MANILA, Philippines — After almost a decade since the destructive Typhoon Ondoy, two decades since the millennials started making an impact, and three decades since the first People Power Revolution (and the birth of The Philippine STAR), defining the Filipino has only become more complicated. We gathered insights from Filipinos who embody unconditional resiliency and advocate empowerment in the face of modern challenges; local globetrotters who have traveled around the world, to refine our idea on where we stand at present; multi-hyphenate individuals, whose list of accomplishments may give us an idea on how to improve ourselves; and modern Filipino heroes, to ground us through our continuous search for peace and freedom. * * * Manny Gonzalez How can Filipinos positively impact the nation and the whole world? Filipinos blame our problems and our poor economic performance on everything and everyone but themselves. But most of the symptomatic problems — drugs, corruption … [Read more...] about What have we learned so far?
Civil rights how far have we come
By Wendy Gillis Crime Reporter Mon., July 23, 2018 Calling the technology a “fundamental shift to state surveillance,” the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is urging city hall to delay the purchase of equipment that detects gunshot locations through a network of publicly placed microphones. In a letter sent to Mayor John Tory over the weekend, the civil rights organization criticized the Toronto police board’s last-minute decision Thursday to approve “privacy invasive technologies” — the “ShotSpotter” microphone system, as well as the purchase of 40 new surveillance cameras to be placed across the city. ShotSpotter is American proprietary technology that feeds police real-time information about the location of gunfire by installing a series of gunshot-detecting sensors in public places. According to a list of municipal clients on ShotSpotter’s website, the technology has never been used in Canada. … [Read more...] about Civil rights organization urges city hall to delay purchase of gunshot-location technology
Jakarta. This year, the month of May comes with a bittersweet blend of history and progress, as Indonesia observes the 20th anniversary since the downfall of Suharto's regime and the start of political reforms known as reformasi. The regime change was triggered by months of financial crisis that rattled Asian countries, leading to mass protests, which resulted in political turmoil and power games marred by social unrest, riots and forced disappearances of activists. During Suharto's 32-year rule, the Indonesian economy experienced rapid growth, reduction poverty and huge expansion of higher education and health care. However, the same period was also rife with restrictions on freedom of press and expression, human rights abuses, rigged elections and rampant corruption. When the New Order regime fell and an opportunity for major reform became possible, the nation called for a number of changes, including: amendments to the 1945 … [Read more...] about 20 Years Since Beginning of Reformasi, How Far Have We Come?
“By early 1963, Martin Luther King had stalled and – particularly to younger activists in the SNCC – seemed increasingly irrelevant. He needed to shake things up.” writes David Margolick in “The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.” King chose Birmingham, Alabama, which he called the worst big city in race relations in the United States, as the place to do that. In this excerpt from the book, Margolick examines how the Birmingham campaign pushed the Kennedy administration to introduce its bill on civil rights.THE UNKINDEST CUTEverything changed in Birmingham with one tactical decision: to allow black youths to join the depleted and insufficiently fervent ranks of adult marchers, an idea first promoted by the SCLC’s James Bevel. Schoolchildren as young as kindergarteners were recruited for the effort with flyers that beckoned “Fight for your freedom first then go to school.” … [Read more...] about Book excerpt: How Birmingham shaped MLK’s civil rights’ struggle
A $500 million deal to buy Harvey Weinstein’s company has reportedly collapsed following an explosive new lawsuit. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a civil rights lawsuit earlier on Sunday against Weinstein and The Weinstein Company. It provides details of Weinstein’s alleged aggressive behaviour and says board members facilitated it. The Attorney General’s office said the timing of the suit was due to “the possible imminent sale” of the company. A deal in the works to buy disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s company has reportedly collapsed after the New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the company and its founders. A group led by businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet was reportedly set to close a deal to buy the troubled Weinstein Company for about $500 million, including any assumption of debt, the The Wall Street Journal … [Read more...] about Talks to sell The Weinstein Company have reportedly collapsed after New York state lawsuit