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Irresponsible Citizen Journalism: Hamas Child Brides

Hamas is the controversial Palestinian political party with a military and social  arm that legitimately won elections in 2006 (defeating Fatah) and is also considered a terrorist organization by the US, the EU, Canada, Japan and Israel. A Hamas sponsored matchmaking agency recently sponsored a mass wedding for 450 couples living in one of the […]

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America
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Declunkerize- it’s time to clean out your garage

The US cash for clunkers program has been given new life by the approval of an additional $2 billion. Environmentalists are complaining that there is nothing in the legislature that encourages people to purchase fuel efficient vehicles (just better than what they previously had). However the objective was to give new life to the automobile […]

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Priorities- psychology paper for me or jail for you?

We all know Nobel peace prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader in Myanmar who has been under house arrest for 14 years out of the past 20 years but do you know who is John Yettaw? He is the uninvited visitor who is the reason why Suu Kyi is possibly going to […]

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A Tale of Extreme Journalism in North Korea

Yesterday’s post was about the three American hikers/journalists/tourists that wandered into Iran. Today is a new day with (almost) the same story being repeated, except this involves two American journalists who wandered illegally into North Korea, another country with which the US does not have diplomatic ties. Sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, the […]

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Wanderlust or heedlessness?

The news wires are full of reports about the three American tourists/freelance journalists that got lost while hiking on the border of Iraq and have been arrested after they wandered into Iran. The Swiss consulate is negotiating on the behalf of the US as there are no official diplomatic ties between the two countries. In […]

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Saudi Arabia

Insulting Royalty- Saudi Arabia and Beyond

Many countries with royal families tend to be extremely protective about defending their honor. Thailand was recently in the news because of the jailing of an Australian writer for insulting the monarchy and his subsequent pardon. A few weeks later a British professor ran from Thailand with similar charges against him. Several years ago Spanish […]

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Saudi Arabia

Change in Saudi Arabia- Short and Long Term

As we have all read by now, Saudi Arabia has made some changes in its government and brought in more moderates. Some changes were expected, some were nominal while others are profound. A lot of people focused on the first woman appointee as it heralds something new, however bringing in women is an inevitable change. […]

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Saudi Arabia

Punishment for Gang Rape Victim- Saudi Style

Many Saudis feel that their country is unfairly represented in Western media. There are biases for sure and some journalists/media outlets undoubtedly unfairly focus on KSA. Part of problem however are the incidents that actually happen. Child marriages have recently been getting international attention but “Saudi-style justice” is not limited to children. A story from […]

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Saudi Arabia

Religious Tolerance in Saudi Arabia

Disclaimer: this post includes references to the following two news articles.  I do not know the veracity of the articles nor the legitimacy of the web-sites. Saudi Arabia arrests Christian blogger Pastor flees death threats Churches, synagogues, temples are banned in Saudi Arabia however people are allowed to practice their religion in private. They are […]

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Success Factors for Terrorism Rehabilitation

The concept of prisoner rehabilitation is not new. Several European countries, in addition to their regular closed prisons, also have open prisons where prisoners are called clients, there is little security, the living conditions are rather luxurious, they can leave the facility for short periods of time and have provisions for conjugal visits. In some […]

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