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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:56 am 
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A 17-year-old a few hours after she was killed by masked gunmen in Quezon City, Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

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Let the World Condemn Duterte
NYTimes, By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, APRIL 25, 2017

A Filipino lawyer formally asked the International Criminal Court on Monday to charge President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 officials with mass murder and crimes against humanity over the extrajudicial killings of thousands of people in the Philippines over the past three decades. The I.C.C. should promptly open a preliminary investigation into the killings.

The lawyer, Jude Josue Sabio, filed the complaint in his own name, but he also represents two men who have publicly said they were paid members of the death squad that Mr. Duterte set up in Davao City when he was the mayor... In all, Mr. Sabio said in the 77-page filing, more than 9,400 people have been killed, most of them poor young men, but also bystanders, children and political opponents.

Mr. Sabio is not the first to accuse Mr. Duterte of mass killings — so have Human Rights Watch, in 2009; Amnesty International, this January; and some brave Filipino politicians. The I.C.C. chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, declared last October that the court was “closely following” developments in the Philippines.

And if the findings of Mr. Sabio, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and politicians, or the confessions of the former death squad members, are not enough evidence, there are Mr. Duterte’s savage words. “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there is three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them,” he told reporters in one of his most outrageous statements (and misstating the figure for the Holocaust, which is six million).

This is a man who must be stopped.
(full article) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/opinion/let-the-world-condemn-duterte.html

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Trump invites Duterte to Washington
SunStar, By Keith A. Calayag, Sunday, April 30, 2017

MANILLA - UNITED States President Donald Trump has invited President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said. "There was a mention of an invitation from President Trump to President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House," Abella, confirming US reports, said in a statement on Sunday. The spokesperson also confirmed that Duterte indeed spoke with Trump in a phone call on Saturday evening.
(full article) http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2017/04/30/trump-invites-duterte-washington-539284

So, guys... How about that Donald J Trump? Is he servicing the genitals of Hitler's ghost, or what? Maybe if they time things right, he and Duterte can circle-jerk together with Erdogan and a few other fascist motherf--kers in the Oval Office until they get it off, and then wipe themselves off on the US flag.

Where is your goddamned moral authority now?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:23 am 
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How is this connected with China's sea actions? I'm missing it.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:19 am 
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How is this connected with China's sea actions? I'm missing it.

Uh, well, you see, they all share this coastline or regional waters along the South China Sea and western Pacific Ocean, and, as it turns out, things are connected in this world o' ours. That was the take-home lesson of WWI. Everything is connected, often just out of sight or beneath the facade.

Here, let me cast some more light for you:

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Chinese warships dock in Davao City
ABS-CBN News, Posted at Apr 30 2017 04:12 PM

MANILA -- (UPDATED) Three Chinese warships docked in President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown of Davao City on Sunday. The ships were a Chinese frigate, a missile guided destroyer, and a replenishment ship... The ships will reportedly engage in goodwill games with the Philippines. A tour of the ships will also be offered although it is yet to be known who will be invited to the tour.

The flags of the Philippines and China were earlier seen raised at the bridge of China's guided missile destroyer Chang Chun (DDG 150). As of posting time, only Chinese media are allowed on board. It is also yet to be known whether Duterte, who usually spends his Sundays in Davao City, will visit the ships.

Bilateral ties between Manila and Beijing have seen an improvement as President Duterte continues to downplay the maritime dispute...
(full article) http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/30/17/chinese-warships-dock-in-davao-city

Now, in your opinion, should the United States enable and lend credibility to a genocidal mass-murderer in order to try to win them back from China, or should some things, values, and/or principles in fact be sacred in this world and how our foreign policy navigates it? Is the "enemy of our enemy" in fact our friend or the friend of civilization generally? And more pointedly, in a general worldwide sense, aren't some of these so-called "enemies" selected with a disingenuous, arbitrary, capricious, and hegemonic bent? Don't we create many of the conflicts that we later try to use as justification for our endless predilection for violent expressions of disdain for peace and diplomacy? Do we avoid strengthening institutions of international criminal justice against war criminals and perpetrators of crimes against humanity and the environment itself because we know that we ourselves are already seriously exposed and dug in to deep national commitment to exactly such evil wrongfulness?


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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 10:12 am 
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In this May 2, 2017, file photo, a U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, is installed at a golf course in Seongju, South Korea. Former President Park Geun-hye’s decision to allow the United States to base the state-of-the-art missile defense system in South Korea’s territory to cope with North Korean nuclear threats is a major irritant. There’s widespread opposition in South Korea to the THAAD deployment and loud protests from China, which also sees the system as a security threat. But challenging Washington over THAAD might be difficult for new President Moon Jae-in.

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South Korea’s new leader orders probe of U.S. missile launchers
DenverPost, By Hyung-jin Kim/AP, May 30, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — Calling it a “very shocking” incident, South Korea’s new president on Tuesday demanded an investigation into why his office wasn’t told by defense officials about the arrival of several additional launchers for a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to cope with North Korea’s nuclear threat.

Before taking office on May 10, Moon Jae-in vowed to review the deployment of a system that has infuriated both North Korea and China, which consider its powerful radar a security threat. Many of Moon’s supporters don’t want the system, which U.S. President Donald Trump suggested Seoul should pay for.

On Tuesday, senior presidential adviser Yoon Young-chan said Moon has discovered that four additional launchers for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system have arrived in South Korea since the original two launchers were installed in April. Yoon said senior Defense Ministry officials didn’t report the arrival of the additional launchers when they gave Moon’s policy advisory committee a briefing last Thursday. “President Moon said it’s ‘very shocking’ after receiving a report” on the incident from his national security director, Yoon said at a news conference.

It’s unclear if Moon will go ahead with his campaign pledge to re-examine the THAAD deployment because a request for the withdrawal of the system’s components could severely undermine ties with Washington, Seoul’s most important ally, analysts say.
(full article) http://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/30/south-korea-us-missile-launchers/

It sounds as if South Korea has a state-within-a-state problem of a treasonous military challenging and undermining its democracy, too. It's interesting. This is exactly how Japan fell to aggressive expansionist militarism going after China in the 1930s. It started acting independent of its democracy, then subverted and enslaved it-- and that progression created all that followed. Of course, we've seen that these past seventeen years here in the United States, but it's been more strategic and only gone after nation-states it could get away with, more or less, disregarding profound local and regional tolls against humanity and civilization anyway-- so far.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:35 am 
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Philippines: Commission on Human Rights budget cut to almost nothing amid Duterte's drug crackdown
ABC.net.au, By Barney Porter, September 13, 2017

Philippines politicians allied with President Rodrigo Duterte have slashed the annual budget for the Commission on Human Rights from $17 million to just $25. The public body has clashed repeatedly with Mr Duterte over his violent campaign against illegal drugs, and human rights advocates say the move is aimed at supressing any dissent... Much of the Government's criticism of the commission has stemmed from its attempts to investigate deaths linked to the crackdown on illegal drugs unleashed by Mr Duterte in July last year.

The house speaker and a close ally of Mr Duterte, Pantaleon Alvarez, said the commission deserved a low budget for being what he termed a "useless" body, and for defending the rights of criminals. But Chito Gascon, the commission's chairman, said the measly budget was clearly an attempt to force his resignation... "We have a clear mandate to speak truth to power when it involves violations by state authorities on the rights of our power," Mr Gascon said.

Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, said the commission, founded in 1987 after the fall of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship, was vital in the Philippines. "[It] has this very symbolic and very important agency that is tasked with protecting the civil and vocal rights of Filipinos, to ensure that the types of grotesque abuses that occurred under the Marcos' don't repeat," he said. "The fact that pro-Duterte lawmakers are looking to eviscerate it as a functioning body is extremely worrying, given the extent of this human rights calamity that Duterte has inflicted on the Philippines as part of this so-called war on drugs."

The Government is reportedly planning a cut of 75 per cent in spending next year on drug rehabilitation facilities, while also seeking a massive hike in funding for the anti-drug campaign... "It's unquestionable that amongst the 38 per cent of Filipinos who voted for President Duterte last year, that [there is] pretty solid support for him still," he said. "But there is a growing constituency amongst Filipinos who are absolutely appalled at how this murderous campaign has been inflicted on the Philippines, targeting the most vulnerable citizens of society... And lately we have seen this deliberate targeting of children, as young as 14 years old, so there is growing resentment that is worrying the Duterte Government..."
(full article) http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-13/duterte-slashes-commission-on-human-rights-annual-budget-to-$25/8941088


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