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50 Shades of 'meh'.

Movie Review: Fifty Shades Of Grey Two years ago, the hype over Fifty Shades of Grey proved so deafening, that I decided to give the book a shot. While it was certainly entertaining (with all the sex, sex, and more sex), I couldn't believe such a badly-written story had even gotten published. E.L. James' writing was downright abysmal, with repetitive phrases ("my inner goddess") that would get endlessly pummelled over the course of the story.

Where Saddam Hussein's statue once stood in Baghdad, there's now a portrait of Iran's supreme leader Perhaps nothing illuminates more starkly the transformation underway in Iraq than the billboard depicting the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini erected recently on the edge of Baghdad's Firdaus Square. The portrait obscures the view of the plinth where a giant statue of Saddam Hussein once stood, until U.S. Marines pulled it down in 2003.

Do Egypt's Upcoming Parliamentary Elections Even Matter? In March and April of this year Egyptians will have the opportunity to vote for parliamentary representatives for the second time since the 2011 revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak. These elections will take place during a period human rights organizations have described as "the most dramatic reversal of human rights in Egypt's modern history." In this environment, it is worth asking: should we even be paying attention to the vote?

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Title Annotation:review of Fifty Shades Of Grey; Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad; parliamentary elections in Egypt
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:7EGYP
Date:Feb 18, 2015
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