The LA Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun and Orlando Sentinel websites all displayed the same message saying they could not be accessed. "Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries," the message read. "We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism." The blocked websites are all owned by media company Tronc, formerly known as Tribune Publishing. Local US newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises, including the St. Louis Post Dispatch and Arizona Daily Sun, were also out of reach. "We recognise you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which … [Read more...] about Some US news websites blocked by EU data law
Washington. The United States on Friday (20/04) labeled China, Russia, Iran and North Korea 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 poor human rights records. 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 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 daily basis and are forces of … [Read more...] about US Calls China, Russia, Iran, N. Korea ‘Morally Reprehensible’ on Rights
At the top of the Old Tianmu Trail in Taipei sits an unusual neighborhood of one-story American-style suburban ranch houses. Many of the houses are in decrepit shape, though some have been remodeled as restaurants and high-end residences. The houses were originally built to accommodate United States Armed Forces sent during the Korean War to defend Taiwan from an impending attack by mainland Chinese forces. As Michael Green recounts in his new book By More than Providence, US president Harry Truman ordered the dispatch of the Seventh Fleet to Taiwanese waters in the wake of the Soviet-backed attack on South Korea and Chinese plans for the invasion of Taiwan. Truman told the American public that “in these circumstances, the occupation of Formosa by Communist forces would be a direct threat to the security of the Pacific area.” The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox US troops were eventually withdrawn from Taiwan in 1979, and nowadays, … [Read more...] about Will Bolton push for US troops on Taiwan?
The Philippines has ranked first in a list of investment-worthy countries released by US News & World Report. “In years to come, the country is expected to receive more FDI from within the region from powerhouses like China that are looking to utilize available labor in developing nations,” it said. US News & World Report focused on eight attributes: entrepreneurship, economic stability, favorable tax environment, innovation, skilled labor, technological expertise, dynamism, and corruption. Responses from over 6,000 survey participants were then used to determine the ranking. The Philippines bested Indonesia, which ranked second. Poland came in at third while others in the top 20 were Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Spain, Thailand, India, Oman, Czech Republic, Finland, Uruguay, Turkey, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Brazil, France, and Chile. Commenting on the list, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said the Philippines was benefiting … [Read more...] about PH tagged as ‘best country to invest in’ by US media firm
WASHINGTON: Donald Trump unveiled the winners of his much-touted "Fake News Awards" late Wednesday, hours after a maverick senator from the president's own Republican party accused him of employing Stalinist language to "slur" and undermine the free press. Arizona lawmaker Jeff Flake levelled the broadside in an address from the Senate floor earlier in the day, delivering a one-two punch after veteran Republican John McCain penned an op-ed assailing Mr Trump's spoof awards.The brash Republican president announced his top-ten list -- which included his regular targets CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post -- using his preferred medium of Twitter, linking to a list published on the Republican Party's website that crashed minutes after his big reveal.Mr Flake slammed what he called the president's dangerous disregard for the truth, and his designation of the mainstream news media as an "enemy of the people"."Mr President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy … [Read more...] about Trump unveils ‘Fake News Awards’