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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Prices going up in Cairo using Koshary as evidence

Another Koshary story: Molly Hennessy-Fiske borrows the premise of this story by Hana Afifi (then of Ahram Online, and now toiling in the pits with us here at Enterprise) to hammer the point that Koshary, “the plate of the poor,” is a gauge of higher inflation rates for the LA Times. She says “cutting subsidies and floating the currency will increase the burden on the poor at a time when vegetable and fruit prices have already increased 36% compared with last year.”

Also in the press this morning:

  • The UK Coptic Church is ramping up pressure on Egypt, special interest publication Christian Today writes, quoting Bishop Angaelos as saying, “There is still an element of lawlessness where Christians are being attacked and no one is being brought to justice. This is spreading.”
  • Egyptian relief to be returned: “A stone relief that turned up in Geneva in 2014 having been stolen from the Nile Delta some 30 years ago will soon be returned to Egypt,” Swissinfo reports.

And last, but not least: It’s not Egyptian (though we get a mention at the tail end), but if you’re into e-commerce or are just a general tech geek, you’ll want to read the Reuters Breakingviews piece that asserts “Mohamed Alabbar’s dream of creating a Middle East rival to Amazon may turn out to be a mirage.” The piece is notable not for the questions it raises about Alabbar’s venture (about which there should be many) but as an object lesson for those of you wanting to engage in “thought leadership.” The lesson: How to write an op-ed that carries neither water nor substance.

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