Osaka mayor, governor to set up new political party on Oct 24


Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Gov Ichiro Matsui, who left the second-largest opposition party, the Japan Innovation Party, in August, said Thursday they will form a new political party that aims to revitalize the city and promote it as Japan’s sub-capital.

A dozen incumbent lawmakers, many of whom are based in Osaka, are likely to join the party to be launched on Oct 24. It will be led by Hashimoto’s political group, the Osaka Restoration Association, and possibly will trigger a further realignment of the opposition camp ahead of the House of Councillors election slated for July next year.

Under its basic policies, the new party also seeks to revise the Constitution to introduce a system to directly elect the nation’s prime minister by popular vote, among other reforms.

Although Hashimoto said previously Matsui would be the best person to head the new party, the mayor told a press conference in Osaka, “Nothing has been decided in regards personnel matters.”

As for the relationship with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, Matsui said the new party will “judge matters by its own merits and demerits.” The two local government leaders are considered to be on friendly terms with Abe.

Hashimoto, who has said he would retire from politics upon the expiration of his current mayoral term on Dec 18, said, “I will not be involved with (the new party). A political party is not someone’s personal belonging,” despite strong calls from those close to him for his eventual return to politics.

The new party aims to win in Osaka mayoral and gubernatorial elections on Nov 22 by advocating the Osaka Restoration Association’s flagship policy of reorganizing the city administration into a metropolitan government, similar to Tokyo’s. The proposal was narrowly rejected in a referendum in May.


Sex-education protests give birth to new madrassas in Toronto

In a strip mall in northwestern Toronto, behind a blank storefront, old wooden desks are lined up in rows of three. At 3 p.m., children pour into the parking lot carrying books, while a little girl and boy stay behind at their desks, giggling and copying vocabulary from a blackboard while they wait to be picked up.

The school opened in September and has 30 students. Their six teachers lead Somalian and Arabic language lessons on top of the regular curriculum, plus Islamic studies.

They’re poorly paid, as tuition is only $250 monthly per student. But there’s a waiting list of more than 200 and the teachers have been promised that the school will balloon, along with their salaries, as soon as its directors can find a bigger space.

Called Rauf Academy, it is one of a handful of similar brand-new schools in the Toronto area, a legacy of parental anger over Ontario’s new sex-ed lessons that promises to outlive this year’s protests, such as a day of mass absences planned for Thursday.

“We heard the rumblings that a lot of parents are going to remove the kids, so we said, well, that might give us the kick-start, the momentum we need,” said Rauf Academy’s director, Yacoob Bayat.

His staff count two other homegrown schools nearby in Etobicoke, and another school director says two more opened their doors in Mississauga a month ago.

Operating with Impunity – Extremism in Mississauga

The City of Mississauga is well known for being a centre of extremism and intolerance in Canada.  Among many other embarrassments, it has the doubtful honour of being the home to a federally registered charity that was de-listed for funding terrorism (ISNA Development Fund 2013).  It also had a Member of Parliament who has openly called for Sharia Law in Canada.

The annual conference of Hizb ut-Tahriri has also been held in Mississauga for many years with most the conferences held on city owned/operated premises. The City of Mississauga cannot at this point say that they “just rent the room” and that they have no control over who hold functions on city property. Imagine if a KKK meeting or neo-Nazi conference was held in on city property! Would the City stand by and do nothing?

The City of Mississauga appears to have taken the easy way out for even the most extreme groups which operate with tax payer’s assistance. Like many other politicians, they overlook those who advocate violence in favour of “community balance” or “accommodating diverse cultures.”

Canadians are constantly asking how their youth can wind up as suicide bombers or jihadist fighters. The answer is clear: Politicians such as the City Council of Mississauga are frightened of the extremists and of being seen as lacking ‘political correctness.’ As such, groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Muslim Brotherhood can operate with near impunity in Mississauga (and many other Canadian cities).

Hazb ut-Tahrir is one of the world’s fastest growing Islamacist supremacist movements. It operates widely in the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, Australia and North America.

Mazin Abdul-Adhim is the widely perceived leading Imam and organizer of Hizb ut-Tahriri in Canada. It is he who has called for Canadian Muslims not to vote unless it is for Sharia Law[i] and that all Canadian soldiers are war criminals. The constitution of Hizb ut-Tahrir calls for violent jihad, a global caliphate and compulsory military service for all Muslim youth 15 and over.

The following is a partial list of Hizb ut-Tahrir conference activities in Mississauga. It does not include similar activities in Hamilton (2013 and 2014 conferences).


The annual conference was part of the Hizb ut-Tahrir global initiative campaign and was entitled “The 2009 Caliphate Campaign.” It was held as the City of Mississauga owned and operated Mississauga Valley Community Center.


On 22 September 2012, Hizb ut-Tahrir organized a conference entitled “Working with the Ummah to resume the Islamic way of life.” The topic covered issues such as the Muslim Community and its obligation to defend the honour of Rasul Allah (IE The Prophet Mohammed)

The conference was held at the ISNA Masjid  2200 South Sheridan Way,  Mississauga, ON


On Saturday 29 June 2013, Hizb ut-Tahrir organized a conference at the Living Arts Centre in the City of Mississauga. It was entitled “Living under the Shade of Shari’a.”


On Saturday, 23 May 201, Hizb ut-Tahrir organized another conference at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. It was entitled “The Real Caliphate – Propaganda versus the Truth.” The guest speakers were Malik Datardina and Abdel-Aziz Rasoul (Principal of ISNA High School and not to be confused with his father who is the Executive Director of the ISNA Mississauga).

The Iranian Government and the Thornhill Mosque: Charity Status for Advocating Pedophilia?

The Government of Iran continues to move money into Canada through their Khomeinist proxies in search of greater influence. This influence is felt through a list of three charities run by the Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat, otherwise known as the Thornhill Mosque. This is just one of their proxies. Some of the money is laundered through charity fraud, using CRA tax receipts. The Imam and Alim (religious scholar) of the mosque, Sayyid Rizvi, advocates in his publications that sex with nine year old girls is permissible in the context of a temporary marriage.


Key Judgements

***Moulana Sayyid Muhhamad Rizvi (Imam Rizvi) of the Jaffari Mosque believes that the Khomeinist interpretation of Shia Islam is to take precedence over all matters including those which are personal, social, economic and political. In other words, he is an Islamacist supremacist who believes that Islam should dominate everything and everyone.

***Imam Rizvi believes and advocates that sex with nine year old girls is acceptable, as long as it occurs within munqati’ (temporary) or da’im (permanent) marriage. Permanent marriage is preferred, but sex with girls as young as nine within the concept of a temporary marriage is permissible. This would appear to be sanctioning pedophilia and statutory rape, despite Canadian laws against under age marriages and forcing underage females to have sex.

***Imam Rizvi also approves of consanguineous marriages between first cousins.

***While forbidden to do so within Canadian charity laws, Imam Rizvi uses his position to make political speeches which condemn the government of Canada and all three mainstream political parties (Liberal, NDP and Conservative). Iman Rizvi says all three parties are “on the same page” and that Canada is a province of Israel.

***The mosque president appears to believe that the Jaffari Mosque compound should become a NO GO area for non-Muslims. When a CITY TV Interviewer was asking questions about the Jaffari Mosque Expansion Project on February 03, 2014, the question as raised: “Your housing will only be eligible for people from the Muslim community?” The President of the Jaffari Mosque Mr. Shabbir Jeraj replied: “Of course, we are building it. We are paying for it.”[1]

*** During a Hate Crimes investigation into one of the schools run by the Thornhill Mosque, it was reported that the York Regional Police found the following statement in the curriculum: “Islam has allowed boys to engage in sports for one specific reason and that is to always keep them healthy and strong. But why should a Muslim be healthy and strong? Firstly, it is necessary to take care of the body because it is a gift from Allah. Secondly, so that you may physically be ready for jihad whenever the time comes for it.” (Level 7 Curriculum)[2]

The same investigation also revealed that: “Girls should stick to ‘hobbies’ that prepare them to become wives and mothers.” (National Post and Level 7 Curriculum)[3]


The ambitious expansion proposed by the Jaffari Mosque is raising questions about the intent, funding and the political/religious ideology behind this project. The Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of Toronto (the Jaffari Mosque) has its primary location at 9000 Bathurst Street in the City of Vaughan. It has had a presence there since the early 1970s. The associated website is: and the contact information listed at that public website is: 9000 Bathurst Street, Thornhill, Ontario L4J 8A7, Tel: 905-695-9786 | Fax: 905-695-1585

The Imam and resident Alim[4] of the mosque, Muhammad Rizvi, is a follower and outright supporter of the late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran. When Khomeini overthrew the government of Iran in 1979, he began to enforce his intolerant and exclusionary political concept of Velayat-e-Faqih. This translates roughly into the Guardianship of the Jurists[5]which creates a theocratic dictatorship controlled at the top by individuals chosen for their hard-core interpretation of a Shia inspired Sharia Law.

The Jaffari Mosque used to run three schools in Toronto. Its East End Madrassa was closed after a 2012 hate propaganda investigation was carried out by the York Region Police. No charges were laid, although the police noted that the complainant “has raised a legitimate concern and has prompted change.” The school was removed from its rented premises by the Toronto District School Board. The two individuals responsible for the hate propaganda material – the principal, Ms. Masuma Jessa, and the mosque’s Imam, Muhammad Rizvi – attempted to distance themselves from it, but the investigation made it clear they were aware of the Iranian-produced material being used.

Further concerns have been raised about the overall financing for the project. The costs of the current proposed expansion will run past $150 million. The Jaffari Community centre that was opened in 2009 was believed to have cost approximately $30 million. It is not clear where any of this money has come from, including the 9.6 million dollar debt that was suddenly paid off after the centre opened. Neither the Jaffari Mosque nor the developers have explained the financing or the costs. A previous project at the site was left in a state of partial completion for 10 years when there was a financing failure. This does not seem to be a concern now.

Mr. Shafiq Punjani is the Chairman of the Capital Projects Development Board, a sub-group of the Executive Committee of the mosque. Mr. Punjani is also head of the MP Charitable Foundation, which is involved in the project as well as being the head of the Punjani Family Group and the Bridlepath Properties Group. How the charity moves money around is not publicly clear in relation to this project, nor is the relationship to the UK charitable trust of the same name.

As noted in the Toronto Star, hundreds of residents appeared at Vaughan City Hall to speak out on the Jaffari mosque expansion project in early 2014.[6]

Up until the last few years, the neighbourhood’s mosque, Jewish temple and seminary, Roman Catholic churches, and other religious and cultural organizations enjoyed a peaceful co-existence. Currently, considerable conflict is emerging.

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admitted sex predator and false rape accuser Lena Dunham quitting twitter

“I really appreciate that anybody follows me at all, and so I didn’t want to cut off my relationship to [Twitter] completely, but it really, truly wasn’t a safe space for me.”

Lena Dunham has called it quits with Twitter.

On hourlong podcast Re/code Decode, the Girls co-creator revealed that she has freed herself of social media hate and now has someone else tweet messages on her personal account.

“I don’t look at Twitter anymore. I tweet, but I do it through someone else,” she told host Kara Swisher, adding that she doesn’t even know her account password. “I really appreciate that anybody follows me at all, and so I didn’t want to cut off my relationship to it completely, but it really, truly wasn’t a safe space for me.”