INDONESIA RELEASES OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS It’s official. Finally. More than a month after Indonesia staged the largest single-day election in the world, we have the official results. Incumbent President Joko Widodo has beaten challenger Prabowo Subianto by 11 percentage points - more than doubling his winning margin from 2014. The announcement, coming in the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday in Indonesia, had little surprises. Pollsters had unanimously projected Jokowi would prevail with a bigger winning margin shortly after votes were cast. The numbers: At an election with a surprisingly high 80 per cent voter turnout, Jokowi and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin received over 85,607,362 votes, 16.9 m more than Prabowo and running mate Sandiaga Uno’s tally of 68,650, 239. The Jokowi ticket won 21 out of the 24 provinces. A sense deja vu: When these same two candidates contested the last election in 2014 with similar (if less emphatic) outcomes, Prabowo rejected … [Read more...] about Asian Insider May 21: A good week for incumbents in Asia
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BAGHDAD: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's surprise visit to Baghdad this month came after U.S. intelligence showed Iran-backed Shia militias positioning rockets near bases housing U.S. forces, according to two Iraqi security sources.He told Iraq's top brass to keep the militias, which are expanding their power in Iraq and now form part of its security apparatus, in check, the sources said. If not, the U.S. would respond with force.As tensions between Washington and Tehran increase, Iraq finds itself caught between neighbouring Iran, whose regional influence has grown in recent years, and the United States."The message from the Americans was clear. They wanted guarantees that Iraq would stop those groups threatening U.S. interests," a senior Iraqi military source with knowledge of Pompeo's trip said."They said if the U.S. were attacked on Iraqi soil, it would take action to defend itself without coordinating with Baghdad."The U.S. State Department declined to comment on the details of … [Read more...] about US pressures Baghdad over Iran-backed militias
The two-storey structure used to be an old prison known as the Yan Lone Kyan Correctional Facility. It now serves as a treatment centre for dozens of local drug dependents from the town and the surrounding areas within the Kokang Self-Administered Region. During a visit by the Myanmar Times to the facility, a small group of men gathered in front of the steps of the rundown building, as the sun set behind the surrounding mountains and hills in the area. “While I was using drugs near ward No.1, Kokang police caught me red-handed. I had to stay for two days in a detention cell and then I was transferred here for rehabilitation,” said 35-year old Yone Chan, one of the inhabitants of the centre. He is an ethnic Kokang who speaks a little Myanmar language. He used to be a photographer before he sank into drugs that eventually forced him to become a dealer so he could sustain his addiction. It all started just for fun, Yone Chan recalled; popping a pill or two during … [Read more...] about Arduous struggle back to a normal life for drug addicts
Star Cinema-Kinetek co-production set for May 29 release MANILA — Much has been told about the legacy of Manuel L. Quezon, but little awareness, it seems, has been brought to an “act of humanity” of the late former president, which today resonates through the distinguishing hospitality of Filipinos. That lesser-known fact unfolded in the 1930s, when millions of persecuted Jews sought to flee the Holocaust. Thousands of miles away from Europe, the Philippines was an unlikely refuge for the Jewish people — and yet it became one, through the resolve Quezon. “Quezon’s Game,” a film inspired by the president’s open-door policy to welcome the displaced Jews, chronicles the challenges and the triumph of that political — and moral — undertaking. Matthew Rosen, the Jewish filmmaker behind what he referred to as a “passion project,” had set out to share this chapter of the Philippines to the mainstream audience as early as … [Read more...] about News Why ‘Quezon’s Game’ will make Filipinos proud
By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?