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« on: November 04, 2013, 06:13:05 am »

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Daily Mail Screening travellers for homosexuality at the airport? It's time the Middle East joined the 21st century on gay rights

http://travelblog.dailymail.co.uk/2013/10/screening-travellers-for-homosexuality-at-the-airport-isnt-it-time-the-middle-east-joined-the-21st-c.html

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2013, 06:42:03 am »

Bad idea; the Middle East is opening up to the rest of the world and it should be done on their terms, not the terms of the outside world.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2013, 08:39:34 pm »

The middle east is a place of religious hypocrocy.

When I read that women were raped at the riots in Syria, my reaction was to loose all interest in the well being of the people in the middle east.

Such primitive people I just can't care for.

They must do their "french revolution" themselves.
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2013, 08:36:13 pm »

that's BS what people do in their homes is their business, as long as people aren't f**king in the streets of this land why should they have the right to tell anyone they're not allowed into there country.

all the gays and those who have no problem with them or they're own sexuality should boycott the games IMO
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2014, 11:43:35 pm »

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/03/20/355490/iranians-celebrate-persian-new-year/

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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2014, 06:41:05 am »

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28314604

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Israel has resumed its air strikes on Hamas-controlled Gaza, after Israel's brief truce was met with continuing rocket fire.

Israel had earlier accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal and halted operations on Tuesday morning.

But the armed wing of Hamas rejected the initiative as a "surrender".

Palestinian officials say 192 people have been killed in eight days of Israeli air strikes. Israel on Tuesday reported its first fatality.


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It took six hours for the first attempt to broker a deal between Israel and Hamas to founder.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that if the rocket fire continued, Israel would hit back hard - and now it has.

In the search for a ceasefire, this is clearly a setback although not necessarily a terminal blow.

Hamas wants some concessions - like the lifting of the tight restrictions Israel and Egypt impose on Gaza's border - in advance of any deal.

Egypt won't give up on its diplomatic efforts after a single setback but the resumption of hostilities means the question of whether Israel will eventually order ground operations is back on the agenda.]Analysis
Kevin Connolly, BBC Middle East correspondent, Jerusalem

It took six hours for the first attempt to broker a deal between Israel and Hamas to founder.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that if the rocket fire continued, Israel would hit back hard - and now it has.

In the search for a ceasefire, this is clearly a setback although not necessarily a terminal blow.

Hamas wants some concessions - like the lifting of the tight restrictions Israel and Egypt impose on Gaza's border - in advance of any deal.

Egypt won't give up on its diplomatic efforts after a single setback but the resumption of hostilities means the question of whether Israel will eventually order ground operations is back on the agenda.

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Israel's security cabinet, convened by Mr Netanyahu, had approved the truce on Tuesday morning, minutes before the proposed time for it to come into effect - at 09:00 (06:00 GMT).

But he warned that if Hamas did not accept the ceasefire, "Israel would have all international legitimacy to broaden the military operation".

The BBC's Kevin Connolly said that Israel's rapid acceptance of the Egyptian ceasefire proposal was a smart tactical move.

If the deal had held, Israel would have been happy with the outcome, he says, because it has damaged stockpiles of weapons that Hamas will find difficult to replenish.

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) said on Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of Gazans were without water following the Israeli air strikes and that 560 homes had been destroyed.

Israel says more than 1,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza.




For potential historical perspective:

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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2014, 08:09:09 am »

so two Israeli teens get killed - tragically I agree - and Israel retaliates by killing hundreds of Palestinians. 

And Netanyahu refuses to negotiate - or accept a solution tot he problems there - the two state solution - because he figures he can keep on interfering in the US gov - keep on buying off or blackmailing US congress men and women til he gets what he wants - which is of course to stay in power because if there was peace his party would be out.


And the you have Sheldon Addison who will not bankroll the next republican pres candidate unless he swears eternal allegiance to Israel.  Great to know who is in charge in the US.

Meanwhile - we risk full blown out war as this madness continues - and the entire arab/Islamic world hates us because we back this up -
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2014, 01:36:59 pm »

^What a great summation re the US (of which I'm a proud citizen, but...)!  It's a challenge as well to find ONE piece of media in the US to cover the Palestinian's POV.  I was surprised to find the historical map that was on a news site which is encouraging.  It's impossible to figure out the whole ME but we can, as a country, examine our own part in this.  As should other countries.  For me, this, next to maybe NK is one of our worst dangers for humanity.
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2014, 09:00:26 pm »

Aside from Russia/Ukraine, meanwhile in Gaza:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101838647#.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the country's military to launch a ground offensive in Gaza, his office said in an official statement.

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"Following ten days of Hamas attacks by land, air and sea, and after repeated rejections of offers to deescalate the situation, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip," the IDF said in a statement.

Reuters witnesses and Gaza residents reported heavy artillery and naval shelling along the Gaza border.


Per BBCTV, the US journalists are ordered to get out of the area; not sure how accurate that is.  Evolving story.  Good GOD, help us all.
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2014, 07:36:15 pm »

http://globalnews.ca/news/1458833/more-than-20-palestinians-1-israeli-soldier-killed-as-troops-enter-gaza/

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GAZA, Gaza Strip – Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave’s Hamas rulers.

 Israeli artillery shells sit waiting to be fired into Gaza on July 17, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. As the Israeli operation "Protective Edge" enters its tenth day, the body count in Gaza has reach over 200 people. One Israeli has been killed in a Mortar attack.

The assault opens a new, potentially extended and bloodier stage in the conflict following a 10-day Israeli campaign of more than 2,000 airstrikes against Gaza that had failed to halt militants rocket fire on Israeli cities. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told his military to prepare for a possible “significant” expansion of the operation.




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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2017, 12:32:08 am »

Saudi Arabia's King Salman announces women will FINALLY be given right to drive, as it becomes the last country in the world to lift ban

    King Salman issued decree which will allow women to drive for the first time
    Ministerial body told to implement the decree by June 2018, state media says
    Saudi Arabia is the only country to forbid women from holding driving licences


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4922770/Saudi-Arabia-announces-women-given-right-drive.html

How modern, revolutionary and forward!

Very happy for the women there.

PS A woman must still be accompanied by a man, can't possibly let these women out by themselves! *rolls eyes*
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« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2017, 12:43:34 am »

A tiny step, but one that was unimaginable years ago.

And I do love the fact that when King Salman was on a state visit a few years ago, HM insisted on driving him around one of her estates. Good for her!  loveshower
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« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2017, 04:07:51 pm »

'You cannot force men to let their wives and sisters drive!' Saudi women still face being banned from the roads when driving rules are lifted because male 'guardians' won't let them

    Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive cars from June 2018
    Many fear they will not be given permission by their 'male guardians'
    Majority of decisions in a woman's life is made by father or husband


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4948052/Saudi-men-refuse-accept-women-allowed-drive.html
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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2017, 04:52:29 pm »

Ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia will 'return to moderate Islam and destroy extremism', Crown Prince declares as he launches overhaul of economy away from reliance on oil

    Mohammed bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia will 'end extremism very soon'
    He said Saudi Arabia shouldn't spend decades dealing with 'destructive ideas'
    The powerful Crown Prince has pushed reforms since his June 21 appointment
    He's regarded as being the force behind lifting country's driving ban for women


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5012533/Conservative-Saudi-Arabia-returning-moderate-Islam.html

Not sure whether this guy is for real, but these positive changes are really good. If he's behind it with good intentions and really wants to change the country as he says, then kudos & respect to him.
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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2017, 01:13:11 am »

EXCLUSIVE: Humiliation of the Saudi billionaire and his fellow princes photographed sleeping on bare mattresses after 'corruption' arrests as Trump says they 'have been milking their country for years!'

    Photograph exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com shows arrested princes and government ministers in their five-star hotel 'prison'
    Although no faces are shown Saudi government source says that the men on thin mattresses include Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, one of Middle East's richest men
    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered dramatic round-up of top princes and ministers in 'corruption probe'
    Donald Trump, on an extended tour of the Middle East, tweeted full-scale support for the crackdown saying: 'Some of those they are harshly treating have been “milking” their country for years!'
    But it is widely being seen as part of palace coup to guarantee his power base with the heads of the country's national guard and navy also arrested
    Some of them were in the hotel last month when it hosted international business figures for an investment conference but are now sleeping on the floor


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5055923/Arrested-Saudi-princes-photographed-five-star-prison.html

Mo sure wasn't kidding around when he announced change for Saudi Arabia. I think I like him, so far.
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« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2017, 06:21:34 pm »

Saudi Arabia moves a step closer to war with Iran by accusing the country of 'direct military aggression' by supplying militias with rockets

    Saudi Arabia intercepted missile near Riyadh's international airport on Saturday
    Missile launched at heart of the city from conflict-torn Yemen by Shiite rebels
    Saudi-led military coalition said it reserved the 'right to respond' to attack
    This 'could be considered an act of war,' Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed said
    Iran-backed Huthi rebels retaliated saying UAE and Saudi Arabia were its targets


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5057479/Saudi-Arabia-moves-step-closer-war-Iran.html
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« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2017, 07:06:36 pm »

EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son after prince rounded up Saudi royals in corruption arrests and had them sleep on bare mattresses in a luxury hotel

    King Salman of Saudi Arabia is planning to step down next week and name his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as his successor, a source told DailyMail.com
    They added: 'King Salman will play the role of the queen of England. He will only keep the title "Custodian of the Holy Shrines"
    Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, ordered the arrests of more than 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe in early November
    The Saudi royals were photographed sleeping on bare mattresses on the floor of the luxury Ritz Carlton hotel
    Once crowned king, the prince will shift his focus to Iran, a long standing rival oil empire to Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, the source said


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5089229/Saudi-Arabia-king-set-hand-crown-son.html
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