By Omar Mosleh StarMetro Edmonton Fri., Nov. 9, 2018 EDMONTON—A sunken scar runs from the bridge of Tim Senft’s nose to the crest of his cheek under his left eyelid. A veteran of the Gulf War, Senft’s most noticeable scars are not from combat — they’re from scraps on the street. “What kind of dumbass would fight a soldier? You know I’m gonna get back up,” Senft says gruffly while puffing on a cigarette outside the Early Bird Café, an Edmonton diner that offers free coffee to local homeless folk in the early morning. Senft is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who served for five months in Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Although he draws his ancestry back to Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, he was born in Edmonton and spent most of his life in York, Pa., with foster families after social services took him from his home when he was 3 due to his parents’ … [Read more...] about For thousands of veterans living on the street in Canada, the battle isn’t over
Soldier for life transition assistance program
By Janet Reitman The New York Times Tues., Nov. 6, 2018 The first indication to Lt. Dan Stout that law enforcement’s handling of white supremacy was broken came in September 2017, as he was sitting in an emergency-operations centre in Gainesville, Fla., preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma and watching what felt like his thousandth YouTube video of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va. Jesus Christ, he thought, studying the footage in which crowds of angry men, who had gathered to attend or protest the Unite the Right rally, set upon one another with sticks and flagpole spears and flame throwers and God knows what else. A black man held an aerosol can, igniting the spray, and in retaliation, a white man picked up his gun, pointed it toward the black man and fired it at the ground. The Virginia state troopers, inexplicably, stood by and watched. Stout fixated on this image, wondering what kind of organizational failure had led to the debacle. He had … [Read more...] about How U.S. law enforcement failed to see the threat of white nationalism
MANILA, Philippines — After almost a decade since the destructive Typhoon Ondoy, two decades since the millennials started making an impact, and three decades since the first People Power Revolution (and the birth of The Philippine STAR), defining the Filipino has only become more complicated. We gathered insights from Filipinos who embody unconditional resiliency and advocate empowerment in the face of modern challenges; local globetrotters who have traveled around the world, to refine our idea on where we stand at present; multi-hyphenate individuals, whose list of accomplishments may give us an idea on how to improve ourselves; and modern Filipino heroes, to ground us through our continuous search for peace and freedom. * * * Manny Gonzalez How can Filipinos positively impact the nation and the whole world? Filipinos blame our problems and our poor economic performance on everything and everyone but themselves. But most of the symptomatic problems — drugs, corruption … [Read more...] about What have we learned so far?
CONTRACTORS tied to political clans have been awarded a combined total of P306 million in contracts to build transitional shelter units and roads for residents of Marawi City and nearby villages of Lanao del Sur, where homes and villages last year were destroyed in the five-month battle between soldiers and Islamic State-linked militants. Eight separate contracts, three for transitional shelters and five for road projects, were bidded out by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways – Region X (DPWH Region X) from October to December 2017. All the road projects went to companies that are either owned, managed, represented by relatives connected to three political families based in Mindanao. These clans have members who are either incumbent or former congressional, regional, and local officials, or appointees of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. NHA has disclosed on its website only the notices of bid, but not the notices of award, of its … [Read more...] about News Firms of clans among winners of Marawi road, housing deals