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> A Cleopatra biography that apparently does not descend into sensationalism!

> I am unsure of why anyone thought quotes were necessary in this title: "Khadr 'scared' of jail rape threat: Guantanamo's youngest prisoner tells military tribunal that interrogators warned he could face gang rape."

> "'Today I will start with a three-part sermon on: Jesus was HIV-positive,' South African Pastor Xola Skosana recently said in a Sunday church service." Skosana also comments: "'The best gift we can give to people who are HIV-positive is to help de-stigmatise Aids and create an environment where they know God is not against them, he's not ashamed of them.'" I, uh, do not recommend reading the comments.

> Sexual harassment in Egypt; unfortunately sensationalist but interesting nonetheless.

> The Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone has published another 'gay list': "Editor Giles Muhame, 22, has discouraged readers to physically attack people on the list, but he claims gay people are going to schools and 'recruiting' schoolchildren."

> With "A Superpower in Decline: Is the American Dream Over?" Spiegel asks the tough questions (answer: define 'the American Dream' and we'll get back to you). However, the following article - "Giant Hole Opens up in German Town" - at least makes the crumbling American empire seem a bit mundane. And I do have to admit that the 'the Desperate States of America' line is at least kind of funny. But frankly...I mean, define Americans. One of the 'ordinary people' cited in the article is "Axel Jakobeit, a German by birth and American by choice." So when the article says that "Americans aren't careful," does that extend to the Mr. Jakobeit? What defines an American?

> The PKK has denied any role in Sunday's suicide bombing in Istanbul, and has extended the cease-fire that was due to expire that day until elections in June. However, it is still possible that the bombing was carried out by a PKK splinter group (ie, the TAK).

> On the Foreign Policy frontpage, this article was titled: "Please Don't Feed the Neocon Zombies This Halloween." Also, it's a delightful read. "To paraphrase Thucydides, the realpolitik of zombies is that the strong will do what they can and the weak must suffer devouring by reanimated, ravenous corpses."

> "The Arabs (and Indians and Chinese) Are Coming!: With so many touching xenophobic and foreigner-baiting attack ads, it's hard to pick favorites. Here are five of the best as the midterm elections get ugly." My favorite line: "In the third and final ad we're back in the hanger again, but this time our olive-skinned friend appears co-conspirator who seems to be handy building bombs. Or putting a top on a thermos." (FP was pretty punchy today, you may have noticed.)

> How is it that almost every headline I see concerning Israel these days fills me with the urge to beat my head roundly upon my desk and keyboard? "Israelis launch their own tea party ahead of US elections": "Netanyahu supporters in Israel have launched a self-described 'tea party movement' this weekend, hoping for defeat for US Democrats in the upcoming election... Former Likud parliament member Michael Kleiner, who came up with the idea for an Israeli tea party, praised the US movement as a 'model' capable of intimidating a president whose peace policy has brought 'zero-percent usefulness' and '100 percent terror.'" Headdesk. Headdesk. Headdesk.

> Regarding the upcoming Medvedev-Putin showdown looming on the horizon, The Moscow Times says: "This battle will only get uglier. Stay tuned." Oh, we shall.

> The New Zealand Herald has an interesting take on the Rally to Restore Sanity.

> Via Reddit: the Danish People's Party has put out a call to block Al-Jazeera and Al Arabiya on the grounds that such stations indoctrinate children. Jesus, I hate Mondays.

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