Banned along with dogs and cats
Remember I told you about cats and dogs being banned in Saudi Arabia's capital because men use them to attract women and that leads to flirting?
Well now, they're banning red roses too. Most anything else that can be given as a gift colored red, too. Because as everyone knows, red is the color of love. And if there's one thing the world does not need is love sweet love. At least from the standpoint of the sanctimonious religious police in Saudi Arabia (I know, sanctimonious and religious police is redundant, isn't it?).
This is all so hard to fathom in modern times.
It gets worse, of course. We brought you the story some weeks ago of the British woman married to a Saudi man who was arrested, stripped naked and then forced to put her clothes, that had been dumped in human waste, back on and walk home. All because she went to a Starbucks to take a meeting with her business partner, a man, when the electricity in her office went out.
The U.S. government and American based multinational corporations continue to do business with these human rights abusers because, well, it's good for business. But shouldn't there be at least some attempt to negotiate a code of human rights with those with whom we do business?
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