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A professor of history and political science at Central Oregon Community College offers some perspective on the extreme turmoil in Egypt. Professor Alan Eisenberg has studied the Middle East for decades and says what we're seeing in Egypt right now are economic, social and political frustrations all coming together in this historic moment. The worldwide recession hit Egypt especially hard during the last three years: "They want more and the frustrations in the area have a lot to do with economics; because the elite in the country really takes advantage of government connections; we would call it corruption.” Mubarak's son, he has been accumulating he and his friends have been using government contracts to accumulate most of the free enterprise wealth in the country, which is a model of how things happen in much of the Middle East and people feel that they are getting just the droppings, just the leavings, of what the elite in the country take."  In Egypt, half the people live on less than $2 a day.

 

 

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