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Environmental Politics in Egypt by Jeannie Sowers

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3 Persistent hotspots of industrial pollution

Managerial networks, state-ownership, and poor environmental performance

Al-hukuma akbar mulawith fi Misr.”

(The government is the biggest polluter in Egypt.)

Interview with construction contractor, Alexandria, May 17, 1998

“What is wrong about this government is that while it declares that it is moving the country towards a market economy, it still behaves like a government at the helm of a command economy.”

(A1-Said, 2006)

In a slim volume entitled Buhayrat al-Mawt (Lake of Death), published in 1990, the Egyptian lawyer Ahmad Qazamil chronicled the destruction of Egypt’s Lake Manzala through increased flows of wastewater from industry, cities, and agriculture (Qazamil, 1990). While numerous ...

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