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Monday, 21 May 2018

Sudan, Gaza top coverage in the foreign press

It’s slim pickings in the foreign press this morning, with the most outlets noting Sudan’s latest tantrum over a television show. Gaza continued to feature prominently, with the most notable piece coming from former US ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro. The US and Egypt should work to de-escalate the current crisis in Gaza, he writes in an op-ed for the Washington Post. “Cairo should pressure Hamas to end the border clashes, and Washington should encourage Israel to provide maximum space for peaceful Palestinian protest.” Furthermore, the US must reinstate aid flow to Gaza aided by Egypt, Israel and Palestinian Authority, he adds.

Other stories worth noting in brief this morning:

  • Tourists are finally returning to Egypt as security and economy begin to improve, the FT’s very on-point Heba Saleh writes.
  • This weekend’s royal wedding in the UK honored Coptic Christians by including an Egyptian archbishop “as one of the religious officials who oversaw the ceremony,” according to the National.
  • Dismantling the welfare state: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi is “[dismantling] the welfare state” established under Gamal Abdel Nasser, highlighting a significant difference between the two leaders despite their similarities, Dina Shehata writes for the Cairo Review.
  • Authorities are cracking down on animal-drawn carts in Cairo and providing cart owners with motor vehicles to use in their stead; some cart owners are resisting the switch, Al Monitor says.

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