Barring religious organizations from receiving federal funds or contracting in any way with federal agencies.
That’ll shut down the refugee-resettlement rackets. Why are outfits like Catholic Charities and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society getting tens of millions of dollars from the feds? How does this square with separation of church and state? It doesn’t. Shut off the spigot.
I am occasionally asked for news of my former sparring partner, Amadeu Altafaj Tardio, the European Commission official who is perhaps better known to some viewers of Newsnight as “the idiot in Brussels”.
Isaac Charia says in a letter to Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane's Justice and Development Party (PJD) that he wants to know if Jews are welcome to join, adding that he hopes his request will not be seen as "a cynical act".
"...the National Authority for Resistance & Anti-Zionism has collected evidences incriminating Israel in the political assassination case."
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The defendant, Ubale Sa'idu Dotsa, testified... that the Devil instigated him to have sex with the girl.
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — An Islamic court in northern Nigeria has sentenced a man to be stoned to death for raping a 13-year-old girl and infecting her with HIV.
Such sentences under strict Sharia laws have been passed before but never carried out in Nigeria. Past sentences have been commuted to life in prison.
The defendant, Ubale Sa'idu Dotsa, testified Wednesday that the Devil instigated him to have sex with the girl. The 63-year-old said he did not know he was infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
OTTAWA - An 18-year-old woman had to be carted away from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's official residence Saturday night for a suspected case of alcohol poisoning.
The RCMP, who are responsible for protecting the PM and his family, said paramedics from Ottawa's Emergency Services were called to 24 Sussex Dr. and took away in an ambulance what was believed to be an unconscious or semi-conscious woman.
While Ottawa's emergency services confirmed some of those details to some news organizations Wednesday morning, by mid-afternoon a gag order had clearly been put in effect and the ambulance operator would no longer even confirm the incident occurred.
OTTAWA - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau walked off with a skateboard under his arm Wednesday when asked about an international study that contradicts his claims Canada's middle class has faltered under the Harper Conservatives.
A movie highlighting radical Islam's war on women is being censored on university campuses -- right here in North America.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio wants to ban new wood-burning fireplaces and diesel engines on food trucks as part of a clean air initiative
Bill de Blasio has issued a plan to ban the installation of any new wood-burning fireplaces throughout New York in an effort to clear up air pollution.
The Mayor launched a new clean air initiative on Tuesday to coincide with Earth Day, and has a few different targets that he hopes will limit dangerous pollutants.
In addition to blocking the construction of future wood-burning fireplaces, the new Mayor is calling for changes in the refrigeration and emissions controls for certain types of food trucks and commercial char broilers...
IRS awards $2.8m bonuses to 2,800 employees who've been disciplined for workplace misconduct including those who owed back taxes
Average Americans who don't follow the rules at work are liable to get fired. Internal Revenue Service employees who engage in workplace misconduct get rewarded with bonuses.
The IRS has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said on Tuesday.
More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, says a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012...
Local elections are to be held in the German town of Neuss the next 25th of May.
The election contest is in full swing, and the nearest the voting day, the more desperate and debunking the ways of luring voters are – specially in the case of Muslims, of course.
This is outright evident when the candidate is of Turkish origin and himself a Muslim, like Yasar Calik (pictured with the crescent added to the CDU Party logo)...
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Spain violated an international rights treaty by trying to expel in 2012 a group of Sahrawi* refugees who were seeking asylum after they illegally landed in the Canary Islands.
In a decision made public Tuesday, the justices in Strasbourg said that the Spanish High Court, along with the Interior Ministry, violated the European Human Rights Convention by refusing to study asylum requests filed by 30 Sahrawis, who claimed they were being persecuted by Moroccan authorities.
“The judges have handed down this ruling given the nonexistence within our legislation of an automatic process that stops the return of this kind of complainant until a decision on their case is definitive," said Paloma Favieres, a lawyer for the Spanish Commission for Refugee Assistance (Crear), which filed the complaint with the European court against the Spanish government...
As with most Saharan peoples living in the Great African Desert, the Sahrawi culture is mixed. It shows mainly Berber-Tuareg characteristics, like the privileged position of women—identical to the neighboring Berber-speaking Tuaregs—and some additional Bedouin Arab and black African characteristics. Sahrawis are composed of many tribes and are largely speakers of the Hassaniya dialect of Arabic, and some of them still speak Berber in both of Morocco's disputed and non-disputed territories. They are all Sunni Muslims.
Prosecution witnesses in the jailbreak trial of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday accused members of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah of attacking Egyptian prisons during the 2011 uprising.
The trial, one of three against Morsi, is part of a government crackdown that has targeted him and his Muslim Brotherhood movement since his ouster by the army in July.
In the jailbreak case, Morsi and 130 other defendants including Palestinian and Lebanese militants are charged with organizing attempts to spring prisoners from jails and attacking police stations during the uprising that ousted longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.
The prosecution presented three witnesses in Wednesday’s hearing, two of whom described how jails were attacked during the uprising, before the trial was postponed until April 30...
There's a sucker born every minute, and today's is Rabbi Marc Schneier:
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust the “single greatest tragedy in modern-day history” during a meeting with a visiting American rabbi in Ramallah on Sunday.Continue reading at Elder’s blog for details on how this man was taken in by Abbas.
According to Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a Jewish-Muslim interfaith group, Abbas agreed to make a public declaration on behalf of Holocaust-remembrance efforts around the world, as well as to speak out against attempts to ban circumcision and ritual slaughter in several European countries.
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Past the towering tridents that survived the World Trade Center collapse, adjacent to a gallery with photographs of the 19 hijackers, a brief film at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum will seek to explain to visitors the historical roots of the attacks.
The film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad. The NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who narrates the film, speaks over images of terrorist training camps and Qaeda attacks spanning decades. Interspersed with his voice are explanations of the ideology of the terrorists, rendered in foreign-accented English translations.
The documentary is not even seven minutes long, the exhibit just a small part of the museum. But it has suddenly become over the last few weeks a flash point in what has long been one of the most highly charged issues at the museum: how it should talk about Islam and Muslims.
With the museum opening on May 21, it has shown the film to several groups, including an interfaith advisory group of clergy members. Those on the panel overwhelmingly took strong exception to the film and requested changes. But the museum has declined. In March, the sole imam in the group resigned to make clear that he could not endorse its contents.
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VICTORIA, British Columbia – The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in B.C. facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power facility in the United States, providing electricity for residents of Oregon.
The province’s Health Ministry said in an email to the B.C. Catholic that “biomedical waste” shipped to the U.S. to be incinerated includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue.”
“The ministry understands that some is transferred to Oregon. There it is incinerated in a waste-to-energy plant,” the email stated...
h/t Osumashi Kinyobe
Refugees from Berlin and other European cities plan to march to Brussels to protest against restrictions on [the movement of] asylum seekers in Europe.
The spokesman for the refugee camps by the Berlin Oranienplatz announced on Wednesday that the “March for Freedom” from Strasbourg to Brussels will be on May 19.
There, from June 20-26, the participants want to make EU institutions aware of their situations.
The EU’s system, according to which refugees have to live in the first “safe country” in which they arrive in Europe, was built on a lie, said the 29-year-old Asif from Pakistan at the Brandenburg Gate [in Berlin].
Asylum seekers cannot feel their lives are safe in either Italy or Hungary, [they say].
The march will pass through the border region of Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. The protesters want to cover 500 km and pass through, among other places, Sarreguemines, Saarbrücken, Schengen, Luxembourg and Charleroi.
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What a wreck. Only one word: deport. To hell with the EU. See here, here and here for more background on the Oranienplatz squatters in Berlin.
(Reuters) - The Canadian unit of McDonald's Corp has suspended all of its applications under the country's temporary foreign worker program as its undergoes a third party audit on its use, the restaurant chain said on Wednesday.
The move comes after the fast-food giant was criticized in media reports in recent weeks about its use of the Canadian government plan, which allows companies to bring in foreign workers for hard-to-fill jobs.
The restaurant chain said the freeze will not impact the temporary foreign workers it employs who already have work permits.
Two Saudi women were arrested while trying to smuggle six children, including four of their own, across the southern border to join al-Qaeda in Yemen, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Wednesday.
Two Yemeni smugglers who accompanied the women and children were also arrested, as the group attempted to cross into Yemen from Jazan, in the southwest corner of Saudi Arabia.
The two women had reportedly collected sums of money, as well as quantities of gold and silver in the central region of al-Qassim, before taking the six children.
Al-Watan newspaper, quoting sources, reported Wednesday that the six children were all related...
A French foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday night that Gilberto Rodrigues Leal was feared dead after the claim from al Qaeda-linked fighters in Mali.
The MUJAO, a French acryonym which in English means “Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa,” group told the French AFP news agency earlier on Tuesday that "he is dead, because France is our enemy."
Gilberto Rodrigues Leal was kidnapped in November 2012 while travelling in Mali and Mauritania. The MUJAO spokesman, Yoro Abdoul Salam, spoke to AFP by phone. When asked for more information like a time or place of death, or evidence such as a photo, AFP reported that Salam said “in the name of Allah, he is dead,” before hanging up.
The government in Paris responded cautiously, but admitted to fearing the worst...
For the past nine years, a radio show has been broadcast out of Tampa Bay, Florida every Friday representing the viewpoints of radical Islamists. The subjects on the show, ironically called ‘True Talk,’ almost always revolve around two subjects: extreme hatred of Israel and/or support for those associated with terrorism.
During the month of March, different anti-Israel and terror-related content made its way over the airwaves with the blessing of one of the show’s co-hosts, Ahmed Bedier...
Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed on Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines.
Riot policemen blocked the flag-waving activists near the heavily fortified embassy compound but the protesters slipped past them, sparking a brief scuffle in view of motorists stuck in traffic.
The police sprayed water on the protesters from a fire truck to push them away. A police officer was punched in the face in the melee but no arrests were made. Some of the protesters carried paper U.S. flags with the message - “Obama, not welcome.”
Mr. Obama arrives in Manila on Monday for an overnight stop after visiting Japan, South Korea and Malaysia on an Asian trip in which he is expected to reassure allied nations enmeshed in long-running territorial disputes with an increasingly assertive China...
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Pack of leftist idiots. Let them face China alone.
PESHAWAR: With a staggering increase of 800% in the number of polio cases, Pakistan reported its 50th polio case of the current year here Tuesday. It again exposed the poor performance of the highly-paid officials of the polio programme and the provincial polio monitoring and coordination cell set up to eradicate the polio virus.
According to the international website of polio eradication, Pakistan had reported six polio cases only during the corresponding period last year whereas this year the number has hit fifty...
A blinkered view of race in America won out in the Supreme Court on Tuesday when six justices agreed, for various reasons, to allow Michigan voters to ban race-conscious admissions policies in higher education.
In 2003, the court upheld such a policy at the University of Michigan Law School because it furthered a compelling governmental interest in educational diversity. Opponents of affirmative action moved to amend the State Constitution to ban any consideration of race or sex in public education and employment. In 2006, voters passed the amendment by a wide margin.
Affirmative action supporters sued to strike down the amendment, arguing that by changing the rules of the game in a way that uniquely burdened racial minorities, the amendment violated the equal protection clause. A closely divided federal appeals court agreed.
In Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the Supreme Court reversed that ruling and allowed the amendment to stand. Among other things, the justices disagreed about whose rights were at issue: the minorities who would be affected by the ban or the majority of the state’s voters who passed it.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for a three-member plurality, sided with the voters, who he said had undertaken “a basic exercise of their democratic power” in approving the amendment. He cautioned that the ruling took no position on the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions policies themselves. “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it.”
Not so, Justice Sonia Sotomayor responded, in a stinging 58-page dissent. “Our Constitution places limits on what a majority of the people may do,” she wrote, such as when they pass laws that oppress minorities.
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It could be that everyone who visits that one pier in Florida is really dumb, but basically America as a whole is okay. Think positive.
h/t Chicks on the Right
They were strafed by machine gun fire, showered with bombs and clambered over barbed wire as they stormed the beaches at Normandy in 1944.
However, 70 years on, D-Day veterans face their most dogged foe to date: French bureaucracy.
Nine hundred members of the British Normandy Veterans' Association plan to be among thousands returning to the former battleground for the June commemoration of the Normandy landings.
In a surprise countermove, however, pen-pushing French authorities will bar anyone without an official pass from entering the Cotentin Peninsula.
Bureaucrats will man the barricades and erect an “anti-congestion cordon” around Calvados, Manche and Orne to control traffic and meet security requirements.
The veterans – many of whom are in their 90s – were asked to fill in a two-page form at the last minute asking for personal details, rank, regiment, unit, "role" during D-Day, medals awarded, events they plan to attend, travel plans, home address, email address, place of birth, age, contact numbers, "maiden name if applicable" and whether they want to speak to the media.
Former British servicemen had until April 19 to complete the forms after an urgent memo was issued to the national Normandy Veterans' Association on March 19.
It will be the last big anniversary gathering to be officially marked by the Association, which is to disband in November...
In Britain elementary schools are under investigation for promoting Sharia law, In Ontario Wynne approves it
TDSB Beware - Schools at heart of Muslim 'Trojan Horse' plot named as investigation launched over segregation and extremist preacher claims
The names of the schools at the heart of an alleged Islamist plot to take over state institutions have been revealed.
The 18 schools, which have been inspected by Ofsted over the so-called 'Trojan Horse' plot, were named in a list released by Birmingham City Council today.
In Britain schools are investigation for promoting Sharia law, In Ontario Wynne approves the TDSB's Mosqueteria and gender segregation
Obama makes friends wherever he goes...
A bill making its way through the Florida legislature requiring local school districts to review textbooks used in classrooms is now the target of the the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, known as CAIR.
The group contends that the bill, SB 864: Instructional Materials for K-12 Public Education, introduced by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, would create an unfunded mandate posing an unnecessary burden on local school districts, according to its statement released Monday.
However, what is really at stake for the group is its claim that the bill was prompted by anti-Muslim bigotry. Hayes sponsored the bill in response to a history book that residents of Brevard County claimed in July emphasized Islam’s influence on the world while minimizing Christianity and Judaism.
“World History,” published by Prentice-Hall, “has a 36-page chapter on Islam but no chapters on Christianity or Judaism,” Florida Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne said. “It’s remarkably one-sided.”
The dispute eventually spilled over into Volusia County, where critics said the text “whitewashes” the history of Islam.
What began as an effort by the New York Police Department to get people to share favorable photos of city police officers on Twitterhas turned into an international social media campaign about police abuse.
As my colleague J. David Goodman reports, the Police Department’s Twitter hashtag #mynypd was quickly hijacked after @NYPDNews made its initial callout.
Who, actually, are the Dutch Moroccans about whom Dutch MP Geert Wilders recently stated: “The fewer, the better”?
During the 1960's, the Netherlands chose to attract migrant workers to perform low-skilled manual labor. This group included Turks, Spaniards, Portuguese and Moroccans. It was never the original intent of the Dutch government permanently to settle these workers; they were expected to return to their home countries after a few years.
In most instances, they did not. Family reunification laws -- derived from the European Treaty of Human Rights article 8: Right to family life -- provided that migrant workers had the right to bring their families to the Netherlands and settle in a permanent manner...
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Do “human rights” benefit anyone but immigrants and criminals?
A North Carolina deputy confiscated two separate cell phones recording her in the midst of confronting a retired Marine combat instructor. A video provided to Photography Is Not a Crime shows the deputy losing her cool and snatching the phones, but the video directly contradicts her claim that she arrested Carlos Jaramillo for acting aggressive.
RT TV: Russia says would retaliate if citizens’ interests threatened; Ukraine’s leaders say have US backing to take on ‘aggressors’
(Reuters) - Russia would retaliate if its citizens' interests were threatened and its territory came under attack, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying, adding the United States was behind events in Ukraine.
"If we are attacked, we would certainly respond," he told Russia Today (RT) television in an interview to be aired later on Wednesday, according to RT's website.
"If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law," he said, referring to a separatist territory in Georgia into which Moscow sent troops in August 2008.
"There is no reason not to believe that the Americans are running the show," RT quoted him as saying, referring to developments in Kiev.
See also, Ukraine's leaders say have U.S. backing to take on “aggressors”: KIEV, April 23 (Reuters) - Ukraine's government relaunched a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups after an Easter pause on Wednesday and said it had the backing of the United States.
Prompted in part by the discovery of the body of a Ukrainian politician who appeared to have been tortured, officials in Kiev decided to renew what they call an "anti-terrorist operation" against separatist militias who have seized control of about a dozen public buildings in eastern Ukraine.
But it was unclear what steps, in reality, Kiev could take to restore its authority in the mainly Russian-speaking east, without wrecking an international deal, signed last week in Geneva, designed to defuse the stand-off...
Man really regrets that tattoo now: Accused murderer wants ‘murder’ neck tattoo removed before his trial
A man with the word ‘MURDER’ prominently tattooed on his neck has been accused of killing a man - and now he wants the inking removed before his trial.
Jeffrey Wade Chapman's lawyers have filed a motion in Barton County District Court asking that his body art not be seen or mentioned during his trial, which begins next week.
They're worried the tattoo, a mirror image of the word ‘murder’ in capital letters, will prejudice the jury.
Chapman is charged with first degree murder in the November 2011 shooting death of Damon Galyardt, whose body was found by hunters in a Kansas field...
(Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered his condolences on Wednesday to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War One by Ottoman soldiers.
In a statement issued on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the deeply contested deaths, Erdogan described the events of 1915 as “inhumane,” using more conciliatory language than has often been the case for Turkish leaders.
A Turkish government official said it was the first time a Turkish prime minister had offered such explicit condolences.
See also here.
Reaction in Turkey: Nationalist party slams, main opposition welcomes Turkish PM Erdoğan’s 1915 message.
(Reuters) - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to implement a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference.
The move envisions forming a unity government within five weeks and holding national elections six months after a vote of confidence by the Palestinian parliament.
Palestinians have long hoped for a healing of the political rift between the PLO and militant Hamas, which won a Palestinian election in 2006 and seized control of the Gaza Strip from forces loyal to Western-backed Abbas in 2007.
But Arab-brokered unity pacts reached between the two sides have yet to be implemented, leaving many Palestinians skeptical about their leaders' reconciliation pledges...
The Islamization of the West is charging full speed ahead with over 1500 mosques in England alone. While politicians talk about curbing immigration and groups like the EDL protest, most people feel powerless as they see the former glory of their nation slip away in the sea of political correctness, multiculturalism and out-of-control Muslim immigration.
Attorney Gavin Boby, however, is doing something about it.
SYRIZA confirmed on Tuesday, following some two weeks of deliberations, that Thrace-based Roma activist Sabiha Suleiman will not stand as a candidate with the leftist party in the May 25 European Parliament elections.
SYRIZA has opted for Oumit Mestan Osman, a member of the region’s Muslim minority, instead.
SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis described Osman as a “more suitable” candidate and acknowledged that SYRIZA had not done enough research before nominating Suleiman, only for the party’s prefectural committee in Xanthi to veto her candidacy.
Suleiman is unpopular with some of the Muslim minority because she has attempted to separate the Roma Muslims from the rest.
“It seems they wanted a candidate of Turkish conscience,” Suleiman told Skai Radio in reference to the tendency for some members of the Muslim minority to call themselves “Turkish.”
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According to the CIA World Factbook, Greece is 1.3% Muslim.
The Government’s flagship border security system cannot be used to measure immigration levels because border guards are banned from asking passengers how long they intend to stay in Britain, ministers have admitted.
The Home Office has revealed that its beleaguered eBorders project, which is expected to cost the taxpayer £1.2 billion, will provide “insufficient” data on migrant levels.
It also highlighted how European Union rules prohibit immigration officers from asking EU residents about their travel plans - making it impossible to build a full picture of net migration.
Ministers said the Government could face legal challenges if border officers ask travellers too many questions about how long they intend to stay in Britain.
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An Egyptian police brigadier general was killed Wednesday by a bomb placed under his car in Cairo, security officials said.
The killing of Ahmed Zaki in the capital’s western suburb of October 6 was the latest in a spate of attacks by militants targeting the security forces since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July.
Zaki, killed in the fifth such attack targeting police in Cairo within a week, was a commander in Egypt’s central security forces, who have been at the forefront of a wide-ranging crackdown on Morsi supporters...
An exhibit showcasing more than 200 historical pieces reflecting the history of the Hajj has opened this week in Paris.
The show, which will run for three months, aims to broaden the visitors’ knowledge about Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.
It is organized by the King Abdulaziz Public Library and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
French President Francois Hollande opened the show on Tuesday and toured the gallery that showcased 230 rare artifacts, including 53 from Saudi Arabia...
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The Louvre has decided against an Eastern Christianity department, but it looks like the Saudis are picking up the tab for this display.
Violence erupted in a Rio de Janeiro favela as angry residents set fires and showered a busy avenue in the city's main tourist area with homemade explosives and glass bottles following the death of a 25-year-old man.
Exchanges of gunfire could be heard after members of an elite police unit moved into the Pavao-Pavaozinho area yesterday, just two months before Brazil hosts the World Cup.
Residents blame police for the killing of 25-year-old Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira whose body was found earlier in the day.
He was a well-known figure in the community, as he was a dancer on a TV show for Brazil's Globo network, the nation's largest channel. The circumstances of his death are not yet clear...
(Reuters) - Australia's immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations' criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centers in Papua New Guinea.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia's policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for lengthy detention might violate its treaty obligations.
"I'm not surprised. They have always opposed our turn back policy, but I will tell you what Australia's national shame was when it comes to this issue: almost 1,200 people dead at sea," Morrison said in an interview with Sky News...
(Reuters) - Armed pirates raided a Japanese oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and abducted three crew members, Malaysian maritime police said on Wednesday, underscoring increasing threats to shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways.
The incident in the Malacca Strait, a route for about a quarter of the world's seaborne oil trade, has fuelled fears piracy could be on the rise in the area and drive up ship insurance premiums.
Six pirates in a speedboat boarded the Naninwa Maru 1 at 1.00 a.m. local time on Wednesday off the coast of west Malaysia, Maritime Police Commander Abdul Aziz Yusof told Reuters.
The pirates pumped out more than half the 5 million liters of diesel carried by the tanker into two waiting vessels and made off with three crew members, he added. Domestic media said the abducted men were Indonesians...
Update: Marine police Deputy Commander Abdul Rahim Abdullah said the tanker was sailing to Myanmar from Singapore when it was boarded by up to 10 pirates armed with pistols and machetes early Tuesday off the port of Klang.
Mr. Abdul Rahim said two other tankers appeared and an estimated 3 million liters of the 5 million liters of diesel on board the vessel were transferred over a span of several hours.
Mr. Abdul Rahim said the ship's captain, chief engineer and a crew member were missing, along with their passports and belongings. Authorities are probing the possibility that the three were involved in the robbery.
"We are doing a thorough investigation. We have ruled out kidnapping because no ransom demand has been made," Mr. Abdul Rahim said.
The ship is now anchored at Klang port outside Kuala Lumpur.
Initial reports said it was a Japanese tanker but Mr. Abdul Rahim said the ship had been sold to a Singapore company.
Things heat up in Asia: China seizes Japanese cargo ship as payment for an unpaid compensation debt from 1936
Shanghai impounded the 1,050ft-long ore freighter Baosteel Emotion after a court ruled Japan still owed £17 million for two Chinese ships which were commandeered by the Imperial Japanese Navy and sunk.
But the seizure on Saturday has sparked a diplomatic incident and led Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to announce: “We are demanding China take appropriate measures.”
The dispute stems from the loan of two ships from the Chinese Zhongwei Shipping Company in 1936.
They were rented for a year by a firm which later became Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, the owner of the freighter which is now in dispute...
The Financial Times notes with alarm:
The seizure of a Japanese cargo ship by a Chinese court over compensation claims relating to the second world war could potentially expose Japanese companies to hundreds of millions of dollars in liability, although the lapse of time and the deaths of elderly plaintiffs would make pursuing such cases difficult.Update: Obama says disputed islands within scope of US-Japan security treaty: U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Japan that tiny islands in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row with China are covered by a bilateral security treaty that obligates America to come to Japan's defence.
In February, a Chinese court for the first time accepted a law suit brought by 40 former forced labourers against Mitsubishi Materials Co and Nippon Coke & Engineering Co, claiming damages of around $40m. A series of related cases marks a breakthrough for activists, forced for years to seek redress in Japan as Chinese courts refused to hear their cases.
China’s new openness to lawsuits brought by private individuals against Japanese companies comes as tension simmers between the two countries. Attitudes are hardening as Tokyo and Beijing spar over disputed gas-rich waters in the East China Sea, and as China seeks to reassert its economic and political weight throughout Asia.
Obama gave the assurance in remarks published by the Yomiuri newspaper on Wednesday, hours before he was due to arrive in Tokyo for a visit aimed at reaffirming strong U.S.-Japan ties in the face of rising tensions over China and North Korea.
“The policy of the United States is clear - the Senkaku islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of ... the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security,” Obama said, referring to the disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.
“And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan's administration of these islands,” he said.
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Another “red line” for Obama?
Tony Blair will call on Britain today to back “revolution” against anti-Western interests in the Middle East and beyond to combat the growing threat of
What is the Beer Store?
The Beer Store is a small name that disguises a big multinational corporation. In reality, it’s a chain of foreign-owned beer stores that have the government monopoly in Ontario.
Known for their inconvenient hours, their don’t-give-a-damn service, and their high prices, The Beer Store is owned by foreign mega-corporations Anheuser-Busch InBev, from Belgium Molson Coors, headquartered in Colorado, and Sapporo Brewery, which is based in Japan.
Naturally, Canadian customers want more than one, expensive, unfriendly, foreign-owned place to buy beer. And hard-working small businesses in our neighbourhoods want a chance to sell beer too – like shopkeepers do in New York, Quebec and Alberta.
It’s about choice for Ontarians, and letting local businesses compete with foreign bullies.
The great Western disease of today -- there could be quite a competition for that one -- is probably denial. Denial now runs right through the Western way of looking at the world. It is just unfortunate for us that it does not run through the rest of the world in the same way.
Take three recent examples, one in America, one in Britain and one absolutely everywhere.
One year ago, two young male immigrants to America -- to whom America had given absolutely everything -- repaid the favor by planting bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Their victims included an eight year old boy. This atrocity was carried out because the young men had absorbed the grievance culture and violent radicalism of a form of Islam, a strain of thinking that has not gone wholly undocumented in recent years.
The problem with the way Toronto politics works is that in 2010, a new phenomenon emerged: Ford Nation. The more the media "attacked" Ford with legitimate news about his past and present personal behaviour, the more his supporters dug in. Polls actually showed him increasing after each negative piece of media. Although his support waned for a brief period in 2013 and early 2014 amidst revelations that he smoked crack cocaine and other embarrassing personal videos, his support has now increased again to the point that he is poised to get re-elected as Mayor.
To the average reader of this post, likely a politically savvy individual, this seems like a ridiculous possible outcome but I am not the least bit surprised. People have become cynical of the media, especially Toronto media, and the other wannabe leading campaigns (Chow, Tory) who rely almost exclusively on media contacts and connections to spread negatives about each other, are playing right in to Ford's hands. These same people and group used these tactics against Ford in 2010.
Last week, more than a hundred Nigerian students, girls between 15 and 18 years of age, were kidnapped by the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists of Boko Haram. Most of the girls are still being held. That should be a big story, don't you think?
Few major-league journalists do. The United Nations has not been moved to rhetoric, much less action. American and European feminists haven't mobilized. As I write this, the abductions are not featured on the websites of Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. "In the News" on the Congressional Black Caucus' website features instead: "Black lawmakers appeal to Pentagon over hairstyle ban."
What's the explanation for such widespread lack of interest?
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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is sending about 600 troops to Eastern Europe in response to Russia's incursion into Ukraine, Rear Adm. John Kirby announced Tuesday.
The first contingent of 150 soldiers from the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Italy, will arrive in Poland on Wednesday to conduct infantry exercises. Another 450 soldiers will be deployed to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for similar duty. The American forces will be replaced to ensure a continual presence in the region.