FROM Phelim Kine
Trump invites Duterte to White House sparking controversy President Rodrigo Duterte Presidential Communications Operations Office Speaking to a group of Filipino workers returning from overseas a year ago, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, told them, "If you lose your job, I'll give you one. Kill all the drug addicts." In June, he said, "If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful." Some eight or nine thousand Filipinos have died in extra-judicial killings. Now, President Trump has invited Duterte to visit the White House, after a phone call described as "warm" by Trump's aides. Phelim Kine, deputy director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch , considers the controversial invitation.
Duterte, citing Hitler, says he'd kill millions of drug addicts The new President of the Philippines shocked the world once again today by escalating his war-against-drugs rhetoric with a reference to the Holocaust. Never mind the historical consensus that Hitler killed six million Jews, gypsies and others. Phelim Kine is Deputy Director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch .
The sanction of contract killings in the Philippines In the Philippines, a new President’s war on drugs has turned a young mother into a killer for hire. President Duterte presents a chart illustrating the drug trade network of high level drug syndicates in the Philippines during a press conference, July 7, 2016 Photo: King Rodriguez/Presidential Communications Operation Office When he ran for President early this year, Rodrigo Duterte promised Filipinos that 100,000 drug criminals would be killed during his first six months in office. He has sanctioned extra-judicial killings — and even offered bounties. The result has been a dramatic increase in homicides, including the killing of dead-beat customers by drug pushers — including police officers. Phelim Kine is Deputy Director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch .
Philippine’s President Duterte Orders Drug Dealers Deaths In last month’s inaugural address as President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte said his war on drugs would be “relentless” and “sustained.” Since he took office, at least 100 suspected drug dealers have been killed by local police and vigilantes—without any judicial proceedings. The National Police Chief says calls for a Senate investigation are “legal harassment.”
Is China's Communist Party Putting Itself on Trial? China's trial of the century is not following the political script that was widely predicted. On Day One, former Communist Party honcho Bo Xilai vigorously defended himself, and claimed his bribery confessions had been coerced. It's a crucial event for new Party Chief, Xi Jinping, against a background of public outrage over corruption and demands to restore the era of Mao Tse Dung. Will a trial that dramatizes graft and economic inequality lead to reform? Will it make any difference in China's relations with the US and the rest of the world?
Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Released, but Still under Investigation Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is the highest-profile anti-government critic arrested during a months-long political crackdown. Yesterday he was released after weeks of detention and alleged confession, but told Reuters , "I'm sorry I can't [talk], I am on probation, please understand." Phelim Kine, Asia researcher with Human Rights Watch , discusses the conditions under which he’ll now have to live.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?