Japanese firms to take part in Egyptian projects worth Y2 tril



Japanese companies are set to take part in Egyptian projects worth about 2 trillion yen in the electricity and other sectors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Tokyo.

He did not elaborate on the projects, but an official at Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Japanese and Egyptian companies are scheduled to sign more than 10 memorandums of agreement on Wednesday.

The announcement comes when Egypt is struggling to revive its economy after the 2011 uprising and subsequent unrest have driven away foreign investors and tourists.

Abe’s government drives exports of social infrastructure such as railway systems and power generation systems to the Middle East and other regions as part of its growth strategy.

The leaders agreed to hold dialogue between their Defense and Foreign Ministry officials periodically to strengthen security ties.

“We’ve reached an agreement to bolster our cooperation to eradicate terrorism and extremism, which have transcended particular regions or national borders and have come to pose a threat to peace and security of the international community,” Sisi said at the joint news conference with Abe.

An Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State militant group is waging an insurgency in the Sinai, while the hardline Islamist group beheaded two Japanese citizens last year.

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2016.



Nintendo urged to FIRE feminist employee at centre of furious child pornography censorship row

news about Pedophile enabler Alison Rapp as reached the mainstream media


Video games firm faces calls to sack feminist ‘social justice warrior’ who wrote controversial academic paper discussing laws banning depictions of underage sex

Nintendo is facing calls to sack a feminist employee who penned a highly controversial academic essay questioning whether it was morally correct to censor child pornography.

A number of people have taken to Twitter and urged the the Japanese firm to fire Alison Rapp, who works as a product marketing specialist for Nintendo of America and has been responsible for promoting some the family-friendly firms’ most famous games.

In 2012, she published a paper discussing child pornography in Japan, which has come under international pressure to tighten its laws on the depiction of underage sex.

Rapp, who wears a ring through her nose and tweets using the language of combative modern feminism, then drew the attention of male activists, who dug out the old paper earlier this year and began discussing it in Reddit threads and publishing articles on Medium.

Now anger has boiled over onto social media, with one furious parent calling for a boycott of Nintendo to “let them know we love our children more than to support someone like Alison Rapp”.

Jamie Walton, president and co-founder of an anti-sex trafficking non-profit called The Wayne Foundation, also addressed a tweet to the firm’s American branch and wrote: “Better fire Alison Rapp before Monday or there is going to be reckoning.”

Rapp’s thesis is called: “Speech We Hate: An Argument for the Cessation of International Pressure on Japan to Strengthen Its Anti-Child Pornography Laws.”

The full paper can be read here .

In her long essay, Rapp described people who possess child pornography as “simple possessors” or “mere possessors”, even though this is a serious crime.

Her thesis jumps between discussing child pornography featuring “real children” and fictionalised depictions of sickening acts, meaning it often appears unclear what she is actually discussing.

However, the content of the essay has provoked a furious response among many of the people who have read it.

Rapp wrote: “Criminalising the the possession of a type of media – whether violent video games… controversial political or religious texts, or child pornography – is tantamount to criminalising thought, and should be above countries like the U.S. and Japan who have such strong freedom of speech protections.”

Rapp also claimed there was only “sketchy correlations between child pornography and the actual abuse of children”.


“Child pornography is not the the cause of societal ills regarding children and its total eradication should not be considered a solution to these ills,” she added.

Rapp’s curriculum vitae on her Linkedin page still carries a link to the thesis.

As anger mounted, a tweet appeared on her account which said: “Like, if my opinions on sex, gender and sexual media were secret, don’t you think I’d maybe not have my thesis on my LinkedIn?”

We have contacted Alison Rapp and Nintendo for comment, but neither has responded.





Canadian editor: “ISIS is not less criminal than the Zionists in Israel”



Mohamad Hisham Khalifeh (محمد هشام خليفة), a Canadian of Lebanese descent, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of Al Forqan Newspaper‎ (جريدة الفرقان) printed in Windsor, Ontario and distributedin Windsor, London and Detroit.

In his recent editorial (Al Forqan, Issue 35, December 2015, January 2016, p. 1), Khaifeh discussed the question how to deal with Islamiphobia and among other things he wrote the following (originally in Arabic):

“After the [ISIS] attacks in Paris, an elder man wearing a Masonic pendant and a seal approached me holding in his wrinkled hand a paper with the word Daesh, meaning ISIS, written on it. He asked me: Can you read what is written in the paper without chopping off my neck!”

“The provocative question made me smile. I answered the man: Yes. This is the name of a terrorist organization which kills Muslims and Christians alike and it [ISIS] was created by your Intelligence agency in order to tear apart the Arab countries and distort the real image of Islam. I concluded by saying that this organization [ISIS] is not less criminal than the Zionists in Israel and their bloody wars against the innocent Palestinians.”

Khalifeh is known of his open support of the Palestinian armed struggle against Israel. On November 12,2012 he posted a poem spurring the Palestinians to launch armed attacks on Israelis, liberate Palestine and destroy the State of Israel. The Israelis, namely the Israeli Jews, are portrayed is Khalifeh’s poem as “infidels” and “morally corrupt people.”

In another editorial (Al Forqan, Issue 33, October – November 2015, p. 1), Khalifeh hailed the Palestinian youths who go armed with knives in a mission to stab Israeli Jews. Khalifeh explains that by carrying out the stabbing attacks the Palestinian youths fulfil the “sacred duty of jihad” and defend the “honour and dignity” of all Arabs, all Muslims and in fact all mankind.

B’nai Brith is condemning on Friday, February 26. an editorial by Mohamad Hisham Khalifeh, published in Windsor’s Arabic language Al Forqan newspaper, “reported as lauding the ongoing spree of attacks against civilians in Israel as a ‘sacred duty of jihad’”.

Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer, B’nai Brith Canada, urged the Ontario government to “launch a full investigation of the paper and particularly the offensive editorial published in Issue 33, October – November 2015.”

See also:

B’nai Brith Canada: Windsor newspaper “promotes jihad, endangers Canadians”

Canadian publisher and editor calls on Palestinians to launch armed attacks, destroy Israel

Canadian newspaper: Intifada stabbing attacks aimed at Jews are “sacred duty of jihad”



Nintendo Treehouse employee Alison Rapp publicly supports child pornography and pedophiles. This is just sick and disgusting. Nintendo is a company that markets its products toward children, and having a feminist that works there who supports child pornography is just wrong. Something needs to be done about this!


Genocidal Terrorist Sudan Jails Man for Filming Persecution of Christians…


Prague, Feb 27 (CTK) – Czech Petr Jasek, 52, has been in a Sudanese prison since December for making a video to show the persecution of Christians in the Islamic country, Czech daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes Saturday, adding that Czech diplomacy’s effort to have him released has failed so far.

Jasek’s trial might start in March. He may face a tough sentence in Sudan, whose legislation includes the elements of Sharia, the traditional Islamic law, the paper writes.

A key piece of evidence against Jasek is a video he made in Sudan. On the video, a man with burn wounds describes how he sustained them.





High school girl suffers from inability to use boys locker room


What do you do if you’re a girl who wants to use the boy’s bathroom but the school won’t let you? Cry discrimination!

There’s one in a continuing series of propaganda pieces in the Washington Post featuring the stories of boys pretending to be girls (or vice versa, as in this case) who talk about the enormous suffering they go through because they can’t go to the bathroom… because they refuse to go to the bathroom of their gender. Here’s one girl’s “story”

I am transgender. Although I was assigned female at birth, I realized around five years old that I was actually male.

Really? A five year old girl knows she’s a boy? How is that remotely possible?

Now, at 18, I’m a senior at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. When I told my school that I was transgender last year, they were pretty good to me. My teachers respected my male name and used the male pronoun to refer to me.

That’s called “enabling”.

Unfortunately, I am still fighting the school on one particular issue. The administration doesn’t have a written policy about bathroom and locker room use or other gender-specific activities such as team sports. My counselor has advised me not to use the men’s room. Because I’m male, the thought of using the girls’ bathroom makes me upset and uncomfortable, as if I’m doing something that just doesn’t feel right. As a result, I am forced to leave school at lunch to use the bathroom at home.

What in the world? This girl wants to use the boy’s locker room! She doesn’t seem to care about all the boys it would make “uncomfortable”. Their discomfort doesn’t matter; only hers.

There are times when I’m not able to leave school; in those cases I have to hold it in all day. That makes it hard to focus in class, and it’s not healthy either.

This nutty girl holds her dooty in rather than use the girl’s bathroom. Maybe she should wear adult diapers.

South Dakota’s lawmakers just passed a bill that would prohibit me from using the boys’ restroom no matter what my school decides. The measure would ban transgender students from locker rooms, showers and bathrooms “unless they correspond with their biological sex.”

Oh no! (Oh yes!)

this law does just the opposite. It suggests that transgender people like me are unequal and must be separated from our friends and peers.

It’s not about equality, it’s about special rights to piss off the entire gender of a school to cater to one mentally ill kid.

Every transgender child who starts school in my state will be subjected to unequal treatment and made to feel like an outcast. They may even be subjected to terrible things such as someone demanding documentation about their chromosomes or to see their genitals.

A good idea. This kid should start by looking at her own genitals. It might give her some clue about which bathroom to use.

It’s really scary.

As opposed to boys in girls’ locker rooms, which I guess is preferable to this freak.

A national survey found that 75 percent of transgender youth feel unsafe at school.

On the subject of safety, do you think the girls feel safe having boys in their locker rooms?

Studies have also shown that more than two-thirds of transgender Americans faced severe harassment in childhood, and 41 percent had attempted suicide

Because they’re nuts. They should be cured, not coddled.

Alvin Yeung wins Legco by-election


The Civic Party’s Alvin Yeung has promised to help reform Legco’s pan-democrats after a convincing win in the Legislative Council by-election for the New Territories East constituency.

Even though the pan-democratic vote was split between Yeung and other pro-democracy candidates – both more moderate and more radical – the barrister received 160,880 votes, or 37.2 percent of the 432,581 ballots cast, to beat out his closest challenger, Holden Chow of the DAB party, by more than 10,000 votes.

24 year-old activist Edward Leung from the localist group Hong Kong Indigenous also had a strong showing, garnering 66,524 votes — over 15 percent of the 432,581 total votes cast.

After the election results were announced early Monday morning, Yeung immediately pledged to shake up the way the pan-democrats operate in the legislative council.

“No doubt… Hong Kong people are expecting pan-democrats to reform, and I understand that I have this duty to take part in this reform,” Yeung said. He said the Civic Party is willing to assume greater responsibility and help unite the fractured camp.

His victory means that the pan-democratic camp will hold on to its one-seat majority in the directly-elected geographic constituency seats in the legislature. However, Yeung said that doesn’t mean everything will be business as usual.

“I don’t think people are happy that pan-democrat legislators simply press the veto button and simply say that this is the darkest day for HK democracy. In fact, I have seen in the past few months that legislators across [the pan-democratic camp] are willing and happy to get united and do something more than just pressing the button, like filibustering, and to get out of the seat and try to stop the bill,” he said.

Civic Party chair Audrey Eu said she’s relieved that Alvin Yeung was able to reclaim the seat that his mentor, Ronny Tong, formerly held before he resigned from the council last June. “It’s a very critical seat, and I’m very relieved that… the pan-democrats are able to keep this seat and, in a way, still maintain veto power in Legco as far as the direct-election seats are concerned,” she said.

The DAB’s Holden Chow said he was sorry he didn’t meet people’s expectations, but will continue to walk on the “right track”. Chow added that he hasn’t decided whether he will join the full Legislative Council elections in September yet.

Last updated: 2016-02-29 HKT 06:53

Volcanic eruption warning issued for Mt Io in Kyushu




The Japan Meteorological Agency warned Sunday of a possible small eruption at Mt. Io, which straddles the southwestern prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima, after observing an increase in volcanic earthquakes.

The local government in Ebino declared a 1-kilometer no-entry zone around the crater of Mt. Io, part of the Kirishima mountains, while the weather agency said that large stones could be ejected within a 1-km radius in the event of an eruption.

The agency detected 50 volcanic temblors by 3 p.m. Sunday at the 1,317-meter volcano, the highest per day since it set up seismometers there in March 2013.

Volcanic activity has intensified since last year, the agency said. In addition to volcanic quakes, fumarolic gas was observed in December and areas with high ground heat have been expanding.

An end to ‘using fire to reignite hatred,’ urges KMT after attack


TAIPEI–The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) expressed regret over a violent protest against it earlier Sunday and stressed that it will never forget the “historical lessons” of the violent crackdown it initiated in Taiwan nearly seven decades ago.


“The KMT will continue to pursue social harmony,” said a KMT spokeswoman after a motorcyclist was found to have thrown Molotov cocktails at the party’s headquarters in Taipei.

The protester also flung flyers calling for holding the KMT and the United States accountable for “the massacre and political suppression in Taiwan” that began on Feb. 28, 1947, and demanded that the KMT return its ill-gotten assets to Taiwan’s people.

Lin Yih-hua (林奕華), director of the KMT’s Department of Culture and Communications, said it was regrettable that such a violent protest had happened on a day marked by “historical wounds.”

The 228 Incident refers to the KMT’s crackdown on protests of its abuse of power in Taiwan following the end of Japanese colonial rule.

The crackdown was triggered by an event on Feb. 27, 1947, and lasted for several weeks, leaving up to 28,000 people dead, according to government estimates.

The KMT’s authoritarian rule clamped down further on dissent after the Nationalists retreated to Taiwan from China in 1949, launching a period known as the “White Terror,” when thousands more were killed or arrested.

Only in the late 1980s with the lifting of martial law did the KMT’s grip on society begin to weaken.

Lin said the KMT and the incumbent KMT administration of President Ma Ying-jeou have made great efforts over the years “to heal the wounds and proactively promote reconciliation among ethnic groups.”

She said her party was worried that such a radical way of expressing views might create new “hatred and stand-offs” in Taiwan, which already enjoys freedom of expression and ethnic harmony.

She called for “greater tolerance and respect” in dealing with the historical issue by applying the “same sets of human rights and rule of law standards.”

Huang Min-hui (黃敏慧), the party’s acting chairwoman who is running to assume the party’s top post, denounced the violence and urged all KMT haters to stop “using historical wounds to create stand-offs and divisions.”

4 Reasons Why Gyms Should Be For Men Only



1. It would increase testosterone levels and competitiveness


There are hundreds or studies and peer reviewed articles that show a direct link between exercise and and increase in testosterone levels, with weightlifting providing a greater boost than any other type of workout; deadlifts have been shown to increase testosterone by higher amounts for example.

As men we know very well the benefits of testosterone. It’s quite honestly the building block of masculinity and higher levels of this hormone increase desirable male characteristics. There has also been a strong link between increases in testosterone and men in close proximity or working out together. It appears that just being around other men with racing testosterone levels can help to increase your own hormonal balance.

If you have ever been to a gym with other men, I bet you also picked a higher weight or rep, possibly worked out for longer, and worked harder. This is because testosterone (amongst other desirable traits) makes men more competitive and stronger. Working out with other men increases your competitiveness and forces you to push yourself and improve your personal best.


2. It would mean that men would only give up equipment for other men.


Let me set the scene—you have gone into the gym with the intention of working your legs, you have a set routine, and it’s coming up to the squat part of your workout. You go to the squat rack to find that it is being used by a woman who has a bar weight of 20kg (50 lbs).

Now in an ideal world we would go up and tell her to “jog on” and find a more female appropriate piece of equipment; but unfortunately that is likely to get you removed from the gym. So now you have to wait and rearrange your workout to fit around this woman, who in all reality should be concentrating on cardio to lose that fat rather than a more masculine workout.

I have no issue with rearranging my own workout to fit around another man undertaking a proper workout. Furthermore, men are much more cooperative with each other in a gym environment and willing to to give a nod when they are finished, or allow you to jump in during their rest times if the weights are the same.

If we must have mixed gyms then there should be a rule if a man approaches the squat rack and it’s being used by a woman she should step aside and let him jump ahead of her.


3. It would stop the distractions


We are all men, and let’s be honest we are  often checking women. There are some alright women in the gym and this can be a distraction during a time when we should be concentrating on our workout and improving ourselves. From a personal point of view I also find the the women of high body fat distracting, not because I am checking them out, but rather because I am disgusted at having to watch them wobble around the gym.


4. It would encourage brotherhood and male bonding


Men are competitive and can be aggressive towards each other when competing for resources. However, they are also by far more supportive of other men. Women are irrational, emotional, and caustic towards each other. We work better together, and are more willing to support each other to achieve our common aims. Mixed gyms discourage this kind of fellowship by changing the dynamic. Instead of the positive competitiveness of sport, there is a tendency to compete for the “cute” girl.

Men only gyms would encourage the positive traits of brotherhood and support, while giving us a distraction free to improve ourselves. Why not give it a try?