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Old 09-29-2015, 03:38 PM   #136
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Somewhat interesting article about the boy, talking to a former teacher.

There's enough ammo in here to support any position you have on the boy.
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Old 10-22-2015, 08:25 AM   #137
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And the kid is moving to Qatar.

The backwards-ass authoritarian country offered him a full scholarship. So his family is moving there soon. WTF?

Interesting also how there weren't any pictures of him meeting with Obama splashed all over the media. They kept that meeting on the down low.
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Old 10-22-2015, 08:30 AM   #138
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I saw pictures of that meeting. They probably weren't "splashed all over" because the media was bored with him.
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:49 AM   #139
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Apostasy is a crime punishable by the death penalty in Qatar... Blasphemy is punishable by up to seven years in prison and proselytizing can be punished by up to 10 years in prison.
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In 2012, Qatar was ranked near the bottom of the OECD countries participating in the PISA test of math, reading and skills for 15 to 16-year olds, comparable to Colombia or Albania, despite having the highest per capita income in the world.
Yes indeed, this is a family that is all about that science, 'bout that science, no trouble.
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Old 10-22-2015, 01:06 PM   #140
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And the kid is moving to Qatar.
The backwards-ass authoritarian country offered him a full scholarship.
So his family is moving there soon. WTF?
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Hmmm.... Authoritarian, yes. Different religion, yes.
But, if I lived in a place where my kid was treated that way by the local officials
and community, I'd seriously think about moving out too.

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Qatar is a high income economy backed by the world's third largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves.[20]
The country has the highest per capita income in the world. Qatar is an influential player in the Arab world,
supporting several rebel groups during the Arab Spring both financially and through
its globally expanding media group, Al Jazeera Media Network
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Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first Arab country to do so
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For its size, Qatar wields disproportionate influence in the world, and has been identified as a middle power.[25][26]
See also: Wiki: Qatar Foundation

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Old 10-22-2015, 01:26 PM   #141
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You are engaging in some serious cherry picking from that entry.
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Old 10-22-2015, 01:53 PM   #142
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Yes, I know... "backwards-ass"
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Old 10-22-2015, 10:43 PM   #143
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Hmmm.... Authoritarian, yes. Different religion, yes.
But, if I lived in a place where my kid was treated that way by the local officials
and community, I'd seriously think about moving out too.
Because there's certainly nowhere in America more tolerant and accepting than Texas... If you can't make friends here, you might as well give up.
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Old 10-25-2015, 10:37 AM   #144
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I saw pictures of that meeting. They probably weren't "splashed all over" because the media was bored with him.
Oh, yeh... that's it


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You are engaging in some serious cherry picking from that entry.
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Old 10-25-2015, 11:06 AM   #145
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Oh, yeh... that's it
The media is in charge of "splashing all over". I saw the pictures, so they were available for splashing, if anyone wanted to. Apparently, few did, either way.
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Old 10-25-2015, 11:41 AM   #146
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Why not? Perhaps because the kid is leaving the country?
The "buzz" ended immediately after that announcement.
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Old 10-25-2015, 11:59 AM   #147
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I think the meeting was before that. The buzz was over before either.
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Old 10-25-2015, 12:17 PM   #148
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Initial incident was in Sept. Met Obama on Oct 19th and announced leaving Oct 20.
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Old 10-25-2015, 12:44 PM   #149
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The press probably dropped it because it became just another false alarm. After starting out with all the makings of a juicy story they could panic folks with it was a dud.
I think Obama met with him as a gesture that not all Muslims, for that matter not all foreigners/immigrants/swarthy people, are bomb throwing terrorists.
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Old 10-26-2015, 01:44 PM   #150
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The press dropped it because it wasn't a positive for Obama.
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