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Egypt Popular Culture

By Congrong Zheng

Talking about Egypt Pop culture, I want to start with a news piece about Egypt weeding. I was quite impressed by this article from Zambia Daily Mail, talks about Egypt marriage.


“In an Islamic state like Egypt, and a city like Cairo, where men have the liberty to marry up to four wives, provisions made by Islam and of course in line with the requirements, I wonder how many of the couples are first timers,” says Ndey Kumba Demba, a journalist from The Gambia attending a training course in Cairo organised by the African Media Training Centre, Ministry of Media, Egypt.However, for the Egyptians, there is nothing strange about weddings happenings any day of the week. It is a culture they are used to, what they are however used to is the holding of weddings during the day or afternoon. Largely because of the crisis which erupted following the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically-elected President Mohamd Morsi, the interim government which was ushered into office has declared a state of emergency and a curfew which compels residents to be in-doors earlier than they are used to.


In movie industry, BBC news has reported that “Abdo Mota” a very popular and unusal hero movie showed in Nov.2012.Abdo Mota is the unlikely hero of the film everyone’s talking about in Egypt. He is a “baltagy” – an Arabic term for thug.At one point in the film, Abdo talks triumphantly about his criminal record, listing the people he has hurt and others he has killed.In Egypt these men have been linked to the Mubarak regime. “Abdo Mota offers nothing but the cycle of violence a thug falls into,” said Egyptian film critic Magda Maurice. People loved this movie because they could get connection with this movie easily with their daily life such as violence.


Egypt actions on environmental issues

By Congrong Zheng

Egypt is part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals funding program. There is official website about MDG in Egypt, belongs to United Nations Development Program. According to the official website of Millennium Development Goals funding, The MDG Achievement Fund is an international cooperation mechanism whose aim is to accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) worldwide. It supports national governments, local authorities and citizen organizations in their efforts to tackle poverty and inequality.


Egypt’s environmental problems stem from its aridity, extremely uneven population distribution, shortage of arable land, and pollution. With the new government and existed government policies Egypt is trying to dealing with environment issues everyday.

From the ministry of State of Environmental Affairs website, we could find out that Egypt has passed the The National Environmental Action Plan in 1999, is currently entering its final phase.  The plan is to provide support for the introduction of a participatory and demand-driven environmental planning process. For environmental laws, Law 4/1994, has a greater role with respect to all governmental sectors as a whole. The laws and regulations covering the governmental sector that can be grouped according to the pollutant emissions from various activities.


For a more specific topic, Garbage has always been an severe issue in Egypt. In recent news, Egypt is going to use more local companies to hopefully dealing with this issue. By granting of low-interest credit facilities to local garbage collection companies, in a prelude to taper off and eventually end work with foreign companies.