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Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Egypt’s Afcon debut is tonight + Did the Fed break the US economy?


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Final Scene is a dark (and often twisted) take on some of the region’s most controversial topics. The Shahid original pan-Arab anthology show consists of eight standalone episodes, starts with a nice hum-drum story before descending into darkness. Three episodes are from Egypt: One of the Egyptian episodes stars Nelly Karim and Eyad Nassar who were once lovers five years ago, but their meeting soon takes a less romantic turn as they instead plot a scheme together. In another, Salma Abu Deif and Karim Qassem start off as a love story for the ages (with Naguib Mahfouz recitations and all) but lies turn the relationship into a fight for revenge. Finally, Ahmed Dawood plays a husband who can’t keep up with his wife Bassant Shawky’s demands and soon gets himself into a lot of trouble with debt.

We noticed Netflix Games showing up on our mobile app this morning. You can choose the game you want from your Netflix app and it will redirect you to the App Store. There seem to be quite a few interesting offerings, especially the Stranger Things inspired game. Netflix Games come without charge with your normal streaming subscription.

Egypt is up tonight in Afcon: Egypt kicks off its Afcon 2021 campaign today, meeting Nigeria in the opening game of Group D at 6pm in Cameroon. The meetup of the Pharaohs and the Super Eagles is highly anticipated with both teams seemingly equally equipped, based on historical matches, writes Punch. As usual, Mohamed Salah is Egypt’s wild card, with the team depending on the Liverpool star to get a few balls past Nigeria’s goalie. However, the President of the Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club Abayomi Ogunjimi went out to say to that Salah is “just one person” and that the Nigerian team also has players that can give out a competition.

Our team in Cameroon is (thankfully) sans covid, with all 25 players and the team staff testing negative for the virus, according to Youm7. The team is heading to Afcon a handful of men short, after eight covid cases were confirmed among staff and players a few days ago. Since then, goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal, goalkeeping coach Essam el-Hadary, and physiotherapist Mostafa Sadek tested negative today after being among those who tested positive. Preparations are being made to have them catch up with the rest of the team “as soon as possible.”

Other Afcon matches today: Algeria and Sierra Leone are on the field as we dispatch in a match for Group E. Meanwhile, the other match in our Group D will see Sudan play Guinea-Bissau at 9pm.

English Premier League: Southampton will play against Brentford at 9:45pm.

Serie A: Cagliari will compete against Bologna at 9:45pm today.


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D-Sync’s film series continues, with a screening of films by documentary filmmaker Saad Nadim as well as the renowned Shadi Abdel Salam. The event will take place at the Contemporary Image Collective tomorrow at 7pm and will include a group discussion with the attendees.

Cairo Jazz Club 610 has quite the trap scene lineup tomorrow: MousV and producer Gelba will jump-start the night playing songs from their new album together, Maqsoum. Later on rapper Shahyn will take the stage followed by DJ Kubbara.


A Fed hatchet job ahead Jerome Powell’s confirmation: In The Lords of Easy Money, business journalist Christopher Leonard adds his name to the many critics of quantitative easing, with a particularly scathing look at the US Federal Reserve’s stimulus measures following the global financial crisis. He argues quadrupling the M2 supply in circulation had encouraged banks and other investors to extend more risky debt. Leonard uses this to attribute blame to quantitative easing for everything from wealth inequality to overvalued stocks. The book is a timely read to understand what could happen next through a thorough analysis of what this policy intervention looks like on the ground.

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