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

A R A B I C A ارابيكا

FREE CITY
Ahmed Durat, a member of Libya's National Transitional Council, is calling on all rebels to leave Tripoli and return to their hometowns now that the city has been liberated, Al Masry Al Youm reports. The council has the Libyan capital under control, Durat said.

SIN CITY
Kuwait police announced that a series of raids on apartments and "gambling dens' during the holy month of Ramadan netted 129 men and women involved in drugs, prostitution and homosexuality. Of the 82 men arrested, "some hold important positions," the Ministry of Interior noted without elaborating. Foreigners who were arrested during the vice raids will be immediately deported. Kuwaiti nationals looking to get out of jail will have to sign a pledge that they will not "frequent suspicious apartments." Cases of wine, illegal in Kuwait, were seized, and one raid on a villa turned up "two girls, three young men and two homosexuals."

SAUDI MAGIC, #1
Saudi officials have concluded that a car accident in the town of Hayl was caused by magic, Ajel news website is reporting. A car overturned while a man was driving with his family. There were injuries, but no fatalities. Police found pieces of human hair and fingernails wrapped in a handkerchief and hidden under one of the seats. Suspicion has fallen on the maid, who was with the family at the time of the accident. Police and officials in Saudi Arabia regularly attribute mishaps, mental illness, depression or other common conditions to the workings of black magic.

SAUDI MAGIC, #2
Also on Friday, Al-Sabq.org, a Saudi news website reported on a Saudi women experiencing "worsening health conditions' in the final days of Ramadan. She visited several doctors, who found nothing wrong with her. Her family suspected she was either under a spell or possessed. They called a well-known religious sheikh, who spoke to the genie possessing her. The genie told the sheikh that a spell had been cast on the women, and that it was hidden in her father-in-law's attic. Sure enough, the proof was there in a make-up box – a series of small knots indicating that black magic was at work. The box was inspected by a professional who breaks magic spells for a living. He concluded that the spell was intended to break up the wife and husband. "Sources' told the paper that the woman's brother-in-law, a wealthy man concerned for his brother, was responsible for the spell.

EGYPTIAN DEFENSE
Ten Kuwaiti lawyers have joined the defense team of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The lawyers will hold a press conference next week to explain their reasons for joining the defense team, which already has 1,700 lawyers on it. Mubarak's trial will resume on September 5th.

September 2, 2011

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