Wednesday, 5 October 2016

What lovely, lovely people (hat-tip: Richard Galustian)

Ahmad al-Jaber, the ruler of Kuwait, visited Riyadh in 1939. Here are details of the gifts he received from Ibn Sa'ud on that occasion:

What a laugh!

I switched on Radio 4 earlier today to hear yet another programme about the grotesque treatment of slaves in the pre-Civil War American South. As the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution abolishing slavery in the United States was passed by Congress in 1865, I couldn't help wondering if it might not be about time to start shifting the focus from what white Christians were up to below the Mason-Dixon Line 151 years ago to the treatment of slaves by members of other countries, races and religions during the ensuing century and a half, right up to and including the present day. Or doesn't that fit the preferred narrative?

Let's face it - the sooner the oil runs out, and we start fracking, the better.

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