(Image from this excellent reddit photoshop thread)
Asshole dictator lives up to his title:
Robert Mugabe, the dictator of Zimbabwe who was caught falling by the AP and turned into a meme, has fired at least 27 of his security staff for allowing him to trip over a carpet.
The two dozen-plus members of the presidential security and advance team were handed suspension letters earlier this week after photos showed them seemingly not assisting the 90-year-old president,
A “senior government official” provided an actual defense of the firings to the Zimbabwean paper Standard, which, to be fair, would inspire a Congressional inquiry here if the Secret Service allowed the President to fall flat on his face and didn’t help him up:
“The issue here is simple. The security team was caught napping.
They were taking things for granted and failed to adhere to basics. It is protocol that the immediate proximity is, at most, three metres from the President. These are the bullet takers and in cases where he falls they are supposed to hold him either by the arm or by the shoulder and should never take their eyes off him.”
A Saudi Arabian historian trying to justify the nation’s ban on female drivers says women who drive in other countries such as the United States don’t care if they’re raped and that sexual violence “is no big deal to them.”
Saleh al-Saadoon claimed in a recent TV interview that women can be raped when a car breaks down, but unlike other countries, Saudi Arabia protects its women from that risk by not allowing them to drive in the first place, according to a translation posted online by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
“They don’t care if they are raped on the roadside, but we do,” al-Saadoon said on Saudi Rotana Khalijiyya TV.
“Hold on. Who told you they don’t care about getting raped on the roadside?” asked the host, a woman who is not named in the transcript.
“It’s no big deal for them beyond the damage to their morale,” al-Saadoon replied. “In our case, however, the problem is of a social and religious nature.”