Thursday, 24 September 2015

Can Tina Brown and her prosecco-drinking cronies really justify Western foreign policy to radicalised Muslim youth?

What role can women play in the fight against terror? That’s one of the key themes that will be explored at the Women in the World summit being held in London next month, a group of leading female leaders, thinkers and activists.   It’s the first time the event is being held in London. Tina Brown is the founder of the Women in the World summit and former editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.

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What role can women play in the fight against terrorism? That will be one of the key themes in the Women in the World Summit when it comes to London for the first time next month. The event has taken place in the US for the last six years and it's got bigger each time. It's the brainchild of the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, who is with us in the studio. Good morning!


Good morning.


Tina, what do you have in mind in terms of women and the fight against terrorism?

TB [in an annoying mid-Atlantic accent]:

We've put together a very very interesting panel of which I would say one of the key members is Dr Edit Schlaffer who is an Austrian woman. She was a social psychologist and she founded an organisation called Sisters Against Violent Extremism and what she does with her organisation is she works with women and mothers to make them partners in security solutions. Her whole feeling is that women are not being left out because we are talking about ramping up military presence and dropping drones [sic] and major martial approaches to terror but women, mothers, sisters, daughters - we are the front line against the war on terror because we can get at the young people, we can get at the children, and we can get at our siblings to help them understand what it is that is the great danger about ISIS and Boko Haram and these other organisations.


And yet the evidence as far as IS is concerned and as far as this country is concerned is of women going to be part of IS rather than fighting against them ...


That is indeed certainly a trend, but certainly mothers can do a great deal and what she has established is something she has called her Mothers' Schools [to teach them how to spy on and boss their menfolk around and monitor their political views by threatening to report them to the security services at the drop of a hat, no doubt] and she has done that in Kashmir and Indonesia and she is now also opening schools in Europe in Belgium and Austria. What she does is she uses the women whose children have been radicalised to talk to the women in the community about how they can stop that happening to their own children and she partners with benign imams [sic] who are on her side and can help reach the communities as well so she actually creates a network - a community network so that there is a safe place, in a sense, for these women and families to go because they don't want to talk to law enforcement and end up getting their kids arrested, they don't want to go public in areas where other people are looking at them as if they are some kind of dysfunctional family. There is a real sense of aloneness for women who start to fear that their kids are going wrong. 

MH then goes on to elicit TB's views on the female US Presidential candidates without venturing to rip apart this incoherent harebrained idea. She did just call her "Tina", after all.  If MH ever interviewed me, would she call me "Claire"?  The thrill of hearing her say my name would just overwhelm me with pleasure ...


A stellar line-up of international names including actors Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Rupert Everett, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Cara Delevingne, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, German Federal Minister of Defence Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, Baroness Mary Goudie, Liberian Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, architect Zaha Hadid, author Frances Osborne, actor Archie Panjabi, Member of Parliament Mhairi Black, ‘Inspire’ co-founder Sara Khan, Baroness Valerie Amos, UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security Baroness Joanna Shields, historians Simon Schama and Amanda Foreman, Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Centre Director Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, film director Sarah Gavron, co-founder of Women’s Equality Party Catherine Mayer and founder of Women for Women International Zainab Salbi, with more to be announced.
Only £3.99 a bottle at Majestic in Calais.

How to think about Islamic State by Pankaj Mishra

Powerlessness and deprivation are exacerbated today by the ability, boosted by digital media, to constantly compare your life with the lives of the fortunate (especially women entering the workforce or prominent in the public sphere: a common source of rage for men with siege mentalities worldwide). 

In other words, the misogyny caused by feminism and the perception of feminazis in positions of power over men sends young men straight into the arms of Islamic State. It would appear that Tina Brown and her cosy little circle are actually a big part of the problem, rather than the solution with their incoherent and transparently self-aggrandising ideas. How would you as a man feel if you realised that your wife and her feminazi coven are monitoring your and your son's political views at the dinner table?  She may even maliciously accuse you to expedite her divorce and improve the terms of the settlement. It is quite laughable to think that she and her prosecco-guzzling circle would do anything useful other than to alienate men even more and make them more likely to join ISIS in order to defy and challenge the matriarchy. The government would be crazy to pay for this initiative, but then again we already know that those in charge of the ship of state are imbeciles, lunatics and extremists, don't we?

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