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Wyomingites hear about climate refugees in Africa; just bring them to Jackson Hole!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 4, 2014

Normally an article about a Refugee lobbying group in Washington coming out to a rural area to show a “climate refugee” film wouldn’t be of much interest.   However, this one caught my eye because the film was being promoted in Wyoming.

New readers need to know that Wyoming is the only state in the union that does not participate in refugee resettlement; and I have no idea how they got out of it in the first place.  My suspicions have always centered around the fact that former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson argued against the bill when it was first introduced by Senators Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden in 1979 and perhaps he was able to keep his home state free of the costly-to-taxpayers program.

Refugees may arrive as secondary migrants to Wyoming, but I suspect the number is very small.  That is why it was amusing to me to see the rich people in Jackson Hole being ‘educated’ by Refugees International.  Refugees International (RI) is NOT a resettlement agency/contractor, yet they travel around the world looking at refugees, writing reports and mucking around in the refugee lobbying scene in Washington.  Perhaps they are involved with intelligence gathering (don’t laugh, some of these NGOs have a good cover for doing just that!).

Linda Tripp sued Kenneth Bacon and won.

We wrote about RI a lot a few years ago when they were headed by the now deceased Ken Bacon.  ‘Old heads’ will remember that Bacon’s claim to fame was that he illegally released Linda Tripp’s personnel file at the Pentagon in 1998 during Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Bacon then became head honcho of Refugees International and just before his death he funded RI’s Bacon Center for the Study of Climate Displacement which opened in 2009.

This brings me to the article that caught my eye at Public News Service where we are told RI board member and Jackson resident, Tatiana Maxwell, showed the film and talked to the press.  (Emphasis below is mine)

JACKSON, Wyo. – There’s a warning about a new kind of refugee crisis – one connected to a changing climate. Stories about how climate-related disasters are displacing people around the world are featured in a new film that was shown in Jackson on Sunday. The documentary comes from Refugees International, a nonprofit that works to end displacement crises worldwide.

Refugees International board member Tatiana Maxwell lives in Wyoming, which she admits feels far away from the natural disasters documented by the film – disasters increasing in force and frequency around the world.

“Wyoming has had its own share of refugees coming from different places,” she said. “There will be 250 million people who are going to have to find someplace else to live by 2050.

Really?  Wyoming has had its own share???  And, then this, we are going to clear out West Africa and bring them to the rich communities in the west—like Jackson Hole? Not!  Just a reminder Kennedy didn’t bring them to Hyannis either, and Biden’s Delaware gets only a tiny handful of refugees!

“This is affecting 20 million people, for instance, in West Africa,” she said. “It’s highly unlikely they’re going to be able to continue to live there. They don’t want to move, but it’s become increasingly impossible for them to live there.”


Maxwell added that their goal is to make sure people have safe places to live, not to debate the politics of climate change.

So who is Tatiana Maxwell?  I didn’t find much, but she and her husband Paul (it appears he may be an energy company executive) are big donors to RI (here).

Their very own special refugee—-the American Taliban!

Do you remember not long after 911, a Taliban spokesman was traveling America to defend the Taliban in Afghanistan?  He became known as the American Taliban and got a slot at Yale!  His name is Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi and he was here as a representative of Mullah Omar.   I don’t know what happened to him after his highly publicized admission to Yale, but guess who helped fund him—Paul and Tatiana Maxwell of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

How is it that people like Hashemi ‘find their way’ to elite neighborhoods?

See this very informative piece from 2006 at Greater Yellowstone entitled ‘Taliban in Jackson Hole’.  Author Daryl Hunter is not very kind to Maxwell.  Hashemi may be one of the few “refugees” to pass through Wyoming in many years!

By now most Americans have heard about Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, the Taliban’s former ambassador-at-large, who is now attending Yale, his education funded by the International Education Foundation, which was created for Hashemi by Jackson Hole residents Mike Hoover, an adventure film maker, Paul and Tatiana Maxwell, and Jackson Attorney Bob Schuster.

Hunter reports that John Fund wrote about Hashemi’s special treatment by Yale:

 In his article “Jihadi Turns Bulldog,” printed in the Feb. 26 Wall Street Journal, John Fund wrote about how, during Hashemi’s spring 2001 Taliban public relations blitz, Hashemi visited the Wall Street Journal and told Fund that Osama bin Laden was a “guest” of his government and it hadn’t been proven that bin Laden was linked to any terrorist acts. Hashemi said that if the embassy bombings were terrorist acts, then so was the Clinton administration’s cruise missiles attack in his country in an attempt to kill bin Laden. “You killed 19 innocent people.”

“I felt I had looked into the face of evil,” Fund wrote after Rahmatullah defended the Taliban’s treatment of women and said he hadn’t seen any evidence that their “guest” Osama bin Laden was a terrorist.

In the spring of 2004, Hoover proposed to Hashemi the possibility of attending college in the United States. Hashemi jumped at the opportunity to leave Pakistan to attend school in the U.S.

The Times reported that Bob Schuster, a Yale alum, “called the [Yale] provost’s office to ask how an ex-Taliban envoy with a fourth-grade education and a high-school equivalency degree might go about applying to one of the world’s top universities.” Richard Shaw, dean at Yale, was intrigued and suggested that Rahmatullah come to New Haven for an interview. Shaw said the admissions office once had another foreigner of Rahmatullah’s caliber apply for special-student status. “We lost him to Harvard,” he says in the Times. “I didn’t want that to happen again.”


Fund summarizes: “I don’t believe Mr. Rahmatullah had direct knowledge of the 9/11 plot, and I don’t think he has ever killed anyone. I can appreciate that he is trying to rebuild his life. But he willingly and cheerfully served an evil regime in a manner that would have made Goebbels proud. That he was 22 at the time is little of an excuse. There are many poor, bright students ­ American and foreign alike ­ who would jump at the opportunity to attend Yale. Why should Mr. Rahmatullah go to the line ahead of all of them? That’s a question Yale alumni should ask when their alma mater comes looking for contributions.”

There is a lot more, especially read about the author’s speculation about how it is that western women could possibly support anything the Taliban does in light of how they treat women in Afghanistan which really is the whole point Hunter makes in his piece.

See our Climate Refugees category for more on how the Left is pushing this newest excuse to open borders worldwide.

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UNHCR to increase number of refugees they send out of Ethiopia to the West

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 14, 2013

Especially the “vulnerable” women who have suffered female genital mutilation.

Countries of origin for the refugees are Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, and you-guessed-it Somalia.  Some from Kenya too.  What is up with that, Kenya is a safe country, right?

They will be going to Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Australia and the US.

From the Sudan Tribune:

December 13, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – The United Nations*** refugee agency said on Friday that it is planning to resettle over 3,800 refugees in Ethiopia to a third country.

This follows record submissions for resettlement at the Tongo, Barahle and Bokolmanyo refugee camps, where resettlement has not not been previously conducted.

“Notable this year was the first emergency resettlement to Sweden of a child-at-risk from Dollo Ado, as well as submissions of several highly vulnerable women and girls out of Barahle and Sherkole camps, including victims of female genital mutilation and other forms of sexual and gender based violence”, said Julia Zajkowski, the resettlement officer at UNHCR’s Ethiopia office.

The plan to resettle 3,800 refugees exceeds the UN refugee agency’s 2013 resettlement target by over 20%.


The third-country resettlement operation for refugees in Ethiopia particularly for Eritreans was begun by the Ethiopian government in 2006 in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR.


According to UNHCR report, Ethiopia received over 5,000 new refugees over the last two months, bringing the total number of refugees in the Horn of Africa nation to over 427,000.

The new arrivals came from Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.

Currently there are 240,000 Somalis, 81,000 Eritreans and 70,000 South Sudanese in Ethiopia. The remaining over 36,000 are from Kenya, Sudan and other east African countries.

***Just a reminder it is the UN High Commissioner for Refugees choosing who comes to the West.

Posted in Africa, Europe, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where, women's issues | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

Sweden: Somali refugee rapes woman till she dies

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 29, 2013

This dreadful story is all over my alerts this morning.  The awful original story is in Swedish.  Since I wasn’t completely sure of this translation (below) at the Council of Conservative Citizens, I checked Fjordman’s tweets to see if the story is real and I see he tweeted it yesterday.

Sweden here we come!

Here is what the Council of Conservative Citizens says, and included is a film interview about the rape statistics in Sweden and Norway (be sure to watch it):

A 34 year old immigrant from Somalia was arrested for savagely attacking a woman in the parking garage of a Sheraton hotel in Sweden. The woman died while being raped. Police say the perpetrator continued to rape the woman’s corpse well after she had died.

The Somalian was apprehended by police while still in the act of raping the murdered woman.

Source (In Swedish)

Sweden and Norway are in the middle of a massive epidemic of violent rapes. Crime statistics show that rapes in both countries are overwhelmingly perpetrated by Muslim immigrants.

2013 figures were given in a recent report by Swedish Public Radio. In the first seven months of 2013, over 1,000 Swedish women reported being raped by Muslim immigrants. Over 300 of those were under the age of 15. The number of rapes is up 16% compared to 2012 numbers.

Humorous (sort of!) photo is from Bare Naked Islam about Somali migration to Sweden.

We have an extensive archive on “welcoming” Sweden, click here.   Our top post of 2013They are fighting back in Sweden—is worth re-reading.

Posted in Africa, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Europe, Muslim refugees, women's issues | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

Lampedusa: Women raped and tortured on refugee boat

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 14, 2013

Coffins of some of the 300 plus who died attempting to get to Italy.

A Somali ringleader has been arrested.

The story is a few days old, but every time I see a story like this one I am reminded of now UN Ambassador Samantha Power who played a huge role with Hillary and Susan Rice in pushing the US into our ‘adventures’ in Libya supposedly under the belief that it was ‘our responsibility to protect’ the people of Libya from Gaddafi who was able at times to keep a lid on the human traffickers attempting to move through Libya. Now the Libyan coast is lawless.

From the Standart:

Italian police have arrested a Somali man accused of raping and torturing asylum seekers fleeing Libya on a boat which sank off the island of Lampedusa last month killing more than 365 migrants.

Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin, 34, faces charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, people trafficking and criminal association with the goal of aiding illegal immigration after he was identified by survivors.

Some 130 migrants from Eritrea told police they were held for ransom at a detention centre in the Libyan desert by people traffickers from Somalia, Libya and Sudan.

The migrants were forced to pay up to USD 3,500 for their freedom and their onward journey to the Libyan coast and a boat that due to take them to Italy.

Italian authorities have vowed to crack down on the people trafficking rings that have been behind the influx of more than 35,000 asylum seekers so far this year to the country’s coasts.


According to migrants’ testimony, the 20 women in the group were repeatedly raped and offered to Libyan visitors “as if they were a cup of tea”.

Photo is from this story in which the Eritrean government blames the US for the deaths.

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Europe, Immigration fraud, Who is going where, women's issues | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

Canada: Tanzanian refugee family found shot to death

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 7, 2013

Police believe at this time that it was a murder-suicide, but can’t figure out who did the shooting—the mother or the father (Mohammad Walji)?  Doesn’t that seem strange?  Surely someone must have been holding a gun (or had it close enough to their body to be clearly the shooter).

Handicapped 21-year-old, Qyzra Walji,was killed by one of her parents

And, then what is the motive?

There is some suggestion that even after 15 years in Canada they had not received legal status, was that it?  Or, was their handicapped Canadian daughter becoming too Western in her appearance and approach to life?  Was it an honor killing?  If anyone sees an update on the story, please send it my way.

From the National Post:

A funeral Tuesday at an Ismaili Muslim mosque in Toronto will bring to a close the tragic lives of a Tanzanian refugee family from London, Ont., found dead last Thursday in what police describe as a double murder and suicide.

But troubling questions will remain, as detectives try to sort out who was the shooter, and whether there was some kind of suicide pact, or any indication of motive, mental illness, or other relevant circumstance.

London police will confirm little about the investigation, but one thing seems likely — that 21-year-old Qyzra Walji, a severely disabled young woman with cerebral palsy who graduated high school this year and has written movingly about her new life in Canada, was killed by one of her parents.

I wonder what was holding up their permanent residency?  Heck, Canada must have already invested much in the daughter’s health, and she appears to have been an intellectual asset to the handicapped community there.

The Walji family came to Canada 15 years ago as refugees from Tanzania, and feared deportation as they spent thousands on immigration counsel, seeking permanent residency.

Wikidpedia tells us that Tanzania is 37% Muslim which surprised me, I assumed it was a smaller percentage of the population.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Canada, Crimes, Muslim refugees, women's issues | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

Des Moines Imam, Bosnian, claims arrest violates his religious freedom

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 7, 2013

Imam Nermin Spahic on trial for sexual abuse. Trial begins on December 2.

This story is a few days old and I saw it reported by several bloggers so didn’t think it was necessary to post here too, but on second thought decided it was best to keep our coverage of Imam Spahic up-to-date.

We told you about the arrest here in August, where we further discussed how Iowa came to have so many Bosnian Muslim refugees (thank Bill Clinton and his meatpacker buddies).

From the Des Moines Register:

An attorney for a Des Moines Islamic leader charged with sexual abuse and exploitation is asking a judge to drop two of the charges, arguing that they violate the man’s religious freedom.

In a motion to dismiss filed last week in Polk County District Court, Des Moines defense attorney Angela Campbell argued that Nermin Spahic, 40, had never met the two women who accused him of sexual abuse before the day of a religious ceremony that led to his arrest. The motion also says that Spahic never claimed to offer “mental health services” or counseling.

Spahic faces one count of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. He was arrested in August after a 42-year-old woman and her 18-year-old daughter told police that Spahic sexually assaulted them during a religious ceremony.

Prosecutors:  “Voodoo priest”

The woman on Aug. 12 called Spahic to her house in Johnston for help with her daughter, who reportedly suffered personal issues, including depression and drug use, police and court papers said. Spahic allegedly performed an Islamic ceremony that involved “chanting and rubbing the body with oil,” court papers said.

In one section of the sealed minutes of evidence, prosecutors “inappropriately refer to Mr. Spahic as a ‘Voodoo priest,’” according to the motion. At the time of his arrest Spahic served as the imam – a leader of Islamic prayer services – at the Des Moines Islamic and Cultural Center Bosniak on Lower Beaver Road.

All of our previous posts on Bosnians are archived here.

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Guest column: “A Child Bride And Her Four Dead Daughters”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 21, 2013

Editor’s note:  Readers, on Friday a car crash in Columbus, Ohio involving a police cruiser and a car carrying an Iraqi family resulted in the deaths of the car’s occupants—an Iraqi refugee family, a husband and wife and four of their children.  ‘Pungentpeppers,’ a reader and frequent commenter here at RRW, has penned this piece after reading the many news accounts of what happened raising the ever-controversial issue of whether certain immigrants could be more appropriately (and more economically) helped by leaving them in their own countries or cultural zones.

“A Child Bride And Her Four Dead Daughters”

In Ohio, six members of one Iraqi refugee family died last week in an automobile accident.  It seems unfair to write about the dead.  They cannot defend themselves or explain.  But there were children who were wronged.  Their story must be told.

News about the tragedy uncovered certain facts.  Those facts reveal that our efforts to bring this family to our country were misguided.  The family, coming from a tribal background, either ignored, or could not understand, our system of values.  Our laws requiring the protection of children – and granting important human and civil rights to daughters – were violated.  Since the gap between our values and theirs was so huge, instead of bringing this family to the U.S., it would have been better to send aid to help them rebuild their lives in their own country.  They might have lived.  Here is the family’s story.

The accident scene: The cruiser’s dash camera revealed that the car driven by Eid Shahad had made an illegal turn on a red light.

Officer Shawn Paynter might never be able to forget what happened during the early morning hours of Friday, October 18.  He was on duty with the Upper Arlington Police Department near Columbus, Ohio.  That Friday, at 1:30 a.m., he was responding to an armed robbery in progress at a local McDonalds.  His police cruiser approached an intersection and entered just as the light turned yellow.  A Toyota Corolla, making an illegal turn, entered the intersection against a red light, and stopped right in front of him.  His car collided with the Toyota.  All six persons in the Toyota died at the scene. None wore seat belts.  Officer Paynter survived.  He suffered a head injury and is expected to recover.

Among the dead was Entisar Hameed, age 31, the mother of eight children.  She had arrived from Basra, Iraq, via Syria, as a refugee three years ago.  She was seated in the front.  Her husband, Eid Shahad, 39, was driving.  It was Eid Al-Adha, a four-day long Islamic holiday.  At that late hour they were returning home from a holiday visit on Thursday night to another family of newly-arrived Iraqis.  The mother had brought her four daughters with them for the visit:  Shuaa, 16, Amna, 14, Ekbal, 12, and 2-year-old Lina Badi.  The girls were in the back seat of the Toyota.  Not one was buckled in and the youngest girl, Lina, was not in a car seat.  There would have been no room for a car seat, anyway, with so many children packed into a small car.  In addition to her daughters who died with her, Entisar left behind four sons.  Her eldest, Mushary, was 17, and the other boys were 5, 6, and 12.

After the accident, acquaintances and friends spoke in glowing terms about the husband and father.  Eid worked as a home health aide for Sunrise Health Care; among his patients was his 77-year-old mother who had suffered a stroke.*  Eid was active and well liked.  He helped newly arrived immigrants from Iraq and other countries become acclimated to the U.S.  For example, he was known to take people grocery shopping and helped fix their cars.  He planned to help sponsor a new family** of Iraqi refugees that were due to arrive next month through the agency that had brought his family, Ohio’s Community Immigration Refugee Services.

In contrast, there was nothing reported in the news about Entisar, the mother who died, except her name and age. Entisar – her name means “Victory” in Arabic – seems to have lived a hard life.  She was married at around age 13, below the age of consent in Iraq, but not uncommon for a Muslim girl in Basra.  If she had been living in the U.S. at that time of her marriage, it’s likely that her husband would have been thrown in prison for having sexual relations with a minor.  Instead, our country decided to look the other way and allowed the family to immigrate – there is one set of laws for immigrants and another for Americans.  Once married, young Entisar gave birth to one child after another.  Her eighth baby, Lina, was born in the U.S.

In Ohio, Entisar lived with her husband, their eight children, and her sick mother-in-law, all packed into one small apartment.  Money had to have been tight – home health aides do not earn much – certainly not enough to support a large family of eleven.  The housing complex where they lived was full of Somali refugees who did not speak Arabic, so there was not much company there. Instead she had the company of her daughters.

The eldest boy, Mushary, was a senior at a local high school.  None of the daughters, however, were in school.  After they arrived in the U.S., some of the girls had been enrolled in Westside Academy, a school that describes itself as being globally conscious and even offers Arabic as a foreign language.  They later transferred to the International Academy of Columbus, run under the direction of Dr. Mouhamed Tarazi, and improved their English, but – per the Columbus Dispatch – they left that school earlier this year.  The story says the girls were to be “home-schooled by their parents”.  But it was doubtful that these girls were receiving any sort of significant education at home.  The father had a job and besides he was very busy helping others in the community.  And since their mother had been married when barely a teen herself, what sort of age-appropriate schooling would she have been able to give the girls who were 16, 14, and 12?  It is apparent that despite being in America – where both girls and boys go to school – Entisar’s daughters were headed down a traditional path of life that paralleled their mother’s.

Plainly, while they lived, nobody was checking up on this family of refugees to see how they were doing. Were they sending their daughters to school?  No.  Did their children wear seat belts or use car seats?  No.  Did the father understand traffic laws?  No.  What conditions were they living in?  Eleven people in one small apartment.  Refugees coming from certain backgrounds have too big a learning curve and too many obstacles to overcome.  Sadly, these same obstacles may have contributed to this family’s deaths.  America was not the best place for them.

The End.

Editor’s notes:

* This practice of setting up immigrant-run home health services (with government support) and then being paid to care for one’s own elderly (or ailing) family members is one area of potential fraud going forward as the US tackles the enormous health care problems associated with socialized medicine for all.

** The mention of “sponsoring” a new family does not mean what the average reader might be thinking—that somehow one family is helping pay for the resettlement of another family.   You, the taxpayer are doing the paying, the “sponsoring” family would likely be just acting as mentors.  And, sadly in this case, be teaching the new family how to get around American values.

For your further study, here are ‘pungentpeppers’ sources for this guest column:

Teen cares for family

About the burial on Saturday

About the six who died

ohio teen left to care

10TV story saying father’s employment

Posted in Changing the way we live, Comments worth noting, diversity's dark side, health issues, Iraqi refugees, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, women's issues | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

Diversity is strength alert: Arrests made in honor killing (NYC)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 29, 2013

If you don’t read The Muslim Issue, you should, the bloggers there have some informative stories that dovetail at time with what we write here at RRW.

Today (or last night) The Muslim Issue has a post about a professor of Islamic studies in Germany (a Muslim himself!) who is suggesting that Mohammed never existed—get ready for all hell to break loose in Germany!

But, it’s the “honor killing” story that I want to post.

Yippee! Here we come! Pakistanis second fastest-growing group of Asian immigrants in US. First are Bangladeshis (also Muslims). Chinese are way down the list.

Here is a bit of it:

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) — Prosecutors said a New York man has been charged with conspiring to kill two family members in a dispute over the arranged marriage of his daughter in Pakistan.  [read on...they were killed!---ed]

Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry was arrested Thursday on charges of conspiring to commit murder in a foreign county, transmitting threats via interstate communications and visa fraud, federal officials said in a news release.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch — along with officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Homeland Security Investigations; and the U.S. State Department — said court filings indicate Choudhry directed that his daughter, Amina Ajmal, a U.S. citizen, be held against her will for three years in Pakistan.

She was forced to marry a Pakistani national so he could get a U.S. visa, prosecutors said.

Read the whole disgusting story of how two innocent relatives were killed.

So, how do all the Pakistanis get into the US?

Most people assume that the Refugee Resettlement Program of the US State Department takes all comers, but it doesn’t.  Pakistanis make up a small proportion of the program (156 came this year as “refugees”).   See this very handy map and list at Map Arrivals by Nationality as of 31 Aug 2013

Here is an article from 2012 (a little outdated) that says that 65% of Pakistanis (the second fastest growing group of Asian immigrants in America) are foreign born and most get here thanks to chain migration—family reunification.  Another 16% were sponsored by businesses.  So once the seeds are planted, the extended family comes too!   In the terrible story above, the deaths were the result of Islamic ‘law’ and immigration fraud.

We have a ‘women’s issues’ category with other “honor killing” stories posted there.

Photo is from the article.

Posted in Crimes, diversity's dark side, Immigration fraud, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad, women's issues | Tagged: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Samantha Power arrives at the UN dressed like a teenager

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 7, 2013

On her first day at the United Nations, great friend of Valerie Jarrett and one of the chief architects (with Hillary and Susan Rice) of our Libya involvement, new UN envoy Samantha Power spoke to refugee kids dressed like a teeny-bopper going to the beach in a sleeveless, above the knee, tank-top dress (and it wasn’t very hot in NYC that day, so she didn’t have that excuse!).

Samantha Power talks to refugee kids affiliated with federal contractor International Rescue Committee in NYC Monday. Photo: Reuters Eric Thayer

LOL!  this is my outreach to the low information crowd!

I figured maybe she had changed clothes to talk to the youngsters, but no, if you check the news, this (see photo) is how she dressed to present her credentials to the august body.  Her attire is the equivalent of John Bolton arriving in shorts and a polo shirt!

Maybe I’m just too old fashioned and think women in power should be more professional looking.

And, we cannot assume she is sending a message to the Islamists in the UN about freedom for women with her choice of clothes! (Other than a message that she is not to be taken seriously).

From Reuters:

(Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power faced some tough questions during her first day on the job on Monday, but they did not come from other U.N. Security Council envoys – instead she was grilled by refugee students in New York City.

At the International Rescue Committee’s Refugee Youth Summer Academy in downtown Manhattan, students asked Power questions ranging from how did she meet President Barack Obama to would she send troops to Afghanistan and her thoughts on communism.

Wouldn’t you love to know her opinion on communism!  And, by the way, as a protege of George Soros she earlier sat on the Board of the International Rescue Committee that will soon see David Miliband take the reins.

She apparently gave some thought to what she would wear on her first day….

At the Refugee Youth Summer Academy – a six-week program that helps prepare newly arrived refugees aged 5 to 19 for the New York school system – Power likened her first day on the job to their first day at school.

“Like me you’ll probably think about what you’ll wear and will it go well and will people like me,” she said. “Every time you do something new it’s scary.”

On a serious note:  We have written extensively about Power’s career (click here for our complete archive).  She was tasked with reforming the Refugee Resettlement Program when she arrived at the White House in Obama’s first term.  Human rights lobbyists were thrilled to call her the ‘Iraqi refugee czar.’  She did throw some money to the resettlement contractors, but there wasn’t much reform that I could see.

She was quoted as saying she was sick of doing “rinkey-dink do-gooder stuff” in relation to Christian Iraqis, here.   And, I was very surprised to see her go into hiding when the Benghazi terror attack happened because she, Hillary and Rice were in on pushing Obama to get on the oust-Gaddafi bandwagon in the first place.   I even wrote a post suggesting the White House (Jarrett?) was keeping Power safe from criticism when the Benghazi fire storm erupted.

On August first, the Senate voted 87-10 to confirm Power as the new US Ambassador to the UN.  Here is the vote (hat tip: Robin).  The ten sensible and brave Republicans who voted NO! are:  Barrasso, Cruz, Enzi, Heller, Lee, Paul, Rubio, Scott, Shelby, and Vitter.

As Robin pointed out, a big disappointment is that Sessions voted Aye.  Power’s doctrine—the responsibility to protect—is, and will be, responsible for many more impoverished migrants arriving in the US, so what was Sessions thinking?

Posted in Iraqi refugees, Obama, Refugee Resettlement Program, women's issues | Tagged: | 8 Comments »

Somalis lead the world in practice of female genital mutilation

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 5, 2013

Cutting tools on display in a room in Lunsar, Sierra Leone [Grace Harmon/Plan International]

Isn’t diversity beautiful!  

Here is news of a new report on this disgusting, degrading, barbaric practice that you know they are not leaving behind when they migrate to the West.

From All Africa.  The UN does something useful here:

Mogadishu — Approximately 6.5 million Somali girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) — otherwise known as female circumcision — according to a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Although support for the practice is waning, the report indicates that 98% of Somali women between 15 and 49 have been cut or mutilated — the highest per capita percentage in the world.

In addition, the report states that female circumcision is higher among Somalis even in countries where the practice is less common.

Read it all.

We reported back in March that the practice was increasing in the US, here.

Photo:  The photo is from another report on FGM in June, here.  Looks like there is less and less interest in defending the procedure in a nod to ‘cultural relativism’ that seemed to be a trend gaining favor a few years ago.  And, from a practical standpoint, why should Westerners be expected to pay for the mental and physical health problems stemming from FGM when Somalis are resettled in the US.

Posted in Africa, diversity's dark side, health issues, Refugee Resettlement Program, women's issues | Tagged: , | 5 Comments »

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