06CAIRO35. Egypt: Food for a revolution. In 2008, three years before Egyptians rose up against President Hosni Mubarak, the global food crisis provided a hint of what was to come.
As world oil prices rose and Western countries planted ever more acres for biofuels instead of people, food prices skyrocketed. Suddenly, cooking oil, tomatoes, lentils, rice and even bread soared out of reach for many families. Authoritarian Government, Neoliberalism and Everyday Civilities in Egypt - Third World Quarterly - Volume 32, Issue 5. This contribution explores how authoritarian governmental practices come to inform everyday civilities—manners and forms of interaction among the subjects of government.
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