Japan to decide by end of month on expanded SDF peacekeeping protection role

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/19/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-decide-end-month-expanded-sdf-peacekeeping-protection-role/#.V-CErfArLIU

The government plans to make a decision by the end of this month over whether to expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces under the new security laws, allowing them to undertake rescue missions of foreign troops under attack during U.N. peacekeeping operations.

The SDF is also scheduled to start a joint exercise with the U.S. military next month under the assumption that the new regulations — which allow the right to collective self-defense — are approved.

Collective self-defense is the right to aid allies under armed attack, even if Japan itself is not attacked.

The concept was a key part of the controversial security laws that were passed by the Diet on Sept. 19, 2015.

On Wednesday, a Ground Self-Defense Force unit set to be dispatched to South Sudan in November to join U.N. peacekeeping operations began practical training for rescuing nongovernmental organization members and others under attack in remote locations.

The government will make a decision on the SDF’s new role after assessing progress in the GSDF unit’s training and the overall security situation in the African country at an upcoming National Security Council meeting.

It will also decide whether to give the SDF another new task of jointly protecting camps during peacekeeping operations with troops of other countries.

Once the decisions are made, the government will at a Cabinet meeting revise the current operational plans for SDF dispatches. The decision will also allow the SDF to begin training in preparation for situations that fall under the purview of collective self-defense.

In October and November, all three branches of the SDF are slated to participate in the Keen Sword exercise with the U.S. military. Those drills will be held in waters around Japan, where the SDF will practice, among other scenarios, defending a U.S. warship from attack.

The security laws also allow Japan to provide ammunition to the U.S. military and refuel U.S. jets when Japan itself is not under direct attack.

Tokyo and Washington are expected to sign a revision to the bilateral acquisition and cross-servicing agreement (ACSA) to enable such cooperation soon. The Abe government is aiming to have the revised ACSA enacted during the extraordinary Diet session that begins next Monday.

Still, observers say the government has its work cut out for it in explaining to a skeptical public the need for Japanese troops being deeply involved in operations with the U.S. military.

Taxi cameras planned to rein in abusive behaviour

http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1285915-20160919.htm

 

A taxi group representing a third of the 18,000 cabs in Hong Kong said on Monday that it plans to install recording devices in the vehicles to try to prevent unscrupulous behaviour.

The Association for Taxi Industry Development said the plan was aimed at countering the government’s proposal to introduce premium taxi services.

It hopes installing video cameras in taxis could prevent drivers from overcharging, refusing hire and from being rude. It said this would also help enhance their service.

Under the plan, recording would begin when a journey starts and the data would be encrypted to ensure it could not be tampered with. The association said the recordings will only be given to the police when they are asked to assist in investigations.

The association hopes to install the devices in about 2,000 taxis within a year. Each device will cost around HK$1,000 and the association will bear the cost.

A spokesman for the group, Chan Man-keung, said they have consulted the Privacy Commissioner’s office that said it will have no objections so long as certain conditions were fulfilled.

But the Privacy Commissioner, Stephen Wong, said his office has not, and will not support the move.

In a statement, he said his office thinks a balance has to be struck between public interest and protecting passengers’ privacy.

The office recommends that the taxi trade consider other options and evaluate the risk of invading people’s privacy.

Has The Infamous Lecturer Who Trashed Sir Tim Hunt Had Her Course Hours Cut?

The ugly fat lying cunt facing karma

 

University journalism lecturer and (alleged) journalist, Connie St. Louis, has seemingly had her postgraduate course at City University in London downgraded or axed, with her teaching hours apparently cut, Heat Street has established.

If so, St. Louis would also be presenting herself as the director of a non-existent course – following many similar ’embellishments’ of her CV.

Last year, St. Louis accused Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Tim Hunt of making “sexist” remarks at a conference for women in South Korea.

While giving a toast at the conference, Hunt joked: “It’s strange that such a chauvinist monster like me has been asked to speak to women scientists. Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them they cry. Perhaps we should make separate labs for boys and girls? Now, seriously, I’m impressed by the economic development of Korea. And women scientists played, without doubt an important role in it. Science needs women, and you should do science, despite all the obstacles, and despite monsters like me.”

St Louis was later found to have quoted Hunt selectively,  but by falsely claiming his words were misogynist she triggered a worldwide debate and ultimately derailed his career. Among her many lies were that Hunt had gone ‘on and on’, when he joked for two minutes, that he sat down to a ‘deathly silence’ when there was applause and laughter, and that a lunch that finished normally five minutes later was ‘ruined’. St. Louis also lied to other journalists stating that Tim Hunt had refused to answer her questions during a later session he was not present at; she confused him with a Wall Street Journal reporter and never apologised for this lie.

Futhermore, St. Louis and her co-conspirators Ivan Oransky and Deborah Blum failed to report that the exact same people who had hosted the lunch invited Sir Tim Hunt to open the WCSJ that very night. Sir Tim’s persecutor Deborah Blum happily shared the stage with him the evening after the uneventful lunch, and the WCSJ’s head of PR was photographed clapping him enthusiastically.

St. Louis then attended a two hour reception with Sir Tim Hunt during which time she never put any of her false allegations to him.

The BBC apologised to Louise Mensch and to Mary Collins and Tim Hunt for putting the words of the Today Show’s presenter in Hunt’s mouth. They also admitted that their understanding of Connie St. Louis basic credibility had ‘evolved’ as the scandal of her gross misresporting grew.

Incorrect and misleading quotes weren’t the only problem for the university lecturer.

The Daily Mail ‘s superb investigative journalist, Guy Adams, had a look at her CV and exposed outright lies and fabrications in her alleged experience as a journalist.

Now it appears St Louis’ misfired crusade against a pioneering scientist is coming back to haunt her.

City University in London, where she used to be the MA director in Science Journalism, appears to have dropped her course, according to a timetable seen by Heat Street  – the only one in the university’s journalism department to apparently suffer this fate.

As a result she will have plenty more free time to play with: the university seems to have given her only one 2 hour-long class to teach every week for two months.

http://heatst.com/world/has-the-infamous-lecturer-who-trashed-sir-tim-hunt-had-her-course-hours-cut/

 

Pro jihad Imam recited the Quran at Alberta Legislature

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“The sounds of the Qur’an reverberated off the marble pillars in Alberta’s legislature rotunda Wednesday night as part of Eid al-Adha celebrations,” the Edmonton Journal reported. The newspaper posted a photo gallery from the event accompanied with the following caption: “Imam Jamac Hareed recited from the Holy Quran during the Celebration of the Muslim Festival of Eid-Al-Adha at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.”

Imam Jamac Usman Hareed, a native of Somalia, serves as the Imam at Markaz Ul Islam Edmonton.Hareed, who studied Islamic studies and Shariah law in New Castle, South Africa and Arabic in Yemen, was as of March 2015 the Imam of the MAC [Muslims Association of Canada] Islamic Center (Rahma Mosque) in Edmonton, Alberta. He is also invited to lead prayers and deliver sermons at mosques across Canada and abroad.

At Eid-Al-Adha ceremony in Alberta’s legislature rotunda, Imam Jamac Usman Hareed recited verses from Surah Al-Hajj (The Pilgrimage), chapter 22 of the Quran. Surah al-Hajj deals with the commandment of Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, the warnings upon people who do not follow the teachings of Mohammad and the struggles against the disbelievers, the idolaters and polytheists. It reminds the Muslim believers that Allah exterminated the peoples who rejected the message of Islam. To see picture from the event click HERE.

Two days before reciting the Quran at Alberta’s Legislature, Imam Jamac Usman Hareed delivered the Eid al-Adha’s sermon at Edmonton EXPO Centre and among other things said the following (originally in Arabic):

O Allah, help our brothers, the Muslims everywhere, and particularly those who are carrying out the jihad in His [Allah’s] path of Him [Allah] and fighting in His [Allah’s] path and making the word of Allah superior and and the word of those of do not believe [in Islam] inferior.”

Imam Jamac Hareed recited in recent years supplications to Allah asking Him to support the mujahideen (jihad fighters). In one of these videos bearing the the title: “WAKE UP MUSLIMS!” Imam Jamac Hareed said (originally in Arabic 05:09-05:23):

O Allah, protect the mujahideen around the world, who are waging jihad in His [Allah] path and striving to make His word superior.”

He also asked Allah to give victory to the mujahideen in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Burma.

This video ends with a recorded message of the American-born al-Qaeda’s terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki. The message starts with the following slides: “A Message to the Muslim Ummah. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Then Awlaki is addressing the American Muslims:

How can your conscience allow you to live in a peaceful co-existence with a nation that is responsible for the tyranny and crimes committed against your own brothers and sisters? How can you have your loyalty to a government that is leading the war against Islam and Muslims?My advice to you is this. You have two choices: either hijra [emigrating to the Islamic State] or jihad. You either leave or you fight.”

The video was produced by M2Mproductions100 and was published on its YouTube channel on December 4, 2012. This YouTube channel contains hundreds of videos featuring Imam Jamac Hareed’s sermons, lectures and recitation of the Quran.

Imam Jamac Hareed encouraged his followers to subscribe to M2Mproductions100 YouTube channel for promoting the message of Islam. He also shared on his Facebook page the aforementioned video “WAKE UP MUSLIMS!

Imam Jamal Hammoud recited verses from the Quran at Alberta’s legislature in 2015

In 2015, Imam Jamal Hammoud was invited to Alberta’s legislature to recite verses from the Quran during the Celebration of the Muslim Festival of Eid-Al-Adha at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta.

Hmmoud, a graduate of Al-Madinah Islamic University in Saudi Arabia, is the Imam of al-Rashid Mosque in Edmonton, the senior Imam in Alberta, a member of Canadian Council of Imams and the senior representative in Canada of Lebanon’s Sunni religious authority Dar al-Fatwa (دار الفتوى).

Imam Jamal Hammoud recited at the Alberta Legislature verses from Surah Fussilat, Chapter 41 of the Quran. Surah Fussilat among other things deals with Allah’s punishment upon the disbelievers and reminds the Muslim believers that Allah exterminated the peoples who rejected the message of Islam.

Muslims are yearning for the Islamic army to emerge

In a sermon at the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking of the fast of Ramadan on August 8, 2013, Hammoud conveyed the following message in part in Arabic (underlined text was translated from Arabic):

The unity of the [Islamic] nation is a priority for every Muslim, should be like that, and we should care about it, and we should work for it.”

From this place, O brothers, we should strive and make a real effort, while eagerly waiting for the difficult birth which this [Islamic] Nation is undergoing. This hard labor that plagues the Islamic nation in this earth from its east to its west.

We are waiting impatiently to the newborn and his birth deprives us from sleeping as we are expecting it every hour and everyday, and it will lead this [Islamic] nation to the right path.

We are expecting [the emergence of] the army that the Prophet Mohammad], peace be upon him, talked about. When this [Islamic] Nation was about to enter Constantinople he said in this regard: ‘Its commander is the best and its army (that will conquer it) is the best’.”

We are waiting for the newborn, for the new leader of this [Islamic] nation. The [Islamic] nation is very strong, this [Islamic] nation is going to be united, this [Islamic] nation has so much to lead, but we are waiting for the leader to be born, God Willing, very soon…”

We are waiting for the easiness coming from God, Gloried and Exalted be He Almighty, sofor this [Islamic] nation to take the direction of leading, because Allah, Gloried and Exalted be He, said in the holy Quran: you have been the best nation that has been raised up for mankind, you command beneficence, and forbid maleficence and believe in Allah‘.”

We are proud of the teaching of Islam, because it is not calling for Muslims or Arabs. The teaching of the holy Quran is for the humanity, for the humanity to work for the cleanliness of the society. We would like to see society… very clean, very strong, people cooperate with each other and that’s the teaching of the holy Quran.”

Many people think that the teachings of the holy Quran only talk about jihad or the bloodshed. No. Islam is the religion of peace, is the religion of tranquility, is the religion of peace, so you greet everyone you meet.”

These are the ethics of Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him. O brothers, we are expecting to see more progress in our world, in our societies and in our courtiers, so peace will spread and security will prevail, God Willing, in the entire globe. We are anguished to see what happens in Syria, Burma, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Somalia, Egypt, Palestine and in other Islamic states and non Islamic states, because we don’t like chaos, we don’t like divisions, we don’t like killing, we don’t like fighting. We like peace, we like people to love each other. That is the teaching of the holy Quran and the way of the prophet Mohammad peace be upon him.”

One day Muslims will become the majority in Canada

Imam Jamal Hammoud was the keynote speaker at a fundraising event held on July 27, 2013 at Al-Hedaya Islamic Centre in Calgary, Alberta (8415 – 52 Street NE Calgary). In his speech Hammoud said the following:

We have reason to get together and to love each other and to go paint and to paint our future especially in country like this [Canada] as minority.

Muslims are minority in this country [Canada] and God Willing (ان شاء الله) in the future they will be, God Willing (ان شاء الله), majority.

So far we are minority, so when we get together this is kind of jihad in a way. Our jihad (جهادنا), our struggling, our jihad, our striving in the path of Allah (في سبيل الله) is our prayer (صلاة), building the mosques (مساجد), building the schools (مدارس), building the Islamic institutions so we keep the community together…

We are the biggest Nation (أمة) together. ’Your nation is one nation'(وهذه امتكم أمة واحدة). The nation (أمة) is one nation (أمة). There is no difference between any nationality, any color, any language. It’s one Nation (أمة) and people are jealous of us, because of our numbers, because of our quantity, because of our quality, and we want, God Willing (ان شاء الله), to improve our quality, so we can achieve more goals in the future.”