Middle East

Oh no the horror, at least she won’t wear one in NZ

The media are hitting Bronagh Key this time.

She will apparently wear a head scarf on a visit to Saudi Arabia.

The women travelling on John Key’s trade mission to the Gulf will be expected to cover up in the style of Islam when they visit Saudi Arabia later today.

President Obama’s wife Michelle refused to don the garb when they visited the country recently, but John Key’s wife Bronagh will adhere to the rules.

Another woman on the mission, Lesley Kennedy from Maven International’s been travelling to the region for the past five years and says being a woman actually gives her a competitive advantage over men.

“I don’t feel discriminated against at all. The men here are incredibly respectful to me.

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Face of the day

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Is today’s face of the day a proud Muslim Father of two daughters?
Nope, don’t be so arrogant as to impose your silly western, civilised views and culture on this follower of the religion of peace.

The important thing is that we must respect his culture and be tolerant of his ideology like all good, politically correct, liberal apologists.

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Understanding the evil of the left wing

Yesterday we saw the public representatives of the left-wing stand in parliament and show their unwillingness to help those in suffering. They should hold their heads in shame, but that is for the next post.

What you need to understand is what those public figures represent, in all its appalling clarity. These comments are from various left wing blogs, I read them so you didn’t have to.

Weka at The Standard:

If the choice is between supporting the US and a cafe terrorism once a decade, I think we should take the cafe.

So innocent victims of terrorism is ok with this person because at least we aren’t supporting the US.

Lynn Prentice, the world’s greatest sysop, now also the world’s greatest solver of Middle East conflict:

As it stands, I’m starting to think that it would be an interesting case for an old imperialistic solution. Let their stable neighbours (ie not Syria) partition it along more rational lines and occupy it under a UN protectorate for a decade or so to stabilize the society. Charge the cost and a large profit to the US and UK taxpayers who were stupid enough to cause the problem.

So which stable neighbours of Syria and Iraq are you suggesting Lynn? I can only think of one…Israel, yeah like that is going to happen.

Tiger Mountain at The Standard thinks it is all a plot manufactured by the US:

this has been a textbook example of “manufacturing consent” at the behest of 5 Eyes and Uncle Sam, from snooping law changes, front page/TV news leading with gruesome IS videos, increased passport sanctions, a visiting Iraqi politician, to even the Westfield mall video that has been around for some time apparently, surfacing in msm on the very day cabinet was firming up a position!

The answer is to not participate in or support imperialist wars. To put diplomatic pressure on via the Security Council and trading partners to not support IS in any shape or form. To run a truly independent foreign and trading policy. To lavish aid on the vulnerable including various stripes of Kurds.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Peter Greste Twitter

Photo: Peter Greste Twitter

Meditation Helped Me Survive An Egyptian Jail,

Says Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste

Peter .. Free in Cyprus! Feels sweet.

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Face of the day

 

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cartoonist Mohammed Sabaaneh.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a team to investigate today’s face of the day, cartoonist Mohammed Sabaaneh. Despite being censored by his own Editors and being imprisoned in the past by Israel for five months because of  contact with a hostile organisation  in 2013 he still does not agree with freedom of expression. He argues that a cartoonist should not harm any religion.

He was against the re-publication by Western newspapers of Charlie Hebdo’s depictions of Mohammed. “Republishing them reactivates hatred and hostility. It’s provoking more hatred in the society, based on religion.”

Ironically however it was Sabaaneh’s cartoon of Mohammed that got him suspended from his job and under investigation.

He tells Ben Lynfield in Ramallah that he just wanted to make people think

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It was meant to be a favourable image, designed to counter negative stereotypes of Islam in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

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Breaking the silence because history is repeating itself *( disturbing images )

Like most things in life we don’t know what we don’t know. If Main stream media do not bring it to our attention we can easily go through life unaware of atrocities and without the full picture of what is really going on in the world. A group called Rescue Christians is doing all they can to bring what is happening to the world’s attention but since the below article is from March last year and I haven’t seen it reported in the MSM any where, I think it is safe to assume that they are not succeeding. This is a disturbing story with disturbing images and links to videos so be prepared. History is repeating itself and the Media are missing in action. Just as the Holocaust was not given prominent coverage by newspapers, these systematic slaughter centres are also being ignored.

March 2014

We report this story because of the silence on the systematic killing of Christians, Shiite minorities and even Sunni Muslims in Syria who disagree with the Takfirist theology. The story is reminiscent of the initial reporting on the extermination of European Jewry and other minorities when little coverage was given to the truth in those days.

We predict that history will repeat itself in the case of Christians in Syria and Iraq.

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Three good reasons from a lefty as to why we should take the fight to ISIS

Paul Buchanan is a lefty…he is an expert on international relations and also on conflicts and military issues.

It is not often I agree with him, we are on opposite sides of the political coin.

However he provides three good reason for New Zealand helping to take the fight to ISIS.

There are three specific reasons why NZ has to join the fight, two practical and one principled.

The practical reasons are simple: First, NZ’s major security allies, the US, UK and Australia, are all involved as are France, Germany and others. After the signing of the Wellington and Washington security agreements, NZ became a first tier security partner of the US, and as is known, it is an integral member of the 5 Eyes signals intelligence network. It therefore cannot renege on its security alliance commitments without a serious loss of credibility and trust from the countries upon which it is most dependent for its own security.

Secondly, most of New Zealand’s primary diplomatic and trading partners, including those in the Middle East, are involved in the anti-IS coalition. Having just secured a UN Security Council temporary seat at a time when the UN has repeatedly issued condemnations of IS, and having campaigned in part on breaking the logjam in the UNSC caused by repeated use of the veto by the 5 permanent members on issues on which they disagree (such as the civil war in Syria), NZ must back up its rhetoric and reinforce its diplomatic and trade relations by committing to the multinational effort to defeat IS. Refusing to do so in the face of requests from these partners jeopardises the non-military relationships with them.

The third reason is a matter of principle and it is surprising that the government has not made more of it as a justification for involvement. After the Rwandan genocide an international doctrine known as the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) was agreed by UN convention to prevent future horrors of that sort. It basically states that if a defenceless population is being subject to the depredations of its own government, or if the home government cannot defend the population from the depredations of others, then the international community is compelled to use whatever means, including armed force, to prevent ongoing atrocities from occurring. There can be no doubt that is the situation in parts of Iraq and Syria at the moment. Neither the Assad regime or the Iraqi government can defend minority communities such as Kurds or Yazidis, or even non-compliant Sunnis, from the wrath of IS.

That, more than any other reason, is why NZ must join the fight. As an international good citizen that has signed up to the R2P, NZ is committed in principle to the defense of vulnerable others.

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UN Kangaroo Court head busted for his anti-Israel bias

A kangaroo court established by the UN to only look into Israel after the 2014 Gaza conflict, started by Hamas hurling thousands of rockets at civilian targets in Israel, is facing embarrassment after their head has been busted for his anti-Israel bias.

Canadian law professor William Schabas resigned this week as chairman of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza conflict. He did so after Israeli diplomats revealed he was paid by the Palestine Liberation Organization to render an opinion on the legal consequences of a U.N. General Assembly resolution upgrading “Palestine” to a nonmember state. Now there’s a nonsurprise.

When the conflict of interest came to light last week, Mr. Schabas insisted his 2012 work for the Palestinians was purely “academic.” But by Monday he had resigned his U.N. post. In his resignation letter, he blamed his departure on “Israel’s campaign against the Commission of Inquiry on the Gaza Conflict” rather than his own failure to disclose a material conflict of interest.   Read more »

Prince Charles comes good, tells UK Muslims to abide by our values: Prince says if you come to live in Britain you must respect us

Prince Charles has started a six day visit to the Middle East by telling UK Muslims that if they ‘come here, were born here or go to school here’ should ‘abide by our values,’

Prince Charles risked provoking a new political and religious storm yesterday when he said Muslims living in the UK should follow British values.

In a staunch defence of Britain’s ‘Christian standpoint,’ he denounced the radicalisation of young Britons by Islamic fanatics and said they should show more respect to ‘the values we hold dear’.

People who had ‘come here, were born here or go to school here’ should ‘abide by our values,’ he said. His comments were made as he started a six-day tour of the Middle East, seen as another stage in assuming more of the Queen’s international duties.

It is a clear response to critics who say he should not meddle in sensitive political matters. The Prince will also challenge Arab leaders head-on during the trip.

The Mail on Sunday can disclose that he is to tell new Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud to his face that he should stop the 1,000 lashes handed down as punishment to Saudi blogger Raif Badawi for comments which the regime claimed were critical of Islam.

Prince Charles last night called for a halt to the persecution of Christians by Islamic State and other militant Islamic groups, telling them bluntly: ‘We were in the Middle East before you.’

And he killed off speculation that when he becomes King he will give up the Monarch’s traditional ‘defender of the faith’ role in favour of a multicultural ‘defender of faiths’ title.

His renewed ‘defender of the faith’ pledge will be seen by some as a U-turn and a signal that the Monarch’s role as the head of the Church of England is far from over.

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Taking points to help you when discussing Islam with others

I am skilled in the art of persuasion. I use analogies a lot as they can be used effectively to illustrate a point and are easy to understand. An analogy is a comparison in which an idea or a thing is compared to another thing that is quite different from it. It aims at explaining that idea or thing by comparing it to something that is familiar.

Here are two talking points that can be explained using an analogy.

  • To help keep the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists safe, all Main stream media  should immediately re-publish the cartoons.

Analogy: The school bully is big and strong and he likes to beat up kids who wear glasses. One day the entire student body turns up wearing glasses. The bully no longer has a clear target. He also now knows that all the students are standing in solidarity with the kids who genuinely need glasses. This is intimidating as he realises that all the students are against his actions. He can no longer count on the others turning a blind eye to his actions.d0f811fbd96b4a3da862d79522cec602

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