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Update: Cairo opera chief refuses Cabinet post after Islamist threats

Ines Abdel-Dayem, removed by the Islamists from her post at Cairo Opera House,  has turned down the post of Culture Minister in the new Egyptian Cabinet after threats to her life by Islamist groups. The ew minister is the man who fired her three moths ago. Our correspondent says there is much anger and the situation remains unstable.

Abdel-Dayem’s eviction provoked a strike by opera house personnel and street demonstrations  a few days before the Morsi government fell.

See here for demo footage.




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  1. Just sixteen words would do well in a new Egyptian constitution. E.g., the United States of America is the only nation on this planet that was founded on the constitutional promise, in 1791, that “Congress (the U.S. government) shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This promise became a fundamental American right in 1868.

    Hence, American citizens became free from religion and all religions became EQUAL. Civil law rather than religious law prevailed. It is the basis for liberty through equality, especially gender equality which rejects and intolerance and prejudice toward women.

    • Michael Schaffer says:

      That’s just an illusion. Yes, it says that in the constitution but it also says “in god we trust” on the money and the reality is, religion plays a bigger role in politics in the US than in any other western country. In some respects, the US is closer to some Muslim countries than to most other western countries, as far as the influence of religion on public life in concerned.

  2. Alexander Frey says:

    Ines is a friend of mine and has done amazing work for music in Cairo. The first time I conducted the Cairo Symphony Orchestra (a very fine ensemble), she was the principal flutist. When I returned some years later, she was not only still principal flutist but also the general director of the orchestra and head of the Cairo Conservatory of Music! A former student of Jean-Pierre Rampal and the Paris Conservatory, Ines has made a major contribution to the cultural life of the city and of Egypt and I hope she is allowed to continue to do so.

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