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Egyptian business owners adapt to social unrest

A scratched poster of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is posted on a shop front near the Rabaa al-Adaweya Mosque in Nasr City on August 15, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.

As the turmoil and unrest continues in Egypt, many businesses in the country have closed operations. In many areas, it's too dangerous to allow employees to come into work and in others, the commute may be too risky.

Ahmed Al-Qusi is a small business owner in Cairo. He owns six showrooms that sell stationary and fine paper. His shop in one of the more tumultuous areas was closed today, but he and his employees came to work anyway -- with the doors locked and fire extinguishers ready -- to make sure the property and items inside stayed safe. He worries about the safety of his employees, but he feels assured that they will be safe. By now, they are all used to it.

"We are always going through all kinds of crises. So we've got lot of experience to live the day, every day, by itself -- to work on a daily basis," he says.

Al-Qusi says even though tomorrow he plans to open all  six of his showrooms and head offices,  after tomorrow, he is less certain. Listen to the full conversation with Al-Qusi by clicking play on the audio player above.

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The Egyptian economy is the reason why Morsi was removed. Now the economy will get even worse because there is not just "unrest", there is a revolution. Morsi's 9 million supporters are not happy, and in Egypt, people actually protest when they don't agree with the government. Unfortunately, in Egypt, the military (who control the country), are killing those who are protesting the removal of Morsi by the military.

The US government cannot acknowledge that the unrest is actually a revolution because if it did, that would mean that the $1.5 billion in aid ($1.3 billion) in military aid, is going to a military that is controlling a country and killing protestors. There are laws in this country preventing US aid from going to one side or the other in a revolution.

The US supported the original revolt against Mubarek, when the military eventually intervened. Then Morsi was elected by the people. The economy did not improve fast enough because of the magnitude of the problem, people got impatient, protested and Morsi was removed by the US backed military.

The American people, once again, are not given all of the facts. Our own government will not call it like it is because they would be forced to stop the military aid. They are afriad their influence would then decrease, and other influences would replace ours.

If the US didn't need to control the middle east because of its energy policy, we would not have to pick sides whenever a sovereign nation in that region goes through the exact same thing we went through during our fight for independence and freedom. People are the same everywhere, they want freedom and the opportunity to have a decent standard of living.

Our military/industrial complex supports Egypt's military/industrial complex in order to try to maintain the status quo of the global economy, which is based on oil.

Why doesn't this forum cover the daily "unrest" in Egypt? Is the US government censoring accurate and transparent coverage?

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