For Foreign Policy Magazine’s Joshua Keating, it wasn’t enough that MSNBC suspended TIME‘s Mark Halperin indefinitely for calling President Obama “kind of a d*ck” on this morning’s “Morning Joe.” His thirst for knowledge was greater, he wanted to know more. Specifically, he wanted to learn what countries would have punished Halperin far worse for his cussing spree.

Some of the countries the story examines include Thailand, Turkey, Zimbabwe and Iran. In the Netherlands….well, we’re not going to tell you what can happen there, but let’s just say the man who passed gas as an act of defiance did not fare too well.

Read the story.