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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Egypt’s victory against Uganda tops coverage in the foreign press

Topping coverage of Egypt in the international press this morning is our toughwin against Uganda in the fourth leg of the African qualifiers for the World Cup 2018, with the likes of Reuters and the BBC noting Mohamed Salah’s goal.

The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms says the government has started blocking its website since yesterday, according to the Associated Press. The rights group says it will “continue publishing its reports on human rights abuses on other platforms, including its Facebook page” and calls the move a “new attack” on free speech.

A group of 20 Egyptians are working to preserve what is left of the country’s Jewish heritage in hopes of “reopening a page of history that was deleted from [Egypt’s] textbooks,” The Economist says. Founded by 65-year-old Magda Haroun, Drop of Milk has plans to turn Egypt’s 12 surviving synagogues into cultural centers and historical exhibitions, in addition to protecting other Jewish sites such as a cemetery in Cairo. While Haroun is the only Jewish member of the group, many others were born to Jewish fathers who converted to Islam under Gamal Abdel Nasser’s rule.

Also worth a skim today:

  • An Armenian tourist stabbed during a July knife attack on a Hurghada beach has returned home, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said, Yerevan-based Arka reports.
  • The government’s efforts to integrate Syrian students in Egyptian schools are diverse and comprehensive, Ahmed Aleem writes for Al-Monitor. These include the “Education in a Safe Environment” project — an initiative put forward by the Plan International organization, in coordination with the Canadian Embassy.
  • Egyptian filmmaker Amr Salama is planning a rebuttal to Clint Eastwood’s racist take on the Iraq War in “American Sniper” with a film from the Iraqi side of things, Washington Post reports.

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