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March 06 2014

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February 28 2014

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January 25 2014

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ダボス会議に出席した安倍首相が、各国記者との質疑応答で、日本と中国の戦争の可能性についてあり得ないと言わず、現在の両国関係を第一次世界大戦前の英国とドイツと似た状況であると説明。英フィナンシャル・タイムズ外交部主任記者ラックマン氏報告
— from @gloomynews

December 10 2013

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One of the most controversial provisions in the talks includes new corporate empowerment language insisted upon by the U.S. government, which would allow foreign companies to challenge laws or regulations in a privately run international court. Under World Trade Organization treaties, this political power to contest government law is reserved for sovereign nations. The U.S. has endorsed some corporate political powers in prior trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the scope of what laws can be challenged appears to be much broader in TPP negotiations.

‘The United States, as in previous rounds, has shown no flexibility on its proposal, being one of the most significant barriers to closing the chapter, since under the concept of Investment Agreement nearly all significant contracts that can be made between a state and a foreign investor are included,’ the memo reads. ‘Only the U.S. and Japan support the proposal.’

Under NAFTA, companies including Exxon Mobil, Dow Chemical and Eli Lilly have attempted to overrule Canadian regulations on offshore oil drilling, fracking, pesticides, drug patents and other issues. Companies could challenge an even broader array of rules under the TPP language.
Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal (The Huffington Post, Dec. 8 2013)

December 06 2013

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Japan's parliament has approved a state secrets law that imposes penalties of up to 10 years in jail for leaks by government officials, AP reported. Penalties would also apply to journalists who seek such information, who could be jailed for up to five years. The full upper house approved the bill Friday by 130 to 82, after the more powerful lower house had approved the bill last week. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe insists the law is needed to protect national security.
Japan MPs approve controversial secrets law (RT News, Dec. 6 2013)

December 05 2013

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According to the bill, journalists who obtain sensitive data in a ‘wrongful manner’ can be sentenced to up to five years in prison. The minim penalty for who obtain secret information ‘inappropriately’ is three years in prison. Hiroyasu Maki, one of Japan's top lawyers, told Associated Press that the definition of secret information is so broad and vague that ‘it can easily include radiation data’. It can be speculated that one of the reasons behind the adoption of the new secrecy bill is the government's desire to reduce the availability of information regarding the aftermath of Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Human rights groups express concerns over Japan secrecy bill (The Voice of Russia, Dec. 3 2013)
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Yuriko Hara, secretary general of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism, said the bill highlighted double standards. Hara said the bill labelled violations as ‘acts of terrorism,’ while Japanese police protected recent hate speech against ethnic Koreans by some groups in Japan ‘because of freedom of expression.’ Such double standards showed Tokyo ‘wants to silence those who express disagreement with the government,’ Hara said.
Human rights groups express concerns over Japan secrecy bill (The Voice of Russia, Dec. 3 2013)

November 24 2013

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“ありえない! 内閣官房審議官の鈴木良之が「秘密保護法案の解釈上、新聞・出版等の関係者以外の者が、何万人も来場者があるブログにて時事評論をすることは処罰対象となる」と明言した。”

According to a tweet by @MATSUDA_MIYUKI, a government official clearly stated that publishing comments on political issues, in non-journalist’s blog that has thousands of visitors, could be punishable by applying the state secrets law. She says “unbelievable!”

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September 02 2013

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“President Obama is correct: The international community should condemn and punish those nations and leaders who condone the use of chemical weapons.

Let’s start with the United States and Israel.”

— Vince Emmanuelle, writer and Board of Directors at Iraq Veterans Against the War (via The ginger with a soul - helping the helpless)

Astonishing remark.

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August 19 2013

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私への問「アメリカには厳しいのに、何で中国にはそんなに甘いのですか?」、私の答え「今日世界を動かしているのは唯一の超大国と自認する米国。中国が国際社会を動かす力はない。とすれば動かしている力が妥当かどうかということで、妥当ではない米国に私の批判が集中するのた当然の成り行き。」
— 孫崎 享 (via Twitter)

July 05 2013

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Edward Snowden's digital 'misuse' has created problems, says Ban Ki-moon | World news | guardian.co.uk

Speaking to a gathering of the foreign affairs committee of the Icelandic parliament in Reykjavik on Tuesday, Ban said that in his personal opinion "the Snowden case is something I consider to be misuse." The UN chief added that the opening up of digital communications should not be "misused in such a way as Snowden did".

Ban's remarks, recorded in notes taken by two people present at the meeting and confirmed by a third, provoked expressions of surprise from committee members. His depiction of Snowden as someone who had misused access to information came just hours after the NSA whistleblower made a formal request for asylum to the Icelandic government.

In interviews with the Guardian, Snowden identified Iceland as one of his top choices as a possible safe haven.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the committee who was present at the meeting, asked Ban to clarify his comments on whistleblowers. He replied: "Access can be for the greater good, but sometimes it creates bigger problems through misuse by individuals."

Jónsdóttir, who participated with WikiLeaks in 2010 at the time it published US state secrets leaked by the intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, said she was alarmed by Ban's intervention in the Snowden controversy. "I see it as wrong for the secretary general of the United Nations to condemn Snowden personally in front of our foreign affairs committee. He seemed entirely unconcerned about the invasion of privacy by governments around the world, and only concerned about how whistleblowers are misusing the system."

  • “@UN SG remarks regarding Snowden. We urgently need a new leadership to reboot UN System.” — @avilarenata

June 06 2013

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Praying for justice: Femen protesters' topless demonstration in front of Tunisian Embassy in France.

March 06 2013

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HRW: “incredible statement” on Assange

  • @KenRoth: US should stop Assange prosecution threats if, as Manning says, he only accepted leaked documents like a journalist.

  • @wikileaks: Incredible statement there by US based Human Rights Watch @KenRoth encouraging US to attack Assange if he was not a passive recipient

February 21 2013

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Simply Believe

“In the world, you don't believe anything until you see it... [but] In God's kingdom, you have to believe it first, and then you see it.” — if this kind of teaching were given in some non-biblical context, it would be called brainwashing. I don't think the author has enough awareness about absurdity of what he says.

December 22 2012

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Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the NRA, criticised politicians who had ‘exploited’ the tragedy in Newtown for ‘political gain’ and took aim at laws designating schools as gun-free zones. ‘They tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk,’ he said. Mr LaPierre called for a national database of the mentally ill and blamed violent video games and films for portraying murder as a ‘way of life’. He spoke out against the media for demonising lawful gun owners, and for suggesting a ban on certain types of weapon would be effective. ‘The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,’ Mr LaPierre told reporters.
Newtown shooting: Gun lobby defiant as US remembers (BBC News, Dec. 21 2012)

November 24 2012

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Morsi's New Powers Bring Protests in Egypt

On Wednesday, Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi earned international praise for helping negotiate a cease-fire in Gaza.

But he faces unrest at home after giving himself wide new powers the next day. Protesters have attacked Muslim Brotherhood offices in several cities. Police fired tear gas at crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

November 23 2012

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Egypt: 22 November declaration

from Egypt fury over Mohammed Mursi 'coup against legitimacy' (BBC News, Nov. 23 2012):

  • All investigations into the killing of protesters or the use of violence against them will be re-conducted; trials of those accused will be re-held

  • All constitutional declarations, laws and decrees made since Mr Mursi assumed power cannot be appealed or cancelled by any individual, or political or governmental body

  • The public prosecutor will be appointed by the president for a fixed term of four years, and must be aged at least 40

  • The constituent assembly's timeline for drafting the new constitution has been extended by two months

  • No judicial authority can dissolve the constituent assembly or the the upper house of parliament (Shura Council)

  • The president is authorised to take any measures he sees fit in order to preserve the revolution, to preserve national unity or to safeguard national security

  • “Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt's new pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that c[ou]ld have dire consequences” — @ElBaradei

  • “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely!” — @Ghonim

November 09 2012

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Suppose a man is caught in a town having intercourse with a girl who is engaged to someone else. You are to take them outside the town and stone them to death. The girl is to die because she did not cry out for help, although she was in a town, where she could have been heard. And the man is to die because he had intercourse with a girl who was engaged. In this way you will get rid of this evil.
— Deuteronomy 22:23-24

November 01 2012

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“God has given them over to shameful passions... men give up natural sexual relations with women and burn with passion for each other. Men do shameful things with each other, and as a result they bring upon themselves the punishment they deserve for their wrongdoing.” — Rom 1:26-27

  • “No man is to have sexual relations with another man; God hates that.” — Lev 18:22

  • “If a man has sexual relations with another man, they have done a disgusting thing, and both shall be put to death. They are responsible for their own death.” — Lev 20:13

September 26 2012

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