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Monday, 16 January 2023

More love for Shubeik Lubeik + High praise for the IMF agreement

It’s a mixed bag for mentions of Egypt in the foreign press this morning.

The prizewinning graphic novel Shubeik Lubeik by Egyptian author Deena Mohamed is getting more love from the foreign press: The Guardian and NPR sit down for separate interviews with Mohamed to find out about her story and what inspired the book, not long after it received a glowing review in the New Yorker, as we noted last week.

Meanwhile, the Independent’s international correspondent Borzou Daragahi heaps praise on our loan agreement with the IMF — and calls on world powers to pressure authorities to follow through on promises to the multilateral lender to reduce military involvement in the economy. Daragahi was from 2011-2015 a Financial Times correspondent based in Cairo. (Independent)

Also making headlines:

  • An Egyptian court yesterday sentenced 38 people to life in prison in connection with 2019 anti-government protests, including exiled contractor / dissident Mohamed Ali. (Associated Press | AFP)
  • Too many new mosques? Al-Monitor asks if the EGP 10.2 bn spent on renovating or building some 9.6k mosques since 2013 is “excessive” amid a squeeze on household budgets. (Al-Monitor)
  • The Jordan Times is reporting that Egyptian authorities have blocked a number of Jordanian trucks from entering Libya through the Salloum border crossing.

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