Who is Huma Abedin?

Who is Huma Abedin?

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Woman in Saudi Arabia are still denied basic rights. If Hillary Clinton wins, Saudi Arabia will influence the White House. Will chief aide Huma Abedin be an influencer?

Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton - You Tube screen shot
Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton - You Tube screen shot

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 23, 2016 – If Hillary Clinton is elected president in November, Huma Abedin is a name long remembered. If Clinton loses, it’s a name that will be forever washed away by the tsunami of history much like those of Dan Quayle and Michael Dukakis.

  • Abedin is Clinton’s longest serving aide. Clinton once famously said, “If I had a second daughter, it would [be] Huma.”
  • Abedin is the wife of Anthony Weiner, the congressman from New York and they have a son. She is a devout Muslim who, born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, returned with her family to be reared in Saudi Arabia. She attended a British high school until she left for George Washington University for college. While in college she began working as an intern for First Lady Hillary Clinton.
  • Hillary Clinton’s 1995 in Bejing Women’s Conference entitled “Woman’s Rights Are Human Rights” preceded Abedin, as editor, publishing “Women’s Rights Are Islamic Rights, (Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs 1996). Abedin was working as a White House intern for Clinton at the time at the time the article was published.
  • The article is seen as “picking apart” Clinton’s talking points. Clinton spokespeople have said that Abedin was only a “figurehead” on the masthead and not active in the “family” publication. Abedin’s mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, was, and still is, the editor-in-chief of the publication that the father, Syed Zainul, an “Islamic and Middle Eastern scholar of Indian descent, who founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs.” (Wiki)
  • The IMMA is devoted to the study of Muslim communities in non-Muslim societies around the world. He published the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA), a publication focusing on Muslim minorities living in diaspora (Wiki)

Writing for the New York Post, Paul Sperry says:

” A 1996 article [published by Abedin] argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families. It also states that more revealing dress ushered in by women’s liberation “directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.” In other words, sexually liberated women are just asking to be raped.”

As Sperry notes, Clinton emphasizes her support of women’s rights by highlighting a speech she made in Beijing in 1995. It was there that she boldly proclaimed “Women’s rights are human rights.” Clinton’s clutch on liberal woman voters is a centerpiece of her campaign strategy to win in November.

Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton implicated in pay-for-play

Sperry pointed out the hypocrisy between one of the candidates top issues and her choice of top aide:

“Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aide, and the woman who might be the future White House chief of staff to the first female US president, for a decade edited a radical Muslim publication that opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11.”

“At the time (Bejing 1995), Abedin was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs working under her mother, who remains editor-in-chief. She was also working in the White House as an intern for then-first lady Clinton.”

Abedin’s mother later wrote an even stronger treatise against women’s rights in 1996 when she somehow came to this conclusion:

“Among all systems of belief, Islam goes the farthest in restoring equality across gender.”

She then gives a purely Islamic justification for her position by saying, “placing women in the ‘care and protection’ of men and by making women responsible for those under her charge, Islamic values generate a sense of compassion in human and family relations.”

Abedin’s mother continues with a pronouncement that sounds like it was written in the 1950s:

“Acknowledging the very central role women play in procreation, child-raising and homemaking, Islam places the economic responsibility of supporting the family primarily on the male members.”

In the 15 years since 9/11 women in Saudi Arabia are still denied basic rights. From The Week:

Interact with men

Women are required to limit the amount of time spent with men to whom they are not related.

Go for a swim

Women are not allowed to use public swimming pools available to men and can only swim in private ones or female-only gyms and spas.

Compete freely in sports

Last year, Saudi Arabia proposed hosting an Olympic Games without women. “Our society can be very conservative,” said Prince Fahad bin Jalawi al-Saud, a consultant to the Saudi Olympic Committee. “It has a hard time accepting that women can compete in sports.”

Try on clothes when shopping

“The mere thought of a disrobed woman behind a dressing-room door is apparently too much for men to handle,” says Vanity Fair writer Maureen Dowd in A Girl’s Guide to Saudi Arabia.

Other more unusual restrictions on women’s lives include entering a cemetery and reading an uncensored fashion magazine.

“Saudi Arabia is the world’s most gender-segregated nation, but amid changes now under way, multiple generations of women are debating how to be truly modern and truly Saudi,” says National Geographic.

Saudi men refuse to deny themselves the best things the West has to offer in terms of comfort such as high-definition TVs and air conditioning, luxurious living and the like, they continue to ideologically live in the seventh century.

Ethical challenges continue for Hillary Clinton

In 2010 while serving as secretary of state, Clinton appeared with Huma Abedin’s mother at a female college in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia telling the Saudi women what they wanted to hear, telling the girls that Americans must do a better job of understanding the “stereotypes and mischaracterizations” of Saudi women.

To conclude, Clinton “assured the audience of burqa-clad girls that not all American girls go ‘around in a bikini bathing suit.’”

Truth be told, many Saudi women enjoy their second-class status. Equally as many do not. But the choice should be the woman’s.  Which in a party that demands a woman’s right to choose is yet another hypocrisy of the Clinton-Abedin partnership.

Either way, Huma Abedin is a major player in Clinton’s organization, and that does not bode well for woman, or the U.S., in the future.

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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.

Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)

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