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Nazi Paikidze is a real feminist role model

1-qilwftc2zlqsfjcs-p8ovw Unlike the third wave feminists that dominate so-called feminist thought in the world today, Nazi Paikidze is not interested in gender pronouns, labels, or blaming the patriarchy. Like the original Suffrage feminists, she is concerned about standing up for women’s legal liberties, in particular the oppressed women of Iran. Unlike third wave feminists who virtue signal with rants on social media at no cost to themselves, Nazi is actually putting her career on the line in order to make a stand against the way that Iran oppresses its women.

The best-ranked female chess player in the United States has said she would rather sacrifice her career than submit to demands to wear a hijab at the next world championship.

Nazi Paikidze, the reigning US Women’s Chess Champion, swore to boycott the 2017 contest, which is being held in Iran and will have an enforced Islamic dress code.

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This is what happens when you go dog on your mates

Like NZ did to Fiji when we turned or backs on our mates, the US has done the same to Israel.

When you are spurned you find better friends. Fiji tuned north, and now Israel has cut a deal with Russia and is improving relations with Sunni states in the region, while Obama looks on.

There is perhaps only one thing harder for the American mind to process than the fact that President Obama has been a terrible foreign policy president, and that is that Bibi Netanyahu is an extraordinarily successful Israeli Prime Minister. In Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, Israel’s diplomacy is moving from strength to strength. Virtually every Arab and Middle Eastern leader thinks that Bibi is smarter and stronger than President Obama, and as American prestige across the Middle East has waned under Obama, Israel’s prestige — even among people who hate it — has grown. Bibi’s reset with Russia, unlike Obama’s, actually worked. His pivot to Asia has been more successful than Obama’s. He has had far more success building bridges to Sunni Muslims than President Obama, and both Russia and Iran take Bibi and his red lines much more seriously than they take Obama’s expostulations and pious hopes.

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Brave Iranian women continue to fight oppressive gender laws

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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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So this is why McCully is anti-Israel and pro-Arab

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Foreign Minister Murray McCully is heading to Iran this weekend as New Zealand continues to rebuild its relationship with the once blacklisted Middle East state.

Mr McCully will hold talks with his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who visited New Zealand earlier this year, and other members of Iran’s government.

“Our discussions will cover a range of Middle East regional security issues and trade and economic relations between our two countries,” Mr McCully said ahead of the trip.

While in the capital Tehran, Mr McCully will announce the reinstatement of formal talks between New Zealand and Iran, known as the Political and Economic Cooperation Commission.
Mr McCully will also sign an agricultural cooperation agreement, which will support exchanges between farmers and producers. Read more »

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Face of the day

 

Muslim Woman Arrested After Instagram Photo Shows Her Hair

Elham Arab (Photo Source: The Daily Dot)

Today’s face of the day is a Muslim model Elham Arab who took a selfie while she was wearing her hijab. She posted it to social media as she had done hundreds of times before but this time she was arrested by police.

As we all know, there are strict rules and regulations that come with the religion of Islam. Unfortunately for women…it seems that they bear a much heavier burden under those guidelines than their male counterparts.

According to The Daily Dot:

Wearing a headscarf in public has been compulsory in Iran, a predominantly Muslim country, since the 1979 revolution, although some Iranian women have tested conservative ideologues by wearing their scarves tilted back, partly exposing their hair, or posing for “bareheaded” photos on social media.

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Union defends its female members’ right to refuse to wear a hijab… sort of

This is a story about a union standing up for its members against a company attempt to force its female employees to wear hijabs. Unfortunately they haven’t argued that the company cannot force its employees to wear the Islamic religious headwear but have instead stated that the employees have the right instead to refuse to work on the days that the hijab is required by the company. This is a much weaker stance and one fraught with difficulties. At least the union is trying I guess, so kudos for doing something.

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White House admits its $100 billion in aid to Iran will be used to fund terrorism

I wonder if Murray McCully is happy about this? He trumpeted the Iran deal to the world..and now we find out that Obama’s government will likely be funding terrorism as a result.

The Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran will provide $100 billion in sanctions relief to one of the world’s biggest funders of terrorism. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that it is highly likely — “expected” even — that the Islamic Republic will use sanctions relief money to continue its support of terrorism around the globe.

The Free Beacon reports:

“The thing that’s important for people to recognize is that critics of this agreement often exaggerate the value of the sanctions relief that Iran will obtain, and they often overlook the rather severe economic priorities that are badly underfunded inside of Iran.”  Read more »

How we should react to Iran’s state-sponsored cartoon contest

Iran have announced that they are hosting a state-sponsored contest to see who can create the best Holocaust denial cartoon. The grand prize has been increased this year to $50,000, up from $12,000. Last year they received 839 anti-Semitic cartoons for consideration.

What they are doing is highly offensive and it is meant to be.

organizers say the competition was created to highlight the West’s supposed double-standard when its citizens draw Muhammad, who is not allowed to be caricatured in Islam.

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They want us to draw attention to what they are doing. We should not react in the way they want us to react as there is no double standard. We may be offended but we do not expect Islamic countries to apply Western law to their citizens, so their contest has nothing in common with the Texas Draw Muhammad contest.

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When two tribes go to war

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Some people claim that one of the two main branches of Islam is better than the other. Looking at Iran who are mainly Shiite Muslims, and Saudi Arabia who are mainly Sunni Muslims, I fail to see any difference worthy of our attention. Both countries oppress women terribly.

Recently the two countries have turned their hostilities towards each other. This is a development I cannot help but be happy about, as every dollar spent on Shiite Islam attacking Sunni Islam, is a dollar not spent on funding terrorism and cultural Jihad in the West.

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If any other religion did this there would be rioting in the streets

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Muslim flight crew who work for Rayani Air must wear the hijab as part of their uniform

So let me get this straight. You have launched an airline that follows religious law. You have launched an airline that will exclude those who do not follow your religion unless they give up their rights and comply with your religion’s rules. When those who follow your religion are expected to follow the rules on every other aircraft in the world you cry discrimination and racism but you are happily going to tell me, as a woman and a paying customer, that I cannot eat and drink or dress as I want.

Suddenly Jetstar is looking 5-star in comparison. Suddenly Malaysia, as a tourist destination, has lost its appeal. It is bad enough that Sharia police prowl parts of Malaysia at night harassing couples and women. Now Malaysia has joined Saudi Arabia and Iran by taking away non-Muslims’ and women’s freedom in the skies.

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