2 Muslim Turk ‘Refugees’ Gang Rape Woman In Tokyo

The member states of ASEAN
The member states of ASEAN

Japan seems to be joining the sham multiculturalism of Europe.  The spread of Islam influence through building Mosque and immigration was curtailed in Japan.

In 2013, Japan relaxed  visa requirements for some ASEAN-member nations as part of Japan’s campaign to lure more travelers (Muslim visitors) who wish to visit the country.

Onder Pinarbasi and a 16-year-old boy allegedly sexually assaulted a woman inside a public toilet near JR Akabane Station

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two Turkish nationals currently applying for refugee status for allegedly raping a woman in Kita Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 22).

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on December 27 of last year, Onder Pinarbasi, 22, and a 16-year-old boy allegedly took the woman, aged in her 30s, to a public toilet near JR Akabane Station and sexually assaulted her. The suspects also stole 9,000 yen in cash from the victim.

Pinarbasi, who has been charged with rape and robbery, claims the boy committed both crimes. The boy admits to onlyl the robbery charge. “I did not force myself upon her,” he is quoted by police in denying the rape accusation, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun (Feb. 22).

The incident occurred after the suspects called out the woman, who was visibly drunk at the time, as she was walking home.

The suspects arrived in Japan last year. They applied for refugee status in August and October, telling the Immigration Bureau of Japan that they did not want to return to Turkey due to “problems that exist between relatives.”

While their applications were being examined, the suspects received a visa status granting “special permission to stay in Japan.” Toyoko Reporter

Sunni-Jewish Alliance

3dmanreadingnewsIrreconcilable countries in the Middle East have  joined together look out for their own interests.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens describes his recent trip to Israel.

I’ve spent the better part of a week talking to senior officials, journalists, intellectuals and politicians from across Israel’s political spectrum. None of it was on the record, but the consistent theme is that, while the Jewish state still needs the U.S., especially in the form of military aid, it also needs to diversify its strategic partnerships. This may yet turn out to be the historic achievement of Benjamin Netanyahu’s long reign as prime minister.

There has been a wave of Israeli meetings with Arab and other world leaders.

  • On Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon publicly shook hands with former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal at the Munich Security Conference.
  • In January, Israeli cabinet member Yuval Steinitz made a trip to Abu Dhabi, where Israel is opening an office at a renewable-energy association.
  • Turkey is patching up ties with Israel. In June, Jerusalem and Riyadh went public with the strategic talks between them.
  • In March, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi told the Washington Post that he speaks to Mr. Netanyahu “a lot.”

This de facto Sunni-Jewish alliance amounts to what might be called the coalition of the disenchanted; states that have lost faith in America’s promises.

Perhaps the current WH administration should be thanked for doing what some thought was impossible. The WH creating a “coalition of the disenchanted” has lead to new alliances between Israel and former enemy states.

Israel is also reinventing its ties to the aspiring Startup Nations, countries that want to develop their own innovation cultures. Continue reading “Sunni-Jewish Alliance”

Record Number Of Chinese Students Are Entering U.S. Christian High Schools

usa-china-flags300,000 Chinese attended U.S. colleges and universities in 2015.  To better their chances  of getting into an American college and university many are coming and enrolling in high schools.

The are called “parachute kids” with many living “with host families and attending private schools.

In 2005, fewer than 1,000 Chinese students were enrolled at U.S. secondary schools; by 2013, that number had surpassed 23,000, according to the non-profit Institute for International Education (IIE).

U.S. law allows foreign students on F-1 educational visas to enroll only for a single year in public schools. No is no such limit on private schools. The students are enrolling in private schools many which are Christian, and their atheist parents don’t seem to mind.

Because of restrictions on foreign student enrollment in U.S. public in U.S. public high schools, Chinese secondary students headed Stateside overwhelmingly attend private institutions. And Chinese parents don’t seem to care if that institution has a Christian underpinning. According to data obtained by Foreign Policy from the Department of Homeland Security via the Freedom of Information Act, 58 percent of the F-1 visas issued for Chinese high school students in 2014 and the first three months of 2015 were for Catholic or Christian schools.

Just under 28 percent of Chinese students obtained these visas to attend Catholic schools, while 30 percent were for schools with nondenominational or Protestant Christian affiliations, including schools affiliated with Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Mennonite, Baptist, Church of Christ, and Quaker traditions.

“It’s challenging to come to these classes with zero knowledge,” John May, the director of international student programs at St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy, an all-boys school in Toledo, Ohio told FP magazine. “They have no framework. It’s not like a Lutheran sitting in on a Catholic class. It’s a blank slate for these guys. It’s a bit of a head scratcher.”

Christians comprise only about five percent of China’s population, though estimates vary, and the state-mandated school curriculum there emphasizes atheism, Marxism, and a scientific worldview.

Online:  FP-Chinese Students Are Flooding U.S. Christian High Schools

 

1,000 Indonesian Christian Churches Closed

A church destroyed in Aceh.
A church destroyed in Aceh.

Since the passage of a “religious harmony” law in 2006 more than 1,000 Indonesian churches have been closed according to Evangelical Focus.

Most of the churches, the group said, have faltered in the process of obtaining permits for construction, which can only begin for a church after it has obtained 60 signatures from people of a different faith, as well as permission from local authorities. In most cases, the Muslim majority resists the building of churches and police – generally Muslim – frown on Christian activities. Evangelical Focus

In Banda Aceh in October, Muslim mobs of approximately 700 took the law into their own hands torching and attacking churches.  Approximately 8,000 Christians were displaced fleeing to another province.

Islamic leaders called on Muslims to burn churches with the message “We will not stop hunting Christians and burning churches. Christians are Allah’s enemies!”

Instead of punishing those who incited violence and took the law into their own hands by torching and attacking churches, local authorities demolished three churches (a Catholic mission station and two Protestant churches) on October 19. In the coming days, seven more churches are set to be demolished; in the coming months and years, dozens more. Gatestone Institute

“The extremists stir up violent mobs to destroy the buildings and threaten believers. But the persecution has not stopping the Church from growing in the world’s largest Muslim-populated nation,” stated Evangelical Focus.

Norwegian And Chinese Nationals Executed By ISIS

ISIS claimed on Wednesday that it has executed both a Norwegian and a Chinese hostage they’d captured earlier this year.

Solberg and Foreign Minister Børge Brende condemned the “disgusting and barbaric” treatment of IS’ hostages at a press conference Wednesday evening. They dislosed that IS had sent photos and video of how they were beating Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, along with their demand for ransom earlier this year. News bureau AP reported on Wednesday that IS had announced the Norwegian and Chinese hostages’ executions in an online magazine, claiming both were killed after “infidel” countries and organizations had cut them off. NewsInEnglish.no

China vows to bring ISIS to justice.

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The Chinese Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has executed a Chinese national in the Middle East. The ministry has vowed to bring the perpetrators “to justice.”

China has confirmed the identity of the victim as Fan Jinghui. He had been previously identified by the terrorists as a 50-year-old freelance consultant from Beijing.

The man was apparently featured in the terrorist group’s magazine back in September, where he was mockingly put up for “sale” along with a Norwegian hostage. Both China and Norway refused to pay the ransom that the terrorists had demanded. RT

China’s Stock Markets Took A Tumble

For the third week China’s stock market continues to plunge.  This year China’s stock market showed signs of a bubble.  Stocks prices rallied as the economy was slowing becoming overvalued and detached from China’s economy.  The Chinese economy in the first quarter of 2015 saw the the lowest growth since 2009.

“There are four basic signs of a bubble: prices disconnected from underlying economic fundamentals, high levels of debt for stock purchases, overtrading by retail investors, and exorbitant valuations. The Chinese stock market is at the extreme end on all four metrics, which is rare.” WSJ

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Chart from WSJ.

Over the last few years China relaxed regulation limits on buying stocks with borrowed money (margin trading).  The China Stock Market slump began in Jan. after a crackdown on margin trading.

China’s government is pulling out all the stops to support share prices: cut interest rates to a record low, brokerages buying billions worth of stocks,  suspension of new share listings.  In June with growing concerns of the plunging stock market  China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) amended previously strict rules on margin trading.  China’s Stock Market reached it peak in June with a record $358 billion pile of margin debt (borrowed money).

The price of commodities like iron ore and copper have been affected.

For Australia, the market crash in China is likely to impact earnings on key exports iron ore and coal, further slashing government revenue, while also putting downward pressure on the Australian dollar.

Jordan Eliseo, chief economist with ABC Bullion, said it was important to remember that the amount of wealth Chinese citizens have tied up in the stock market is relatively minor compared with western investors.

Stocks only make up about 8 per cent of household wealth in China, compared with around 20 per cent in developed nations.

“The market crash there is generating headlines, but it’s not going to have the same impact as a comparable crash would in a developed market,” he said.

“What it means for Australia, though, is it’s very clear there are some serious imbalances in the Chinese economy, and the rate of growth they’ve enjoyed in the past is over. There’s no question our export earnings are going to take another hit.”

Mr Eliseo predicts Australia is likely to experience “recession-like” conditions such as negative wage growth for many years to come. “I believe that’s going to be the new norm,” he said. NewsAU

Christians Outnumber Communist in China

china_christiansThere is a religious revival in China, 100 million Christians live in China and by 2030 China could have the largest population of Christians.

China’s reaction to the growing number of Christians is divided with some local officials supportive of Christians. China’s repressive regime persecutes Christians and is trying to establish a state religion “Chinese Christian theology” suitable for the country. China has engaged in a campaign to eradicate unregistered Protestant churches, demolished a mega church in Wenzhou-China’s largest Christian city, and removed the Cross from churches in cities where Christians are concentrated, in a campaign to ‘de-Christianize’ the skyline.

Though the Chinese Communist Party is the largest explicitly atheist organization in the world, with 85 million official members, it is now overshadowed by an estimated 100 million Christians in China. It is no wonder Beijing is nervous and authorities are cracking down on Christian groups.

Christianity is growing so fast in China that some predict that it will be the most Christian nation in the world in only another 15 years. By far, the greatest growth is coming outside the official state-sanctioned churches, which are rightly considered subservient to the Communist Party. Numbers are increasing, rather, in unofficial Protestant “house churches” and in the underground Catholic church. Continue reading “Christians Outnumber Communist in China”

Chinese “New” Christian Theology

China wants to establish a “Chinese Christian theology” suitable for the country.  Wang Zuoan, a senior official for religious affairs, says China supports the development of Christianity within the country. but “the construction of Chinese Christian theology should adapt to China’s national condition” and “should be compatible with the country’s path of socialism”, the state-backed China Daily reports.

Sanjiang Church
Sanjiang Church

China’s government is engaged in a chilling three-phase campaign to eradicate unregistered Protestant churches, reports Charisma Magazine.  The Chinese government is also targeting registered churches and their leaders.  In Wenzhou, one of China’s most Christian cities, the government de-Christianized the skyline by removing crosses from churches , demolishing churches and arresting Christians.  Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou, an impressive eight-stories with a congregation numbering in the thousands was bulldozed by the government.

A Chinese Christian theology is state created with the world-view of China’s communist government.  China has a  five-year  government plan to promote its version of Christianity that will  promote “correct” Christian theology with a “range of publications, exchanges, discussions and evangelism”, reported the Hindustan Times.

This new “Chinese Christian theology,” a Chinese Christian authority Gu Mengfei explained the year-old Chinese push to promote “correct” Christian theology encourages pastors and laypeople alike to extract moral teachings in line with Biblical times and with other religious faiths, reports The Week . China is taking the moral teachings in Christianity and leaving all the rest. No theology.  No salvation .  China’s government is co-opting Christianity making the state god.

Chineses Scientists Question Tearing Down 700 Mountains to Build Cities

Yan'an, China
Yan’an, China

Population boom in cities in mountainous regions of China has led to a project to level more than 700 mountains in China’s Gansu province and other provinces, to make room for urban development.  Two years into the project Chinese scientists at Chang’an University have questioned the undertaking.

 

This is reminiscent of an ancient Chinese fable, ‘The Foolish Old Man who Removed the Mountains’. In the tale, a 90-year-old man convinces his disbelieving neighbour that he can dig away, stone by stone, two mountains that block the way from his house. Because he succeeds (albeit with the help of deities) the fable is often cited — including by Mao Zedong — to illustrate the power of perseverance. But in our view, China should heed the story’s title: earth-moving on this scale without scientific support is folly.

The tearing down of mountains was embarked on with little review of the cost and benefits of land creation.  In Yan’an, much of the soil excavated from mountains and used to fill the valley is loess, a silty soil that subsides when wet.  Building on loess, loamy deposits, is not the best choice.  

Continue reading “Chineses Scientists Question Tearing Down 700 Mountains to Build Cities”

Recycled Cartons Create Desks That Double As Backpacks For Needy Children In India

India Student Help DeskAarambh is a non-profit charity organization in India that helps the most marginalized families living in urban slums and rural
communites. Aarambh video says that students sitting on the floor all day lead to “bad posture, poor eyesight, and bad handwriting.”

It created the “Help Desk” which is a backpack that can fold out to become a desk. The “Help Desk” is made from discarded carton boxes. The discarded cartons are stenciled to create a desk that can be folded up into a backpack, for less than 20 cents a piece.

Aarambh distributed the Help Desks in schools in rural Maharashtra, in western India, and students were able to study more “comfortably and cheerfully.”

An amazing helpful idea.

China and Russia sign natural gas deal worth $400B

Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

China and Russia signed a major 30-year natural gas deal on Wednesday that would send gas from Siberia by pipeline to China.

There are other projects developing between China and Russia in the fields of aviation.  Combining Russian design with the production capacities of China could lead to superiority over U.S. technological. With these deals in the works it is not surprising that Russia responded to U.S. sanctions by cutting off exports of the rocket engines the U.S. used to launch military satellites.

Continue reading “China and Russia sign natural gas deal worth $400B”

Narendra Modi claims victory as India’s next Prime Minister

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi

On Friday, Narendra Modi, the leader of the Hinud nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, claimed victory as India’s next Prime Minister. There are concerns about the future of religious tolerance in India under the leadership of a Hindu nationalist and a controversial past that at one point led the United States to deny him a visa.

Online:  NRP:  Narendra Modi: From Humble Start To India’s Likely Prime Minister