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Are McCully and Joyce being shagged by the sheep deal?

Matthew Hooton writes about the dodgy sounding sheep deal done by Murray McCully and Steve Joyce with a Saudi businessman.

It?s the little things that get them in the end.

For Helen Clark, it was politically correct lightbulbs and showerheads. For Jenny Shipley, it was dissembling over what she and Murray McCully had discussed with Kevin Roberts about the tourism-marketing contract and National?s election campaign.

For John Key, it may be how Mr McCully has dealt with Hmood Al-Khalaf over $7.45 million in taxpayers? funding for what Steven Joyce?s New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) calls an ?agrihub? in Saudi Arabia. Mr Key?s nervous ?yup,? when asked if he had confidence in his foreign minister, betrayed concern over where the story may head.

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It turns out that Mr McCully appointed a close confidante, Alex Matheson, to negotiate with Mr Al-Khalaf and the Saudis to resolve the live-sheep affair. Mr Matheson?s quasi-official status means the details are murky and may forever remain outside the Official Information Act.

Nevertheless, we?ve learned that Mr Al-Khalaf owns a property at Um Alerrad, between Riyadh and Dammam, charitably described as a ?farm?. Based on the co-ordinates provided by NZTE, it?s desert land.

A deal was struck that NZTE would establish the $6 million ?agrihub? at the ?farm? and fly over 900 ovine ?capital stock? last October to get it going. Using Singapore Airlines, this cost the taxpayer another $1.45 million, or $1611 per sheep. Mr McCully personally removed rules about what would happen to the sheep following disembarkation.

NZTE advises that the Um Alerrad ?agrihub? is the only one it has set up anywhere in the world. No others are planned. It?s ?bold and courageous? and ?uncharted waters,? says NZTE?s Quentin Quin. It?s certainly a strange location. New Zealand?s competitive advantage is in pastoral farming and there is no pasture to be found at the ?agrihub.?

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Saudi Arabia’s great big wall to keep out ISIS

When Israel built a wall to keep out terrorists the left-wing and media called them racist and creating an apartheid state. They continue this insult to this day.

I wonder perhaps what those same people, including anti-semitic cartoonist Malcolm Evans?who is now residing at Martyn Martin Bradbury’s hate-speech blog will say about the Great Saudi Wall being built to keep out ISIS.

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When a raiding party from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked a Saudi border post last week, it was no mere hit on a desert outpost.

The jihadists were launching an assault on the new, highest profile effort by Saudi Arabia to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbours. ? Read more »

Muslims, always seem to find new and interesting ways of shortening their followers lives

The religion of peace doesn’t seem too keen on wanting women to live….making it hard for paramedics to attend to a heart attack victim.

A Saudi university student has died of a heart attack after male paramedics were prevented by authorities from entering the women-only campus to treat her for more than an hour.

Thousands of people took to twitter to vent their anger at the treatment of Amna Bawazeer and blame the kingdom’s segregation rules for her death.

She collapsed at King Saud University in the country’s capital Riyadh on Wednesday at about 11am but did not get seen by the ambulance crews until 12.45pm.

When they were finally allowed to care for the victim she had died, it was reported.

The university’s rector, Badran Al-Omar, denied the report, saying there was no hesitation in letting the paramedics in. He added that the university did all it could to save the life of the student. ? Read more »