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The Prince got angry again, says unclear words before hanging up, the host thanks the Prince, and the clip ends. 30. v=S_BY39tnOkw Title: Untitled Summary: This clip shows a group of women from the Saudi Shi’a minority group performing some rituals at a cemetery in the city of Medina, the second holiest Muslim city, where revered Muslim religious figures are buried. According to the Saudi authorities, the Shi’a women were performing rituals offensive to Muslims and tried to prevent them from doing so.

Since the Baha’i are persecuted is some countries, this may help explain why this group is more likely to blog anonymously (75%) 30 Mapping the Arabic Blogosphere: Politics, Culture, and Dissent than any other cluster. This group of bloggers is also the most critical of political Islam of all clusters. They also seem to talk about family life more than other clusters. Coder comments: • The blog exists to promote the Baha'i faith, encourage members of the Baha'i religious community, and to tackle spiritual questions such as why God allows there to be so much pain in the world.

Only 3% discussed the war in Iraq, and only 6 blogs (less than 1%) discussed the war in Afghanistan. These results seem to indicate that Arabic bloggers, as we found with Iranian bloggers previously, are far more concerned with issues at home and with their own political leaders than they are with the United States. ReportID=263 (accessed May 27, 2009). org, Program on International Policy Attitudes, U. pdf (accessed May 27, 2009), which found that 32% did not empathize at all with Al Qaeda, up from 21% in 2008, and that only 7% supported their methods of operation.

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