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Monday, December 10, 2018

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NEW YORK - Loida Nicolas Lewis, national chair of a Filipino-American good governance organization, on Thursday called on Filipinos around the world to hold rallies in front of China’s embassies and consulates on May 11 to protest its recent aggressive encroachments on the Philippines’ Scarborough Shoal.

Her call quickly drew positive responses from an initial batch of Filipino groups in Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada and Australia.

China considers the Scarborough Shoal, located 124 nautical miles from the Philippines’ Zambales province, to be its “inherent territory” even though... Read More

Hackers proclaim: “We come from China! Huangyan Island is Ours!”

The two-week old standoff between the Philippines and China in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal located in the West Philippine Sea has spilled over into the cyberspace. The website of the University of the Philippines (UP) has been defaced early Friday morning by suspected pro-China hackers. UP is the national university of this Southeast Asian country.

Hackers uploaded a map of the West Philippine Sea (or South China Sea) and its nearby countries in the landing page of the UP website. The map has labels in Chinese... Read More

MANILA, Philippines — Responding to the defacement of the University of the Philippines (UP) website on Friday, a group of Philippine-based hackers has defaced a Chinese university website on Saturday as tension between China and the Philippines continue to escalate.

Breaking into one of the sub-websites of the Chinese University Media Union (UMU), the group Anonymous #OccupyPhilippines replaced the main page with a defaced website that declared “Scarborough Shoal is ours!” as loud, screaming music played in the background.

Other segments of the website were also inaccessible... Read More

The traces are everywhere; the debris of death is everywhere. There are obvious places like Choeung Eck not far from Phnom Penn, where a memorial has been constructed, an ossuary containing thousands of skulls, many bashed in, evidence of how they met their end.

Nearby is a tree, now known as the Chankiri or the Killing Tree. When Brother Number One ruled Cambodia infants and babies, brought with their parents from Toul Sleng, the capital’s notorious detention centre, were battered to death against its trunk, swung by the feet. It was the habit for the murderers to laugh as they beat... Read More

India, like China, is a country to watch. If this is to be the Chinese century it’s just as likely to be the Indian one. This is a country that Gandhi would scarcely recognise; a country of rapid economic growth, of new technologies and gleaming skyscrapers; it’s a country of call-centres and Bollywood starlets, of glamour, fashion and high-living; it’s a country of the future.

There are problems; of course, not least of which is atrocious levels of corruption. This led to a series of protests beginning in the spring, with people coming out in support of Anna Hazare, an activist very... Read More

In China, Chen Guangcheng, a man blind since childhood, a self-taught lawyer and human-rights activist has faced a 6 year campaign by government officials that has consisted of harassment, persecution and physical abuse because of his work to investigate and uncover forced abortions and sterilizations by local authorities in Linyi.

Friday, Beijing accused Hillary Clinton of interfering in its affairs after the US Secretary of State expressed her concern's over China's human rights record when she said she was troubled by Bejing's treatment of ethnic and of Chen.

"We oppose... Read More

A recent op-ed in the Times of India, "No More Chasing Shadows" (9 September), has the head of 'a group on C4ISRT (Command, Control, Communications and Computers Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaisance and Targeting) in South Asia' casting the net of prospective terrorists wider, but not wide enough to possibly net the likely suspects.

He considers the public stereotype of the terrorist as a 'desperately poor, illiterate, uneducated, rural-based or ghetto-based, religious fanatic, a single young man in his late teens or early twenties' as inadequate. 'Madrassa students from poor families'... Read More

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