City of Los Angeles Now Has Foreign Policy—Denounces Brunei—But Not Cuba, China or Russia

The City of Los Angeles has a deficit of $250 million on its way in three years to one billion. It has a massively unfunded pension system, the Department of Water and Power seems to be run like a Chicago operation and the streets have potholes the size of a VW. Yet, they have decided to create a foreign policy, instead of solving its economic woes.

No, it has not taken a stand against the dictatorships of Cuba, China or Russia. It has not opposed Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood running of Egypt. No, it has taken the strong stand against the nation of Brunei. Its population is 412,000—smaller than a California State Assembly District—about one third the population of the San Fernando Valley. Brunei has accepted Sharia law as the law of the nation. Maybe getting rid of gangs in South Central would be better than wasting time and money on a resolution opposing a midget State like Brunei?

“Koretz said he was urging the action even though the Bel Air Hotel is within his district and nearby businesses could feel the fallout from a boycott. “We have to make it clear these kind of impossible laws have to be opposed,” he said.” Silly statement, as if the Sultan of Brunei would listen to Koretz.

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Los Angeles joins the fray, condemns Brunei

By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News, 5/16/14

The Los Angeles City Council joined with other groups on Friday in condemning the nation of Brunei and its plans to adopt the Sharia criminal code, calling on it to sell the Beverly Hills and the Bel Air hotels.

“We need to say no to intolerance and the blatant disregard for human life,” Councilman Paul Koretz said, adding the two hotels are owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, a part of the government.

A boycott has been started against both hotels by a variety of organizations and individuals, and the Beverly Hills City Council had also urged Brunei to sell off the hotels if it chooses to continue with plans to adopt the Sharia code.

Koretz said the criminal code “will permit horrific and harsh regulatins.

“Under this, fines and jail time can be imposed for not attending Friday prayer services,” Koretz said. “A second phase will allow severing of limbs … and a third phase will allow stoning for adultery and gay relationships.”

Koretz said he was urging the action even though the Bel Air Hotel is within his district and nearby businesses could feel the fallout from a boycott. “We have to make it clear these kind of impossible laws have to be opposed,” he said.

 

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Comments

  1. Emanuelle Goldstein says

    And guess who’s been taking donations from Brunei?

    Who got $$ from Brunei’s Islamic law government? The Clinton Foundation
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/17/money-from-brunei-reached-clinton-foundation-coffers/

  2. askeptic says

    All that mundane city-stuff is so boring (and back-page), but denouncing Brunei gets you air-time on the 6-o’clock news, and rubbing elbows with Jay Leno.

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