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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Egypt doesn’t need to worry about protest contagion from France

With the African Cup of Nations 2019 falling to Egypt topping coverage in the foreign press, here are some choice headlines that caught our eye:

Egypt doesn’t need to worry about France’s “yellow vest” protests sparking a renewed uprising here at home, because the French protests were specifically about a domestic issue, Dawn Brancati and Adrian Lucardi write for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. “In general, protests in neighboring countries do not provoke new discontent in other countries [remind citizens of their own discontent]; nor do they bring people together on behalf of existing [that] discontent,” the two researchers argue. However, it seems that symbols of revolution do transgress borders easily, even if they are used to symbolize discontent about very different issues, suggesting that Egypt’s decision to ban sales of yellow vests “may not be absurd after all.”

Delayed GEM inauguration gets Egypt eliminated from NYT’s travel list: The New York Times eliminated Egypt from its influential “52 Places to Travel” list for 2019 due to the delayed inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which has been pushed to 2020 instead of this year.

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