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Iran is considering banning imports from Saudi Arabia in reaction to its regional competitor's involvement in putting down Bahrain's democratic uprising.

But does Iran actually import anything from Saudi Arabia?

The Saudis' only significant exports are oil and Islamist indoctrination. Iran already has its needs taken care of in those regards, no?

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saudi women revolution middle east politics facebook social media political emancipationSaudi women want the right to vote, drive and generally go about their lives without living like second-class citizens.

Evidently inspired by the revolutions sweeping the Middle East that got an initial (if overstated) boost through social media, Saudi women have started their own revolution on Facebook.

Give them your support. If the region is to have a future less miserable than today, the long-delayed emancipation of women must be a priority.More >>

INTERCEPTED RADIO COMMUNICATION FROM SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD FROM PROPAGANDIST INTELLIGENCE STATION DAMASCUS.

"THEY SAID THEY WANTED AN END TO THE EMERGENCY LAW? SO I ENDED IT. NOW THEY'RE STILL UNHAPPY. WELL, I'M GOING TO MAKE THEM REALLY UNHAPPY. YOU KNOW THE ZIONISTS AND THEIR AMERICAN RUNNING DOGS ARE BEHIND THIS, RIGHT?

"BREAK THEM. KILL ALL THE TRAITORS. AND IF THIS KEEPS UP ANOTHER WEEK, THE EMERGENCY LAW COMES BACK AND THAT'S IT FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS."More >>

Note from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: "Now you pesky pro-democracy protesters have nothing to complain about. And if you come into the streets to demonstrate, our patriotic security forces will totally curb-stomp you."More >>

Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni was held captive by a radical Islamist terror organization. That much we know, because the terrorists kidnapped him and used him as a bargaining chip in their efforts to free their own terrorist leader, apparently held by Hamas, in Gaza. They had issued formal threats, with deadlines, to execute Arrigoni if their demands were not met.

We also know for sure that the Italian activist was strangled to death. His body was recovered on Friday.

Lo and behold, everyone in terrorist-ridden Gaza is now lamenting his death. Everyone denies any knowledge of his capture, everyone is shedding crocodile tears.  Arrigoni was very pro-Palestinian, very anti-Israel. But Hamas has the chutzpah to claim that Israel  - no less - is behind the murder. Get this right: He was working in Gaza, and although he was very pro-Palestinian, he was captured by Islamic terrorists, used a bargaining chip for the release of another Islamic terrorist held by Hamas - yet Israel is to blame.

So what else is new?

I'm waiting patiently for foreign peace activists to join their struggling brethren in Libya, Bahrain, Syria, even Egypt, in the fight for democracy, equality, women's rights...More >>

Well, technically he only threatened to sue anyone who had accused him of abuse of power and corruption.

But that amounts to the same thing.More >>

Libyan Mad Dog Mu'aumer Qaddaffi (at least, that's the way he spells it) has written a letter to US President Barack Obama reproduced below. It's not quite a letter of surrender. But in atypical fashion, the dictator seems to acknowledge the USA's vast military superiority, its pragmatism and capacity for mercy -- no part of which has ever made it into a previous speech by regimes throughout the Middle East, who often rail against a decaying and corrupt United States that kills at will.

If Obama chooses to respond, perhaps it could go something like this:

Dear Mad Dog,

It is time for change in Libya. You had your chance. Actually, you had infinite chances over your decades of rule. Since you're not stepping down, you are going to die. Whether by a bomb dropped from a French jet or the blade of one of your personal guard, your end is coming soon. 

Sincerely,

Barack Obama
President of the United Staes of America

PS: I'm not your son. But I guess the letter you wrote makes you my bitch. Suck on that.

LETTER FROM GADDAFI TO OBAMA

Our son,...More >>

The Propagandist's Israel-based contributing writer Jonathan Danilowitz delves into the bizarre and potentially deranged mindset of activists like those in the Toronto-based Queers Against Israeli Apartheid:

Many countries today have enacted and enforce laws similar to those of apartheid South Africa. Jewish people may not enter Saudi Arabia (religious discrimination) and women there are not allowed to drive (gender discrimination). Millions were displaced and killed recently in Sudan because of government-supported racial discrimination. Australia’s semi-secret “White Australia” immigration policy,  intended to allow only white “Europeans” to immigrate, lasted for years. Belgium is divided on linguistic lines, Iran’s laws call for homosexuals to be stoned to death, India’s apartheid caste system is alive and well in spite of lip-service legislation to the contrary, and Sunni- versus Shiite-Moslem discrimination (and bloodshed) thrives in most, if not all, Moslem countries.


But QuAIA focuses only on Israel – the only stable, democratic and peaceful country in the Middle East. The only country in the entire Middle East where the homosexual/lesbian community’s rights are protected by law (and by the courts when necessary). The only country in the area where there is gender equality (admittedly still not perfect) and

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Are there still people who are so naive that they believe President Assad of Syria? His latest wisdom, as reported in Haaretz is that the uprising fomenting in his dictatorship is the result of American-Israeli intervention. Assad's perch looks shaky.

Assad has a long history of fabricating the facts - a history stretching back to the days when his father's control of the regime was still throttling democracy there.

The people don't want him. They want democracy, at last. Now that the hens have come home to roost, what better way of continuing the tradition that has worked for so long? Blame the Jews, blame Israel, blame America - anything but to take an introspective look and see the truth.

The unhappy part is that there are so many anti-Semites out there who will believe anything anybody says, as long it degrades and denigrates Israel. World opinion counts, and world opinion is swayed by the forces of evil: We, the silent majority, the "good guys", sit passively by until the tsunami hits.

In this case, the tsunami of Islamic sharia law will drown them all before they know it. Now is the

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Nick Cohen explains how the "liberal" media was co-opted by dictators and anti-Western ideologues for decades:

The BBC's Middle East editor is not the only expert whose expertise now looks spurious. The Arab uprising is annihilating the assumptions of foreign ministries, academia and human rights groups with true revolutionary élan. In journalistic language, it is showing they had committed the greatest blunder a reporter can commit: they missed the story. They thought that the problems of the Middle East were at root the fault of democratic Israel or more broadly the democratic West. They did not see and did not want to see that while Israelis are certainly the Palestinians' problem — and vice versa — the problem of the subject millions of the Arab world was the tyranny, cruelty, corruption and inequality the Arab dictators enforced.

Put this starkly, it sounds as if the charges of double standards and anti-Semitism habitually directed at liberal Westerners are justified. But liberal prejudice — "anti-liberal prejudice" is a more accurate description — is a process as well as an ideology. Dictatorial states and movements shepherded liberal opinion into a one-way street by exploiting the

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