OCTOBER 29, 2011 · 10:32 AM
Study: Asian Americans Most Bullied In US Schools
By Shaun Tandon | AFP

Asian Americans endure far more bullying at US schools than members of other ethnic groups, with teenagers of the community three times as likely to face taunts on the Internet, new data shows.

Policymakers see a range of reasons for the harassment, including language barriers faced by some Asian American students and a spike in racial abuse following the September 11, 2001 attacks against children perceived as Muslim.

“This data is absolutely unacceptable and it must change. Our children have to be able to go to school free of fear,” US Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday during a forum at the Center for American Progress think-tank.

The research, to be released on Saturday, found that 54 percent of Asian American teenagers said they were bullied in the classroom, sharply above the 31.3 percent of whites who reported being picked on.

The figure was 38.4 percent for African Americans and 34.3 percent for Hispanics, a government researcher involved in the data analysis told AFP. He requested anonymity because the data has not been made public.

The disparity was even more striking for cyber-bullying.

Some 62 percent of Asian Americans reported online harassment once or twice a month, compared with 18.1 percent of whites. The researcher said more study was needed on why the problem is so severe among Asian Americans.

The data comes from a 2009 survey supported by the US Justice Department and Education Department which interviewed some 6,500 students from ages 12 to 18. Asian Americans are generally defined as tracing ancestry to East Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the South Pacific.




Ham challenges role of atomic bomb in WWII
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 28/10/2011
Reporter: Ali Moore

ALI MOORE: But I guess it wasn't just that was it? I mean standard knowledge or standing thinking is that it was the bombs that brought on the surrender of Japan; you would argue differently?

PAUL HAM: Certainly. I would dismiss that. I would say the bombs were a contributing factor but I wouldn't say they were the decisive factor.

Now the idea in the American narrative is that the bombs led to the prompt and unconditional surrender of Japan. Well firstly they didn't surrender unconditionally. Their sole condition was the retention of the emperor, which America accepted.

In fact, the day of the dropping of the bomb in Nagasaki, there was a top meeting in Tokyo of the six warlords who ran the country then. And they were discussing, not atomic bombs but the Russian invasion of Japanese occupied territory the day before, and a runner comes in and says “Sir, we've lost Nagasaki, it's been destroyed by a new ‘special’ bomb.” They didn't know it was atomic at that stage. And the sort of six Samurai sort of said, “thank you, and run along with, that's interesting ...”

ALI MOORE: And off he went.

PAUL HAM: And off he went. We've got more important things to deal with, which is the Russian invasion of our territory. And this was an extraordinary dismissal of the loss of another city.

But the background of course is that at that point Japan had already lost 66, 67 cities to conventional bombardment, to the incendiary campaign, which was a deliberate attack on Japanese civilians. And this had been going on for six months.

So two more cities had been destroyed by a "special" bomb. Remember they hadn't seen photographs of it at this stage, they hadn't seen the mushroom cloud which so horrifies us today. They were just sitting there hearing that there's been this strange bomb and the city's devastated.

Well, they were talking in a bunker under Tokyo, which was absolutely devastated.

ALI MOORE: But what they were aware of was that Russia had invaded Manchuria. Now Russia, they'd been trying for long time to get Russia to play peacemaker, and they had had a peace agreement with the Russians until Stalin declared war himself?

PAUL HAM: Yes, they had a neutrality pact with Russia, between Russia and Japan. And this was supposed to last until April 1946. Stalin completely ignored it and in the last stage of the war he was very keen to get "in at the kill", as he put it, to grab some of the spoils of the Pacific war. He wanted a communist foothold in Asia.

Now this terrified the Japanese, because not only ...

ALI MOORE: But why did that terrify the Japanese, "a suffocating fear" as you put it, more than the Americans?

PAUL HAM: Well it's firstly, this is deep history now, because we had the vendetta for the Russian loss of the 1904-05 Russia-Japanese war. A most extraordinary humiliation to the Russians, especially the kind of vendetta mindset of the leaders of that country, and they never forgave Japan for that.

And this was, this was the invoice now. They sent 1.5 million Red Army troops across the Manchurian border into Japanese-occupied territory, that was on August the 8th. The bomb, perversely, brought forward the Russian invasion by a week. Because they wanted, they could see that if America had the bomb then maybe Japan would surrender, so we want to be in there as quickly as possible.

Japan was terrified, because here was a war they understood, it was a clash of blood and iron. It was a battle the Samurai mind could respect, if not win.

They regarded the incendiary bombardment of their country by Americans has cowardly attacks on civilians. Which of course, it was certainly an attack on civilians, there was no pretence that this was, that Curtis LeMay, who was commanding the air war, was attacking military targets. It was a deliberate policy to exterminate Japanese civilians. And this went on for six months.

And, you know, most, many observers of the time, it's not me saying this, but many generals at the time, certainly Eisenhower and MacArthur, thought that this was barbaric. They regarded the incendiary attacks on civilians as not really a meaningful influence on the war effort because it was destroying non-combatants. And they would say “if you're going to win a war, you attack combatants, you attack military targets.” And certainly the Russians were going to do that.


In Japan, Provocative Case for Staying Nuclear on.wsj.com/ujNxVq via @WSJ 日本の潜在的核保有状況について。
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It takes just 10 tons of civilian-grade plutonium to be converted into weapons-grade material for up to 1,000 nuclear weapons, according to a 1998 Council of Foreign Relations paper by physicist Richard Garwin, a U.S. Los Alamos National Laboratory consultant from 1950 to 1993.

As of the end of 2010, Japan had 30.1 tons of fissile plutonium, according to a Japanese Cabinet Office report submitted on Sept. 20 to the Japanese Atomic Energy Commission.

Security experts point to some recent developments that have highlighted Japan's advanced technology, which could also be used to deliver a warhead. They note that Japan passed a law in 2008 allowing military applications in its outer-space programs, ending a 40-year ban limiting space development to commercial or research programs only.

They also cite the Hayabusa government test satellite, which successfully landed on an asteroid before returning to Earth in June 2010. It employed the same type of atmospheric re-entry technology needed to guide ballistic missiles.

"Japan can develop nuclear weapons very quickly if it decided to, but it would be very difficult for political leaders to go down that path," said Kevin Maher, an independent consultant and former 30-year veteran Japan hand at the U.S. State Department. "We've never had any concern about the Japanese government building a nuclear weapon," he said, citing issues such as cost, public opinion and defense strategy.

Other experts on Japan say the issue is more complex. Japan is surrounded by nuclear armed states such as China, North Korea and Russia.

"The Japanese government has also hedged a great deal on the issue of nuclear weapons, which is what raises concerns abroad," said Saadia Pekkanen, an adjunct professor at the University of Washington, who co-authored a 2010 book on Japanese defense technology. "Japan is credible as a latent nuclear power, and should be taken seriously as such by its rivals in the region," she said.

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Protest march on Downing Street over deaths of black people in custody
Annual march, which aims to highlight increase in deaths of black detainees, expected to be the largest yet

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Protesters will march on Downing Street on Saturday to highlight a big increase in the number of black people dying in police custody this year.

In 2010 three black detainees died in police custody. Between January and August 2011 there were eight.

This increase comes at a time of overall decline in deaths in all forms of custody. According to a report from the independent advisory panel on deaths in custody there has been a 16% reduction in all custody deaths between 2000 and 2010


OCTOBER 29, 2011 · 10:35 AM

Racist Sign Sparks Outrage In Northeast El Paso

A disturbing sign is sparking outrage from some residents in a Northeast El Paso neighborhood.

Neighbors called Newschannel 9 to complain about a yard sign they say is not just disturbing– but offensive.

Part of the sign reads: “Halloween 2011. No blacks welcomed to trick or treat.”

We tried to knock on the door of the house, but were stopped by a locked gate, and nobody inside responded when we asked for an interview.

Instead, we spoke with the African-American family that lives next door to where the sign is posted.

“…these are just children. That is what the spirit is for, is for the children. Even if you don’t want black kids around your children, you don’t have to advertise it,” said Andre Sherman.

At this time, it’s unclear if the homeowner put the sign there, or is even aware that it’s there.







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「10年で2.7兆円」の経済効果は小さすぎ? TPPの政府試算に波紋
2011.10.29 21:53



2011年10月29日 13:43




#2 影山優理さん from AP通信

I felt like I was not accepted by Japanese society and by mainstream American society.

I have been with the AP for about 15 years now. I started out as a local hire in the Tokyo Bureau. I sent resumes to several news organizations; then I took the test. I got interviewed and I got hired at the AP. Before that, I was with the Japan Times, an English newspaper in Japan, for five years and I wanted to get another job. That's why I applied and I got a job here.

What I try to do when I write news articles is because I write for the international audiences. I think about how I can get their attention and how I can make a topic that is easy to understand for them.

Also the problem is... A lot of scoops that you may have or a lot of really interesting stories that you may have are not gonna be understandable to the international audiences. So it is a kind of challenge.If you look at everything hard enough, there's a way to make it international.


So he sent me to the Washington D.C. area and I went to a public elementary school there. And when I came back to Japan, he chose to put me in an international school. And then, when I was in high school, we went to live in Alabama and I went to a public school there. Then we came back and he put me in an international school in Tokyo.


Even though I spent a lot of my years in Tokyo, I went to an international school where I got educated in the English language and so it was a lot easier for me to apply to US universities. So I went to Bryn Mawr College first and I transferred to Cornell University. I majored in an interdisciplinary field of sociology, anthropology and social psychology. Then I got my master's at UC Berkley in sociology.
I didn't stay for my doctorate and I was writing as a freelance writer. Actually I wanted to be a fiction writer and poet. I have a lot of poetry and short fictions published in literary magazines. I liked to write stories even when I was in elementary school.


Even though news is supposed to be objective, which means that it doesn't matter who writes the news, that's not really true. Because a reporter makes a big difference. How sensitive the reporter is or how well-researched reporter is... makes a difference to the story. We know about Japan. We're sensitive to things about Japan. So we're something special's offer to be at Bloomberg, Reuters, or the New York Times, whatever. I think we should be proud of that and take advantage of that.


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Thursday, Sep. 29, 2011

Olympus takes whistle-blower to highest court


Japan is behind some Western nations in protecting whistle-blowers. Corporate loyalty is king and outspoken employees are often subjected to bizarre punishments, such as assigning them closet-size offices.

ここらへんが、”how I can get their attention”を工夫したところか?
そのwestern nations のデータを示すことがないところが、fiction writer 志望だった片鱗か?

2011.10.29 07:53


 『文春』が「暴力団員だった父はガス管をくわえて自殺 橋下徹42歳 書かれなかった『血脈』」。



 これまで書かれなかった出自のことが、なぜ今? なぜこのタイミングで?







OCTOBER 27, 2011 · 7:07 AM
92% Stopped, Frisked In Bronx Are Black Or Hispanic

This outfit, Willie Hazzard says, makes him a target for cops to stop and frisk him – something which he says has happened 17 times since he moved to Soundview two years ago.

None of the encounters resulted in arrest, he said.

The NYPD stop-and-frisk policy has recently come under fire again after a Staten Island cop was charged with falsely arresting a black man following a stop and then bragging on tape, “I fried another n—–.”

The case prompted protests at stationhouses and calls for a federal investigation into the police tactic, which was used 362,150 times in the city in the first six months of this year – predominantly on black and Hispanic males.

There were 22,365 people stopped, questioned and frisked in the Bronx between April 1 and June 30 – the latest figures available – according to a quarterly report released by the NYPD, with 2,876 of the Bronx stops resulting in arrests or summonses.

Ninety-one percent of the people stopped in the Bronx were male, and 92% of those stopped were black or Hispanic.

The NYPD maintains that the controversial policy is a crime deterrent.

The Daily News conducted a random survey of 20 men of color, ranging in age from 14 to 35, in three Bronx neighborhoods – Soundview, Fordham, and The Hub. Nine said they had been stopped and frisked by police at least once.

A resounding complaint was that cops patrolling apartment buildings ask to see entrants’ keys or IDs to make sure they are residents.

“I was putting the key into the front door of my building and they stopped me, asked who I am and I had to show them my ID,” Rob Gomez, 21, said of a recent stop he was involved in as he entered his building on E. 143rd St.

Landlords of private residential buildings can ask officers to conduct drug sweeps in buildings through the Operation Clean Halls program.

“People have a right to live in safe buildings and neighborhoods, but this is not police protection – this is police intrusion,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

“It’s pure harassment to put people into the system [putting their names on file via stop-and-frisk forms] who haven’t done anything wrong.”

The NYPD says the practice is backed by a state criminal procedure law – allowing an officer to stop a person reasonably believed to have committed or about to commit a crime.

Dressed in baggy jeans, a T-shirt and baseball cap, a 17-year-old Fordham teen said he has been stopped “at least 10 times” around his neighborhood.

“They ask you, ‘What you doin’?’ and they say I look suspect,” said the teen, whose name is being withheld by The News.

“I just got stopped last month just for walking to my building – they checked my pockets and everything. It’s illegal – they shouldn’t be doing it.”

Yet according to court records, he pleaded guilty last month to criminal possession of a weapon – a switchblade that cops found on him.

Just six blocks away from where Hazzard walked, cops fired 41 shots at an unarmed Amadou Diallo in 1999, killing him as he reached for his wallet. The case spurred allegations that stop-and-frisks are racially motivated.

That incident comes to Hazzard’s mind when cops halt him.

“Now, I just assume the position and drop my wallet on the ground because I don’t want to get hit 41 times,” he said.


OCTOBER 27, 2011 · 7:06 AM
Wisconsin Landlord Sued For Refusing To Rent To Black Couple

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing a La Crosse apartment complex and its manager, alleging racial discrimination.

The lawsuit alleges that the manager of Geneva Terrace Apartments told prospective African-American renters that apartments were not available while telling prospective white renters that apartments were available.

The complaint alleges that in 2009 and 2010, manager Nicolai Quinn told an African-American couple interested in renting an apartment in Geneva Terrace that no apartments were available — even though the complex had posted a sign advertising vacancies.

The couple asked a white friend to contact the complex, and Quinn allegedly told the white friend he had apartments available.

Ron Stadler, a Milwaukee attorney for Geneva Terrace and Quinn, denies the allegations and says the defendants welcome the opportunity to clear their names.

OCTOBER 27, 2011 · 7:05 AM
Over 40% Of Participants In Finnish Newspaper Poll Say They Have Been Targets Of Racism

Members of ethnic minorities in Finland have many stories of racism to tell. As part of its street poll, Helsingin Sanomat spoke to 100 people who gave praise to their host country but also revealed the flip side.

‘I was in Imatra at a cash machine when someone came up to me and asked why I was here before punching me in the face.’

Nepalese student Chhabin Pokhrel, 25, had lived in Finland for three weeks when he got a taste of his host country’s dark side. Four years later he’s ready to say that the Finns are quite a racist nation.

A good 400 kilometres to the west, Amrin Babay, a 29-year-old cleaner living in Turku, and his whole family became a target for their racist tormentor.

‘I encountered racism for the first time in my life in Finland, even though I have lived in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan,’ says Babay.

Of those people Helsingin Sanomat spoke to, 43 said that they’d been the target of racist behaviour.

Fifty-seven said that they hadn’t personally encountered racism.

Thirty-four said they completely agreed or partially agreed with the statement ‘Finns are racists’. Of those people who were interviewed, 60 completely or partially disagreed.”


Racist language still used by our generation

By Spencer Lindsay
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 4:18 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, October 26, 2011 10:35:29 p.m.
While I was eating breakfast at my dining commons last week, I heard something that offended me — I noticed people at the table in front of me were trying to sound funny by impersonating a “black” manner of speaking. No one at the table was anywhere close to black. As I listened to more and more of their conversation, I grew more and more outraged. They began to say things like “You shouldn’t take that shit from no bitch, backhand her ass” and “you don’t want to mess with me, ‘cause I will fuck you up.” I am not a man that is easily offended, but this offended me deeply.

Pundits have predicted that our generation will be less racially divided than generations past, but when I hear some things my peers say, I am not so certain. Some white people will spew this kind of offensive crap while impersonating black people, yet will often use the line “you’re playing the race card” in political debates. Some will use the N-word, but shrug off any debate over the implications of the word as “reverse racism.” Some even base their political and social opinions on gross stereotypes of entire races, classes or sects of people.


Overcoming racism in Seattle rentals
The first step toward treating a disease is to have an accurate diagnosis. That goes for most problems or challenges. If you can't diagnose a problem, or worse, you don't recognize it exists, it will persist. So here we are in 2011 and landlords in Seattle are still discriminating against prospective tenants who are black.

Jerry Large
Seattle Times staff columnist

The first step toward treating a disease is to have an accurate diagnosis.

That goes for most problems or challenges. If you can't diagnose a problem, or worse, you don't recognize it exists, it will persist.

So here we are in 2011 and landlords in Seattle are still discriminating against prospective tenants who are black.

What we are seeing is not the hate-filled racism so common when I was young, but unequal treatment that springs from flawed thinking.

In case you missed it, The Times reported Saturday on a test of bias in rental housing in Seattle.

The study was done for the city's Office of Civil Rights and found indications of bias against black people and in favor of white people in 69 percent of the rentals tested.

There's a professor at Central Washington University, whose work I've mentioned before, Key Sun.

He's written that one reason for the persistence of these biases is that we treat bias as a moral failing, when often it is instead a "manifestation of cognitive distortions."

Our heads are full of images and information from media and other sources that paint black people in particular in negative ways, with not much on the positive side to balance the ledger.

He cites research that 15 percent of U.S. drug users are black, but 50 percent of network news stories on drugs focus on black people.

And he writes that people make another error. They mess up the math, assuming negative statistics that apply to some black people apply to every black person.

More than 80 percent of serial killers are white males, but no one would assume 80 percent of white males are serial killers.

What seems to be hard for people is to assess each person who shows up to apply for a job or an apartment as an individual.

Awareness is the first step toward being able to do that, which is why the city did the rent study.

There are people who don't want equality, but Bronstein believes most of us do, "and the only way we can get there is to acknowledge where we are," he said, not to feel guilty, but to make a change.


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Turkey: Earthquake highlights oppression of Kurdish minority

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by Ron Margulies in Istanbul

This week an earthquake has killed hundreds in south-eastern Turkey, in and around the Kurdish town of Van.

This is a very poor part of the country. The town’s population has swollen in the past 20 years from a few hundred thousand to well over a million, as a result of the war between the Kurdish national movement and the Turkish army. Peasants from the surrounding countryside have flooded in to escape the war and to search for work.

The creaking infrastructure cannot cope, and there are no jobs.

When I visited two years ago there were ramshackle, poorly-built buildings everywhere—even in the town centre. One newspaper has reported that none of the 10 sellers of ready-mix concrete in the town hold the necessary official quality certificates.

It is these buildings, inhabited by the poorest, which collapsed when the earthquake hit. They include a student hall of residence. So far, the official death toll is 366 and this is expected to rise.

The earthquake hit in the middle of extensive military operations by the Turkish army against the Kurdish PKK.

The fighting has been intense for the past two months, with dozens dead on both sides. It was revealed at the beginning of the summer that the Turkish state and PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan had been holding talks and negotiations for the previous five years. Clearly these have now broken down.

In recent weeks the PKK has been reminding the state that there is no military solution, that the PKK cannot be defeated by arms. Last week, 25 Turkish troops were killed in one day. The army’s response, as always, has been to wage further war, blindly and needlessly causing further bloodshed.

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A history of racism against travelling people

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Bailiffs were sent to evict Travellers from Dale Farm

Residents look on as scores of riot police and bailiffs begin dismantling their site

Travellers have faced racism for centuries. As early as the 16th century, laws were passed in England expelling so called “Egyptians” or Gypsies.

Roma Gypsies were expelled from many other European countries too.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, several European governments tried to force Travellers to “assimilate”. In some cases, they took Traveller children away and placed them in non-Traveller families.

Adolf Hitler’s Nazis murdered up to half a million Gypsies in the Holocaust during the Second World War.

This anti-Traveller racism remains strong to this day. Travellers are more likely to die earlier, to live in poverty, and to have worse health and education than settled people.


Basildon council leader Tony Ball justified his vendetta against the Dale Farm Travellers by referring to “the law”. But the law systematically discriminates against Travellers.

So, Travellers at Dale Farm had applied time and time again for planning permission, only to be continually refused. More than 90 percent of Traveller applications are refused in the first instance.

And for all their talk of “obeying the law”, last week’s eviction was a graphic reminder of how police and councils can simply disregard the law when it suits them.

A judicial ruling had specified that certain plots, along with gates, fences and walls, could remain. But police smashed in a fence when they entered the site. One Traveller said police had kicked her fence in too.

The ruling also said that the council had to provide electricity to the legal plots during an eviction. For at least some of the time, it failed to do so.

Mary, one of the Travellers, told Socialist Worker of her shock at the level of racism she faced. “I saw lots of other councils on the news digging trenches to stop us coming onto their land,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it. We’re not a different species—we’re human beings.”

Tories make life harder

“You’re Travellers—so why don’t you travel?” The mainstream media has slung this question at the Dale Farm Travellers time after time during their eviction. It wilfully ignores the real obstacles that Travellers face.

A series of laws has made travelling much harder. There are far fewer legal sites that they can move to.

And living “on the road” no longer an option—even if Travellers did want to do this—because the police would simply move them on.

The Tory’s 1994 Criminal Justice Act removed the responsibility of councils to provide sites for Travellers.

The government encouraged Travellers to buy their own land—which is precisely what Dale Farm Travellers did. Now they are getting blamed for it.

Labour’s 2004 Housing Act obliged councils to provide Traveller sites. But many failed to do so. Money set aside for providing legal sites was spent elsewhere.

The Tories have set about making life even harder for Travellers. They have scrapped a programme of grants for sites and revoked the rules requiring councils to provide for Travellers.

Dale Farm residents weren’t against moving. They tried to move to nearby land, but these offers were rejected by the council.

The Travellers want to go somewhere where they can live together, not be isolated in scattered houses.

They aren’t against travelling. The problem is there’s nowhere to travel to


Recently, I became acquainted with a young woman from Japan. She married an American, and was living in Japan, but about a year ago, due to her husband's job, she moved to the United States. She described her impression of the United States as follows: "When I lived in Japan, our American friends were very friendly, initiating conversation by asking 'How are you?' and inviting people to parties. So I thought America was a place where I could have human relationships that were cheerful and fun. But the reality is different. True, everyone greets everyone, and I get invited to parties, but not to become any closer than that. I'm lonely here because I don't have someone who is willing to listen to my private matters."

It seems to me that Japanese people tend to make groups, seeking solidarity with others within the group. Eventually, the concept of "us" (insider=uchi) and "them" (outsider=soto) emerges. Even if a Japanese person isn't so conscious of this, they tend to use this uchi/soto distinction quite a bit.

From birth, a Japanese will belong to many groups, starting with family, then their school class, various clubs, and eventually their workplace. Each Japanese person, individually, has many overlapping group circles, and within those groups, they cooperate to achieve goals, enjoy each other's company, sharing in the joys of success and suffering the pain of despair. Whatever their problem, whether it is relationship-related, or a spiritual/moral dilemma, it is easy to find someone to listen to you because these are people who share the same thought process nurtured by a common background. Sometimes, just being listened to is all it takes to feel better.

In contrast, groups that Americans form tend to be transient: When the activity is over, the group disperses, returning to being individuals. Unlike the Japanese, these groups usually do not become social cliques in themselves, and members tend not to get involved in the lives of others, and tend not to share their personal issues. For such support, people go to specialized family counselors, marriage counselors, or a support group, the numerous examples of which cover every conceivable subject, including alcoholism and domestic abuse.

If a Japanese person tries to interact with Americans in the uchi (insider) sense, they perceive the noncommittal attitude they receive from Americans as a rejection, and feel lonely. In addition, Japanese people are frequently not used to solving problems independently. In contrasting the two cultures there are different lines drawn between privacy and friendship.

In a previous column I stated that, historically, Japanese values were centered on pride, honor and discipline, and were based on morals that put "trust" first and foremost, leading to mutual respect over time, and becoming a building-block for survival in a group-oriented society.

However, as Japanese society became more prosperous, instead of seeking the traditional tenets of "pride, honor and discipline," people began to desire fame and fortune. In today's Japan, as a result of this shift, ethics have begun to change, but the culture that puts group activity at its core has remained, with complicated implications, especially in the workplace.

It is fine to value "saving face" as long as actions remain within the realm of white lies. But if one's subordinates or even supervisor are doing something unlawful, the group dynamic becomes quite complicated. It is hard for the Japanese to speak up as it may lead to loss of face for the whole organization.

To break the trust of the group, and cause shame for the supervisor, as it leads to the loss of security for the self, is hard for a Japanese to do. As a consequence, Japanese people can be very reluctant to become "whistle-blowers."

In addition, bringing out problems of uchi to soto is taboo, so even if the whistle-blower's actions are justifiable, he or she will be persecuted within the organization. Therefore, evildoings within an organization remain secret for a long time, which might be a reason why corporate scandals in Japan remain underground until they become so large that the corruption of the "uchi" spills over to "soto." Corrective action within Japanese organizations, therefore, can be very difficult.

Amid the forces of globalization, contemporary Japan is experiencing the collision of values embedded in the more traditional "group society" and the Western "individualistic society." Today, Japan seems unable to decide between the two, and as a result, is experiencing the worst of both. For example, both the education ministry and the public school curriculum assert that they respect individualism, but in reality, it is a system that still values "wa."

Even if students want to assert their individuality, they cannot--if students assert themselves, they break the unwritten rules of maintaining "wa," and if they value "wa," they become dissatisfied with the contradictions that society enforces. While people are inundated with information that touts individualism through the mass media and on the Internet, the people who are in the position of power in this society have not changed from the traditional "group society" framework.

As a consequence, the younger generation of Japanese seem to be unsure on two fronts: unsure whether they can live without the security, in both psychological and real terms, that comes with valuing the tenets of "wa" or "group society," and at the same time, unsure whether or not they can embrace individualism. Perhaps this is why some of them end up becoming NEETs--people who are not in education, employment or training.

Despite 60 years of democracy following the conclusion of the World War II, the Japanese are still unable to digest the concept of individualism and freedom. In addition, the Japanese have given up trying to convey the historical values system that stresses pride, honor and discipline to the next generation. Today's Japanese, having lost their emotional compass, have become unable to distinguish the difference between good and evil, which is why I think we have seen a rise in corporate scandals and crimes in recent years.

Manes resides in Philadelphia and teaches Japanese at Bucks and Montgomery county community colleges. She is the author of "Culture Shock of Mind."



US cops tried to erase online evidence of brutality
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Published: 26 October, 2011

Google has been asked by a US law enforcement agency to remove several videos exposing police brutality from the video sharing service YouTube, the company has revealed in its latest update to an online transparency report.
Another request filed by a different agency required Google to remove videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. The two requests were among 92 submissions for content removal by various authorities in the US filed between January and June 2011. Both were rejected by Google along with 27 per cent of the submissions.


US uranium to blame for deformed babies in Fallujah?
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Published: 25 October, 2011

A London court is set to hear a case involving the alleged use of uranium-enhanced weapons by US-led forces in the deadly 2004 battle for Fallujah. Some say it is the cause of horrific birth defects and congenital diseases in the Iraqi city.


Former Goldman Sachs exec surrenders to FBI
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Published: 26 October, 2011,

nly half-a-minute after a 2008 Goldman Sachs board meeting, Rajat Gupta got out his phone and dialed Raj Rajaratnam. The next morning, his pal sold his stake in the company, saving millions of dollars before they suffered their first quarterly loss.
Three years later, Gupta surrendered to federal authorities this week as he faces charges relating to the insider trading cases that caused his wealthy associate to avoid a financial disaster at the dawn of the Great Recession. The correspondence between the two, attest prosecutors, allowed the men and their associations to benefit immensely off the stock market, making tens of millions of dollars through illegal talks. Rajaratnam was already sentenced earlier this month for his involvement in improper trades, which has earned him 11 years in prison.
Gupta, who had a guest spot at President Barack Obama’s first state dinner, was first lobbied with civil fraud charges courtesy of the Securities and Exchange Commissioner back in March. Charges were later dropped however, pending further investigation. In the meantime, Gupta resigned from several high-profile corporate boards, including Procter & Gamble. With five counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit coming from a grand jury this morning, Gupta’s legal woes are back, however, and worse than ever.
Should Gupta, 62, be convicted of the five counts of security fraud, he stands to receive a maximum of 100 years in prison.
Authorities allege that Gupta stood to gain from the loss that should have been for Rajaratnam. Together the pair was involved in a series of businesses partnerships together, including one private equity fund that was co-founded by the men. Prosecutors say that had Rajartnam not followed Gupta’s advice, his groups stood to lose upwards of $23 million.
"Rajat Gupta was entrusted by some of the premier institutions of American business to sit inside their boardrooms, among their executives and directors, and receive their confidential information so that he could give advice and counsel for the benefit of their shareholders,” Manhattan US attorney Preet Bharara says in a statement. “As alleged, he broke that trust and instead became the illegal eyes and ears in the boardroom for his friend and business associate, Raj Rajaratnam, who reaped enormous profits from Mr. Gupta's breach of duty."

Rajat Gupta Arrest: Five More Cases of Insider Trading
By Roland Li | October 26, 2011 4:52 PM EDT
Rajat Gupta's arrest is the latest in the unscrupulous world of insider trading. Here are five more recent cases:

In perhaps the most infamous case, the media magnate Martha Stewart was indicted on nine counts related to insider trading. In a highly publicized trial, she was not convicted of insider trading, but still was found guilty of securities fraud and obstruction of justice, which lead to her resignation from the company that bears her name. She had sold 3,928 shares of ImClone Systems stock in 2001, thus avoiding a $45,673 loss, thanks to a tip from Peter Bacanovic of Merrill Lynch. Stewart served five months in prison and was monitored afterwards, also paying a fine of $30,000. She made a comeback in 2005 and returned to head "Martha Stewart Living."
Christopher Balkenhol, May 2007

Balkenhol, a former vice president at Oracle Corp., agreed on a $198,000 cash settlement after allegations of insider trading. Balkenhol's wife, Carolyn, also worked at Oracle as a secretary to CEO Larry Ellison, where she scheduled meetings with other companies. Christopher would buy $448,000 of shares in one target company, Siebel Systems Inc., and made $82,000 in profits after Oracle targeted it. In another case, he bought $85,000 in shares of Retek Inc. and made a $15,000 profit. As part of an agreement with the SEC, the Balkenhols did not have to admit wrongdoing and avoided a trip to court.

Hafiz Naseem, May 2007

Naseem worked at the energy desk of the Swiss firm, Credit Suisse, where he leaked deals that included a $32 billion bid for Texas company TXU Corp. The trades made over $7.5 million, according to authorities. Naseem, a Pakistani native, called bankers in the area about deals involving Hydril Co., Trammell Crow Co., John H. Harland Co., Energy Partners Ltd., Veritas DGC Inc., Jacuzzi Brands Inc., Caremark Rx Inc. and NorthWestern Corp. Ultimately, he received a 10 year jail sentence in May 2008, just a few months before the economic crisis.

Matthew Devlin, December 2008

Devlin, a former broker at now defunct firm Lehman Brothers, gained insight into mergers through his wife, who worked at a big publicity firm. The firm earned $4.8 million in profits for a group, and Devlin received gifts that included a Cartier watch, widescreen television and a stint at a Porsche Driving School. His wife, Nina, was not charged, but others involved -- including a former Playboy model -- were also charged. In September 2009, Frederick Bowers, another Lehman broker involved, was sentenced to 2,000 hours of commuity service, a $15,000 fine and made to forfeit $12,000.

Igor Poteroba, March 2010

Poteroba, a UBS AG investment banker, confessed to insider trading after being arrested for leaking merger tips to friends, using code words like "frequent flyer miles" and references to Macy's. In total, he was involved with six firms, Guilford Pharmaceuticals Inc., Molecular Devices Corp., PharmaNet Development Group Inc., Via Cell Inc., Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Indevus Pharmaceuticals Inc., and made almost $1 million, and had bail set at $5 million. Poteroba bought a $1.4 million home in Connecticut. This March, Poteroba was sentenced to 22 months in prison and fined $25,000, on top of forfeiting $465,000, which he made while trading. He is likely to be deported to his native Russia.


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OCTOBER 28, 2011 · 8:00 AM
Update: No Charges To Be Filed Against Organizers Of Swedish ‘Slave Auction’

Two student unions at Lund University in southern Sweden reportedly held a party over the weekend which featured the sale of “slaves” complete with blackened faces and ropes around their necks.

The National Afro-Swedish Association reported the Halland and Helsingkrona unions to the police after exposing the unions’ so-called “jungle” parties.

The “slave auction” took place on Saturday at a party organised at Halland student union. Three people with blackened faces and ropes around their necks were lead into the union by a “slave trader”.

The “slaves” were then sold during the course of the evening and the party moved on to Helsingkrona union.

Jallow said that he doubts the incident is based on a lack of knowledge about the slave trade and Sweden’s role in the sale of human beings from Africa.

“This is not a bunch of skinheads. This is the elite. Lund’s students – some of the best educated in Sweden,” he said.

Jallow argued that the parties are symptomatic of the challenges faced by African immigrants in southern Sweden.

“This racism is becoming all too common. Of course it is irritating. They (the unions) claim it was a joke but this is based on the attitudes that people from Africa or have dark skin are of lower value.”

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The Racial Gap in Marriage: How the Institution Is Tied to Inequality

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Those who are best positioned economically to live without a partner or to have a child without being married are the least likely to do so

In her engagingly written Atlantic cover story, Kate Bolick examines the rise of single women as a result of the decline of men. From her own experience she glimpses in men's unfortunate economic struggles a hopeful opportunity for women: to reassess the primacy of marriage, in their own lives and as a cultural ideal, and to embrace their freedom to thrive as single women, without any need or desire for a husband.

However onerous the restrictions of marriage, its primary social effect now is to exacerbate the already wide socioeconomic disparities that understandably trouble so many Americans.

During the past few decades, marriage has become more associated with socioeconomic status than perhaps at any other time in American history. Marriage has declined substantially among poor people of all races, who are both less likely to marry and more likely to divorce than their counterparts from earlier eras. Meanwhile, the affluent and highly educated are more likely to marry (even if a bit later in life than in earlier eras) and less likely to divorce than their less advantaged counterparts. While college-educated parents tend to delay childbearing until after marriage, less educated women often have children without the benefit of marriage. Indeed, University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus has found that among white women who have their first child in their early 20s -- which college educated white women tend not to do -- fully 60 percent of those mothers are unmarried when their child is born.

The irony here is that those who are best positioned economically to live without a partner or to have a child without being married are the least likely to choose to do so. Among men, the more a man earns, the more likely he is to be married. Among women, what used to be known as the marriage penalty -- a reference to the fact that greater education was associated with lower marriage rates -- has steadily eroded. Now, college-educated women are more likely than their less educated peers to marry and stay married. Economically secure, college-educated men and women may not need marriage, but most of them want it.

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Adolf Hitler's parents deny they're racist
From: news.com.au October 28, 2011

HEATH and Deborah Campbell have three children - two of whom are named Adolf Hitler, 5, and Aryan Nation, 3.

They insist they aren't racist - they just like the names.

Heath and Deborah Campbell have covered their house in swastikas and have swastika tattoos.

But still, they insist they aren't racist - they just like swastikas.

What Heath and Deborah Campbell aren't anymore are parents after a court found there was sufficient evidence of neglect and abuse to take the children into care.

The couple, from New Jersey, in the US, were reported to authorities after they asked a bakery to make a cake with Adolf's name on it.

They claim the court has taken away their children because of their names.

"The judge and Division of Youth and Family Services told us that there was no evidence of abuse and that it was the names. They were taken over the children's names," Mr Campbell said.


NYPD keeps secret files on Muslims who change their names to sound more American: report

Wednesday, October 26th 2011,

NEW YORK -- Muslims who change their names to sound more traditionally American, as immigrants have done for generations, or who adopt Arabic names as a sign of their faith are often investigated and catalogued in secret New York Police Department intelligence files, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The NYPD monitors everyone in the city who changes his or her name, according to internal police documents and interviews. For those whose names sound Arabic or might be from Muslim countries, police run comprehensive background checks that include reviewing travel records, criminal histories, business licenses and immigration documents. All this is recorded in police databases for supervisors, who review the names and select a handful of people for police to visit.

The program was conceived as a tripwire for police in the difficult hunt for homegrown terrorists, where there are no widely agreed upon warning signs. Like other NYPD intelligence programs created in the past decade, this one involved monitoring behavior protected by the First Amendment.


OCTOBER 28, 2011 · 8:29 AM

Lawsuit Alleges Chicago Police Slower To Respond In Hispanic & Black Areas

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois recently filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago in Cook County Circuit Court alleging that response times to emergency calls in high-crime areas of the city with larger black and Hispanic populations are slower than in white-majority areas, thus violating the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003.

The lawsuit, filed Oct. 27, is being brought under the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 which makes it unlawful for government to provide services in a manner that has a disparate negative effect on any racial group.

Suing on behalf of themselves and the Central Austin Neighborhood Association, a Chicago community group, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleges that the city’s minority neighborhoods have a disproportionately low number of officers than white districts.

Harvey Grossman, legal director for the ACLU of Illinois, said the longtime pattern of ignoring 911 calls from minority communities has gone on too long and needs to end immediately.

It is widely known that 911 calls are more likely to go without response in minority neighborhoods when compared to white neighborhoods,” explained Grossman. “For too long, the city has hoarded the information that would have revealed the full scope of this problem. Now that we are seeing data, it is time to take definitive steps to correct the problem.”




米国人と離婚訴訟中の日本人女性、「子供連れ去り」で逮捕 懲役20年の可能性も
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国際離婚:親権妨害容疑 米国で日本人女性逮捕
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国際離婚:親権妨害容疑 米国で日本人女性逮捕








 中央大法科大学院の棚瀬孝雄教授(法社会学)の話 ハーグ条約は、原則として子供をとりあえず元の国に返すことが第一目的で、民事的な返還手続きが優先される。子が返りさえすれば刑事訴追しないことが多い。加盟すれば、逮捕まで発展するような事案は少なくなると思う。【岡奈津希】



親権争い中の女性、米で拘束 元夫から娘連れ帰った容疑





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覚醒剤持ち込み、日本人女性に死刑判決 マレーシア

日本人の人口1億2535万人、減少に転じる 国勢調査




夫婦の生涯出産数、初めて2人を割る 平均1.96人





ウッドフォード元社長の書簡要旨 「悲惨な誤り…お粗末な判断力」 (1/2ページ)

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2011年 10月 27日

 [東京 27日 ロイター] オリンパス(7733.T: 株価, ニュース, レポート)は27日、過去の買収案件についての詳細を公表した。マイケル・ウッドフォード元社長の解任をきっかけに、同社の過去の買収を巡り不透明な資金の流れが問題になっているが、オリンパスとしては、医療機器メーカーのジャイラス社や国内の新事業3社の買収に関して「違法もしくは不正な点があったという事実はない」との認識を改めて示した。 


 Axesのほかに、FAとしてPerella Weinberg Partners、リーガルアドバイザーとしてWeil,Gotshal&Mangesが参画していたことも開示した。



 一方、アルティス、NEWS CHEF、ヒューマラボの新事業3社の買収についても、成長分野における戦略的M&A案件で、取締役会で決議されたと説明。ジャイラスとの関連性はないという。コア事業である医療事業とのシナジーを狙ったもので、3社買収にあたっては、株式取得に際して会社が一般的に行う手続きを履行したほか、一連の株式取得で重要な場面では、外部第三者機関による事業価値の算定が実施されていると指摘した。



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オリンパスがウッドフォード社長を降格 菊川会長が社長兼務
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オリンパス:社長電撃解任 経営迷走ぶり露呈 市場は不安視







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オリンパス、菊川社長が辞任 高山新社長「早期に第三者委立ち上げ」

 [東京 26日 ロイター] 過去のM&A(合併・買収)をめぐる混乱の渦中にあるオリンパス<7733.T>は26日、同日付で、菊川剛氏(70)が社長兼会長職を退き、新社長に高山修一・専務執行役員(61)が就任したと発表した。

















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Japan MP urges Olympus probe as ex-CEO contacts FBI

By Tetsushi Kajimoto and Kirstin Ridley
TOKYO/LONDON | Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:48pm IST

(Reuters) - A senior Japanese lawmaker demanded a probe of "outlandish" advisory payments at Olympus and its ousted chief executive said he was in contact with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), piling pressure on the embattled company.

Olympus launches investigation into M&A fees
Japanese electronics giant Olympus is to set up an external committee to examine past acquisitions and the huge "advisory" payments that have accompanied them.

By Jonathan Russell12:02PM BST 21 Oct 2011

Olympus chairman quits as Japan watchdog probes firm
By Taiga Uranaka
TOKYO | Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:14pm EDT

(Reuters) - Olympus Corp head Tsuyoshi Kikukawa resigned on Wednesday after a scandal over hefty advisory fees wiped out half of the 92-year-old firm's market value while his successor stuck with the company's line that it had done nothing wrong.

Sources told Reuters that Japan's securities watchdog was looking into past Olympus takeover deals, focusing on whether it has properly disclosed relevant information.

Olympus fired its British chief executive, Michael Woodford, on October 14, just two weeks after his appointment as CEO, saying he failed to understand the company's management style and Japanese culture. Kikukawa then took over Woodford's role.

Woodford, who cut his teeth at the camera and endoscope maker as a British salesman when he joined in 1980, said he was sacked for questioning a $687 million advisory fee linked to a $2.2 billion takeover in 2008 as well as other deals he says have destroyed about $1.3 billion of shareholder value.

He has called for the resignation of Olympus' entire board while sending dossiers on odd-looking deals to Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Japan's Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission (SESC).

Olympus deals queried by Woodford also include a $60 million purchase that closed earlier this year of rights to a biotech remedy intended to help regenerate human bone from medical device maker Stryker Corp.

Olympus made a $25 million loan to Viscogliosi Brothers, the firm that advised it on the transaction, and expects it will need to write off most of that amount, according to company documents reviewed by Reuters. That loan and other payments may end up costing the Japanese firm around 50 percent more, the documents show.

Woodford is also in touch with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was in New York on Wednesday to meet with the agency.

Josh Shores, a principal at Olympus' largest non-Japanese investor Southeastern Asset Management, told Reuters the boardroom reshuffle was "a step in the right direction."

But he demanded the swift appointment of a "fully independent, objective third party committee" to oversee a broad corporate governance and accounting investigation by an external auditor.

"That is the next critical step. It will not be credible if the committee is appointed by the company without any input from other stakeholders -- stakeholders and the media will not trust it," he said.

Koichi Ogawa, chief portfolio manager at Daiwa SB Investments, said the company's battered share price should rebound on the resignation.

But he added, "in reality nothing has been cleared up. There are still many investigations left to come."

Woodford told Reuters that Kikukawa's resignation was "a start" but added that his replacement -- Shuichi Takayama, a 41-year company veteran -- had also failed to demand explanations about hefty fees linked to acquisitions.

"The only way you can stop the company heading for the rocks is by answering the questions," he told Reuters in London by telephone.

Takayama sniped back, telling a news conference there was no problem with fees paid by Olympus and that the company was extremely angry that Woodford revealed internal information while he was still a director.

"I was one of those who agreed to Mr. Woodford's dismissal. The reason was his autocratic actions, and these included intimidation of my own staff."

Kikukawa said in a separate statement he had stepped down to restore confidence in the company under the new management and that he would continue to work as a director.


The Olympus scandal has reignited debate over what critics say is a deep-seated weakness of Japanese management -- a lack of strong independent oversight of boards, which gives shareholders' rights short shrift.

A small Japanese monthly business magazine called Facta first raised red flags about Olympus M&A deals in August and the SESC started paying particular attention to the company around that time, said two sources, who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

SESC officials declined to comment on the probe, as did an Olympus spokeswoman.

Olympus shares fell 7.6 percent on Wednesday and have lost more than half their value since Woodford was fired.

Unanswered questions about the Gyrus deal and other Olympus acquisitions have spurred various theories, including speculation Japan's yakuza crime syndicates, euphemistically referred to as "anti-social forces," could be involved.

Asked whether the company's financial advisers had any connection with organized crime, Takayama said: "You are asking me about anti-social forces, but I am absolutely not aware of any such thing."

Takayama, 61, joined Olympus straight from an engineering high school in 1970 and has served on the company's board since 2006 after holding several senior managerial positions.

Japan Securities Finance, a stock lending brokerage, on Tuesday put Olympus on a list of shares for which caution is advised on margin trading due to a surge in such trading.

And in a heads-up to investors, the Tokyo Stock Exchange also started announcing margin trading positions on a daily basis. The exchange also said on Wednesday it would cooperate with regulators to enforce corporate governance of listed companies.

Creditors seen backing Olympus despite widening scandal
By Wakako Sato, Mia Tahara-Stubbs and Atanas Dinov
TOKYO | Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:12am EDT
(Reuters) - Japan's Olympus Corp looks set to retain the support of its major creditors despite mounting concerns that the fallout of an investigation into a 2008 acquisition may hit its financial health.

The cost of insuring Olympus's debt against default has spiked since the firm's former chief executive Michael Woodford questioned large advisory payments involving its $2.2 billion acquisition of Britain's medical equipment maker Gyrus.

Three-year credit default swaps of Olympus traded at 895 basis points in Tokyo on Thursday, according to a Tokyo CDS trader, up from 750 basis points at the end of last week. The instrument barely traded until mid-last week - it was last quoted at 67 basis points - suggesting that some of Olympus's creditors may have sought to hedge their exposure.

Bankers, however, downplayed fears of a funding crunch at the Japanese manufacturer of endoscopes and cameras, dismissing the CDS moves as "speculation."

"A drop in the share price will not breach loan covenants. As for the scandal, at this stage, based on market speculation, it will not do anything to the loan," said a loan officer at one of the company's biggest creditors, who asked not to be named.
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Woman gets probation for punching worker in hate crime


A woman was sentenced to three years of probation for punching a Hispanic worker in the face and yelling racial slurs at him during what authorities described as an unprovoked hate crime in downtown Huntington Beach.

Thursday 27 October 2011
Residents targeted in hate crimes

Published on Tuesday 25 October 2011 17:16

MORE than a quarter of all hate incidents in Worksop during the past 12 months were against Polish people.

Insp Steve Cartwright (pictured) said there were 55 hate incidents in West Bassetlaw - which include race, disability, sexual orientation and religion - and 29 per cent of those were against Poles.

He said: “They are the group that are targeted most now, followed by Asians and then black Afro-Caribbeans.”

“It’s disappointing that some bigoted individuals in Worksop feel it appropriate to target Polish nationals who have every right to live in our community and who are making a worthwhile contribution to our society.”

“But it’s encouraging that the 16 Polish families who have called us have some confidence in the police and that we will take it seriously and do something about it.”

OCTOBER 26, 2011 · 7:23 AM
Falsely Imprisoned Arab-Canadian Man Says Documents Reveal Racist Views Of Police

Ottawa engineer Abdullah Almalki says new documents show the RCMP’s (The Royal Canadian Mounted Police) assessment of his terrorist threat was both wholly unfounded and clouded by racism.

Almalki, a Carleton University graduate and father of six, spent 22 months in Syrian custody after his arrest on May 3, 2002.

He was arrested by Syrian authorities at the Damascus airport while on a family visit, then questioned based on faulty Canadian intelligence and tortured.

Almalki on Tuesday released explosive new documents obtained under federal Access to Information legislation, which reveal that RCMP investigators had found nothing against him both before and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In an RCMP memo, dated Oct. 4, 2001, an investigator concludes: “O Div. (Ontario Division) task force are presently finding it difficult to establish anything on him other than the fact he is an arab running around.”

Despite that internal finding, the RCMP, in a letter to the Syrian intelligence agency, labelled Almalki “an imminent threat” to Canada’s national security and linked him to al-Qaida.

That letter was issued on the same day, Oct. 4, 2001, that RCMP investigators admitted they had nothing on him.

In an interview Tuesday, Almalki said he was stunned to read the characterization of him as “an arab running around.”

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OCTOBER 26, 2011 · 7:24 AM
Australian Jury Asked To Ignore Racism In Murder Case

A young man accused of murdering an elderly stranger in a drunken attack in the Sydney suburb of Cronulla should not be judged on his alleged racial abuse of the victim, his lawyer says.

James Dean-Willcocks, who was out celebrating his 23rd birthday when he assaulted Magno Alvarado, 67, allegedly said of the victim, “He’s Japanese, he deserves it,” a court has heard.

He also allegedly said: “Yeah, you’d better yell for help,” and “F*** off back to Japan”.

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Young black men make up four in 10 of youth jail population
Report shows proportion of black and minority ethnic young men in young offender institutions in England and Wales has risen

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NYPD traded crack for sex
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Narcotics cops showered junkie with crack and forced her to perform sex acts in return: testimony

Monday, October 24th 2011, 4:00 AM

NYPD narcs showered a junkie with crack and forced her to perform sex acts in return, she testified in the latest embarrassing revelation to emerge from a police corruption trial.

In one incident, Melanie Perez recalled on the stand last week, a cop called her to his home, made her smoke drugs then pulled down his pants and demanded oral sex.

"What was I going to do?" she testified in Brooklyn Supreme Court. "I did it."

The damning account came during the bench trial of Jason Arbeeny, one of eight undercovers charged in a scandal that rocked the Brooklyn South Narcotics squad.

The trial has already yielded troubling testimony on officers "flaking" - planting drugs on innocent victims - to meet arrest quotas and get overtime pay.

OCTOBER 25, 2011 · 6:38 AM

Texas Man Sentenced For Mosque Arson, Admits To Targeting & Racially Abusing Arabs

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Foreign Workers Abused in Nova Scotia

In 2004, Nenette moved to Nova Scotia from the Philippines. She paid a placement agency back home about USD $4,500 to find her a job at a nursing home. When she arrived, a room was waiting for her in the home of a Filipino woman who had a relationship with the original agency. The woman charged Nenette $350 per month to share a small bedroom with two other female workers. It was furnished with only a couch and a pillow on the floor. The cost included food. In addition, Nenette paid her hostess 50 cents out of every hour she worked to cover transportation to and from the nursing home. For a full-time worker, this would have cost around $80 per month.

Nenette lived in these conditions for three months before finding her own apartment. She was unaware of her rights. She didn’t know she could refuse a shift. The nursing home had recruited Nanette through the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, which allows employers to fill labour shortages by hiring workers from abroad.

As of June 27, 2010, Nenette said there were other workers from Taiwan and the Philippines who are still living in the same conditions she was.

Abuses triggered reforms to TFW program

Their stories aren’t isolated. For years, workers in Nova Scotia have been abused and exploited under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, according to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada documents obtained through an expansive freedom of information request by Justin Ling for the Halifax Media Co-op.

Original names and locations in the documents were blacked out due to concerns of privacy; Nenette is not her real name, and it’s not possible to tell exactly where in the province she was working.

Most of the documents are responses to a 2010 consultation on Temporary Foreign Workers carried out by the province’s director of Labour Standards, Bill Grant, for the Labour Standards Division of the provincial government. They identify the following problems:
Migrant workers in the construction, farming and domestic sectors are most often exploited under the TFW program.
Recruiters abroad and in Canada are charging workers thousands of dollars to find jobs in Nova Scotia. These fees sometimes don’t include airfare.
Once they arrive, employers pay workers lower wages than promised, and force them to work long hours, sometimes with no overtime pay.
Workers often aren’t aware of their rights, and some employers abuse this fact.

Cohen says it’s common for employers to take advantage of migrant workers’ silence and lack of knowledge about their rights. The responses from the consultation largely agree with him.

“In Canada, we don’t think Canadians do this, and we’re doing it in fairly significant numbers,” he said. “We’re just taking advantage of people who can ill-afford to be taken advantage of, for our own personal gain. And it’s really ugly.”

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America Is a Fascist State Because It Is Racist
Monday 24 October 2011

by: Mike Pirsch, Black Agenda Report | Op-Ed

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East Turkestan: Ethnically Charged Violence Against Uyghur Students at Xinjiang School

A group of Han Chinese students initiated an armed assult on unprovoked Uyghur students whilst they studied inside a classroom.

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang confirmed clashes between Han Chinese and Muslim Uyghur high-schoolers in Karamay city last Friday, but denied any ethnic conflict, saying it is "normal" for teenagers to fight.

Uyghur students, parents, and teachers gathered in protest at the Karamay No. 2 High School after a group of Han Chinese students burst into a classroom armed with sticks and attacked some Uyghur students, an exile Uyghur group said this week.

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Council Grove residents are shocked by possible hate crime
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COUNCIL GROVE — Kenneth McClintock, a former municipal judge who now researches this town's complicated past, cringed when he heard someone doused a man with rubbing alcohol and set him on fire a couple weeks ago.

"That was even before we knew who the victim was," he said.

When word broke that it was Sterling Law, one of only a few black residents in this mostly white town of 2,200, and that the assailant had shouted racial slurs while terrorizing Law, it only got worse.


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Parents: Hispanic kids being bullied in law's wake
By JAY REEVES - Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- It was just another schoolyard basketball game until a group of Hispanic seventh-graders defeated a group of boys from Alabama.
The reaction was immediate, according to the Mexican mother of one of the winners, and rooted in the state's new law on illegal immigration.
"They told them, 'You shouldn't be winning. You should go back to Mexico,'" said the woman, who spoke through a translator last week and didn't want her name used. She and her son are in the country illegally.


Teen murder suspect carried 'backpack of hatred'
By Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations Unit
October 24, 2011

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Brandon, Mississippi (CNN) -- To get to Brandon, you have to drive across the Pearl River, a boundary that seems to separate black Mississippi from white.
In the town's center, a monument stands honoring the confederate soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
This mostly white town in mostly white Rankin County is about a 30-minute drive from Jackson, Mississippi. It's here in Brandon that some residents say a gang of teenagers expressed their strong racial prejudice -- sometimes through violence.
These residents say the teens were friends with and often led by Deryl Dedmon, now 19 and facing capital murder and hate crime charges for the killing of James Anderson, a black man, who died after he was beaten and run over by a truck in Jackson, according to police. Dedmon has pleaded not guilty and his attorney has refused to answer CNN's repeated requests for comment.
Another teen, John Aaron Rice, was charged with simple assault. He has not entered a plea. The other five teens who were there have not been arrested or charged, though officials say they may still be indicted .

OCTOBER 24, 2011 · 2:34 PM
Canada Accused Of Failing Aboriginal Children

Canada is discriminating against its indigenous children and failing to meet its commitments under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a group of advocates said Monday.

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Kairos, a faith-based organization, are appealing to the UN to hold the federal government accountable for its treatment of First Nations children.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child does periodic reviews of reports that countries must submit on how they are implementing the convention, which Canada ratified in 1991.

The federal government’s most recent report on how it’s meeting the convention was submitted in 2009, and will be reviewed in the coming months by the UN body.

The two groups on Parliament Hill on Monday have done their own report, highlighting what they say is discriminatory treatment of indigenous children.

Their report, Honouring the Children, says First Nations children on reserves receive less money for health, welfare services and education and it calls on the UN committee to do a special investigation on Canada’s compliance with the convention. It also makes a dozen other recommendation

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OCTOBER 24, 2011 · 2:35 PM
UK Chef Fears For His Life As Race Attacks Rise

A chef fears being killed in a racist attack amid a rise in hate crimes in Weymouth and Port-land.

HumaYan Kobir was born in Bangladesh but has lived in Weymouth for 10 years and though he has always suffered verbal abuse he now fears for his safety after two assaults.

“Racist abuse is shouted all the time,” he said.

“When someone walks past and says something racist I have nothing to say and that’s what we get most of the time.

“But now it’s different because I’m getting physically attacked.

“If someone kicks and punches me is he going to try and kill me?

“That’s what I’m afraid of.”

Figures given to the Echo by Dorset Police show that hate crime has gone up by 61 per cent in Weymouth and Portland.

During the six months from April to September last year there were 18 offences but in the same period this year there were 29.

Mr Kobir moved to England more than 15 years ago and is classed as British Bangladeshi with a British passport.

The dad of three was walking home from work to Park Street across Westham Bridge earlier this month when he was approached by two men and a woman and was attacked.

He said: “One of the men said ‘what are you looking at’ and swore as he called me a racist name so I said ‘what did you say?’ “His mate did say sorry and that he had been drinking so I said he should take him home to relax.

“But he got more aggressive and came up to me and kicked me. I tried to put my hand out to stop it and I injured my shoulder so my doctor is sending me for an X-ray.”

Mr Kobir, 41, called 999 and said he was asked to come into the police station to help officers identify the man involved.

But he said it was dark and he was scared so he tried to get away.

Mr Kobir was also not confident he could pick them out.

A police spokesman confirmed Mr Kobir called them just before midnight on October 10.

The incident is still technically under investigation but Mr Kobir believes that without more information or an independent witness it will not go any further.

Mr Kobir said he is upset at being targeted as he loves living in Weymouth.

He said: “It’s such a shame because most people here are so nice and I have lots of friends.

“It’s just a few people.”


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Florida Softball's Hannah Rogers Is About to Learn Why Blackface Is A Bad Idea
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A New Approach to Immigration: It's Time to Stop Blaming Immigrants
Posted: 10/21/11

As we witness the widespread vilification of immigrants in the U.S. and the anti-immigrant policies that it has inspired, we turn a blind eye to the role that U.S. policy has had on uprooting millions of Mexicans and Central Americans from their homeland, where almost 80 percent of undocumented immigrants come from. A key component missing in the immigration debate is a focus on the root causes of the problem. In "Disposable Workers: Immigration after NAFTA and the Nation's Addiction to Cheap Labor," I call attention to the root causes of immigration: international economic policies that have triggered a massive displacement of workers and the U.S.'s addiction to cheap labor.

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Libya urged to examine Muammar Gaddafi's death

Libya's authorities have come under pressure to give a full account of the death of ex-leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.

The US said they should do it in an "open and transparent manner". The UN called for a full investigation, after video footage showed Col Gaddafi captured alive - and then dead.

UN calls for probe into Gaddafi's death
Special Rapporteur warns the manner of the deposed Libyan leader's killing could be a war crime.
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U.S. and U.N. Demand Details From Libyan Leaders on How Qaddafi Died
Published: October 21, 2011

The United Nations and two leading human rights groups called for a thorough investigation into precisely how Colonel Qaddafi, who was seen on the Internet in cellphone videos bleeding and heaving as he was manhandled by screaming fighters, wound up dead with what appeared to be bullet wounds to the head.


The World from Berlin

The left-leaning Berliner Zeitung writes

"Of course, regrets will also be expressed. Many wanted to bring him to trial, either at the International Criminal Court or before a Libyan court. They would also have liked to see those who helped him throughout the years in court too. That included both his Libyan supporters, but also those in Europe and the United States. The relationships in recent years had become increasingly intimate and the criticism of his ruling style ever quieter. Certainly some interesting things about European politics would have come to light. It is too bad this can't happen, but there is also a positive side: An imprisoned Gadhafi would certainly not have missed a single opportunity to create further unrest and confusion."

The conservative daily Die Welt writes:

"Almost instinctively one understands that the world is a better place without the Saddam Husseins, Osama bin Ladens, and Moammar Gadhafis. And still one wishes that Gadhafi, like Saddam, had been forced to answer in court for his many crimes. Either in Libya itself or in front of the International Court of Justice in the Hague."

"(After the Lockerbie bombing), the West turned on Gadhafi and isolated him. That ended in the new millennium, when Gadhafi took responsibility for Lockerbie and apologized to the victims, and because he came to an agreement with the US and Great Britain to bring an end to his program for developing chemical and nuclear weapons. This agreement paved the way for the normalization of Libya's relations with the rest for the world, and for a disgusting competition among Western countries for Libya's resources."

Part 2: Western Hypocrisy

The leftist Die Tageszeitung writes:

"The idea that Libya has been 'liberated' because the West has unflinchingly pushed for adherence to human rights is absolute nonsense."

"The (West) first took an interest in the hurdles facing democratization in Egypt when they started to effect Christians in that country. Earlier, politicians really didn't care that the country was still in a state of crisis, that civilians were being tried in military courts and that the military still has a hold on power. Furthermore, before the so-called 'Arab Spring,' many had decided that Arabs, because of their culture and mentality, weren't ready for democracy."

"It won't take long before Western politicians begin ... saying the same thing about Libya if it suits them. Those trying to build a democracy would be well advised not to rely on the West's solidarity. This applies globally."