Egyptians say military discourages an open economy—military runs many businesses, pays no taxes, employs conscripted labor, buys public land on favorable terms and discloses nothing to Parliament or the public

by David D. Kirkpatrick

CAIRO — The Egyptian military defends the country, but it also runs day care centers and beach resorts. Its divisions make television sets, jeeps, washing machines, wooden furniture and olive oil, as well as bottled water under a brand reportedly named after a general’s daughter, Safi.