c’est le prix élevé de l’essence, explique un commerçant. Par le passé, nous payions 80 livres pour transporter les denrées ici. Aujourd’hui nous payons environ 170 livres. Et cela entraîne aussi une augmentation de prix de la nourriture.”

De plus en plus d’Egyptiens demandent au gouvernement d’imposer un contrôle des prix. Cette inflation touche toutes les classes sociales même si les plus bas revenus sont bien sûr touchés de plein fouet.

“La décision du gouvernement de supprimer les aides à l’industrie pétrolière était nécessaire pour réduire le déficit public. C’est en tout cas ce que disent les autorités, rapporte notre correspondant Mohammed Shaikhibrahim. Mais la question demeure : les Egyptiens pourront-ils vraiment et rapidement voir les effets positifs d’une telle mesure ?”

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Children of January 25 victims to be exempt from student fees

Children of January 25 victims to be exempt from student fees | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Education Minister Mahmoud Abou al-Nasr met Monday with Sayed Abo, the secretary-general of the National Council for the Care of Martyrs’ Families and Injured of the Revolution, to discuss a program to exempt children of January 25 Revolution victims from paying student fees, Youm7 reported.

“Ministerial decision number 272 for the year 2013 states that children of revolutionary martyrs and victims of terrorism will be exempted from paying student fees,” Abou al-Nasr said.

Abou al-Nasr added that martyrs’ families should submit proof that the claimant’s parent’s death was related to the January 25 Revolution either by presenting the revolutionary victim’s personal ID card or by an official letter from the National Council for the Care of Martyrs’ Families and the Injured of the Revolution.

Abou al-Nasr also agreed to a proposal submitted by the council to provide training opportunities for the children of the injured and called on the council to send their names and ages to the ministry in order to be able to select the appropriate programs for them.

Ehab Al-Sayed, the general coordinator of the National Council for the Care of Martyrs’ Families and the Injured of the Revolution told Youm7 in April that Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab had promised to solve all the problems related to the martyrs’ families during a three-hour meeting with Abo.

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Mohammed VI, intronisé "roi d'Egypte"

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Des internautes égyptiens ont virtuellement destitué le président Abdel Fattah al-Sissi et sacré Mohammed VI « roi d'Egypte ».
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Tourism ministry to launch campaign to encourage Europeans to visit Egypt

Tourism ministry to launch campaign to encourage Europeans to visit Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a promotional campaign to attract visitors from Europe throughout August in France, Germany, Britain, Italy, and Russia, said Ahmed Shoukry, head of the international tourism sector at the Tourism Activation Authority.

Shoukry said that the campaign would engage directly with the markets that account for 72% of total annual tourism traffic.

Incoming tourism traffic in Egypt fell during the first half of this year to 4.4 million tourists, a decrease of 25% from the same period in 2013.

Shoukry described a number of European countries lifting travel warnings for Sharm El-Sheikh as an important step on the path to restore tourism from these markets.

According to deputy chairman of Egypt’s Chamber of Hotels, Hany Al-Shaer, the direct promotional campaigns executed by hotel management companies garners more success than other means, adding that tourism will increase starting in October.

Occupancies in the city of Sharm El-Sheikh increased to over 40% this week after four European countries lifted travel warnings to the city, said Al-Shaer.

The Ministry of Tourism conducted an evaluation of the charter flight system in order to understand how to continuously subsidise vacant seats , employ a new system for filled seats, or work in accordance with the two filled and vacant seat systems according to the Chairman of the Federation of Chambers of Tourism Ilhamy Zayat.

He mentioned that it is necessary to incentivise tourism traffic in Egypt, especially from the European market, as this represents more than 90% of total tourism to Egypt.

Allocations for charter flights last year were valued at $15m according to Zayat, who does not expect the figure to increase over the next year.

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Aucun pays pouvant jouer les médiateurs entre Israël et le Hamas ne s'impose

Aucun pays pouvant jouer les médiateurs entre Israël et le Hamas ne s'impose | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Par Marc Henry

Une véritable bataille diplomatique fait rage à propos d'un futur cessez-le-feu entre Israël et le Hamas. Deux camps s'opposent: l'Égypte a avancé une proposition acceptée par Israël, soutenue par les États-Unis et la France, mais que les islamistes palestiniens rejettent résolument. Le Qatar, appuyé par la Turquie, a lui aussi présenté un plan reprenant l'essentiel des exigences du Hamas, ce qui a incité Israël à le repousser en expliquant qu'il n'était pas question de «récompenser les terroristes en leur faisant des cadeaux». La situation est donc bloquée faute d'une entente minimale sur un médiateur.
La recherche d'une porte de sortie est en outre compliquée par différents règlements de compte. L'Égypte est bien décidée à faire payer très cher au Hamas sa filiation avec les Frères musulmans, devenus la bête noire du régime du président al-Sissi. Le commentateur de la radio publique israélienne Chico Menache a relevé un paradoxe, en constatant que les propositions du Caire vis-à-vis du Hamas étaient «plus dures que celles d'Israël».

Asphyxie économique

Les Égyptiens suggèrent un arrêt des combats, puis l'ouverture de négociations sur un allégement du blocus, imposé aussi bien par Israël que l'Égypte, qui condamne la bande de Gaza à l'asphyxie économique. Le Caire insiste aussi pour que Mahmoud Abbas, le président de l'Autorité palestinienne et dirigeant du Fatah, le grand rival du Hamas, reprenne pied dans la bande de Gaza, dont il a été évincé de force par le Hamas en 2007, en prenant le contrôle du poste frontière de Rafah reliant le sud de la bande de Gaza à l'Égypte.
À l'inverse, le Qatar reprend à son compte les revendications du Hamas - la levée du blocus maritime, la construction d'un port et d'un aéroport dans la bande de Gaza, et la reconnaissance de la légitimité du pouvoir exercé par les islamistes dans cette région. Khaled Mechaal, le dirigeant du Hamas, a immédiatement accepté ce scénario de même que le premier ministre turc, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, qui s'est livré samedi à une diatribe anti-israélienne.

John Kerry bientôt dans la région

«Ils (les Israéliens) maudissent Hitler jour et nuit, mais ils l'ont surpassé dans la barbarie», a-t-il lancé. Avigdor Lieberman, le ministre israélien des Affaires étrangères, a aussitôt dénoncé ces «propos incendiaires» et annoncé que la représentation diplomatique israélienne à Ankara serait réduite «au minimum», tout en appelant les Israéliens à éviter d'aller en vacances en Turquie, une de leurs destinations préférées.
Dans de telles conditions, les États-Unis se sont rangés du côté égyptien. John Kerry, le secrétaire d'État, après plusieurs récents faux départs pour la région, pourrait y arriver dans les prochains jours. Il a été précédé par Laurent Fabius qui, après une tournée en Jordanie, en Égypte et en Israël, s'est déclaré samedi «profondément alarmé» par l'absence de cessez-le-feu tout en soulignant que la France soutenait la proposition égyptienne. Lui aussi mobilisé, Ban Ki-moon, le secrétaire général de l'ONU, doit arriver demain en Israël, pour tenter de mettre fin aux violences. Une mission qui ne s'annonce pas de tout repos.

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Insurance companies to issue policies against sexual assault

Insurance companies to issue policies against sexual assault | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: A number of insurance companies are studying issuing policies against sexual assault, al-Masry al-Youm reported.

Sources at the Misr Insurance Holding Company told al-Masry al-Youm that they are still studying the content and form of the policy and they are considering listing it under personal accidents which will make harassment injuries covered by insurance for all nationalities and not only for Egyptians.

There are personal accident policies that may ease the process for issuing this policy but some companies are afraid due to the spread of this phenomenon, a source who requested anonymity said.

A 2013 United Nations study found that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed. Non-governmental organizations and anti-harassment movements have been pressuring the government to address the chronic problem for a long time.

The source added that the proposed policy may be issued during the coming months, including financial compensation and medical care, adding that they thought about this proposal due to the Tahrir square incident and many other incidents reported by foreigners.

A British tourist was raped in the Sinai resort city of Sharm el Sheikh in March, and a hotel security guard was accused of the crime.

A 43-year-old woman who was attending the celebrations of the inauguration of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has been sexually assaulted and stripped naked in Tahrir Square June 8.

Inauguration celebrations witnessed seven other cases of girls who were sexually assaulted while they were celebrating at Tahrir according to forensic reports.

President Sisi visited the assaulted woman in the hospital on June 11 after a viral video of her sparked widespread outrage.

Continuous assault incidents have sparked anger among several rights organizations and women organizations.

Last month, assistant Interior Minister for Human Rights General Abu Bakr Abdel-Karim said that the Interior Ministry will establish a new department to combat crimes of sexual violence and harassment inside all security directorates across Egypt.

In a phone interview with Mehwar TV channel, Abdel-Karim said “police officers working in this department will be deployed in all crowded places across Egypt where harassment is most likely to take place.”

After the incident in June, around 200 people participated in a protest in Cairo’s upscale district of Zamalek, condemning sexual harassment and calling authorities to take action against such crimes.

Several defendants have been arrested. Seven defendants have been sentenced last Wednesday to life in prison over charges of sexual harassment and two others were sentenced to 20 years in prison over the same charges. Three of them were fined 10,000 EGP (U.S. $1,400).

The defendants faced charges in four cases of harassment, kidnapping, stealing, and indecent assault.

In early June, former Interim President Adly Mansour issued a decision to amend some articles in the criminal law issued in 1937 to include criminalizing sexual harassment, presidential spokesperson Ehab Badawy said, Youm7 reported.

The amendments stated that any person who sexually harasses a man or a woman will be imprisoned for at least six months, fined 3,000 to 5,000 EGP, or both. If the act of sexual harassment is repeated through stalking the victim, the punishment will be at least one year in prison, a 5,000 to 10,000 EGP fine, or both.

If the harasser is the superior of the victim professionally, educationally, or a relative and pressures the victim or if the crime is committed by more than one person, or under the threat of a weapon, the imprisonment will be from two to five years and the fine will be between 20,000 and 50,000 EGP.

Source at the Misr Insurance Holding Company categorized the harms of sexual assault as physical and psychological, asserting that they can’t issue an insurance policy compensating someone for psychological harms due to the difficulty of estimating such harms in financial terms in contrast to physical harms.

Vice Chairman of Financial Supervisory Authority Mohamed Moeet said in previous statements that the authority didn’t receive any requests from insurance companies regarding issuing a policy against sexual assault, asserting that such policies provide coverage on abuse and harassment and will not be offered to clients except after the authority’s approval.

The Egyptian Union for insurance is studying all similar policies in other countries and rephrasing them according to Egypt’s social situation after which it will be sent to the authority and studied by technical committees, Moeet added.

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Mahlab forms committee to restructure textile sector

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Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab ordered Saturday the formation of a committee including the Ministers of Planning and of Investment to restructure the textile sector and provide public spinners the required quantities of cotton, Youm7 reported.

Over governmental efforts to flourish the textile sector and end its crisis, Mahlab directed the formed committee to provide the employees their due wages before the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

During his meeting with the Ministers of Planning, Local Development, Housing, and Investment, and a number of textile sectors’ officials, Mahlab called for the necessity to remove the sector obstacles, support the public spinners, and attract new investment.

Forming the committee is within the Cabinet’s new strategy to restructure the public sector, especially the textile sector. The government planned on finishing the textile factories’ infrastructures and providing public spinners the needed finance to restore its productivity.

In the past few years, the textile sector suffered many problems represented in the lack of cotton production, harsh decline in cotton exports, declining national consumption, and a wide-range of employee strikes and protests for not getting their financial dues.

In May 2014, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) monitored a 46.5 percent decline in cotton exports, totaling at 126,600 metric kantars compared to 236,800 kantars during the same period last year.

Egypt’s consumption of local cotton edged down sharply by 79.9 percent, totaling at 81,600 kantarsduring the second quarter of the current agricultural year, compared to 504,400 kantars in the previous year.

To promote the national consumption of cotton, the government would provide 200 million EGP ($28 million) to support public spinners and allow them to purchase Egyptian cotton. They refrain from purchase Egyptian cotton for its high prices of 1,300 EGP per kantar while imported would be 750 EGP, Al-Mal Business daily previously reported in May. The public spinners would get a 200 EGP subsidy for each consumed kantar.

The government is preparing to offer a number of public sector companies to the Egyptian Stock Exchange EGX as to provide the needed liquidity to restructure the sector and provide the public spinners subsidy, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported in May.

The success of Initial Public Offerings at EGX late May comprised of the Sabaa International Company for Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industry and the Arabian Cement Company. Subscription requests increased to 26.8 and 18.5 times over respectively. The government will offer part of the Public Spinners shares at EGX, Minister of Trade and Industry Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour said.

“Besides offering part of the Public Spinners shares at EGX, the government is working on redrafting the investment measures and transferring the textile sector’s factories and spinners from the public sector to a will established sovereign fund,” he added.

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With no words, master mime says it all

With no words, master mime says it all | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By Rana Khaled

With a distinctive black outfit, white facemask, red nose and silky wig, Ahmed Nabil has represented a wide range of characters on many local and international theatres all over the world. Depending only on his body language and facial expressions, he can impersonate the naïve bus thief, the cheerful balloon seller, the troubled ambassador, the clever surgeon and many other characters without saying a word.

Nabil, Egypt’s first pantomime artist, has been ranked among the best 20 pantomime artists in the world. The 68-year-old uses his talent along with with a unique sense of humour to tackle social issues, including the bright and tragic sides of the 25 January Revolution, hoping to spread love, peace and brotherhood between Egyptian citizens, regardless of their different ideological and political affiliations.

Nabil, 68, has been interested in miming since he was a small child, when he used to perform shows and plays without speaking, using only gestures, expressions and body movements. However, he wasn’t aware of the different aspects of the pantomime art until he met an American orientalist who used to perform pantomime plays. He accompanied him to the American Library and brought him books about the art and advised him to travel to Europe to learn it properly.

“Pantomime mustn’t be confused with silent acting that was first introduced during the old days of silent movies and depended mainly on accessories and decorations that could help the artist deliver his message to the audience,” Nabil said.

On the other hand, pantomime depends only on the artist, who stands alone on the stage with a black curtain behind him and slight usage of short music audios. In pantomime, the artist carries the responsibility of reflecting the place, the timing and the emotions to the viewers without any external help, he added.

Ancient Egyptians were proved to be the real inventors of pantomime art, as they were pioneers in medicine, engineering, musical instruments and many other fields. On the walls of the Pharaonic temples in Edfo and Minya, you can find a lot of pictures that represent how Pharos used pantomime to reflect their celebrations and spiritual rituals, he said.

In 1972, Nabil obtained a scholarship for directing pantomime shows in the former USSR, and by the end of this scholarship, he was ready to participate in an international pantomime competition where he was ranked 3rd out of 44 competitors from around the world.

After returning to Egypt, he decided to shoulder the responsibility of spreading this innovative art. Thus, he started presenting pantomime shows on Egyptian television and performing plays in the Opera house as well as many other Egyptian and foreign cultural centres. He also devoted himself to teaching pantomime at the Alexandria University and the American University in Cairo. However, he was eventually shocked by the ugly truth.
“No one appreciates pantomime in Egypt and most people have no idea about it. The government doesn’t allocate any budget for pantomime artists, and unfortunately, teaching pantomime isn’t even included in the curricula of the High Institute of Performing Arts,” he sorely added.

Nabil struggled many years to spread this art in Egypt, but his efforts appeared to be in vain. He tried to form a pantomime theatre troop, but the artists left when they found better opportunities with higher salaries. He tried to provide training workshops in cultural centres and Al-Sawi cultural wheel, but most individuals stopped attending because they couldn’t pay for the fees.

Although former Culture Minister Farouk Hosni paid attention to him and allowed him to represent Egypt’s name in many international modern dance theatre festivals, this wasn’t an effective way for increasing Egyptians’ awareness regarding this art on a local scale.

“I was honoured in many international festivals and I received many certificates of merit from different Arab and European countries like Oman, Bahrain, Germany, India, Australia, Russia and Italy; however, I feel deep sorrow inside my heart when I see my art completely neglected in my own country,” he asserted.

Nabil said that his older son refused to follow in his steps, although he was very talented at pantomime. “My son decided to stop learning pantomime and study engineering, as he experienced how pantomime doesn’t receive any appreciation in our homeland,” he added.

After long years of struggle and hard work, Nabil decided to quit performing pantomime shows in Egypt. “The Egyptian art scene witnessed [a] huge regression in all fields. Nowadays, artists care about money more than the value of the roles they play or the content they present. Cinema and drama scripts are full of insults and sexually abusive expressions. Ballet, folklore dance, pantomime and many other important arts are suffering badly on the verge of extinction,” he said.

Nabil believes that paying more attention to pantomime will contribute to improving the audience’s artistic taste.

“Pantomime combines acting and ballet and it defeats the language barrier, as it finds its way to the audience from different nationalities. I think television must spotlight on the unpopular arts in Egypt and raise citizens’ awareness about them,” he said.

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Moyen-orient - La presse égyptienne qui soutient Israël contre le Hamas

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Depuis le début de l’offensive israélienne sur Gaza, une partie des médias égyptiens se déchaînent contre le Hamas. La presse pro-gouvernementale affichent ouvertement son soutien à Israël et critiquent les Palestiniens dans leur ensemble.
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Du vin égyptien ? Qui l'eût "cru" !

Du vin égyptien ? Qui l'eût "cru" ! | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Redonnant vie à une tradition plurimillénaire, l’entrepreneur grec et propriétaire d’une manufacture de tabac Nestor Gianaclis planta dans les années 1880, à Abou el-Matamir dans le Delta du Nil, un vignoble qui s'étendait sur 150 hectares, avec plus de 30 cépages. 
Les vins qui y furent produits connurent leurs heures de gloire au cours des années 1930-1940. En 1963, Gianaclis exporta ainsi 8 000 hectolitres en Tchécoslovaquie, à Cuba et en Allemagne de l'Ouest. 

Ce vignoble fut nationalisé en 1966 par Gamal Abdel Nasser ; puis il fut reprivatisé en 1999.

La qualité des vins s'était détériorée et la production avait diminué. Si certains voyagistes décrivaient alors le vin égyptien comme ayant un goût exquis, d'autres dégustateurs considéraient qu'il était tout simplement imbuvable, au point que la bourgeoisie copte d'Alexandrie avait qualifié la production de “Château Migraine”.

Grâce aux propriétaires Al Ahram Beverages Company Vignoble (filiale du groupe néerlandais Heineken International), Gianaclis produit de nouveau un vin de qualité internationale, avec l'aide de Ginestet, du groupe Taillan, un des grands producteurs et négociants de vins à Bordeaux, sur un domaine d'environ 1.000hectares, environ 80% du raisin utilisé provenant du domaine Gianaclis, et le reste étant importé de France.

Le résultat est un agréable "Cabernet-Sauvignon" présenté dans une bouteille de Bordeaux, titrant 12,5 degrés, et qui a conservé son nom ancien "Omar Khayyam". ABC a également retravaillé et rénové totalement la production du rosé de Gianaclis, "Rubis d'Egypte", et du blanc, "Cru des Ptolémées".

 

Illustration : Scène de vendange, tombe de Nakht, Gourna

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Cairo to employ special security companies to control street vendors

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The Cairo governorate will use special security companies to calm reported fighting between street vendors and the residents, General Mohamed Ayman Abd al-Tawab, the deputy governor of Cairo, told Youm7 Friday.

The Cairo governor Galal al-Saeed said previously this month that the street vendors to be moved to Turguman garage to meet the demands of the citizens and traders who have seen them as a nuisance.

Al-wafd newspaper reported last June that one vendors was killed as a result of riots in Giza, also other clashes happened during the dispersals in Haram and Faisal.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has stated a number of times he would work with the Ministry of Interior to reduce the number street vendors, which have increased following the January 25 Revolution.

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Aid convoy to Gaza stopped at the border for security reasons

Aid convoy to Gaza stopped at the border for security reasons | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
A convoy that left for Gaza from Cairo on Saturday morning was turned away by military security before it was able to reach the Rafah border crossing.
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