Chinese ballet show draws protests for ‘glorifying Red Army’

Minister says staging The Red Detachment of Women is a privilege but protest organiser says government needs to understand what the story is about

Red Detachment of Women
A performance of The Red Detachment of Women in Tianjin, China. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters


Protesters in Melbourne have called for a boycott of a visiting Chinese ballet performance that they say “glorifies the Red Army”.

The National Ballet of China is performing The Red Detachment of Women, created in 1964, , at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.

The state minister for creative industry, Martin Foley, said staging the ballet was a “privilege”, but protest organiser Frank Ruan described it as “like putting salt on the wounds of some Chinese people”. Tiếp tục đọc “Chinese ballet show draws protests for ‘glorifying Red Army’”

US lawmakers want North Korea put back on terrorism blacklist

Murder of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother strengthens calls for more sanctions as US urges China to keep pressure on North Korea

Combination of file photos shows Kim Jong-nam, left, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
Democrat and Republican lawmakers want North Korea relisted as state sponsor of terrorism after murder of Kim Jong-nam (L), half-brother of leader Kim Jong-un. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi, Wong Maye-E/AP

The apparent assassination of the North Korean leader’s estranged half-brother is strengthening bipartisan calls for the US to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, a designation lifted nine years ago. Doing so would increase the country’s isolation, while potentially complicating any future diplomacy to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

The US kept North Korea on its terrorism blacklist for two decades after the 1987 bombing of a South Korean airliner killed 115 people. But President George W Bush lifted the designation in 2008 to smooth the way for aid-for-disarmament negotiations. The concession proved of little value as the talks collapsed soon after and have yet to resume. Tiếp tục đọc “US lawmakers want North Korea put back on terrorism blacklist”

US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea

BANGKOK: A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration.

China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the South China Sea.

The U.S. navy said the force, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, began routine operations in the South China Sea on Saturday. The announcement was posted on the Vinson’s Facebook page.

The strike group’s commander, Rear Admiral James Kilby, said that weeks of training in the Pacific had improved the group’s effectiveness and readiness. Tiếp tục đọc “US carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea”

WJEC16: Climate change reportage ‘needs stepping up’ in Asia-Pacific newsrooms

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At the World Journalism Education Congress earlier this month, (from left) Jose Maria Carlos, Misa Vicky Lepou, Dr Hermin Indah Wahyuni, and Professor Crispin C. Maslog were all members on a panel that discussed climate change and the media. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Climate change reportage in the Asia-Pacific needs to be stepped up and taken more seriously by the region’s media organisations. This was an issue agreed on by journalists and media educators who came together at a global journalism congress in Auckland earlier this month. TJ Aumua reports.

People stories
CNN Philippines editor Jose Maria Carlos says more “people stories” need to be told in the media to bring better interest and awareness to climate change.

“That is identifying families or individuals who have done something to deal with the impact of climate change. Whether it’s flooding, planting new types of crops that are resilient to the impacts of climate change, or simply moving out from dangerous areas to new locations. Tiếp tục đọc “WJEC16: Climate change reportage ‘needs stepping up’ in Asia-Pacific newsrooms”

Febriana Firdaus wins inaugural Pogau award for courage in journalism

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Inaugural award winner Febriana Firdaus … courageous writing on the 1965-1966 massacres, disappearances and arbitrary detentions, and on discrimination, intimidation and LGBT community rights. Image: Pantau Foundation

Jakarta has a new award for courage in journalism honouring West Papuan editor Oktovianus Pogau, who died last year. The inaugural award has been made to reporter Febriana Firdaus, who has extensively covered human rights abuses in Indonesia, says the Pantau Foundation.

“We want to honour our colleague, Oktovianus Pogau, a smart and courageous journalist, who edited Suara Papua news and highlighted human rights reporting. He passed away at a very young age – just 23 years old. We want to honor his legacy by establishing this Oktovianus Pogau award,” said Imam Shofwan, chairman of the Pantau Foundation in a speech to a small gathering at his office. Tiếp tục đọc “Febriana Firdaus wins inaugural Pogau award for courage in journalism”

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Finland is really good at stopping bullying. Here’s how they’re doing it.

Then you walk around the corner and see this:

A student being pushed into some lockers.

Photo from iStock.

What would you do?

Unfortunately, this is a pretty common scene.

About a fourth to a third of all students report that they’ve been bullied in school. Tiếp tục đọc “Finland is really good at stopping bullying. Here’s how they’re doing it.”

If you see it, you can stop it

UNICEF_For International Youth Day, UNICEF has released the results of a new global poll of more than 100,000 young people from more than 14 countries that shows two-thirds of young people have been bullied.

We asked Yeshna, a 18 year old blogger living Mauritius to write a reflection on the results and share her thoughts on bullying and why it continues to affect children in every region of the world.

Nerd. Loser. Ugly. Fake. Lame. Fat. Stupid. Worthless. Weak. Hopeless. Pathetic. If these words that so many use appeared on our skin, would we still feel ‘beautiful’? Tiếp tục đọc “If you see it, you can stop it”