Monday, April 03, 2006

Does Linda McQuaig care about Women's rights?

This is all you need to know about how the political partisanship of some individuals tends to make them turn their backs on matters which they supposedly hold dear.

Linda McQuaig, Canada's poor-man answer to Maureen Dowd, wrote an editorial in where she bitches and moans about certain Foreign Policy actions which the Harper government had undertaken so far. Among her objections and criticisms was the Conservative reaction to the recent Hamas victory in the legislative elections in Palestine.

Then last week Canada became the first country (following Israel) to cut off aid to the new Palestinian government, despite the fact that it was democratically elected by the Palestinian people.


Now I know that this claim has been made by many other people, but I chose to focus on McQuaig because she seems to have some kind of...affection for the fundamentalist/Terrorist organization. This isn't the first time she has written in their defense.

Its quite ironic that McQuaig would criticise the cut of funding of an organization whose social policies, especially regarding women and minorities, is precisely the kind of policies she rails against in this country. (Women's rights for example).

For starters listen to this audio interview by the Media Line. where they speak to Ghada Zughayar. A Palestinian women who is Assistant to the General Director for External Relations of the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees where they talk about Hamas' position on Palestinian women and their role for society. Is this really an organization which the likes McQuack should be upset about not being financially backed by her federal government?

And as for Hamas being "democratic", listen to James Bow on the latest Bloggers Hotstove (at around 10 minutes through the roundtable dicussion)where he describes how democracy is more than just about elected governments, but a series of checks and balances that gives the population a set of individual liberties that are fundamental for any functioning democracy (freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press etc...). And time and time again, Hamas has shown that its not exactly sympathetic to those particular set of standards.

Is McQuaig's disdain for the Conservative government so deep that she's willing to overlook or even ignore an Hamas' position on Women in society? Or is she uninformed of the situation? I have a hunch that its not because of the later, as McQuaig has covered the Middle East quite extensively during her career. You cannot have gone through such long period of time commenting on issues of the region without recognizing how groups like Hamas and the Islamic Brotherhood view a women's place in society.

Its like talking extensively about the Montreal Canadians without the knowledge that they won 23 Stanley cups.

But whatever the reason is, McQuaig's reaction to the Hamas cut in funding, is just one example of blind partisanship and political deranged syndrome at its worst. In time, it makes you forget your own principles.

6 Comments:

At Monday, 03 April, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm... Harper/Emerson exonerated March 20th, no? Shapiro Thanks both for their cooperation. May 2nd she write about his (Harper's) refusal to do so! A little research on her part might help.(Oh, never mind,I forgot about spin!)

 
At Monday, 03 April, 2006, Anonymous Dave said...

Why would you read a Linda McQuaig column? Why? It won't do your blood pressure any good. She is tied with Bufoon Sidiqui as the worst journalist in the country. Both promote their agenda with a vile mix of arrogance and ignorance. Both have a firm policy that their opinions - and columns - will not be clouded by facts. They're so crap I'm surprised they don't write for CBC Online, a media outlet specializing in selective recall and having the nerve to use the title "fact check".

 
At Monday, 03 April, 2006, Blogger Steve said...

McQuaid, thinks like this women, who I quote.

'As a white American feminist, I do not feel comfortable making statements or judgments about other cultures, especially statements that suggest one culture is more sexist and repressive than another. American feminism is often linked to and manipulated by the state in order to further its own imperialist ends."

 
At Tuesday, 04 April, 2006, Blogger Steve said...

Today's Guardian!, good read Muslim oppression of women and the Western "Feminist" response.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/women/story/0,,1746156,00.html

 
At Tuesday, 04 April, 2006, Blogger Hershblogger said...

"Is McQuaig's disdain for the Conservative government so deep that she's willing to overlook or even ignore an Hamas' position on Women in society? Or is she uninformed of the situation?"

Didn't you already compare her to Maureen Dowd, and thereby answer your own questions?

That women don't occupy 51% of CEO jobs is the real tragedy for McQuaig - never mind forced clitorectomies under the Taliban.

Haven't you heard Della Sentilles: http://otherclub.blogspot.com/2006/03/doing-della-favor.html

''As a white American feminist, I do not feel comfortable making statements or judgments about other cultures, especially statements that suggest one culture is more sexist and repressive than another. American feminism is often linked to and manipulated by the state in order to further its own imperialist ends."

Transliterated from Gynidiot this renders as: "If it damages my petty case to look outside my relatively trivial set of complaints: A) I'm not qualified to discuss the stoning of women because of their choice of clothing in some other culture, and B) it's the fault of the patriarchy anyway. Besides, [Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, the 27-year-old Taliban ambassador-at-large turned Yale student] was just following chauvinist orders.

 
At Friday, 16 July, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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