Poor Egyptian pigs

Egyptians in the Moqattam area of greater Cairo depend on pigs for a source of food and income. (image: matthew cassel)
Egyptians in the Moqattam area of greater Cairo depend on pigs for a source of food and income. (image: matthew cassel)

Today, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered the slaughter of all pigs in Egypt to combat the swine flu in the country that he undemocratically rules. His orders came while experts are saying that the fear of the disease spreading is not from animal to human, but human to human. Surely this move will not please the country’s Christian minority, many of whom are dependent on pigs as income and a source of food.

Senile old men

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image: reuters

Seeing images of US-backed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (who’s known for imprisoning political opponents) and US-backed Palestinian President  Mahmoud Abbas (whose term ended two days ago and yet he remains in office) meeting in Cairo today was quite funny. They reminded me of two grumpy old men who sit around at the mall making comments about all the “young punks” hanging out around them. No one pays any attention to them and they know it.