Delicious Pickings | Camel Pageants, Dutch Jews & Bloggable Book Deals

Here’s a selection of my delicious pickings for this week:

Hilary Death Watch Update: Hilary drops from 12% to a 9% chance of winning the Democratic nomination on Slate’s Death Watch. From Barack endorsements and superdelegates lead, Slate boils down what went wrong for Hilary this past week.

USA 2008: The Great Depression: Food stamps are the symbol of poverty in the US. In the era of the credit crunch, a record 28 million Americans are now relying on them to survive – a sure sign the world’s richest country faces economic crisis

With a Few More Brains: It’s not just Arabs that believe in conspiracy theories. NYT’s Kristof looks at new stats that suggest 36 percent of Americans believed that federal officials assisted in the attacks on the twin towers…so that the U.S. could go to war.

Muslim True/False: An Esposito article in the LAT on the recent book based on Gallup research. Also worth reading is this interview in Jordan Business.

The Case Of Banaz Mahmod: The British Kurdish woman who told officers on four separate occasions that her life was in danger and still ended up being raped and murdered two years ago by her father, uncle and a family friend.

Saudi Female Drivers: How letting women in Saudi Arabia drive will boost the Saudi economy.

Dutch Jews Condemn ‘Fitna’ film: Dutch Muslims take a laissez faire approach to the film.

Camel Beauty Pageant: 10,000 GCC camels compete for US $9.5 million. No, it’s not a joke. Unfortunately.

Why Blog? Reason No. 92: Book Deal: How the “Stuff White People Like” blog became an online American cultural icon.

“W”: Oliver Stone’s new movie-in-the-making looks at how an “alcoholic bum” became the world’s most powerful figure.

US president George Bush tap dances for the press at the White House.

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