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ARABICA - A Quick Shot Of What's Brewing In The Arab World

ARABICA - A Quick Shot Of What's Brewing In The Arab World

A R A B I C A ارابيكا

By Kristen Gillespie

In Cairo, the High Elections Commission is postponing for a third time the announcement of parliamentary election results. A larger-than-expected voter turnout is responsible for the delay, the commission said.

Also in Egypt, foreign-currency reserves are expected to drop to $15 billion by the end of January, while the budget deficit continues to rise. Reserves stood at $10 billion in October, which economists said at the time is not enough to sustain a looming currency crisis.

Secretary General of the Arab League warned Damascus of the "risk" of foreign intervention to solve the crisis in Syria. Nabil al-Arabi told CNN Arabic that there is a way out for the Syrian regime, and that is to accept the Arab League plan, which includes sending monitors to Syria. "The Syrian government has continually failed to implement its obligations to the Arab League action plan," Arabi said. A Syrian government spokesman earlier condemned "the increasing political and media campaign against Syria."

In what can only be described as an understatment, the Kuwaiti government is asking its citizens to leave Syria because of "the unstable situation." It also "advises Kuwaiti citizens not to go to Syria at the present time." Kuwait recalled its ambassador to Syria over the summer.

The annual Transparency International report finds Jordan more corrupt in 2011 than the year before, Khaberni.com reports. Jordan dropped from 50th to number 56 in the global ranking of corruption. In the Arab world, Jordan was behind Qatar, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.

*Under the article, Khaled comments: "Corruption is a raging cancer with no hope of a cure."

*Another commenter writes, "You want us to join the Gulf Cooperation Council, where five out of six countries are slightly ahead of us in corruption?"

Dec. 1, 2011

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Violence Against Women, The Patriarchy And Responsibility Of The Good Men Too

The femicide of Giulia Cecchettin has shaken Italy, and beyond. Argentine journalist Ignacio Pereyra looks at what lies behind femicides and why all men must take more responsibility.

photo of a young man holding a sign: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

A protester's sign referring to the alleged killer reads: Filippo isn't a monster, he's the healthy son of the patriarchy

Matteo Nardone/Pacific Press via ZUMA Press
Ignacio Pereyra

Updated Dec. 3, 2023 at 10:40 p.m.


ATHENS — Are you going to write about what happened in Italy?, Irene, my partner, asks me. I have no idea what she's talking about. She tells me: a case of femicide has shaken the country and has been causing a stir for two weeks.

As if the fact in itself were not enough, I ask what is different about this murder compared to the other 105 women murdered this year in Italy (or those that happen every day around the world).

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We are talking about a country where the expression "fai l'uomo" (be a man) abounds, with a society so prone to drama and tragedy and so fond of crime stories as few others, where the expression "crime of passion" is still mistakenly overused.

In this context, the sister of the victim reacted in an unexpected way for a country where femicide is not a crime recognized in the penal code, contrary to what happens, for example, in almost all of Latin America.

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