President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has decided to skip, again and again, a crucial annual global forum in New York. It is very hard this time to accept the President’s excuse and to let others, such as the outgoing Vice President Jusuf Kalla, act on his behalf once more. For two years until December 2020, Indonesia serves as a nonpermanent member, for the fourth time, of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). All the energy and time of our diplomats, led by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, expended to gain the prestigious position may mean almost nothing, when their boss remains reluctant to show appreciation for their efforts and speak up more at the global level. Indonesia is too important to ignore or belittle its international role and responsibilities. The President cited “much more urgent domestic issues” as his reason to skip the sitting of the UN General Assembly for the fifth time. The rampant forest fires in Riau, Jambi and Kalimantan are … [Read more...] about ‘Pak’ Jokowi: This time you should go to New York!
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NEW YORK: New York’s government moved a step closer to shutting the city’s notorious Rikers Island prison on Tuesday after a key department voted to replace the sprawling complex with smaller jails. Rikers is one of America’s most high-profile prisons and has incarcerated celebrities including Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, rapper Tupac Shakur and former International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn. But lawyers and criminologists have been calling for the prison’s closure for years, citing its age and regular violent incidents against both inmates and guards that are blamed in part on its remote location, which makes family visits difficult. On Tuesday, the city government’s planning commission voted 9-3 in favor of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to close down Rikers by 2026 and replace it with four smaller jails. “The era of mass incarceration didn’t begin in New York City — but it will END here,“ de … [Read more...] about New York plan to close notorious prison clears hurdle
NEW YORK: New York's police chief apologised on Thursday (Jun 6) for the first time for a crackdown on the city's gay community during the notorious Stonewall riots, winning praise from LGBTQ activists ahead of the 50th anniversary of violence considered to have given rise to the Gay Pride movement."I do know what happened should not have happened," said police chief James O'Neill. "The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple. The actions were discriminatory and oppressive and for that I apologise."The June 1969 riots, sparked by repeated police raids on the Stonewall Inn - a well-known gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village - proved to be a turning point in the LGBTQ community's struggle for civil rights.The police chief made the comments during a briefing on safety measures for the city's Pride Month, the annual celebration for the city's diverse LGBTQ community. His remarks triggered a long round of applause.In 2017, O'Neil, like his predecessor … [Read more...] about 50 years on, New York police apologise for Stonewall riots
NEW YORK — So many rats regularly lurk on a sidewalk in Brooklyn that it is the humans who avoid the rats, not the other way around. Not even cars are safe: Rats have chewed clean through engine wires. A Manhattan avenue lined with trendy restaurants has become a destination for foodies — and rats who help themselves to their leftovers. Tenants at a public housing complex in the South Bronx worry about tripping over rats that routinely run over their feet. New York has always been forced to coexist with the four-legged vermin, but the infestation has expanded exponentially in recent years, spreading to just about every corner of the city. “I’m a former Marine so I’m not going to be squeamish, but this is bad,” said Pablo Herrera, a 58-year-old mechanic who has counted up to 30 rats while walking on his block in Prospect Heights, just around the corner from the stately Brooklyn Museum. Rat sightings reported to the city’s 311 hotline have soared … [Read more...] about News Rats are taking over New York City
NEW YORK: US media have panned him as a potential presidential hopeful and polls suggest an uphill battle, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was nonetheless expected Thursday (May 16) to jump into the crowded 2020 race.As the Democratic mayor of the nation's largest city for the past five years, the 58-year-old who first ran as an unapologetic leftist in 2013 coasted to re-election that November.Despite the old truism that the job of New York mayor is the second toughest in America after that of president, de Blasio - sometimes nicknamed "Big Bird" for his lanky, 1.97-meter frame - is one of the few people openly confident of his chances.While he has been testing the waters for months, travelling to early voting states like Iowa and South Carolina despite a packed mayoral schedule, his campaign has been met with widespread derision.Democratic polling has been particularly humbling back home for de Blasio, who is up against 22 other Democratic candidates.An eye-popping 76 per … [Read more...] about New York mayor de Blasio expected to join 2020 race