Law to regulate, restrict drones expected to be enacted this month


Japan is expected to enact a law to regulate the use of drones by the end of this month, sources from both ruling and opposition parties said Monday, as Japan moves to beef up counterterrorism measures ahead of the Group of Seven summit in May.

The law would ban drones from being flown over and near designated facilities such as the prime minister’s office, the Imperial Palace and locations where foreign dignitaries are.

It would also allow the police to destroy the drones when necessary.

The bill is currently under deliberation in the House of Councilors. It was passed by the House of Representatives last year.

The ruling and opposition parties agreed Monday to hold a question and answer session on the bill and take a vote in an Upper House committee Thursday. The bill will then likely pass the plenary session of the upper chamber as early as next week, the sources said.

In the run-up to the G-7 summit in Mie Prefecture, ministerial meetings are scheduled to be held nationwide, beginning with foreign ministers’ gathering from April 10 to 11 in Hiroshima.

The Civil Aeronautics Law was amended in September to regulate drones, but experts pointed to a flaw as it did not authorize destroying suspicious drones when necessary.

The government decided to take a tough stance against the use of drones, after a small one with a minuscule amount of radiation was found on the roof of the prime minister’s office building in April.

Son of ex-Ottawa cleric who urged youths to ‘take part in jihad’ dies fighting government in Libya: reports

Son of ex-Ottawa cleric who urged youths to ‘take part in jihad’ dies fighting government in Libya: reports

TORONTO — The son of a former Ottawa cleric who encouraged Libyans to “take part in jihad” was reportedly killed in an armed clash with government forces in Benghazi over the weekend.

The death of Owais Egwilla, described as a former Ottawa university student, was announced on social media accounts affiliated with Libyan fighters, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

The posts said he had died in a battle against the “infidel forces” of Libyan Gen. Khalida Haftar. The Libya Observer reported Egwilla was a member of a militia called the Omar Al-Mukhtar Brigade.

“It is one of the extremist groups,” Ambassador Fathi Baja, Libya’s envoy to Canada, said Sunday. He said the youth’s father was Abdu Albasset Egwilla, a Libyan-Canadian religious cleric.

“His father took him to Libya. In fact his father pushed him,” the diplomat said in an interview. He said the cleric had used his pulpit to encourage youths to take up arms in Libya and elsewhere.

His uncle Abdul Rahman Egwilla remembered the youth in a Facebook post,
SITE said. “Owais, my nephew, should I cry for you and eulogize you? No,
by Allah. With your death and martyrdom you raised the head of our entire

The Al-Mukhtar brigade is affiliated with Ansar Al-Sharia, which is fighting to impose Islamic law in Libya. Al-Mukhtar is led by a former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group member linked to Osama bin Laden.

York University accused of allowing anti-Semitism to spread


TORONTO – Shelley Yachaev has watched the anti-Israel propaganda at York University evolve over the four years she’s been there from being very much in one’s face to a well-crafted “strategic” effort that has infiltrated the entire system.

Yachaev, who moved to Canada from Israel at age 12 and is president of the Israeli Students Union at York, says “every little part” of the university has been infiltrated with anti-Semitism.

In fact, she says, some of her own professors have endorsed the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement — an international Palestinian-led movement that seeks to demonize the Jewish state.

This past October, the York Federation of Students (YFS) formed an official alliance with the Students against Israeli Apartheid group, she adds.

Complaints about the protests and the intimidation are mostly ignored, says Yachaev, who is pursuing a degree in human resources management.

“I don’t walk into anywhere at York (anymore) where I trust the fact I can speak freely,” she says.

York grad Zina Rakhamilova, now campus co-ordinator for the Stand With Us (in support of Israel) organization, says the YFS have made no secret in the past year of their support for anti-Israel rallies and protests, often appearing and participating themselves.

“It’s very difficult for Jewish students (at York) to have a full academic experience,” she said.

She adds that York happens to be one of the “most hostile campuses” in North American, but, sadly, Ryerson is not far behind.

Avi Benlolo, president of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, says York University today is a “very toxic environment” and with faculty — professors and librarians — also taking a firm stand on the BDS movement, the anti-Semitism is “just pervasive.”


Those students who feel strong ties to their Jewish identity are feeling “alienated and marginalized” on campus, he says.

“In the last year, the environment has gotten worse for Jewish students and faculty … the administration and the president (Mamdouh Shoukri) have just let it happen,” Benlolo said.

The tensions came to a boil in the past two months over a mural situated in the Student Centre that depicts a well-muscled man wearing an Arab scarf (containing an image of an Israel without borders). The man, holding two stones behind his back, has set his gaze on an Israeli settlement under construction.

Calling the mural “pure hate,” film mogul Paul Bronfman recently withdrew the “thousands of dollars” of film equipment he provides to York film students, along with workshops and seminars, because Shoukri and his administrators refused to take it down.

A little more than a week ago, award-winning producer Robert Lantos also sent an open letter to Shoukri contending York has been transformed into “an incubator of hate and violence” against Jews and reprimanding the president for staying on the “sidelines” instead of taking a firm stand.

Benlolo says Bronfman’s decision to withdraw his funding has “entrenched” the administration even more — even though York has lost funding support from 90% of the Jewish community in Canada.

Efforts to reach Gayle McFadden, v-p operations, and Methilen Mathipalan, president of YFS — whose organization owns the mural, were unsuccessful. The two did not acknowledge my detailed emailed questions or my personal visit to their offices Friday.

But Shoukri sent an extensive response, refuting contentions that he hides behind free speech.

He said he’s concerned that any student — Jewish or from another group — would feel “excluded or unwelcome” and he takes this “very seriously.” He adds that he’s committed to a review of existing university policies and the Code of Student Rights and has asked the exec of the Student Centre to establish procedures for hearing complaints from students about use of the public space.

He insisted the “overwhelming majority” of donors have reaffirmed their ongoing support for York.



The mural at the centre of controversy for the past two months is called Palestinian Roots and is hanging near a spiral staircase just outside the cafeteria of the York University Student Centre.

It was painted by former student Ahmad Al Abid, who claims on the York Federation of Students (YFS) website that his inspiration for the piece is the ongoing issue in Palestine “where illegal settlement expansions have become common.”

The mural was supposed to come down this past September.

Zina Rakhamilova, campus co-ordinator for the Stand with Us organization, said the mural, which got put up during her final year at York and is owned by YFS, has not come down because the YFS is so actively involved in anti-Israel activities.

“They’re unwilling to take the mural down despite all the controversy surrounding it,” she says. “YFS is willing to let their own constituents feel marginalized in order to just build this narrow-minded political agenda.”

But Lorne Sossin, who is Jewish and dean of the law faculty at York, said not all Jewish students feel the same way about the art in the Student Centre. In fact, he says some he has spoke with “feel at home at York” and believe there are “supportive environments” at the university in which to study.

The World Is Revolting Against Hollywood’s Awful Feminist Remake Of Ghostbusters


The new Ghostbusters 3 is all shades of terrible. Combining affirmative action with casual racism (the three white characters are “scientists,” the black woman is some sort of glorified ghetto girl), this excuse for a remake has been forced to sell itself through the use of sick kids and lame trailer jokes that include a rip-off from The Exorcist’s line “The power of Christ compels you.” However, the public is rebelling, with overwhelming condemnation of the film’s premise and even existence.

Either those who saw the new trailer are all Return Of Kings readers, capable of discerning cinematic propaganda, or the general population is more astute than we give them credit for. Two-thirds of the trailer viewers have “disliked” it, perhaps vindicating the desperation of actresses Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in promoting the film by having photo ops with kids dying of leukemia and the like. Sony has responded with a mass delete campaign to thousands of comments left on the trailer.

No one has adequately explained why, in a world where everything from Microsoft to Snapchat is male-generated, the new globe-saving paranormal clean-up team is all female. Just because is what we have been told. Is it not enough, for example, that women, without superior qualifications, are prefered 2-1 for STEM faculty positions? Evidently not.

In multiple areas, including gender, race and the celebration of obesity, Ghostbusters 3 is a symbol of more or less everything that is wrong with both society and the filmmaking industry seeking to protect it. For your own self-respect, we vociferously recommend you keep further away from this film than Melissa McCarthy does from diets and good exercise.

CBC is now defending pedophiles


Just because someone is a pedophile, doesn’t mean they’re a bad person.

The biggest online support group for pedophiles is called Virtuous Pedophiles. Run by self-identified pedophiles Ethan Edwards and Nick Devin (both pseudonyms), the site is devoted to providing social support and resources to pedophiles who swear to live celibate, non-offending lives.