Paging Mr. Orwell

The worst summer of power outages in Egypt this summer are being blamed on, wait for it, deposed (last summer) President Morsi. Why don’t they just go ahead and blame Snowball?

The accusations, by the government of Egypt’s new president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, were murky. But they neatly mirrored the reaction last summer by officials in Mr. Morsi’s government, who faced a similar crisis and pointed fingers at shadowy opponents within Egypt’s bureaucracy.

In reality, though, there is plenty of blame to go around, and a long history of successive governments neglecting Egypt’s energy problems, analysts said. The photographs of a darkened country that were splashed on the pages of the country’s newspapers — including pictures of doctors performing surgery by flashlight — appeared to be simply the latest indictment of Egypt’s leaders, perennially overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the nation’s challenges.


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