REUTERS YANGON, Myanmar: Late in the afternoon of Dec. 12 last year, Wa Lone's cell phone rang. It was a man named Naing Lin, a lance corporal in Myanmar's 8th Security Police Battalion.The policeman urged Wa Lone, a 31-year-old reporter with Reuters, to meet him immediately at the battalion's barracks on the outskirts of Yangon. Night was falling around the golden spires of the pagodas in this former capital city."He told me that if I don't come now," Wa Lone would later recall in a Myanmar courtroom, "I might not be able to meet him because he is about to transfer to another region."Wa Lone, whose large eyeglasses rest on chubby cheeks, had spent weeks looking into Battalion 8. He was working on a story about the murder of 10 members of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority during a military operation in western Rakhine State. And he'd gotten his hands on explosive material: photographs of the 10 men before and after they were killed.One picture showed the men's bodies, hacked and … [Read more...] about Special Report: Dangerous News
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LONDON - For Filipina teenager Ruby, a Facebook message offering a job in a cyber cafe across the country seemed too good to be true. It was. Days later, the 16-year-old orphan was dragged in front of a webcam by her new employers and forced to perform sex acts for clients - becoming another captive in the growing global slave trade to be lured, trapped and abused through technology. "It was like a bomb exploded ... I had been totally fooled," Ruby, now 21, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the back of an empty church in Tagaytay city in the Philippines. "I felt degraded and disgusted - I blamed myself," she said. "I was forced to do things you could not imagine a 16-year-old having to endure." Webcam slavery: tech turns Filipino families into cybersex child traffickers Modern technology - be it mundane messaging apps or complex cryptocurrencies - is fuelling the modern-day slave trade by enabling traffickers to ensnare more victims, expand their illicit empires, and outfox law … [Read more...] about News Chasing shadows: can technology save the slaves it snared?
The Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague that handed down the 2016 ruling generally favorable to the Philippines in its maritime dispute with China is not really that “permanent.” It’s no longer there, says an arbitration expert. Having done its one-time job, the tribunal no longer exists to hear another round of arbitration session as acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a prominent member of the Philippine team that presented Manila’s case before the PCA, had suggested. In a TV interview this week, Carpio no longer mentioned his suggestion that a new arbitration be initiated against China in view of its Coast Guard’s boarding Filipino fishing boats at the Panatag (Scarborough) shoal and seizing the fishermen’s catch. Instead, Carpio proposed that a request be made for the arbitral tribunal to order China, the Philippines and Vietnam to meet and craft a code of conduct regarding fishing in Panatag (Huángyán Dao to the … [Read more...] about No arbitral court to hear Philippine plea?
Sun., March 18, 2018 All right, you’ve done a wonderful job as usual this week and the mailbag’s as full as it usually is. It’s late Saturday afternoon, I think I’ve earned a nap-filled night on the couch after another long week and with a 1 p.m. start that means a 9:30 a.m. departure from Casa Doug, I can’t promise I’ll get to the latecomers; I think a night with the machine turned off is in order. If I miss anything ‘cause I don’t want to wake up early and work before I have to work, I’ll get to them as I can. - Q: I am finishing up a month in Torremelinos, Spain. There hasn't been snow but there has been tons of rain. That, with a devastating flu, sure put a damper on my time here. Article Continued Below One thing I don't understand is why some writers insist on putting a - in front is numbers. Blake and Eric K are famous for this. For example they said Fred was a plus -31 last night. This means he was actually … [Read more...] about Casey, playoffs, naps: All in the weekend mail