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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

A R A B I C A ارابيكا

By Kristen Gillespie

A series of explosions shook Sanaa International airport overnight following clashes between supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and forces loyal to dissident general and tribal leader Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar. Sources told Al Jazeera that the airport would be closed "for some time, with scheduled flights diverted to Aden." While authorities opened the airport for a flight to go from Sanaa to Aden, in the south, it is not clear whether it will remain open. Al-Ahmar is preparing for open warfare in Sanaa, the network reported. Demonstrations are continuing daily in Yemen, with protesters demanding Saleh step down and be put on trial.

The Tunisia government is pursuing the widow of Yasser Arafat, with an international warrant out for her arrest in connection with a school she founded in Tunisia with the wife of ousted President Zine al-Abedine al-Ali. The two women fell out, and Suha Arafat was subsequently stripped of her honorary Tunisian citizenship and asked to leave the country. Arafat is wanted on corruption charges, the details of which were not yet released.

The lawyer of Libya's last Prime Minister, Baghdadi Mahmoudi, says his client is in a Tunisian jail and fears for his life given his knowledge of state secrets. Lawyer Mabrouk Krashid called on the Libyan authorities not to extradite Mahmoudi, and pointed out that the official entered Tunisia and was arrested for not having a visa. Though Mahmoudi's passport contains a stamp allowing him to enter, he has been in state custody since September 21st. Libyan authorities are trying to extradite the former prime minister. Tunisia extended recognition to the Libyan Transitional Council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people on August 22nd.

Egypt's Petroleum Ministry has decided to increase the amount of cooking gas on the market by 15 percent following record-breaking purchases by citizens ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday, Al Youm Al Sabaa reported. Ahmad al-Ghrab, the head of the national gas company, announced that the company is taking measures to ensure that enough gas cylinders, used for cooking, are available for the public. The statement is noteworthy given chronic shortages of basic goods in Egypt, which has led to rioting in the past. The company will be running at full capacity, with cylinder stores remaining open later to meet citizens' needs, al-Ghrab said.

October 31, 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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