Cairo Scene: Egypt Now Accepting Volunteers For Covid-19 Vaccine Trial With New Website

Cairo Scene: Egypt Now Accepting Volunteers For Covid-19 Vaccine Trial With New Website. “News of a potential Coronavirus vaccine initially started circulating as little as two weeks into the pandemic, creating a lot of uncertainty throughout this already tumultuous period. However, it now seems now that more tangible news has popped up, bringing with it some potential for major advancements in the fight against the Coronavirus – the Ministry of Health are accepting volunteers to participate in the third phase of the clinical trials for the Coronavirus vaccine.”

BBC: Egypt releases satirical blogger Shadi Abu Zeid

BBC: Egypt releases satirical blogger Shadi Abu Zeid. “An Egyptian blogger and satirist has been released after more than two years in detention. Shadi Abu Zeid, 27, was arrested in May 2018 on charges of spreading false news and belonging to a terrorist group. His work focused on prejudices in religion, sexuality and within the Egyptian family.”

Egypt: Egypt TikTok and Instagram stars pay heavy price for ‘indecency’

BBC: Egypt TikTok and Instagram stars pay heavy price for ‘indecency’. “‘We were left in utter shock. She did nothing wrong – my sister is not a criminal,’ says Rahma al-Adham, talking of her younger sibling, a social media influencer in Egypt. Mawada, a 22-year-old university student, was last month sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of violating Egyptian family values. She was arrested in May after publishing videos on TikTok and Instagram where she lip-synced to famous songs and danced in fashionable clothes. The prosecutor found her videos indecent.”

The National: Louvre Abu Dhabi joins global research project to analyse ancient mummy portraits

The National: Louvre Abu Dhabi joins global research project to analyse ancient mummy portraits. “Launched in 2013, the Appear Project focuses on the analysis of Romano-Egyptian funerary portraits, which were painted on wooden boards and used to cover the faces of subjects after mummification. The use of the portraits began during Roman rule in Egypt and extended towards the 3rd century. The portraits typically depict a single person, and the works were painted while the subjects were alive to be specifically used after their deaths. They bear personal details about the deceased, and their manner of dress and use of jewellery can also reveal their status in society.”

PR Newswire: Clarivate Launches the Arabic Citation Index in Egypt

PR Newswire: Clarivate Launches the Arabic Citation Index in Egypt (PRESS RELEASE). “Clarivate Plc (NYSE:CCC), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, has now launched the Arabic Citation Index™ (ARCI), the world’s first local language citation index for the Arabic world in Egypt. The ARCI is funded by the Egyptian government, and is available across the entire research community in Egypt. It is also open to journal submissions by editors of Arabic-language journals and will be open to researchers and organisations in all 22 nations of the Arab League by the end of 2020.”

Middle East Monitor: Egypt releases social media influencer jailed for ‘immoral videos’

Middle East Monitor: Egypt releases social media influencer jailed for ‘immoral videos’. “TikTok influencer Manar Samy has been released from Egyptian jail on a bail of 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,253) after being arrested earlier this month for posting ‘immoral videos’. Samy was sentenced to three years imprisonment earlier this month on charges of “inciting debauchery, immorality and stirring up instincts” through her online videos, according to a prosecution statement.”

Egypt: Apparent Covid-19 Outbreaks in Prisons (Human Rights Watch)

Human Rights Watch: Egypt: Apparent Covid-19 Outbreaks in Prisons. “Accounts by witnesses to Human Rights Watch, leaked letters from two prisons, as well as credible reports by local rights groups and media indicate that at least 14 prisoners and detainees have died, most likely from Covid-19 complications, in 10 detention facilities as of July 15. Even though scores of prisoners and detainees, at a minimum, have shown mild to severe Covid-19 symptoms, prisons had insufficient medical care and virtually no access to testing for the virus or symptom screening. The authorities have released about 13,000 prisoners since late February, but that number is insufficient to ease overcrowding in congested prisons and jails.”

Arab News: Google’s new tool lets you translate Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics

Arab News: Google’s new tool lets you translate Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. “If you’ve ever wondered what messages the Ancient Egyptians were trying to convey with their hieroglyphics, Google’s new tool might just be able to help. In celebration of the anniversary of the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, Google Arts and Culture has released a new AI-powered tool, Fabricius, that allows you to decode and translate the ancient symbols and characters into both Arabic and English.”

Arab News: Egypt court jails belly dancer for ‘debauchery’ in social media crackdown

Arab News: Egypt court jails belly dancer for ‘debauchery’ in social media crackdown. “A high-profile Egyptian belly-dancer, Sama el-Masry, was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds ($18,500) on Saturday for inciting debauchery and immorality as part of a crackdown on social media postings. El-Masry was arrested in April during an investigation into videos and photos on social media, including the popular video-sharing platform TikTok, that the public prosecution described as sexually suggestive.”

Egypt: Female social media influencers under attack (North Africa Journal)

North Africa Journal: Egypt: Female social media influencers under attack. “Young Egyptian women with thousands of followers each on the popular TikTok app have become the latest target of state authorities who accuse them of spreading ‘immorality’ in society. Since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in 2014, hundreds of journalists, activists, lawyers and intellectuals have been arrested and many websites blocked in the name of state security. But in recent months a popular group of female social media ‘influencers’ has also drawn the ire of the government, and several have been arrested in a crackdown cheered by many in the deeply conservative country. “

Coronavirus: Egypt doctors accuse government over medics’ deaths (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Egypt doctors accuse government over medics’ deaths. “Doctors have accused Egypt’s health ministry of negligence in its handling of Covid-19 and said it bears ‘full responsibility’ for medics’ deaths. A union said on Monday that 19 doctors had so far died from the disease and more than 350 others had been infected. It blamed a lack of personal protective equipment and beds for sickened staff, and warned the system could ‘collapse’.”

EurekAlert: Unique digital archive of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution now online

EurekAlert: Unique digital archive of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution now online. “A new digital archive co-created by University of Warwick researcher Dr Nicola Pratt gathers art, music and film created during the 2011 Egyptian revolution into a unique new multimedia resource for scholars, students and the general public alike. ‘Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution’ documents the 25 January 2011 uprising and its aftermath through the prism of popular culture, showing how Egyptians have narrated their own histories of the revolution through graffiti, music, satire, TV drama series and film.”

Exclusive – Egyptians Turn to Jokes to Break Fear Barrier amid Coronavirus (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Asharq Al-Awsat: Exclusive – Egyptians Turn to Jokes to Break Fear Barrier amid Coronavirus. “Traffic in Cairo, which used to move at 11 kilometers an hour before the virus struck, has now reached humanly possible limits. The choice to remain in self-isolation is being laxly implemented during the day and turns into curfew at night at the order of the prime minister. This has weighed heavily on nighttime internet traffic. People have clamored to send and receive information about the pandemic, but above all else, they exchange jokes in order to break the barrier of fear.”