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Scaramouche!: A Huge Victory for Free Speech: "'Rachel's law' is about to become a reality. Kudos to the brave woman who inspired it by refusing to capitulate to a Saudi moneybags."

The Gaza Slave Trade

Let's talk about Gaza, now that it captured the world's attention AGAIN!
ALAH: Arab Lesbians Against Hate: The Gazan slave trade: "The Gazan slave trade- the situation for ALL women in Gaza is so much worse than you can imagine.

Firas Press has an article on how Gazans are taking advantage of poor Egyptian families. Acting as middlemen, Gazans offer to smuggle underage Egyptian girls through tunnels to Gaza to get married to weathy Gazans. Yes, there are many wealthy Gazans. For this service, they charge $1000. Once the girls come over, they are married as second or third wives to Gaza men who treat them as maids for their extended families. Others are forced into prostitution or to work for drug dealers. One smuggler who was interviewed is getting so wealthy from the slave trade that he has bought a house in Rafah to facilitate the smuggling of more Egyptian girls. The article claims that hundreds of girls have been taken advantage of this way, and they cannot afford to pay to escape back to Egypt."

NEW ORLEANS (May 06, 2010- The Times-Picayune)—The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, New Orleans chefs, seafood dealers and grocers united in shouting one message from the rooftops: Louisiana seafood is safe to eat.

"Louisiana seafood is alive and well and healthy and safe, " said Harlon Pearce, who owns Harlon's LA Fish, chairs the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and is on the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council.

Seafood is a $2.4 billion industry in the state, with Louisiana providing a third of the domestic seafood in the contiguous 48 states, Smith said, noting that the state is the nation's No. 1 producer of shrimp, oysters, blue crabs, crawfish and alligator, and the No. 2 producer of finfish.

"From the seafood supply end of it, things are not as bad as we may have expected, " Montero added on Tuesday.

While south Louisiana residents wait in limbo for the next developments, Smith has a suggestion: "The best way consumers can help us right now is go out and dine or go to the store and buy Louisiana seafood, to help shore up the markets that we're taking a 23 percent hit on."

see full story: Despite oil spill, Louisiana's seafood catch is fine, officials say

Quicksilver always delivers.

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