Hypocrisy and international relations – plus ca change

Raif BadawiOf course it was great there was international representation in Paris a week ago to mourn the victims of the terrorist atrocities and by extension, uphold the right of people – whoever, wherever – to exercise free speech. But like most funerals and memorial services you can’t always stop the dodgier members of your family from turning up. So it was a bit unfortunate when Saudi Arabia rolled into town. Even at the best of times, most of us would think that’s a bit rich but when they’re currently in a very public dishing out of an installment-based 1,000-lash punishment on Raif Badawi for indulging in -err – free speech that’s displaying a brass neck that must surely have been seen from outer space!



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