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2017-05-22 11:47 by Karl Denninger
in Foreign Policy , 263 references
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Oh really?

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—The World Bank announced Sunday at an event with Ivanka Trump, the U.S. president’s daughter and senior White House adviser, that Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have pledged a combined $100 million to a fund that will assist women entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Oh do come on.

The social media fawning over Trump's (and Ivanka's) involvement in this is nauseating.  And no, it has nothing to do with any parallel to the Clinton Foundation (there isn't one) either.

It has to do with this, which the WSJ did note:

Women live under restrictions in Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. The U.S. State Department has noted such issues in its past human-rights reports, but American officials haven’t publicly raised these concerns in Saudi Arabia during Mr. Trump’s visit. Saudi Arabia, where women aren’t permitted to drive, in particular excludes women from most aspects of public life and business.


Women are treated as chattel in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and many other muslim nations.  They're forbidden to drive, own businesses and in general conduct themselves as adults!

Oh, and these constraints?  They're dictated by said religion, which belies the entire concept of a great religion of peace, in that it by definition in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and elsewhere where such treatises have the force of law they treat half the population as sexual subservients and, effectively, slaves to men.

Do these constraints vary from muslim nation to nation?  Yeah.  So?  There is no muslim nation in which Sharia Law is practiced that protects rights equally between the sexes.  None.

Never mind homosexuality being flat-out illegal (and seriously so at that) in many of these nations with punishments (if you get caught) ranging from long terms of imprisonment to, in some cases, death.

If that's not enough should you dare speak out about such things you're likely to stand accused of blasphemy and be jailed or worse.  Yes, the "great religion of peace" prohibits debate that can be construed as maligning its precepts, acolytes or "prophets."

Human rights?  Only for men, and only if you love and pray -- both in the right way, of course.

Heh, I get it -- business is business and selling a bunch of guns to these guys is, well, business.

But I do wonder how long it will be before some of those weapons are used to kill our own people and whether Trump will stand accused as an accessory before the fact when, not if, they are -- because he is one.

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