BEIJING (AFP) - A recurrence of the Urumqi riots which left nearly 200 people dead a decade ago is hard to imagine in today's Xinjiang, a Chinese region whose Uighur minority is straitjacketed by surveillance and mass detentions. A pervasive security apparatus has subdued the ethnic unrest that has long plagued the region. Last week, Xinjiang's vice chairman Aierken Tuniyazi told the UN Human Rights Council no terrorist attacks have occurred in the region in three years. But experts say the absence of visible violence belies the ongoing repression of minority culture and inequality between the Han Chinese majority and Uighurs - who are mostly Muslim. "There's a lack of trust," said Professor Reza Hasmath at the University of Alberta who has studied ethnic relations in Xinjiang. Tough policies such as the re-education camps "are going to suppress any potential violence," he told AFP. "But it still creates a generation of distrust with Han people among Uighurs." Xinjiang, home to most … [Read more...] about A decade after Xinjiang riots, ethnic tensions persist
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Today, I was unable to decide what I would write about. So I decided to write on the three different topics on my list. Letters from readers I seldom reprint letters from readers; but, recently I felt that there were two letters worth reprinting. The first one is a response to my column on “A Just and Living Wage” from Mahar Mangahas, an economist, columnist and head of the leading polling organization -SWS. In my column, a living wage is defined as the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet their basic needs – food, shelter, clothing, utilities, health care, education. Most businessmen, however, contend that we have to keep wages low to be competitive with low wage countries like Bangladesh. However, even in Southeast Asia, the most prosperous countries are those with the highest average wages – Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia. Mahar Mangahas wrote to me: “As an economist, I find it embarrassing that many … [Read more...] about Three topics
MANILA, Philippines — Summer vacation is over and it’s once again time for school! For some kids, academic excellence comes naturally, while for others, it is a struggle. But for parents, providing the best for their kids is the most important for the school season. Here are some must-haves you can consider in your back-to-school checklist. Style options for kids Titled "Fashion Play," the event enabled kids to enjoy the day as the brand presented its new collection of childhood fashion staples. Believing that all kids are beautiful, SM Kids recently celebrated the fun and exciting details of childhood in SM Mall of Asia. Titled "Fashion Play," the event enabled kids to enjoy the day as the brand presented its new collection of childhood fashion staples, made exciting through vibrant colors and whimsical prints. The event also featured a grand fashion show featuring the brand's four key lines, each with their own fresh offerings every kid will look forward to … [Read more...] about LIST: Cool stuff for school
As a relatively new father, I feel I don’t have much to contribute to the conversation. I feel terribly unqualified. I lack experience. My son was only born in late 2017. I also feel I have bad paternal instincts. I don’t know how to calm my one-year old son when he is crying. I don’t know how to hold his attention during teaching moments. I don’t know how to stop him from watching too many videos. I don’t know how to get him back on healthy food after treats from well meaning loved ones. I don’t know how to get him to quiet down in Sunday Church. The little guy has me helpless. Should I be celebrated as a father this year? More on fathers: My father died a few weeks back but I still haven't cried How to forgive the most important man in your life This former drug addict who attempted to kill his family now ministers tokhang surrenderees Kidlat Tahimik: the duwendes and contradictions of a National Artist My loving wife is quite supportive. She … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be a new father in 2019?
Shwedagon Pagoda may take the spotlight in advertising campaigns, but Mandalay has King Mindon’s Palace, the U Bein Bridge and the popular holiday destination Pyin Oo Lwin is just a few hours away. Then again Yangon’s population supports more shopping centers, despite having poorer roads and dirtier streets than its northern counterpart. Tourism, shopping and sanitation aside, debates about cultural differences between the two cities date way back before the days of Facebook and Instant Messenger. Arguments about literary styles and language have been featured in magazines and newspapers in days gone by. Each city possesses its own cultural heritage and landmarks, but the current discussions are focused more on city developments and day to day urban living problems. “My city is better than yours,” is a popular sentiment uttered in the debate. “I’d like our discussions to be as constructive as possible. It’s not good if we … [Read more...] about Yangon, Mandalay vie for best-city status