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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Here’s a lovely “anti-Zionist” cartoon from the Egyptian government’s semi-official newspaper. The United States has given Egypt billions of dollars in recent years, and in exchange we get progressive journalism like this. The latest black-hatted Jew caricature (and it’s not even this week’s first) courtesy of our allies the Saudis is, as usual, charming (24-hour time sensitive link). One wonders how many cartoonists in these two countries would be out of work if Jew-caricatures suddenly went out of fashion.

In other news, Al Ahram reports that

The Special Olympics Middle East/North Africa (MENA) regional Games begin in Tunisia on Saturday under the patronage of President Zein Al-Abidine Bin Ali.

During the four-day event, 600 athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete in six sports. The participating countries are Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Yemen, Iran, Kuwait, Algeria and Mauritania.

If you’re wondering why Israel—a country in the Middle East, last time I checked—apparently isn’t participating in the Middle East/North Africa Special Olympics, it’s likely because Israel is now located in Europe/Eurasia Which is interesting, I guess, since the countries immediately above, below, and next to Israel (including a nonexistent country called Palestine) are located elsewhere. Neat. Perhaps this geographic phenomenon will be discussed at the concurrent Schools and Youth Summit initiative, which “encourages school-age youth to celebrate differences and break down barriers” and whose “efforts allow young people to discover the pathway toward building a more welcoming society for all.”

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