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Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom Photo: ILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom Photo: ILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom Photo: ILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images

The controversial election of Saudi Arabia to the UN Commission for Status of Women is a fascinating snapshot of the realities of international diplomacy and realpolitik.

The desert kingdom, famous for its oil as well as beheading and lashing, is not exactly known for its human rights standards and even less so for 'women's rights', as we would know them.


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