Irony fail, Saudi Arabian version

I learned two funny facts this morning about Saudi Arabia.  First, the government is running for the UN Human Rights Council.  Oh the irony. It’s hard to know where to start with that one!

But it gets even better than that folks.  The second fact is that the brochure advocating their candidacy cites women’s rights in SA.  Seriously–you can’t make this stuff up.  And look at the photo that goes along with the supposed women’s rights:

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Besides the photo, there are some really funny statements in the brochure, like “The Government allows women to achieve a number of accomplishments.” [my emphasis on the most insulting parts of the sentence]

Also, there is the ridiculous statement that “Saudi law does not differentiate between men and women. This ensures them freedom of action and the running of their own affairs independently and without any restriction.”  Even if that were true, which it is absolutely not, the statement is incredibly insulting and patronizing.  The government lets women run their own affairs.  Gee thanks.

h/t to Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) for this morning’s irony fail.

 

We are doomed

A. From the always funny FML.com, there is this depressing nugget:

“Today, at Toronto airport, the customs officer checked my passport, then called his colleagues to confirm whether my country, Madagascar, really existed or not. Then, he took a picture of himself with me so he could show his kids that people actually live in their favorite cartoon’s country.”

B.  And speaking of depressing, here is a video of a Saudi family therapist informing men of the best way to beat their wives.  In describing some of the reasons for beatings, it includes such statement like “Unfortunately, some wives want to live a life of equality with their husband.”

C.  And in one of the most unique reasons given for not leaving office at the appointed time, here is Lambert Mende, the Congolese information minister and a “close ally of Mr. Kabila’s, [who] said in a recent interview that the government did not have enough money to hold elections.”