Brave Iranian women continue to fight oppressive gender laws


Rules on ‘Islamic dress’ for women are enforced by police in Iran. In this picture, two policewomen warn a woman (centre) about her hair and clothing during a crackdown on skirting of the law in 2007. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

Most of us believe in religious freedom but few of us would support a religious legal system of government. In Iran the government has removed people’s freedom to practice or not practice the religion or non-religion of their choice and instead forces them to adhere to one religion’s rules in a totalitarian manner.

Iranian MPs - before & after the Islamic revolution of 1979.

Iranian MPs – before & after the Islamic revolution of 1979.

When any religion uses force or coercion to keep and control its members it has more in common with a cult than it does a religion.Personal choice is something that we take for granted here in the West and we women must never forget how hard other generations of women fought for us here in New Zealand to enjoy the freedoms we have today. Women in Iran used to have freedom but it was taken away from them. They now are fighting a very difficult fight to regain even the most basic of rights, such as the right to feel the wind through their hair.

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Now pay attention, I’m only going to show you this once


There’s been a bit of a run on virgins lately.

A Taliban suicide bomber accidentally killed himself and eight fellow militants after triggering his explosives vest by mistake.

The jihadist fighters had been ordered to carry out an attack in Kunduz city, Afghanistan, but all died before their got there.

However, one of the militants detonated his vest shortly after leaving a Taliban base in Dasht-e-Archi, triggering everyone elses explosives, the Afghan Interior Ministry said.   Read more »


Faces of the day

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Despite restrictive clothing and a ban on riding bikes these girls in Afghanistan have managed to find a loophole that allows them the freedom to use skateboards.

After 40 years of devastation from Soviet occupation, civil war and Taliban rule, Afghanistan conjures up images of war, poverty, terrorism and brutal oppression of women. It is a land known for self-effacing burqas and hardline Taliban strictures. Lack of infrastructure has rendered the country one of the world’s poorest and most corrupt. And, it consistently ranks lowest in the world for treatment of women. Today, Afghanistan finds itself once again on the brink of civil war with the potential to backslide on many hard won advancements in human rights.

Over the past decade since the Taliban’s initial roust, a new constitution was written and young women across the country have been embracing opportunities opening to them in education, politics, and activism. One of the most unique ways Afghan women are breaking long held gender roles is competition in sports.

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I wonder if we can swap him for Gerry?

Gerry Brownlee and his custom tailored ballistic vest that cost three times the standard vest worn by Kiwi troops

Gerry Brownlee and his custom tailored ballistic vest that cost three times the standard vest worn by Kiwi troops

This is Gerry Brownlee; he is our current Minister of Defence.

He can’t be bothered going to see the NZSAS, lied in an Official Information Act response about it, won’t turn up at Defence conferences and is generally a fat bastard.

Now compare that with Canada’s new Defence Minister, Harjit Sajjan. Read more »

Both sides resorting to head hacking in Afghanistan

Heads of ISIS militants are displayed on piles of stones along a main road through the Achin district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.

Heads of ISIS militants are displayed on piles of stones along a main road through the Achin district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is a pretty medieval place, especially when the religion of choice is also medieval in its outlook.

They take an eye for an eye literally…except it is more of a head for a head.

ISIS fighters and an Afghan militia group have beheaded a total of eight men in a series of tit-for-tat revenge killings, according to an Afghan official.

Four men have been beheaded from each side, in a blood-thirsty decapitation war following a gunfight on Saturday.

The ISIS fighters were beheaded by the militia group, in pay-back after ISIS beheaded four of the militia members.

The killings have been going on in the eastern border province of Nangarhar, in Afghanistan.

Ghalib Mujahib, governor of the Achin district in the south of Nangarhar province, said that the eight men who died had all been captured by their opposition during battles on Saturday.    Read more »


Ferals in Hamilton drive Afghan interpreters from City

I suppose this was always on the cards when someone decided to house the Afghan interpreters in Hamilton and Palmerston North.

I’m only surprised that it was Hamilton and not Palmerston North where the ferals became so bad that the Afghans want to leave.

A group of Afghans who put their lives at risk helping Kiwi soldiers take on the Taliban in Afghanistan  has met its match in Hamilton.

An unspecified number of interpreters, who were relocated to New Zealand with their families, have requested assistance to leave the city after becoming concerned for their safety.

A briefing prepared by the Defence Force for Minister Gerry Brownlee and released under the Official Information Act reveals the group has expressed their “potential dissatisfaction” about their situation.

Having served with the Kiwi SAS and with soldiers of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamiyan province, the group of immigrants requested financial assistance to move to Auckland. Two other immigrants who arrived in New Zealand with the same group were happy to remain in Hamilton.

A total of 44 interpreters resettled in New Zealand, with an additional 96 family members migrating as well. Most initially went to Hamilton or Palmerston North.    Read more »


Obama says Daesh is contained, ineffective…nek minit

You simply can’t believe a word Barack Hussein Obama says these days.

He recently declared that through his hands-off approach to Daesh they were contained and ineffective.

Meanwhile they have expanded their activities in Afghanistan.

Islamic State fighters have captured swathes of eastern Afghanistan in a drive to establish a new province of the group’s self-styled caliphate on territory straddling the border with Pakistan.

Up to 1600 fighters pledging allegiance to Isis are ruling much of four districts south of Jalalabad with the same ruthlessness that characterises the group’s regime in Syria and Iraq: public beheadings, strict adherence to Koranic teachings foreign to Afghanistan, and extortion. Some of the worst atrocities have been filmed and posted online.

Tens of thousands of villagers have fled the jihadists and the Afghan army is engaged in a daily battle to prevent the group spreading further. The already stretched security forces are losing 500 men across the country every month.   Read more »


Germany wants to stop migrants. So they put up a sign. No, I’m not kidding


My how Germany has fallen.

Captain Blackadder once explained that the Germans have no word for fluffy…meaning they were tough.

Well, they used to be tough, now they are as soft as pudding.

As a result of the persistent influx of Afghan refugees into Germany, a new campaign has been launched asking potential refugees to think twice before they embark on their perilous journeys.

The German embassy in Afghanistan started the campaign in Kabul and other major cities last week highlighting the dangers involved in undertaking risky journeys to Europe.

Billboards in the streets pose questions like, “Leaving Afghanistan? Are you sure?” and “Leaving Afghanistan? Think about it again”, in the country’s two main languages, Pashto and Dari.

But critics say the campaign is expected to do little to deter Afghans determined to leave in search of safety and protection.

“I know we cannot trust human traffickers who promise us an easy trip and a better life in Germany, but I will still take the risk. My family is not safe here. I am not safe,” Basir Karimi, a 22-year-old belonging to the Hazara minority, told Al Jazeera.     Read more »


When it comes to bombings the U.S. says do as we say not as we do

The other day the US dropped some bombs on a Medecins Sans Frontiers hospital in Kunduz.

The State Department had this to say:

Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Sunday demanded an independent international inquiry into a suspected U.S. air strike that killed 22 people in an Afghan hospital it runs, branding the attack a “war crime”.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter promised a full investigation into whether the American military was connected to the destruction of the hospital, but cautioned it would take time to gather information.

It could hardly be anyone else with air power in the region…the US controls the air in Afghanistan. But oh no we mustn’t rush to judgment…and we must wait for a full investigation.   Read more »

Why are the “refugees” mostly male and fighting age?

Source/ BBC

Source/ BBC

The photo above is like many already out there talking about the so-called “refugee” problem facing Europe.

The BBC says that these “refugees” are demanding freedom to travel from Hungary to Germany. But look closely at the photo, and indeed many others…tell me where are the women “refugees”, or the child “refugees” and the old “refugees” and the infirm refugees”?

Why are all the “refugees” of fighting age and male?

And the next question is this…why travel to Europe when there are extremely wealthy Muslim countries much, much closer…like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and even Turkey or the Gulf states like Dubai, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi etc?

As the crisis brews over Syrian refugees trying to enter European countries, questions have been raised over why they are not heading to wealthy Gulf states closer to home.

Although those fleeing the Syrian crisis have for several years been crossing into Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey in huge numbers, entering other Arab states – especially in the Gulf – is far less straightforward.

Officially, Syrians can apply for a tourist visa or work permit in order to enter a Gulf state.    Read more »