More on Egypt

21 07 2013

Over the past few months, I’ve written a fair deal of commentary on Egypt as I believe it to be the petri dish of the future, the test tube of collapse.  Along with Syria.  And whilst seemingly hundreds and hundreds of column inches have been consumed in the media over Egypt’s search for freedom and democracy, the need for a secular government, the need for economic reform to kick start new growth to get the Egyptian people off Tahrir square and back to work so they can service their debt, my views, whenever they’ve been aired on the Drum or the Conversation are met with astonishment and even derision….

And now, along comes this:

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood failed the most basic test – feeding the people

No bull………  now who’d a thunk…???

The political deadlock, in which it appears that the Egyptian Military will not consider restoring Mursi to the presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood will not back down from its demands for reinstatement, shows no signs of easing.

What is clear is just how far the Brotherhood’s fortunes have fallen. Beyond the loyal supporters and members keeping the vigil in the square outside Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque in Nasr City, in the marches in Giza and the protests in Alexandria, it is difficult to find a fan. Those who do not support the military’s intervention in the revolution — yes — but a Brotherhood fan? They appear to be thin on the ground.

“Many of the poor thought the Brotherhood would help them live a better life, but they did not,” said Mohamed Abd El-Sabour, from the Cairo neighbourhood of Shubra.

“Then religion got in between the people and the Brotherhood — they thought as long as they were religious and prayed that we would trust them, but they needed to do something much more concrete than that. They needed to make real progress,” the 33-year-old said. Two months ago he was forced to leave his job as a salesman and start driving taxis.. The economy — and being able to fill his tank again after the recent chronic benzene shortages — are the key issues that occupy his mind.

“Eventually the Muslim Brotherhood will have to accept their fate and leave,” he said. “The experiment has failed.” His was the mildest opinion offered to Fairfax Media last week.   Source

AND…….

After paying a monthly rent of 300 Egyptian Pounds (A$47), there is little left over for food and other essentials for Mona, a widow, and her three daughters.

Her struggle is, in essence, Egypt’s struggle, yet it is one that the deposed Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government forever failed to grasp.

Families gather for a mass iftar (breaking fast) in Tahrir square  earlier this month.

“I eat here with my daughter so we don’t take Iftar alone,” she says, acknowledging that the last year had been especially tough on finances.

Conscious of the crackling tension around her, Mona won’t be drawn on the downfall of Mohamed Mursi on July 3 — a move his supporters claim was a military coup but his detractors say was the will of the millions of people who took to the streets calling for his removal.

But the volunteer manager of the communal Ramadan table, at which around 70 people eat each night, is more forthcoming.

“We give people rice, vegetables and meat, some people come not just for the food but to be together — this is the real Islam, this is not the Muslim Brotherhood,” says Waleed Tyson, 40.

Egypt is riven with divisions — between pro- and anti-Mursi protesters, between Islamists and secularists, Islamists and Coptic Christians, those who support the revolution and those who believe it was a military coup and between the Muslim Brotherhood and everyone else — and the fear that these tensions will spill over into violence is ever-present.

And why is all this happening……..??  Well,Ruth Pollard, the SMH Middle East Correspondent thinks “amidst the frustration at the Brotherhood, felt by the opposition National Salvation Front, al-Nour, and Tamarod, there is also optimism that in the so-called second wave of the revolution, Egypt may have been spared worse turmoil.”

Ruth Pollard has obviously never heard of Peak Oil or overpopulation…….  but at least it’s a start that someone out there is acknowledging food and fuel shortages (even if only fleetingly..)  How long will it take for the MSM to put two and two together is anyone’s guess.  But I’ll send her this blog post and test the waters….  keep fingers crossed!

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3 responses

21 07 2013
samsavvas

Mike,
On Sunday morning I was surprised to hear Macca talking about peak pol (although not by name – that I heard) and ‘getting off’ oil asap on his Australia All Over programme!
Sam P.

21 07 2013
mikestasse

Wow……. wonders will never cease!

5 04 2014
warwick rowell

Hi Mike

I am finding myself more and more in agreement with you, and have started a process of family level adaptation, using cash resources might be devalued extremely quickly..
The thing that strikes me is that with a few punctuated broad gauge impacts, for most of us (wealthy middle class Oz) the descent will be slow.. Increasing fuel costs, products no longer available, less travel, and that creep makes it hard to deal with. Nicolle Foss highlights the finance issue well.

“The future is here, but not evenly distributed yet.” In Zambia last year; 80% had no domestic access to the wheel, electricity and water!

I’ll be putting more stuff on my web-site as my thinking clarifies.. http://www.warwickrowell.com

Any thoughts welcome!

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