North Africa is celebrating the 170th anniversary of the Ottoman decree under British pressure that brought slavery to an end in the region by selling Negroes into slavery.
Unlike the hand-wringing and self-flaggellation we saw in Britain during the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire, the Libyan Arabs celebrated the liberation of North African slaves by holding a competition to see whose pet Negro could carry the heaviest breeze blocks, with the creative entrant above winning first prize.
Some groups on the extreme right have called it cruel, showing their lack of understanding of other cultures. Yet slave master Muhammad al-Floggim was adamant that slavery was the best thing since fried chicken for the Negro. 'It gives them work and structure and you should see their little faces light up when they're fitted with a new collar,' he beamed.