Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes has always pushed forcefully for change. In 2003, he seized the Oakwood towers in downtown Manila with 300 soldiers in a short-lived mutiny against what he saw as rampant government and military corruption. Four years later, he marched out of a court hearing on mutiny charges and from the lobby of the swish Peninsula Hotel attempted to stage another coup de etat. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox A decade later, the now elected politician says he’s a changed, more democratic-minded man in his checking and balancing of President Rodrigo Duterte’s strongman rule. Indeed, Trillanes is now widely seen as the last vocal man standing in opposition to Duterte’s silencing onslaught of critics and dissenters. Trillanes claims that Duterte has put out at least four “hits” on his life, alleged threats he says have been neutralized and thwarted due to his top-level military ties. Yet his … [Read more...] about The man who keeps Duterte up at night
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YEREVAN: Just three weeks ago, few would have thought that Nikol Pashinyan, a 42-year-old former newspaper editor who served time in jail, would transform Armenia's political landscape and become its next leader. Over the past weeks, Pashinyan — the head of a small opposition party — brought tens of thousands of people to the streets of the poor South Caucasus nation, accusing veteran leader Serzh Sarkisian of a power grab and forcing him to resign as prime minister after a decade in power. Sporting a salt and pepper beard, a tan and a baseball cap, Armenia's rising political star channelled widespread desire for change into a broad protest movement. The father-of-four has earned a reputation as a man of the people, wearing his trademark camouflage T-shirt during protests and carrying a massive rucksack which he says contains "everything I need" — including a chocolate bar and a laptop. After Sarkisian's resignation last month following ten days of peaceful protests, … [Read more...] about Nikol Pashinyan: Armenia’s maverick street leader and future PM
Filipino-American rock band Dakila, formed in the San Francisco area during the early 1970s, is looking to finally connect with its Filipino roots some 40-plus years after its Manila concert in 1972 was cancelled following the declaration of Martial Law. Dakila was a popular rock band in the Bay Area during the early 1970s that performed a fusion of Latin rock music along with a myriad of other genres and styles, not to mention Filipino music. The band recorded a cult favorite album in 1972 and broke up a few years later. They reunited in 2013 and are not only performing, touring, and recording again, but are also looking to finally land on Philippine shores. The band, whose members were mostly of Philippine ancestry, rose from the ashes of a Santana tribute band called Soul Sacrifice after founder Rome Bustamante saw the pioneering Latino band during the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Other members from the original band included Bert Ancheta on guitar and vocals, Fred Ancheta on … [Read more...] about News After 40-year delay, Fil-Am band Dakila hopes to finally hold Manila concert
caption A military aide holds the Medal of Honor before U.S. President Donald Trump awarded it to James McCloughan, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 31, 2017. source Reuters The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious award that can be given to American servicemen for distinguished service in the field of battle. Since it was first given in 1863, the medal has been awarded only 3,517 times, 19 of which were double awards. Today, the medal is given to any soldier who has distinguished themselves “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.” Many of the medals are awarded posthumously, either because they died in battle, or because so much time has passed before they were recognized for their acts. The award is usually given to the individual by … [Read more...] about 13 incredible stories of American servicemen who won the Medal of Honor — the military’s highest honor
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.