Filmmaker and journalist John Pilger, whose 1979 film Year Zero: the Silent Death of Cambodia was credited with alerting the world to the devastation of Cambodia and its people after the reign of Pol Pot and the murderous Khmer Rouge, has added his voice to a rising international chorus calling for the release of jailed documentary-maker James Ricketson. On August 30, a Cambodian judge sentenced Ricketson to six years in jail on unsubstantiated charges of espionage. The court ruled based on flimsy evidence, that the Australian filmmaker worked for an unnamed foreign power to undermine and overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox State prosecutor Seang Sok did not call any witnesses during the hearings, could not name a single victim of Ricketson’s alleged activities and could not prove he was paid by anyone to carry out espionage. The court’s guilty verdict shocked and dismayed observers … [Read more...] about Hun Sen’s ‘hero’ calls for jailed filmmaker’s release
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caption Credit-card super users are sweating over reports of cardholders having their accounts closed by JPMorgan Chase. source Chase; iStock; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Members of online communities of credit-card super users have been freaking out over the past year over stories from some JPMorgan Chase cardholders that the bank shut down their credit-card accounts. Since the credit-card rewards arms race ramped up a couple of years ago following the Chase Sapphire Reserve launch, credit-card enthusiasts who make a hobby of accumulating points for free travel and other perks have swelled in numbers. Like card sharks in a casino, these customers tend to be very savvy, know all the rules and angles, and can eat away at a bank’s credit-card profits. Chase has gained widespread attention for its lavish rewards program, but profitability in its card division has fallen as it spends billions on rising rewards costs. The shutdown cases are … [Read more...] about Credit-card super users are searching for answers amid a string of shutdowns from Chase, as billions in costs on lavish rewards pile up
By Jim Rankin Feature Writer Tues., July 3, 2018 Toronto police “substantially” overestimate how competent they are at dealing with intercultural issues, which can result in members believing they “get it” and misread conflicts between police and Toronto’s diverse population, reveals a report based on a voluntary survey of more than 800 staff. The report, commissioned by the Toronto Police Service, paints a service-wide profile of an organization that has a “fuzzy sense of what intercultural competence looks like and what culturally responsive policing involves.” Outside consultants, including a former Toronto police board member, completed their report in March 2015 — amid intense controversy over racially skewed carding and an aggressive anti-violence unit that is now disbanded — but the report was never made public. The Star obtained the 135-page report and 270 pages of appendices in a … [Read more...] about Secret report sheds light on Toronto police culture
Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing analysis of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. We've set up an Election Parties page – a handy "cheat-sheet" of sorts – to help you keep track of major parties, as well as an Election Voices page, where you can find conversations with candidates and electoral experts, and comments from you, our readers. We've also been covering the results as they develop live over on our Election Live Blog – check it out! To get involved in the conversation, send us a message at Facebook.com/TheMyanmarTimes, Tweet us @TheMyanmarTimes using the hashtag #MyanmarElection or send us an email at [email protected], Subject: "People's Pundit" and have your voice heard! Final Pyithu and Amyotha Hlttaw results, as of the final UEC results announcement November 22 For more information, including full party tallies, check out our election live blog, and to see results for the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws … [Read more...] about Election 2015
By Marc Fisher The Washington Post Sari Horwitz Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 They are the sons of wealth, brought up in families accustomed to power. They were raised to show and demand respect, and they were raised to lead. They rose to positions of enormous authority, the president of the United States and the special counsel chosen to investigate him. They dress more formally than most of those around them; both sport meticulously coiffed hair. They have won unusual loyalty from those who believe in them. They attended elite all-male private schools, were accomplished high school athletes and went on to Ivy League colleges. As young men, each was deeply affected by the death of a man he admired greatly. Yet Robert Swan Mueller III and Donald John Trump, born 22 months apart in New York City, also can seem to come from different planets. One is courtly and crisp, the other blustery and brash. One turned away from the path to greater wealth while the other spent half … [Read more...] about Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth and raised to lead. Then, they made sharply different choices.