Duterte’s war on drugs a ‘reign of terror’, church says

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President’s office slams criticism by Catholic Church, which says killing people is not the answer to drug trafficking.

The Church said Duterte’s government was carrying out a ‘reign of terror in many places of the poor’ [Erik De Castro/Reuters]

The Philippines’ Catholic Church has blasted President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” for creating a “reign of terror”.

In its most strongly worded attack yet on the crackdown on drug pushers and users, the powerful Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said killing people was not the answer to trafficking of illegal drugs.

The Church said, in a pastoral letter that will be read out in sermons on Sunday, it was disturbing that many did not care about the bloodshed, or even approved of it.

“An even greater cause of concern is the indifference of many to this kind of wrong. It is considered as normal, and, even worse, something that [according to them] needs to be done,” the bishops said in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Reuters news agency. Tiếp tục đọc “Duterte’s war on drugs a ‘reign of terror’, church says”

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90 Colombia 37 37 37 36 36 Americas
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95 Kosovo 36 33 33 33 34 Europe and Central Asia
95 Maldives 36 N/A N/A N/A N/A Asia Pacific
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101 Gabon 35 34 37 34 35 Sub Saharan Africa
101 Niger 35 34 35 34 33 Sub Saharan Africa
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131 Ukraine 29 27 26 25 26 Europe and Central Asia
136 Guatemala 28 28 32 29 33 Americas
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136 Lebanon 28 28 27 28 30 Middle East and North Africa
136 Myanmar 28 22 21 21 15 Asia Pacific
136 Nigeria 28 26 27 25 27 Sub Saharan Africa
136 Papua New Guinea 28 25 25 25 25 Asia Pacific
142 Guinea 27 25 25 24 24 Sub Saharan Africa
142 Mauritania 27 31 30 30 31 Middle East and North Africa
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145 Gambia 26 28 29 28 34 Sub Saharan Africa
145 Kenya 26 25 25 27 27 Sub Saharan Africa
145 Madagascar 26 28 28 28 32 Sub Saharan Africa
145 Nicaragua 26 27 28 28 29 Americas
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151 Uganda 25 25 26 26 29 Sub Saharan Africa
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154 Zimbabwe 22 21 21 21 20 Sub Saharan Africa
156 Cambodia 21 21 21 20 22 Asia Pacific
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156 Uzbekistan 21 19 18 17 17 Europe and Central Asia
159 Burundi 20 21 20 21 19 Sub Saharan Africa
159 Central African Republic 20 24 24 25 26 Sub Saharan Africa
159 Chad 20 22 22 19 19 Sub Saharan Africa
159 Haiti 20 17 19 19 19 Americas
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164 Angola 18 15 19 23 22 Sub Saharan Africa
164 Eritrea 18 18 18 20 25 Sub Saharan Africa
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166 Venezuela 17 17 19 20 19 Americas
168 Guinea-Bissau 16 17 19 19 25 Sub Saharan Africa
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170 Libya 14 16 18 15 21 Middle East and North Africa
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176 Somalia 10 8 8 8 8 Sub Saharan Africa

‘We had to sue’: the five lawyers taking on China’s authorities over smog

In an unprecedented legal case, a group of Chinese lawyers have charged the governments of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei with failing to protect their citizens from air pollution, which is linked to a third of all deaths in the country

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Airpocalypse now: time-lapse video of smog posted by Beijing-based Briton Chas Pope on 1 January this year

Who is responsible for China’s chronic and deadly air pollution? That depends on who you ask. Officials blame the weather or outdoor barbecues, activists blame steel companies and coal-fired power plants. But Yu Wensheng blames only one actor: the government.

The 50-year-old lawyer recently launched an unprecedented suit against the authorities in three regions in China, claiming they have failed in their responsibilities. For a government with the motto “Serve the People”, Yu feels the officials are serving other interests by allowing nearly half a billion people to choke on toxic smog. Tiếp tục đọc “‘We had to sue’: the five lawyers taking on China’s authorities over smog”

Philippine bid to jail nine-year-olds is ‘a great child violation’, Unicef says

Duterte’s allies have been pushing to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to nine

Children playing on a hill of garbage in the Philippines
Unicef says a nine-year-old is unable to fully comprehend the consequences of a crime. Photograph: Jes Aznar/Getty Images

International Criminal Court told Australia’s detention regime could be a crime against humanity

Submission argues ICC should investigate possible crimes ‘committed by individuals and corporate actors’

Asylum seekers on Manus Island in 2014
Asylum seekers on Manus Island in 2014. The Global Legal Action Network says Australia’s immigration detention regime could constitute a crime against humanity. Photograph: Eoin Blackwell/AAP

Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime could constitute a crime against humanity, a petition before the International Criminal Court from a coalition of legal experts has alleged.

On Monday morning, GMT, a 108-page legal submission from the Global Legal Action Network (Glan) and the Stanford International Human Rights Clinic was submitted to the court, detailing what the network describes as the “harrowing practices of the Australian state and corporations towards asylum seekers”. The petition submits the office of the prosecutor of the ICC should open an investigation into possible “crimes against humanity committed by individuals and corporate actors”.

“As recent leaks reveal, these privatised facilities entail long-term detention in inhumane conditions, often including physical and sexual abuse of adults and children,” Glan said in a statement. Tiếp tục đọc “International Criminal Court told Australia’s detention regime could be a crime against humanity”

Indonesian Muslim school students protest Valentine’s Day

While teenagers in many countries treat the day as an occasion to declare love for their classmates, in the Indonesian city of Surabaya it was a different story as students from one school held a noisy demonstration.

“Say no to Valentine!” chanted the students, who were aged between 13 and 15 and included many girls wearing headscarves. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesian Muslim school students protest Valentine’s Day”

Pakistan high court bans Valentine’s Day

The Islamabad high court issued the order after a petitioner declared love was being used as a “cover” to spread “immorality, nudity and indecency… which is against our rich traditions and values”. Tiếp tục đọc “Pakistan high court bans Valentine’s Day”

Saiga Antelopes Are Struck Again by a Plague in Central Asia

The carcasses of saiga antelopes in Mongolia’s western Khovd province. Scientists have identified the culprit as a virus known as goat plague. Credit WCS

They found the first carcasses in late December, on the frozen steppes of Mongolia’s western Khovd province.

By the end of January, officials in the region had recorded the deaths of 2,500 endangered saiga antelopes — about a quarter of the country’s saiga population — and scientists had identified a culprit: a virus called peste des petits ruminants, or P.P.R., also known as goat plague.

It was the first time the disease, usually seen in goats, sheep and other small livestock, had been found in free-ranging antelopes. For the saiga, an ancient animal that once roamed the grasslands of the world with the woolly mammoth and the saber-toothed tiger, the outbreak was potentially catastrophic.

The antelope’s numbers, once in the millions, have been severely depleted by illegal hunting, habitat loss and competition for food. The species is described as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.

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In 2015, 211,000 saigas in Kazakhstan — more than half of the entire antelope species — were wiped out by a bacterial infection in less than a month.

Election in Indonesia’s Capital Could Test Ethnic and Religious Tolerance

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the governor of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital. While campaigning ahead of elections on Wednesday, Mr. Basuki, who is ethnic Chinese and a Christian, has also been defending himself in court against charges of blasphemy against Islam. Credit Darren Whiteside/Reuters

JAKARTA, Indonesia — In one of the most contentious campaigns in the history of Indonesia’s young democracy, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the governor of Jakarta, is battling on two fronts: in the court of public opinion and in the court of law.

Mr. Basuki, an ethnic Chinese Christian who leads the capital of the world’s most populous predominantly Muslim country, is not only campaigning in the election on Wednesday but also defending himself against criminal charges of blasphemy against Islam.

He and his chief political ally, President Joko Widodo, have labeled his court case a conspiracy by “political actors” who aim to quash his re-election bid for one of the country’s most powerful offices. Some political analysts also called the court case, which they say violates a decades-old ban on using ethnicity and religion as a political weapon, a move by opponents of Mr. Joko to weaken the president in the prelude to his 2019 re-election bid.

A series of rallies in Jakarta late last year that drew hundreds of thousands of hard-line Islamists, including one in November that turned violent and left one dead and hundreds injured, have eroded Mr. Basuki’s once double-digit lead.

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Mr. Basuki is only the second non-Muslim governor of Jakarta since Indonesia’s independence from the Netherlands in 1945. Wednesday’s election is viewed as a test of religious as well as ethnic tolerance in the country, which has more than 190 million Muslims among its population of 250 million, as well as influential religious minorities of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

E-mail click rates plunge 12.5% in Asia Pacific

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E-mail click rates in Asia Pacific in Q3 2016 (July to September) have plunged 12.5% from Q2 – a likely consequence of a 53% increase in the average number of e-mails delivered per company at the same period, the latest study from Epsilon showed.

The analysis was compiled from 772 million e-mails sent by approximately 60 company in Q3 2016 across Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

E-mail open rates also showed a mild drop from 16.6% to 16.4%. In Q3 2015 the e-mail open rates was 19.6%. Non-bounce rates decreased slightly to 96.2% from 96.7% in Q2 2016 and are slightly higher than Q3 2015 (95.1%). Among all the email sent,  triggered messages accounted for 1.8% of total email volume in Q3 2016, above Q2 2016 (1.2%) and higher than Q1 2016 (0.8%). Tiếp tục đọc “E-mail click rates plunge 12.5% in Asia Pacific”

Vì sao Nhà nước độc quyền 20 loại hàng hóa, dịch vụ?

VE Có những ý kiến trái chiều xung quanh dự thảo danh mục 20 loại hàng hóa, dịch vụ do Nhà nước độc quyền…

Vì sao Nhà nước độc quyền 20 loại hàng hóa, dịch vụ?
Sản xuất vàng miếng nằm trong danh mục 20 loại hàng hóa, dịch vụ do Nhà nước độc quyền.

20 loại hàng hóa, dịch vụ sẽ do Nhà nước độc quyền trong hoạt động thương mại. Đây là nội dung tại dự thảo nghị định về hàng hóa, dịch vụ, địa bàn thực hiện độc quyền Nhà nước trong hoạt động thương mại mà Bộ Công Thương vừa trình Chính phủ cho ý kiến.
Tiếp tục đọc “Vì sao Nhà nước độc quyền 20 loại hàng hóa, dịch vụ?”

Chỉ số cảm nhận tham nhũng 2016: Việt Nam tăng nhẹ về điểm số

TT – Một hệ thống tư pháp liêm chính, nghiêm minh sẽ tạo ra sự thay đổi rõ nét trong cảm nhận về tham nhũng trong khu vực công

Ngày 25 tháng 1 năm 2017, Tổ chức Minh bạch Quốc tế (TI) công bố Chỉ số Cảm nhận Tham nhũng (CPI) 2016, xếp hạng 176 quốc gia và vùng lãnh thổ dựa trên cảm nhận của các doanh nhân và chuyên gia về tham nhũng trong khu vực công. Tiếp tục đọc “Chỉ số cảm nhận tham nhũng 2016: Việt Nam tăng nhẹ về điểm số”

US, Japan, S Korea request UN Security Council meeting on N Korea

WASHINGTON: The United States, Japan and South Korea on Sunday (Feb 12) requested an urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss North Korea’s latest missile test.

“The United States, along with Japan and the Republic of Korea, have requested urgent consultations on the DPRK’s launch of a ballistic missile on February 12,” said a US mission spokesperson.

The test was seen as a challenge to Donald Trump’s young presidency.

The request comes after North Korea’s state media quoted officials as saying the ballistic missile test was a “success”.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “guided” the test, the KCNA report said, adding it was carried out in a way that took the “security of the neighbouring countries into consideration”. Tiếp tục đọc “US, Japan, S Korea request UN Security Council meeting on N Korea”

China expels 32 South Korean missionaries amid tension over THAAD missile defense system

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Reuters Feb 11, 2017

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a South Korean government official said on Saturday, amid diplomatic tension between the two countries over the planned deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in the South.

The 32 were based in China’s northeastern Yanji region near the border with North Korea, many of whom had worked there more than a decade, South Korean media have reported.

South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Friday it briefed Christian groups on the case of the missionaries, adding that they were expelled in January.

The ministry advised the groups on the importance of complying with the laws and customs of the areas where they work, it said. Tiếp tục đọc “China expels 32 South Korean missionaries amid tension over THAAD missile defense system”

U.S., Chinese military planes in ‘unsafe’ encounter over disputed South China Sea

Japan Times

The U.S. Navy P-3C was on a “routine mission” over the waters on Wednesday when the encounter with a Chinese military KJ-200 aircraft occurred, Pacific Command said.

The two planes flew within 1,000 feet (300 meters) of each other in the area of the contested Scarborough Shoal, just 230 km (140 miles) from the Philippine coast, CNN reported, citing unnamed U.S. defense officials.

Scarborough Shoal, which is also claimed by Manila, has been known as a potential flashpoint, and rumors of a push by China to build on the collection of rocky outcroppings have stoked concern in the region. Building at Scarborough would create a large “strategic triangle” covering much of the South China Sea that would give it the ability to declare and police an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) there. Tiếp tục đọc “U.S., Chinese military planes in ‘unsafe’ encounter over disputed South China Sea”