Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Egypt's freedom harvest: My article in New Internationalist

...Meanwhile, both rural and urban dwellers have become heavily dependent on cheap food imports. Patterns of consumption have changed. Now obesity and malnutrition co-exist among the poorer social classes – the majority of the Arab people. Any food price spikes give rise to instant discontent, which is expressed loudly in the streets.
It’s no coincidence that both Tunisia and Egypt, once home to market-friendly dictators Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, were also the sites of food riots in the 1980s and most recently in 2008. The 2010 food spike helped mobilize the insurrection that ended Mubarak’s rule....

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