So you want to be a Saudi executioner?

Useful career advice from Saudi and Egyptian executioners who discuss the tricks of the decapitation trade. Tip 1: get yourself a good knife (the Saudi executioner recommends an Indian sword that’s good for 10 choppings without sharpening).

The Egyptian hangman learned his ropes OJT, by watching his predecessors. In fact, Arab executioners like to bring their children. It’s a family business. Sons say they’re eager to follow in their fathers’ footsteps.

This is one job that won’t be downsized anytime soon. Amnesty International says that of 1,200 executions in 2007, 550 were in the Middle East, and almost all were in four countries: Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

For those who don’t want to watch the video clip, an English transcript is here.

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