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In Ottawa, The Neighborhood Bully Is A House Cat

While some cities are plagued by youth gangs and others by encroaching wild animals, one neighborhood of Ottawa is reckoning with a small but very scary cat.


According to the Ottawa Citizen, the Glebe area of the Canadian capital has been terrorized by a relentless pet feline aggressor who swipes at peoples' faces and bullies 100-pound dogs. Despite its collar and name tag, the assailant's identity remains unknown, as the cat is allegedly too violent to approach.


One concerned citizen decided to take matters into her own hands, trying to reach the cat's legal guardian by posting flyers around the neighborhood. "Do you own a stocky grey cat with a blue tag and a shit attitude?" it reads. "Maybe your cat was born an asshole or maybe it's a sign of a condition like toxoplasmosis, hyperthyroidism epilepsy, abscesses, arthritis, dental disease, rabies, trauma, sensory decline or cognitive dysfunction. So please take your animal to the vet and keep it inside."


Forrest Hartman, the flyer's author, told the Canadian daily that "Angry Cat" hasn't turned up since the flyers' presence, perhaps a sign that the pen is mightier than the claw.

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Patronage Or Politics? What's Driving Qatar And Egypt Grand Rapprochement

For Cairo, Qatar had been part of an “axis of evil,” with anger directed at Al Jazeera, the main Qatari outlet, and others critical of Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood ouster. But the vitriol is now gone, with the first ever visit by Egyptian President al-Sisi to Doha.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with the Emir of Qatar in June 2022 in Cairo

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For the first time since coming to power in 2014, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi traveled to Doha last month on an official visit, a capstone in a steadily building rapprochement between the two countries in the last year.

Not long ago, however, the photo-op capturing the two heads of state smiling at one another in Doha would have seemed impossible. In the wake of the Armed Forces’ ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood government in 2013, Qatar and Egypt traded barbs.

In the lexicon of the intelligence-controlled Egyptian press landscape, Qatar had been part of an “axis of evil” working to undermine Egypt’s stability. Al Jazeera, the main Qatari outlet, was banned from Egypt, but, from its social media accounts and television broadcast, it regularly published salacious and insulting details about the Egyptian administration.

But all of that vitriol is now gone.

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