JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The riots that gripped parts of Central and West Jakarta from late May 21 to the early hours of May 23 have left behind many questions, including who masterminded the apparently "pre-planned" violence that resulted in at least eight deaths and hundreds of injuries. The police said that initially peaceful protests by supporters of Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto following the announcement of the official election results by the General Elections Commission (KPU) had been "infiltrated" by those who had more nefarious motives. Who exactly was behind the riots and what was their goal? 'PEOPLE POWER' RALLY PLANS The idea of staging a rally to protest the presidential election results had been mooted since before election day. In early April, National Mandate Party (PAN) patron and Prabowo campaign adviser Amien Rais said he would lead massive protests if he found systematic election fraud. "If we find any evidence of election fraud … [Read more...] about Who was behind the Jakarta riots?
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For the past two days, we had our own “Bilang Pilipino” 2019 at OneNews Phl coverage of the events that transpired during our mid-term elections held all over our country. It put together the resources and workforces of The Philippine STAR/Ang Pilipino Star Ngayon; BusinessWorld, TV-5/Radyo Singko; the Bloomberg and Cignal Cable Channel. We feel proud of the subliminal message of our election logo “Bilang Pilipino” 2019. The word “bilang” in Tagalog could mean two things, if pronounced with the respective stress on this two-syllable word. If pronounced slowly, with the stress on the first syllable, “Bilang Pilipino,” it would mean “as,” or “being” a Filipino. If the second syllable is pronounced with prolonged stress, “Bilang Pilipino” would mean number or to count. In both meanings, however, it aptly captured our national sentiments when we cast our votes in last Monday’s national and local … [Read more...] about ‘Bilang Pilipino’
By Laurie Mason Schroeder The Morning Call Mon., May 13, 2019 LEHIGH VALLEY, PA.—On her third try at the mobile home park, Donna Peiffer finally trapped Big Fluffer. He wasn’t happy about it. Fangs bared, the beefy grey tomcat hissed and thrashed in his cage, shooting Peiffer a murderous look as she covered the trap with a sheet and loaded it into her car for the trip to the veterinarian. Big Fluffer didn’t know it, but he’d be back in a day or two, minus his testicles. “The neighbours think he’s the one fathering most of the kittens around here,” Peiffer said, panting from the exertion of lifting the heavy trap into the back of her SUV. “Well, that’s done.” Called feral, free-roaming or community cats, the Lehigh Valley is teeming with animals like Big Fluffer — the name given to him by the residents of the Breinigsville, Pa., mobile home park. Each spring, the feral cat population swells as females … [Read more...] about ‘Kitten season’ opens for feral-cat catchers
SAN DIEGO: The rabbi wounded in Saturday’s deadly shooting at his California synagogue praised an off-duty US Customs and Border Patrol agent who fired at the fleeing suspect. “I had spoken to him in the past about coming to the synagogue armed because he’s trained, and I want trained security as much as possible,” Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein told CNN, speaking from a local hospital. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford to have an armed security officer at every service, so whenever we had extra help, we were grateful for it.” The agent, who has not been identified, had recently discovered his Jewish heritage and travelled more than 160 km each way to visit the synagogue from his home in El Centro, a city on the border with Mexico, the rabbi said. The sheriff of San Diego County, Bill Gore, told reporters on Saturday the officer fired as the gunman was fleeing, missing the suspect but hitting his car. One woman was killed and three others wounded, … [Read more...] about Rabbi praises off-duty border agent who fired at California synagogue shooter
POWAY, UNITED STATES: A teenage gunman who wrote a hate-filled manifesto opened fire at a synagogue in California on Saturday, killing one person and injuring three others, including the rabbi, as worshippers marked the final day of Passover, the authorities said. The shooting in the town of Poway, north of San Diego, came exactly six months after a white supremacist killed 11 people at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue - the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US history. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said those wounded included the rabbi - who had injuries to both index fingers - as well as a female minor and 34-year-old man who were injured by shrapnel. A 60-year-old woman died from her wounds. Mr Gore identified the suspect, who was arrested after fleeing the scene, as 19-year-old John Earnest and said he had no prior arrest record. He said Earnest burst into the Chabad of Poway synagogue shortly after 11.20am local time and opened fire with an assault weapon that … [Read more...] about US reels from deadly synagogue attack