Filipina women raped by Japanese army demand compensation

This video says about itself:

Malaya Lola Music Video (2007)

This music video tells of the plight of the Malaya Lolas — a group of Filipino women who were abducted and used as ‘Comfort Women‘ by Japanese soldiers during the second World War.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Comfort women‘ demand compensation from Japan

Thursday 7th January 2016

ELDERLY Filipino women raped by Japanese troops during World War II demanded compensation from Tokyo yesterday.

Their claim follows the Japanese government’s pledge last week of one billion yen (£5.7 million) to compensate the 46 surviving South Korean “comfort women,” as they were euphemistically dubbed by the Japanese army.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also issued an official apology as part of the deal, aimed at easing diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

Tens of thousands of women across Asia were forced into sex slavery by invading Japanese forces.

Victims’ group Malaya Lolas president Isabelita Vinuya urged the Philippine government to support their demand for justice from Japan.

“We have appealed more than once or twice to our government to help us, support us before Japan so that we can be given justice for the sufferings we went through during World War II,” she told a press conference, adding that many of the women have died without seeing justice.

Ms Vinuya said she was just 13 when the Japanese troops raped women and children in her village of Mapaniqui in Pampanga province.

The troops also razed homes and killed men in the village. Three other women at the press conference said they were teenagers when they were raped.

“Is there a difference in the rape of a South Korean and a Filipino woman?” asked the victims’ lawyer Harry Roque. “The answer is there should be none.”

In 2010, the Philippines’ highest court dismissed a case brought by Ms Vinuya and 70 other women demanding that the government seek compensation from Japan.

South Korean-Japanese governments agree, ‘comfort women’ disagree

This video from South Korea says about itself:

26 December 2015

PRIME TIME NEWS 22:00 Korea not mulling relocation of ‘comfort women‘ statue: foreign ministry

The Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun had claimed that the South Korean government was willing to consider to move the monument commemorating Korean women, used by the Japanese imperial occupation army as sex slaves, away from the Japanese embassy in Seoul. This daily is right-wing, with a history of denialism of forced prostitution and other Japanese armed forces’ war crimes during world war II. The South Korean government then denied that Yomiuri Shimbun report.

However, now, four days later …

By Ben McGrath:

Japan and South Korea reach agreement over comfort women

30 December 2015

The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea met Monday in Seoul to formalise a deal over the long-running dispute regarding “comfort women.” The decision will undoubtedly be welcomed in Washington which has been pressuring its two allies to mend their rift so as to collaborate more closely in the US “pivot to Asia” against China.

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida offered a limited apology over the treatment of South Korean “comfort women” who were forced to act as sex slaves for the Japanese army during the 1930s and 1940s. He promised a one-time payment of 1 billion yen ($8.3 million) to a fund to be established by Seoul for the 46 surviving victims.

“The issue of comfort women, with an involvement of the Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women, and the government of Japan is painfully aware of responsibilities from this perspective,” Kishida said following his meeting with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byeong-se.

“Prime Minister of Japan, Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe expresses anew his most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women,” Kishida added.

In response, Yun declared that the issue was “finally and irreversibly” resolved, provided “the government of Japan will steadily implement the measures specified.” He also agreed to discuss moving a “comfort woman” statue of a young girl erected in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul in 2011 by the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan.

Comfort women” is the Japanese euphemism for women who were forced to work in brothels for the Japanese military during World War II. While estimates vary, approximately 200,000 women from throughout Asia, including Korea, China, and the Philippines, were recruited, coerced, and at times physically forced into becoming comfort women.

The joint statement stopped short of saying that the Japanese military had established the comfort women system or that women were forced into serving at the brothels. This is an obvious concession to the Abe government which has been seeking to whitewash the past crimes of the Japanese military, by claiming that the army did not organize the sex slavery and that the women were not coerced.

However, historians like Yoshiaki Yoshimi have demonstrated using documents from before and after the war that the military established and ran the “comfort women” system. The women were often deceived with the help of middlemen using promises of phony jobs or outright forced into sexual slavery.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye also met with Kishida and reportedly called Abe on Monday. The two leaders held their first bilateral summit in November where they agreed to resolve the comfort women issue, which Park described as “the biggest obstacle to efforts to improve bilateral relations.”

Surviving women in South Korea were critical of the agreement. “It seems neither government cares about the victims,” said Lee Yong-su. Another woman, Gang Il-chul stated: “This is not different from the Asian Women’s Fund. Only the Japanese government’s legal compensation and official apology will be the answer for us.”

The South Korean government will likely have a difficult time selling the agreement. Both major establishment parties regularly whip up anti-Japanese chauvinism to distract the working class from domestic social conditions. In fact, Seoul’s inability to push through a military intelligence sharing agreement—encouraged by the United States—with Japan in June 2012 led to the recent downturn in relations with Tokyo.

The government of President Lee Myung-bak faced public uproar over the agreement. Hoping to save face, Lee provocatively made a trip in August 2012 to the disputed Dokdo/Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan, becoming the first South Korean president to do so. Nationalistic recriminations followed, including over comfort women, which did not end when Park came to power in February 2013.

Prime Minister Abe worsened relations with a visit to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in December 2013, angering Washington in the process. The Obama administration has been pressing South Korea and Japan to collaborate more closely so as to facilitate the US military build-up in North East Asia directed against China. The US has military bases in both countries.

President Obama pressured Park and Abe to take part in a trilateral summit in March 2014. Following the meeting, Obama took Abe aside for a private discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other issues. Obama also began applying pressure specifically over the comfort women issue, describing it as an “egregious human rights violation” during a visit to Seoul in April 2014.

Abe started to temper his stance. Despite having promised to do so, Abe stopped short last year of completely revising the 1993 Kono Statement, a limited formal apology for the abuse of comfort women. However, his government did issue a report that called into question the legitimacy of existing evidence used to write the statement. The Kono Statement, named after Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, followed the first public revelations in the early 1990s of the abuses suffered by comfort women.

For all of Seoul’s talk about restoring the honor and dignity of the women, it is highly unlikely that the South Korean establishment was unaware of what happened during the war. Many politicians and military figures in the post-liberation period had served as Japanese collaborators in the colonial government or in the army, including President Park’s father, the post-war dictator Park Chung-hee, who was a lieutenant in Japan’s Kwantung Army.

British Conservative bullying, sexual abuse scandal, continued

This 30 November 2015 video from Britain is called Elliott Johnson’s father calls for independent inquiry into Tatler Tory scandal.

By Luke James in Britain:

Tory chair Feldman faces new quit call over bullies

Thursday 10th December 2015

Party activist says peer knew of abuse allegation 5 years earlier than he claimed

TORY chairman Lord Andrew Feldman faced renewed pressure to resign yesterday over claims the party covered up evidence of bullying, blackmail and sexual abuse in its youth section.

Ray Johnson, the father of Elliott Johnson, the 21-year-old Tory activist who killed himself in September after alleged bullying in the party, made the accusation after new evidence emerged suggesting that Mr Feldman knew about bullying but failed to act.

A former Conservative youth activist told BBC 2’s Newsnight programme that a dossier detailing a culture of bullying within the party was presented to Mr Feldman in 2010.

That contradicts the chairman’s claim that he was not made aware of the allegations until August 2015.

“He really should look to his responsibility to the Conservative party and for my family and take the decision to resign from his position,” Mr Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

The bereaved dad said the only personal correspondence he had received from Mr Feldman was a “very vague, bland letter” offering sympathy for his son’s death.

Mr Johnson also revealed that the Tories had left him to find out through the media that they had ditched an internal party probe for an independent inquiry.

In a scathing assessment of the Conservative Party’s response to the scandal, he said: “They really have not bothered to keep us in the loop at all.

“It’s almost as if they closed the door — shut the doors and closed the windows to weather the storm.

“I think they hoped this was going to go away and if it wasn’t going to go away, they were intent on a cover-up.”

The issue showed no sign of disappearing yesterday though as George Osborne faced questions on the scandal as he stood in at Prime Minister’s questions.

Grant Shapps resigned as international development minister in November in a bid to take the blame for the scandal and save Mr Feldman, longtime friend and tennis partner of David Cameron.

But Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth said: “Grant Shapps’s resignation cannot be used to draw a line under this. Lord Feldman, the man charged by David Cameron to run the Conservative Party, still has very big questions to answer.”

Tory bullying scandal: Donal Blaney ‘can’t sleep at night’ over failure to ‘get rid’ of Mark Clarke before Elliott Johnson’s death. Influential right-winger said he wished he had never met Mark Clarke, who he had once witnessed ‘punch someone in the face’: here.

New Tory bullying scandal breaks out as Conservative MP Lucy Allan ‘threatens to sack staff member’ for taking sick leave. Telford MP accused female member of staff of having an ‘alcohol problem’ after she phoned in sick: here.

Ex-Geert Wilders acolyte jailed for grooming underage girls

Daniël van der Stoep, ANP photo

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Prison cell for former PVV politician who wanted sex with minors

Today, 14:10

The former MEP Daniël van der Stoep gets two months in prison for trying to seduce underage girls into sex. He was also sentenced to three months suspended prison sentence and a community service order of 240 hours.

Van der Stoep was member of the European parliament for the PVV. He quit that party after he caused a traffic accident while intoxicated. He tried to seduce three girls sexually via WhatsApp and Facebook. They were between 15 and 17 years.


One of the minor girls is the daughter of a former employee of Van der Stoep. He offered the teenagers hundreds of euros, and gifts and cocaine. He asked them to send photos or to visit him.

He invited the girls inter alia to come and stay at his home and let them frequently notice that he found them sexy and attractive. In the Internet chat he pressured the girls to tell nothing about it to their families and friends. He threatened that the girls would not get money anymore, if the matter would come to light.

The Hague court blames him for using the age difference, his status as an MEP and his large salary. The three girls did not accept the sexual requests; before sexual intercourse happened the chat conversations were discovered and the matter became known.

Spotlight, new film on sexual abuse in the Catholic church

This October 2015 video from the USA is called Spotlight: Director Tom McCarthy Behind the Scenes Movie Interview.

By Joanne Laurier in the USA:

Spotlight: A telling exposé of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

3 November 2015

Directed by Tom McCarthy; screenplay by McCarthy and Josh Singer

Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight is a taut, quasi-political thriller that chronicles the Boston Globe’s landmark 2002 exposure of widespread child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Boston area.

The ‘Spotlight’ in the title refers to the newspaper’s four-person investigative unit that brought to light the long-term, systematic cover-up by Church officials of the abuse carried out by more than 70 local clergy. The Globe, having been recently acquired by the New York Times, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for the story.

In McCarthy’s movie, the Spotlight team consists of its blunt editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), reporters Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), and researcher Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James).

Spotlight opens with a brief sequence in which Father John Geoghan, a serial pedophile whose history of abuse was a factor in triggering the investigation, is walking out of a Boston police station a free man. (In his 30-year career, Geoghan molested at least 130 children.) The Globe’s new editor-in-chief Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber)—non-Bostonian and non-Catholic—pushes the Spotlight team to start looking into sexual abuse by priests.

A resistant managing editor Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery) points out that 53 percent of the newspaper’s subscribers are Catholic. Furthermore, the Archdiocese is a powerful Boston institution run by the formidable Cardinal Bernard Law (Len Cariou).

But there are other “outsiders” besides Baron. One of them is the class-action attorney of Armenian descent, Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci), who has been struggling unsuccessfully to bring the clergy abusers to justice (“This city … Yankees, Irish, making the rest of us feel like we don’t belong. They’re no better than us. Look how they treat their children. Mark my words, Mr. Rezendes, if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.”)

There is no shortage of individuals willing to apologize for and protect the Church within the Boston establishment. Jim Sullivan (Jamey Sheridan), one of Robby’s golfing partners, is a Church consigliere, and another close associate, Peter Conley (played by Paul Guilfoyle), is a goodwill ambassador for the institution. The latter says to the Spotlight chief: “Marty Baron is a Jew with an agenda of his own. He’s not from here and can leave anytime. You, on the other hand …” Sensitive public documents routinely go missing from government files.

The Globe’s original January 2002 exposé took note of the Church’s desperate cover-up: “In interviews over the last several months, lawyers who were involved in the private [settlement] cases said the church’s primary objective was clear—to avoid public scandal at whatever cost.

“One attorney who was privy to the church’s strategy said the archdiocese was so eager to keep victims from going public or taking claims to court that it even paid some dubious claims.”

In addition to the obstacles created by the stonewalling and evasions of Church officials and their supporters, the events of 9/11 temporarily put the team’s research on the back burner.

Eventually, the journalists prevail with the help of victims from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) (“When a priest pays attention to you, it’s a big deal,” says one of its members. “How do you say no to God?”).

Also rendering the investigators valuable assistance is Richard Sipe (the telephone voice of Richard Jenkins), a former priest, now a psychotherapist. He is an expert on predator clergy and explains that they tend to search for victims among the poor and vulnerable. Sipe shocks the journalists when he states that his research indicates that at least six percent of the Church’s priests are offenders (“A recognizable psychiatric phenomenon”).

The depth and extent of the Church’s corruption and wrongdoings overcome any initial reluctance on the part of the Globe and its Spotlight writers, many of them lapsed Catholics, to unearth the truth.

McCarthy’s Spotlight is a compelling work with non-stop momentum, in the tradition of All the President’s Men (1976), about the Watergate scandal, and The Insider (1999), the exposé of the tobacco industry. This is something that the American film industry does well. The appearance of Spotlight suggests that Hollywood’s muckraking capabilities have not been entirely discarded or forgotten.

The director, whose previous valuable works include The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007) and Win Win (2011), is a sensitive craftsman who has brought together a tight-knit ensemble cast obviously committed to the project. Keaton and Ruffalo are riveting and Tucci is particularly outstanding as a noble, self-sacrificing, relentless exposer of the Church’s human collateral damage.

An actor-turned-filmmaker, McCarthy is not a great visual stylist, and Spotlight has a somewhat unexciting, monochromatic look. It is, above all, the performances and the chemistry between the actors that make the film effective. Moreover, an intelligent movie like Spotlight stands out in an industry dominated by cartoons and special effects.

One of the film’s strengths is that it shows the Catholic hierarchy as an essential component of Boston’s political and social superstructure. The Church functions as one of the ideological linchpins in the subjugation and oppression of the working class population.

The sexual abuse scandal is hardly unique to the Boston area. The movie’s postscript provides a list of hundreds of cities all over the US and the globe in which sexual abuse by priests has been uncovered.

Regarding the systemic character of the abuse, the WSWS wrote in 2002: “The crisis over sexual abuse by members of the priesthood underscores the profoundly reactionary and anachronistic character of the Catholic Church as an institution. Its corrupt and hypocritical officials, living like kings, preach against sin and vice, oppose birth control and abortion, inveigh against homosexuality, enthusiastically advocate censorship and intellectual repression, universally ally themselves with the powers that be and generally make life miserable for tens of millions of people.

“Every aspect of the sexual abuse crisis—the pain and suffering of the victims, the misery and sexual dysfunction of the priests, the callousness of Church officials—suggests a diseased institution whose practices and beliefs run counter to elementary human needs and inevitably breed the unhealthiest of psycho-sexual climates. The Catholic Church’s essential being flies in the face of modern society.”

The Boston Globe had a good day with its report on the Catholic Church. In several interviews, director McCarthy laments the ongoing demise of newspapers and the accompanying rise of the Internet.

In his old-fashioned liberalism, the filmmaker leaves several things out of account. If McCarthy wants to know why the population and especially younger people are turning away from such outlets as the Boston Globe and the New York Times, he need only consider the media coverage of the “other” significant event touched upon in Spotlight, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and related developments. The American media refused to seriously investigate the 9/11 suicide attacks and has ceaselessly justified the wars in the Middle East and elsewhere, the vast NSA spying, police killings and every conspiracy and attack on the population. The major newspapers and television channels have effectively become extensions of the Pentagon and the CIA.

Incorruptible reporters are few and far between at the leading media outlets, and not generally sent to work on the most politically sensitive stories. Regardless, Spotlight is straightforward, entertaining and propelled by captivating performances.

British sexually abusive Bishop Peter Ball and Prince Charles

This video from Britain says about itself:

Church Inquiry Into Bishop Peter Ball Abuse Cover Up

The Church of England has announced an independent inquiry into allegations of a cover up of sexual abuse in the church, looking at whether the behaviour of a former Bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball, was overlooked because of his connections within the church and the establishment.

Originally broadcast on the BBC on October 5th, 2015.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Links probe: Prince and the groper

Saturday 28th November 2015

Charles’s ‘supportive letters’ to be scrutinised

THE royals are set be dragged into an investigation as to whether Prince Charles made “inappropriate attempts” to interfere in the case of a pervert bishop, it was was revealed yesterday.

Prince Charles is alleged to have written letters of support to former bishop Peter Ball, 83, before the religious leader was “cautioned” for gross indecency in 1993 after sex abuse claims were exposed.

Ball was jailed for 32 months in October after admitting to sexually abusing 18 young aspiring priests who he let stay in his home as part of his “Give a Year to Christ Foundation” 22 years ago.

Clarence House was forced then to deny that Charles got involved in the judicial process on behalf of Ball, former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, who had described the prince as his “loyal friend.”

Current — and former — MPs, councils and schools were also revealed on Friday to be the focus of 12 investigations into child sex abuse after a number of “high-profile” allegations have been made.

Justice Lowell Goddard, who is leading the “ambitious” inquiry, said that “certain people of public prominence associated with Westminster” will be scrutinised.

Lambeth, Nottinghamshire and Rochdale councils will also be probed in the wake of sex abuse claims, as well as Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.

Residential school Knowl View in Manchester and Cambridge House boys’ hostel in Rochdale will also be investigated over allegations that the late Rochdale Lib Dem MP, Cyril Smith, had molested children on both sites.

Ms Goddard continued: “The investigation will focus on high-profile allegations of child sexual abuse involving current or former members of parliament, senior civil servants, government advisers and members of intelligence and security agencies.

“It will consider allegations of cover-up and conspiracy and review the adequacy of law enforcement responses to these allegations.”

The investigations are set to be part of Britain’s largest-ever public inquiry.

Archbishop and MPs wrote in support of bishop later convicted of sexual offences. Raft of public figures stepped forward to defend Peter Ball in letters revealed after freedom of information requests: here.

Prince Charles: The 15-page contract that reveals how the Prince of Wales tries to control the media. Behind the soft-focus image you see on television lies a ruthless machine that demands control of every aspect of interviews: here.

Prince Charles has been routinely sent secret Cabinet papers for decades. Revelation after FoI battle follows release of so-called ‘black spider memos’ sent by the Prince to ministers: here.

Unelected Prince Charles sees cabinet papers before elected ministers: here.