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hutch0
Date: 2008-02-03 23:03
Subject: angry, angry, angry, angry
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:angry (as you may have noticedangry (as you may have noticed
Music:porcupine tree
This comes at the end of a long, generally calm day listening to music and finishing the copy-edit on NW2. An Afghan student named Sayed Pervez Kambaksh was sentenced to death for downloading from the internet and then distributing a report on women's rights.
Apparently the case has caused such a stir that the Afghan authorities are trying to row back from it by saying the death sentence was a `technical mistake.' This is not over yet. The Indy has been putting together a petition for the Foreign Office protesting this ridiculous state of affairs, as do Reporters Without Borders and I commend them to all of you.
I know we must respect the beliefs of other countries and other peoples and not impose our own belief systems upon them, but this is a disgrace. Fancy, living in a country where you can be sentenced to death for looking at an article on women's rights on the internet and then showing it to other people.
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RealThog: sunset
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-03 23:36 (UTC)
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Surprised you've not heard about this before -- I've been following it through the Beeb and particularly the Indy.

I note there's not been much by way of official protest to the Afghan authorities from the US. This is because, according to the Il Buce Administration and all too many of its tame "news" media puppies, everything's going just dishily in Afghanistan, that beacon of democracy for all mankind.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-03 23:55 (UTC)
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Nah, I've been distracted for the past few days and I haven't been keeping my eye properly on the ball. I only saw it in today's Sindy. Yeah, everything is obviously entirely tickety-boo in Afghanistan right now.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-04 00:16 (UTC)
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Yeah, you can tell it's a full-fledged democracy. We shipped 'em Diebold voting machines for their election and George W. Bush won.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-04 00:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And will continue to win for years and years...
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