Philippines tells China to ‘back off’ after South China Sea standoff

Foreign minister says Chinese action illegal Blocking of supply ship threaten “special relationship” Philippines has occupied shoal for 22 years on grounded ship The Philippines on Thursday condemned “in strongest terms” the actions of three Chinese coast guard vessels that it said blocked and used water cannon on resupply boats headed towards a Philippine-occupied atollContinue reading “Philippines tells China to ‘back off’ after South China Sea standoff”

Russia labels reporters ‘foreign agents’ after journalist Dmitry Muratov awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Hours after Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov was jointly awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, Russian authorities have begun labelling other journalists and media organisations “foreign agents” in an effort to sideline critics. Mr Muratov, and fellow journalist Maria Ressa of the Philippines, won the prize for their fight for freedom of expression. Many in Russia had hoped that the prize wouldContinue reading “Russia labels reporters ‘foreign agents’ after journalist Dmitry Muratov awarded Nobel Peace Prize”

Philippines’ Duterte says daughter running for president in 2022 elections – media

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter will run for president in the 2022 election and her father’s long-time aide, who has filed his vice presidential candidacy, will be her running mate, ABS-CBN news reported late on Saturday. Sara Duterte-Carpio is currently mayor of Davao, the Philippines’ third-largest city, and on Saturday filed her candidacy to runContinue reading “Philippines’ Duterte says daughter running for president in 2022 elections – media”

Authoritarianism: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the growing number of authoritarian leaders around the world, their common characteristics, and whether or not one of them is currently our president.

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte announces retirement from politics

Rodrigo Duterte’s vice-presidential run would have been challenged on constitutional grounds by his opponents He said his decision not to run was in response to the public’s wishes The International Criminal Court is currently investigating killings by Mr Duterte’s administration after he took power The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has announced he is retiring fromContinue reading “Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte announces retirement from politics”

World’s youth take to the streets again to battle climate change

Largest global climate protest since pandemic Strike takes place weeks before COP26 summit Hundreds of thousands protest in Germany alone, organisers say ‘No political party is doing close to enough’, Thunberg says Young people around the world took to the streets on Friday to demand urgent action to avert disastrous climate change, in their largestContinue reading “World’s youth take to the streets again to battle climate change”

ICC to open full investigation into Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’

The Hague-based court says ‘specific legal element of the crime against humanity of murder’ has been met in the crackdown that killed thousands in Philippines. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has formally authorised an official probe into alleged crimes against humanity in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”, dealing a moral victory to humanContinue reading “ICC to open full investigation into Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’”

Record number of environmental activists murdered

A record number of activists working to protect the environment and land rights were murdered last year, according to a report by a campaign group. 227 people were killed around the world in 2020, the highest number recorded for a second consecutive year, the report from Global Witness said. Almost a third of the murdersContinue reading “Record number of environmental activists murdered”

American Imperialism: Crash Course US History #28

In which John Green teaches you about Imperialism. In the late 19th century, the great powers of Europe were running around the world obtaining colonial possessions, especially in Africa and Asia. The United States, which as a young country was especially suceptible to peer pressure, followed along and snapped up some colonies of its own.Continue reading “American Imperialism: Crash Course US History #28”

Filipino scientist takes first ever journey to third deepest ocean trench on Earth, finds plastic

When Dr Deo Florence Onda found himself more than 10,000m below the surface, in the third deepest trench on the planet, he was on the lookout for mysteries hidden in the darkness. The Emden Deep, part of the Philippine Trench, is one of Earth’s final frontiers, an unexplored section of one of the oldest seabeds inContinue reading “Filipino scientist takes first ever journey to third deepest ocean trench on Earth, finds plastic”

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