Interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv was on a business trip in Dubai when she says she was raped.
The 24-year-old reported the March attack to the police but found herself charged with having extramarital sex, drinking alcohol, and perjury.
At least this hasn’t happened in Texas yet.
UPDATE, July 22, 2013 1:56 PM: Perhaps due to pressure from the media in the West, Dalelv has been pardoned. That’s good news, but I don’t think it’s the end of the story.
The Huffington Post :
Former President Jimmy Carter announced support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this week, saying that his uncovering of the agency’s massive surveillance programs had proven "beneficial."
I’m surprised that any present or former American federal official would admit in public that the intelligence community has pushed too far into fascistic territory, but I suppose Carter would have to be the only guy who’d have enough of a soul left.
Here’s my favorite bit:
No American outlets covered Carter’s speech, given at an Atlantic Bridge meeting, which has reportedly led to some skepticism over Der Spiegel’s quotes.
Oh, really. Let’s not cover it, and then impugn those who do. Sounds a bit like what a totalitarian state’s propaganda wing might do, doesn’t it?
I’ve never been able to muster full agreement with a lot of Jaron Lanier’s arguments, but in his recent appearance on the IEEE Spectrum‘s "Techwise Conversations" podcast, he raises a number of incredibly pertinent and timely questions regarding the sinking of the Western economy amid the massive growth in efficiencies of production due to technological automation and/or creative decentralization. When our media is crowdsourced, and almost nobody pays for (or is payed for) any of it, how can we expect anything other than mass impoverishment? Why would anyone get paid when robots do all the work?
Lynn Stuart Parramore writes, for Slate, of how Eddie Lampert’s far-right approach might have a lot to do with the downfall of Sears:
Eddie Lampert, the legendary hedge fund manager, was once hailed as the “Steve Jobs of the investment world” and the second coming of Warren Buffett. These days, he claims the number 2 spot on Forbes’ list of America’s worst CEOs. He has destroyed Sears, the iconic retail giant founded in 1886, which used to be known as the place “Where America Shops."
I think it’s worth pointing out that corporate governance and political governance are wildly different things. Still, the article paints an effective and damning picture of the addled stupidity of Ayn Rand’s economic "philosophy."