fans of cloud atlas and anti-Asian hollywood make a yellowface product
Before I say anything else, let me note that this post was inspired by the image accompanying Matthew Sallesses’ excellent piece for The Good Men Project: Halloween Is for White People. I saw the photo on that post, said whaaaaaaaaaat, and immediately scoured the web to find that image.
This is Yellow Make-Up Cream, manufactured by Widmann srl. Yellowface in a tube! Pretty awesome right?
No, I shouldn’t be surprised that this product exists. There are all sorts of bullshit racist, culturally insensitive costumes out there — hell, why not make it easier for people to go full yellowface. Literally.
I suppose there are plenty of ways to apply yellow makeup. But the illustration on the packaging makes it pretty clear what “look” you should be going for. Need some more inspiration? Check it out:
A class-action lawsuit against the Canadian government on behalf of tens of thousands of indigenous children who were seized and moved to white families in an adoption wave known as the “Sixties Scoop” can now proceed after being approved by an Ontario judge.
The decision was handed down after several previous lawsuits in Canada failed, and as attention in the U.S. focused on the Baby Veronica custody case.
Poignant feelings of distance and resentment are often felt by young East Asian “transnational” students whose parents leave them in Canada to obtain an education.
A number of scholarly studies have explored the way affluent East Asian parents send their offspring to schools in cities such as Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary, buying them houses to live in and sometimes a car.
But the parents often soon return to East Asia to further their businesses and careers in the globe’s high-flying economies. They leave their teenage and young adult children mostly on their own in a strange land.
Recent geographical studies have captured the inner lives of the hundreds of thousands of “split” families who live, study, work and constantly migrate between North America and places such as Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore and Taiwan.
Columnist, The Toronto SUN
In 2010, many liberal and secular Muslims in the U.S. and Canada joined hands to fight the so-called Ground-Zero Mosque in New York City, which we felt was equivalent to showing a middle finger to the victims of those who died on 9/11.
Of course, we were opposed by the might of America’s powerful mosque establishment and their Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. If the Islamists were not enough, we also faced opposition from such teary-eyed, bleeding-heart White liberals as New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and much of the media.
We understood that these well-meaning people were acting in good faith, but also recognized that unfortunately these liberals were blind to the Islamist agenda in North America. In the end, better sense prevailed and the Ground-Zero Mosque never happened.
A similar battle has now broken out in Toronto, Canada. A two-storeyed mural in graffiti art displaying a jihadi battle prayer today adorns the entrance of a Toronto area mosque, talking of “imminent victory” of Muslims, one that is guaranteed by Allah.
What is worse, the mural was paid for by the City of Toronto. In essence the taxpayers of Toronto, most of them non-Muslim, paid for a mural that prays for their defeat at the hands of Muslims!
To understand the jihadi significance of the words on this mural, its best to go to places where jihadi terrorists are fighting Islamic wars — Syria and Pakistan.
On October 10, in the capital city of Daraa province in southern Syria, the jihadi terrorists from the al-Qaida-affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra defeated the Syrian army and captured the town.
As masked bearded men flashing AK-47s chanted “Allah O Akbar” behind him, Abu Abd al-Malik the local commander of the jihadi group boasted to cameras that it was Allah himself that had in the Quran guaranteed al-Qaeda’s victory, as he recited the same verse that is inscribed on Toronto’s jihadi mural.
Reciting verse 13 from the Quranic chapter titled “The Battle Array,” Nasrum Min’Allah Fathun Qareeb [Help from Allah and an imminent victory], al-Malik said, Allah has guaranteed success to Muslims in their fight against the infidel.
And if the words of an al-Qaeda commander invoking the same verse the City of Toronto commissioned at the entrance of a Toronto-area mosque were not sufficient evidence that these words are associated with military victory of Muslims over non-Muslims, a senior leader of the Taliban uttered them in Pakistan.
Adnan Rasheed is better known as the Taliban commander who sent Malala Yusufzai a letter explaining to her why she deserved to be shot dead. This former Pakistan Air force officer was convicted for an attempted assassination of former president Musharraf of Pakistan, but was rescued from prison in a daring raid by the Taliban.
Addressing fellow jihadi terrorists imprisoned around the world, Adnan Rasheed had this to say: “So you should not grieve over the fact that you are spending the blossoming part of your life in detention. Rather you should be happy. Because even your sleeping is worship. Your living in jail is worship. Finally I want to say this that the “Help of Allah is on its way. The help from Allah is near. Our victory is near. Nasrum Min’Allah wa Fathun Qareeb, [the exact words painted on the mural].”
The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) launched a petition, asking the Mayor and Toronto City officials to take down the jihadi battle prayer that they said was masquerading as “graffiti art.”
The MCC petition was rejected by city staff without giving the petitioner Salim Ahmad any chance to argue his objection to the city funding a jihadi mural on a street.
Supporters of the jihadi mural, both working as Toronto City managerial staff and one Anver Emon, a Sharia-supporting Islamic academic at the University of Toronto, quickly declared that what was demonstrably a jihadi battle prayer for the last 1,400 years of Islamic wars, was in fact an innocent prayer that is used by ordinary Muslims when facing difficulty in life.
To suggest that a chapter that has the title “The Battle Array” is not about battle, but about peaceful endeavour, is embarrassing. This line of argument demonstrates the intellectual dishonesty many Islamists employ in the detestable, yet permitted practise that allows Muslims to utter misstatements in defending Islam, better known as “Taqiyya,” a form of religious dissimulation.
In addition, the argument that “The Battle Array” verse also means a prayer for personal accomplishment, does not withstand scrutiny if we turn to the many authoritative commentators of the Quran, from medieval times to the 20th century.
According to Ibn Katheer the 14th century Islamic scholar, the words, “Help from Allah [is near] and a speedy victory [is assured]” in the chapter titled “The Battle Array,” Muslims are told that if they are willing to sacrifice their lives and possessions in the service of Allah, then, not only will they find Paradise after death, but the conquest they desire over their enemy will be theirs very soon after they confront the enemy.
And a more contemporary Islamic scholar, Mufti Muhammad Shafi in his nine-volume “Comprehensive commentary on Holy Quran,” had this to say about the “Battle Array” verse painted on the Toronto mural: “There is one blessing that will be granted [by Allah] in this world. Which is the Divine help and imminent victory, that is, conquests of enemy territories. If the word Qareeb (near) is the opposite of Hereafter, it would include all later Islamic conquests of Arab and non-Arab territories.”
Who is this enemy that the Toronto mural wants Muslims to fight against? Where is this non-Arab territory that this mural wishes us Muslims to conquer and be victorious over? Could it be Canada?
Besides the speeches by an al-Qaeda commander and a Taliban leader, other evidence submitted to Toronto City by me was a poster of the Pakistan Army showing the exact same words. Even the Facebook page of the Pakistan Army shows the “Battle Array” verse on a flag.
In addition, a picture of a medieval sword from an Islamic army with the verse inscribed on the sword handle was presented to City officials and City councillors, but all this evidence was dismissed by the City Manager who ruled he had consulted with two Islamists and they had convinced him the MCC objection to the jihadi prayer was without foundation.
Obviously the Toronto City Manger Joe Pennachetti and his staff did not understand what is meant by the words “to the annihilation of the enemies of the religion [Islam] after Allah bestowed us the victory and the clear conquest.”
So here is the correct translation of the words of the al-Qaeda commander and the transcript: “Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He, says, ‘And [you will obtain] another [favour] that you love – victory from Allah and an imminent conquest” (وَأُخْرَىٰ تُحِبُّونَهَا نَصْرٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَفَتْحٌ قَرِيبٌ). This statement is an expression of joy and happiness for the victory of Allah Almighty by the hands of his servants the believers in Jumruk, in Harat al-Badu and in the Hajana Battalion after Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He, assured our brothers the mujahideen in this night their conquests [the three aforementioned places in the area of Daraa] and the defeat of the infidel army Thanks to God Almighty. This is an expression of love, sign to believers in black [Qaeda’ black uniform], message to the forces of the mujahideen and [testament] to the annihilation of the enemies of the religion [Islam] after Allah bestowed us the victory and the clear conquest.”
And if either the Taliban or al-Qaeda using the “Battle Array” chapter of the Quran to mobilize for jihadi war is not convincing, perhaps City Manager, City Councillors and their staff should listen to this war song, using the same Battle Array verse to whip up Muslim anti-Semitism as well fan the flames of Muslim victimhood.
I have asked apologists of Toronto’s jihadi mural to produce evidence where this verse was placed outside a hospital, orphanage, school, charity or even a mosque, from anywhere in the Islamic World, but they have nothing to show for their claim.
In two Islamic countries where I spent my youth — Pakistan and Saudi Arabia — the only use of this verse was in context of war, battle or victory over infidels, never as a symbol of welcome, happiness, family, spirituality or piety. War, battle and victory over the enemy was the only context in which the Battle Array verse Nasrum Min’Allah wa Fathun Qareeb has been used.
Raheel Raza, head of the group ‘Muslims Facing Tomorrow’ co-authored an op-ed with me on August 7, 2010 in the Ottawa Citizen that exposed the real agenda of the people behind the Ground-Zero mosque.
What is happening in Toronto four years later is the same game that was played out in New York City in 2010. Its part of the soft-jihad waged by Islamists and their left-wing allies, one that uses Islam and multiculturalism to whip up an anti-West sentiment among Muslim youth and create symbols that can be seen as a middle finger to the “Great Satan.”
Our Ottawa Citizen op-ed on the NYC Ground-Zero Mosque was aptly titled “Mischief in Manhattan.” The jihadi mural in TO will be known as “Taqiyya in Toronto.”
fans of anti-Asian Hollywood at it again
Hey Portland, for real? This is apparently an actual billboard for talk radio station FM News 101 KXL.
WE LOVE YOU LONG TIME. That’s it. You’ve got to me kidding me. It’s no coincidence that it overlooks NW 3rd and Couch — that’s Portland’s Old Town Chinatown. Somebody at this radio station thought it would be a good idea to pay money to greet the neighborhood with this pointless, racist phrase — a phrase that’s been plaguing Asian Americans since 1987 (thanks, Full Metal Jacket). A phrase that really needs to die.
I’m sure some asshole at KXL thought they were being pretty damn clever.
More here: KXL: Keeping It Classy In Chinatown. Classy indeed.
commentary by tommy
City officials are washing their hands of the controversy surrounding a mural in Little India which some say calls for a holy war against non-Muslims.
Toronto city manager Joe Pennachetti says no action will be taken on the part of the city when it comes to a municipally-funded mural on the side of a mosque at 1330 Gerrard St. E. The mural’s script — written in Arabic in colourful calligraphy — consists of a passage from the Qur’an which translates to “With Allah’s blessing, a victory is near.”
Some say it refers to the victory of overcoming life’s adversities. Others insisted it stands for victory over non-Muslims.
The mural, funded by the city’s StreetART program, was completed in 2012. A petition surfaced calling for its removal.
Tarek Fatah, a Toronto Sun columnist and founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, complained about the mural to Councillor Paula Fletcher, sparking the review by city officials.
Pennachetti wrote to Fatah on Friday, saying that the city’s office of Equity, Diversity and Human Rights was involved in the review and that the mural’s creator and Islamic law expert Anver Emon, a professor at University of Toronto, were consulted.
“We are satisfied with the responses that have been provided during our preliminary inquiries into your concerns and do not believe that the mural is contrary to City policy or Canadian law,” writes Pennachetti.
“There are various ways by which to determine what these words mean,” wrote Emon in his assessment of the mural. “Can they be made to valorize militancy? Sure. Can they be a source of comfort for people suffering economic hardship as they struggle to feed their children? Sure.”
City of Toronto spokesman Jackie DeSouza said it was all about the interpretation of art.
“I think the people in the community, many of them were Muslim … nobody expressed concerns about the mural,” said DeSouza, suggesting that complainants could take the issue to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
Fatah points to the Tafsir Ibn Kthir, a commentary on the Qur’an that states the passage means “if you fight in Allah’s cause and support his religion, he will grant you victory.”
Fatah, who said the slogan is sometimes inscribed on weapons, calls the defence of the mural a smokescreen.
“This is not art at all,” insisted Fatah, adding nobody from the city consulted him or other moderate Muslims about the mural’s message. “If they are so confident that they are right, then why is there reluctance to meet with us?”
Well, Halloween is upon us. And with the early weekend festivities came a whole
lot of crappy racist costumes, documented on social media for all to see. Just
when you think you’ve seen all the bad taste you can take, a photo like this
comes my way, taking that shit to new heights.
Behold, the assholes who
dressed up as bruised and bloodied Asiana Airlines flight attendants. This photo
was apparently taken over the weekend at the Sidetrack Video Bar in
Their costumes, of course, refer to Asiana
Airlines Flight 214, which crashed earlier this year in San Francisco,
killing three passengers. And yes, their name badges identify themselves as “Ho
Lee Fuk,” “Sum Ting Wong” and “Wi Tu Lo” — the fake racist flight crew names
that infamously ran
as a prank on KTVU.
commentary by Tommy
What do you call a band of Asian-Americans from Portland, Ore.? If you’re Simon Tam, you call them The Slants. Tam, the founder of the “Chinatown dance-rock” group, has been trying to trademark his band name for years, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied him registration on the grounds that the word, with its racially charged connotation, is offensive. This week the 32-year-old bassist plans to take his case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
The USPTO says they do not comment on pending cases, but in denying Tam’s application officials wrote that while the “applicant, or even the entire band, may be willing to take on the disparaging term as a band name, in what may be considered an attempt … to wrest ‘ownership’ of the term,” that “does not mean that all [Asian-Americans] share the applicant’s view.” TIME spoke with Tam about racial tension, reclaiming words and what, exactly, Chinatown dance-rock is.
Turkey’s ongoing denial of the Armenian Genocide is consistent with an unbroken Islamic supremacist pattern: never, ever admit wrongdoing; never, ever take responsibility for actions that cause harm; never, ever acknowledge that jihad actions (such as the Armenian Genocide) cause immeasurable suffering to human beings; always, always instead blame the kuffar who have the temerity to point out the wrongdoing.
And Obama, who counts Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a friend, falls right in line.
Maulana Zaki Baqri is the resident Alim of the Council Of Islamic Guidance located in Pickering Ontario. His status mandates that he provide guidance to the Shia community.
“She needs to have the permission of her husband for a number of things, including, leaving the home…communicating and speaking with others…”
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:50 by Anne Marie Waters
Concordats are a little known tool of the Vatican to impose its dogma in to the public square. They are anti-democratic and anti-secular and, as Anne Marie Waters argues, are having a serious impact on the safety and health of millions of women.
Do you know what a Concordat is?
Sometimes you think nothing can surprise you anymore – but I am quite happy to say that I am still shockable, particularly when it comes to sheer effrontery of the Vatican.
I recently came across the website www.concordatwatch.eu – read it, it’s quite the eye-opener.
I am, and have long been, heavily involved in secular campaigning but I didn’t know any of this, and I suspect many others don’t either; so out of interest – do you know what a concordat is?
Just in case you don’t. Here is a run-down.
A concordat is a contract between the Vatican (conveniently operating as a nation-state as opposed to a church on these occasions) and a compliant country or state. I say country or state because it is important to understand that isn’t a contracting government that is bound, but the country (or state) itself, and therefore all subsequent governments.
It is a contract that can only end by mutual consent, meaning only when the Vatican decides it; and when you consider the privilege concordats provide for the church, that is highly unlikely to happen. By virtue of its double role as both a church and a state, concordats are unique to the Vatican and have the status of international treaties. No other agreement between a religious institution and a government enjoys such prestige. International treaties generally override domestic law, making it difficult for subsequent governments to throw out these agreements. For example, and this arose in Slovakia, a government can give a fixed percentage in funds to the church in a concordat, and may never be able to change that percentage – regardless of the position of the church in society, or the financial situation of the government.
Concordats have also been used to ensure the Catholic Church’s tax exemption. For example, the controversial Slovak concordat of 2000 ensures that church offertories are “not subject to taxation or to the requirement of public accountability”. Of course not.
Finances are far from the only places where concordats have influence. Schools across the world maintain a Catholic ethos often as a result of concordats requiring them to do so. In Portugal in 2004, the government there signed a concordat allowing the Church “the right to found and run schools of education and training of all levels in accordance with Portuguese law, without being subjected to any form of discrimination”. This is accompanied by a clause which “guarantees the conditions necessary to ensure, within the terms of Portuguese law, the teaching of Religion and Catholic Morality in public educational institutions at the secondary level, without any form of discrimination”. This concordat, being a treaty and therefore often being entered into bypassing the normal democratic process was, according to Concordat watch, signed in secret and its content revealed only after it had been bound in law (which is apparently not an unusual tactic in aiding the passage of these contracts through democratic Parliaments).
In Croatia in 2011, a similar agreement was reached which allowed the Catholic Church to claim its right to establish schools and to specify the obligations of the state, including teachers’ salaries. It even fixes norms for enrolment, the type of instruction offered, and the appointment of school directors.
A contentious agreement in Brazil a couple of years earlier gave similar power to the church to evangelise and indoctrinate at tax-payers’ expense. This concordat had been opposed by various high profile legal groups – including the Association of Brazilian Magistrates – and indeed by many lawmakers. It was the clause on religious education that caused the greatest alarm because, as in other countries, clause 11 obliged the state to fund – through its own schools – the teaching of the Catholic catechism.
Perhaps it should be obvious that when a church is permitted by an unbreakable treaty to teach “Catholic Morality” to children, serious questions will be asked as to what exactly is meant by “Catholic Morality”. Concordat watch doesn’t shy away from providing a few opinions.
As someone who went to a Catholic school myself, my guess is that pupils regularly find themselves lectured on the evils of contraception and, more especially, abortion. Concordat watch concurs. As it so brilliantly states:
“The Vatican knows that the best way to control a woman is to burden her with more children than she feels able to cope with. Almost a century ago Pope Pius XI stressed that married women must be “fruitful” and “obedient”. Nowadays “fruitfulness” is called “giving life” and “obedience” in Vatican-speak becomes “true freedom”. Regardless of what they’re called, fruitfulness leads to obedience, as a woman worn out with childbearing will be more docile and her children will serve as hostages. Her inability to leave may even turn into acceptance. Psychologists have found that “the less control people feel over their own lives, the more they come to endorse systems and leaders that offer a sense of order”.
This matters, and it has a real impact. In Brazil, whether the government is legally obliged to allow the Vatican to dictate morality in schools, abortion remains illegal in most circumstances. Though it is technically legal in some cases, according to Monida Arango, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Center for Reproductive Rights “most women in Brazil will never be able to get a legal abortion. Even in cases of rape and when the mother’s life is in danger it is very difficult”.
A 2010 study revealed that, despite the law, 22% of Brazilian women had had abortions and 50% of those had been hospitalised due to complications. Various polls also show that the vast majority of Brazilians want the law to stay as it is. The education system without doubt has a massive impact on this prevailing view.
As Concordat watch points out, the war against contraception is not over either; the Vatican has simply changed tack. In going after women’s sexual freedom, “it’s more strategic to attack abortion than contraception. This is why churchmen claim that morning-after pills and IUDs are “abortificient”. Vatican envoy Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski has even told the Worth Health Organisation that emergency contraception is a “direct attack” on the life of “the unborn child”. Apparently, the Archbishop knows better than most scientists who say that these methods work by preventing fertilisation”.
One of the most astounding Concordat watch also reveals the astonishing facts in fact the Slovak government fell following the refusal of the Slovak Foreign Minister to sign the controversial “conscience concordat” and this prompted the Christian Democrats to pull out of the coalition.
Concordat watch is arranged by country, and clicking on the country concerned gives the — often considerable — detail. Germany is a particular eye-opener.
Concordats have been made with many an unsavoury character over the years, including Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, and Jean-Claude Duvalier – to name but a few. They’ve attacked women’s rights through education, avoided the tax-man, and duped Parliaments with shady methods of legislative passage. They are anti-democratic and anti-secular; they profoundly undermine the notion of the separation of church and state by binding governments (and successive governments) to contracts which allow an effective Catholic supremacy to take hold in vital areas of public life.
As Concord watch concludes, “These church-state accords give the church massive state subsidies and other privileges. They can effectively force liberal Catholics to observe orthodoxy, and can disadvantage non-Catholics as well”.
That, I would say, is putting it rather mildly.
Anne Marie Waters is the spokesperson of the One Law for All campaign and council member of the National Secular Society. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the NSS.
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commentary by Tommy Sotomayor
commentary by Tommy Sotomayor