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Condi Rice Defends Borat March 7, 2007

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Condi Rice may not be a fan of Borat, but she and the U.S. State Department have something to say about the fate of his web page: it was taken down by the Kazakh censors. While not giving him top diplomatic billing in the latest State publication on human rights in Kazhakstan, the comedian does get a credit in the annual report. According to Michael Stern of Reuters:

The report cited Borat’s loss of his Kazakh webpage http://www.borat.kz in late 2005 alongside court cases and limits on free speech faced by the few domestic media critical of Kazakhstan’s long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Source: reuters.com

While Borat’s section of the report is vanishingly brief, the list of human rights violations in the one-party oil rich state is more extensive, including fatal military hazings, a flawed election, lack of an independent judiciary, increased restrictions on free speech, wide -ranging corruption, trafficking in persons and societal discrimination. There is a fine irony in this list. Some would argue that apart from first and the last two , the items here paraphrased describe recent trends in the United States as well.

But Condi will probably not raise that point.

Related Link: BBC Country Profile: Kazakhstan

Tags: Victim | seen | Rights | report | Government | critical | Washington | Politics | Kazakhstan | Kazakh | Central | Borat | almaty

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