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(affect or effect?) I never know...

Very interesting, commentary on more "daily life", and how it's affecting the way men wear their beards etc.

For many Gazans, a sense of personal safety after a year of factional fighting is the upside of Hamas rule. There is no more fear of stumbling into the middle of a street battle or getting hit by a stray bullet.

Under the motto of security, Hamas has also banned a beloved custom - firing in the air at weddings. Halima, a 35-year-old guest at a recent wedding, said the bridegroom was taken away by Hamas men until his family handed over the weapons they had been shooting during the celebration.

There are no signs yet of Hamas trying to impose strict Islamic rule.

Even before the takeover, Gaza had become increasingly conservative, a response to poverty, isolation and fighting with Israel. The vast majority of women wear head scarves and a growing number even put on face veils, which were unheard of in the Palestinian territories a generation ago.

[ June 29, 2007, 06:15 PM: Message edited by: BannaOj ]

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El JT de Spang
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Affect, in this case.

ETA: Actually, thinking about it, I think you can make a case for either 'effect' or 'affect' when used that way. They both have verb forms, and both definitions would fit the context of that sentence. I think 'affect' is more commonly verbed, but it's not unheard of for 'effect' to be.

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The new president or PM, whichever one isn't Abbas, is calling for peace with Israel. One wonders if this is just more of the same, but the situation certainly isn't the same that it was a year ago. I'd like to see polling data and some opinions from experts on whether or not Fatah and West Bank citizens will go along with it or not. Gaza and the West Bank are practically separate countries at this point, which was inevitable anyway.
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