Editor's Choice

September 7, 2011

Christian Arabs who might sometimes get the 'rap' for wanting to break off and form their own 'Lebanon' for example
 are in fact averse to this idea and put their vote firmly with separation of Church and State in a civil state.
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Tuesday that the Christians of the Middle East reject any attempt to divide the region into sectarian states, the National News Agency reported. They also advocate the right of return for Palestinians to a homeland.
Driving in Saudi Arabia where 86% of the population have cars can be a tricky business when surrounded by young drivers who show disdain for the rule of law on the roads.
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A clamp-down on Saudi poor driving conduct: Anyone who thinks he is above the law must face the consequences of breaking it. That there are bad, careless and, worse, selfish drivers in Saudi Arabia is only too well known.

September 6, 2011

Alhambra of Granada, Andalusia, once Moorish Spain, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the inspiration for 
lore and many a legend.
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A Jordanian military officer has been charged with a crime against Spain's historical heritage after being caught carving his name on a wall of the Alhambra. Warrant Officer Mohammad Jaradat is expected sometime in the coming few months to stand before a Spanish court for sabotaging Spanish heritage.
Child brides are still a social issue in the Middle East and globally.  But there is more awareness and legal attention on this social malaise, with countries like India raising their legal age for marriage to 21.
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An Emirati man has been arrested in India on suspicion of buying an underage wife he planned to bring back to the UAE to double up as his spouse and housemaid.
Baptism site at Jordan river believed to be where Jesus himself was baptized is the site of many Christian Arab baptisms today.
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Fresh reports surface on Queen Rania's year-old hosting of the Murdochs and Blairs for a three-day tour of Jordan and the baptism of their children, which took place beside the River Jordan, are breaking, as the media highlights the fact that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is godfather to one of Rupert Murdoch’s children.

September 5, 2011

The Gaddafis: A family divided. Brothers go separate ways and cast blame: Saadi Gaddafi told CNN in a telephone interview that an "aggressive" speech broadcast by his brother, Saif Al Islam Gaddafi, a few days ago had led to the breakdown in negotiations, paving the way for an attack.
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A family split, with brothers divided: A son of Muammar Gaddafi blamed his high-profile (possibly sibling rival) brother for the collapse of talks with Libya's new rulers on abandoning one of the last remaining loyalist bastions.
The author to the Wikileaks entertainment wires, Julian Assange. Not short of drama, these leaked cables can provide real life entertainment for hours on end: "These dry diplomatic cables are more engrossing than a Dan Brown riddle or a legal thriller by John Grisham."
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The WikiLeaks spotlight is once again trained on American war crimes in Iraq. Heavy weights in the media industry The Guardian and The New York Times as collaborators to the leaks could be at risk of back-lash.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, former friend to the now beleaguered Gaddafi, turns his back on ex-ally, now 'wanted' man.
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Friends in politics are friends in the good times. 'How to leave your ally in 24 hours?' reported a news website that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had declined to accept a phone call from his former “ally” Muammar Qaddafi following the collapse of the Qaddafi regime in Libya.

September 4, 2011

Friends in Kosher and Halal: Jews and Muslims bond over ritualistic lamb slaughter.
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The common cause of Jews and Muslims uniting against the ban in their concern to protect their traditions of halal and kosher meat is due to the importance both religions place on preventing animal suffering.
China who has made clear its support of non-intervention to Gaddafi's regime throughout the 6-month showdown, may have willingly intervened to lend a little back-hand support to pro-Gaddafi forces through military channels.
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China was prepared to violate UN sanctions in late July: China offered huge stockpiles of weapons to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi during the final months of his regime, according to papers that describe secret talks about shipments via Algeria and South Africa.
Parents hang 8 year-old daughter first before turning the noose on themselves. This is a  tale of misfortune and tragedy for an Indian expat. family who gave up hope and chose to die rather than confront financial shame.
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The financial crisis finishes off a UAE-resident Indian family. This three-member family made their living and home in the Emirate Ras Al Khaimah and allegedly committed suicide by hanging themselves in their house, over despair from dire finances.

September 3, 2011

A clean break for Libyans is marked by a white fresh kit bearing the red-black-green old colors adopted by the new political pioneers, the NTC: a departure from the old green sported Gaddafi era footballers.
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Libya's national football team is set to unveil a white kit, which marks a break with the green colour associated with ruler Muammar Gaddafi's regime. The new kit would make its debut during the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique.
Assad is probably not going anywhere for a while, forecast experts who cite his support within Syria as still substantial
enough to buoy him up in power for longer than his fellow fallen Arab leaders.
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Oil companies in Europe are betting on the survival of President Bashar Assad in Syria, in sharp contrast to their support for Libya’s opposition six months ago...
Amusement parks have often been subject to safety-alarm across the board and nations. The ability to enjoy the experience
based on a simulated fear with the knowledge of certain safety is undermined when the safety record is questionable.
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During this Eid holidays, citizens voiced their disapproval as well as concerns on the poor state of these parks, but many stressed on the lack of safety and use of old equipment and rides, which were just painted to look new.

September 1, 2011

This ill-fated treaty at Camp David 1978 for Sadat may have seen its time or had its day, speculate some, now that 
things are cooling off (if not heating up) on the border between Israel and Egypt.
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What worked for Sadat's Egypt (though not so much for him) with the Camp David treaty with Israel, might not stand a chance with today's less facile, newly fired-up Egyptian populace. In the new revolutionary environment, a subservient and accommodating Egypt is an entity of the past.