Monday, 3 May 2010

UN atrocities

Without fanfare, the United Nations last week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on this influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which the status of women is that of belongings, in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged “immodest”. Women in Iran are now even being pursued by police for having suntans! We also have the United Nations to thank for this very day, April 3, i.e. “World Press Freedom Day”. Remember how, before the UN invented the third of April, we all used to have to go direct from the second to the fourth? Not any more! Looking through the papers, Frit, currently in New York, and who stopped in the street to whip off his jumper and stow it in his bag not far from Times Square, suspects the freedom in question is the freedom to hoodwink the gullible and the young with even greater vigor than on normal days of the year.