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An Iranian woman on the Greens list

A Green Party candidate is aiming to be the first refugee to become an MP in New Zealand.

Auckland barrister Golriz Ghahraman, originally from Iran, has been confirmed as a candidate for the general election.

She says electing a refugee to Parliament would send a strong message during a global refugee crisis and at a time of rising anti-refugee and immigrant sentiment.

“It would be historic for New Zealand and I think it will mean something at this particular moment in a time when we are seeing one of the worst humanitarian disasters in a lifetime in the Middle East,” Ghahraman said. Read more »

Israeli birth rate much higher than Europe, Iran and even Turkey

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The UN’s ” victory ” has defeated the peace process

As Benjamin Netanyahu said prophetically to Murray McCully in this video the only way to achieve a peaceful outcome is through direct negotiations not by Fiat. Israel used direct negotiations to broker peace with both Jordan and Egypt. This was a huge achievement considering both countries had declared war on Israel and attacked it. Israel won the war and brokered peace so McCully should have listened to Netanyahu because he knows what he is talking about. The UN’s fiat against Israel has made the situation much, much, worse not better as they have claimed.

The resolution “doesn’t bring peace closer. It pushes it further away,”

-Benjamin Netanyahu

As the head of the security council, McCully did not go after Iran for violating all the security council’s resolutions. In fact, the security council under his leadership REMOVED sanctions against Iran despite the fact that Iran presents a serious challenge to peace and security in the Middle East. Iran has a vast terror network over five continents and continues to grow its nuclear stockpile yet McCully and the UN acted against a country that is constantly defending itself against terrorism. A country that Iran wants to use its nuclear weapons against. A country that wants peace with its neighbours, not war. A country that only wants some security as it is surrounded by hostile un-democratic countries.

McCully and the UN may call their actions a ” victory ” but look at what have they actually achieved:

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New Zealand’s UN resolution against Israel is a recipe for legal jihad

Some people think what New Zealand did to Israel is no big deal and is nothing more that a rap over the hand with a wet bus ticket that Israel can choose to ignore. What New Zealand set in motion has opened Israel up to legal jihad with serious consequences for the only true democracy in the Middle East.

…The resolution makes Israeli citizens that are involved in the settlement enterprise in the West Bank vulnerable to lawsuits in courts all over the world.

Jerusalem is also worried that the resolution opens the door for lawsuits against Israeli officials at the ICC: government ministers and senior IDF officers who make decisions about construction in the settlements, the demolition of Palestinian homes, or the expropriation of lands could be accused of war crimes under the Geneva Convention.

The resolution can also lead to the creation of mechanisms to monitor and report Israeli actions, which could lead to sanctions being imposed against it.

The resolution’s wording can also be seen as a victory to the BDS Movement, as it opens the door for boycotts of goods produced in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Quite rightly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not letting this attack go unanswered and he is hitting the corrupt and hopelessly compromised, Muslim controlled UN where it hurts. The exact same sweet spot that Trump can also push, thanks to Republican support for cutting UN funding unless the decision is reversed.

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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

Murray McCully

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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