Thousands rally against expected decision by Japan to allow greater military role

The Cabinet is expected to announce the decision Tuesday. It is one of the biggest changes in Japan’s security policy since World War II. Previously the constitution has been interpreted as allowing the use of arms only for Japan’s own self-defence, and critics say the change undermines the charter.

Abe says the revision is needed because of China’s military expansion and missile and nuclear threats from North Korea.

via Thousands rally against expected decision by Japan to allow greater military role.

Deja vu WWII build up? In September 18, 1931, a group of Jap­anese soldiers stationed in the no­rthern Chinese province of Manchuria, masquerading as Chinese bandits, blew up a few feet of the Japanese-controlled South Manchurian Railway. The clumsily orchestra­ted incident was used as a pretext to launch an attack by the Kwantung Army (Japan’s field army in China), which aimed to occupy the whole of the province and bring its rich resources under Japanese control. This was the start of a decade of escalating violence that would culminate in the German assault on Poland and the start of World War II.

Within months of the Japanese seizure of Manchuria, the fragile international order of the 1920s was in tatters. The League of Nations did little to protect China from Japanese aggression, and in February 1933 Japan left the League altogether. Japanese statesmen and military leaders had grown frustrated by an international political and economic order that they thought gave them a second-rate status. 

Charitable? Red Cross Cites ‘Trade Secrets’ to Redact Details of Sandy Donations | News | PND

If those details were to be disclosed, it argued, “the American Red Cross would suffer competitive harm because its competitors would be able to mimic the American Red Cross’s business model for an increased competitive advantage.”

via Red Cross Cites ‘Trade Secrets’ to Redact Details of Sandy Donations | News | PND.

Taking advice from CIA Candy Makers? Israel drops anti-Hamas lollipops in the WB | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

BEIRUT: The Israeli military scattered lollipops and matchboxes with anti-Hamas messages attached in the West Bank.

Residents of Ramallah and Nablus were surprised Sunday to see large amounts of lollipops thrown all around their streets.

Attached to every candy was a small paper with an anti- Hamas message in Arabic:

“Ramadan Kareem. Here are some sweets because Hamas is making life bitter in the West Bank.”

An IDF officer told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he knew nothing about the issue, but residents of the towns reportedly saw Israeli soldiers spreading the lollipops.

via Israel drops anti-Hamas lollipops in the WB | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR.

Boom Meets Bust in Texas: Atop Sea of Oil, Poverty Digs In – NYTimes.com

One day in May, Colt Ringer, 28, limped along near Ms. Vargas’s trailer wearing a dusty black cowboy hat and carrying a .22-caliber Magnum revolver and .45-caliber pistol in holsters at his hip. He was returning home empty-handed after hunting feral hogs, which he kills for sport and for food.

“All of us are poor, in our own way,” he said. “I don’t get nothing off these wells right out here, because I don’t own the land. That just goes to show the golden rule: He who has the gold makes the rule.”

via Boom Meets Bust in Texas: Atop Sea of Oil, Poverty Digs In – NYTimes.com.

Mexico Rape Victim Faces Prison Time for Self-Defense

While her various wounds were being treated, including a 14-centimetre gash on her arm, Luis Omar Anaya arrived and accused her of murdering his brother in a lovers’ quarrel, a specious argument according to her defense lawyers, since Rubio is a lesbian.

via Mexico Rape Victim Faces Prison Time for Self-Defense.

ISIS declares leader al-Baghdadi ‘caliph of the Muslims,’ changes name | News | DW.DE | 29.06.2014

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Sunday released an audio recording declaring its leader the caliph, also saying that it would change its own name, removing references to Iraq and Syria to call itself Islamic State.

“The Shura (council) of the Islamic State met and discussed this issue,” ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani said in the recording. “The Islamic State decided to establish an Islamic caliphate and to designate a caliph for the state of the Muslims. The jihadist cleric Baghdadi was designated the caliph of the Muslims.”

via ISIS declares leader al-Baghdadi ‘caliph of the Muslims,’ changes name | News | DW.DE | 29.06.2014.

Danny and the Juniors- At The Hop (lyrics in discription) – YouTube

Danny and the Juniors- At The Hop

Bah-bah-bah-bah, bah-bah-bah-bah

Bah-bah-bah-bah. bah-bah-bah-bah, at the hop!

Well, you can rock it you can roll it

You can stop and you can stroll it at the hop

When the record starts spinnin’

You *chalypso* when you chicken at the hop

Do the dance sensation that is sweepin’ the nation at the hop

Ah, let’s go to the hop

Let’s go to the hop, (oh baby)

Let’s go to the hop, (oh baby)

Let’s go to the hop

Come on, let’s go to the hop

Well, you can swing it you can groove it

You can really start to move it at the hop

Where the jockey is the smoothest

And the music is the coolest at the hop

All the cats and chicks can get their kicks at the hop

Let’s go!

Let’s go to the hop

Let’s go to the hop, (oh baby)

Let’s go to the hop, (oh baby)

Let’s go to the hop

Come on, let’s go to the hop

Let’s go!

Well, you can rock it you can roll it

You can stop and you can stroll it at the hop

When the record starts spinnin’

You *chalypso* when you chicken at the hop

Do the dance sensation that is sweepin’ the nation at the hop

You can swing it you can groove it

You can really start to move it at the hop

Where the jockey is the smoothest

And the music is the coolest at the hop.

All the cats and chicks can get their kicks at the hop.

Let’s go!

Let’s go to the hop

Let’s go to the hop, (oh baby)

Let’s go to the hop, (oh baby)

Let’s go to the hop

Come on, let’s go to the hop

Bah-bah-bah-bah, bah-bah-bah-bah

Bah-bah-bah-bah. bah-bah-bah-bah, at the hop!

via Danny and the Juniors- At The Hop (lyrics in discription) – YouTube.