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Monday, 6 June 2022

Egypt in the News: Economy in the spotlight + Women break into advertising + fatwas

There’s a smattering of economy stories on Egypt in the international press this morning. On the upside, Quartz says Europe’s gas crisis amid its ban on Russian energy could be a “windfall” for us as we angle to become a major exporter to the continent. Striking a darker note is political analyst Maged Mandour, who writes for Carnegie that a “weak” private sector and high debt levels hinder our economy’s competitiveness.

Some good news on the gender equality front: Egyptian ads are abandoning traditional gender stereotypes and often misogynistic portrayals of women as a younger generation takes the reins on the industry, the National says, while Al-Monitor reports that women are flocking to to seek religious rulings from women preachers newly authorized to issue fatwas.

Imprisoned activist Alaa Abdel Fattah is still on hunger strike, with his his family urging the British government to intervene after he gained UK citizenship in mid-April. (The Guardian)

Also making headlines: Foreign Policy has an insipid piece about demilitarization of Sinai, Newsweek is talking about jailtime for Tik-Tokers, and Al-Monitor is talking about fossils in Fayoum.

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