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Old 24.02.2011, 10:38
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King Abdullah`s Easter Gift

Is it only me that finds the Saudi royals` latest "financial support measures" totally cynical? Did it really take so much instability for such a gesture. If any critics are allowed to speak, Im sure such a move will only infuriate them more.
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Old 24.02.2011, 12:38
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Re: King Abdullah`s Easter Gift

I think politicians in any country only change things when they are forced to one way or another. If it will gain them votes then they will do it, if it will lose votes they are against it etc, never mind the greater good.

Even though it seems what is happening in some countries is wrong, I could never quite come around to thinking that it is right for other people/countries to interfere with internal politics of another country.

Although you can say that some countries clearly need to change and must be an awful place to live, to have that change dictated by another country just doesn't fit somehow. I always imagaine what it would be like if an African dictator tried to change the situation in the UK/US, and encourage the removal of democracy.
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Old 24.02.2011, 13:52
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I think politicians in any country only change things when they are forced to one way or another. If it will gain them votes then they will do it, if it will lose votes they are against it etc, never mind the greater good.

Even though it seems what is happening in some countries is wrong, I could never quite come around to thinking that it is right for other people/countries to interfere with internal politics of another country.

Although you can say that some countries clearly need to change and must be an awful place to live, to have that change dictated by another country just doesn't fit somehow. I always imagaine what it would be like if an African dictator tried to change the situation in the UK/US, and encourage the removal of democracy.
But some of the worst abuses ( Zimbabwe comes to mind) as does Myanmar, need pressure from outside to force the change. Thats what UN is all about. It is less palatble when it becomes political (us iran sanctions etc) but in general UN is the only place that can and should impose that change if the population is suffering at the hands of a dictator/regime/military control.
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Old 24.02.2011, 17:06
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But some of the worst abuses ( Zimbabwe comes to mind) as does Myanmar, need pressure from outside to force the change. Thats what UN is all about. It is less palatble when it becomes political (us iran sanctions etc) but in general UN is the only place that can and should impose that change if the population is suffering at the hands of a dictator/regime/military control.
In principle true, but the UN is now very partisan & no longer can be relied upon to provide a mature & well balanced view.
First point to watch is if the Human Rights part does actually issue any strong statements about the current situation.
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Old 24.02.2011, 17:11
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Re: King Abdullah`s Easter Gift

I totally agree but for the time being its all there is. Maybe certain nations should stop using it as a bartering bazaar and instead try and renew its position as a world authority.
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In principle true, but the UN is now very partisan & no longer can be relied upon to provide a mature & well balanced view.
First point to watch is if the Human Rights part does actually issue any strong statements about the current situation.
Libya holds a seat on top of the UN Human Rights body.
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Re: King Abdullah`s Easter Gift

Thats probably the first place they need to start - where do you hide a wolf - amongst the sheep !
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