Diet passes bill to cut 10 lower house seats, narrow vote gap


The Diet has passed a bill to slash the number of lower house seats by 10 to 465 and rezone electoral districts in an effort to address the vote weight disparities among different regions.

The new law, enacted by a majority vote in the House of Councillors on Friday, calls for fewer House of Representatives members by cutting six single-seat constituencies and four proportional representation seats.

As redefining the electoral districts will require some time, an election under the amended system can only be conducted next year at the earliest. If an election is called before the procedure is completed, it will be held under the pre-reform system.

The latest change is intended to keep the vote weight disparities between the most and least populated single-seat constituencies below twofold—a threshold that when exceeded is seen by the Supreme Court as problematic from a constitutional point of view.

The single-seat constituencies to be cut are in Aomori, Iwate, Mie, Nara, Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures, while the four proportional representation seats are from blocs in Tohoku, Hokuriku-Shinetsu, Kinki and Kyushu.

To better reflect the population of prefectures and regional blocs, the new law also calls for introducing a seat allocation method later based on a formula believed to have been proposed by John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States.

But as the introduction will be based on the results of the 2020 national population census and subsequently unrealized until 2022 or later, opponents who sought immediate introduction of the so-called Adams method remain critical, saying a court could still rule against elections held under the new law.



Beijing warns it could cut contacts with Taiwan

Beijing warned Taiwan it would cut off critical contacts with the island if its new president Tsai Ing-wen does not state her support for the concept that there is only “one China”, mainland media reported on Saturday.

The comments came a day after Beijing-sceptic Tsai’s inauguration speech, where she called for “positive dialogue” with the mainland, but stopped short of any compromise on Beijing’s demands that she back its “one China” principle.

That principle was recognised by outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou of the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang party (KMT), who oversaw an eight-year rapprochement between the former bitter rivals.

Beijing is highly suspicious of Tsai, whose Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is traditionally pro-independence and has warned her against any attempt at a breakaway.

Beijing and Taipei have held regular, official communications since 2014, but that will stop unless Tsai acknowledges the “1992 consensus”, said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency.

The tacit agreement followed a 1992 meeting between mainland officials and the KMT which laid out the “one China” ideology, but allowed each side its own interpretation.

“The communications mechanism between the two departments can only continue if the ’92 consensus’, which represents the common political foundation of the One China principle, is adhered to,” Xinhua quoted Ma as saying.

Tsai and the DPP have never acknowledged the consensus.

In her speech Friday, Tsai reiterated her previous stance of recognising the 1992 meeting took place, but did not endorse its conclusions.

For Barbara Ellen at U.K Guardian: Woman, 24, admits to statutory rape of boy, 14

Barbara Ellen: “do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping with a girl pupil? I don’t”

CLINTON — A woman accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape and has received a suspended, two-year prison sentence.

Shelby Carol Ann Flores, 24, of Rocky Top was indicted in August by an Anderson County grand jury for having sex with the boy from May 1, 2013, through July 29, 2014.

As part of her supervised probation, Flores is to complete a psychosexual evaluation and stay away from the victim, court records state.

Flores’ plea was accepted Thursday in Anderson County Criminal Court.

Woman Arrested After Attacking Boyfriend For Refusing To Have Sex With Her

An Oak Forest, Illinois, woman was arrested and charged with domestic battery after she reportedly attacked her boyfriend when he refused to have sex with her.

Stephanie Miller, 26, from Oak Forest, Illinois, visited a local burrito restaurant with her boyfriend on April 25 after acting erratically and throwing a sandwich in a nearby bar, reports Chicago Tribune. At one point during the visit, her boyfriend says he went to the bathroom and Miller followed. She proceeded to remove her clothing and ask him for sex, reports NBC Chicago.

When he refused, Miller reportedly slammed his head against a wall. Police were called to the scene and subsequently questioned Miller about the incident. While she was going through her purse, officers say they spotted a bottle of prescription drugs with another woman’s name on it.

She was ultimately charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs in addition to the domestic battery charge.

Miller is being held on $75,000 bail.

Sources: NBC ChicagoChicago Tribune

Did the Trudeau Government Just “Own” the Next Terrorist Attack or Terrorist Traveller?

If the Government of Canada knowingly and directly funds an extremist organization, does it then bear responsibility for any subsequent extremist activity?  Why would the Government of Canada fund at organization that is known for its Islamist links?

Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini has just announced that the Kitchener Masjid, which is part of the Muslim Association of Canada[1], will receive a federal grant. The money is coming from a community infrastructure program celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.  The $197,000 will be used towards renovation of the mosque.[2]

The Senate of Canada heard in May of 2015[3] that the Muslim Brotherhood, listed as a terrorist organization in a number of countries[4], has a series of some eight to ten front organizations in Canada.  Among them are the Muslim Association of Canada, what used to be called CAIR-CAN, now the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Islamic Relief Canada and the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy – Canada, IRFAN.   IRFAN no longer exists as it lost it charitable status for funding terrorism and was later declared to be a terrorism entity.[5]

The testimony to the Senate was given by Dr. Lorenzo Vidino who is the Director of the Program on Extremism at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University. He has also held positions at the Centre for Security Studies, the Rand Corporation, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

The Government of the United Kingdom also released a report in late 2015 that stated the Muslim Brotherhood, “which can be seen primarily as a political project,” had a “highly ambiguous relationship with violent extremism.”  The Muslim Brotherhood is “deliberately opaque, and habitually secretive”  and that both as “an ideology and as a network it has been a rite of passage for some individuals and groups who have gone on to engage in violence and terrorism.”[6]

The Muslim Association of Canada itself has presented the following on its own website:

We believe that the efforts of Al-Banna and subsequent generations of the Muslim Brotherhood remain the truest reflection of Islamic practice in the modern era.[7]

The Muslim Association of Canada also says:

Much of the philosophy and vision of the Muslim Association of Canada derives from the heritage of the Muslim Brotherhood.[8]

Dr. El-Tantawy Attia, [9] is the executive director of the Masjid Toronto[10]which is also identified as being part of the Muslim Association of Canada. [11]  The Masjid and the Toronto chapter office of Muslim Association of Canada are in the same building.  Dr. Attia made his views clear with respect to the Masjid when he stated:

“Here, we follow the teachings of the Muslim Brotherhood.”[12]

Pro-caliphate group gathers in Mississauga


A controversial pro-caliphate organization is holding another event in Ontario this weekend.

“Join us to discuss the strength of the ummah,” reads an invitation to an event hosted by Hizb-ut Tahrir Canada in Mississauga on Saturday. “Ummah” is typically used to denote Muslims around the world.

The goal of Hizb-ut Tahrir, which was founded in the 1950s, is to unify all Muslims and Muslim countries into a large caliphate. It’s banned to varying degrees in many countries around the world, ranging from Germany, France, Russia and most Arab countries. The causes of the bans range from alleged participation in terrorist activities to racism and anti-Semitism. In Canada and the United States it faces no bans or allegations of illegal behaviour. However, previous conferences in the US have been canceled due to controversy and public outcry.

The title of Saturday’s event is “Pillars of the Khilafah [caliphate] state”, with the invitation depicting those pillars as resources, population, industry and military.

The Sun reported in January that the Canadian branch of the group hosted a similar event last November at a Mohawk College facility in Hamilton.

Mazin Abdul-Adhim, a prominent figure in the organization, gave a speech describing sharia as “the best system that exists on Earth.” He argued: “We’ve been sitting and not really doing very much for the application of Islam in society … We’re required to call for something — the full implementation of Islam — we’re not allowed to call for anything else or compromise in any other way.”

The college was unaware of the nature of the event when the space was booked but later told media the group is no longer allowed to host events there.

In a press release in January, Hizb ut-Tahrir stressed that it is a political party “that works with the global Muslim community to resume the Islamic way of life by re-establishing the Khilafah (Caliphate) in the Muslim lands, and this work is achieved through intellectual and political means alone.

“Hizb ut-Tahrir considers it impermissible (sinful/Haram) to use violence as part of this work, as the Shari’ah (Islamic Law) forbids it. Furthermore, Hizb ut-Tahrir does not promote hate speech, rather the efforts of the Hizb revolve entirely around creating awareness of the Islamic systems and how they correctly solve mankind’s problems, and disagreements are respectfully addressed through discussions and sincere debates in an intellectual manner,” the group stated.

A representative from Swagat Banquet Hall in Mississauga, where the event is taking place on Saturday, declined to comment on the matter when contacted by the Sun.

‘Selfie Girl’ Praised Hitler’s Killing of Jews…

A Muslim girl who took a “defiant” selfie at an anti-Islam protest in Belgium allegedly posted anti-Semitic comments on her Twitter, Facebook, and accounts, according to a Belgian former soldier and a leading Dutch website.

Zakia Belkhiri, 22, was lauded as an “inspiration”  by the media as her picture next to Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) protesters went viral.

But web sleuths have now claimed that Ms. Belkhiri’s “peace sign” in the picture is perhaps out of character for her. They claim she tweeted in 2012: “Hitler didnt kill all the jews, he left some. So we [would] know why he was killing them”.