A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Friday, April 2, 2010

Ouch: Department of Irony

Those of my generation will recall when severe famines gripped Ethiopia, and tasteless jokes were made about starving Ethiopians, and US soldiers dubbed their MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) as "Meals Rejected by Ethiopians," and so on.

So for lovers of irony and recognizing those days were a while back: Egypt, to offset a beef shortage that has sent prices soaring, is importing 6000 head of cattle from Ethiopia and another 5000 from Djibouti. (Article is in Arabic.)

Just noting the irony.

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