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Charlie Hebdo, Hypocrisy & Saudi Arabia

Friday, 16 January 2015

As Marc Lynch, a professor at George Washington University, summed it up: ‘Glad so many world leaders could take time off jailing and torturing journalists and dissidents to march for free expression in France.’
200756_Raif_Badawi1417522499Photo: Raif Badawi © Juan Osborne for Amnesty International

Top of the list would have to be the Saudi Arabians – top of almost any list if hypocrisy comes into it in fact. While they’re piously speaking up for free speech they’re also flogging a blogger who had the temerity to speak out. Raif Badawi has been sentenced to receive 50 lashes every Friday for 20 weeks.

Click here to sign the Amnesty International petition to try and convince the brutal Saudi regime to come to their senses.

And then laugh at Saudi idiocy, the Saudi football team, currently in Australia for the Asian Cup, refused to get on a bus because the driver was female. Eventually they were convinced that outside Saudi Arabia women were not only allowed to drive cars they could even manage buses.


Charlie Hebdo, Hypocrisy & Saudi Arabia

16 January 2015 | Culture

As Marc Lynch, a professor at George Washington University, summed it up: ‘Glad so many world leaders could take time off jailing and torturing journalists and dissidents to march for free expression in France.’ Photo: Raif Badawi © Juan Osborne for Amnesty Internati...

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Summing up 2014 – restaurants

12 January 2015 | Living

I’ve run through my favourite theatre, films, hotels and books of 2014 – now on to the restaurants.▲ Ivan Justo in Havana The best – amazingly the year’s most interesting dining experiences were in Havana. A batch of places with interesting food, interesting décor ...

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Summing up 2014 – Books

11 January 2015 | Media

I’ve run through my favourite theatre, films and hotels of 2014. Here are some of the book favourites: Travel Books – I met William Blacker while I was in Transylvania last year, so reading Along the Enchanted Way, his colourful account of his love affair with Roma...

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Summing up 2014 – hotels

9 January 2015 | Living

I've covered film and theatre, now it's the hotels of 2014. Industrial Chic in the US – it’s a currently popular theme and there were three notable hotels in the category. First of all Ace Hotel in New York (20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001) Coming back to W29th St...

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Summing up 2014 – the theatre

8 January 2015 | Culture

I’ve covered films, now the theatrical highlights of the year from Melbourne, London and New York: Britain: politics & the royal family – Handbagged was kind of Audience.2, ie the weekly meetings between the Queen and her Prime Minister, but just the one PM, Ma...

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Summing up 2014 – first of all the films

7 January 2015 | Culture

I'm going to run through my movie going (about two dozen of them), plays at the theatre (similar number), interesting hotels, interesting restaurants and anything else I can think of. Best hotel film – Grand Budapest Hotel – wonderful – which was pretty much the s...

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Consolations of the Forest

30 December 2014 | Culture

In Consolations of the Forest French author Sylvain Tesson heads off for a five month stay in a cabin on the shores of Lake Baikal in Russia – a retreat into the Siberian forest. It left me mildly disappointed. It sets out to be lyrical, to observe the land and nature...

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Suspended Sentences

Suspended Sentences – Patrick Modiano

29 December 2014 | Culture

This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature went to Frenchman Patrick Modiano and, as so often with the literature prize, I’m not alone in never having heard of him. ‘Very well known in France, hardly at all outside the country,’ is the comment. In fact most of his books a...

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That's China

That’s China

25 December 2014 | Culture

Mark Kitto started a what’s on magazine for expatriates in Guangzhou in the late 1990s, expanded it to That’s Shanghai and then That’s Beijing and then had the whole business taken away from him. One day he was locked out of his own office and told that despite all th...

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Mad Dogs & Englishmen

Joe Cocker

22 December 2014 | Culture

He died yesterday, left a lot of great records and great performances, but also provided Lonely Planet with its name. Almost. ◄ Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a great rock & roll band on the road movie, a great double album It’s 1973, Maureen and I have just...

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