Egypt in the News on 20 October 2020
Leading coverage of Egypt in the foreign press: Some 50 US lawmakers have signed a letter urging Egypt to release what they call prisoners of conscience. Al Monitor was among the publications taking note, while Haaretz columnist Zvi Bar’el shares his memories of long-time left-wing activist Amin El Mahdi. Tabloids, meanwhile, are highlighting social media reaction to a viral video of the Egyptian police academy’s graduation ceremony (Daily Mail | Daily Star | Sputnik | Yahoo).
We all have that friend who never texts back and apparently so did the Ancient Egyptians, who regularly wrote angry letters to their friends scolding them for not staying in touch, according to letters found in the village of Deir El Medina, Jstor Daily reports. In other archaeology news, UK structural experts at Cintec to save the 4,600 year-old Bent Pyramid from crumbling got some attention from the National.
Finally: An Egyptian has broken the Guinness World Record for the oldest professional football player, reports Reuters. 75-year-old Ezz El Din Bahader broke the record previously held by 73-year-old Israeli goalkeeper Isaak Hayik.