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Sunday, 9 December 2018

No single story leads the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press

No single story is leading the conversation on Egypt in the foreign press, with outlets busying themselves with a range of topics, including self-censorship, which Yasmine El Rashidi writes for the New York Times has become the new norm to avoid retribution in the public sphere.

Women’s issues: The Jerusalem Post claims that Christian women in Egypt are facing an “epidemic of kidnapping … beating and torture,” while Dina Zakaria writes for WaPo that women who speak out about [redacted] harassment in Egypt are met with allegations of terrorism. On the flipside, Egyptian director Ahmad Abdalla’s new film about an empowered lady of the night roaming the streets of Cairo receives international acknowledgement in Variety.

Trade and investment: Poland’s Prime Minister identified Egypt, Nigeria, and South Africa as the top three African investment destinations, reports

Security and defense: Egypt’s defense expo highlights its strategy of diversifying its allies the National says, while Reuters notes that Egyptian police killed two terrorists who were involved in an attack on a bus carrying Christians last month that killed seven people.

Climate change and population growth: News24 writes about the perils climate change is posing to the Nile and crops in the Delta region. Xinhua also takes note of the challenges posed by Egypt’s rapidly growing population.

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