Archive | April, 2011

AU Mission to Libya. Pot, kettle, black?

15 Apr

The irony of the African Union mission to mad dog Qaddafi has not passed me by…..but it seems to have escaped most news reports.

Mauritania. Not a lot of democracy there. Be an opposition member if you dare! Words like campaign, terror spring to mind. Plus of course Uganda: two headlines this week – trip to Libya and violent crackdowns on peaceful dissent by the opposition. Not to mention the country headed by rape-charge dodger and polygamist Zuma. Congo – a haven of peace and tranquility.

Not so much a mission – more like a gathering of war criminals and manipulators attempting to gain publicity abroad while deflecting attention from human rights abuses back home.

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Un voile au-dessus de la liberté, de l’égalité et de la fraternité

13 Apr

The French ban on the wearing of the niqab (veil) is wrong. It is a sad affront to the Republic’s democratic traditions.

But is it any more wrong than the enforced wearing of the chador in Iran, or the wearing of the abbayah in Saudi Arabia? Personal choices and freedom of religion, dress and self-expression are denied in many totalitarian states, so it saddens me that the first modern republic in Europe, an allegedly democratic state, has singled out one sector of the population for such discriminatory treatment.