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Nov. 11 2009 - 12:05 pm | 280 views | 0 recommendations | 9 comments

Angelina Jolie to adopt seventh, Syrian child

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It says something when even Angelina Jolie begins creeping into the Middle Eastern beat.

The world-famous actress has just announced her plans to adopt a Syrian baby. The child will be the actress’ seventh; she has three adopted children and three biological children. News of the adoption was broken by the US edition of gossip rag OK!; needless to say, they have not posted their article online. That’s why we’re here.

You see, there is even more of a gossip angle here. According to pan-Arab television network al-Arabiyya, Jolie adopted the child without husband Brad Pitt:

Pitt, who already has three adopted children, as well as three biological ones, with Jolie, is said to have rejected the idea because he is uneasy about fathering a seventh child, but it seems Jolie is insisting.

A spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington D.C. confirmed that “only Angelina’s name was on the adoption papers.”

A “source” at free British daily Metro has more information:

But a source close to the couple say Ange’s latest motherly ambition could set off a rift with Brad. ’He has made it clear that six children are more than he can handle,’ claims an insider. ’The idea of one more seemed ludicrous, but Angie is determined to complete her rainbow family’, said the source.

Jolie visited Syria with Pitt in September in her capacity as a UN goodwill ambassador. During the journey, she visited with Iraqi war refugees in Syria and met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to, as they say, “discuss the Iraqi refugee crisis.” Or, in real life terms: To make everything okay by having a photo opportunity with a dictator.


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    What kind of a Jornalist are you that you don’t know that it’s impossible for an western non muslim to adopt from Syria?

    And that you don’t know that since Jolie and Pitt aren’t married the adoptions are always made by Jolie and so its only her name that is in the adoption papers.

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    1)Show me how many cases of a foreigner, non muzlin that adopted from Syria.

    2)You’re quoting a story form a US tabloid (one of the worst) and a television network that can’t even quote the story from the tabloid corectly.

    That al-Arabiyya quote is wrong. The tabloid was talking about Jolie’s adoption of Maddox. this is the right quote from the OK! tabloide.

    “Back when Angelina was still married to ex Billy Bob Thornton in 2001, she adopted son Maddox – legally, by herself, as a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in D.C. confirmed that “only [Angelina's] name [was] on the [adoption] papers.”"

    The “tabloizidation” of the media and their news and the laziness of the jornalists, that can’t even check the facts out, are killing jornalism.

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    All true gents but I must say this article lacks truth, firstly the current president of Syria Dr. Bashar Al-Assad is not a dictator, actually he is the first president who has opened the market to global economy, he has developed and supported many projects which until today are making Syria one of the most sought after investments for regional and international corporations. He encouraged the financial sector by adopting all international banks, the academic power by opening publicand private universities of a good standing level. The American culture is one of the many influential cultures in Syria, young generations speak good english and watch friends on the local channels. I mean we are sick of being accused of dictatorship, isolation,”3rd world” country etc… this political myth or propaganda has to end especially when the Syrian President has done nothing but protect his country from oil-hungry A-list countries who have absolutely no boundries nowadays.

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    I’d also point out that 10% of Syrians are Christian while another 3% are Druze. So it’s not safe to assume that Jolie would be adopting a Muslim orphan in the first place.

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    Angelina and Brad are not married, they can not legally adopt as a married couple if they aren’t married.

    As an adoptive parent I can assure you that they have to have a social worker interview everyone in the home, that includes both adults. The adults have to be on board with this or the social worker will not approve the homestudy.

    Also the only difference between an adoption for an A lister and someone like me is that they don’t spend as much time saving cash for their adoption as I did, and a lawyer prepares their documents while I prepared my own. They are still required to go through the same legal process as everyone else.

    The idea that tabloids are lying to sell magazines is not new. Please do a little research on adoption law before making snap judgements. No one adopts accidently.

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    Good for Angie. She has a calling to help children and she is doing it. Overwhelmed large family? OK how many of you very critical people grew up in a large family. I did and let me tell you going for an only child to the oldest of 5 was great. It is the best gift a parent can give. Chaos is fun.

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