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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Egypt in the News on 27 August 2019

Coinciding with the El Sisi-Trump meeting at the G7 yesterday, human rights are once again getting attention in the foreign press: The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib looks at the number of US citizens currently detained in Egypt, and asks why Trump hasn’t used his influence to secure their release. The Trump administration has had successes in freeing people in the past, but Seib says they have had a “limited impact” as more are detained after.

Syrians face renewed hostility: Syrians living in Egypt are concerned that the government will place harsher restrictions on their businesses after a popular Syrian restaurant in Alexandria was closed for “health code violations”, Al-Monitor reports. ِِِA video of the restaurant owner prompted a hostile social media campaign calling for the expulsion of Syrians, two months after lawyer Samir Sabry stoked fears of a “Syrian takeover” and called for tighter controls on Syrian businesses.

Other stories getting attention in the press:

  • At Kabab Café in New York’s Little Egypt, improvisation and originality are the name of the game. Craving some cow-foot stew, lamb brain, camel, crocodile, or ostrich meat, or some spicy alpaca sausage? All are on the table, courtesy of chef and owner Ali El Sayed, the New Yorker reports.
  • The Economist says that Egyptians are feeling nostalgic for the Mubarak era, which the magazine says was “less awful” than the country’s current climate.
  • Egypt has been flagged as the top high-risk location for British holidaymakers to get food poisoning, with 95% of travel illness claims from British tourists coming after a trip to Hurghada, the Lancashire Post reports. It’s safe to say this is not a list we actually wanted to top.

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