Dégage ! (Hands Off Egypt !), Say Egyptian People & Shisha Pharaohs to Totalitarian FCTC Prohibitionists!
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"In Egypt, a devastating IMF [International Monetary Fund] program was imposed in 1991 at the height of the Gulf War. It was negotiated in exchange for the annulment of Egypt's multibillion dollar military debt to the US as well as its participation in the war. The resulting deregulation of food prices, sweeping privatisation and massive austerity measures led to the impoverishment of the Egyptian population and the destabilization of its economy. The Mubarak government was praised as a model "IMF pupil".
[Added Feb 1 (comment on photo on top)] REVOLUTION: photo of a Syrian smoker (from Al Jazeera English): "Syrians are closely following the events unfolding in Egypt (credit: Hugh Macleod)". Do note that in Syria there's a fresh ban on indoor smoking so this man could be fined! The ban was based on pseudo-science (passive smoking would be lethal to non-smokers)(we're not talking of active smoking which is hazardous, OK) and actually prepared by US prohibitionists. A so-called Syrian centre for Tobacco Studies (based in Aleppo, north Syria) has actually been $ million funded by the US since 2002, that is in the wake of 09/11. This entity, whose heads are based in the US, has produced more than half a hundred anti-narghile "studies". The tacit reason is that the pipe the man on the photo is smoking is a politically and culturally incorrect defying gesture in the US. Arabs will immediately understand why. This photo is very interesting because the man is reading a newspaper named "Ath-Thawra" (in English: "The Revolution")!]