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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Other coverage in the international press on 23 August

Other stories worth a skim this morning:

  • The Rafah border crossing is expected to reopen on a “regular schedule” come September, by which time Egyptian authorities expect renovations and new security measures to be complete, Haaretz reports (paywall).
  • Akhbar Al Youm’s state-ordered takeover of the Daily News has journalists in and out of the paper worried, according to Al Bawaba, which speaks with current and former journalists.
  • Returning to Egypt after seeking refuge in the US from political persecution is a “horrifying” option that could result in imprisonment or death, journalist and former detainee Maikel Nabil Sanad writes for the Huffington Post.
  • Arab states’ recent legislative changes on women’s rights are a positive step, but the cultural foundation remains “hard to shift,” with the majority of Egyptian men and women maintaining conservative and patriarchal viewpoints, Shereen El Feki says in an opinion piece for the New York Times.
  • The New York Times reviews Mohamed Diab’s critically acclaimed film, Clash, in this piece by Glenn Kenny.
  • Al Azhar fighting the good fight for a moderate tone to Islam. Governing sermons, issuing moderate fatwas and getting out amongst the people with booths in public spheres are some of the strategies. Voa News has a look.
  • Egyptian theater is witnessing a revival, as a dozen plays premiered this month, David Awad writes for Al-Monitor, zeroing in on Yehia Al Fakharany’s “Layla min Alf Layla” (A Night Out of 1,000 Nights) at the National Theater.

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