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Stephen Harper and the Vigilantes

Montreal Simon - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 17:32

Oh boy. It's so hard to keep up with Stephen Harper and all the voices in his head.

One moment he's urging people in rural areas to get a gun to protect themselves if they don't live near a police station.

The next moment he's claiming he's NOT supporting vigilantism.
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Dr. Dawg's Legal Bills: How You Can Help

Anti-Racist Canada - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 15:22
At the start of the month we had mentioned that John Baglow's defamation suit did not go as hoped, though to be fair the ruling was a bit confusing:

The case finally went to trial and the judgement is now in. John both won and lost. In the weird world of libel law, the judge found that John had been defamed, but that because John had supported basic legal rights for child soldier Omar Khadr, the comment that John was a supporter of the Taliban was 'fair comment' and therefore legally okay.

The judge did not award costs to either Mr. Baglow or Mr. Smith/Free Dominion, however the cost of the suit was still considerable.

That is where you, if you so choose dear reader, can help out a friend of this blog.

Richard Warman, Mr. Murphy of BigCityLib Strikes Back, and one of the frequent contributor's to Mr. Baglaw's blog who goes by the name of Balbulican have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help Mr. Baglaw pay his legal bill. Mr. Baglow has been a friend of ARC for quite a long time and has been very supportive of our efforts. It's only right that we help him now when we can.

At this point the campaign has raised 11% of the goal. It took the Fourniers several months to reach their goal when they were raising money to fund an appeal of the Warman defamation suit. We would very much like to see the goal for Mr. Baglow reached much sooner than that.

Dr. Dawg's Legal Bill

A Work In Progress

Politics and its Discontents - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 13:50
The website SHD (Shit Harper Did) is currently completing a documentary looking into Canada's surveillance programs. Now in post-production, it is seeking donors to help complete the process. If you would like to contribute, you can click here.

Following is a trailer of their work:

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A short, concise rant on Israel. .

kirbycairo - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:45
Ok, here's a short rant -

Now that Benjamin Netanyahu was inadvertently recorded admitting that Israel is only in peace negations as a way of stringing the Palestinians along while they steal all of their land, and now that Netanyahu has admitted that they will never allow a Palestinian state, isn't it time for all those apologists for Israel to admit that Israel has been the problem all along? For decades I heard people criticize Palestinians for failing to recognize Israel's right to exist, and people continued to perpetuate this misrepresentation years after the vast majority of Palestinians loudly proclaimed that they would recognize the 1947 partition boarders. It is clear now to all but the most blind partizans that it is Israel that will never recognize the Palestinians right to exist, it is the rightwing expansionism of Israel that wants all the land, not peace. The tide is turning. Millennials are beginning to recognize the pervasive lie and apartheid state that is modern Israel. Israel has long been an isolated state by the majority of countries in the world. They are isolated because they are a viscously racists, militarist, expansionist state hell-bent on taking all the land of Palestine and using some biblical fantasy to justify the more immoral of actions. But their isolation will now begin to increase as they have finally made their true colours clear to all but the most rabid apologists.

Reap the whirlwind Bibi - you have met the enemy and he is YOU.

Victoria's Take on C-51

The Disaffected Lib - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:43
From this morning's Times Colonist:

Ed Davy's Onside. Justin, Tommy, What's Your Excuse?

The Disaffected Lib - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 09:39
He's the British government's energy and climate change secretary and Ed Davey says he's solidly behind The Guardian's climate change campaign.  Earlier this week the newspaper announced its intention to advocate for climate change action starting with its "Keep It In The Ground" campaign.

Pension and insurance funds should consider urgent divestment from “very risky” coal assets and then gradually retreat from oil and gas, Ed Davey, the UK energy and climate change secretary, has warned.

Throwing his weight behind the Guardian’s “Keep it in the ground” campaign, he said a recent analysis which suggested 82% of coal reserves must remain untouched if temperature increases are to be kept below 2C – the widely accepted threshold for dangerous climate change – was “realistic”.

Davey said it was not up to an energy minister to tell fund managers how to run their businesses, but added that it was vital to introduce regulatory transparency that would drive investors from fossil fuels to renewables.

...Davey wrote in a comment piece, “I’m strongly backing the Guardian’s campaign to raise the profile of the divestment debate ahead of the December climate change negotiations in Paris.”

His support comes amid signs that British pension funds, banks and insurance companies have not changed their behaviour since a major report warned last year they were much more financially exposed than their European counterparts to overvalued or “stranded” fossil fuels.

And it comes as members of the European parliament in Brussels plan to establish a specialist group to campaign in favour of carbon divestment and demand new carbon reporting requirements.

Davey said investors such as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, heirs to the Standard Oil fortunes, were already showing the way by divesting from coal and highly polluting oil or tar sands.

“Government cannot instruct these trillions of pounds and dollars that are in the control of private funds to move from x to y. What we can do is to put in place an incentive structure that will encourage people to think like that.

But Canada is not Britain.  We're a petro-state and this is an election year and the last thing you can expect of our opposition leaders is to stand up for what's right.

Netanyahu Shows His True Colours. Canada, America Stand Mute.

The Disaffected Lib - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 09:23
The Guardian calls yesterday's surprise election win Netanyahu's "lurch to the right."

The hard fought election brought Bibi out of the closet.  He bought the Israeli hard right vote with a pledge that there'll be no Palestinian state on his watch.  He also pledged to proceed apace with ever more illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands.

For too many years we've played this charade about Israel really wanting peace with the Palestinians and a two-state solution.  It was always a dark farce but it allowed us to play along while Netanyahu pretended that wasn't his boot on every Palestinian's neck.

Imagine what it must be like.  Every Palestinian infant is born into captivity, a prisoner for life.  Chances are that baby's parents were born into captivity too. The grandparents may well have been refugees, driven off their farms and out of their homes, from lands already stolen by Israeli settlers never to be returned.

Fortunately we Canadians are much better people than those Palestinians.  If a hostile force did that to us, we would never resist for that might be cause to brand us terrorists.  No, we're polite folk.  We would lick our gaoler's combat boots and smile especially on those days when they allowed us food and water.

Fortunately we Canadians have new laws in the works that guide us on how to think about these things. We know what to say or at least what we must not say on pain of arrest and imprisonment by our freedom-loving government and its collaborators in Parliament.  Fortunately George Orwell didn't have the guidance of our new laws when he wrote, "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a face - forever."  Whoa, good call George, you nailed it!

Oh, Canada, look how far we've come in just my lifetime.  I'm beginning to realize our history hasn't been linear but has arrived in chunks.  There was the era of rights and freedoms from Diefenbaker to Trudeau.  Then there was the era of neoliberalism from Mulroney to Martin.  Now we're in the era of authoritarian suppression which brings the worst aspects of neoliberalism and corporatism into harmony with the surveillance state.

As for the Palestinians, they'll probably be getting new and better friends in Europe, Asia and perhaps Africa.  More countries will recognize the existence of the state of Palestine.  Israel will be more broadly seen as a rogue, pariah state deserving of boycotts and sanctions.  The Guardian sees tough sledding ahead:

What seems certain is that at the end of a tense and difficult year which saw war in Gaza, widespread unrest in occupied east Jerusalem and Israel’s increasing isolation on the international stage – including in its relations with the US – the country faces a febrile and tense period ahead.

With no peace process with the Palestinians – which collapsed a year ago – it will be difficult for Netanyahu to disavow his remarks in recent days promising he would not allow the creation of a Palestinian state, comments that will set him on a further collision course with the US administration of Barack Obama and the EU.

In the immediate future, Palestinian leaders have made clear they plan to go with a raft of cases against Israel to the international criminal court. With Israel already blocking tax receipts to the Palestinian Authority for formally joining the international court of last resort, that move would trigger US Congress to order the freezing of US aid to the authority, a large part of which goes to supporting security forces.

Another potential consequence may be a renewed effort by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to seek recognition for a Palestinian state at the UN security council, a move which was blocked last year.

Without any commitment to a two-state solution and Netanyahu’s boast that he will continue building in occupied east Jerusalem, an already existing frustration with Israel is likely to increase.

That may in turn see increased pressure – not least from Europe – for moves towards sanctions against Israel.

As for Canada, we'll stand mute.  We'll freely ridicule and condemn certain countries, particularly if their day of worship falls on Friday, but we've long ago given Israel a permanent, get out of jail free pass.

About That Gun Thing, Mr. Harper

Politics and its Discontents - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 08:02

Yesterday, I wrote about Prime Minister Harper hitting upon yet another red-meat issue, this one potentially quite dangerous, over which his base can salivate. He suggested that guns are an important part of personal safety, especially in rural areas.

Two letters in today's Globe suggest not everyone with rural experience embrace Mr. Harper's twisted vision.

PM, gun control
As one who resides in a rural area and has guns, the concept of having them for my safety has never been something I’ve thought about (Provocation, Pandering And Prejudice – March 17). I suppose if that were the case and I were truly worried about my safety, instead of locking them up and storing the ammunition separately, loaded guns would lying all over the place. It’s hard to believe that this is what Stephen Harper had in mind. Instead, chalk the comments up to the mouth moving faster than the brain.

Jeff Spooner, Kinburn, Ont.


My father spent his early days on granddad’s horse ranch in the Cypress Hills where the ethic was to keep one’s doors open, whether at home or not, for anyone who needed shelter and a meal.

Americans across the border had a different approach. Our gunslinger PM wants seems to want to bring gun violence north.

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Wednesday Morning Links

accidentaldeliberations - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:13
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- CBC reports on the latest research showing that Canada would save billions every year with a national pharmacare plan. And Thomas Walkom argues that politics are standing in the way of what should be a no-brainer from a policy standpoint.

- Richard Gwyn writes that most Canadians seem to be willing to put up with nearly anything in order to keep a relatively secure job - even as it's far from sure that many workers can count on that being available.

- Lawrence Martin discusses the Cons' strategy of provocation, pandering and prejudice as a substitute for running on a defensible record - though he does win a place on the list of pundits who continue to hold out for some shame from a government which has never shown a trace of it. Dan Leger writes that the latest outbreak of bigotry reflects the Cons' own extremism. And Don Lenihan asks whether truth and values still matter as long as the Cons are on the political scene, while noting that the best antidote to cynical politics is a healthy dose of reflection:
Rove’s fingerprints are all over the Harper PMO, from micro-targeting to the use of wedge issues to play one group off another. The gun registry, the crime agenda and the energy pipelines are all examples.

We can also include talking points, omnibus legislation, time allocation, committee interference, and media control in this bag of tricks. All are quintessential Rovian tactics.

And the abandonment of truth? Here too the Harper government has followed suit, showing a sometimes ruthless willingness to deny, discredit and even suppress evidence that conflicts with its positions. It has done so on crime and climate change, for example, and is now doing so on the new security law, C-51.

But last week may have been a turning point of some kind. The Harper government seemed to be taking this Rovian story-telling to a new level.
But when the three opposition leaders rose to challenge both him and Canadians to take a step back from our emotions and reflect on the nature of our political rights, a very un-Rovian thing happened.

Many commentators began arguing that Muslim women’s right to wear the niqab was more important than their feelings of suspicion and doubt.

In Rovian politics, this is not supposed to happen. The public isn’t supposed to be reflective and rational, especially when they’re scared.

Of course, these responses came mainly from members of the political class. I don’t know what would have happened if the debate had carried on. Would ordinary people also have risen to the occasion? I couldn’t help wondering what Rove would say.

The clear lesson from last week is that we have two very different views of politics in our country and they appear to be getting ready to square off.- Michael Harris reminds us that Mike Duffy's trial figures to offer a valuable look into the manipulations of the Harper PMO just in time for the federal election. And Andrew Mitrovica worries that the same command-and-control political dynamic which has us waiting for a trial to spill the truth about the Cons has left CSIS shrouded in secrecy.

- Finally, Taylor Bendig points out the Wall government's massive - and growing - expenditures on private highway consultants.

Establishing His Bona Fides

Northern Reflections - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 06:49

Last week, Jason Kenny claimed that Russian aircraft provoked HMCS Fredericton  as it participated in a NATO exercise in the Black Sea. When the Ottawa Citizen asked DND for a comment, they refused to go near Kenny's statement and referred the paper to NATO. Stewart Webb writes:

NATO brusquely dismissed Kenney’s tales of an old-fashioned Cold War showdown involving Canadian forces — stating that Russian overflights have operated at altitudes higher than the 500 feet cited by Kenney’s office and that there had been no confrontation with Russian warships. NATO reported that at one point two Russian warships were seen off the horizon by the Canadian task group in the Black Sea, but that the Russians followed all regulations required of vessels in international waters.
Some might put the blunder down to the new defence minister's inexperience. But Kenny's claim is part of an entrenched pattern:

In April 2009 Kenney’s predecessor, Peter MacKay, reported that two TU-95MSs had come within 192 kilometres of Canada’s Arctic coastline. This incident occurred the day before President Barack Obama visited Ottawa. “I am not going to stand here and accuse the Russians of having deliberately done this during the presidential visit,” MacKay said at the time. “But it was a strong coincidence”.

In August 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s communications director Dimitri Soudas e-mailed journalists claiming that a pair of TU-95MSs had been intercepted approximately 56 km from the Arctic coastline by our CF-18s. “Thanks to the rapid response of the Canadian Forces,” Soudas wrote, “at no time did the Russian aircraft enter sovereign Canadian airspace.” NORAD’s commander did not rebuke the accusation this time, but NORAD’s spokesman Lieutenant Desmond James has this to say: “Both Russia and NORAD routinely exercise their capability to operate in the North. These exercises are important to both NORAD and Russia and are not cause for alarm.”
The international community knows that, when it comes to crying wolf, the Harperites have established their bona fides. And, as the man who is rumoured to be first in line to replace Harper, Kenny has established his bona fides as a man who is well qualified to mislead the nation.

Stephen Harper's Totally Disastrous Day of Political Devastation

Montreal Simon - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 04:03

It seems only appropriate that the only thing Stephen Harper tweeted yesterday, was a little video of himself learning the proper way to pour beer in Ireland.

Because I'll bet Great Leader was pouring himself more than a few last night, after what had to be an absolutely disastrous day for him and his ghastly Cons.

The day when his campaign of fear and bigotry came back to bite him. And he shot himself in the foot. 
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Reaping what has been sown

Trapped In a Whirlpool - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 03:32
The power goes out with the slightest weather. Water mains burst with regularity. Our roads are a rutted mess, here in Toronto the Gardiner rains concrete on those below....
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Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

accidentaldeliberations - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:35
Face-down cats.

A Tale of Eco-Surveillance

Creekside - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:20
Ottawa Citizen June 4, 2014  Government orders federal departments to keep tabs on all demonstrations across country
"The federal government is expanding its surveillance of public activities to include all known demonstrations across the country, a move that collects information even on the most mundane of protests by Canadians.The email requesting such information was sent out Tuesday by the Government Operations Centre in Ottawa to all federal departments.“The Government Operations Centre is seeking your assistance in compiling a comprehensive listing of all known demonstrations which will occur either in your geographical area or that may touch on your mandate,” noted the email"
G&M Sept 14, 2014 Environmental extremism a rising threat to energy sector, RCMP warns
“Environmental ideologically motivated individuals including some who are aligned with a radical, criminal extremist ideology pose a clear and present criminal threat to Canada’s energy sector,” said the report, written in March 2011. Since then, the RCMP has held regular meetings with energy companies and federal officials to review potential threats to infrastructure RCMP spokesman Greg Cox denied the force is targeting protesters or environmental groups in general
G&M Feb 17, 2015 : ‘Anti-petroleum’ movement a growing security threat to Canada, RCMP say :"In highly charged language that reflects the government’s hostility toward environmental activists, an RCMP intelligence assessment warns that foreign-funded groups are bent on blocking oil sands expansion and pipeline construction, and that the extremists in the movement are willing to resort to violence.RCMP spokesman Sergeant Greg Cox insisted the Mounties do not conduct surveillance unless there is suspicion of criminal conduct. “As part of its law enforcement mandate the RCMP does have the requirement to identify and investigate criminal threats, including those to critical infrastructure and at public events,” Sgt. Cox said in an e-mailed statement. “There is no focus on environmental groups, but rather on the broader criminal threats to Canada’s critical infrastructure. The RCMP does not monitor any environmental protest group. Its mandate is to investigate individuals involved in criminality.”... the report which is stamped “protected/Canadian eyes only” and is dated Jan. 24, 2014."
Global, March 17, 2015 CSIS helped government deal with Northern Gateway protests
"Canada’s spy agency helped senior federal officials figure out how to deal with protests expected last summer in response to resource and energy development issues – including a pivotal decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service prepared advice and briefing material for two June meetings of the deputy ministers’ committee on resources and energy"
CBC March 12, 2015 SFU Prof. Tim Takaro called by RCMP after taking photos near Kinder Morgan site"A B.C. climate change scientist says he got an "intimidating" call from RCMP because he had taken pictures on Burnaby Mountain near the site of a proposed [Trans Mountain] Kinder Morgan pipeline.Tim Takaro, a health sciences professor at SFU, says he was having lunch in Tofino with his family on Wednesday when his daughter's [unlisted] cellphone rang. When she answered it, she was told it was the Burnaby RCMP calling and they were looking for her father."Prof. Takaro works at SFU on Burnaby Mountain. He was taking pictures in a public park.
You can listen to his account at the link.

Some good news ...
Forum Research and VICE have a poll out today on plummeting support for Bill C-51 from 1370 online Canadian voters surveyed March 13 and 14th :
"When asked their approval of a number of specific provisions of bill C51, the majority disapprove of the Bill allowing security services to infiltrate and track environmentalists, First Nations and pipeline protesters (61%)"  Support for tracking and infiltrating environmentalists, FN, and pipeline protesters came from Alberta (32%) and federal conservatives (56%)

Support for the overall stiffer legislation of C-51 (just under half of respondents) :"is common to the oldest (62%), the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 62%), in Quebec (72%), among Conservative voters (84%), Bloquistes (76%), the least educated (74%), mothers of children under 18 (65%), Catholics (72%) and Evangelicals (82%)."Figures.

Now is the Time for All Good Folks...

Dawg's Blawg - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:47
The Persistence of Legal Debt, by Salvadawg Dali As you all know, this Green and Pleasant Blog was recently the setting for an important legal decision. The judgement rendered in the case of “Baglow v. Smith et al.” has sparked... Balbulican

Enough is Enough.

The Disaffected Lib - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:23
Canada has taken upon itself the role of an essential player in military conflicts overseas.  We've played with the big boys in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Libya and now Iraq and the Baltics.  We've lost lives, we've spent a fortune and we've left our military pretty much clapped out.

It's time to add up just what we've accomplished with those lives and all that money.  Kosovo - a failed state whose people want one thing more than anything - to leave.  Afghanistan - a failed state rent with insurgency and its own newcomer, ISIS.  Libya - a failed state with its own newcomer, ISIS.  The Baltics?  Meh.  We certainly haven't deterred Vlad Putin and, if anything, we've probably boosted his approval numbers at home.

As for Canada, Harper has gone for deficit fighting rather than funding the rehabilitation of Canada's military.  Our navy is at something resembling its state pre-WWII.  The air force is an open question.  Harper still wants to saddle the air force with a warplane that offers little to nothing for the defence of Canada.  The army has a shopping list for replacement kit as tall as the Peace Tower.

Plainly Harper's defence policy at home is about as successful as his military adventures overseas.  To his neoliberal instincts, defence policy is about as relevant as foreign policy, except in the context of trade.  What our defence policy actually achieves is nowhere near as important as making role call with the big boys.  From that vantage, whether there's anything lasting to show for your efforts in the countries you've bombed, invaded or garrisoned is of no particular moment.

We know the biggest obstacles to peace in the Middle East are the Palestinian peace initiative and the undeclared Islamic civil war pitting Sunni against Shiite.

The first obstacle, the Palestinian question is dead for the foreseeable future. Netanyahu ran on a promise there will be no Palestinian state on his watch and he's promised to accelerate the construction of illegal settlements in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories.  Where can he go from there except the seizure of all of Jerusalem and the expulsion of the Palestinians from "biblical Israel"?

On the Islamic civil war, there is no conceivable reason we should allow ourselves to get drawn into that one.  The side we're allied with, the Sunnis, is the same side whose people blew up the US embassies, bombed the USS Cole, knocked down the World Trade Centre and formed the Taliban, al Qaeda and ISIS.  It's the same side that sent so many of our young soldiers home in boxes.

Which begs the question why Canada should participate in these Mid East and eastern European follies at all?  We don't make a lot of worthwhile friends out of it but we sure seem to make a lot of enemies who may just want to pay us back for those bombs and shells and bullets.  Maybe enough is enough.

Let's stop playing in the sandbox of foreign lands.  Let's focus on something valuable, the security of Canada.  Wouldn't it be a dandy idea to have some capability to defend Canada's three ocean coastline, our airspace, our landmass especially the vast, sparsely populated north?  It's going to take a lot of money to do that, money that we've been pissing away in the Middle East and eastern Europe only to achieve bugger all in the result.

There Goes the Neighbourhood

The Disaffected Lib - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 13:51
Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to pull his fat out of the fire.  Faced with a seemingly desultory turnout at the polls today and the prospect of losing badly to his Zionist Union rivals, Bibi summoned a little of that old magic and, in short order, the turnout at the polls increased.

Netanyahu's magic appears to demonstrate that fearmongering, pretty much the essence of his campaign, works.  In an act of desperation he took to the airwaves today warning of a massive turnout of Arab Israelis at the polls and alleging that foreign operatives were at work to help the leftists defeat Likud.

The latest exit polls show Netanyahu and Zionist Union are in a virtual tie with some giving Likud a slight edge.  The outcome will influence each side's ability to strike the ever critical coalition needed to form government.  Likud has the advantage in the coalition game.

Netanyahu in the closing days of the campaign courted Israel's hard right with promises of no deal for a Palestinian state on his watch which probably means the Middle East peace process will go from nearly dead to complete flatline. Netanyahu has also promised to ramp up construction of illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories if he's returned to power.  That should cement Israel as a pariah state in the eyes of the advanced democracies of the world and, in all likelihood, be celebrated by giving the Palestinians another "mowing" at the hands of the Israeli military.

The Ghastly Bigotry of the Con Clown Larry Miller

Montreal Simon - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:51

In a country where a Prime Minister is fanning the flames of racism.

And his Cons are dividing up the country between "whities" and "brown people."

In a Canada where too many have forgotten that diversity is strength.

This is what you get, the Reform bigot Larry Miller.
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A Hooker is Just a Hooker - Provided, Of Course, She's Korean

The Disaffected Lib - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:00

This time they're using Japanese academics to dispute the reality of "comfort women" - women, mainly Korean, coerced into prostitution by the Japanese army during WWII.  A less genteel term would be "sex slaves."

A group of Japanese historians is urging McGraw-Hill, the American publisher, to “correct” a college textbook that they say contains “many erroneous expressions” about sex slaves used by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Saying that the women were simply prostitutes, the group is taking up an official Japanese effort to win support for its perspective on the euphemistically known “comfort women,” a particularly sensitive part of its wartime legacy.

“There are women in Amsterdam who sit in windows displaying their services and in Japan we have Soapland, which is part of the sex trade,” said Ikuhiko Hata, a Harvard- and Columbia-educated emeritus professor at Nippon University, likening the comfort women to those working in the red light districts in the Dutch and Japanese capitals.

“Prostitutes have existed at every time in human history, so I do not believe that comfort women are a special category,” Hata told foreign journalists in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Yeah, those women were just ordinary Korean hookers, the Rape of Nanking neve happened and the United States started the war with Japan.  We have this thing we like to use on rogue states.  It's called "sanctions."  Isn't it time we introduced Japan to the concept?


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