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The dish that helped fuel Egypt’s revolution

By Wendell Steavenson   184

Wendell, friends, koshari and the Nile

In the early days of the Egyptian revolution, the Mubarak regime denounced the protestors on Tahrir Square as “Kentucky Fried Chicken eaters”—foreign agents with laptops and fresh $50 bills in their pockets. In fact the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet on Tahrir Square was, like everything else in the vicinity, boarded up. Later its frontage became a gallery for political cartoons: Mubarak strangling his people, Mubarak with devil horns and blood-red eyes.

The hundreds of thousands of protestors who ended up urban camping in flower beds and gutters laughed at the “Kentucky” slur and waved…

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