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Review: Commentaries continue to watch Mubarak’s trial

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Mubarak’s healthy condition and wide smile continued to attract attention from the Egyptian writers in major newspapers. Other commentators called upon the youth to unify their efforts to achieve the objectives of the 2011 revolution

Abdel Hakim Al-Shami - columnreview

Abdel Hakim Al-Shami

Search for the new-look

Freedom and Justice Newspaper

Al-Shami recalls the recent scene of ousted president Mubarak behind bars, appearing in a healthy condition with a wide smile and waving to his fans. The writer believes that the image of Mubarak, who was sitting for the first time during the court session, in contrast with earlier images which showed him lying on a stretcher, shows a fabricated scene prepared by corrupt advisors inside the prison.

Analysing the provocative scene, the Islamist writer believes that members of the ousted regime want to send a message to the public that Mubarak might be making a return to Egypt’s political life. Mubarak’s appearance did not, in Al-Shami’s viewpoint, benefit him. The reactions of many Egyptians to how he appeared in the court trial drove them to call for his return to Tora prison and a restart to the entire trial. Some Egyptians have even called upon the court to give Mubarak a life sentence on charges of killing demonstrators during the 25 January 2011 uprising. Concluding his article, Al-Shami asks the Egyptian authorities to investigate the details behind Mubarak’s latest court session and reveal how this scene was fabricated to provoke the audience. He states Mubarak might be wrongly living in his own bubble, believing he could regain power.

Amr Khafagy - columnreview

Who started a revolution should finalise it

Amr Khafagy

Al-Shorouk newspaper

Looking at a recent article written by Egyptian scientist Farouk Al-Baz, Khafagy stresses the importance of enhancing teamwork amongst Egyptian youth. Focusing on four aspects; illiteracy, hygiene, cleaning the River Nile and beautifying villages, Al-Baz believes that individual work alone cannot achieve good results in Egypt. Commenting on Al-Baz’s opinion, Khafagy states that some people would consider the scientist’s viewpoint to be impractical amid the polarised political scene, where Egyptians are torn between supporting or opposing the Muslim Brotherhood. However, the writer believes that the four aspects highlighted in Al-Baz’s article could be a good way of continuing with the objectives of the revolution. The Egyptian revolutionaries started an impressive 18-day uprising that ousted a corrupted president. It is time to unify efforts and proceed further along the road of Egypt’s development.


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