France launches Twitter probe in racism test case

FRANCE 24, November 28, 2012

AFP - French police have opened a criminal investigation into a raft of anti-Semitic messages posted on Twitter in a case that could test the microblogging site's refusal to mediate content.

The move follows a complaint lodged last month by an anti-racism organisation that numerous messages posted on the site had breached French law prohibiting incitement to racial hatred.

The police probe, which is still in a preliminary phase, will focus on one specific message with a view to pressing charges punishable by up to a year in prison, judicial sources said.

France's Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) has been pressing Twitter to exercise tighter control of what appears on its site following a wave of anti-Semitic messages posted under the hashtag #unbonjuif (#agoodjew).

Examples included "#agoodjew is a dead Jew" and other offensive tweets were subsequently posted under #unjuifmort (#adeadjew).

The UEJF on Tuesday began a legal action aimed at forcing Twitter to identify the authors of some of the posts. A hearing on the application has been scheduled for January 8.

Twitter has refused to comment on the row, re-directing enquiries to its terms of service which state that it does not mediate content but may suspend accounts deemed to be producing illegal content.

In October, the site suspended the account of a neo-Nazi group in Germany following a request from the govermment in Berlin. It was the first time Twitter had acted on a request of that nature from a government.



France sees 'alarming' rise in Islamophobia

French Muslims have become the target of a marked increase in Islamophobic violence and actions, as well as incendiary statements by politicians, over the last two years, according to a report by a leading anti-racism observatory.

FRANCE 24, November 11, 2012

The number of racist acts against Muslims in France is increasing “alarmingly”, according to the country’s National Observatory of Islamophobia, whose president has called for overt Islamophobia to be taken as seriously as anti-Semitism, which is a criminal offence in France.

According to a report by the Observatory, which claims to fight “all forms of racism and xenophobia”, “in 2011 the number [of anti-Muslim attacks] was up 34% on the previous year ... but what is happening in 2012 is alarming. Between January and the end of October there were 175 reported Islamophobic acts, a 42% increase compared with the same period in 2011.”

The report highlighted the occupation of a building site of a new mosque in Poitiers, near Paris, by 74 members of the extreme-right splinter group “Generation Identity”, who chanted hostile “warlike” slogans against Islam and Muslims.

The Observatory’s President Abdallah Zekri told FRANCE 24 that the rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in France could be partly explained by “the tense socio-political atmosphere in France being driven by a resurgence of the far right”.

This resurgence was demonstrated in the 2012 presidential election, when Marine Le Pen, leader of the anti-immigration and anti-Europe National Front (FN), won 17.9% of the vote in the first round, a record for the party.

Politicians exploiting racial tension?

“This tension has also contributed to a radicalisation of the political rhetoric of some mainstream politicians who exploit racial tensions for populist political gains,” Zekri said.

Zekri also blamed the debate on “national identity that was launched by former president Nicolas Sarkozy and the law (pushed through under Sarkozy’s government) banning the wearing of face-covering Islamic veils."

He added that the killings of seven people, including a young rabbi and three Jewish children in and around Toulouse in March by an al-Qaeda-linked French gunman, “had been seized upon by political figures to target the Muslim community, the vast majority of which condemned these murders.”

Furthermore, Zekri explained that the figures in the Observatory’s report only include “actions or threats against French Muslims that are directly linked to the fact that they are Muslims and when those people or their property are physically threatened.”

The report stipulates: “The figures do not include acts of discrimination against Muslims or Islam generally, such as the rhetoric and declarations of certain politicians and their parties who openly stigmatise the Muslim faith, or in protests by “Identity” groups chanting slogans that are openly hostile to Islam.”

“All forms of racial and religious intolerance are contrary to the values of the French Republic and should be dealt with accordingly,” said Zekri.

Zekri told FRANCE 24 that he had asked President François Hollande to create a parliamentary commission to study the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in France and to make it an issue of national importance “to bring Islamophobia in line with anti-Semitism, which is punishable under French law.”



Muzzies go Ga-Ga over movie about Piggie-Prophet

Egypt court sentences 8 to death over prophet film

By Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press, Nov 28. 2012

CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.

The low-budget "Innocence of Muslims," parts of which were made available online, portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and buffoon.

Egypt's official news agency said the court found the defendants guilty of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information - charges that carry the death sentence.

Capital punishment decisions are reviewed by the country's chief religious authority, who must approve or reject the sentence. A final verdict is scheduled on Jan. 29.

Florida-based Terry Jones, another of those sentenced, is the pastor of Dove World Outreach, a church of less than 50 members in Gainesville, Fla.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Jones said the ruling "shows the true face of Islam" - one that he views as intolerant of dissent and opposed to basic freedoms of speech and religion.

"We can speak out here in America," Jones said. "That freedom means that we criticize government leadership, religion even at times. Islam is not a religion that tolerates any type of criticism."

Morris Sadek, who fled Egypt 10 years ago and is now a Coptic activist living in Chantilly, Virginia., denied any role in the creation, production or financing of the film.

He said the verdict "shows the world that the Muslim Brotherhood regime wants to shut up all the Coptic activists, so no one can demand Copts' rights in Egypt."

Coptic Christians make up most of Egypt's Christian minority, around 10 percent of the country's 83 million. They complain of state discrimination. Violent clashes break out occasionally over land disputes, worshipping rights and love affairs between Muslims and Christians.

The connection to the film of the other five sentenced by the court was not immediately clear. They include two who work with Sadek at a radical Coptic group in the U.S. that has called for an independent Coptic state, a priest who hosts TV programs from the U.S. and a lawyer living in Canada who has previously sued the Egyptian state over riots in 2000 that left 21 Christians dead.

In a phone interview, one of the men sentenced who works with Sadek, Fikry Zaklama, said he had nothing to do with the film and hadn't even seen it.

"When I went to look at it (on the Internet), they told me it had been taken down," said Zaklama, 65, a Coptic activist and retired physician who practiced in Jersey City, N.J. "I'm not interested. I'm not a clergyman. I'm a political guy."

Nader Fawzy, a 53-year old jewelry store manager and president of an international Coptic rights organization from Toronto, Canada, said he planned to file a lawsuit against the Egyptian government in Canada for what he said was a wrongful prosecution.

He said he's terrified of being kidnapped and spirited to Egypt. Fawzy, who came to Canada in 2002 from Sweden and lost his Egyptian citizenship in 1992, denied any involvement in the film. He said the Egyptian government has long been out to get him because of his Coptic Christian activism.

"Of course, I'm worried about this death penalty," Fawzy said, adding that the verdict has limited his ability to travel freely. "Who will give me guarantees that the Egyptian government will not try to kidnap me, to take me to Egypt?"

The other person is a woman who converted to Christianity and is a staunch critic of Islam.

The official news agency report said that during the trial, the court reviewed a video of some defendants calling for an independent Coptic state in Egypt, and another of Jones burning the Quran, Islam's holy book. The prosecutor asked for the maximum sentence, accusing those charged of seeking to divide Egypt and incite sedition. All the defendants, except Jones, hold Egyptian nationality, the agency added.



(Though surely that would be JP2 or Bennie 16.)

Pedo-Savile: "The world owes the Jewish community a great debt."

Jews'll Fix It!

Jimmy Savile came to my batmitzvah

By Jessica Elgot, The Jewish Chronicle, November 3, 2011

Pedo-Savile, Kikestan-in Palestine, 1975

With the Bridge in Britain friends in Tel Aviv in 1975; John Levy is far right

He claimed to have "invented the disco", but Sir Jimmy Savile, the DJ and presenter who died last weekend, also claimed to have done his bit towards peace in the Middle East.

Sir Jimmy always said he had berated the Israeli Cabinet in 1975 for being too soft after the Six Day War.

The bling-loving Leeds-born presenter of Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops, who once described himself as "the most Jewish Catholic you will ever meet," was a strong supporter of Israel and through fun runs, marathons and personal appearances, raised funds for many charities including WIZO, Ravenswood, and the British Friends of the Laniado Hospital in Netanya.

His ten-day visit to Israel in 1975, when he met President Ephraim Katzir and Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek, was organised by John Levy of the Friends of Israel Educational Trust.

The trip was filmed for the BBC's Jim'll Fix It after nine-year-old Gary Merrie from Liverpool asked "to see the land where Jesus was born."

Sir Jimmy recalled his advice to the Israelis: "I arrived at this reception. The president came to me and asked how I was enjoying my visit.I said I was very disappointed: the Israelis had won the Six Day War but they had given back all the land, including the only oil well in the region, and were now paying the Egyptians more for oil than if they had bought it from Saudi Arabia.

"I said: 'You have forgotten to be Jewish'. He said: 'Would you like to tell my cabinet that?' Next morning, I went to the Knesset; they interrupted a cabinet meeting and I told them the same as I had told him."

Mr Levy recalled: "He was a gorgeous, impish, creative character. Of course, he was an egomaniac, but he was incredibly generous. He wanted to film us walking from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, so there are these scenes trudging the Judean Hills. He had many close Jewish friends, he was a real philosemite. When we returned, I asked him to be a 'Friend' of the Trust and he insisted that I listed him as 'Special Friend'."

During his visit, Sir Jimmy spent time camping near the Sea of Galilee and at Kibbutz Lavi, where he recorded a discussion programme for his Radio 1 show "Speakeasy."

Famous for his "clunk-click" road safety campaign advocating the wearing of seat belts, Sir Jimmy loved nearly everything in Israel, with one major exception - the driving. After his trip and a meeting with then Transport Minister Moshe Dayan, when he returned to London, he presented Israeli ambassador Gideon Rafael with two road safety films which he hoped would be shown on Israeli TV.

Mancunians Pearl Gruber and her late husband Harold were close friends of Sir Jimmy, and invited him to their daughter Sharon's batmitzvah in 1968. Mrs Gruber said: "He was wonderful; he broadcast his radio show 'Savile's Travels' from the batmitzvah party at the Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation in Cheadle. One of the boys at the party really wanted to be a disc jockey and nearly drove him mad."

Sharon Gruber, who now lives in Mill Hill, recalled: "He came to my batmitzvah in a silver suit, and people were whispering 'who does that man think he is, Jimmy Savile?' They didn't realise it was really him!"

One of his eight homes was a small flat in the heart of the Leeds Jewish community in Roundhay. He spent much of his time socialising at the Flying Pizza restaurant on Street Lane, a popular local haunt.

He was a regular at fundraising dinners at synagogues in Leeds and Manchester, particularly for the British Friends of Laniado, donating large sums to the organisation.

He told the BBYO group in Leeds: "I knew nothing about the Jewish community growing up", but visiting Israel had made him realise that "the world owes the Jewish community a great debt."

Manchester Laniado chair Dov Hamburger recalled Sir Jimmy's appearance at the charity's annual dinner, which he did for nothing. Mr Hamburger said: "I cannot recall a keynote speaker who has behaved so generously before."

Former Norwood chief executive Norma Brier recalled Jimmy Savile's visit to Ravenswood Village in 1989. "He came to open the Ravenswood fair and was a great hit, turning up in his gold Rolls Royce. He walked around chatting to the residents and spent lots of time there. We were very grateful for his support."

Kikestani President in 1975: Efraim Katchalski

Efraim Katchalski (1916-2009) was born in Kiev, in the Russian Empire. In 1939, he graduated from the first Haganah officers course, and became commander of the student unit in the field forces ('Hish). He and his brother worked on development of new explosives. In May, 1948, Ephraim was appointed commander of the "Heyl Mada" (HEMED) – scientific research and development corps.

His daughter Nurit, an actress, died in 1966 when gas from a heating stove supposedly leaked when she slept and poisoned her. Another daughter, Irit (author of "And I Write Poems"?, pub. posthumously, 1994?) , killed herself. I wonder if he was some sort of Sabatean pervert who raped his daughters or at least traded them with other "child-lovers"; and the one daughter stuck her head in a gas oven (after a lifetime of hearing Kike "Gas-Chamber" atrocity-porn), and it was made to look like an accident; and then the other one offed herself in a way that couldn't be covered up?

Katchalski then became head of the Department of Biophysics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, an institution he helped to found. In 1966–1968, Katzir was Chief Scientist of the "Israel" Defense Forces. In 1973, Golda Meir contacted Katzir at Harvard University, asking him to accept the presidency. The Ashkenazi Kike Katchalski hebraicized his family name to Katzir (harvest), to make it seem like he was some sort of Israelite.




Recent research by Swansea and Leicester show that there is a growing number of women convert to Islam in Britain.

But the research also shows that the young, white British women who are converting to Islam, report a lack of help as they get used to their new religion.

Despite the negative portrayal of Islam in the Western press, recent research shows that converts to Islam are in increase.

During the last ten years about 100,000 British people converted to Islam, of whom some three-quarters are women, according to the latest statistics. This is a significant increase on the 60,000 Britons in the previous decade, according to researchers based at Swansea University.

In this edition of the show we ask the following question: Does the British society provide enough support for women converts to Islam?




The Kike's NBC's Kike

Not "News", of course:

GLAAD reports record high of US TV gay characters

Digital Spy, Oct 5 2012

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has reported a record high proportion of LGBT characters on the coming US television season.

The organization reports that 4.4% of the regulars - 31 out of a total of 701 characters - will be gay in the 97 scripted series airing on the major broadcast networks.

The proportion is up from 2.9% last year and 3.9% in the 2010-11 season.

ABC leads with ten characters out of 194, followed by Fox with six out of 118.

"More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, co-workers, and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick in a statement.

Last year saw a decrease in the percentage of gay characters.

Scripted cable network shows have also seen an increase, with 35 regular gay characters up from last year's 29.


[Kike] Einstein’s brain was unusual in several respects, rarely seen photos show

By [Kike] Michael Balter | ScienceNOW, Nov 2012

The [Kike] Washington Post

Albert Einstein is widely regarded as a genius, but how did he get that way? Many researchers have assumed that it took a very special brain to come up with the theory of relativity and other insights that form the foundation of modern physics.

A study of 14 newly discovered photographs of Einstein’s brain, which was preserved for study after his death, concludes that the brain was indeed highly unusual in many ways. But researchers still don’t know exactly how the brain’s extra folds and convolutions translated into Einstein’s amazing abilities.

The story of Einstein’s brain is a saga that began in 1955 when the Nobel Prize-winning physicist died in Princeton, N.J., at age 76. His son Hans Albert and his executor, Otto Nathan, gave the examining pathologist, Thomas Harvey, permission to preserve the brain for scientific study.

Harvey photographed the brain and then cut it into 240 blocks, which were embedded in a resinlike substance. He cut the blocks into as many as 2,000 thin sections for microscopic study, and in subsequent years distributed slides and photographs of the brain to at least 18 researchers around the world. With the exception of the slides that Harvey kept for himself, no one is sure where the specimens are now, and many of them have probably been lost as researchers retired or died.

Over the decades, only six peer-reviewed publications resulted from these widely scattered materials. Some of these studies did find interesting features in Einstein’s brain, including a greater density of neurons in some parts of the brain and a higher than usual ratio of glia (cells that help neurons transmit nerve impulses) to neurons. Two studies of the brain’s gross anatomy, including one published in 2009 by anthropologist Dean Falk of Florida State University at Tallahassee, found that Einstein’s parietal lobes — which might be linked to his remarkable ability to conceptualize physics problems — had a very unusual pattern of grooves and ridges.

But the Falk study was based on only a handful of photographs that had been made available by Harvey, who died in 2007. In 2010, Harvey’s heirs agreed to transfer all of his materials to the U.S. Army’s National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring.

For the new study, published Nov. 16 in the journal Brain, Falk teamed up with neurologist Frederick Lepore of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey and Adrianne Noe, director of the museum, to analyze 14 photographs of the whole brain from the Harvey collection that had never been made public. The paper also includes a “road map” prepared by Harvey that links the photographs to the 240 blocks and the microscopic slides prepared from them in hopes that other scientists will use them to do follow-up research.

The team compared Einstein’s brain with those of 85 other people and found that the great physicist did indeed have something special between his ears. Although the brain is only average in size, several regions feature additional convolutions and folds rarely seen in others. For example, the regions on the left side of the brain that facilitate sensory inputs into and motor control of the face and tongue are much larger than normal; and his prefrontal cortex — linked to planning, focused attention and perseverance — is also greatly expanded.

“In each lobe,” including the frontal, parietal and occipital lobes, “there are regions that are exceptionally complicated in their convolutions,” Falk says. As for the enlarged regions linked to the face and tongue, Falk thinks that this might relate to Einstein’s famous quote that his thinking was often “muscular” rather than done in words.

Although this comment is usually interpreted as a metaphor for his subjective experiences as he thought about the universe, “it may be that he used his motor cortex in extraordinary ways” connected to abstract conceptualization, Falk says.

Albert Galaburda, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School, says that “what’s great about this paper is that it puts down . . . the entire anatomy of Einstein’s brain in great detail.” Nevertheless, Galaburda adds, the study raises “very important questions for which we don’t have an answer.” Among them are whether Einstein started off with a special brain that predisposed him to be a great physicist, or whether doing great physics caused certain parts of his brain to expand.

Einstein’s genius, Galaburda says, was probably due to “some combination of a special brain and the environment he lived in.”

He suggests that researchers now attempt to compare Einstein’s brain with that of other talented physicists to see if the brain’s features were unique to Einstein or are also seen in other scientists.

Falk agrees that both nature and nurture were probably involved, pointing out that Einstein’s parents were “very nurturing” and encouraged him to be independent and creative, not only in science but also in music. (Falk’s 2009 study found that a brain region linked to musical talent was highly developed in Einstein’s brain.)

“Einstein programmed his own brain,” Falk says, adding that when physics was ripe for new insights, “he had the right brain in the right place at the right time.”

This article was produced by ScienceNOW, the daily online news service of the journal Science.


Hungarian MP calls for Jewish ‘threat’ list

By Kester Eddy in Budapest

The Financial Times, November 27, 2012

A call by a far-right Hungarian MP for a list to be drawn up of Jewish politicians and government members who pose a “threat to national security” has caused outrage among both Hungary’s estimated 80,000-strong Jewish community and liberal politicians.

Marton Gyongyosi, a leading MP of Jobbik, Hungary’s radical rightwing party, called for the list in the Budapest parliament on Monday, saying that it was justified by the increased tensions following the latest conflict between Gaza and Israel.

“Jobbik MPs have made anti-Semitic and anti-Roma statements in parliament before, but nobody has ever called for a list. This is totally unacceptable in a democracy,” Timea Szabo, an MP for the liberal-green LMP party and deputy chairperson of parliament’s human rights committee, said.

“I am a Holocaust survivor,” Gusztav Zoltai, executive director of the Hungarian Jewish Congregations’ Association, told Reuters. “For people such as me this generates raw fear, even though it is clear that this only serves political ends. This is the shame of Europe, the shame of the world.”

Up to 600,000 Jews from Hungarian territories died in the Holocaust, the majority after mass deportations began in the last year of the war.

Mr Gyongyosi appeared to back track on Tuesday, saying he was referring to citizens with dual Israeli-Hungarian citizenship. “I apologise to my Jewish compatriots for my statements that could be misunderstood,” he said on Jobbik’s website.

Jobbik, which holds 44 of 386 seats in parliament, making it the third-strongest party in Hungary, has been accused of stoking anti-Semitic and anti-Roma feelings and of supporting the Hungarian Garda, a uniformed militia which has made frequent appearances in rural areas with Roma populations, despite being banned by law.

Jobbik denies any anti-Semitic or anti-Roma sentiment, saying that it only wants to protect Hungary from the dangers of international capital and citizens from petty theft and lawlessness.

Liberal and left-wing politicians also accuse Viktor Orbán, the prime minister, and his governing Fidesz party of being soft on Jobbik and pandering to radical policies in order to win voters from the far-right camp.

“Fidesz definitely has double standards. When something happens like this [Gyongyosi statement], they always denounce it but otherwise their actions and policies show otherwise,” Ms Szabo says.

In a short statement on its website, the Hungarian government on Tuesday said it condemned Mr Gyongyosi’s statement “to the greatest possible degree”, adding that it took the “strictest possible action against every form of racism and anti-Semitic behaviour”.

On this topic

* Hungary probes claims about former Nazi
* Hungary to begin talks with lenders
* EU agrees to open IMF talks with Hungary
* Orbán stands firm in central bank dispute

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Sihk priests convicted of raping a prostitute in Glasgow.

BBC "illustrates" the story with a picture of a statue:

"Two Sikh priests have been jailed for a [supposed] total of 12 years for raping a 26-year-old Glasgow prostitute after she refused to have sex with them. Gurnam Singh, 30, was sentenced to seven years and Sukhdev Singh, 36, to five. Both will be placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely. They will also [supposedly] be deported to India at the end of their prison terms."


Surely they'll be easy to identify on the street though, after they are released early and when they will be waiting to hear the resukt of their succesful appeals against deportation. ("As Sikhs, we will face discrimination in India, oy vey.")

Yes, there can't be too many men in the UK with the last name Singh.

The Telegraph, 2009.03.24:

"A study found that within the last 100 years, the number of people named Ahmed, Singh and Ali, has increased by more than 1,000 per cent each. The name Zhang was found to be the fastest growing name, having risen by 4,718 per cent in popularity in just 13 years. People named Singh and Patel were also found to be at a record high, with 95,203 and 53,295 of them respectively currently living in Britain."


"Lord Pentland told the High Court in Edinburgh that he felt it right to acknowledge the role of "a young man, Allan Whyte" in ending her ordeal: 'Late at night, when he was cycling home, Mr Whyte encountered the two accused dragging the complainer away from the place where she had been raped, in the direction of the River Clyde. Although he was alone, Mr Whyte intervened and challenged the two accused. He rescued the complainer from them and stayed at the scene with her, providing valuable information to the emergency services. Mr Whyte acted with commendable responsibility without regard for his own safety or interests.' The woman had told the jury that she was 'crying, struggling and trying to get away' and had feared she was going to be 'thrown in' to the River Clyde."

I wonder how many other women these Sikho priests have raped and thrown in the River Clyde.


The Daily Record "illustrates" the cautionary tale of Sikho sex-offenders with a bizarrely sexualised picture of a blonde girl leaning into a car as if she was asking for it. Caption: "Prostitute". That must be what the story is about...

"Gurnam Singh and Sukhdev Singh are two Indian Sikh priests. They left India to work at a Sikh temple in Glasgow, Scotland only a few months ago. They are both married with three children each in India. Last week, they showed their true colours - registered sex offenders."

"The two priests will remain on the UK's registered sex offenders list indefinitely. There are no reports about whether they will continue as Sikh priests or the reactions of their families." [Because nobody bothered to investigate.]



Vigilant hotel staff help detectives smash sex-trafficking gang

This Is Derbyshire / Derby Telegraph, August 02, 2012

Two men have been jailed for trafficking two young Latvian women into the UK for sexual exploitation – the first conviction of its kind in Derbyshire.

The 17-year-old and 25-year-old women believed they were visiting London for a weekend with a Latvian man they had met on a sex website.

But when the women and the man arrived at Gatwick Airport, Tajinder Singh and Gurdeep Singh were there to meet them and drove them to Ripley, where they were first taken to a kebab shop and then to the Premier Inn off the A610.

Police broke up the scam after two days in October last year, when hotel staff alerted them to suspicious activity.

Derby Crown Court heard that Tajinder Singh, 33, and Gurdeep Singh, 52, had arranged and paid for the women to come to the UK from Latvian capital Riga.

They had also transferred money into the Latvian man's bank account.

The older woman was sexually assaulted in the hotel by Kulvinder Gill, who ran the kebab shop, which was owned by Tajinder Singh and Gurdeep Singh.

The younger woman was allegedly raped by the Latvian man, who is to be extradited to the UK after serving a prison sentence for unrelated offences to face charges of human trafficking and rape.

Prosecutor Andrew Peet said the women were "duped" by the Latvian man about the purpose of the trip. The 31-year-old, who cannot be named, left the Premier Inn and returned to Latvia.

Sentencing the men, Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: "One shudders to think about what would have happened if the hotel weren't concerned enough to call the police."

Gill, 44, of Wellington Street, Ripley, admitted sexual assault and was jailed for one year. Tajinder Singh, of Wellington Street, Ripley, and Gurdeep Singh, of Beverley Crescent, Wolverhampton, who admitted human trafficking into the UK for sexual exploitation, were sent to prison for two years.

Gurdeep Singh and Kulvinder Gill are expected [HA HA!] to be deported to India once they have served their sentences.

I hope that this reporting does not contribute to any sort of Anti-Sikhism. I am sure that less than half of Sikh priests are rapists.

Thanks to commentator "name & shame" for this story.



Enoch Powell, 1968.04.20:

The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils. In seeking to do so, it encounters obstacles which are deeply rooted in human nature.

One is that by the very order of things such evils are not demonstrable until they have occurred: at each stage in their onset there is room for doubt and for dispute whether they be real or imaginary. By the same token, they attract little attention in comparison with current troubles, which are both indisputable and pressing: whence the besetting temptation of all politics to concern itself with the immediate present at the expense of the future.

Above all, people are disposed to mistake predicting troubles for causing troubles and even for desiring troubles: "If only," they love to think, "if only people wouldn't talk about it, it probably wouldn't happen."
Perhaps this habit goes back to the primitive belief that the word and the thing, the name and the object, are identical.

At all events, the discussion of future grave but, with effort now, avoidable evils is the most unpopular and at the same time the most necessary occupation for the politician. Those who knowingly shirk it deserve, and not infrequently receive, the curses of those who come after.

A week or two ago I fell into conversation with a constituent, a middle-aged, quite ordinary working man employed in one of our nationalised industries.

After a sentence or two about the weather, he suddenly said: "If I had the money to go, I wouldn't stay in this country." I made some deprecatory reply to the effect that even this government wouldn't last for ever; but he took no notice, and continued: "I have three children, all of them been through grammar school and two of them married now, with family. I shan't be satisfied till I have seen them all settled overseas. In this country in 15 or 20 years' time the black man will have the whip hand over the white man."

I can already hear the chorus of execration. How dare I say such a horrible thing? How dare I stir up trouble and inflame feelings by repeating such a conversation?

The answer is that I do not have the right not to do so. Here is a decent, ordinary fellow Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that his country will not be worth living in for his children.

I simply do not have the right to shrug my shoulders and think about something else. What he is saying, thousands and hundreds of thousands are saying and thinking - not throughout Great Britain, perhaps, but in the areas that are already undergoing the total transformation to which there is no parallel in a thousand years of English history.

In 15 or 20 years, on present trends, there will be in this country three and a half million Commonwealth immigrants and their descendants. That is not my figure. That is the official figure given to parliament by the spokesman of the Registrar General's Office.

There is no comparable official figure for the year 2000, but it must be in the region of five to seven million, approximately one-tenth of the whole population, and approaching that of Greater London. Of course, it will not be evenly distributed from Margate to Aberystwyth and from Penzance to Aberdeen. Whole areas, towns and parts of towns across England will be occupied by sections of the immigrant and immigrant-descended population.

As time goes on, the proportion of this total who are immigrant descendants, those born in England, who arrived here by exactly the same route as the rest of us, will rapidly increase. Already by 1985 the native-born would constitute the majority. It is this fact which creates the extreme urgency of action now, of just that kind of action which is hardest for politicians to take, action where the difficulties lie in the present but the evils to be prevented or minimised lie several parliaments ahead.

The natural and rational first question with a nation confronted by such a prospect is to ask: "How can its dimensions be reduced?" Granted it be not wholly preventable, can it be limited, bearing in mind that numbers are of the essence: the significance and consequences of an alien element introduced into a country or population are profoundly different according to whether that element is 1 per cent or 10 per cent.

The answers to the simple and rational question are equally simple and rational: by stopping, or virtually stopping, further inflow, and by promoting the maximum outflow. Both answers are part of the official policy of the Conservative Party.

It almost passes belief that at this moment 20 or 30 additional immigrant children are arriving from overseas in Wolverhampton alone every week - and that means 15 or 20 additional families a decade or two hence. Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant-descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancés whom they have never seen.

Let no one suppose that the flow of dependents will automatically tail off. On the contrary, even at the present admission rate of only 5,000 a year by voucher, there is sufficient for a further 25,000 dependants per annum ad infinitum, without taking into account the huge reservoir of existing relations in this country - and I am making no allowance at all for fraudulent entry. In these circumstances nothing will suffice but that the total inflow for settlement should be reduced at once to negligible proportions, and that the necessary legislative and administrative measures be taken without delay.

I stress the words "for settlement." This has nothing to do with the entry of Commonwealth citizens, any more than of aliens, into this country, for the purposes of study or of improving their qualifications, like (for instance) the Commonwealth doctors who, to the advantage of their own countries, have enabled our hospital service to be expanded faster than would otherwise have been possible. They are not, and never have been, immigrants.

I turn to re-emigration. If all immigration ended tomorrow, the rate of growth of the immigrant and immigrant-descended population would be substantially reduced, but the prospective size of this element in the population would still leave the basic character of the national danger unaffected. This can only be tackled while a considerable proportion of the total still comprises persons who entered this country during the last ten years or so.

Hence the urgency of implementing now the second element of the Conservative Party's policy: the encouragement of re-emigration.

Nobody can make an estimate of the numbers which, with generous assistance, would choose either to return to their countries of origin or to go to other countries anxious to receive the manpower and the skills they represent.

Nobody knows, because no such policy has yet been attempted. I can only say that, even at present, immigrants in my own constituency from time to time come to me, asking if I can find them assistance to return home. If such a policy were adopted and pursued with the determination which the gravity of the alternative justifies, the resultant outflow could appreciably alter the prospects.

The third element of the Conservative Party's policy is that all who are in this country as citizens should be equal before the law and that there shall be no discrimination or difference made between them by public authority. As Mr Heath has put it we will have no "first-class citizens" and "second-class citizens." This does not mean that the immigrant and his descendent should be elevated into a privileged or special class or that the citizen should be denied his right to discriminate in the management of his own affairs between one fellow-citizen and another or that he should be subjected to imposition as to his reasons and motive for behaving in one lawful manner rather than another.

There could be no grosser misconception of the realities than is entertained by those who vociferously demand legislation as they call it "against discrimination", whether they be leader-writers of the same kidney and sometimes on the same newspapers which year after year in the 1930s tried to blind this country to the rising peril which confronted it, or archbishops who live in palaces, faring delicately with the bedclothes pulled right up over their heads. They have got it exactly and diametrically wrong.

The discrimination and the deprivation, the sense of alarm and of resentment, lies not with the immigrant population but with those among whom they have come and are still coming.

This is why to enact legislation of the kind before parliament at this moment is to risk throwing a match on to gunpowder. The kindest thing that can be said about those who propose and support it is that they know not what they do.

Nothing is more misleading than comparison between the Commonwealth immigrant in Britain and the American Negro. The Negro population of the United States, which was already in existence before the United States became a nation, started literally as slaves and were later given the franchise and other rights of citizenship, to the exercise of which they have only gradually and still incompletely come. The Commonwealth immigrant came to Britain as a full citizen, to a country which knew no discrimination between one citizen and another, and he entered instantly into the possession of the rights of every citizen, from the vote to free treatment under the National Health Service.

Whatever drawbacks attended the immigrants arose not from the law or from public policy or from administration, but from those personal circumstances and accidents which cause, and always will cause, the fortunes and experience of one man to be different from another's.

But while, to the immigrant, entry to this country was admission to privileges and opportunities eagerly sought, the impact upon the existing population was very different. For reasons which they could not comprehend, and in pursuance of a decision by default, on which they were never consulted, they found themselves made strangers in their own country.

They found their wives unable to obtain hospital beds in childbirth, their children unable to obtain school places, their homes and neighbourhoods changed beyond recognition, their plans and prospects for the future defeated; at work they found that employers hesitated to apply to the immigrant worker the standards of discipline and competence required of the native-born worker; they began to hear, as time went by, more and more voices which told them that they were now the unwanted. They now learn that a one-way privilege is to be established by act of parliament; a law which cannot, and is not intended to, operate to protect them or redress their grievances is to be enacted to give the stranger, the disgruntled and the agent-provocateur the power to pillory them for their private actions.

In the hundreds upon hundreds of letters I received when I last spoke on this subject two or three months ago, there was one striking feature which was largely new and which I find ominous. All Members of Parliament are used to the typical anonymous correspondent; but what surprised and alarmed me was the high proportion of ordinary, decent, sensible people, writing a rational and often well-educated letter, who believed that they had to omit their address because it was dangerous to have committed themselves to paper to a Member of Parliament agreeing with the views I had expressed, and that they would risk penalties or reprisals if they were known to have done so. The sense of being a persecuted minority which is growing among ordinary English people in the areas of the country which are affected is something that those without direct experience can hardly imagine.

I am going to allow just one of those hundreds of people to speak for me:

“Eight years ago in a respectable street in Wolverhampton a house was sold to a Negro. Now only one white (a woman old-age pensioner) lives there. This is her story. She lost her husband and both her sons in the war. So she turned her seven-roomed house, her only asset, into a boarding house. She worked hard and did well, paid off her mortgage and began to put something by for her old age. Then the immigrants moved in. With growing fear, she saw one house after another taken over. The quiet street became a place of noise and confusion. Regretfully, her white tenants moved out.

“The day after the last one left, she was awakened at 7am by two Negroes who wanted to use her 'phone to contact their employer. When she refused, as she would have refused any stranger at such an hour, she was abused and feared she would have been attacked but for the chain on her door. Immigrant families have tried to rent rooms in her house, but she always refused. Her little store of money went, and after paying rates, she has less than £2 per week. “She went to apply for a rate reduction and was seen by a young girl, who on hearing she had a seven-roomed house, suggested she should let part of it. When she said the only people she could get were Negroes, the girl said, "Racial prejudice won't get you anywhere in this country." So she went home.

“The telephone is her lifeline. Her family pay the bill, and help her out as best they can. Immigrants have offered to buy her house - at a price which the prospective landlord would be able to recover from his tenants in weeks, or at most a few months. She is becoming afraid to go out. Windows are broken. She finds excreta pushed through her letter box. When she goes to the shops, she is followed by children, charming, wide-grinning piccaninnies. They cannot speak English, but one word they know. "Racialist," they chant. When the new Race Relations Bill is passed, this woman is convinced she will go to prison. And is she so wrong? I begin to wonder.”

The other dangerous delusion from which those who are wilfully or otherwise blind to realities suffer, is summed up in the word "integration." To be integrated into a population means to become for all practical purposes indistinguishable from its other members.

Now, at all times, where there are marked physical differences, especially of colour, integration is difficult though, over a period, not impossible. There are among the Commonwealth immigrants who have come to live here in the last fifteen years or so, many thousands whose wish and purpose is to be integrated and whose every thought and endeavour is bent in that direction.

But to imagine that such a thing enters the heads of a great and growing majority of immigrants and their descendants is a ludicrous misconception, and a dangerous one.

We are on the verge here of a change. Hitherto it has been force of circumstance and of background which has rendered the very idea of integration inaccessible to the greater part of the immigrant population - that they never conceived or intended such a thing, and that their numbers and physical concentration meant the pressures towards integration which normally bear upon any small minority did not operate.

Now we are seeing the growth of positive forces acting against integration, of vested interests in the preservation and sharpening of racial and religious differences, with a view to the exercise of actual domination, first over fellow-immigrants and then over the rest of the population. The cloud no bigger than a man's hand, that can so rapidly overcast the sky, has been visible recently in Wolverhampton and has shown signs of spreading quickly. The words I am about to use, verbatim as they appeared in the local press on 17 February, are not mine, but those of a Labour Member of Parliament who is a minister in the present government:

'The Sikh communities' campaign to maintain customs inappropriate in Britain is much to be regretted. Working in Britain, particularly in the public services, they should be prepared to accept the terms and conditions of their employment. To claim special communal rights (or should one say rites?) leads to a dangerous fragmentation within society. This communalism is a canker; whether practised by one colour or another it is to be strongly condemned.'

All credit to John Stonehouse for having had the insight to perceive that, and the courage to say it.

For these dangerous and divisive elements the legislation proposed in the Race Relations Bill is the very pabulum they need to flourish. Here is the means of showing that the immigrant communities can organise to consolidate their members, to agitate and campaign against their fellow citizens, and to overawe and dominate the rest with the legal weapons which the ignorant and the ill-informed have provided. As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see "the River Tiber foaming with much blood."

That tragic and intractable phenomenon which we watch with horror on the other side of the Atlantic but which there is interwoven with the history and existence of the States itself, is coming upon us here by our own volition and our own neglect. Indeed, it has all but come. In numerical terms, it will be of American proportions long before the end of the century.

Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal.


IDIOT, «Идіотъ» (Russia, 2003)

Director: Vladimir Bortko, Владимир Бортко
  • Yevgeniy Mironov, Евгений Миронов : Prince Mishkin, Kнязь Мышкин
  • Vladimir Mashkov, Владимир Машков : Parfei Rogozhin, Парфён Рогожин
  • Lidiya Velezheva, Лидия Вележева : Nastas'ya Filippovna, Настасья Филипповна
  • Inna Churikova, Инна Чурикова : "Lady General" Yepanchina, Генеральша Епанчина (i.e., Lizveta Prokof'yevna Yepanchina, the wife of General Yepanchin)
  • Oleg Basilashvili, Олег Басилашвили : General Ivan Yepanchin, Генерал Иван Епанчин
  • Ol'ga Budina, Ольга Будина : Aglaya Ivanovich Yepanchina, Аглая Иванович Епанчина

In Ten Episodes:
  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W6Su_YwHU8
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69f0edzTS_Q
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNp-pLBxJmo
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqyY8f7qsj8
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khlnyfT5eTw
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ToBZFBRG2M
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-UG0X_r4WQ
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVicBXgaZ8w
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMTdFVI1lPc
  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGU3VP8B6S0

Without Subtitles:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2rHtzySkHg


Любе - Краса («Ты неси меня река»)

из к/ф Граница.Таежный роман


Игорь Матвиенко. 2000

Ты неси меня река
За крутие берега
(где поля) где поля мои поля
(где леса) где леса мои леса
(ты неси) ты неси меня река
Да в родные мне места
(где живёт) где живет моя (моя) краса
Голубы у нее шлаза

Как ночка темная
Как речка быстрая
Как одинокая луна
на небе ждет меня она

За туманом огонёк
(о-го-нёк) как же он еще далёк
(ой да-лёк) ты мне ветер помоги
Милой весточку шепни
(знаю ждёт) знаю ждет меня (моя) краса
Проглядела в ночь глаза

Как ночка темная
Как речка быстрая
Как одинокая луна
на небе ждет меня она

Любе - Давай за

Давай за

Муз. И. Матвиенко. Сл. А. Шаганов. 2002

Война и на и най най най най на
Война и на и най най най най на

Серыми тучами небо затянуто
Нервы гитарной струною оттянуты
Дождь барабанит с утра и до вечера
Время застывшее кажется вечностью
Нас раскидали по всем направлениям
Танки пехота огонь артиллерия
Нас убивают, но мы выживаем
И снова в атаку себя мы бросаем

Давай за жизнь, давай брат до конца
Давай за тех, кто с нами был тогда
Давай за жизнь давай брат до конца
Помянем тех, кто с нами был тогда

Небо над нами свинцовыми тучами
Стелится низко туманами рваными
Хочется верить, что всё уже кончилось
Только бы выжил товарищ раненый
Ты потерпи, браток, не умирай пока
Будешь ты жить ещё долго и счастливо
Будем на свадьбе твоей мы отплясывать
Будешь ты в небо детишек подбрасывать

Давай за жизнь, держись, брат, до конца
Давай за тех, кто дома ждёт тебя
Давай за жизнь, будь проклята война
Давай за тех, кто дома ждёт (тебя)

Давай за них, давай за нас
И за Сибирь, и за Кавказ
За свет далёких городов
И за друзей, и за любовь



Kikestan-supporter Bal Thackeray started his career as a cartoonist for a Communist newspaper, The Free Press Journal. He quit working there because the paper refused to address the "plight" of Kikes in the Kke's USSR.

He entered politics based on Hindu hatred of low-caste Hindus (Dalit) and all non-Hindus except Kikes.

He established Shiv Sena on 1966.06.19. He warned India's minorities -- Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Farsees, Bahai, Buddhists, Christians, etc. -- that India is for Hindus only, and that they must return to their ancestors’ Hindu faith.

Thackeray was known as a symbol of violence, terrorism and fear for other ethnic groups in Bombay and elsewhere in Maharashtra that were periodically targeted by murderous gangs of Shiv Sena.

The Hindutva is the umbrella group of radical Hindu parties like BJP, RSS, and Shiv Sena. Hindutva leaders have always maintained close relations with the local Jewish commnities and Israel. (Dr Vijay Prashad, Namaste Sharon: Hindutva and Sharonism under US hegemony, 2003.)

India Facebook arrests: Shaheen and Renu speak out

By Rajini Vaidyanathan, BBC News, 25 November 2012

Shaheen Dada (left) and Renu Srinivasan were arrested last Monday

Shaheen Dhada is softly spoken, almost shy. Not the sort of person you would have imagined to end up at the centre of an international media storm.

"I just want this all to end, I'm under house arrest," she tells me as she sits flanked by her mother, father, brother, cousin, aunt and uncle.

"What happened was completely unexpected and my family have suffered a lot because of it. I never ever thought that all this would happen when I wrote that status."

For Shaheen and her family, the events of the past week have been difficult to digest.

Like most 21-year-olds, she was an active user of Facebook.

A day after the death of the controversial Hindu nationalist politician Bal Thackeray, Shaheen wrote a status update, criticising the subsequent shutdown in transport and services which had brought Mumbai and surrounding areas to a standstill. She wrote:

"Every day thousand of people die. But still the world moves on... Just due to one politician dead. A natural death. Every one goes crazy... Respect is earned not given out, definitely not forced. Today Mumbai shuts down due to fear not due to respect."

The status didn't even mention Thackeray by name, but within 20 minutes she started receiving calls from friends saying she should take it down and say sorry.

"I was told to go to the police station and apologise for it. I'm not sure who saw it and had a problem with it," she says, still bewildered at how events unfolded.
'Because of fear'

Shaheen deleted the comment, and on the advice of friends went to the police station to submit a written apology.

She arrived to find some 2,000 people protesting. Many of them were supporters of India's right-wing Shiv Sena party - founded by Bal Thackeray - who had taken offence at what had been said.

Alongside Shaheen at the police station was Renu Srinivasan, a college mate, who "liked", shared and commented on Shaheen's status update.

Renu's comment said: "Everyone know it's done because of fear!!! We agree that he has done a lot of good things. also we respect him, it doesn't make sense to shut down everything! Respect can be shown in many other ways!"

"It was our opinion and we never thought another person would see this and create such problem," says Renu, who was at home alone when she received a call from a friend telling her to delete the post and also head to the police station.

She says she was confronted by an angry mob and was slapped by two women when she arrived to submit her apology. She believes the crowd were given the wrong information about the Facebook posts.

"I don't know how and who saw it, but someone took the screen shot of what we wrote and showed it to someone else who thought it was a bad thing about Bal Thackeray.

"The people who slapped me didn't even know what was on the status update, they just thought we were abusing him. What happened was unfair."

Both girls were kept in police cells overnight, for their own safety more than anything, but were arrested the next day.

According to Shaheen's father, Mohammed Farooq Dhada, the girls were originally charged under Section 295a of the Indian Penal code (for "deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs").

This was later changed to Section 505-2 of the same act ("statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill- will between classes"), before they were finally charged under Section 66a of the Indian IT act ("sending false and offensive messages through communication services").

Both girls have been given police protection to ensure their safety, such is the worry there may be repercussions.
Fishpond vandalised

When I visit Renu's house, I find a police officer sitting on the sofa.

"It's weird having a policeman in our house. At first it was awkward; now we are getting on well with him," she says.

Shaheen's Facebook status update:

"Every day thousands of people die. But still the world moves on. Just due to one politician dead, a natural death everyone just goes crazy.. they should know.

"We are resilient by force not by choice. When was the last time did anyone show some respect or even a 2mins silence for Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Azad, Sukhdev or any of the people because of whom we r free living Indians...respect is earned not given and definitely not forced.

"Today, Mumbai shuts down due to fear not due to respect!!!"

Ironically perhaps, Renu says the officer spends most of his time checking his Facebook account as well as ensuring the family is safe.

Both Renu and Shaheen and their families have nothing but praise for the members of the police force who have looked after them during this time.

It is a sentiment particularly felt by Shaheen's uncle, Dr Abdul Ghaffar Dhada, who also got caught up in the drama.

An orthopaedic hospital he owned was ransacked and trashed while four patients were inside.

A week on, and the shattered windows of the clinic and a police van watching guard outside bear witness to what happened.

"My operation theatre and all the machinery, everything was ruined, totally broken. It was horrible, horrible," he says. "Even my fishpond was vandalised."

Dr Dhada, who had been out of town celebrating his wedding anniversary when he learned that his hospital was being attacked, believes his niece did nothing wrong and says "mob psychology" escalated the situation.

The attack will cost him as much as $27,000 (£17,000) in repairs, but the greater damage has been to the families.

"Shaheen was only 21: she'd never seen a police station in her life, now she is traumatised," he says.

"It's unbelievable that it could happen somewhere like Palghar," says Shaheen's father, adding that there has never been any communal tension or violence in the 28 years he has lived here.

Now there is a tense atmosphere hanging over the town, a two-and-a-half hour drive from Mumbai: police are stationed at street corners to avoid a repeat of the violence.

The Indian media have for the past week set up their outside broadcast vans and camera crews on regular watch outside the two families' houses and the hospital.

"It's all been very bizarre," says Renu's brother, Rahul. "It's a very small town and no-one knew our family and my sister, and now the whole entire world knows us."
Bizarre week

Both families say they've received hundreds of messages of support - the entire episode has also reopened the issue of freedom of speech in India.

There are many in the country who believe regulations need to be in place to ensure religious or cultural sensibilities are not abused online.
Renu's comment

Everyone knows it's done because of fear - we agree that he has done a lot of good things. Also we respect him; it doesn't make sense to shut down everything. Respect can be shown in many other ways. Even his soul might be like, "Why so much?"

Renu agrees. "There should be some restriction, we can't abuse public figures but we should be able to give our point of view," she says.

But she believes the laws are being wrongly interpreted.

"After this happened I don't think India is a democratic nation. I didn't do anything wrong by sharing it, it was a fact what we said and everyone knew about it, and I even said I respected him (Bal Thackeray)," she says.

Unlike Shaheen, Renu is planning to reactivate her Facebook account (through which she is connected with some 345 friends) soon, but says in future she will be more guarded about what she says.

"I'm not scared to express myself but I won't write anything about politicians," she says. "I'll be like, 'I had a coffee today, I'm going to sleep, good morning, good afternoon'. That's all."

Before they met at the police station that evening, Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan were nothing more than "Facebook friends", college acquaintances who said 'hi' and 'bye' to each other.

A post on a social media website has left both of them traumatised, but it has also created a friendship and a bond between them, which they will both take away as one positive from what Renu describes as a "truly bizarre" week.



Yamada Nagamasa (1590–1630) was a Japanese adventurer who engaged in trade between Japan and the Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya. He rose to a prominent position in Ayutthaya and eventually became the governor of the Nakhon Si Thammarat in southern Thailand.

He was born in Sumpu in Suruga province (today's Numazu, in Shizuoka Prefecture). He is said to have been a palanquin-bearer of the lord of Numazu. He became involved in Japanese trade with South-East Asia, and settled in the kingdom of Ayutthaya from around 1612.

Over the next fifteen years, Yamada rose from the low Thai nobility rank of Khun to the senior rank of Ok-ya, his title becoming Ok-ya Senaphimuk (ออกญาเสนาภิมุข).

He became the head of the Japanese colony, and in this position supported the military campaigns of the Thai king Songtham, at the head of a Japanese army flying the Japanese flag. In 1630, he was nominated Lord of The World (modern Nakhon Si Thammarat), in the southern peninsula, accompanied by 300 samurai.

Red Seal ships 朱印船 (shuinsen) were Japanese armed merchant sailing ships bound for Southeast Asian ports with a red-sealed patent issued by the early Tokugawa shogunate in the first half of the 17th century. Between 1600 and 1635, more than 350 Japanese ships went overseas under this permit system. The Red Seal system appears from at least 1592, under Hideyoshi. The oldest existing shuinjō (Red Seal Permit) is dated 1604, under Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first ruler of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Tokugawa issued red-sealed permits to his favourite feudal lords and principal merchants who were interested in foreign trade. By doing so, he was able to control Japanese traders and reduce Japanese piracy in the South Sea. His seal also guaranteed the protection of the ships, since he vowed to pursue any pirate or nation who would violate it.

Red seal permits were also issued to European and Chinese traders. Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, English ships and Asian rulers basically protected Japanese red seal ships, since they had diplomatic relations with the Japanese shogun. Ming China had nothing to do with this practice, and officially prohibited Japanese ships from entering Chinese ports.
In the early seventeenth century there was a settlement called Nihonmachi 日本町 ("Japan Town") in Japanese, and Baan Yipun in Thai, of at least 1,500 Japanese in the kingdom of Auytthaya. It was administrated by a Japanese chief nominated by Thai authorities.

The inhabitants of the settlement included traders, Christian refugees who had escaped from the Shogunate's persecution, and rōnin 浪人 (masterless samurai) who had fought on the side of the Toyotomi clan and lost at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.

According to the Portuguese, the Japanese colony consisted of hundreds of Christians. Padre Antônio Francisco Cardim recounted having administered sacrament to around 400 Japanese Christians in 1627 in Ayuthaya.

The colony traded mainly in deer-hides, in exchange for Japanese silver and Japanese handicrafts, such as swords, lacquered boxes, and high-quality paper.

The Japanese trade activities directly challenged the trade monopoly of the Dutch East India Company. Yamada is said to have engaged in acts of piracy against Dutch merchant ships in Batavia.

Many of the Japanese warriors had married Thai women and served as elite troops in King Song Tham’s bodyguard corps and as auxiliaries in the Siamese army. The Japanese colony was organized under a "Department of Japanese Volunteers" (Krom Asa Yipun) by the Thai king.

Yamada had been able to establish himself as a leader of the Japanese settlement and attained a senior Thai rank of nobility by actively supporting the military campaigns of the Thai king, Song Tham. His military success secured him the position of "Lord of Ligor" in southern Thailand, where he established himself with 300 samurai.

In 1624, Yamada sailed back to Nagasaki with a cargo of Siamese deer hide. At Nagasaki he tried in vain tried to obtain a red-seal ("vermillion") permit that would have allowed him to trade between Japan and Thailand under the shogun's protection.

In 1626, Yamada offered a painting of one of his fighting ships to a temple in his hometown, in Shizuoka. That painting was lost in a fire, but a copy of it is displayed today. It portrays a ship with Western-style rigging, 18 cannons, and sailors in samurai gear.

Yamada stayed in Japan for three years, trying to obtain a Red Seal permit, but finally left in 1627, with the simple status of a foreign ship.

He returned to Ayutthaya in 1628. In the same year his protector King Song Tham died and Yamada became involved in the war of succession.

In 1630 he was wounded in combat and remained in Ligor to nurse his injuries. He apparently died of poisoning through his wounds.

After his death, Prasat Thong (Phya Sriworawong), the new king and former opponent of Yamada's, attacked and destroyed the Japanese settlement. Many Japanese escaped into Cambodia, and a few hundred of them returned in 1633.

Due to this incident the shogun refused to issue any further red-seal permits and even rejected to meet a delegation of the King of Siam in 1636 that intended to renew the trade contacts between Thailand and Japan.

The period of sagoku (鎖国, lit. "locked country) had begun. The Dutch then took over the lucrative Siam-Japan trade.

Yamada's grave in now in his hometown, in the area of Otani. The remnants of the Japanese quarters in Ayutthuya are a tourist attraction, which includes a statue of Yamada in Siamese military uniform.

Further reading:

There have been at least seven Japanese novels written, based on Yamada's life:
  • 「王国への道 - 山田長政」 遠藤周作/新潮文庫
  • 「史実 山田長政」 江崎惇/新人物往来社
  • 「山田長政の密書」 中津文彦/人物文庫(学陽書房)
  • 「山田長政の秘宝 シャム日本人町の超人」 和久峻三/角川文庫
  • 「山田長政・他3篇」 山岡荘八/講談社・山岡荘八歴史文庫
  • 「風雲児」 白石一郎/文春文庫 (上巻)(下巻)
  • 「暹羅国武士盛衰記  真説ヤマダナガマサ」 岩城雄次郎/光和堂

Movies baseed on Yamada's life:
  • Yamada Nagamasa: Ōja no Ken, 山田長政 王者の剣, lit. "Yamada Nagamasa: Sword of a King" (titled, stupidly, "The Gaijin", in English), starring , Hasegawa Kazuo 長谷川 一夫 and Ichikawa Raizō VIII 八代目 市川 雷蔵, dir. by Kato Bin 加戸敏, Japan, 1959
  • ยามาดะ นางามัสสะ :ขุนนางซามูไรแห่งกรุงศรี อยุธยา, 山田長政:アユタヤの旗本, Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya, dir. Nopporn Watin, Thailand (in Japanese, Thai and Burmese languages), 2010

bad subtitles
and I wouldn't rely on it too much as "history"
though more historical than that stupid Kike & Cruise movie
(which isn't saying much)
torrents here


Ayutthaya 1605

Ayutthaya in 1605, at its greatest territorial expansion

The modern town of Ayothaya (Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya), in Ayuthaya province, was only given that name in 1957, to commemorate the old capital city of the Ayutthaya kingdom.

The old city of Ayutthaya (now in ruins) was the capital of the Ayutthaya kingdom. It was named after the birthplace of Rama.

In 1511, immediately after having conquered Malacca, the Portuguese sent a diplomatic mission headed by Duarte Fernandes to the court of King Ramathibodi II of Ayutthaya. They were probably the first Europeans to visit the country. In 1511, Ayutthaya and Portugal concluded a treaty granting the Portuguese permission to trade in the kingdom. A similar treaty in 1592 gave the Dutch a privileged position in the rice trade.

The city was razed to the ground by Burmese invaders in the 1760s. The country was already weakened after wars with the Nguyễn Lords for control of Cambodia, and years of infighting over the throne.

The Burmese (Konbaung Dynasty) and Thais (Siamese Ban Phlu Luang Dynasty) fought mainly over control of the Tenasserim coast. The Burmese were forced to end their occupation because of setbacks in their simultaneous war with the Chinese. A new capital was then established at Thonburi, across the Chao Phraya from the present capital, Bangkok.

The kings of Ayutthaya were absolute monarchs with semi-religious status. Their authority derived from the ideologies of Hinduism and Buddhism as well as from natural leadership.

The king was considered as chakkraphat, the Sanskrit-Pali term for the Chakravartin who through his adherence to the law made all the world revolve around him. He was the Avatar of God Vishnu, the Destroyer of Demons, who was born to be the defender of the people. The kings were considered to be the incarnations of various Hindu gods -- Indra, Shiva or Vishnu (Rama). Coronation ceremonies were directed by Brahmins, as the Hindu god Shiva was "lord of the universe". The kings were also believed to be Bodhisattvas, and one of their most important duties was to build a temple or a Buddha statue as a symbol of prosperity and peace. They were also considered to be "The Lord of the Land" (Phra Chao Phaendin), or "He who Rules the Earth".

Rachasap (Sanskrit: Rājāśabda; Royal Language) was used to communicate with or about royalty.

Ayutthaya Ruins

The Ruins of Ayutthaya


  • Directed by Robert Aldrich (Communist son of newspaper publisher Edward B. Aldrich, grandson of U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, cousin to Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller) [And, uncredited, Sergio Leone
  • Produced by Kike Joseph E. Levine, Maurizio Lodi-Fe & Goffredo Lombardo
  • Written by Kike Giorgio Prosperi & Hugo Butler
  • Starring Stewart Granger & Kike "Anouk Aimée" (Françoise Sorya Dreyfus; daughter of Kike Henri "Murray"/Dreyfus and Geneviève "Sorya"/Durand; raised Roman Catholic, "converted" to "Judaism" and married a fellow Kike post-war)
  • Music by Kike Miklós Rózsa (20th Century Fox intro by The Kike Newman)

Sodom and Gommorah is a kike prawdakt, "loosely based" upon Christian scriptures.

One of the "messages" of this crappy movie is that "Arbeit macht Frei", as well as anti-slavery and feminist themes. I don't know what else -- I could only tolerate the first hour or so of it. More interesting is that...

The kike screenwriter, Giorgio Prosperi, was one of the first members of the PNF, Partito Nazionale Fascista (National Fascist Party of Italy).

He participated in the first edition of the fascist "Littoriali dello Sport, della Cultura e dell'Arte e del Lavoro", in 1934, earning the praise of Mussolini.

The Kike Prosperi stated, for the first time in fascist philosophy, the idea that Fascism was an absolute and eternal way of life. This set him in conflict with Roman Catholic Fascists such as Paolo Emilio Taviani and Ernesto De Marzio.

The Kike Prosperi was editor-in-Chief of the fascist magazine La Sapienza, and organized a 1935 conference against the idealism of Giovanni Gentile ("The Philosopeher of Fascism", author of The Theory of Mind as Pure Act (1912), Fascist Minister of Education, and ghostwriter of "A Doctrine of Fascism by Benito Mussolini" (1932).)

The kikofascist Prosperi's first two screenplay collaborations were on L'ebreo errante ("The Wandering Jew", 1947), and Il grido della terra ("The Cry of the Earth", 1948), about poor, poor Kike hoLOLoco$t survivors settling in Palestine and helping to bring civilization there.

Besides his kike-work on movies and television, he was a theatre critic for more forty years at the Roman newspaper Il Tempo.





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