A cabinet minister in the southern African state of Malawi said there is too much public flatulence. Does he blame beans? No, democracy.
"It was not there during the time of dictatorship because people were afraid of the consequences. Now because of multipartism or freedom, people would like to fart anywhere," he said.
Certainly it's something to consider before we start rooting for a democratic Middle East. Dictators mean more oil, less gas.
Like any good government wonk, Malawian Justice & Constitutional Affairs Minister George Chaponda (Democratic Progressive Party) knows the solution is legislation, even though a 1929 anti-flatulence law already on the books was never enforced.