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33 Reasons To Love The Cats Of The Middle East

Reason number one: they are cats.

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5. The aftermath of military coups.

Mestika is very much invested in #morsi leaving! #cats #solidarity #downwithmorsi #tvbound #egypt #30june #june30

Nermine Amer ★

@NermineAmer

Mestika is very much invested in #morsi leaving! #cats #solidarity #downwithmorsi #tvbound #egypt #30june #june30

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6. Local health risks, like tear gas canisters.

A.C.A.B. (All Cats Are Beautiful) ... from #Tunisia with love! #Resist

Mohamed Ghonemi

@Ghonemi

A.C.A.B. (All Cats Are Beautiful) ... from #Tunisia with love! #Resist

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7. Political exploitation.

A group of Syrians are using Facebook to document death, destruction and cats: http://t.co/ykmv0pbRzg

VICE UK

@VICEUK

A group of Syrians are using Facebook to document death, destruction and cats: http://t.co/ykmv0pbRzg

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8. And homes, families, and loved ones lost to war.

seeking refuge in #Aleppo via @HalabTodayTV #Syria

Ezzedine Said

@ezzsaid

seeking refuge in #Aleppo via @HalabTodayTV #Syria

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11. But these cats don't need your pity, as they know they've also got it good.

“@Elif_Safak: Cats of Istanbul... ” I love this!

Catrina

@Catrina500

“@Elif_Safak: Cats of Istanbul... ” I love this!

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12. They get to laze around in Istanbul.

Istanbul is full of stray cats. As a nation we adore cats. But why the bias against dogs???

Elif �k / Shafak

@Elif_Safak

Istanbul is full of stray cats. As a nation we adore cats. But why the bias against dogs???

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13. Enjoy the fruits of the region's intellectual history.

Two common Istanbul sights: books and cats. My kinda town!

Lisa Bloom

@LisaBloom

Two common Istanbul sights: books and cats. My kinda town!

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14. The comforts of religious traditions.

A pile (bundle?) of cats in #Istanbul

adella

@adellaaude

A pile (bundle?) of cats in #Istanbul

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15. And bask in the beauty of the Bosphorus.

Istanbul's philosopher cats pondering the meaning of life... RT @Elif_Safak

Elif Bilgin Wong

@elifbilginwong

Istanbul's philosopher cats pondering the meaning of life... RT @Elif_Safak

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16. They can enjoy the time-honored trades of Morocco.

In #Morocco , cats are preferred over dogs as canines are said to chase away good angels. #Marrakech souk (market)

Kyla Morgan

@kylamorgan1

In #Morocco , cats are preferred over dogs as canines are said to chase away good angels. #Marrakech souk (market)

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17. And stroll through the blue streets of Chefchaouen.

Cats are everywhere in Morocco. Here's one I found just waiting to be photographed ;) #travel

Andrea Rees

@wanderingiphone

Cats are everywhere in Morocco. Here's one I found just waiting to be photographed ;) #travel

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26. Because cats understand way more about the "other" (you know, humans) than we think.

Why AUB cats are more Awesome Than you //http://t.co/jaMP6oAPVW #love#cats @AUB_Lebanon

Hussein Ghazi

@hussein_1

Why AUB cats are more Awesome Than you //http://t.co/jaMP6oAPVW #love#cats @AUB_Lebanon

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29. They are experts on the local cuisine.

Looks aristocratic:-) RT @tayfunsen: Besiktas cat. That's what istanbul is, a city of cats.

Gladys Fernandez

@Gladysfernandez

Looks aristocratic:-) RT @tayfunsen: Besiktas cat. That's what istanbul is, a city of cats.

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31. Of course, like everywhere, there's also a lot of this.

Just cats having a threesome - Lebanon http://t.co/MRmUiab9Zn via @9GAG

Walid M Rihane

@walidmrihane

Just cats having a threesome - Lebanon http://t.co/MRmUiab9Zn via @9GAG

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32. And then afterwards this.

Another version of Humans of Lebanon. Cats of Lebanon - hamra. so chubby! Will name it Chubster.

Alice

@Alice_fromearth

Another version of Humans of Lebanon. Cats of Lebanon - hamra. so chubby! Will name it Chubster.

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