Egypt

Opposition Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesman not briefed on Israel resolution

After the Christchurch earthquakes, Opposition Leader Phil Goff complained that he hadn’t been briefed about alleged Israeli spies.  It was subsequently revealed on this blog that he had been briefed. What it did show though was that on matters affecting foreign policy especially relating to Israel convention dictates that the leader of the opposition should be briefed. When New Zealand took the lead in sponsoring UN resolution 2334 as the chair of the UN Security Council it should have been incumbent of foreign minister Murray McCully or at the very least a senior MFaT official to brief Labour leader Andrew Little and his foreign affairs spokesperson David Parker.

We put these questions to Andrew Little:

  1. Were you were briefed by anyone, including Murray McCully and/or Bill English and/or John Key?
  2. If you were briefed were you given full details of the process and resolution and did the briefing match what happened in reality?
  3. If you weren’t briefed why do you think they didn’t brief you?
  4. When John Kerry visited in November were you briefed on the contents of discussions with Murray McCully?

Andrew Little’s response is below in full and unedited:

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While Coptic Christians get slaughtered by the dozen, New Zealand does nothing except retweet messages

As a mostly Christian nation, it makes sense for NZ to bring in refugees that are likely to integrate and uphold our Kiwi values, rather than refugees from the only religion that most likely to fail to integrate and refuse to uphold our laws that conflict with their traditions.

While you read this, Coptic Christians are being slaughtered in Egypt.

Egypt has declared three days of mourning on Sunday after a bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49.

Egypt’s state-run news agency Mena reported that 12 kilograms of TNT explosives were used in the attack. The majority of those killed were women and children.

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If you want to go to college in Egypt be prepared to take your panties off

 

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There is a very funny rude joke about how you can tell if a gay man is a virgin but Egyptian lawmaker Elhamy Agina is dead serious about virginity tests. Of course, it is only women he wants to make submit to the tests but I know a proctologist with very large fingers and thick knuckles who would be very happy to test Mr Agina’s virginity to give him a taste of his own barbaric medicine.

…Last month, Egyptian lawmaker Elhamy Agina declared that women should undergo female genital mutilation in order to “reduce their sexual desires” because Egyptian men are “sexually weak.”

Now, he wants all Egyptian women to undergo compulsory “virginity tests” prior to being admitted into the country’s universities.

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Egyptian men’s low sex drive given as a justification for female genital mutilation

In another case of truth is stranger than fiction, a lawmaker in Egypt has made the argument that women should “reduce their sexual desires” because Egyptian men are “sexually weak.” The practice he promotes to help the women reduce their desire is, of course, female genital mutilation.

“We are a population whose men suffer from sexual weakness, which is evident because Egypt is among the biggest consumers of sexual stimulants that only the weak will consume,” said Elhamy Agina, according to Egyptian Streets, an English-language local news website. “If we stop FGM, we will need strong men and we don’t have men of that sort.”

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Egypt goes all ‘Game of Thrones’ on an innocent seventy year old woman

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Actress Lena Headey in a still from Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones is set in a make believe medieval world where violence, rape and brutality are common place. In one famous scene the young king’s mother is forced to do a naked walk of shame by the head of the church who has seized power from the crown. In an unbelievable parallel in 2016 an elderly woman has been forced to do a naked walk of shame because of the alleged actions of her son.

A grandmother was stripped naked and paraded around her village in Upper Egypt after rumours spread that her son, a Christian man, had an affair with a married Muslim woman.

Seven homes of Christians were torched by a Muslim mob after the accusations against the son of Soad Thabet, 70, sparked the latest sectarian strife in Egypt.

Nagwa Ragab, the Muslim housewife at the centre of the dispute, has denied being involved with Thabet’s son in the small village of al-Karm in Minya, a poor province around 300 kilometres south of Cairo and home to the largest Christian community in Egypt.

Christians, most of them from the Coptic Orthodox church, make up around 12 per cent of Egypt’s population of 90 million.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who became president through a military coup in 2014, has often avoided referring to such incidents, preferring to stress the importance of harmony between communities.
But the Soad Thabet case has drawn such attention that he felt compelled to address it in a nationally televised speech, saying: “Anyone who wronged, no matter how many they are, must be held accountable. I hope that this Egyptian woman is not too incensed, neither she nor the rest of Egyptian women, for what happened.”

He hopes she is not too incensed?

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The real Islamic states get together to combat Islamic terrorism

Window dressing or a genuine attempt at solving the problem?

Given Muslim nations tend to march backwards almost as fast as the French, especially when confronted with the IDF I don’t hold much promise in this.

Saudi Arabia has announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA.

“The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations centre based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations,” the statement said on Tuesday.

A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, together with Islamic countries Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned.   Read more »

Russia pastes the crap out of Daesh

Viktor Korotayev/Reuters

Viktor Korotayev/Reuters

Russia is pounding the crap out of Daesh forces with waves of bombers on long range missions.

The Daily Beast reports:

The Russian air force just pulled off one of the biggest and most complex heavy bomber missions in modern history—sending no fewer than 25 Backfire, Bear, and Blackjack bombers on a coordinated, long-range air raid against alleged ISIS forces in Syria.

The Tuesday mission, which launched under the cover of darkness from a base in Ossetia in southern Russia, signalled a significant escalation of Moscow’s air war in Syria—and heralded the rebirth of Russian heavy bomber squadrons that once had withered from a lack of funding.

Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of Russia’s general staff, announced the raid on Tuesday, calling it part of “a new plan [for] the air campaign.”    Read more »

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Just how bad is the Canadian voting system?

In an earlier post I wrote about a 6 foot tall male reporter who voted in a Niqab in Canada. He was given a choice. Take off the face mask to prove his identity or swear an oath promising that under the mask he was the same person on the photographic identity card he had with him. He chose to swear the oath and was allowed to vote even though his face had not been compared to the ID card he had with him.

That was bad enough as the whole point of an ID card is to establish identity but another undercover sting by Rebel Media has discovered that a woman under a Niqab gets even less scrutiny.

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Egyptian Army having a good crack at ISIS, posts pictures of dead scumbags on their Facebook page

The Egyptian Army is making a good start on eradicating the world of ISIS scumbags.

They have even posted pictures of the dead scumbags on their Facebook page.

The Daily Beast reports:

The army’s escalating military and media campaign to wipe out the terror group took a gruesome step Wednesday with two posts featuring dozens of contorted bodies clutching machine guns.

It was a hearts and minds campaign in the form of blood and carnage.

The Egyptian army used its Facebook page on Wednesday to highlight the destruction it inflicted on the self-proclaimed Islamic State, proudly posting photos of scores of bodies lying in the desert.

There was a picture of scores of weapons lying on an ISIS flag, which garnered 27,000 likes. There were photos of the contorted bodies of the “despicable terrorists” lying in the desert, some lined up, nearly all wearing military uniforms. Some were lying next to their weapons.

Those 43 photos in the album had received 57,000 likes by the end of the day.

Facebook users shared a second batch of 30 photos nearly 29,000 times. In some photos, the military zoomed in on the faces of the dead, and nearly all showed the fighters’ machine guns, sometimes lying on top of their bodies.

“O Lord, grant victory to Egypt,” many wrote in response.

Outside Facebook, the postings were met with impassioned reactions from Egyptians, many divided about their government. Some thanked God for their military and the onslaught of jihadists whom they believe threaten Egypt’s stability. Still others saw the government perpetuating violence.

Either way, the postings show an Egypt engaged in an escalating military and media campaign.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photograph by Harry Burton, Griffith Institute, Oxford.

Photograph by Harry Burton, Griffith Institute, Oxford.

The Unbroken Seal On King Tutankhamun’s Tomb, 1922

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