This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let’s End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science

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by Arianna Huffington

Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time. This is true not only when the two thoughts contradict each other but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren’t. And nowhere is there a greater need for us to get past this tendency than when discussing the ongoing war on drugs and the growing movement for the decriminalization of marijuana. It should be possible to say both that:

1) The drug war is an all-out disaster that has inflicted an untold amount of unnecessary human suffering. Therefore, as a first step toward ending this failed war, we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of pot.

And that:

2) There is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on the development of adolescent brains, and for users of any age who end up abusing the drug. So, as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm.

Those two positions are not actually contradictory, but in the polarized, zero-sum world that passes for policy debate right now, many act as if they are.

For the last 15 years I have been writing and speaking about the imperative of ending the disastrous war on drugs. In fact, in 2000, when I organized shadow political conventions to spotlight the major issues that neither political party was seriously addressing, the failed war on drugs was one of the three issues that we chose (growing inequality and the need for campaign-finance reform being the other two).

So it is definitely cause for celebration that the drug war, at least when it comes to pot, is finally deescalating. And after years of slow progress, the issue is gathering momentum. On Sunday The New York Times, in the first installment of a six-part interactive editorial, called for an end to prohibition. “The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana,” the editorial states. “We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.”

It’s about time, as the drug war has been one of the worst domestic-policy catastrophes in American history. The human toll has been staggering. Drug offenders make up fully half of our massive inmate population. Of those, nearly 28 percent are locked up for marijuana-related offenses. In 2012 some 658,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession, and fighting marijuana use alone costs federal and state governments $20 billion a year. And the targets of the war on drugs have disproportionately been people of color. African Americans, for instance, make up 14 percent of habitual drug users yet constitute 37 percent of those arrested on drug charges.

So while we fight to change our drug laws, let’s do so with a full understanding of the science. The effects of marijuana are not easy to study; people don’t use it in the clean ways it’s studied in labs. But we do know that in addition to marijuana providing relief to people undergoing chemotherapy and those suffering from glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and AIDS, among other conditions, there is clear evidence of the harmful effects on adolescent brains and on those who become addicted to it.

So let us not make the mistake — the same one that climate-change denialists have been making — of ignoring the science that we are afraid will weaken our position. Indeed, as we move toward legalization, let’s put the science front and center. One of the worst things about the drug war is the way its proponents ignore the facts in favor of dogma. Let’s not make the same mistake as we move toward legalization…

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Dude, Where’s My Frontal Cortex?

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There’s a method to the madness of the teenage brain.

By Robert Sapolsky Illustration by John Hendrix

In the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, a few hours east of San Francisco, are the Moaning Caverns, a cave system that begins, after a narrow, twisting descent of 30-some feet, with an abrupt 180-foot drop. The Park Service has found ancient human skeletons at the bottom of the drop. Native Americans living there at the time didn’t make human sacrifices. Instead, these explorers took one step too far in the gloom. The skeletons belonged to adolescents.

No surprises there. After all, adolescence is the time of life when someone is most likely to join a cult, kill, be killed, invent an art form, help overthrow a dictator, ethnically cleanse a village, care for the needy, transform physics, adopt a hideous fashion style, commit to God, and be convinced that all the forces of history have converged to make this moment the most consequential ever, fraught with peril and promise.

For all this we can thank the teenage brain. Some have argued adolescence is a cultural construct. In traditional cultures, there is typically a single qualitative transition to puberty. After that, the individual is a young adult. Yet the progression from birth to adulthood is not smoothly linear. The teenage brain is unique. It’s not merely an adult brain that is half-cooked or a child’s brain left unrefrigerated for too long. Its distinctiveness arises from a key region, the frontal cortex, not being fully developed. This largely explains the turbulence of adolescence. It also reflects an important evolutionary pressure.

The frontal cortex is the most recently evolved part of the human brain. It’s where the sensible mature stuff happens: long-term planning, executive function, impulse control, and emotional regulation. It’s what makes you do the right thing when it’s the harder thing to do. But its neurons are not fully wired up until your mid-20s. Why?

The delayed maturation of the frontal cortex also helps explain the defining feature of adolescence, namely the weird predilection for bungee jumping.

It’s a central tenet of genetics that the genome that we start off life with, back when we were just a fertilized egg, is passed on to every subsequent cell in the body. But if the frontal cortex is the last part of the brain to fully mature, it’s the brain region least shaped by that genome and most sculpted by experience.

Our success as primates, and as individuals, revolves around social intelligence and adapting to the subtleties and idiosyncrasies of the environment. This is the portfolio of the frontal cortex. So if it’s going to develop the ability to do this right, it’s going to have to be profoundly shaped and informed by every smidgen of experience along the way.

Like evolution itself, though, maturation seldom follows a straight and narrow path. Adolescence reminds us that life has many rivers to cross, some fraught with turbulence.

Around the onset of adolescence, the frontal cortex is the only brain region that has not reached adult levels of grey matter, made up of neuronal cell bodies. It would seem logical that gray matter levels would increase thereafter. But no, over the course of adolescence, frontal cortical gray matter volume decreases.

This occurs because of one of the cleverest things that brains ever evolved. During fetal development, mammalian brains generate far more neurons than are found in the adult brain. Why? Because the fetal brain holds a dramatic competition. Winning neurons get to migrate to the correct location and form the optimal number of connections with other neurons. Neurons that miss the cut undergo “programmed cell death.” Neuronal overproduction followed by competitive pruning (a process that has been termed “Neural Darwinism”) allows more complex and optimized neural circuitry, a wonderful example of less being more.

The same plays out in the adolescent frontal cortex. At the beginning of adolescence, gray matter volume is greater than it is in adults, and subsequently declines, as less optimally connected neurons are pruned away. Within the frontal cortex, it is the evolutionarily oldest sub-regions that mature first; the spanking new dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, for example, does not even begin to lose gray matter volume until the end of adolescence. This delayed frontal cortical maturation means that adolescents aren’t at adult levels of expertise at various cognitive tasks, like recognizing irony or Theory of Mind—the ability to operate with the knowledge that someone else has different information than you do…

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How deadly Ebola has spread across the globe: Health officials try to trace 30,000 linked to death of US victim – as Nigerian film star sparks outrage by fleeing Africa first-class in an Ebola mask

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Fears of a global Ebola pandemic are ‘justified’ an expert has said after a U.S. citizen boarded a flight in Liberia carrying the disease to Nigeria, potentially infecting ‘anyone on the same plane’. Nigerian health officials are in the process of trying to trace 30,000 people, believed to be at risk of contracting the highly-infectious virus, following the death of Patrick Sawyer in Lagos on Friday.

. Hong Kong woman quarantined when she fell ill after returning from Kenya
. Expert claims panic over death of U.S. man in Nigeria is ‘justified’
. He warned the spread of Ebola could become a global pandemic
. Health campaigners petition U.S. drug authorities to fast-track potential cure
. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond declares disease is ‘very serious threat’
. He will chair an emergency meeting on how to boost defences
. British airlines are also on ‘red alert’ for cases of the deadly virus
. Man with ‘feverish’ symptoms tested for deadly Ebola at Birmingham hospital
. He had travelled into Midlands from Benin, Nigeria via France when he fell ill
. Charing Cross Hospital staff also feared man had Ebola symptoms this week
. No cases have been confirmed in UK but 672 people have died in West Africa
. Warning issued to GPs, A&E departments and all NHS trusts across the UK
. Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and damage to the nervous system

By Lizzie Parryand Emma Glanfieldand Mario Ledwith

Fears of a global Ebola pandemic are ‘justified’ an expert has said as Nigerian health officials try to trace 30,000 people at risk of contracting the deadly disease following the death of Patrick Sawyer.

The U.S. citizen boarded a flight in Liberia carrying the disease to Nigeria, potentially infecting ‘anyone on the same plane’.

It comes as Nigerian actor Jim Iyke sparked outrage, posting a picture of himself wearing an Ebola mask while sitting in a first class airport lounge as he fled Liberia.

The ‘Nollywood’ star posted a message on his Instagram page saying he had cut short a business trip to Monrovia in Liberia – where at least 600 people have already died from the disease.

The death toll for this, the worst outbreak recorded since the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976, stands at 672, while more than 1,200 people have been infected…

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Vile abuse, vicious beatings and constant intimidation from the religious police: Shocking extent of cruel treatment meted out to expat staff by Saudi royals revealed

Abusive: Princess Buniah al-Saud was arrested in Florida in 2001 and charged with beating her servant

Abusive: Princess Buniah al-Saud was arrested in Florida in 2001 and accused of beating her servant

. Cay Garcia, from Cape Town, worked as a butler for a Saudi princess
. Was disgusted by extent of the abuse, mostly directed at Filipino maids
. Eventually left after confronting her employer about treatment of staff
. Incidents included beatings and rooms being trashed as punishment
. Also saw one maid being forced to tip a bucket of ice over her own head
. Expats cannot leave without being given an exit visa by their employer
. As a result, maids with whom Cay worked are trapped in Riyadh
. Cay has chosen not to give the name of her blue-blooded employer

By Ruth Styles

When Cay Garcia, a fifty-something from Cape Town, was offered a well-paid job working for a princess from Saudi Arabia’s ruling dynasty, she jumped at the chance.

But less than four months after she arrived in the Saudi capital Riyadh, she was hustled on to a plane and thrown out of the country – all because she stood up to her abusive employer.

Now back in South Africa, she has written a book laying bare her experiences at the hands of the Saudi royals – and sheds light on a side of Riyadh life that is rarely seen by outsiders.

‘Life in Riyadh for a woman is harsh,’ she explains. ‘A single woman cannot even go for a coffee on her own – it’s deemed immoral.

‘You are allowed to walk around a mall but walking around one’s neighbourhood for exercise is heavily frowned upon.’

Difficult though living up to Saudi Arabia’s strict moral code proved – a code enforced by religious police known as the Mutawa – her difficulties were nothing compared to what she would experience within the palace itself.

There, as the head of a team of five staff members including two Malawians and two Filipinos, she was forced to watch as the princess, who Cay has decided not to identify, doled out harsh punishments that included beatings and having their rooms turned upside down, in addition to dealing with the capricious moods of the princess herself.

‘In the beginning the princess seemed to be on her best behaviour although the abuse escalated over time,’ she remembers.

‘It was difficult, at times, not to retaliate when the princess, who was half my age, was screaming at me and telling me what an imbecile I was because she didn’t approve of the shoes I was wearing.’

Although Cay herself was never physically harmed by the princess, the other maids – the Filipinos in particular – regularly found themselves at the sharp end of the royal’s terrifying temper.

Worse still, thanks to the iqama identity card system which means foreigners cannot leave the country without permission from their employers, both Filipinos remain trapped in Saudi Arabia more than two years after their contracts ended.

‘The Filipinos aren’t held in high regard by Saudis in general,’ admits Cay. ‘I have the utmost respect for these people – not only for their work ethics and for being on call 24/7 without a single day off but also for having the capacity to take the abuse meted out in their stride.’

One of the worst incidents witnessed by Cay involved the princess telling one maid to fetch a bucket of ice, tip it over her head and stand outside her room, dripping and cold, for the entire night.

‘Apart from the stories the staff shared with me and the severe bruising I saw following beatings from the princess, this was probably the worst thing I witnessed,’ adds Cay…

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From the symptoms of a common cold to bleeding out the ears and eyes: What happens when you are infected with the Ebola virus?

A rising temperature, headache and sore throat are the first signs the Ebola virus is invading the body, attacking the building blocks of the immune system. As the disease progresses, victims suffer blood shot eyes, as tiny blood vessels burst, causing bleeding from the eyes, ears, mouth, and other orifices

A rising temperature, headache and sore throat are the first signs the Ebola virus is invading the body, attacking the building blocks of the immune system. As the disease progresses, victims suffer blood shot eyes, as tiny blood vessels burst, causing bleeding from the eyes, ears, mouth, and other orifices

. The first symptoms include a fever, headache and sore throat
. Within days as the Ebola virus attacks the immune system, chronic abdominal pain, muscle aches, vomiting and diarrhoea take hold
. The virus pierces blood vessels causing bleeding from the eyes, ears, mouth and other orifices
. The whites of the eyes turn red and blood blisters form under the skin
. Ebola is highly-infectious and has a death rate of up to 90 per cent
. So far, 672 lives have been lost to the disease during this outbreak
. The virus has spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone and Liberia
. And on Friday the first victim was declared dead in Nigeria

By Lizzie Parry

You have a temperature and no appetite. Your head is aching and you’re throat is sore.

It may appear as though a common cold is lurking, but unbeknownst to you the vicious Ebola virus has started to attack your immune system.

The virus destroys the same cells as those targeted by HIV, though the Ebola infection is more aggressive, wiping out the building blocks of the body’s immune system.

It has an incubation period – that is the time from infection to when the first symptoms present themselves – of between two and 21 days, increasing the risk of the highly-infectious illness spreading.

As soon as a victim starts to suffer the sudden onset of the disease, the fever, crippling headache and muscle pain, they are already contagious.

The virus is transmitted through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals…
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Israel Creates ‘No Man’s Land’ in Gaza, Shrinking Strip by 40 Percent

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by Jesse Rosenfeld

To protect itself from Hamas rockets and tunnels, Israel is forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes, turning their old neighborhoods into a no-man’s land.
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza — This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on Earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the 3-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the buffer zone eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory.

What that means on the ground is scenes of extraordinary devastation in places like the Al Shajaya district approaching Gaza’s eastern frontier, and Beit Hanoun in the north. These were crowded neighborhoods less than three weeks ago. Now they have been literally depopulated, the residents joining more than 160,000 internally displaced people in refuges and makeshift shelters. Apartment blocks are fields of rubble, and as I move through this hostile landscape the phrase that keeps ringing in my head is “scorched earth.”

It’s not like Israel didn’t plan this. It told tens of thousands of Palestinians to flee so its air force, artillery and tanks could create this uninhabitable no-man’s land of half-standing, burned-out buildings, broken concrete and twisted metal. During a brief humanitarian ceasefire some Gazans were able to come back to get their first glimpse of the destruction this war has brought to their communities, and to sift through their demolished homes to gather clothes or other scattered bits of their past lives. But many were not even able to do that.

When Rania Haels got within 60 feet of the debris that was once her family home in Al Shajaya on Saturday, a machine-gun on top of a nearby Israeli Merkava tank started firing. Probably these were warning shots pumped in her direction, but the 42-year-old mother of seven ran for her life. Now she stays with her family in an overcrowded parking garage in Gaza City and spends her days sitting in a public park full of refugees displaced by the Israeli push. Normally these would be festive times, the end of Ramadan is at hand and celebrations akin in spirit to Christmas festivities are beginning. But holidays have a way of intensifying tragedy. There is no place for Haels’ family to gather to give gifts and eat Palestinian sweets. There is, in fact, no place for them at all…

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Whistleblower: Margaret Thatcher knew all about underage sex ring

From: Hang The Bankers

Margaret Thatcher was told about alleged sex parties with under-age boys held by one of her closest aides claims her former personal bodyguard.

Barry Strevens, who worked as the prime minister’s personal bodyguard, said that he passed on allegations about her confidant Sir Peter Morrison.

The former senior police officer said that Lady Thatcher appointed Sir Peter deputy party chairman of the Conservatives despite learning of the rumours.

The Old Etonian, who died of a heart attack in 1995 at the age of 51, has since been linked to claims of sex abuse at children’s homes in North Wales.

Strevens, an ex-detective chief inspector, told the Sun on Sunday: “I wouldn’t say she (Lady Thatcher) was naive but I would say she would not have thought people around her would be like that.

“I am sure he would have given her assurances about the rumours as otherwise she wouldn’t have given him the job.”

The former bodyguard said that he first found out about the claims from a senior Cheshire Police officer.


Margaret Thatcher with accused pedophile Sir Peter Thompson

At the time, Sir Peter was being considered as the replacement for deputy party chairman after Jeffrey Archer had stood down over prostitution claims in 1986.

Strevens said that he “immediately” passed on the information to Lady Thatcher and her private secretary Archie Hamilton at a meeting in Downing Street.

“A senior officer in Chester had told me there were rumours going around about under-age boys – one aged 15 – attending sex parties at a house there belonging to Peter Morrison,” he said.

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7 Best Jon Stewart Clips on Israel

Last week, Jon Stewart addressed how hard it is to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a sketch called “we need to talk about Israel.” Though he mocked both sides, to a certain extent, the bulk of the sketch went after those who see themselves as “pro-Israel” and see Jon Stewart as a self-loathing Jew.

Now, from what I can tell, having been called a self-loathing Jew myself, the term applies to people who make any criticism whatsoever of the Israeli government. One can easily make the case that more diplomatic solutions, dovish approaches if you will, are more helpful for the state of Israel and Israelis than more military or hawkish ones. That makes some of the self-loathers more “pro-Israel” than the ones who blindly support the government.

Stewart is one of the few public mainstream Jews with the chutzpah to say anything critical of Israel’s policies. As a Jew, I appreciate the way he’s been doing this ever since he took over the Daily Show. So, without further ado, I present seven great Daily Show skits on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

1. West Bank Story: Challahfax vs. Halalifax (09/22/11)

John Oliver and Aasif Mandvi debate whether Halifax belongs to Muslims, Halalifax or to Jews, Challahfax.

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2. The Matzorian Candidate (12/08/11)

Stewart covers the Republican Jewish Coalition forum, aka “The Great Tuchus Kiss-Off,” where “incredibly religious Christian presidential candidates” are “fighting over who loves Jews more.”

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3. Donors Unchained: Quid Pro Quo (04/03/14)

In this episode Stewart is particularly fearless, as he goes after Sheldon Adelson’s ability to sway not only politics, but Israel-related politics. We learn that Chris Christie has apologized to Adelson for daring to call the West Bank “Occupied Territories.” Stewart responds by asking the audience a rhetorical question: “Still don’t think money has a more general corrupting influence on politics? Cause I can tell you this. My family is full of 80-year-old Jews who would very much like to tell poiticians what words they can and cannot use to describe Israel. But as of this taping no presidential hopefuls have flown to their house to solicit that opinion.”

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. Crazies of Summer (7/14/14)

Stewart pretends to be touched by the IDF’s charitable policy of giving Palestians advance warning (10 minutes) before bombing their houses. He then asks, “What are the Gazans supposed to do? Evacuate to where? Have you fucking seen Gaza? Israel blocked this border and Egypt blocked this border! What are they supposed to do? Swim for it?”

5. Crazies of Summer (7/14/14)

In the same segment, Stewart explains how the outfits of the reporters in Gaza and Israel capture the asymmetry of the conflict: “The Gaza reporter looks like an extra from The Hurt Locker. While the reporter in Israel looks like he’s gonna bang out his standup and then head to a Jimmy Buffet concert. They’re a living political cartoon for the war in the Middle East. “

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6. Let’s Break a Deal (01/15/14)

Stewart mocks the politicians who were undermining President Obama’s negotiations with Iran by pushing for the Iran “Nuclear Weapon-Free Act.” He feigns confusion over why Democrats would oppose Obama’s nuclear diplomacy and then cuts to former Democratic Congresswoman lobbyist Jane Harmon.

7. How do you solve a problem like Sharia? (March 8, 2011)

Here, Stewart not only goes after Islamophobia but the Israeli settlers in the West Bank. We learn that Congressman Peter King is holding hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, because these Muslims are not doing enough to stop homegrown terrorism.

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Video: If you voted for Hamas, Israel has a right to kill you, says president of NY Board of Rabbis

Kirshner, from the Temple Emanu-El site

Kirshner, from the Temple Emanu-El site

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There was a pro-Israel rally of 10,000 people in New York yesterday, a half block from the United Nations, and Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, the president of the NY Board of Rabbis, suggested that Palestinians who voted for Hamas are combatants who deserve to be targeted by Israel. He said:

When you are part of an election process that asks for a terrorist organization which proclaims in word and in deed that their primary objective is to destroy their neighboring country and not to build schools or commerce or jobs, you are complicit and you are not a civilian casualty.

The crowd cheered. Kirshner went on to say that the Israeli army is “the most moral army in the history of civilization.” He ended his remarks with the word, Amen.

The rabbi did not make it clear how he would sort out Palestinians who voted for Hamas. In the last election in Palestine, in 2006, Hamas — the “terrorist organization” to which Kirshner was obviously referring– got 440,000 votes, 44 percent of the electorate, according to Wikipedia. Fatah won 410,000, the PFLP 42,000.

Senator Chuck Schumer and many Democratic congresspeople also spoke at the rally, on 47th Street. None were on the stage when Kirshner offered his spiritual counsel near the end of the gathering.

Below is the context for Kirshner’s remarks, beginning at about 3:00 in the video above. Kirshner (who was introduced as president but identified with three different titles, 1, 2, 3. of the New York Board of Rabbis) began by saying that the United Nations was condemning the killing of civilians in Gaza.

Ladies and gentlemen let me make something very, very, very clear to all of you gathered. If you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt and you are carrying an AK-47, you are not a civilian, you are a combatant.

When you welcome Hamas into your living room and allow them to launch rockets next to your sofa, you are not a civilian you are a combatant.

When you are part of an election process that asks for a terrorist organization which proclaims in word and in deed that their primary objective is to destroy their neighboring country and not to build schools or commerce or jobs, you are complicit and you are not a civilian casualty.

And lastly when you fail to heed the pamphlets, the phone calls, the text messages and the warning shots telling you to evacuate a building, and instead use yourself as a shield and use innocent children as a shield, you are not collateral damage. When you ignore those very moral warnings and align yourself with Hamas, you are a combatant.

As Adam notes, the statement could apply to anyone who voted in that election in 2006; I’m interpreting it to apply to Hamas supporters.

Elsewhere in the speech, the rabbi identified himself wholly with the Israeli government, saying that “we gave them freedom nine years ago,” referring to the end of the settlement program in Gaza.

Kirshner hosted Gov. Chris Christie at Temple Emanu-El, his conservative synagogue in New Jersey, last year. He spoke at the Israel lobby group AIPAC in 2009.

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/israel-leader-rabbis.html

 

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No joke: Turkish women shouldn’t laugh, says deputy PM

AFP Photo / Valery Hache

AFP Photo / Valery Hache

Turkey’s deputy prime minister has been mocked on social media after saying women should not laugh in public. Bülent Arınc used a meeting for Eid al-Fitr to condemn perceived moral regression, consumerism and even excessive mobile phone use.

In his moral crusade, Arınc also called for chastity in both men and women, while he blamed television and the media for turning teenagers into “sex addicts,” Hurriyet Daily News reports.

“[The man] will not be a womanizer. He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. [The woman] will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness,” the paper reported Arınc as saying. He was speaking in the western Bursa region to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which commemorates the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims.

His message was not well received by Turkey’s female population, who took to social media sites in droves to poke fun at Arinc. They posted pictures of themselves laughing under the hashtags, #kahkaha (#laughter) and #direnkahkaha (#resistlaughter) which have now gone viral.

Among his other complaints was people having too many cars and using too much petrol, and women talking about “unnecessary” topics on the phone instead of meeting face-to-face.

Imitating a Turkish woman on her mobile, he said, “Is there nothing else going on? What happened to Ayse’s daughter? When’s the wedding?”

Female politician, Melda Onur, a lawmaker from the main opposition party CHP said on Twitter Arinc’s comments portrayed laughing as a dishonorable act and left women exposed to violence…

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