Posts Tagged ‘Challenge’

Deserving Slaps

May 10, 2009

“If a person gives SR1,200 (US$320) to his wife and she spends SR900 (US$24)) to purchase an abaya (the black gown) from a brand shop and if her husband slaps her on the face as a reaction to her action, she deserves that punishment,” said Judge Hamad Al-Razine.  This is the conclusion by a judge delivering a speech during a seminar on domestic violence in Saudi Arabia.  He further pointed out that women’s indecent behavior and use of offensive words against their husbands were some of the reasons for domestic violence in the country.

The judge made these comments in the presence of Princess Adila bint Abdullah, deputy chairperson of the National Family Safety Program, who attended the seminar on the role of judicial and security institutions in preventing domestic violence.

Al-Razine’s comments evoked an immediate reaction from the women in the audience who loudly protested.

I think there is hope even for Saudi Arabian females if they are allowed to protest a judge in support of their rights.

Khatami Drops out

March 17, 2009

Iran has fascinated the world for centuries together. It has romance, intrigue and is secretive. Shah of Iran was a romantic character, though deemed a US puppet. After the revolution to abolish Shah, Iran fought a long and fruitless war with Iraq. Consequently, there were two Gulf wars and much turmoil. The current political dispensation in Iran is giving a lots of headache and sleepless nights to US policy makers.

Next June, Iran will go to polls for President. Ahmedinejad will be there in the fray as the incumbent, though he has not yet announced his candidacy. He is backed by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Khatami had declared his candidacy earler. But todays papers say he has planned to withdraw from the race.

Now, the former prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi and ex-speaker Mehdi Karroubi will remain in the fray. Both these candidates are reformist.  May be the idea is not to divide reformist votes and give a tougher challenge to Ahmedinejad.


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