Egypt Unveils Plan For New Capital East Of Cairo

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This current event article, Egypt Unveils Plans to Build New Capital East of Cairo, was written by Orla Guerin of BBC Cairo. The article reports that Egypt is planning to build a new capital city east of Cairo, Egypt’s current capital, which was built back in 969 C.E. The plans of the new capital and its forty-five billion U.S. dollar price tag were presented at The Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, which occurred from March 13th, 2015 to March 15th, 2015. The housing minister of Egypt, Mostafa Madbouly stated that the project would be completed in an ambitious seven year time frame that would include two-thousand schools, six-hundred health facilities, new infrastructure (skyscrapers and running water),
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It will also lead to economic growth that Egypt desperately needs to prevent future unrest. Many countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and The UAE have already pledged four billion dollars in investments for the project and US Secretary of State, John Kerry, praised Egypt for taking steps to ensure future economic success. While building a new capital can be risky, like those in Brazil and Nigeria, since populating it could take years, Egypt expects five million people to reside in the new city that would be the size of Singapore with an airport larger than London Heathrow Airport. Egypt also expects this to be one of the most monumental projects in recent history.
S.P.I.C.E. Themes: This current event article can relate to the SPICE themes, Social, Political, Interactions, Cultural, and Economic. The article relates to the social theme very little since the development and transformation of social structures, gender roles, classes, family, and kinship is rarely mentioned. However, when the article says that the new city will foster Egyptian pride and confidence, it shows there will be a growth and strengthening of kinship ties between the Egyptians, thus the article can relate to the social theme components of SPICE. Secondly the article relates to the SPICE theme, political, which includes components such as nationalism, expansion, state structures, and forms of government. The article states that this new
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