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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Other coverage in the international media

Also worth noting today:

  • CNN carried the recently published report that ranks Egypt as the second fastest growing tourist destination in the world.
  • In a piece for the Washington Post, former detainee Aya Hijazi recounts the story of her NGO, Belady, and says she plans on establishing the organization again in the United States to help child political prisoners.
  • Advocacy organization Coptic Solidarity says the US State Department’s report on International Religious Freedom had “real timidity in drawing any conclusions or making any definitive statements regarding the year’s developments aside from the standard descriptive language regarding Egypt’s laws and demography.”
  • An Egyptian University of Michigan student got a fraternity to cancel an Ancient Egypt-themed party after she claimed the party amounts to “cultural appropriation” and promoted “extremely offensive” stereotypes. “Egyptians still exist, we aren’t mythical creatures that vanished in fairy dust,” the student said in her complaint. The fraternity said the party was cancelled “upon hearing [it] was seen as appropriating Egyptian culture,” Michigan Daily reports.
  • “Is the Arab Spring spreading worldwide due to climate warming?” There are no words. Andrew Sheng explores the question in a piece for Daily Star suggesting that environmental stressors can also give rise to social dissent.

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