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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Today's PalArab press roundup

A few articles of note, although I won't have time to elaborate too much on any of them.

An Iraqi Shiite leader has issued a fatwa allowing women to undergo surgery to repair their hymens. The article assumes that all such women are "adulterous" and although it does mention that this procedure may save their lives, the primary reason for allowing the surgery was to maintain family "honor."

The spread of AIDS has slowed down dramatically in Gaza, and medical sources say that the Israeli "blockade" is a major reason why.

Hamas denies yesterday's report that their headquarters is moving to Beirut, saying that nothing could affect the good relationship between Hamas and Syria.