sexta-feira, 3 de outubro de 2008

Um talento especial

O presidente do Paquistão conseguiu aquilo que se pensaria impossível: unir fundamentalistas islâmicos e feministas paquistanesas.

Sarah Palin e Asif Ali Zardari - Henny Ray Abrams

Henny Ray Abrams

"After appearing to endorse Hamas and back Barack Obama's stance on Pakistan in her now infamous interview with Katie Couric, Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has found herself embroiled in another diplomatic row over her meeting with Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari.

Zardari's greeting to the Alaskan governor at their meeting at the UN headquarters in New York - described as «overly-friendly» by the Christian Science Monitor - has earned him a fatwa from some of Pakistan's radical Muslims.

Benazir Bhutto's widower tells Alaska's first woman that she is «even more gorgeous in life» and says he can see why «America is crazy about you». But what really got radical clerics backs up was his comment that he might hug the Moose-hunting governor if his aide insists hard enough.

For Palin, the incident appears to have confirmed jokes that her meet-and-greet sessions with world leaders at the UN were «speed dating» diplomacy.


Meanwhile, Tahira Abdullah, a member of Pakistan's Women's Action Forum, criticised the president for failing to show decorum and behave like a «mourning widower»."

Pakistani president earns fatwa by flirting with Sarah Palin, David Batty (The Guardian, 02.10.2008)