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Saddam Hussein Calls In To Radio Free Iraq

<b>They should've stuck with Nelson Mandela:</b> Parents should think twice before naming their child after a world leader.
They should've stuck with Nelson Mandela: Parents should think twice before naming their child after a world leader.
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Many people around the world have been cursed with cringe-inducing names (as this BBC story proves). Some, however, are more unfortunate than others.

On last week's edition of Radio Free Iraq's weekly call-in show, "Open Windows," host Ferial Hussein spoke to a caller named Saddam Hussein, who complained that he has been facing discrimination and employment problems in Iraq due to his name.

Internally displaced from Diyala to Najaf, Saddam told Ferial that he had graduated from teaching academy and was attempting to find work with the Ministry of Education. He claimed that although he possessed the basic credentials required for the position, his application was rejected solely on the basis of his unfortunate name.

Saddam explained that his name has become a source of problems for him ever since he moved to Najaf -- a city that is predominantly Shi'a. He complained that he has often been summoned to the police station to check his documentation and papers. "How many other people have to do that?" he asked in frustration.

Ferial asked if Saddam had considered changing his name to avoid such discrimination, as this was his "legal and human right." Saddam responded that he was indeed trying to do so. "It affects the way people treat me," he said. "I want to be judged for who I am, not only on the basis of my name."

--Alex Mayer

Tags: OH SNAP!, Radio Free Iraq

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by: SuezanneC Baskerville
October 27, 2009 23:42
It might be possible to earn some money as a result of having such a name. For example, perhaps one could get paid for "reverse endorsements", with advertisers making comments about their products being rejected by Saddam Hussein, or their competitors being endorsed by Saddam Hussein.

by: Jim Kirk from: United Federation
October 28, 2009 12:12
No, it is not just changing the name that is his "legal and human right." His human and legal rights include the right to equal treatment and protection from discrimination, regardless of a very long list of grounds, such as his quirky name that people of other creeds might dislike. Didn´t the US patrons explain this to the people they "liberated" from injustices of the unfortunate man´s namesake?

by: ZviadKavteli from: Ann Arbor, USA
October 29, 2009 18:28
To Jim Kirk,
I understand you are angree at Americans, but don't you think Iraqis are better off without the dictator?

If you knew what Russian invaders are like, you would have appreciated the Americans.

Besides American will leave in a few years and Iraqis will be the sole masters of their country.

To SuezanneC Baskerville:
That may be a good idea in the US or in Iraq in 20 years from now.
But I doubt if will work in Iraq now, while the memories of the dictatorship are too raw.

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