By Jeffrey E. Stern The New York Times Tues., Dec. 11, 2018 Just before midnight, a businessman named Rabee’a was on the phone, trying to calm his friend down. Rabee’a owned a drill rig, and his friend had heard stories from elsewhere in Yemen about jets bombing well sites. It was Sept. 10, 2016, a year and a half into the war between the Saudis and the Houthi rebels. But to Rabee’a, it was a war happening over the horizon, out of sight. He was unbothered. That kind of thing wouldn’t happen in a poor place like this one, a district called Arhab that, though deep in rebel territory, was home to nothing and no one of interest to a fighter jet. Besides, things like airstrikes didn’t happen to people like him. Rabee’a was a charitable man from a privileged family — a little self-satisfied, perhaps, but he had enjoyed good fortune for much of his life, and that wasn’t about to change. Despite a mischievous grin, he was a godly … [Read more...] about A tragedy in Yemen, made in America
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It is now common knowledge that many democracies around the world are under pressure. But mounting threats to a particularly important democratic right have not received nearly enough attention. Through various means, governments are making it harder for citizens to assemble and protest. New restrictions on the right to assemble often come with innocuous-sounding justifications such as “public safety.” In the United States, the Trump administration has asserted a prerogative to recover cleaning fees after demonstrations, in effect allowing the government to charge protesters for exercising their constitutional right. And in an even more blatant effort to curtail public dissent, the administration has tried to bar assemblies from 80% of the sidewalks around the White House. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Similarly, in Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently had legislation passed that makes it more difficult to … [Read more...] about Why freedom of assembly still matters
By Thessaly La Force The New York Times Thu., Nov. 8, 2018 Their faces are familiar for the feelings of horror and shame they produce in me. Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi in 1961’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” stumbling around his Manhattan apartment in a blue bathrobe, his face contorted — lips barely closing over grotesquely pronounced buckteeth, slicked-back hair dyed jet black. Ashton Kutcher as a Bollywood producer, Raj, in a 2012 commercial, his skin darkened, a brown moustache affixed to his face, speaking in a cheap singsong voice, swaying his body, which is clad in a bright blue silk sherwani, back and forth to imitate the Indian head waggle. Tilda Swinton, otherworldly in her beauty, as always, but monkishly bald as the Ancient One, a character originally intended to be Tibetan, in 2016’s “Doctor Strange.” More subtle, but still just as shocking: Emma Stone — blond and green-eyed — as Allison Ng, … [Read more...] about Why do Asian-Americans remain largely unseen in film and television?
By Tanya Talaga Staff Reporter Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 Twenty years ago, Mike Metatawabin went to Wunnumin Lake First Nation to act as a translator for the Elders coming inland from the James Bay coast to attend a summer meeting of Nishnawbe Aski Nation leadership . It was during this trip that Mike first met a Ralph Rowe survivor. The encounter altered the course of his life. He had been sitting in the community hall and remembers being overwhelmed by the odd, unsettling feeling that he needed to leave. The cold rain soaked through his shoes as he made his way to the modest cabin where he was staying. He hoped the wood stove would be on but the cabin was dark and chilly. He could feel someone’s eyes on him. A young man was sitting in the corner. A small leather hand drum was on the table in front of him. The noose was near. Mike took a seat and began to beat the drum. He told the young man of the pain he was holding after the sudden death of his infant … [Read more...] about When you grow up surrounded by suicide, it seems normal. How do you heal a ‘broken spirit’?
On Tuesday, May 22, 13 protesters were killed by police in the south Indian city of Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, shocking the public. The protest, which was peaceful but persistent, was directed at Sterlite Copper, a company owned by UK-based Vedanta Ltd, founded by Anil Agarwal, an Indian citizen living in London. Sterlite Copper is the copper-producing arm of the Vedanta Group in India. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Embed from Getty Images Claims of environmental damage The protest was driven by the well-founded perception that the operations of Sterlite had adversely affected the community through its release of unacceptable levels of pollutants. A December 2010 report released by Dr Mark Chernaik of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide concluded that the adverse environmental impacts of Sterlite’s operations could extend to several tens of kilometers. Every study conducted by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Central … [Read more...] about Police, Indian conglomerate in spotlight after protesters gunned down