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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Ramadan mosalsalat are a “bellwether for politics” in Egypt

The swearing-in yesterday of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for a second term in office tops coverage of Egypt in the international media this weekend. We have chapter and verse in Speed Round, above.

Meanwhile: Ramadan mosalsalat are a “bellwether for politics” in Egypt and other Arab countries, where “governments wield political and financial power over producers,” the Economist says. The magazine points to the 2015 hit series “Harat Al-Yahoud,” which portrayed Egyptian Jews in the 1940s as “patriotic and pious,” as a match with Egypt’s recently warming ties with Israel. This year, mosalsalat are fixated on terrorism and earning viewers’ sympathy for security forces, which mirrors the real-life struggles Egypt is facing with the Islamist insurgency, the magazine notes.

Other headlines worth noting in brief include:

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