Arabic Huff Post attacks gays, atheists

Arabic Huff Post attacks gays, atheists

The Huffington Post, established to champion liberal values, stands accused of allowing its Arabic edition to besmirch its brand after the its new Middle Eastern site ran site articles that attacked homosexuals, atheists … and ‘selfies’.

According to this report, within days after going live, Huffington Post Arabi published a series of vitriolic outbursts including a piece by an Egyptian contributor last Saturday complaining that atheists were being allowed on Egyptian television and that the Government permitted “a press conference for gays in the heart of Cairo”.

In another article for the site, an Algerian columnist condemned the “selfie” as symptom of:

The diseases and the viruses of the Western world.

His blog, the author claimed, was designed as:

A call to stop adopting such sick behaviours that come to destroy our traditions and the basics of human cultural identity.

In an interview last month, the website’s founder, Arianna Huffington, 65, had promised that Huffington Post Arabi would endorse the values of other editions of the news and blog site, which include Huff Post Gay Voices.

She suggested that the new Arabi service would be a platform for those speaking out in support of greater social and political freedom and that it would be based in London and Istanbul to avoid any kind of censorship and control.

After the reactionary contents of the new site were made public, Nicholas Sabloff, Executive International Editor of the Huffington Post, said that the items that sparked anger:

Do not reflect HuffPost’s global editorial viewpoint.

The anti-gay blog was removed and replaced with the message.

This blog should not have been published as it contradicts the Huffington Post’s editorial positions and guidelines which are based on encouraging positive dialogue and mutual respect. It has therefore been taken down.

One reader of the new site complained that “with this homophobic vitriolic post”, the Huffington Post had:

Let its Arabic site disgrace its brand.

News of the anti-gay article attracted damaging coverage on the gay site Pink News while the right-wing political blog Guido Fawkes mocked:

Judging by its initial output, it seems Arianna is struggling to control the Middle Eastern message.

The Greek-born media entrepreneur has an eclectic political past of her own. Once known as a conservative commentator, she switched to the left and has become a figurehead of liberal media in the United States. She founded Huffington Post in 2005 and Arabi is its 14th international edition.

Hat tip: Trevor Blake

18 responses to “Arabic Huff Post attacks gays, atheists”

  1. jay says:

    There’s a reason it’s called “PuffHo”

  2. L.Long says:

    This reminds me of the creatards methods. I don’t like something, can’t disprove anything, so bad mouth everything about it and try to get the gov’mint on your side to FORCE your views onto everyone..
    And they talk about traditions as if they are good! What traditions? Like stay in the tent and do everything your owner says or get beaten? That tradition. Traditions are evil!!

  3. Dr Henry Jones Junior says:

    I’d like to hear more of the Algerian columnist’s views on “the basics of human cultural identity”…

  4. AgentCormac says:

    I wonder if the Algerian blogger who is so upset by selfies lives in fear of being hacked to death for sharing his views? Somehow I very much doubt it.

  5. barriejohn says:

    No surprises here; everyone (well- almost everyone!) brown-noses the Muslims, especially where financial profit might be concerned, and Arianna’s credentials have always been suspect to many.

  6. Cali Ron says:

    It’s not like the HuffPo has ever been considered that serious of a journalistic site, being largely filled with puff pieces and all matter of “pop culture” stories like “Sword Mystery”, “Hawaii No-no’s” and “Deep Sea Worms” (from todays home page). Arianna has always seemed to be looking for the “greener” grass.

  7. asquith says:

    Isn’t it also notorious as a hotbed of homeopathy and other woo?

    No thanks.

  8. Peter Sykes says:

    L.long: “Traditions are tyrannies imposed by dead people” – Vorlund (

  9. John the Drunkard says:

    Huffington has a long history of credulous woo-advocacy, and obsequious cringing in the face of Islamism. Both these tendencies are reactionary and opposed to reason and human rights.

    The labels of Right and Left are rapidly losing significance. Well, the Loony Right is still distinguishable domestically, but the ‘left’ is willing to align itself with the most regressive forces on earth. So long as they want to kill Jews and Americans.

  10. barriejohn says:

    John the Drunkard, et al: I’m not sure whether I posted a link to the following the other day or merely read it!

  11. Cali Ron says:

    The “left” and the “pro-islamist left” are not the same thing. “… but the ‘left’ is willing to align itself with the most regressive forces on earth. So long as they want to kill Jews and Americans.” I’m a liberal, or if you like, on the left and I have no desire to kill Americans (not suicidal) or Jews. I’m also not pro-islamist. Maybe I don’t understand what you mean by “left”.

    Is this an example of how the labels of left and right are losing significance?

  12. RussellW says:

    Cali Ron,

    Agreed, if the so-called ‘left’ had been defending liberal democracy against Islamisation the right wouldn’t have taken its place. Instead of progressive policies, the contemporary ‘left’ is obsessed with anti-racist witch hunts and cultural relativism.

  13. Maggie says:

    Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the “cultural identity” of the Middle East just this year for ‘atheist’ Europe.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Cali Ron: Here in the Europe a liberal like yourself would be considered “centre” or “left of centre”. I think that maybe you are not fully aware of the ideological nonsense that dyed-in-the-wool left wingers come out with, as you don’t get so much of it in the USA. We in Britain certainly wouldn’t consider Democrats “communists”! Peter Tatchell is a gay rights activist and left-wing politician in the UK, and he has this to say on the subject:

    We are witnessing a real crisis on the left. There is so much moral equivocation, compromise and uncertainty about what used to be very clear left values. We used to say: we stand in solidarity with the oppressed; it doesn’t matter what race they are, or the race of the perpetrator. All oppression must be resisted.

    Now moral and cultural relativism is gaining ground on the left. We are told every community is different – with different values, different histories and therefore different ways of dealing with issues. It is true you can’t impose a blue print. But there are universal socialist values. When people in developing countries are fighting abuses like female genital mutilation, it is clear where we should stand. We wouldn’t tolerate such barbarism here, so we shouldn’t tolerate it there. Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism have long campaigned against honour killings, domestic violence and genital mutilation in the UK. Quite right too. So why shouldn’t we show solidarity with women in other countries who are resisting the patriarchal practices of excising young girls clitorises and sewing up their vaginas?

    When human rights violations are perpetrated by people who happen to be non-white, much of the left runs a mile. They are fearful of being accused of racism and neo-colonialism. Does that help oppressed people? Of course not! Their oppressors rejoice. (President) Mugabe must be thrilled that the international left has not campaigned to isolate him. He can point the finger and say, it is only the western colonialists who oppose them.

    More here:

  15. Angela_K says:

    Barriejohn, thanks for posting that quotation of Peter Tatchell’s, he sums up very well the problem the Left have but can’t themselves see.

  16. AgentCormac says:

    I agree with Angela_K, that’s a really clear and insightful way of expressing the torturous, muddled, self-defeating thinking that has tied the left up in knots for years. By fearing to be seen to be offending anyone they become at best paralysed, and at worst apologists for the some of the world’s most odious individuals and regimes.

  17. Cali Ron says:

    Thanks barriejohn! Very informative. I suspected my understanding was inaccurate, but didn’t know exactly how. American media and most American’s are in general pathetic at paying attention to the rest of the world, because you know, it revolves around us (irony intended).

    In the USA it’s more the hard core right wing that tends to obsess over ideological nonsense, even when it contradicts logic and flies in the face of reason. The right wing has pulled the far right conspiracy theorists (Obama is a muslim/not born in America, etc.), gun nuts, and anti-government extremists into the party to shore up their shrinking numbers, but it has propelled the party so far right their politicians are afraid to endorse LBGT rights, access to health care or any kind of social safety net for rear of being branded a “leftist”. Sort of the polar opposite of what the left does in Europe.

    Sadly, the left has drifted to the right so much that Hilary Clinton is considered left when she is in fact a moderate at best or even “right of center”. That leaves liberals like myself appearing to be more extreme left than we really are. The term liberal has been so denigrated by the conservatively dominated media that most now call themselves “progressives”, but a rose by any other name is still a rose.

    Sorry if I sent this thread down the political rabbit hole, maybe off topic for this site, but I appreciate the input.