Was Kayla Mueller really an ISIS sex slave, or something else?



Over the past few days it had been reported that aid worker Kayla Mueller, captured by ISIS, was used repeatedly as asex slave by their leader, Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi. But then an odd detail came out: Kayla refused to try to escape from her captivity.

A 14-year old Yazidi girl captured by ISIS in Iraq last August revealed the American aid worker’s ordeal to US officials who later confirmed the reports. When the Yazidi girl escaped with her sister, she asked the American to join them, US officials relayed. Yet Mueller refused out of fear that her foreign appearance would put them in danger.

Her foreign appearance would put them in danger? Remember, this is ISIS controlled terrority. Women are expected to cover themselves from head to toe. Her foreign appearance would not matter in the slightest.

You would think if someone were being raped repeatedly they would grab any chance they had to escape. The fact that Mueller didn’t even try is suspicious, at the very least.

Another interesting item is the letter that Mueller wrote to her mother.

In the emotional letter, she does not say anything negative about her captors, writing that she is “completely unharmed + healthy (put on weight in fact); I have been treated w/ the utmost respect + kindness.”

Now, of course, a hostage being held by terrorist is not going to be allowed to write that she was tortured by the terrorists. Of course the terrorists will make her write that she is being treated well. But Meuller didn’t just write that. She said she was being treated with the “utmost” respect. I am reasonably certain that none of those ISIS barbarians even know the word “utmost”. It’s over the top. Furthermore, while they may have required her to say she was being well treated, it is very unlikely that they required her to say “the food is so good, I am even gaining weight!”.

Neither of these remarks look like the words of simplistic terrorists put into a hostage’s mouth; rather, they look like the words of a genuine convert who has bought into the cause.

Now consider, what was Kayla Mueller doing in Syria in the first place? Of all the many countries that need refugee assistance, she went into the one where she had to known that large portions of the country were controlled by the Al-Qaeda’s affiliated Al Nusra front and the Islamic State.

If she was so driven to do aid work, why didn’t she and her arab boyfriend pick any of the 20 countries that needed help where ISIS wasn’t in control? She either didn’t worry about ISIS, or actively wanted to join them. What other possibility could there be?

Consider her past affiliation with other radical groups:

On an earlier trip, she went to the middle east to participate in hate-filled demonstrations against Israel as a guest of the International Solidarity Movement, a group affiliated with the terrorist groups HAMAS and Al Qaeda.

Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the popular committee in the village of Bil’in where Kayla joined the protests, told ISM: “Kayla came to Palestine to stand in solidarity with us. She marched with us and faced the military that occupies our land side by side with us. For this, Kayla will always live in our hearts. We send all our support to her family and will continue, like Kayla, to work against injustice wherever it is.”

In light of her past affiliation with terrorist groups, her decision to go into ISIS terrority, her over-the-top letter, and her refusal to try to escape, doesn’t this at least raise some questions in your mind as to whether she really was a captive, or a willing love slave for the Islamic State?

Japan’s economy contracts 0.4% in April-June quarter



Japan’s economy contracted 0.4% in the April-June quarter, official data showed Monday.

Weak domestic consumption and slow exports weighed on the world’s third largest economy, which shrank an annualised 1.6%, after posting growth in the previous two quarters, according to the Cabinet Office.

Still, the data came in slightly better than the market’s expectations for a fall of 0.5%, or a 1.8% annualised drop.

Private consumption, which accounts for about 60% of Japan’s GDP, fell 0.8%, as exports dropped 4.4%.

“The sharp plunge from the previous quarter’s surprise growth was partly due to disappointing demand for Japanese products in the U.S., Chinese and other resource-exporting markets,” SMBC Nikko Securities said in a commentary.

“Sluggish wage growth and bad weather drove down consumption at home,” it added.

The downturn follows a stronger-than-expected expansion in the first quarter driven by a pickup in capital spending, but as more tepid second-quarter data rolled in some economists warned that the recovery would be short-lived.

An inventory buildup at Japanese firms was taking a toll on industrial production, analysts had warned.

Japan’s revised 1.1% expansion in January-March was sharply up from an initial estimate of 0.6% growth.

The upbeat data had offered some good news for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s more than two-year-old policy blitz, dubbed Abenomics, aimed at kickstarting anemic growth and conquering years of deflation.

The program called for big government spending, massive central bank monetary easing and reforms to a highly regulated economy. The pace of reforms, particularly shaking up a protected agricultural sector, has lagged, however.

Household spending has struggled to recover following a sales tax rise last year, as the Bank of Japan struggles to push up prices, partly weighed by tumbling oil prices.

The drop has forced BOJ Gov Haruhiko Kuroda to push back a timeline for hitting a 2.0 percent inflation target—a cornerstone of Abenomics—although he insists that healthy price rises are around the corner.

Earlier this month, Kuroda said he would consider expanding the bank’s record 80 trillion yen annual asset-buying scheme—similar to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing—if weak oil prices keep holding back near-zero inflation.

In July, Japan’s central bank cut its annual growth and inflation forecasts for the fiscal year to March 2016, but held off further monetary easing that many analysts expect will come later this year.

The BOJ now expects Japan’s economy to expand 1.7% in the fiscal year while inflation would come in at 0.7%.

That was down from an earlier estimate of 2% and 0.8%, respectively.

Despite wage rises at some big firms and a tight labor market, convincing people to splash out on consumer goods has been a struggle after last year’s levy rise, aimed at helping pay down a massive national debt.

The higher taxes hammered consumer spending and pushed the economy into a brief recession. Japan limped out of the red in the last three months of 2014.

Despite a recovery in the U.S., the slowdown in China, a major market for Japanese exporters, has raised a red flag.

Following a month-long rout on Chinese stock markets, authorities devalued the yuan several times last week, roiling global equity markets and sparking fears of a currency war in which countries compete to boost exports by cutting the value of their currency.

© 2015 AFP



Before ISIS, Sudan’s Muslim Brotherhood regime with its gangs of Arab colonialist rapists targeting the indigenous African population was the closest thing to it today.

“I saw many people killed. Then I was grabbed by two men on horses wearing Sudanese army uniforms.”

The Zarawa translator stopped, no longer willing to repeat Ilham’s words. “She is only 13,” he said, and walked away.

The relative carried her for a mile to a donkey, and they rode together a few hours to Abu Lehah, a village that has become a haven for the survivors of what victims say is a secret rape camp of the Janjaweed, the nomadic Arab militias who have wrought havoc all over the Darfur region.

“They tied me to a tree and raped me all night,” she said. “I became very ill and fell down. They thought I died, so they left me for an hour.”

42 schoolgirls and teachers were raped there by the militia, some by up to 14 men and in front of their families. Some women were “branded on the hand following the rapes, apparently in an effort to permanently stigmatize them,” the report said.

She described the rape camp as a well-organized operation.

“There were 35 women taken, and they split us up into groups of five or six Janjaweed,” she said. “If women are few, they divide us five or six Janjaweed per woman. If there are enough women after their daily collections, then it’s one to one.”

Organized rape campaigns are still going on today and Hillary is taking money from a lobbyist for the regime behind this.

This was the scene four years ago.

The Obama administration has allowed the Republic of Sudan to hire its first U.S. lawyer in years, prompting strong objections from human rights groups and some members of Congress.

Bart S. Fisher, a veteran international trade lawyer, is being paid $20,000 a month by Sudan to help the strife-torn African nation in its attempts to have U.S. economic sanctions lifted and be removed from the State Department’s list of terrorism-sponsoring governments, according to federal registration documents.

Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), a longtime critic of the Sudanese regime, attacked Fisher in the House and during a news conference this week for agreeing to work for “a genocidal government” that “has blood on its hands.”

He also said he suspected the administration may have issued a license to Fisher because of the lawyer’s past campaign contributions to President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Democrats.

Further protest of Fisher’s arrangements with Khartoum came on Friday, December 16, when members of Act for Sudan were joined by other Sudan advocates to demonstrate outside of the law offices of Bart Fisher. Act for Sudan reported, “Carrying protest signs and chanting, ‘Mr. Fisher, step aside, you’re representing genocide,’ the activists called on the attorney to stop helping Sudan avoid consequences for ongoing government-sponsored genocide and mass atrocities.

Obama Inc. was forced to defend its atrocious decision. Sudan is a genocidal Muslim Brotherhood regime which carried out mass rape and ethnic cleansing, it’s involved in terrorism and had ties to Iran. Its ruler is wanted for crimes against humanity.

Under pressure from lawmakers, the Obama administration is defending its decision to grant a lawyer permission to represent the blacklisted Sudanese regime in Washington.

“We stand just blocks from a museum that cries out ‘Never Again.’ Meanwhile, it appears that this administration is complicit in allowing a genocidal government to have an advocate in Washington,” Wolf said last week, referring to the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“History will be their judge if they fail to act,” he said.

In a letter to Wolf sent last Friday, David Cohen, Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said longstanding Treasury regulations allow Sudan to pay for legal work in the U.S.

Wolf claims Fisher tried to lobby him on the issue of U.S. sanctions against Sudan, which is not permitted under the license.

“I never requested information from Mr. Fisher,” Wolf wrote in a letter last week to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. “And yet yesterday, he called my chief of staff. And in his letter he tries to convince me, as a member of Congress, that the current sanctions regime should be altered. If that’s not lobbying, I don’t know what is.”

“It is absolutely unacceptable that the U.S. has allowed a murderer like [Sudan President] Omar Hassan Bashir to hire a Washington emissary to do his bidding,” Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), ranking member of the House Africa, Global Health and Human Rights subcommittee, said in a statement last week.

And now, as Everything PR reports, here we are back again.

Everything PR is the first to reveal that Omni Advisors will – once again – represent the government of Sudan.  Their primary assignment is apparently to “..seek debt relief for Sudan by negotiating with creditors of Sudan.”

Under the assignment, Omni Advisors – which is led by Bart S. Fisher –  will contact “members of the U.S. Congress, personnel in the U.S. & Executive Branch, other governments, and public multilateral institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. We may contact media Outlets and initiate contacts with “think-tanks.”

This year Fisher appears to have made multiple donations to Hillary Clinton. Hillary claims to care about women and girls. Will she return this dirty money from the lobbyist for a regime that engaged in mass rape?

Haley Yael Firkser Is Another Champagne Socialist Who Ignores Her Own Privilege


Haley Yael Firkser, one of the chief instigators of the ongoing anti-Roosh Canadian witch hunt, is another peculiar case of a privileged feminist who calls for the destruction of “male privilege.” Throughout her attention-seeking activism, however, she has been very quiet about the considerable financial and employment privilege she enjoys, courtesy of her family’s thriving business.

It is convenient for her (and highly amusing for us here at ROK) that the current patriarch of her family inherited and then greatly expanded the Home Hardware chain in Toronto.

Like Jessica Lelièvre, Firkser believes the patriarchy institutionalizes the position of men over women. But how many women AND men have a father who can appoint them as the “Business Development Director” of one of the wings of their successful enterprise, despite their child having a liberal arts-style Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies (with a Minor in Judaic Studies)?

Firkser has more privilege than 99.5% of men, so how can she make a side career out of being outraged at “patriarchy”? Just as I said about Lelièvre, patriarchal capitalist modes of production have served Firkser’s interests very, very well.

An interesting aspect of Firkser’s activism is her Jewish ethnicity. Even as far back as 25 years ago, it was recognized that Canadian Jews were four times more likely to earn above $75,000 annually than the rest of the population. In America, a similar jurisdiction to Canada, Jed Rubenfeld and Amy Chua recently outlined in The Triple Package how American Jewish households have roughly twice the median household income compared to Gentiles.

If we want to have a discussion about male privilege and patriarchy, we need to broaden our outlook. Right now, it perfectly suits Firkser and others to maintain a “privilege discourse” based on crude gender politics. It avoids damaging questions about her personal family privilege in particular.

Contrast this with Roosh, whose background is dual Iranian-Armenian. It beggars belief that Firkser, a Jew, has waited until now to go after so-called “misogynists” in such a public fashion, and the one she finally goes after comes from a Middle Eastern Shia Muslim family. Talk about picking your targets!

Because Roosh does not practice his ancestral Islam in a devout sense, Firkser can preach her Islamophobic intolerance in a publicly acceptable fashion. The Return of Kings proprietor’s beliefs are entirely analogous to those of hundreds of millions of traditionally-minded Muslims around the world, including hundreds of thousands in Canada. By attacking Roosh’s heartfelt beliefs, she is cowardly attacking theirs.

Privilege is multidimensional and Haley Yael Firkser has a lot of it

Concordia-educated Firkser has had many more opportunities than the average Canadian or American male. From her business-owning grandfather and father, who slaved away for years to build the business that enabled her to get her plum post-graduation job, to her Jewishness, Firkser’s critique of patriarchy is beyond hypocritical. It is ironic that the system she wants to dismantle has effectively put her in the top one or two percent of the population in her early twenties.

Like many Asian-American and Indian-American families, the Jewish emphasis on education, particularly for one’s children, does, in my opinion, provide a generally superior means of social advancement and continued prosperity. Well, at least compared to the relative ham-fistedness of most Gentile households in trying to get their children to be ambitious and work hard.

That said, even if the progeny of these minority families work more diligently and pursue more academic opportunities, they’ve had the privilege of parental guidance and role models. It’s not as if they’ve had to work for that template themselves. It’s been instilled in them.

I myself do not claim to be Jewish. I am a Gentile but one with sizeable Jewish ancestry. Some of the surnames appearing in my family true, and there are a few, are as Jewish as Rosenfeld and Silverberg, possessed by rabbis, Holocaust victims and modern-day, not so well known Israeli musicians.

Consistent religious intermarriage meant that I was born dual Protestant-Catholic. Statistically-speaking, despite the good fortune of my middle-class upbringing, my position would in all likelihood have been better still if I had been born into a Jewish family in America, Canada, Australia or Britain. These are realities that Firkser chooses to ignore.

She thinks “Would you bang?” threads should be criminalized

Firkser appeared on CBC‘s Daybreak radio program to talk about the “harassment” she has faced. In relation to “Would you bang?” threads on the Roosh V Forum, she said she was flabbergasted that the police hadn’t become involved. The implications are undeniable: talking about whether you would sleep with a woman, a hypothetical situation, should be criminalized according to Firkser.

Are such statements simply her speaking her beliefs, or, more narcissistically, a chance to both express herself and carve out a nice paid career as a SJW?

Not content with the overt hypocrisy of her background as an “anti-patriarchy” activist privileged in the job market because of her family, she wants to ensure a prohibition against men freely and innocuously discussing their sexuality. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that Firkser is going around retweeting purely made-up figures like this about sexual assault:

Where would Firkser be without her family privilege and the benefits it brings?

These are Haley Yael Firkser’s course-based “qualifications” for her position as Business Development Director of Home Hardware Pest Control:

  • Communication Technologies & Gender
  • Intermedia II
  • Sound I
  • Film/Video I
  • Youth and Media
  • Media and New Technology
  • Media Criticism
  • Media and Cultural Context
  • Public Relations
  • The Religious Imagination
  • Ancient Judaism
  • Medieval Jewish Thought and Institutions
  • Jewish Identity & Autobiography
  • Sexuality & Public Discourse
  • Women in Israel
  • Religion & The Human Body
  • Canadian Jewish Literature
  • Reception Studies
  • Self/Other: Identity & Ethics
  • Alternative Media
  • Introduction To Culture
  • Hebrew (Ulpan)
  • Responses to the Holocaust
  • Holy War in Judaism, Islam and Christianity
  • Dealing with Stress in Daily Life and in Emergency Situations

In and of themselves, there is nothing wrong with most of these courses, although the relative ambiguity of many of them, combined with left-wing academia, would make the majority highly ideological.

Fundamentally, how this has equipped Firkser for her current job role is beyond me. One can look at her resumé and perform a few internet searches about Home Hardware and you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that “the patriarchy” has given her everything she has.

The privilege of every feminist must be looked at

It is comical that so many leaders of feminist witch hunts and other SJW projects come from the most privileged elements of society. My theory is that Jessica Lelièvre and Haley Firkser do not like the hard work required of conventional business owners or creators, so they opt for a “perpetual student mode”: the self-aggrandizement that comes with being university politicians and attention-seeking SJW media darlings.

Meanwhile, the legacies of daddy and granddaddy (and great-granddaddy in Lelièvre’s case) can be milked for all their worth. Family jobs a-plenty and other financial privileges follow these sorts of women. But for most of us dastardly men, we have to make our own way in the world. No multimillion-dollar families, just our own efforts and ambitions.

Anyone who attacks any form of privilege with a background like Haley Yael Firkser is nothing but a fraud.

Feminism’s Radical Transvaluation


Amy Austin (@amymarieaustin) is mentally ill and bisexual, and also a feminist, but I repeat myself. Last year Ms. Austin, a British university student, wrote a rant entitled, “Patriarchy and the Problem of Being Born Female”:

Social constructions of gender, like power, stem from patriarchal ideologies . . .
Environmentally speaking, gender is independent of sex . . . and signifies the social constructedness of what maleness and femaleness mean in a given culture. The hierarchy that implicitly positions men above women due to reproductive difference, is a harmful one.

Her 995-word rant went viral in the feminist blogosphere, which attracted my notice, and when I wrote about Ms. Austin, her Twitter admirers then came after me like the Furies pursuing Orestes, which prompted me to write a second post entitled “The Madness of ‘Gender Theory’“:

Attempting to explain gender theory to normal people is like attempting to explain a schizophrenic’s delusions to sane people. Normal men are masculine in the most common-sense understanding of that word, and normal women are feminine. Because the meanings of male/masculine and female/feminine are so obvious, from a common-sense point of view, normal people take these categories for granted.
However, radical feminists are not normal people. They are intellectuals, and the most eminent feminist intellectuals have spent the past four decades denouncing the common sense of normal people when it comes to men, women and sex. Anything that normal people believe about sex is a myth, according to feminist intellectuals, and in place of our oppressive patriarchal myths, they offer us feminist ideology and gender theory. . . .

You can read the rest of that. That was a year ago, and since then I’ve plunged even deeper into the Mariana Trench of radical feminism which is, as I’ve said, a totalitarian movement to destroy civilizationa as know it. Sunday afternoon, my Twitter feed erupted after Ms. Austin saw me retweeted (sarcastically) by a British writer named Emily Stockham (@Emily_Camilla), who mocked me as an ignorant bigot. You see, feminists are so morally and intellectually superior to everyone else that to disagree with feminism proves that you are a stupid and hateful person. Quod erat demonstrandum.

Because I was just procrastinating, I ping-ponged tweets back and forth with Ms. Austin and Ms. Stockham a while. At some point, Ms. Stockman mentioned witchcraft, and I tweeted to her my recent post, “Feminist Tumblr: Justifying Hatred With Radical Ideology and Also, Witchcraft.” The point being that it is not me saying that feminists advocate witchcraft, it’s feminists, including eminent Women’s Studies professors. And then I called their attention to a provocative post by Ashton Blackwell, who described “a mainstreaming of dark, gothic, alternative culture” among some feminists:

These young women think they are “feminists” because feminism appeals to their frustrations, insecurities, and their bitterness over being used for casual sex. . . .
[Y]oung women in general have become darker and more bitter, and with good reason . . .
The dress style of the alternative scene — piercings, black apparel, combat boots, and surly expressions — broadcasts, “Stay away from me, I’m dangerous.” . . .
Septum piercings and unnatural hair colors have become so common that they have lost their whiff of punk subversion . . . The witchy, neo-pagan look is trendy . . .
I posit that it stands to reason that young women are attracted to alternative culture because the social breakdown and erosion of sexual decorum over the past half century or so has fostered conditions that make it more likely that they will have traumatic experiences. . . . Female psychology does not respond well to licentiousness, as much as feminists peddle so-called “sexual liberation.” Sadly, this dysfunction has been fully imbibed by the culture, and of course the consequences explain women’s receptivity to feminism — an ideology that purports to empathize with their pain, gives them a scapegoat, and thereby eclipses feminism’s own pivotal culpability in their plight.

Ms. Blackwell illustrates this with photos posted by self-proclaimed feminists, some of whom display pentagrams, crescent moons and other symbols associated with neopagan Wicca. The significance of this should not be dismissed because, you see, I have studied the history of feminism far more deeply than have these young feminists.

Mary Daly’s 1973 book Beyond God the Father not only celebrates witchcraft, but has a chapter called “Transvaluation of Values: The End of Phallic Morality,” in which advocates rejection of Judeo-Christian morality in favor of a “revolutionary morality.” Daly denies that “the life of the fetus is an absolute value,” denies also that there is such a thing as “nature” involved in human reproduction, and calls for “social change . . . to eradicate sex role socialization and the sexual caste system itself,” an “overturning of the sex role system.” In the next chapter, Daly speaks of “the significance of the women’s revolution as Antichrist . . . a spiritual upraising that can bring us beyond sexist myths” and as “the Antichurch . . a communal uprising against the social extensions of the male Incarnation myth.” Daly urges feminists to express “the witch that burns within our own true selves.”

Certainly, any Christian must recognize Daly’s feminist arguments as “doctrines of devils” (I Timothy 4:1), an explicit and deliberate embrace of evil. Knowing where feminist theory ultimately leads, should we be surprised to see that the “witchy, neo-pagan look” is “trendy” with young feminists? And are we surprised that Amy Austin claims her sexuality is gender-neutral:

Personally, I identify as somebody who has a changeable and emotional attraction to people, regardless of gender. Although generally I find women more attractive than men, gender is not really a defining factor in my romantic relationships . . .
The notion that women form relationships with other women as a result of childhood trauma is a harmful, almost laughable, stereotype that lesbian and bisexual women continually face. It is simply untrue . . .

Damaged, you say? How dare you imply Amy Austin is damaged? Despite her claim that gender is not a “defining factor” in her sexuality, Amy Austin is contemptuous of men because she can’t stand to be “a tool for the arousal of men . . . this object of sexual desire.” She finds normal male sexuality inherently repulsive, because “patriarchal ideologies” or something. If feminism is a “spiritual uprising,” as Daly said, what sort ofspirits are these? If there is no “absolute value” in life, nor any such thing as “nature” in “the sex role system,” who can say what meaning or purpose there is in life at all?

“See, I have set before thee this day life and good,
and death and evil . . . I call heaven and earth to
record this day against you, that I have set
before you life and death, blessing and cursing:
therefore choose life, that both
thou and thy seed may live . . .”

We live in dark times, my friends. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Matisyahu concert canceled due to pressure from anti-Israel group


The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now causing a rift in reggae.

A music festival in Spain has canceled the performance of American Jewish rapper Matisyahu due to pressure from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and because the artist wouldn’t sign a pledge supporting the Palestinian state, according to Spanish media citing a statement from the event organizers.

Matisyahu, who is not Israeli but has visited the country several times, was to perform at the Rototom Sunsplash festival on Aug. 22. His concert slot was filled by Jamaican artist Etana.

The event director, Filippo Giunta, asked the singer on Thursday to issue a “signing statement or video” that expressed in a “very clear” way that Palestinians are entitled to their own state, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais. Other artists at the event threatened to cancel their own performances if Matisyahu was allowed to take the stage because he was “seen to represent Israel,” according to the Times of Israel. The local BDS movement accused Matisyahu of being a “Zionist” who supports the practice of “apartheid and ethnic cleansing.”

The festival, which began in 1994, has strong social justice overtones, including a particular affinity for promoting a Palestinian state. In a translated Facebook statement regarding the Matisyahu controversy, Rototom used the words “occupation” and “occupied” to describe Israel’s relationship with what the event organizers see as Palestinian territories. The festival’s website features a 2 ½-hour video focusing on pro-Palestinian activists, according to the Times of Israel.

The festival has a “social forum,” which has discussed the issue numerous times, according to the Facebook statement. Though permitting Matisyahu to perform his music, which is not characterized as pro-Israel but does draw on Jewish tradition, is apparently not part of that discussion.

Matisyahu, a Pennsylvania-born Jew whose real name is Matthew Miller, has not yet addressed the debate.