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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Egypt in the News on 4 August 2020

Elon Musk’s tweet claiming that Egypt’s pyramids were built by aliens is all over the foreign press this morning after International Cooperation Minister Rania Al Mashat invited Musk and SpaceX “to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders.” Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass also jumped on the anti-alien train, calling the argument a “complete hallucination” (watch, runtime: 01:08). Picking up the story: BBC | The Daily Mail | The Telegraph | The Independent | Evening Standard | Arab News | Sputnik News | VOA News.

Egypt’s so-called #MeToo movement is also still turning heads: The Washington Post asks whether victims from elite backgrounds are more able to press for accountability in a climate where [redacted] harassment is widespread and often goes unpunished. Meanwhile, the sentencing of five women to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery and immorality” on TikTok earned more digital ink in Deutsche Welle, the Independent and the New York Times.

The demolition of tombs in the City of the Dead to make room for two new highways has met with alarm by architects and conservationists. AP, AFP and Al Monitor all have the story.

Egypt authorizing military support for Libya’s Khalifa Haftar is meant to prevent our western neighbor from becoming a militant hotspot, particularly as the Armed Forces continue to battle Daeshbags in North Sinai, Mirette Mabrouk, the director of the Egypt Program at the Middle East Institute, told VOA.

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