Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors in history and ever since President Donald Trump was elected he has been acting like an unhinged crazy man.
The “Godfather” actor spoke to an audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai in the heart of the United Arab Emirates where he called the United States a “backward” country suffering from “temporary insanity,” The New York Daily News reported.
“I am talking about my own country, the United States of America. We don’t like to say we are a ‘backward’ country so let’s just say we’re suffering from a case of temporary insanity,” he told the crowd.
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He mocked the fact that the head of America’s Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who said that global warming could be good for the world.
“We know humans have most flourished during times of warming trends. There are assumptions made that because the climate is warming that necessarily is a bad thing,” Pruitt told 3 News in Nevada.
“Do we know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100 or year 2018?” Pruitt said. “It’s fairly arrogant for us to think we know exactly what it should be in 2100.”
But De Niro, an actor and not a scientist, believes he knows and vowed that the United States would “eventually cure itself by voting our dangerous leader” out of office.
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It is tough to determine what makes De Niro’s speech more insane.
For starters he gave a speech warning about America’s contribution to climate change in a nation whose top export is oil.
In fact the majority of the nation’s economy is based off of fossil fuels, but that is only part of what makes his speech insane.
The actor called America “backwards” in a nation who tortures and mistreats detainees for “crimes” such as speaking their mind or being gay, and where women hardly have any rights, according to Human Rights Watch.
Freedom of Expression.
UAE residents known to have spoken with international rights groups are at serious risk of arbitrary detention and imprisonment. The UAE’s 2014 counterterrorism law provides for the death penalty for people whose activities are found to “undermine national unity or social peace,” neither of which are defined in the law.
The trial of Emirati academic Nasser bin-Ghaith, whom authorities forcibly disappeared in August 2015 and whose whereabouts remained unknown at time of writing, began at the Federal Supreme Court in April 2016. Media reports on the trial indicate that he is accused of violating various provisions of the penal code, a 2012 cybercrime law, and a 2014 counterterrorism law. Some of these charges, according to local media reports, relate to “six tweets and images ridiculing the Egyptian president and government.”
UAE-based Jordanian journalist Tayseer al-Najjar informed his family that his detention in 2016 is related to his online criticism of Israeli military actions in Gaza and Egyptian security forces’ destruction of tunnels between Gaza and the Sinai region of Egypt.
Discrimination on the basis of sex and gender is not included in the definition of discrimination in the UAE’s 2015 anti-discrimination law.
Federal law No. 28 of 2005 regulates matters of personal status in the UAE, and some of its provisions discriminate against women. For instance, the law provides that, for a woman to marry, her male guardian must conclude her marriage contract; men have the right to unilaterally divorce their wives, whereas a woman who wishes to divorce her husband must apply for a court order; a woman can lose her right to maintenance if, for example, she refuses to have sexual relations with her husband without a lawful excuse; and women are required to “obey” their husbands. A woman may be considered disobedient, with few exceptions, if she decides to work without her husband’s consent.
In 2010, the Federal Supreme Court issued a ruling—citing the penal code—that sanctions husbands’ beating and inflicting other forms of punishment or coercion on their wives, provided they do not leave physical marks.
UAE law permits domestic violence. Article 53 of the UAE’s penal code allows the imposition of “chastisement by a husband to his wife and the chastisement of minor children” so long as the assault does not exceed the limits prescribed by Sharia, or Islamic law.
The law on juvenile offenders provides that the punishment of whipping may be imposed on children over the age of 16 for murder, assault and battery, alcohol-related offences, theft, or sexual intercourse outside marriage.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
The UAE’s penal code does not explicitly prohibit homosexuality. However, article 356 of the penal code criminalizes (but does not define) “indecency,” and provides for a minimum sentence of one year in prison. In practice, UAE courts use this article to convict and sentence people for zina offenses, which include consensual sexual relations outside heterosexual marriage and other “moral” offenses, including same-sex relations.
Different emirates within the UAE have laws that criminalize same-sex sexual relations, including Abu Dhabi where “unnatural sex with another person” can be punished with up to 14 years in prison, and Dubai which imposes 10 years of imprisonment for sodomy.
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