Not even the fact that he chummed around with Obama saved the overt anti-Semite archaeologist from being canned. Hopefully Obama receives the very same treatment next year. KGS
Egyptology Gains As Corrupt Clown Zahi Hawass Fired
Egypt’s antiquities minister, whose trademark Indiana Jones hat made him one the country’s best known figures around the world, was fired Sunday after months of pressure from critics who attacked his credibility and accused him of having been too close to the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Zahi Hawass, long chided as publicity loving and short on scientific knowledge, lost his job along with about a dozen other ministers in a Cabinet reshuffle meant to ease pressure from protesters seeking to purge remnants of Mubarak’s regime.
“He was the Mubarak of antiquities,” said Nora Shalaby, an activist and archaeologist. “He acted as if he owned Egypt’s antiquities, and not that they belonged to the people of Egypt.” Despite the criticism, he was credited with helping boost interest in archaeology in Egypt and tourism, a pillar of the country’s economy. But after Mubarak’s ouster on Feb. 11 in a popular uprising, pressure began to build for him to step down.