Growing up in Southeast Asia subliminally conditioned me to believe that fair skin was the only shade of skin color that was beautiful. From the lack of diversity in local cosmetics and fashion campaigns to the absurd advertisements about skin-whitening products to the backhanded comments made about individuals with darker skin tones in social settings – it comes as no surprise that many people, in this region share this same sentiment. This ideology is referred to as “colorism,” which Evelyn Nakano Glenn, a graduate school professor at the University of California Berkeley, refers to as “the preference for and privileging of lighter skin and discrimination against those with darker skin". Although this deeply rooted mindset dates back to colonial times, due to Western influences on the perception of beauty and in the media, our capitalistic society has monetized this obsession through advertisements by using fair Asians or Caucasian models for local … [Read more...] about Who’s the fairest of them all? How about, who cares?
The reconstruction of religious thought in islam
The Prime Minister has voiced his dismay over the condition of public toilets in the country. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that he often inspects public toilets and more often than not, they are smelly and not clean. "I am very ashamed (of the condition). This is a reflection of our attitude. "We should feel embarrassed but instead, we feel it is alright (not to keep the toilets clean) because no one will know who does what. "This shows that we lack civic consciousness in our hearts, " said Dr Mahathir at the launch of Civic Education on Tuesday (Aug 13). The Prime Minister said his admiration for the Japanese culture is well known, adding that he was impressed by their high standards of hygiene and how children are taught to look after the environment from an early age. He also took a swipe at litterbugs and called graffiti an eyesore. "If three million people in Kuala Lumpur throw cigarette butts indiscriminately, we will be living in a mountain of cigarette butts in no time, " he … [Read more...] about Mahathir raises a stink over state of public toilets in Malaysia
(First of two parts) A few minutes into his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 22, 2019, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte asked Congress “to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes related to drugs, as well as plunder.” It was the second SONA in which Duterte asked Congress to reimpose capital punishment. In 2017, he asked Congress “to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes.” He linked then the restoration of the death penalty to his effort “to completely eradicate the menace of illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.” This year, Duterte used the 2017 Marawi siege as an example where terrorism was supposedly fueled by the drug trade, by the “tons of shabu worth millions and millions of pesos.” In President Duterte’s mind, “drug money killed 175 and wounded [2,101] of my soldiers and policemen in that five-month battle.” And the trade in illegal drugs … [Read more...] about Of Presidents and the Penalty of Death
LONDON: There is a long charge sheet against Britain’s Boris Johnson but among Conservative party activists who will choose the country’s next prime minister, Brexit appears to trump everything. The former foreign minister and ex-London mayor is accused of lying, incompetence and using divisive rhetoric, and also faces questions over his colourful private life. But he led the campaign to take Britain out of the EU in the 2016 referendum and his promise to deliver on that vote, come what may, has made him the runaway favourite now to take power in Downing Street. “Boris has a following in places a long way from London where people are very cross that they’ve voted for Brexit and it hasn’t happened,“ said biographer Andrew Gimson. Prime Minister Theresa May will step down this month after failing to get her EU divorce deal through parliament, twice delaying Britain’s departure date. Johnson is vying with current foreign minister Jeremy Hunt to … [Read more...] about It’s Brexit, stupid: the appeal of Boris Johnson
NGOs have sounded the alarm regarding overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at camps in Libya -- such as this one at Zawiyah, west of Tripoli PARIS - Acute malnutrition, forced labour, torture: NGOs have sharpened their tone against the shocking conditions endured by refugees and migrants in Libya, where over 40 people were killed in an air strike on a detention centre.Tuesday night's strike on the centre at Tajoura near the capital Tripoli, in which 70 people were wounded, underscored the vulnerability of the mainly African migrants trapped in conditions the UN has called "ghastly".Their plight has been blamed by NGOs on an agreement between EU nations and the Libyan coastguard to prevent the migrants from reaching Europe's shores by boat.Since January, over 2,300 people have been intercepted at sea and brought back to Libya, according to the UN.Once back in Libya, they are transferred to detention centres like the one in Tajoura. The situation has deteriorated further … [Read more...] about Starved, tortured, bombed: the fate of refugees trapped in Libya