Thirty years after the crackdown on Tiananmen protesters, the tanks that lined Beijing’s central avenue have been replaced by countless surveillance cameras perched like hawks on lampposts to keep the population in check. The Chinese Communist Party has gone to great lengths to prevent another pro-democracy movement, clamping down on student activists, labour movements and lawyers with the help of high-tech surveillance. But the party has also pushed economic reforms that have made millions of people wealthier – and less interested in rebelling like the students whose protest ended with hundreds killed on June 4, 1989. Over the past decade, small police booths have been set up block by block across the country to monitor neighbourhood disputes, prevent crime, and keep tabs on anyone suspected of disturbing social order. Now China’s obsession with artificial intelligence and facial recognition adds another layer of sophistication to this intricate surveillance … [Read more...] about Why another Tiananmen is ‘impossible’ in China
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MANILA, Philippines — Peter Joemel Advincula, the man who introduced himself as the hooded “Bikoy” in videos implicating the first family in the narcotics trade, also tried to sell the information to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV last August. In a privilege speech yesterday, Trillanes denied Bikoy’s allegation that he was the brains behind the series of videos against President Duterte and some members of the first family. “First and foremost, I vehemently deny Bikoy’s allegation that I am part of any ouster plot against the Duterte regime,” Trillanes said. “l have been confronting Mr. Duterte and his allies on their draconian policies and acts of corruption using only the space that our democracy allows.” How a series of videos could lead to the ouster of Duterte, as claimed by Bikoy, is simply beyond the realm of logic, according to the senator. “If the plan is that stupid, it means I did not learn anything from my … [Read more...] about Trillanes denies hand in Bikoy videos
More akin to a vinegar-based cooking technique than a specific dish, adobo counts endless variations across the different regions, and even around the world thanks to overseas Filipinos. Now, adobo’s origin and a possible logical pursuit of its old pre-colonial name that was lost in translation are heatedly discussed at the table. More about Filipino cuisine: From curacha to lamb lechon, Isabela is definitely more than just their pancit An appreciation of Moro food can bring Pinoy Muslims and Christians closer, says this Muslim chef VIDEO: We take a food crawl with Chef Sau del Rosario in his native Pampanga This way, Ma’am Sir: getting a seat at the Pinoy resto Los Angeles loves Proof of adobo’s pre-Hispanic origins Pedro de San Buenaventura, a Franciscan missionary, was the first European to write about adobo de los naturales (adobo of ethnic Filipinos or their dishes with vinegar) in Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala, published in Pila, Laguna in 1613. … [Read more...] about There’s nothing Spanish about adobo—should we ditch its Spanish name?
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?
By Amanda Taub The New York Times Mon., April 29, 2019 LONDON—Less than a day after the worst terrorist attack in Sri Lanka’s history, thousands of Sri Lankans were consumed with vitriol, outrage and fear. Their community was threatened, they believed. Something must be done. But some settled on a target who was not a perpetrator of the Easter bombings, not a sympathizer, not even someone who lived in Sri Lanka. He was Thusiyan Nandakumar, a doctor and part-time journalist living thousands of miles away in suburban London. He stared at his phone in bafflement and terror as thousands of threats rolled in. “I know where you live,” one message said. “We will come for you terrorist low life to teach you a lesson.” “If I see you anywhere,” read another, “I will cut your throat.” In Sri Lanka, angry mobs attacked Muslims after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack and the island nation braced … [Read more...] about Aftermath of Sri Lanka bombings show how fear of terrorism spurs online mobs