Lynne sent a link to an article about this affair between India and the U.S. that is getting very hot right now.
An Indian diplomat was arrested in New York on charges that she underpaid her maid, another Indian citizen. While Devyani Khobragade, the India deputy consul general, was in custody she was strip and cavity-searched. Something New York law enforcement said was "standard."
I had no idea.
OK, New York is now permanently off my list of attractive places to spend my vacation. Look, if that's the way they treat diplomats, have to wonder how they treat the hoi polloi like me.
In fairness, New York's finest claim that she was, in fact, treated quite well. The Indians, however do not agree and so far the backlash has been pretty ugly. This article says that, in retaliation "U.S. diplomats were stripped of ID cards that make clearances easier, and bulldozers removed security barricades outside the U.S. embassy in New Delhi."
Here is Al-Jazeera's reporting on the incident:
So far U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed "regrets" for the incident. One report I read said that they were really shocked that the Indians went so far as to remove the concrete blocks that protect the American embassy with tow trucks and backhoes. Another said that India might start checking all US diplomats and their families for violations of Indian law.
The Indians say they want a full apology and I think there is a good chance they will get it.