By Emerald Bensadoun Staff Reporter Sun., Nov. 4, 2018 At age 6, a little boy with a lisp is told by his parents if he wants to succeed in Canada, he has to learn English. He’s the son of two refugees from Vietnam, neither of whom speak the language. So his mother calls the Dial-A-Story program, a Toronto Public Library service that lets kids and their families call in to listen to a bedtime story at any time of day, free. “She would hold the phone, dial (the hotline) every night, give me the phone and I would sit at the edge of her bed,” Andrew Do, now 29, tells the Star. “She couldn’t really read bedtime stories to me in English and she wanted me to learn English to succeed in school. This was her way to read bedtime stories to me.” Today, Do works at a downtown Toronto think tank. He designs research projects, facilitates policy hack-a-thons and workshops for government clients. He has no lisp. The ritual with his … [Read more...] about How the Toronto Library’s Dial-a-Story program helped this child of refugees learn English, one call at a time
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WASHINGTON - The United States labeled China, Russia, Iran and North Korea on Friday as "morally reprehensible" governments that it said violated human rights within their borders on a daily basis, making them "forces of instability". In releasing the State Department's global human rights report for 2017, acting Secretary of State John Sullivan also singled out Syria, Myanmar, Turkey and Venezuela as nations with a poor human rights record. Improved human rights in Uzbekistan, Liberia and Mexico were global "bright spots," Sullivan added. Michael Kozak, a senior State Department official who helped oversee the report, said he did not think policies by President Donald Trump's administration on freedom of the press, refugees, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and other issues undermined the report or left the United States open to accusations of hypocrisy. The governments of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea "violate the human rights of those within their borders on a … [Read more...] about News US calls China, Russia, Iran, N.Korea ‘morally reprehensible’ on rights
The Economist is at it again. The oracle of occidental economy published a March 1 cover story titled “How the West got China wrong.” Noting Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent leap from autocracy to dictatorship by abolishing constitutional term limits, the magazine details how the West’s gamble that China “would head towards democracy and a market economy has failed.” Like its other China-bashing efforts, the The Economist’s cover art is more impactful than what’s printed on its pages. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The article bemoans the fact that the West welcomed China into the rules-based system set up after World War II in the hope that China would evolve into a market economy and that, as it grew wealthier, “its people would come to yearn for democratic freedoms, rights and the rule of law.” “It was a worthy vision, which this newspaper shared, and … [Read more...] about What gives the West the right to remake China in its own image?
caption Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers source Netflix Netflix’s new 6-part docuseries, “Wild Wild Country,” has become its latest sleeper hit. Business Insider talked to the directors of the series, which takes an in-depth look at a cult that attempted to build a utopian city in rural Oregon in the 80s. The show is filled with “insane” details – from guns, to Rolls Royces, to salad bar poisoning – but the real accomplishment of the series is how it captures compelling characters on both sides of the conflict between the cult and the local townspeople. When documentary filmmaker brothers Chapman and Maclain Way first heard the story of the rise and fall of Rajneeshpuram, a utopian city in Oregon built in the 1980s by followers of an Indian guru, they thought it was “actually insane.” It’s not hard to see why. The story, which … [Read more...] about How the directors of Netflix’s ‘Wild Wild Country’ unraveled the morally complex story behind a cult famous for sex, Rolls Royces, and bioterrorism
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday asked political leaders to give her her day in the Senate impeachment court, saying it is her duty to give an accounting of her actions to the people. "I only ask one thing from the politicial leaders, only one thing: Give me my day in the Senate impeachment court or admit that there is no probable cause. That is also what I have been consistently saying to those who asked me to resign. No, I will not [resign]. I will give an account of my actions as Chief Justice to the people," she said in a forum in Baguio City. "I do not know owe anyone the duty to resign. I owe the people the duty to tell my story." Sereno, who is facing an impeachment complaint before the Lower Chamber, said she remains steadfast in fighting for judicial independence and extended an olive branch to fellow Supreme Court magistrates who had urged her to take an indefinite leave of absence. SC justices reached consensus Sereno should take indefinite leave "l am hopeful … [Read more...] about ‘Give me my day in Senate impeachment court’: CJ Sereno