Govt. panel drafts growth strategy outline

A Japanese government panel has compiled a draft outline of a new growth strategy aiming to boost the country’s gross domestic product to 600 trillion yen or about 5.5 trillion dollars.

The draft was drawn up by the panel on industrial competitiveness. It says the strategy will aim to realize the 4th industrial revolution to increase GDP by about 275 billion dollars.

It will call for use of artificial intelligence and robots, including self-driving vehicles on highways, goods delivery by drones, and support for small and medium-sized firms in adopting compact robots.

The strategy will aim to expand the health care market from about 145 billion dollars at present to nearly 240 billion dollars. It will propose such measures as introducing robots for nursing care and promoting medical diagnoses utilizing a technology known as the Internet of Things, or IoT, which connects a wide range of objects via the Internet.

It will also set targets of about 600 billion dollars by improving productivity in the service industry, and more than 45 billion dollars by carrying out agricultural reform and facilitating exports of farm, forestry, and fishery products.

The strategy will also seek to increase spending by foreign visitors in Japan from 32 billion dollars in 2015 to 73 billion dollars in 5 years.

It will call for promoting overseas business by small and medium-sized companies, enhancing infrastructure exports, and speeding up procedures to grant permanent residence to foreigners with high-level skills.

The Japanese government hopes to gain Cabinet approval as early as next month after making final adjustments of details of the strategy.

Malaysia may deport to Taiwanese to Beijing


Taiwan on Friday was trying to prevent Malaysia from deporting 52 Taiwanese criminal suspects to the mainland amid an ongoing battle over jurisdiction involving the self-ruled island.

A Foreign Ministry statement said an initial group of 20 of those detained on suspicion of committing wire fraud had been due to be returned to Taiwan on Friday. However, it said Malaysian officials had delayed the flight, saying they were awaiting legal approval.

Taiwan’s statement said its officials were actively engaged in talks to pressure Malaysia to “bring home our citizen suspects to be investigated”.

Malaysian officials, speaking anonymously because they weren’t authorised to talk to media, confirmed that the mainland officials had requested the suspects be sent to them. The officials said the case was still under discussion but were unable to give further details.

The latest battle over Taiwanese deportations came after Kenya sent 45 Taiwanese suspects to the mainland instead of Taiwan. Beijing wants to investigate them for defrauding mainland victims by posing as police officers and insurance agents over the phone in order to obtain banking details.

Mainland’s state broadcaster CCTV has covered the Kenya deportations extensively, with suspects shown being led from the plane in prison smocks with bags over their heads. Others were shown in front of police and television cameras confessing to their crimes and apologising to their victims.

Minister of Immigration: “no apology” to homeless Canadians for taking in 25,000 Syrian refugees


In a conversation with the Executive Director of Global Diversity Exchange at the 2016 Cities of Migration Conference in Toronto on March 2, 2016 (the video was published on YouTube on April 7, 2016), Ratna Omidvar asked Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees John McCallum:

“What do you say to Canadians who say to you (as you welcome 25,000+ Syrian refugees) what about our homeless people, our young people without jobs, our native population, our sick and our elderly? How do you keep that up”?

McCallum responded (03:17-04:43):

“I say you can walk and chew gum at the same time. There are always going to be poor people in Canada. I think one of the greatest things on which we’re mandated to make progress is First Nations people, aboriginal people, indigenous people. And we’re certainly spending a lot of money on that if you look at the platform.

So I make no apology to anybody. In fact, if anything I boast about it the fact that we are one of the few countries that is being more welcoming to refugees rather than shutting the door or inching the door shut.

“I think that is a good thing and I think when you think that this is the worst refugee crisis the world has known in decades. There are literally millions of people displaced. It is causing huge problems in the European Union which we hear about every day.

“So I believe we are doing the absolute right thing in taking 25,000 people from the horrors of a civil war across the ocean and welcoming them here at home and most Canadians agree with that.

“And so I’m delighted that most Canadians agree with that and it doesn’t mean that we will not take measures to help others in Canada who have but others as well. We can do more than one thing at a time.”

According to Raising the Roof, an organization that seeks long-term solutions to homelessness, over 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year.

On any given night, 35,000 Canadians experience homelessness and 50,000+ Canadians experience “hidden homelessness”, such as couchsurfing, sleeping in a car, or other precarious housing. 20% of the homeless population are young people aged 16-24. Additionally, 10% of Canadian families live below low-income cut off and 14% of Canadian children live in poverty. Finally, 1 in 4 people experiencing homelessness identify as Aboriginal or First Nations.

In Toronto alone, there are at least 10,000 homeless youth during any given year and as many as 2,000 on a given night. About 50% of street youth surveyed by Covenant House said they had stolen food and eaten food that had been thrown out and 23% of the young women and 11% of the men said they’d resort to trading sex for food.

According to The Homeless Study, urban Aboriginal Peoples experience homelessness at a disproportionate rate and make up a significant percentage of the homeless population ranging from 20% to 50%, and in some cities more than 90% of those living on the streets are aboriginal.

Canadian Imam recommends on early marriage to avoid homosexuality, moral corruption


Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, is a Canadian and Toronto-based Muslim scholar, was born as a Christian in Jamaica in 1947 and grew up in Canada, where he accepted Islam in 1972.

He completed a diploma in Arabic and a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool ad-Deen) at the Islamic University of Madeenah in 1979. At the University of Riyadh, College of Education, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985, and in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, he completed a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology in 1994. Bilal Philips is regularity invited to mosques in Canada and abroad to speak about the teachings of Islam.

In recent years he was banned of entrance to or was deported from several countries, including Australia, UK, Germany, Kenya, Bangladesh and the Philippines, reportedly because of radical views or security reasons.

Dabiq, the official magazine of the Islamic State (a.k.a ISIS, ISIL, Daesh and Caliphate), recently includedBilal Philips in a new hit list of apostates who have “betrayed” Islam by opposing the jihad as being carried out by ISIS.

In one of his lectures (Published on YouTube on June 11, 2015), Bilal Philips addressed the “consequences of delaying in Marriage.” Bilal Philips argued the delaying the marriage bring about moral corruption, such as pornography, masturbation, lesbianism and homosexuality. The following is the transcript of Bilal Philips’ lecture:

“Here in our lives where this attitude of time, spare time, we have time, you don’t need to do this now, is the area of marriage. Young people when they reach the age of marriage. Parents are saying to them. Don’t get married, no. Wait, finish your studies and. Wait until you’ve got a job and you earned enough and you can build this thing and that, yeah, that’s the time. So that doesn’t happen until you are in your thirties. Right? That may be ok for the man. But for the woman it becomes a problem.

“It becomes a problem. Delaying Marriage. And the Prophet [Mohammad] peace be upon himtold us: يا معشر الشباب من استطاع منكم الباءة فليتزوج O young people who ever among you are able should get married.

“He said get married young. Get married young and we delay. So what happens? Those years,which are the most critical years, the years in which hormones are flowing, desires are strong. We tell them don’t get married.

“So what happens? People just turn it off and say ok. Turn off the desires, I’ll carry on. No. They end up in corruption. Either they’re watching, you know, pornographic stuff, which they shouldn’t be watching the channels etc. Now that these things are all available in this society or they engage, get caught up in masturbation or something like this, whatever they’re going end up doing things that they don’t need to be doing things, which are harmful to them. harmful to the society.

“That’s the consequence. Once we delay it brings in corruption. Worse than that, you end up with lesbianism, homosexuality gets born out of those circumstances.

“So the harm is great. We should marry young. We should marry our children young. And just so that you don’t think he’s saying that. It’s easy for him to say that. You know, my son was 16 years old, I got him married at 16. His wife was 18.

“They now have 6 kids, live in Dubai. Having a happy life. A good life God Willing (انشالله). My other son who just turned 17, he’s going to get married in August, God Willing, his wife is 15. So it can be done.

“You know who am I, you know, I‘m a convert Muslim. When I was studying in [the City of] Madeenah, I met one brother. Saudi in Madeenah. He had gotten married when he was 3 years old. I was shocked, 3 years old. Yeah, he got married [when] his wife was 2 and he was 3. Yeah. Not a problem. Praise be to Allah [الحَمْد لله] they are happily married, have bunch of kids and, you know, sure.

“When the Prophet [Mohammad] peace be upon him said, marry young and have a lot of kids,you see, he has all the opportunity. I mean you’ll be able to to to play with your great grandchildren, you know, you would not be so old you can’t even, you know, you’re lying on the bed all you can do is look at them and you can actually go and play with them, your great grandchildren.

“So, Praise be to Allah, I’m not going to say that you have to go and do that with your kidsnow, but I‘m just saying that you know, it works. There’s no harm in it in fact it prevents corruption and prevents corruption.”

Canadian Council of Imams to open “deradicalization clinics” to counter extremism


The Canadian Council of Imams (CCI), the supreme religious authority of Canadian Sunni Muslims, de facto acknowledges the link between global terrorism and Islam by announcing its intention to establish “deradicalization clinics” in Canada.

In a press release on Thursday, April 14, 2016, the Canadian Council of Imams stated among other thing the following:

We as an organization reflecting the length and breadth of Muslim communities in Canada, call on the Government of Canada and all Canadians to support the work of the CCI in its effort to counter the messages and acts of violent extremism.

We also call on Muslims across Canada to unite in driving this evil ideology from among us.

We also invite all Canadians to fight against Islamophobia which aids the marginalization of Canadian Muslims and strengthens the messaging of this deviant call to violent extremism.”

Michel Coulombe, the Director of Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), warned in his latest briefing on March 7, 2016 before the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, of the extent of Islamic radicalism in Canadian society.

We have never before faced a threat of the scope, scale, and complexity as that posed by extremists inspired by the violent ideologies of ISIL or al Qaeda,” Coulombe said. “Canadians with extremist views continue to seek to undertake terrorist activity, whether they remain in Canada or travel abroad. While the terrorist traveller phenomenon is not new to Canada, the volume of threats, the speed at which they evolve, and the use of technology and social media, has created significant investigative, technical, and analytical challenges for the service.”

Referring to the threat of Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, Caliphate) to national security of Canada, Coulombe said the following:

“ISIL, in particular, has developed a sophisticated and effective social media presence and has succeeded in recruiting thousands of individuals to travel to Syria from all corners of the globe. ISIL also calls followers to perpetrate attacks in their own countries or to facilitate the terrorist activities of others.

“Canadians are among this group. The service is currently aware of approximately 180 individuals who have an access to Canada, who are engaged in terrorist activity abroad. Of these, around 100 or so are believed to be in Turkey, Syria, or Iraq. The activities of these extremist travellers vary widely, ranging from paramilitary activity, training, and logistical support, to terrorist fundraising and studying at extremist Islamist madrasas. The participation of Canadians in these conflicts is destabilizing and harmful to the countries in which they operate, and Canada has an international obligation to prevent and deter terrorist travel.

“The service is also aware of around 60 returnees. Extremists returning to Canada have the potential to pose significant threats to our national security. However, I must be clear with the committee when I say “potential”, as returnees may respond in a number of different ways — from returning to normality, to radicalizing others, to financing or facilitating the travel of others, to planning attacks here.”