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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:06 AM
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Poll question: Which country would you LEAST want to live in?
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 08:08 AM by Liberal_in_LA
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/03/07/saudi.arabia....

Saudi men arrested for seeking female writer's autograph :eyes: :eyes: :eyes:

(CNN) -- Saudi Arabia's religious police detained two male novelists for questioning last week after they attempted to get the autograph of a female writer at a book fair in Riyadh, according to local media reports.

According to the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan, Abdu Khal and Abdullah Thabet approached female writer Halima Muzfar when they were stopped by police.

Both novelists, who were held for questioning but not charged with a crime, are demanding an apology from the conservative Muslim kingdom's Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

The commission, feared by many Saudis, is made up of several thousand religious policemen charged with, among other things, enforcement of dress codes, mandatory observance of prayer times and segregation of the sexes.

Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam called Wahhabism and punishes unrelated men and women who are caught mingling in public.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:13 AM
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1. North Korea
As a Jew, I can't get a visa to "visit" Saudi Arabia...not that I'd ever have any desire to do so. There's plenty to condemn about that country and its 6th century society. But that doen't hold a candle to the repression that is ongoing in North Korea. This country doesn't discriminate...men and women are executed and their lives fully controlled by a "government" based on corruption and repression against even a sigh of dissent.
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:17 AM
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2. I'd prefer Saudi Arabia over Somalia
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 08:19 AM by CJCRANE
for instance.

On edit: At least in Saudi Arabia if you follow the rules you can have a reasonably comfortable life.
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Juche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:17 AM
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3. North Korea
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 08:19 AM by Juche
North Korea is so shitty that people risk their lives and the lives of their families to escape into rural China, which is a paradise of wealth and freedom by comparison.
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MikeE Donating Member (637 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:19 AM
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4. As a gay man, I can think of quite a few
Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, (actually pretty much anywhere in the middle east), pretty much anywhere in Africa, (pick a country), Singapore, Malaisia, the list goes on
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DrDan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:22 PM
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10. well - there are some decent places in Africa
I lived in Ethiopia for 2 years. Beautiful weather - Addis being at 9,000 feet. Lots to do. Cairo is facinating. Have traveled there many times and was never bored.

Also lived 4 years in Saudi. It can be a hard place to live - but you must follow and accept the rules - like no women driving. But it has some advantages. For one - the Saudis like Americans many having been educated here.
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MikeE Donating Member (637 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 06:49 PM
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13. I wouldn't mind visiting Ethiopia
I have lots of friends here that are originally from there. Also, the food is wonderful.
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HelenWheels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:31 AM
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5. Texas nt
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mrs_p Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:50 AM
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7. lol
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mrs_p Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:50 AM
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6. republic of sudan
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 08:50 AM by mrs_p
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ginnyinWI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 08:51 AM
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8. Mexico, hands-down.
The gangs have taken over. They are kidnapping people at random and beheading them.

http://worldfocus.org/blog/2009/03/02/gangsters-spill-b... /

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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:12 AM
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9. yep, this is all going on just a short drive from San Diego.
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shayod Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:56 PM
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11. But they're America's Bestest Friends!!
Why IS that and why will it continue into the future?? - Oh wait.............OIL - I forgot!!
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 03:47 PM
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12. Sudan or Zimbabwe - but Saudi Arabia is also fairly high on the list
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