Feeding Egypt

Jackson Diehl at the Washington Post believes that for Egypt, “the link between food and freedom — or the lack of it — has never been clearer.”He says that Mubarak’s regime is in trouble as “Egypt’s latest bread crisis comes on the heels of a pro-democracy movement” and people take to the streets in protest over wages and political oppression, not just a hike in grain prices.

Riots are being stomped out but strikers continue to reorganize, and as Eman S. Morsi at babelmed interestingly points out, “most of these events were led or initiated by women,” defying social norms to voice their frustrations. Visit 3rabawy for photos on the most recent sit-in by 500 workers at Misr Dairy Products Company in El-Amiriya.

At the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, David Schenker provides detailed analysis of the current economic and political situation in Egypt, the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in recent elections, and the relationship between the United States and the Mubarak regime. Schenker notes that “Washington faces an uphill battle on certain key issues” as Egypt faces “a political transition on the horizon.”