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Syrian opposition leader says he's ready to step down
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Owner of Egypt belly dance Al-Tit TV arrested
[Al Ahram] Egyptian police said they tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
on Thursday the owner of a television station that broadcasts belly dancing, on suspicion of "facilitating prostitution."

Baleegh Hamdi, owner of the Al-Tit channel, is also accused of "harming public decency," police said, adding that he was tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in his apartment.
Al-Tit? Seriously?
The prostitution charge appears to stem from messages broadcast on the channel, a police official said without elaborating.

In a clip from the station's broadcast posted on YouTube, a ticker at the bottom of the screen shows text messages from viewers who say they are looking for spouses.

Egyptian law bans prostitution and vaguely defined offences against public decency.
But the standard of female beauty is 100 kilograms. This puts the dancing girl, above, into perspective.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Hamdi swears that his new channel, Al-Boobi, will stay well within the bounds of public decency.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/18/2012 1:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Looking for wife? Yeah, "temporary wife", i.e. whore. They have a little song and dance which makes this all OK in the eyes of Allah.
Posted by: gromky || 05/18/2012 9:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Dancing with the scars ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2012 9:22 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Libya approves Islamic banking law: official
[Al Ahram] Libya has approved an Islamic banking law that will introduce sharia-compliant banking in the North African country, a member of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) said on Thursday.

Libya has been working to amend its banking laws to attract foreign investment and stimulate its private sector following last year's war that ousted Muammar Qadaffy
...Custodian of Wheelus AFB for 42 long years until he was ejected from the gene pool by his indignant citizens...
, the central bank governor has said.
Clearly it isn't Western investors they want. Just as well, with key bits of Europe going up in flames...
NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil said in October Libya's new rulers were working on an Islamic banking system. The central bank submitted a proposal on this to the council for approval in the last few months.

"The NTC has adopted the central bank's proposal regarding Islamic banking," Salwa Al-Dgheily, a member of the NTC judicial committee, told Rooters. She said it was up to the central bank to now announce the law.

The central bank has been looking to update a 2005 banking law which first allowed foreign banks into Libya.

Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [394 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil said in October Libya's new rulers were working on an Islamic banking system.

How ironic. Since taking office, the Obama administration has been doing precisely the same thing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2012 5:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Islamic Banking? the picture I get, is poverty, Give the Imams your Money and pray,(so they can live like King Midas) NO THANKS.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 05/18/2012 11:06 Comments || Top||

Kuwait's emir blocks MPs' sharia law proposal
Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has blocked a proposal by 31 of the 50 elected members of parliament to amend the constitution to make all legislation comply with Islamic law. His approval is needed for any constitutional change.

Mohammad al-Dallal, an Islamist MP and legal expert, said,"His highness the emir is not in favor," adding that the proposal was put forward by the Islamic Justice Bloc and signed by 31 lawmakers.

Political parties are banned in Kuwait so MPs have to rely on forming blocs in parliament. The 15-member cabinet selected by the prime minister can also vote in parliament.

Dallal said, "Our society is a conservative society, a lot of people request that laws comply with sharia (Islamic law). We also do not have a stable political system," he said, saying such an amendment could help make lawmaking less chaotic.

Islamist MPs have proposed amending the constitution in this way several times in the past. This time, they asked to change article 79 to make sharia "the only source" of legislation rather than a major or main source as it is now.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Kadyrov sacks Chechen government
Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov dismissed his government on Thursday in what appeared to be an attempt to avoid a possible reduction in federal subsidies.

Kadyrov didn't offer much explanation for his actions, telling the dismissed officials that he was pleased with their work overall but changes to the government were needed to solve "new problems," according to a statement on Chechnya's official website. He did not say when a new government would be appointed and who would be in it.

One analyst said Kadyrov might be trying to show activity, fearing that the country's leadership might decide to cut federal budget subsidies to some or all of the regions despite promises not to do so.

The North Caucasus republics are some of the most heavily subsidized regions, provoking ethnic Russians, who have rallied under the slogan: "Stop Feeding the Caucasus."
Posted by: || 05/18/2012 01:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Culture Wars
Because Global Poverty Is The Goal
The Wold Wildlife Foundation and a group at the European Space Agency have decided that the answer to global warming is global poverty and
I kid you not
that should be the goal we work toward.
Right, convince China, India, and Brazil.
According to source article the Living Planet Report for 2012 is described as "quite remarkable".
I would tend to agree though the remarks aren't fit for a family joint like this.
I am sure you will have some remarks of your own after reading this piece that lays out the true goal of the "Green" agenda.
Posted by: crosspatch || 05/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [427 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I really wish the World Wrestling Federation would come out with their own counter-report. Pretty much anything they said would work to mock the other WWF.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 05/18/2012 0:58 Comments || Top||

#2  I was trying to figure out what WWF was an abbreviation for. I thought maybe it was "World Wide Fvckoffs." I suggest these folks go to a different planet. Obviously they are are already out there somewhere in their minds.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/18/2012 10:05 Comments || Top||

#3  "World Wildlife Foundation and a group at the European Space Agency have decided that the answer to global warming is global poverty"

Why don't you clowns set a good example for the rest of us and give up everything, including your Ipods, computers, electricity, potable water, cars . . . .

C'mon, ya' pansies, show us how it's done!
Posted by: Barbara || 05/18/2012 12:20 Comments || Top||

#4  The WWF law-whores and Enviro-Nazis cost the Gibson Guitar Company million$ and almost shut the company (in TN) down related to imported wooden guitar-making materials/parts.
Gibson would have gone tits-up had it not been for the popularity of their guitars and support from many of the best and most influential guitarists in the the Biz.
Eat sh$$ WWF!
Posted by: canalzone || 05/18/2012 21:07 Comments || Top||

"I refuse to accept Gilani as PM," says Nawaz
[Dawn] Pakistain Moslem League- Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
said on Thursday that after Yousuf Raza Gilani
... Pakistain's erstwhile current prime minister, whose occasional feats of mental gymnastics can be awe-inspiring ...
's conviction he does not accept him as the prime minister, adding that his party will not allow the appointment of chief election commissioner (CEC) as per the government's wishes, DawnNews reported. In an interview, Sharif said that the government cannot bear the opposition's demand that the prime minister resign.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

IOC rejects minute's silence at London games for slain Israelis
[Al Ahram] Israeli officials were angry Thursday after the International Olympic Committee denied their request to hold a special tribute to the 11 Israeli team members killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under:

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