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April 30 2015


Democrats: Japanese PM speech at Congress ‘shocking, shameful’

“‘It is shocking and shameful that Prime Minister Abe continues to evade his government’s responsibility for the systematic atrocity that was perpetrated by the Japanese Imperial Army against the so-called “comfort women” during World War II,’ Rep. Mike Honda, a Japanese-American, said following the speech.

‘Today’s refusal to squarely face history is an insult to the spirit of the 200,000 girls and women from the Asia-Pacific who suffered during World War II,’ he added. ‘This is unacceptable.’

Abe, however, mentioned that ‘our actions brought suffering to the peoples in Asian countries. We must not avert our eyes from that.’ The remark did not satisfy many of his critics, including victims of the ordeal who are still alive today.

Yong Soo-lee, 87, was present during the speech and she was waiting for the Japanese premier to apologize.

Representative Judy Chu, a Democrat from California, accused Abe of ignoring ‘Japan’s responsibility for this particularly troubling and painful chapter.’

Several Korean-Americans revealed a banner in front of the US Capitol, reading ‘never again’ in disapproval of Japan’s treatment of what Tokyo calls ‘comfort women’ during World War II.

‘Armed conflicts have always made women suffer the most. In our age, we must realize the kind of world where finally women are free from human-rights abuses,’ Abe emphasized, obviously trying to soothe his critics in Washington.

Many victims of the sex slaves used by Japan’s soldiers at the time were from the Korean Peninsula.”

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RT News (Dec. 26 2013)

  • Japan PM defends visit to controversial shrine for war dead

  • Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead in Tokyo on Thursday. Such a move has a history of reigniting tensions with China and South Korea by reopening old wounds. Beijing has already reacted, with the Chinese Foreign Ministry urging Japan to keep its promise to reflect on its WWII aggression. Defending the move, Abe told reporters that the visit was a pledge that Japan would not go to war again, adding that it was not intended to hurt Chinese or South Koreans. "I am aware that, because of misunderstandings, some people criticize a visit to Yasukuni shrine as an act of worshipping war criminals, but I made my visit to pledge to create an era where people will never suffer from catastrophe in war," he said, as quoted by AFP.

  • Beijing summons Japanese ambassador over PM’s shrine visit

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi summoned the Japanese ambassador on Thursday to lodge “strong opposition” to the visit of Japan's prime minister to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead. “We strongly protest and seriously condemn the Japanese leader's acts,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, said earlier, after Shinzo Abe's visit to the shrine, AFP reported. It was the first visit by an incumbent Japanese prime minister since 2006 to the flashpoint Yasukuni shrine of common soldiers, which also includes several high-level officials executed for war crimes after World War II.

December 20 2013


Victims of Sharia on International Human Rights Day

Today – on United Nations Human Rights Day 2013 – the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA) launched a new program: Victims of Sharia Action Network. The program will highlight the problem of sharia-inspired human rights abuses around to [sic] world to mobilize public opinion and action on behalf of the victims of sharia.

Program Director Chris Knowles said:

“Victims of sharia have suffered in silence for long enough. The International Civil Liberties Alliance will give them a voice. The legal, political and frequently barbaric doctrines of Sharia result in human rights abuses and flagrant disregard for civil liberties in violation of international norms and national legal codes.”

ICLA now has a form on its website to enable victims of sharia, their family members, lawyers, or community activists to submit details of specific sharia-based human rights abuses. This form may be accessed at http://www.libertiesalliance.org/victims-sharia-action-network/vosan/. ...

December 19 2013


UK: Islamophobes Manufacture “Gender Segregation” Controversy

An Islamic society wants to host a university event where–gasp!–men and women are seated separately. Suddenly this minor event is major news in the UK.

People who apparently never planned to attend the event in the first place have decided they must publicly protest “gender apartheid,” an intolerable affront to their sensibilities. There is no evidence men and women who planned to attend the event complained, yet the controversy has become the subject of a national debate of such importance, Prime Minister David Cameron has weighed in on the matter. ...

December 09 2013


November 20 2013

  • Do Admitting Privileges Help Abortion Providers? (for the catholic girls, Jun. 28 2013)

    Admitting privileges laws are nice in theory, but in actuality will harm rather than help abortion clinics and women seeking abortions. ...

  • The “admitting privileges” fraud (Occasional Planet, Nov. 6 2013)

    To be an abortion provider in Texas, you have to have “admitting privileges” at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility. That restriction, which recently was first overturned by one judge and then, within days, upheld by the conservative Fifth Circuit Court, is essentially a fraud. Texas is not the only state taking this tack–see Mississippi–but it’s the most recent. ...

October 04 2013


French Muslim leaders pan ‘secularism charter’, warn of ‘stigma’ boost — RT News

Leaders of France's 6 million Muslims have been discouraged by the new ‘secularism charter’ designed to toughen rules banning religion from schools. Critics say it’s unsuitable for modern-day France, home to Europe’s largest Muslim population. ...

from comments on the report:

  • Separation between State (society) and church/mosque is absolutely necessary. Allowing religion to 'rule' makes people become suceptible for outdated, unscientific convictions of the Old Age.

    PS: muslems aren't a race, just a band of people with an archaic life-style.

  • Maybe the people who are crying about secularism shouldn't be living in a secular country. Any one of the many Islamic countries would make them very happy. So, why are they in France?

    Oh right... because all Islamic countries are dirt-poor, ignorant, intolerant toilets.

September 22 2013


September 17 2013

In the past four months, six Muslim women living in Berlin have been brutally murdered by family members. Their crime? Trying to break free and live Western lifestyles. Within their communities, the killers are revered as heroes for preserving their family dignity. How can such a horrific and shockingly archaic practice be flourishing in the heart of Europe? The deaths have sparked momentary outrage, but will they change the grim reality for Muslim women?
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August 13 2013

安倍首相の憲法改正の強調 (IRIB Japanese Radio 2013年8月13日)

August 11 2013


Richard Dawkins vs. Feminism

from A Short History of Richard Dawkins vs. The Internet (The Atlantic Wire, Aug. 8 2013):

In 2011, Rebecca Watson, who runs the blog Skepchick, posted a video after sitting on a panel with Richard Dawkins, among other people, at a skeptics' conference. Watson talks about addressing a pretty common subject for women in the skeptic and atheist community — sexism, which she spoke about at a panel discussion. In the video, she briefly, and calmly, describes an encounter with a (male) in an elevator after the panel, during which she was asked back to his hotel room "for coffee." Richard Dawkins himself decided to weigh in on her video in the comments section of a separate blog post by PZ Meyers on Watson's experience (The original post is no longer available, but the New Statesmen preserved the entire spat). Here's Dawkins: 

Dear Muslima

Stop whining, will you. Yes, yes, I know you had your genitals mutilated with a razor blade, and . . . yawn . . . don't tell me yet again, I know you aren't allowed to drive a car, and you can't leave the house without a male relative, and your husband is allowed to beat you, and you'll be stoned to death if you commit adultery. But stop whining, will you. Think of the suffering your poor American sisters have to put up with.

Only this week I heard of one, she calls herself Skep"chick", and do you know what happened to her? A man in a hotel elevator invited her back to his room for coffee. I am not exaggerating. He really did. He invited her back to his room for coffee. Of course she said no, and of course he didn't lay a finger on her, but even so . . .

And you, Muslima, think you have misogyny to complain about! For goodness sake grow up, or at least grow a thicker skin.


It's not really clear why Dawkins decided to bring Islam into a debate over sexism in the atheist community, but there you go. When asked to clarify, Dawkins issued a follow-up: 

"...She was probably offended to about the same extent as I am offended if a man gets into an elevator with me chewing gum. But he does me no physical damage and I simply grin and bear it until either I or he gets out of the elevator. It would be different if he physically attacked me.

Muslim women suffer physically from misogyny, their lives are substantially damaged by religiously inspired misogyny. Not just words, real deeds, painful, physical deeds, physical privations, legally sanctioned demeanings." 

For speaking out against sexism in the atheist community, by the way, Watson has received a deluge of rape threats.


Richard Dawkins' Anti-Muslim Tweets Spark Furor, Even Among Atheist Supporters

Richard Dawkins responded to outrage over his controversial anti-Muslim tweets by calling the incident a "storm in a teacup."

The outspoken atheist started a Twitter furor by writing on August 8:

@RichardDawkins: All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.

The statement appeared to say, "Muslims as a group haven't achieved anything worthwhile since the Middle Ages." He's said before, "I think Islam is one of the great evils of the world," as he subscribes to the "New Humanism" brand of atheism which places little to no value in religion.

Dawkins played dumb after receiving a flurry of indignant tweets which accused him of bigotry...


August 09 2013

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has asked Moscow for clarification on how Russia’s controversial ‘gay propaganda’ legislation might affect athletes and spectators at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Rogge said Friday that ‘uncertainties’ still remain, and the IOC will present its official stance after such a clarification. Rogge confirmed however that the IOC has received ‘all assurances’ from Russian Olympic supervisor Dmitry Kozak that Sochi athletes and visitors will be exempt from the law, RIA Novosti said. The law levies stiff fines for individuals or organizations who promote homosexuality to minors.
IOC’s Rogge ‘uncertain’ how ‘gay propaganda’ law may affect 2014 Olympics (RT News, Aug. 9 2013)

August 08 2013


Google Chrome security flaw allows access to users’ passwords — RT USA

“There's a[n] option to never save passwords in Firefox; but since it doesn't happen in Chrome apparently its newsworthy. Seems a bit technical for RT's but too rudimentary for an actual technology blog like Ars for example. Oh well, perhaps someone can benefit from this article.”Jerkface McGee's comment on the report

August 07 2013

Washington’s decision [to cancel a meeting with President Putin] showed that the US will readily ‘sacrifice their bilateral relations with Russia’ for the issues of their ‘internal agenda,’ said Andrey Klimov, vice chairman of the Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee. ... Rather than seeing it as ‘a tragedy,’ Klimov said he perceives the move as ‘an outcome of the situation of the domestic policy of the US.’ ... Edward Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena has also been scathing about the cancellation, saying that a human rights decision had been politicized by the Obama administration. ‘What has Putin got to do with Snowden? Putin didn't make the decision to grant asylum. This is not even political asylum, but temporary asylum,’ he told RT. ‘It appears that for the US, international policy trumps human rights, and they don't want to act within the legal boundaries, simply don't understand that Russia is not able to hand over Snowden at the current time.’
Kremlin ‘disappointed’ Obama calls off Putin talks, decision ‘Snowden-related’ (RT News, Aug. 7 2013)

August 01 2013


When people use Facebook, they may store and share information about you.

from What’s a Facebook shadow profile, and why should you care? (Digital Trends, Jul. 5 2013):

A Facebook shadow profile is a file that Facebook keeps on you containing data it pulls up from looking at the information that a user’s friends voluntarily provide. You’re not supposed to see it, or even know it exists. This collection of information can include phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and other pertinent data about a user that they don’t necessarily put on their public profile. Even if you never gave Facebook your second email address or your home phone number, they may still have it on file, since anyone who uses the “Find My Friends” feature allows Facebook to scan their contacts. So if your friend has your contact info on her phone and uses that feature, Facebook can match your name to that information and add it to your file. ... In 2011, an Irish advocacy group filed a complaint against Facebook for collecting information like email addresses, phone numbers, work details, and other data to create shadow profiles for people who don’t use the service. Since it actually takes moral fortitude to resist the social pull of Facebook, this is a slap in the face for people who make a point to stay off the network: The group claimed that Facebook still has profiles for non-Facebookers anyway.

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