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Kuwait and other Gulf states are planning to test travelers with a chemical designed to detect gay people — and bar them from entering the country. UK’s Daily Mail reports the Gulf Corporation member countries – Bahrain, Kuwa...
Kuwait and other Gulf states are planning to test travelers with a chemical designed to detect gay people — and bar them from entering the country. UK’s Daily Mail reports the Gulf Corporation member countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — already ban homosexual sex acts as unlawful. Kuwait plans to use a test to detect the health status of travelers — specifically testing for diseases and conditions known to afflict gays, such as HIV, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and Kaposi’s Sarcoma. “Health centers conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries. However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states,” said Yousouf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry. Those taking part in homosexual acts in Kuwait, if they’re under 21, can receive a jail sentence of up to 10 years. Earlier this month Oman newspaper The Week was suspended over an article that was deemed to be sympathetic to homosexuals, according to the BBC. It’s illegal to be gay in 78 countries, with lesbianism banned in 49. Five countries mete out the death penalty to gay people – Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and Mauritania. Source More from Sandrarose.com: Cross Dressing Cartoon Targeted at Your Children Pediatric Physicians Group: Homosexuality is ‘Normal’ Source: Hillary Clinton Will Confirm Her Bisexuality Russian Tranny Brutally Attacked On Video ***GRAPHIC***
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Kuwait is reportedly developing a test that it says will be able to “detect” homosexuals to prevent their entry into that country and other Gulf nations. It is perfectly bizarre, by Kuwait believes that it is possible to hav...
Kuwait is reportedly developing a test that it says will be able to “detect” homosexuals to prevent their entry into that country and other Gulf nations. It is perfectly bizarre, by Kuwait believes that it is possible to have some type of anti-gay detection system. It is not clear what type of test it would be since, despite stereotypes, leaving a Barbra Streisand album in the middle of a rape snare on the floor of the terminal may not catch all gay men. (Indeed, as a Broadway show fan, I would be the first hanging upside down in the Kuwait airport clutching a copy of Funny Girl). I have long wondered where all of those phrenologists went after the collapse of their “science” in the detection of criminals from head shapes. The reports indicate that our allies in Kuwait believe some clinical test is possible to spot homosexual travelers. It is not clear how they will determine who would be put through the clinical test. However, the potential penalty is great. Homosexuals can receive up to 10 years in jail if they are under 21. Homosexuality is also illegal in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. However, it is a death penalty offense in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and Mauritania. Of course, legalized pedophilia in the married of young girls in some of those countries is not only legal but moral. In Kuwait, an eight-year-old girl dies after her “husband” forces her to have sex but the country is trying to find a magic test to find homosexual travelers.
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The BBC have formally confirmed that The Day of the Doctor, the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who will be simultaneously broadcast in at least 75 countries, tossing out a glib tease of a few of them: From the U.S. to the U.K., Canad...
The BBC have formally confirmed that The Day of the Doctor, the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who will be simultaneously broadcast in at least 75 countries, tossing out a glib tease of a few of them: From the U.S. to the U.K., Canada to Colombia, Brazil to Botswana and Myanmar to Mexico What’s more, they’re promising: select 3D screenings of the anniversary episode in theaters in the US There’s no mention of cinema screenings here in the series’ native land, but seeing as BBC America were behind the press release, I can understand why they might leave that out. It’s also not clear if the 3D version is going to be available on TV in any or many of the countries. The BBC have screened a lot of 3D here in the UK before, though I believe that’s coming to an end now, with Day of the Doctor the last stereoscopic screening on their calendar. Steven Moffat provided a quote for the press release, saying: The Doctor has always been a time traveler – now he’s traveling time zones. On the 23rd of November, it won’t be the bad guys conquering the Earth – everywhere it will be The Day of the Doctor! There’s no clue what time they’ll schedule the show for but my best guess is probably something around 6 to 7pm in the UK, everybody else fanned out around that as we move away from the Meridian. UPDATE: And here’s a full list of countries where the simulcast has so far been confirmed, with more expected to join later. Europe: Germany (Fox), Finland (YLE), Poland (BBC Entertainment), Russia (Karousel and NKS) North America: USA (BBC America), Canada (Space) Latin America (BBC Entertainment and BBC HD): Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela Africa (BBC Entertainment): Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Australia (ABC) Asia (on BBC Entertainment): Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Confirmed For US Cinema Release, Simulcast In 75 Countries – UPDATED
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BBC Worldwide today announced that the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, will be broadcast simultaneously to millions of viewers worldwide in a global simulcast on 23rd November 2013. This is an exciting first f...
BBC Worldwide today announced that the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, will be broadcast simultaneously to millions of viewers worldwide in a global simulcast on 23rd November 2013. This is an exciting first for the show. From Canada to Colombia, Brazil to Botswana and Myanmar to Mexico, fans in at least 75 countries spanning six continents will be able to enjoy the episode in 2D and 3D at the same time as the UK broadcast, with more countries expected to be confirmed within the next month. The US, Australia and Canada have also signed up for the simulcast which will be shown in numerous countries across Europe, Latin America and Africa. On top of the worldwide TV broadcast, hundreds of cinemas in the UK and across the world also plan to screen the hotly anticipated special episode simultaneously in full 3D, giving fans the opportunity to make an event of the occasion and be part of a truly global celebration for the iconic British drama series. Details about tickets for the anniversary screening will be announced in due course. For more info, visit www.dayofthedoctor.com Steven Moffat, current showrunner for Doctor Who and Executive Producer of the 50th Anniversary episode adds: “The Doctor has always been a time traveller - now he's travelling time zones. On the 23rd of November, it won't be the bad guys conquering the Earth - everywhere it will be The Day of the Doctor!” The free-to-air 3D coverage will be available to those with access to a 3D TV set and to the BBC’s HD Red Button service. This is part of the BBC’s two-year trial experimenting with 3D production and distribution, which has also included selected coverage from Wimbledon 2012 and the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Day of the Doctor, the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who, will be simultaneous broadcast with the UK in the following countries: Europe Germany (Fox), Finland (YLE), Poland (BBC Entertainment), Russia (Karousel and NKS) North America USA (BBC America), Canada (Space) Latin America (on BBC Entertainment and BBC HD) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela Africa (on BBC Entertainment) Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Australia (ABC) Asia (on BBC Entertainment) Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand For more info, visit www.dayofthedoctor.com Thanks to BBC Worldwide
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News Louisa Mellor 1 Oct 2013 - 22:30 Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special is confirmed to be broadcasting simultaneously around the world and in UK cinemas... Consider this a shoring up of expected n...
News Louisa Mellor 1 Oct 2013 - 22:30 Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special is confirmed to be broadcasting simultaneously around the world and in UK cinemas... Consider this a shoring up of expected news rather than a big, ground-breaking announcement, but it's good to have the official word all the same. The BBC has confirmed that Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, will indeed be simultaneously broadcast to at least 75 countries around the world from Europe and the US, to Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Australia. See the full list of countries, which is still being added to, below: Europe Germany (Fox), Finland (YLE), Poland (BBC Entertainment), Russia (Karousel and NKS)  North America USA (BBC America), Canada (Space)  Latin America (on BBC Entertainment and BBC HD) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala,  Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela  Africa (on BBC Entertainment) Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad,  Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.  Australia (ABC)  Asia (on BBC Entertainment) Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand To those with a posh 3D television and access to the BBC's Red Button service (subject to global capability), the free-to-air episode starring David Tenant, Billie Piper and John Hurt alongside Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, will be available in 3D. What about those cinema plans to screen the extended length episode on the big screen? Here's the official word: "On top of the worldwide TV broadcast, hundreds of cinemas in the UK and across the world also plan to screen the hotly anticipated special episode simultaneously in full 3D, giving fans the opportunity to make an event of the occasion and be part of a truly global celebration for the iconic British drama series.  Details about tickets for the anniversary screening will be announced in due course." In due course. That's a bit more waiting for us to do then... BBC Follow our Twitter feed for faster news and bad jokes right here. And be our Facebook chum here. Doctor WhoDoctor Who 50th anniversaryThe Day Of The Doctor
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Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane, illustrated by Hoda Hadadi Released October 8, 2013. Lalla wants to wear a malafa just like the other women in her family do.  Lalla tells her mother she wants to be beautiful just like her, but ...
Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane, illustrated by Hoda Hadadi Released October 8, 2013. Lalla wants to wear a malafa just like the other women in her family do.  Lalla tells her mother she wants to be beautiful just like her, but her mother says that a malafa is about more than beauty.  Lalla tells her sister that she wants to be mysterious just like her, but her sister says that a malafa is about more than mystery.  Seeing all of the women in their malafa, Lalla tells her cousin that she wants to be like all of them, but she replies that a malafa is more than that.  Her grandmother too says that a malafa is about more than tradition.  Finally, Lalla goes back to her mother and explains that she wants to be able to pray like her mother does.  Her mother agrees, saying “A malafa is for faith."  And the two face east and pray together in their malafa. Set in Mauritania, this book celebrates the Muslim faith in a very beautiful way.  Written in the second person, readers are invited to see themselves as Lalla and learn about her faith and her world.  Cunnane writes beautiful descriptions of both the malafa themselves and also the community where Lalla lives.  There are donkeys, camels, and other exotic things, but Cunnane goes deeper than that and paints a world with pink houses shaped like cakes and silver heels that click on tiles. Hadadi’s art is jewel toned and filled with details.  She has created a warm and loving community for Lalla to explore with the reader.  The beauty of the malafa are shown, the colors of the rooms, and the tangible love of an extended family. An accessible and beautiful look at a Muslim community that dazzles.  Appropriate for ages 4-6. Reviewed from digital galley received from Edelweiss and Schwartz & Wade. Filed under: Book Reviews, Picture Books Tagged: Africa, faith, families, Mauritania, Muslims, religion
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OTTAWA—Canadian officials believe the unnamed terrorist identified by a Norwegian oil company as a “clear leader” in January’s attack on an Algerian gas plant was Ali Medlej, 24, a Beirut-born Canadian citizen...
OTTAWA—Canadian officials believe the unnamed terrorist identified by a Norwegian oil company as a “clear leader” in January’s attack on an Algerian gas plant was Ali Medlej, 24, a Beirut-born Canadian citizen, the Star has learned.Medlej, of London, Ont., died among 29 militants killed in the counter-assault by the Algerian military. His high school friend and associate from London, Xris Katsiroubas, 22, was also killed in the fiery climax to the three-day hostage crisis.An RCMP investigation continues into the role of Canadian attackers in the siege that killed 40 hostages although two other Canadian associates of theirs have offered authorities no new leads or help, sources say.Aaron Yoon, the third London, Ont., man who travelled to North Africa in 2011 with them and was in a Mauritania jail on separate terrorism charges at the time of the attack, has since returned to London. The 24-year-old was abruptly released this summer from prison before completing a two-year jail term. Back at his home, Yoon now keeps a low profile. But Canadian national security officials are believed to be keeping a close eye on him.The Star has learned investigators have spoken to Yoon since his return and he has continued to maintain his innocence, claimed he had no knowledge of his friends’ activity, and offered no information that sheds further light on the intrigue. He did not have a lawyer.A person who answered the phone at his residence hung up on when the Star asked to speak to Yoon. “We are not answering any of your questions.”As the Star has reported, authorities have also been in touch with Ryan (Mujahid) Enderi, the fourth London, Ont., man who knew the trio well, worshipped at the same mosque as them, and is now in Libya with his father. \Enderi claims he was ignorant of his friends’ participation in the plot, and has not provided any further information, sources say. Canada does not have a mutual legal assistance treaty with Libya.Neither the RCMP nor CSIS would comment Tuesday on the report by Norway’s Statoil, which operates the plant with Algeria’s national oil company and BP. Nor would they speak of their ongoing actions in the Algerian investigation. Statoil said it consulted Canadian government authorities during its six-and-a-half month probe and received co-operation.One news report previously suggested Medlej, who was also arrested in Mauritania but released without trial, worked at the Algerian gas plant, located 50 km from the Algerian-Libyan border, after he and Katsiroubas left Nouakchott, Mauritania.Canadian officials believe he took a pipefitter course in Canada. But Statoil said it was unable to confirm or disprove that one of the Canadian terrorists, whom it did not identify by name, had previously worked at the plant in Amenas. The report also cast doubt on how much insider knowledge the terrorists had.Hostages told investigators their conduct seemed planned, and they moved with precision, separating foreigners from local Algerian workers. But Statoil concluded the attackers knew the names of senior managers, but had no technical knowledge or detailed familiarity with the site layout.In the immediate aftermath, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told the world: “A Canadian was among the militants. He was co-ordinating the attack.”Statoil’s report doesn’t go that far, but says the Canadian was among the “clear leaders” who were drawn from across terror factions in North Africa.It says the attack was not just the work of Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s terror group “Signatories in Blood” a splinter Al-Qaeda group. It says it also had help from members of a southern Algerian rebel group known as the “Sons of the Sahara for Islamic Justice” and from collaborators and facilitators in Libya.
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Introduction Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) is an oil and gas exploration and production company that focuses on off-shore plays. The company has good exposure to a variety of formations, emphasizing developing African and South American oppo...
Introduction Kosmos Energy (NYSE: KOS) is an oil and gas exploration and production company that focuses on off-shore plays. The company has good exposure to a variety of formations, emphasizing developing African and South American opportunities. Regions that Kosmos Energy is currently exploring include: Ghana, Ireland, Mauritania, Morocco, and Suriname. They are also exploring on-shore oil in Cameroon.After sustained volatility over the past six months, KOS is down about 4%. August was a difficult month for KOS, but it has seen a ~10% rebound to current day. Even after the recent turbulence I believe Kosmos Energy to be significantly overvalued and therefore representative of a short opportunity. An abundance of negative catalysts are likely to encourage market correction: KOS carries heavy debt and has a Debt/Equity (mrq) ratio of 90.26 KOS was unlikely to reach its capital expenditures budget for 2013 ($525 million) from revenue streams... ... and
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It took just 15 minutes for 32 terrorists to take control of Algeria’s In Amenas gas plant, sparking a four-day hostage crisis that would result in the deaths of 40 employees.Through it all, one unidentified Canadian emerged as a ...
It took just 15 minutes for 32 terrorists to take control of Algeria’s In Amenas gas plant, sparking a four-day hostage crisis that would result in the deaths of 40 employees.Through it all, one unidentified Canadian emerged as a “clear leader” among the terrorists, according to a new report released by Norwegian company Statoil, one of the companies that, along with BP, operated the plant. The investigation details the onslaught, with information garnered from 136 interviews with survivors, emergency responders and outside experts. The Statoil report provides a harrowing account of the attack:It began early on Wednesday, Jan. 16, when a bus full of employees was leaving the sprawling compound and heading into town. Some were going to the airport. Others were going to renew their documents. Gunfire erupted around 5:30 a.m. as the bus and security vehicles reached a checkpoint near the exit of the plant. As the firefight raged, several vehicles drove past the melee and headed to the plant.Canadians Ali Medlej, 24, and Xristos Katsiroubas, 22, were part of the group that stormed the compound that day. “Witnesses noted that their conduct seemed to be planned and there were clear leaders to whom others deferred. An older man, referred to as ‘Tahar’, appeared to be leading the group and a terrorist later identified as a Canadian was particularly active in the Base de Vie,” reads the report. It remains unclear who the Canadian leader was. The two Canadians found dead were from London, Ont., and friends of Aaron Yoon, a 24-year-old who was held in Mauritania for 18 months on terrorism-related charges and has since been returned to Canada. A fourth friend, Mujahid “Ryan” Enderi, was being sought by the RCMP. Reached in May, he told CTV he had grown apart from the other three, with whom he was friends in London, and had no inside knowledge of the attacks.The report identifies Tahar as an alternative name for Lamine Bencheneb, the Algerian leader of Sons of the Sahara for Islamic Justice. The attack was coordinated from afar by Islamic militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar.At one point, several hostages were corralled in one of the machine rooms and commanded to lie on the floor. One Statoil employee noticed his bonds were loose. The terrorists ordered him to stand and began questioning him. When he was ordered to lie back down, he ran instead. The employee zigzagged through the plant as a terrorist gave chase, yelling “Stop — you know I will kill you.” “Since the Statoil employee (knew) the area in detail, he could run quickly through it in the dark and the terrorist gave up the chase,” reads the report. The employee escaped unharmed.Algerian employees were not taken hostage, but were prevented from leaving the compound. Alex Wilner, a visiting fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, says this was partly to protect Al Qaeda’s local reputation.“Al Qaeda’s strategic long-term goal is to garner local support,” he said. “Killing locals in that Algerian plant would not have served that larger message.”Ignored by their captors, the Algerian employees helped protect their colleagues by acting as lookouts, scouting good hiding places and helping them escape, the report says.On the second morning of the siege, a military helicopter shot at the leader of the terrorist attack by firing into the living area, wounding him. An unidentified hostage who had been providing first aid to others was forced to treat the leader, then was handcuffed to him and used as a human shield. The hostage was later killed.The hostages held in the living area were told Thursday that they would be moved to the production area, about 3.5 km away. They were loaded into six vehicles. In at least two of the vehicles, a terrorist held an explosive device. The Algerian military opened fire with helicopters and ground troops. Four vehic
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As part of a seaside holiday in Senegal or Senegalese tour visiting the romantic city of Saint Louis is a must I also have opened me to a day in the beautiful old town. The former pearl of West Africa Saint Louis is located at the mouth ...
As part of a seaside holiday in Senegal or Senegalese tour visiting the romantic city of Saint Louis is a must I also have opened me to a day in the beautiful old town. The former pearl of West Africa Saint Louis is located at the mouth of the Senegal River Basin about 265 kilometers north of Dakar. Located near the border with Mauritania City until 1902 was the capital of the colony of French W
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