FROM Phelim Kine
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.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.