Beware of propaganda about boat ramming A communist must be a good propagandist, Mao Zedong directed. So China’s communist rulers contrive lofty aims behind their schemes. Despite authoritarian and military might, they pretend to be underdogs. Beijing’s spin about its maritime militia’s ramming of a Filipino fishing boat follows the script. Supposedly in the dead of night of June 9, seven to eight Filipino craft ganged up on a lone Chinese vessel. In retreat the latter inadvertently hit fishing boat Gem-Ver 1, throwing 22 Filipino crewmen into the water. The Chinese then valiantly stopped to check for survivors and left only after ascertaining the arrival of rescuers. Still, if the Chinese later are found in the wrong, they allegedly would be reeducated and punished. It’s as if they’re aggrieved, yet will abide by rule of law. Slyly obscured are the facts. For one, the huge Chinese launch Yuemaobinyu 42212 from Hainan is steel … [Read more...] about Beware of propaganda about boat ramming
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JAKARTA: Enslaved, beaten, malnourished, and so desperate for water he had to collect condensation to drink: Rahmatullah left Indonesia seeking better prospects at sea - instead he endured a living hell.The global fishing industry is riddled with forced labour, anti-trafficking experts say, warning that consumers are unaware of the "true cost" of the seafood they buy in stores and restaurants.Exploited workers face non-payment, overwork, violence, injury, and even death. Indonesia and Southeast Asia are major sources of such labour and unscrupulous brokers target the poor and uneducated with promises of good wages at sea.Rahmatullah was told he was heading to Peruvian waters where he would receive US$400 a month salary, plus a per tonne bonus, but he was allegedly duped by an Indonesian recruiting agency and trafficked to Somalia, where he spent nine brutal months aboard a Chinese fishing vessel, working 18-hour days."I felt like a slave," the 24-year-old said, adding: "The … [Read more...] about Floating sweatshops: Is the fish you eat caught by ‘slaves’?
COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH: Hundreds of Bangladeshi fishermen staged a protest in the country’s south on Sunday, police said, after the government imposed an unprecedented two-month long fishing ban on the Bay of Bengal. Carrying placards and banners, the fishermen marched to Cox’s Bazar city from coastal villages days after the government’s 65-day long fishing embargo came into effect. “This is wrong. This is injustice. No other country in the world has ever imposed such a long ban,“ said union leader Kolim Ullah through a loudhailer during the protest. Ullah said the ban has hit the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh’s coastal districts, home to about 20 million people, most of whom depend either directly or indirectly on fishing. “The embargo has especially hit the poor fishermen hard. They don’t know any other work,“ he said. Bangladesh imposed the ban on fishing in the Bay of Bengal last week in an … [Read more...] about Bangladesh fishermen protest two month fishing ban
But this imagination has been seen lacking slightly last year. The New Vision Award was handed over to no one, and there were only 11 films in the competition category – down by more than half from 29 in 2017. In fact, the film festival did not screen a single short film in its fourth edition in 2014, as every entries fell by the wayside in the early round. Before the call for entries for this year’s Wathann Film Festival closes on June 1, Metro looks back at the festival’s eight-year history and highlights 10 award-winning short films and documentaries. Perhaps with this inspiration, we can look forward again to seeing film creations that will spring up from the unbounded imagination. 10. Ok I’m fine The Wathann Film Festival has served as a launch pad for the superstars of tomorrow. After winning the best actor award with the short film, the child actor Pyae Pyae shot to stardom. She recently earned a central role in a blockbuster horror, The Only Mom, a … [Read more...] about Top 10 films from the Wathann Film Festival
Sixty-two items of fine art will go under the hammer starting at 2:30 p.m. on May 12 during the “Pictures of Indonesia” auction conducted by Larasati auctioneers at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. The sale offers good buying opportunities for beginner and mid-level collectors, as well as seasoned connoisseurs, with lots available in a vast array of media, including works in ink on paper, an etching, a charcoal sketch on paper, pastels on paper, watercolors on paper, oil pastel on canvas, oil and acrylic paint paintings on canvas and sculptures. Genres of art to be auctioned comprise Indonesian modern paintings, contemporary paintings and sculptures and Balinese modern traditional paintings, including works from the renowned Batuan School of painting -- some are pre-war works. Some of the well-known artists whose work will appear in the sale are the Indonesian modern master Affandi (1907-1990), Ida Bagus Made … [Read more...] about Preview highlights of Larasati Art auction on May 12