Sunday, 12 August 2012

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood rule threatened by starvation of millions

David Goldman ('Spengler') has been warning for the last year that the Egyptian economy is teetering on the brink, that a collapse of the economy may lead to mass starvation. His latest article continues the theme.

The nasty kingdom of Saudi Arabia where women are synonymous with slaves, and little girls are ripe for 'marriage', you would think they would have every sympathy for Morsi's brave new Egypt. No way, the wahabite shikhs are terrified of the uncorruptible fanatics of the Muslim Brotherhood overthrowing and packing Jedda's beduin bigots back into the desert. So Egypt is not finding the necessary finances to stay afloat in Saudi Arabia. And even Obam and Europe are so cash strapped that they aren't rolling over themselves to finance Egypt's rapid decline. The bank is basically empty now with just $5.9 billion in the kitty, down from $36 billion last year.

Goldman believes that the Egyptian military as well as Saudi Arabia is waiting for the storm to erupt, for there to be starvation in the streets in a country which imports half of its food. Only once the Brotherhood is shown as not being able to solve Egypt's problems will there be a chance to get rid of the Brothers.

If the following article about the increasing power cuts in Cairo are anything to go by, then Spengler's forecasts might be coming true. The Egyptian PM's suggested solution to the problem of power cuts of, ''wearing cotton and gathering in one room'' only strengthens the impression of Egypt's new rulers being clueless as to how to solve the desperate situation.

Thursday morning power cut extends throughout Egypt
Despite President Morsi's promises to solve Egypt's electricity problems 'within days if not hours,' power cuts appear to be getting longer and more widespread, crippling the capital and many parts of the country Thursday

Socialist Popular Alliance Party calls on Imbaba citizens to refuse to pay electricity bills

 Despite government promises, over a week ago, that pervasive power cuts hitting the country since the start of the fasting month of Ramadan would be brought to an end within 48 hours, Thursday morning saw one the most serious power cuts yet.

 Lasting for two hours, it spread out throughout the country, affecting the underground Metro, hospitals and even the Cairo Stock Exchange.

 Shortages in gas and diesel led to a malfunction in the second circuit power plant at El-Asher Men Ramadan, leading to the shut down in different areas in Cairo and other governorates, official sources told the press.

 Cairo's Metro was completely paralysed for the two hours, from 9.15am. Backup electricity generators were insufficient to replace lost energy. Many Metro riders had to walk on the Metro tracks, trying to reach their destinations by foot.

 The power cuts hitting Egypt for the past few weeks have caused much public anger. The frequency and duration of cuts is increasing. Almost no governorate or neighbourhood has been spared. However, the duration of the cuts seems to be longer in remote governorates, compared to Cairo, and also longer in poorer districts as compared to more prosperous areas.

 President Mohamed Morsi apologised for the problem Friday afternoon in a speech he gave in Qena, Upper Egypt, after Friday prayers. "There are cuts in electrical power and in water in some places. I apologise to you all for this defect and I am working on it day and night. I hope we will give the new government the chance to address the drawbacks, and it will be solved in days if not hours," he told his audience. 

 In the summer heat, and during Ramadan, the effect of power losses is damaging for many people. Blackouts have also harmed industries and businesses; factories experienced substantial losses, especially metals and aluminum factories.

 We also apologise for Ahram news websites — both English and Arabic language — being offline for two hours after server problems due to power failures.

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