Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Rend Rahim Explaining The Constitution

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to switch to C-SPAN by the time Rend Rahim started to explain the latest draft of the Iraqi constitution.

She discussed federalism, women rights, distribution of oil revenues and role of Islam in the constitution. She sounded defeated like most of the Iraqi women these days.

When you click on the link to the press conference, fast forward to minute 17:30. If I was you, I wouldn't bother watching the guys who talked after she finished her demonstration. No offence guys, but I realized that Iraqi women live on a different planet than those guys. The Q&A session starts at 1:05:30. It's very important to watch the Q&A part as she explains more about the problems with the constitution.

Now to my other country, Australia -- We need some humor. This really made me mad:

Last week, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were directed to refer to people as sir and ma'am. Local media reported that the ban was imposed after the head of a government department complained about being called mate. The edict attracted international attention and criticism from almost everyone, including Prime Minister John Howard and former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, who called it "pomposity gone mad."

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Who's this government department head? If he wants to be called sir, then he probably needs to move to a more formal country. Aussies are known for being very casual people and we WANT to keep it this way MATE.

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