Politicans and world leaders making news and in the news, and spouting hot air
Herr Sarrazin is the banker who flogged his book (Deutschland schafft sich ab – Germany Does Away With Itself) by saying that Muslims are “dunces“. He then added:
“All Jews share a certain gene. Basques have particular genes, that distinguishes them from others.”
IN this video, India’s External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna will spend three minutes reading out wrong speech to the UN Security Council meeting. Mr Kirshna will read out a speech created for Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado.
Anorak approves. This is how all diplomacy should be conducted. You toss the speeches into the air, everyone pulls one out and thus takes turns at being the bad guy or the good guy.
What relief it would be for Ahmadinejad to talk about his support for Brazil’s National Thong Day; for Barack Obama to actually be a Muslim leader for a while, say of Syria, and call for the leader of the Opposition to be shot in the face; and who would not pay good money to hear David Cameron demand that Australia be a Republic and free of Pommy bastards?
“Despite all those challenges, this is a moment when the whole of the Middle East could pivot and face towards change and modernisation and democracy and that would be a huge benefit for all of us.”
THERE are people in Trafalgar Square talking about solidarity with Egypt. One man holds up a sign says “Freedom For Palestine”. From what: Hamas or Hezbollah? Maybe both. You can take your pick of all manner of nutters in the Middle East you’d like to be free of. Maybe the Free Palestinians can wave in the Muslim Brotherhood, who are all for a free Palestine: one free of anyone who disagrees with fundamentalist Islam.
As for Egypt’s freedom… Well, what comes next? They are free of Mubarak. Are they free of the US? No. Not yet. Maybe. Obama is vacillating: Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells the House Intelligence Committee that the Muslim Brotherhood is “largely secular“.
THAT John Hirst is a murdering racist is matter of public record. But can we at least admire his achievement in getting out MPs to face the problem with European laws? The European Court of Human Rights agreed with Hirst that banning prisoners from voting was wrong. The big debate ensues: should all prisoners, whatever their crime, be banned from voting?
HARRY Baals is huge in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The new game in town is to say Harry Baals as often as possible. When Harry Baals was mayor it was easy to say Harry Baals. But now you need to build a Government centre to get Harry Baals back into your daily chat.
The city already has Harry Baals Drive. And the people want a Harry Baals centre. Democracy counts. Although the perky newsreader says that just because Baals gets the most votes it means nothing. This is why Saddam Hussein got into power. It was either him or the German-born academic Helmut Hertz. Democracy died a little that day…
Says the BBC:
Protesters responded by cheering, waving flags, embracing and sounding car horns. “The people have brought down the regime,” they chanted.
BARACK Obama is free for lunch:
Hummus, falafel, tabouli, yogurt ayran
On Tuesday we say “open sesame” to the delicious healthy cuisine of our peace-loving friends in the Middle East. That exciting region has been in the news a lot recently, especially Egypt. This week we learned that ancient land is much more than just pyramids and mummies – it’s also a place where people get disappointed when they lose their internet connection. While you are enjoying lunch, talk with your friends about Egyptian current events. Who are the ‘good guys’? Who are the ‘bad guys’? What should I do? When you have an answer, write an essay and send it to me. You might win an all- expense-paid diplomacy trip with my State Department team!
Iowahawk has more…
WAEL Ghonim is not only famous for being named after a Lulu Shout – he’s also the popular face of the protest in Egypt. The protests in Egypt have been leading the news agenda for days. Nothing is certain other than that the protests are a big news event.
On the TV, Western commentators arrive on camera to talk about Egypt and the will of the people.
A senior Egyptian official confirms to Fox News that President Hosni Mubarak will step down shortly and transfer authority to the Egyptian Higher Council of the Armed Forces as Egypt’s state TV says Mubarak will address the nation Thursday evening.
EU Assembly’s vice president says that the EU should be scrapped because it costs too much.
Well, thats what the headline in the Daily Telegraph says…
Vice President Omar Suleiman – aka Ama Sillyman - is backing the Pres.
The Guardian’s Matt Wells reports:
There is a feeling that people want to get on the move now. I can hear this chant: “We’ll go to the palace and tear him out.”
LABOUR MP Eric Illsley has been jailed for a year. Rumours that he has already submitted a receipt for loss of earnings due to time spent away from home, use of soap of a rope and taking a taxi to prison are protected by Parliamentary privilege.
At Southwark Crown Court in London, Devine was found guilty of claiming over £8,000 for printing and cleaning work that was never carried out. He has been convicted of two charges of false accounting.
THE more John Hirst talks the more the view hardens against prisoners having the right to vote.
He’s been on the Daily Politic getting annihilated by Brillo.
You may have attended their last big meeting at the Wood Green Animal Shelters, where Judges Mark Cocozza (Dogs) and Dawn Kirwan (Bitches) checked the teeth and hair of all new arrivals?
You might want the Afghan Council. Yep, the Southern Afghan Club is for Afghan Hounds.
WHEN David Cameron met David Hasselhoff a 1980s revival was begun. Hoff got his kit off. Super Cam got the pot out. And Jim’ll Fix It got another satisfied customer…
SYDNEY’S Marrickville Council has outlawed Israel and its people:
What does the desert theocracy of Saudi Arabia have in common with Marrickville Council in Sydney’s Inner West?
Ever since a Marrickville Council meeting late last year, both are sworn enemies of Israel. In a 10-2 vote, the council decided it would “boycott all goods made in Israel and any sporting, academic institutions, government or institutional cultural exchanges”.
“The reach of the convention against torture is wide. This case is prepared and will be waiting for him wherever he travels next. Torturers, even if they are former presidents of the United States, must be held to account and prosecuted.”
Great. One rule of law for all mankind, regardless of status. But why only go for bush? why not nick Ahamdinejad, Blair, Mubarak, Barack Obama… There is no room to be partisan. Nick them all. Let the world see the wrongdoers in jail and know their behaviour has consequences.
SIR Gus O’Donnell knows why Lockerbie mass murderer Abdelbaset al Megrahi is now free.
The downing of Flight 103 is the biggest single act of mass murder in British history
AWAL Gul has died. Glenn Greenwald looks at the death of a man charged who though charged with no crime who spent nine years in jail:
A 48-year-old Afghan citizen and Guantanamo detainee, Awal Gul, died on Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. Gul, a father of 18 children, had been kept in a cage by the U.S. for more than 9 years — since late 2001 when he was abducted in Afghanistan — without ever having been charged with a crime. While the U.S. claims he was a Taliban commander, Gul has long insisted that he quit the Taliban a year before the 9/11 attack because, as his lawyer put it, “he was disgusted by the Taliban’s growing penchant for corruption and abuse.” His death means those conflicting claims will never be resolved; said his lawyer: “it is shame that the government will finally fly him home not in handcuffs and a hood, but in a casket.” This episode illustrates that the U.S. Government’s detention policy — still — amounts to imposing life sentences on people without bothering to prove they did anything wrong.
It’s an allegation that becomes newsworthy when you realise her husband is Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming. Yep, he is the same John Hemming who had an affair with Cox (he says he’s had 25 others), who later gave birth to his child.
The Indy reminds readers that the Home Office “is one of the most sensitive government departments”.
To further hammer in the point home that Blunkett was privy to top secrets that he, er, may have mentioned on his mobile phone’s voicemail, the Indy goes on:
The suggestion that a serving cabinet minister – whose responsibilities included the oversight of MI5 and sensitive operations against Islamic terror groups – was having his voicemails intercepted is one of the most alarming yet in the scandal over the tactics of some sections of the British press.
“Fears Of Violence At Extreme Right Protest,” yelled the Sky News headline.
“The EDL marches in Luton today. Hold your breath,” ordered the Guardian
But there were no “significant incidents“. this may in part have something to do with the police moving “to seal the EDL in to St George’s Square” with metal barriers.
TO Luton, where members of the English Defence League are protesting against Islam in St George’s Square. In the media the talk is for violence. Or is it hope – violence sells newspapers? There are around between 2,500 and 7,000 members of the EDL on the streets. There are around 1,000 members of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) there to oppose them:
“Fears Of Violence At Extreme Right Protest” – Sky
“The EDL marches in Luton today. Hold your breath” – Guardian
“Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism. Let’s properly judge these organisations: Do they believe in universal human rights – including for women and people of other faiths? Do they believe in equality of all before the law? Do they believe in democracy and the right of people to elect their own government? Do they encourage integration or separatism?”
“These are the sorts of questions we need to ask. Fail these tests and the presumption should be not to engage with organisations. We have even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values”
The Reactions and News Coverage:
The Ramadhan Foundation said that, by singling out Muslims, Mr Cameron had fed “hysteria and paranoia”.
Chief executive Mohammed Shafiq said: “British Muslims abhor terrorism and extremism and we have worked hard to eradicate this evil from our country. But to suggest that we do not sign up to the values of tolerance, respect and freedom is deeply offensive and incorrect.” - BBC