A plague of locusts swept through
Egyptian officials tried to downplay the phenomenon, hoping to quash any biblical analogies. They noted that locust swarms show up in the spring every now and then. But more earthly indicators suggest that the blighted Egyptian government is in such deep political and economic trouble that perhaps the analogy is apt.
Experts and senior government officials worldwide are warning that
What's more, almost every day the street war pitting the Islamic government and its allies against the secular urbanites seems to be growing angrier and darker.
But the central problem behind all of this is
Morsi seems baffled, even paralyzed, as he relies on the nation's quickly vanishing foreign-currency reserves to keep the nation afloat. They've fallen from
Food prices are soaring; flour and sugar cost 50 percent more than a year ago while the price of common vegetables has doubled. Part of the reason: A severe shortage of imported diesel fuel is ricocheting through the economy. Diesel not only powers the nation's commercial-transport truck fleet -- fights are breaking out at gas stations -- but also irrigation pumps used by millions of farmers to grow wheat and vegetables.
Tourism has dropped to near zero. Previously it brought in as much as 20 percent of the nation's revenue. In most
Given what potential tourists see on the news, is it any wonder that they're staying away? Morsi made headlines worldwide this month when he ordered the arrest of television comedian
The arrest brought a sharp rebuke from
Also drawing the world's eyes is his government's tacit approval of recurring attacks on Coptic Christians.
Several photos went viral online showing the attack on
Morsi's government said not a word about this or any of the other atrocities committed against Christians in recent months, passively encouraging more assaults. In fact, Morsi holds himself blameless for all that's going on. Last month, Moody's Analytics downgraded
Nasser el Farash, a government spokesman, said the problem is corruption left over from the Mubarak regime. And yet Morsi's attacks on critics seem a direct copy of Mubarak's strategies.
Morsi even struck back at criticism from
How long can this irresponsible man be allowed to mismanage arguably the
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