Posts Tagged ‘democracy’

Not that that’s news, particularly.

Anyway, if this is true, it’s pretty awful: Karzai has reportedly signed a law that rolls back women’s rights.

Apparently, the law has not yet been published, but it is understood to contain (among other things) provisions that legalise rape within marriage and provisions that prevent women from leaving their home without their husband’s permission. One female MP, Senator Humaira Namati,

said the law was “worse than during the Taliban”. “Anyone who spoke out was accused of being against Islam,” she said.

(From the context, I take it she means that anyone who spoke out during the debates.)


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The Libs and Nats are apparently getting used to their Opposition status, but are perhaps a little confused about what democracy means.

First of all, John Howard, who says:

“It will be the first time in 25 years that a major economic reform in Australia has been reversed.”

John, I’d say it’s inconclusive, but there are at least two readings of the fact that a major economic “reform” is being reversed for the first time in 25 years: yours (that there is something wrong with the current government) and its opposite (that there is something wrong with the policy).

I’d say that the latter has more support. More democratic support, at least. That policy was a big reason you’re now doing what you’re doing – in other words, the Australian people thought there was something wrong with the policy.

Deal with it. We don’t want your sour grapes.


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With Prince Harry Windsor pulled out of Afghanistan following the revelation by The Drudge Report that he was there, the discussion has centred around the freedom of the media (and the public’s right to know) as opposed to the safety of the prince and other troops.

While I agree with Sunburned Counsel that it was incredibly poor form of The Drudge Report, and I agree with many of the commenters at that post that hey, good on Harry for wanting to do something useful, and I also feel sorry for him for not being able to be a “regular person” … you know, I also don’t completely feel sorry for him.


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