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The middle east only has two exported products... oil and blood. I'm not sure how well either of those would fit inside a vending machine.

*Though come to the think of it, I would spend damn good money to see a vending machine that spewed blood.*
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dtgreene: I think one of the problems in many parts of the world, the Middle East being a prominent (but not the only!) example, is religion, and in particular, religious extremism.

Just look at all the theocracies in that area. Also, look at all the violence done in the name of religion, including violence because another group is of similar *but slightly different* religious beliefs.

(Also, it is worth noting that Israel is not exempt from this. There have been cases where woman have been harassed on buses and asked to move, for example. Also note that this has recently happened on planes to and from Israel.)
Unquestioning extremism is bad in any facet of life, mm'kay. Everything in moderation, imo.
Meh, I'd still go with Sauron.
India banned porn......without notice or press or announcement, then the shitstorm caused them to default on it, and now they're saying it was just child porn, and say they lifted the ban, but its hasn't since I checked............what the fuck is happening? I may need to make escape plans; there are people who defend this. After being a breach of constitution this is censorship. Seriously too angry to type.....................
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OlivawR: Did the Ottomans do it before the Brits and the French?
Not like the British did where they arbitrarily redefined people's ethnic identities (again see also Hutus and Tutsis).
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OlivawR: Did the Ottomans do it before the Brits and the French?
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EBToriginal: Not like the British did where they arbitrarily redefined people's ethnic identities (again see also Hutus and Tutsis).
Or, for that matter, spread their anti-gay laws into cultures that historically accepted such people.
Uhh, there are a lot of people who don't drink alcohol, including the majority of top-level athletes, and they're not "screwed up", and I'm pretty sure being clean & sober doesn't screw up your country.
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EBToriginal: The Middle East is so screwed up because Great Brittian drew lines in the sand with out respect to extant political boundaries or historical claims. See also why Africa isn't dong very well.
Can't say this is the sole source of their woes, but it definitely a big part of their problems.

@OP:

http://mic.com/articles/91071/how-the-british-screwed-up-the-middle-east-in-10-classic-cartoons

In particular, look item 6. To draw a parallel: Imagine some outside power controlling Europe would split Britain, Spain and France in a big left curving vertical line and declared both sides of the line 2 countries and you'll get the picture.
Post edited August 08, 2015 by Magnitus
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EBToriginal: The Middle East is so screwed up because Great Brittian drew lines in the sand with out respect to extant political boundaries or historical claims. See also why Africa isn't dong very well.
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Magnitus: Can't say this is the sole source of their woes, but it definitely a big part of their problems.

@OP:

http://mic.com/articles/91071/how-the-british-screwed-up-the-middle-east-in-10-classic-cartoons

In particular, look item 6. To draw a parallel: Imagine some outside power controlling Europe would split Britain, Spain and France in a big left curving vertical line and declared both sides of the line 2 countries and you'll get the picture.
Pretty much.....and let's not forget they were the ones who conned the U.S into overthrowing Mossadegh.