Post-Mubarak Egypt ‘running out of food’
Egypt, struggling to consolidate a revolution that deposed President Hosni Mubarak in February, faces what could be even worse turmoil because the country is running out of food as well as the money to buy it.
Food prices went up 10.7 percent in April compared to the same month in 2010, government statistics indicate.
At the same time, Egypt’s annual urban inflation rate surged past 12 percent in April, underlining how key factors that triggered the popular uprising that forced Mubarak from office after 30 years remain in play.
A dozen other Arab states were roiled by similar uprisings, some much less intense than Egypt’s.
But food prices and related economic grievances played a big part in these upheavals, unprecedented in modern Middle Eastern history.
It began in Tunisia, where longtime President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was driven from office in January. Then Mubarak was toppled.
Three other Arab dictators teeter on the brink: Moammar Gadhafi of civil war-wracked Libya, Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen — whose country is actually running out of water and on the cusp of critical food shortages — and Bashar Assad of Syria who has sent tanks into the streets to crush protests in which demonstrators howled for his removal.
What transpires in Egypt, long the leader of the Arab world, could be a pointer to how other Middle Eastern states may emerge from their wrenching political upheavals.
Symbolic perhaps of Yahweh’s pulling back Her spirit and the providing of nourishment and healthful guidance to evil mankind? A turbulent time for the nations that do not accept Her offer of Mercy.
Isaiah 1:19 “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.”