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ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing

ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing
Kristen Gillespie


With Libyan state television now off the air, a key indicator that the regime is about to fall, a spokesman for the rebels remains cautious. "As long as Gaddafi is free, danger remains," said Mohammed Abdul Rahman.

The network also reports the rebels as having freed "thousands of political prisoners." They entered the Tripoli home of Gaddafi's daughter, Aisha, but it is not clear whether she was home at the time or the residence was vacated.

The most feared man in any Arab government is the head of the intelligence apparatus, or the mukhabarat. Libya's director of intelligence, Abdullah al-Sanusi, has reportedly escaped to the south of the country. Minister of Finance Mohammed Howeej is said to have fled to the western mountains.

Jordanian entrepreneur and Twitter pundit Samih Toukan tweeted that "Russian policy toward Libya was extremely stupid. Even from a national-interest standpoint, they have lost a shot at any potential future projects."

Protesters in Syria are running with the pending collapse of the Gaddafi regime, shouting in the streets that Bashar Assad is next. Demonstrations are continuing across the country after President Assad appeared on state television to say that he is "not worried" about the unrest. This cartoon speaks for itself – Gaddafi is driving a beat-up car out of town, and Assad, loaded up with military medals and regalia, stands along the side of the road trying to hitch a ride with Gaddafi. Here, panic strikes at a purported Homs protest on August 22nd. Young men run through the streets, carrying bloody victims away from Tahrir Square in the central Syrian city.

Egypt's Al Shouruk newspaper report in a tweet that "the president and senior officials at the University of Cairo have resigned in preparation for the election of new leaders."

August 23, 2011

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Legalizing Moonshine, A Winning Political Stand In Poland

Moonshine, typically known as “bimber” in Poland, may soon be legalized by the incoming government. There is a mix of tradition, politics and economics that makes homemade booze a popular issue to campaign on.

Photo of an empty vodka bottle on the ground in Poland

Bottle of vodka laying on the ground in Poland

Leszek Kostrzewski

WARSAWIt's a question of freedom — and quality. Poland's incoming coalition government is busy negotiating a platform for the coming years. Though there is much that still divides the Left, the liberal-centrist Civic Koalition, and the centrist Third Way partners, there is one area where Poland’s new ruling coalition is nearly unanimous: moonshine.

The slogan for the legalization of moonshine (known in Poland as "bimber") was initially presented by Michał Kołodziejczak, the leader of Agrounia, a left-wing socialist political movement in Poland that has qualified to be part of the incoming Parliament.

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”Formerly so-called moonshine was an important element of our cultural landscape, associated with mystery, breaking norms, and freedom from the state," Kołodziejczak said. "It was a reason to be proud, just like the liqueurs that Poles were famous for in the past.”

The president of Agrounia considered the right to make moonshine as a symbol of "subjectivity" that farmers could enjoy, and admitted with regret that in recent years it had been taken away from citizens. “It's also about a certain kind of freedom, to do whatever you want on your farm," Kołodziejczak adds. "This is subjectivity for the farmer. Therefore, I am in favor of providing farmers with the freedom to consume this alcohol for their own use.”

A similar viewpoint was aired by another Parliament member. “We will stop pretending that Polish farmers do not produce moonshine for their own use, such as for weddings,” the representative said, pointing out the benefits of controlling the quality. “Just like they produce slivovitz, which Poland is famous for. It's high time they did it legally.”

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