Egypt: The Costs of Winning

In the rush of wonderful news from Egypt are a few stories that are not so good.  First, some opportunistic thieves took advantage of the chaos to steal irreplaceable treasures from the Egyptian museum.  Second, Egypt depends upon tourism for up to 10% of its GDP every year, and not surprisingly tourists are currently staying away in droves, although it appears that violence was restricted to Cairo, Alexandria, and a few other large cities. A friend in Luxor, Jane Akshar, talks about the missing tourists, and life in Luxor during the past few weeks, on her blog.

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