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"As I walked through the throng I was continually mistaken for an aid worker," writes the Guardian reporter. "Men thrust papers in my face, asking me to register them for aid, while women pointed to their mouths, miming their hunger.

"Children, too malnourished to move, sat shivering and listless, their eyes black holes. Many wore only rags for clothes, some wrapped in plastic in a vain attempt to generate heat. Most were barefoot. . . . 'You are just taking pictures,' one woman at the camp said to me. 'You are not here to help. We can't eat pictures. We are dying.' "


Three Killed for Crimes Against Islamic Law
Saudis Behead Gay Men

Though the Taliban beat women or shot them to death for supposed moral offenses, they reserved an especially gruesome, torturous death for male homosexuals. These they would line up against a wall, then ram a bulldozer from the other side, toppling the stones and burying the men alive.

The Taliban, of course, learned all their lessons from our fundamentalist allies in Saudi Arabia, who last week demonstrated their own method of dispatching gays. Press reports say three gay men were beheaded by sword in the public square of the mountain town Abha. "They received the death penalty for sexually abusing young boys," said Tarik Allajany, a spokesperson at the Saudi embassy in Washington. "Rape is punishable by death."

According to the State Department, punishments under Saudi Arabia's Islamic law include flogging, amputation, and execution by beheading, stoning, or firing squad. In 2000, the Saudis executed 120 people, an increase from 100 the year before. Government killings included 62 persons convicted of murder, 21 convicted of narcotics-related offenses, 22 convicted of rape, and 10 convicted of armed robbery. The executions also included two women for murder and three for drug trafficking. The men were executed by beheading and the women by firing squad. There were 27 reports of amputations, including seven reports of multiple amputations (right hand, left leg) for highway robbery.

People convicted of less serious offenses, such as drinking alcohol or being alone in the company of an unrelated person of the opposite sex, sometimes were punished by flogging. In April the AP reported five people had been sentenced to 2600 lashes and six years in prison, and four persons to 2400 lashes and five years, for "deviant sexual behavior."


Clinton Canine Takes Secrets to Pet Heaven
The Buddy Conspiracy

The death of Bill Clinton's dog Buddy, who was hit by a car in the streets of Chappaqua last week, brought a strangulated wheeze from the Clinton haters. They immediately began deconstructing the deeper meaning of what had happened, with the Lucianne (as in Goldberg) and Free Republic Web sites cranking wildly to figure out Buddy's place on the mysterious Clinton death list. Some of the theories being batted around, as collected by the online faithful at Democratic Underground:

  • Buddy was "disposed with" because he no longer held any political value for the Clintons.

  • Anything to keep them in front of the public seems to be their motto. These people are EVIL and would do ANYTHING to gain back Bubba's power—or pave the way for Hildabeast.

  • Buddy knew too much.


    Additional reporting: Michael Ridley

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