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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Egypt in the News on 5 May 2021

It’s a mixed bag of nuts for Egypt in the foreign press: Tourism and archaeology are getting digital ink, with Reuters picking up last week’s discovery of 110 ancient tombs in the Nile Delta, while Polish researchers have said that a mummy previously thought to be a male priest is actually the remains of a pregnant woman. The newswire also took note of an EU-funded tourism project focusing on rural villages surrounding the pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur that takes visitors through lesser known locations surrounding ancient monuments.

On the arts and culture front, the New York Times profiles the late Egyptian aristocrat-turned-Marxist artist Inji Efflatoun, whose subversive artwork spoke out against the realities of colonialism, poverty and the Nasser administration, while the Guardian reviews Midnight in Cairo, in which Raphael Cormack argues that 1920s dance halls played a central role in the development of Egypt’s feminist movement. Graphic depictions of violence against women in some of this year’s Ramadan mosalsalat haven’t been well received by some MPs and government officials, who claim that the scenes will encourage further gendered violence, according to Al Monitor.

Meanwhile: Mother Jones wonders why the Biden administration is continuing to send weapons to Egypt despite talking tough on the country’s human rights situation.

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