Egypt, which lacks the oil reserves that buoy the economies of its Persian Gulf neighbors, depends on revenues from the Suez Canal and the millions of tourists who flock to the pyramids and other ancient attractions.
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Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.
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