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Sunday, 26 May 2019

Expect a quiet few days for Egypt in the news thanks to holidays in the UK and US

It’s another quiet morning for Egypt in the foreign press. We expect the lull will persist for the next few days thanks to holidays in the UK and across the pond, where apparently Sham El Nessim and our love for smelly fish have finally made it to New York City. The New York Times’ Style Magazine takes a look at how Egyptian chef and artist Laila Gohar brings a piece of Egypt to New York with an evening to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Other headlines worth a scan today include:

  • The Egyptian authorities have released dozens of high school students who were taken into police custody after protesting against a new electronic exam system that they said jeopardized their future, the BBC reports.
  • An increasing number of Egypt’s estimated 75k dwarfs are turning to football to feel more integrated into a society where they face widespread discrimination and marginalization, Xinhua reports.
  • Egyptian Jews today number only six women, according to Arab News — a far cry from the days when we had the Arab world’s largest Jewish community, estimated to be between 75k and 80k in 1922.
  • Urban farming startup Schaduf is helping lower-income Egyptians create rooftop gardens using hydroponics, bringing both environmental and social benefits, Deutsche Welle reports.

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