Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Excitement in Yemen parliament over child marriages

The Yemen parliament debated a proposed law to set 16 years as the minimum age for girls to get married in that country.

The discussion deteriorated as the Islamists who oppose the law argued with its supporters.

The two sides started insulting each other and using profanity.

Then, one lawmaker raised his shoe to hit his opponent, and security broke up the scuffle. The session has now been postponed.

Al Watan, an Arab American newspaper reporting on the story, commented wryly in its headline: "Welcome to democracy."

By the way, I had never looked at the American Al Watan before. In Arabic, it links to at least one explicitly anti-semitic video.