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Janteloven
"There is something rotten in the State of Denmark." William Shakespeare.

"You bet there is." Finn Skovgaard.

Jim Russell sent us a link to The Danish Page. Make sure you read the section on The Bicycle Terrorists and here's what Finn Skovgaard has to say about Danish beer:

"Danish beer is sold and brewed on licence all over the world. The largest brands are Tuborg and Carlsberg, but less known and better are Faxe and Ceres. Danes consume an average of 124 litres of beer per person per year, which is the third highest in the world, following the former Czechoslovakia (130 litres) and Germany (137 litres). See my beer page for more statistics. Because of the high beer taxes, many Danes buy their Danish beer in Germany, driving it over the border in trailers. The beer was brewed in Denmark, sold to German supermarkets, driven to Germany, sold to Danish consumers and driven back to Denmark. Danish logic!"
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A family's honour
The BBC reports that five people have been arrested for the murder of Shafilea Ahmed.

"The body of the 17-year-old, who had rejected an arranged marriage, was found in the Lake District in February.

Detectives have not ruled out her parents being involved in her death, although they are not among the relatives arrested on Tuesday.

Shafilea went missing from her home in Liverpool Road, Great Sankey, on 11 September 2003, shortly after arriving home from a family holiday in Pakistan.

While there, she had drunk bleach in a possible attempt to avoid the marriage which had been arranged for her, resulting in her needing frequent medical attention for injuries to her throat and stomach.

Police believe it was this refusal of an arranged marriage which may have led to her being murdered to avenge her family's "honour".

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Check Iran
From WSJ: Iran's Power Play

Despite the hopes of many governments, the widespread popular unrest and internal power struggles of the late '90s did not result in a more democratic, less aggressive Iran. Instead, the mullahs dropped their masks -- and took off their gloves. In the past year, they purged reformists from parliament and intensified suppression of dissent. They dropped any pretense of adhering to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, issuing apocalyptic warnings about the revenge they would exact should Israel attack Iran's nuclear facilities, and accelerated their ballistic missile program. Iran is as close as ever to Syria and Palestinian terrorist groups, such as Hamas. Now, Israeli intelligence sources tell us, Iran is preparing its Palestinian proxies to seize power when Yasser Arafat's regime collapses.

In Iraq, Iran aims to replicate its successes in Lebanon. Since Iraq's liberation, Iran has provided weapons, money, and personnel to militant Shia groups -- including al-Sadr's -- with the apparent goal of establishing an Iraqi version of Hezbollah, that, in time, would establish de facto Iranian control over Shia Iraq. Despite his setback in Najaf, al-Sadr almost certainly will continue to do his masters' bidding.

Iran already enjoys -- and exploits -- an excellent geostrategic position and immense oil wealth. If in a few years, Iran possesses nuclear weapons and exerts control over more strategically important territory and even more energy resources, it is likely to flex its muscles in the Gulf States, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

It is imperative, therefore, that we immediately and forcefully check Iran, inside and outside of Iraq. The Iraqi interim government should immediately break relations with Tehran, citing Iran's support of anti-government subversion, and secure its borders against Iranian infiltration. The Iranians cynically use religious pilgrimages to move men, materiel, and money into Iraq; therefore, until its security situation improves, Iraq must deny entry to Iranian pilgrims. Iraqi security forces must be strengthened and, if necessary, U.S. forces within Iraq should be repositioned to support them.

(Hat tip: Jim Rusell)
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The Wall
Fourteen years and a trillion euros after reunification one in five Germans would like to see the barrier that split the country during the Cold War put back, a survey found Wednesday.

A poll by the Forsa institute found a quarter of western Germans wishing the 15 million east Germans were cut off again by the Berlin Wall, living in a different state, while 12 percent of eastern Germans wanted out of the united Germany.

One in five Germans wants the Berlin wall back
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Nuns and Veils
Should Roman Catholic nuns who wear veils in Italy be treated any differently to Muslim women who wear veils?

According to a civil servant in the central Italian city of L'Aquila, the answer is no.

The law states that photographs on Italian identity cards must show a person's features clearly.

The civil servant refused to issue an identity card to a nun who had presented a photo taken with her wearing a veil on the grounds that days earlier he had rejected a similar photo from a Muslim woman, according to Italian newspaper reports.

Nuns with veils have been traditionally exempt from the ruling but the civil servant decided that it was best to be impartial.

His superiors defended his action, even after the local bishop complained.

A temporary compromise of sorts was reached when regional authorities said photographs with veils could be accepted from both Muslims and Christians for the time being as long as their faces were clearly visible.

Both sides are expected to seek clarification and new, definitive guidance from national security officials.

Nun ID Card Photo Sparks Veil Debate
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The Polls, The Bounce, The Suspense
The Republican National Convention is over, and the presidential campaign is off to its official post-Labor Day start. According to many new polls, President Bush appears to have received a modest bounce from the convention, held in New York last week.
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Promoting Peace
Iran have given judo world champion Arash Miresmaeili a $125,000 reward, saying he sacrificed a gold medal at the Athens Olympics by refusing to fight an Israeli, a sports official says.

State television showed Miresmaeili at an award ceremony receiving the same sum as Iranian Hossein Rezazadeh, who took the super-heavyweight weightlifting gold at the second Olympics in succession.

"He would definitely have won a gold medal if he had taken part," the sports official, who declined to be named, said on Tuesday.

"By refusing to fight, Miresmaeili followed the policies of the country," the official added.

Iranian paid $125,000 for Olympic no show
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