Photo-op at Max Brenner:
”As an individual citizen – that is me, K. Rudd – I am here because I object to the boycotting of Jewish businesses,” he said. Â
He “objects”. Â Â Just enough to get his picture in the Age.
Special Envoy to the OIC
The Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd announced the appointment of Mr Ahmed Fahour as the Australian special envoy, at the OIC meeting in Kazakhstan today.
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“Mr Fahour will work to deepen Australia’s engagement with OIC countries, and the OIC agenda.
“He is a man with a passion for advancing social cohesion and the place of Muslims in Australian society,” said Mr Rudd.
The Minister also signalled plans to strengthen ties with the Muslim world by formalising a framework for cooperation between Australia and the OIC itself.
“I would like through this framework to explore how to increase cooperation on interfaith dialogue, on food security and on joint aid projects between Australia and the OIC,” said Mr Rudd.
Sometimes you wanna scream. Â (source)
Â “We’re building mosques in Afghanistan”
Â “in Afghanistan where we’re building schools,Â we’re building health clinics, roads, mosquesÂ to support local community development and economic vibrancy as well …”
Very odd.Â I really don’t think that’s the most appropriate use for our aid dollars. For a start, I suspect Afghanistan would be healthier with fewer mosques, not more. Second, since when was it our foreign policy goal to promote Islam?
I thought Rudd must have misspoken, but from the Department of Defence website:
Indeed, from Rudd’s press conference in Washington yesterday: