Monday, August 21, 2017

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: ISIS Operating in Bali

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: ISIS Operating in Bali:   At Least 50 ISIS Members operating in Bali Denpost.com reports that security authorities in Bali, based on available data, estimat...

ISIS Operating in Bali

 
At Least 50 ISIS Members operating in Bali

Denpost.com reports that security authorities in Bali, based on available data, estimate 50 people living in Bali are members of the Islamic State or ISIS.

These 50 people are said to be living in various parts of the Island.

The presence of ISIS members in Bali was revealed by the Chief of the 9th Udayana Military Command, Major General Komaruddin Simanjuntak, on Monday, August 14, 2017, during a working meeting with the 1609 Military Battalion in Buleleng. Moreover, Komaruddin does not discount the possibility that the actual number of ISIS members living in Bali may be much more.

For this reason, Komaruddin cautioned all areas of Bali to be on guard. “Based on the data we have, there may be more (ISIS members). Compare this to the Philippines where there were 40 ISIS members reported, but after the military emergency of ten days, there were (suddenly) 250 (ISIS members). This means the actual number (could) exceed the estimates. If we are logical, it could be ten times more,” said Komaruddin.

The Military Commander for Bali said the priority must be to put a security system in place for the Island to ensure that every area is safe from terror and radicalism.

”The Indonesian Armed Forces always synergizes with the police including regional governments to put security in place in all regions. So, whatever programs are set up by the Government or the police, the military will support it 100 percent,” said Major General Komaruddin.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Demands for West Papuan independence gains momentu...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Demands for West Papuan independence gains momentu...: “Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi” Author: Kerry B. Collison Decades have passed since the twenty-three-year-old Rockefel...

Demands for West Papuan independence gains momentum and Australia is again drawn into military conflict with the Indonesian


“Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi”

Author: Kerry B. Collison

Decades have passed since the twenty-three-year-old Rockefeller disappeared – long presumed dead, when sightings of the heir are widely reported.

Demands for West Papuan independence gains momentum and Australia is again drawn into military conflict with the Indonesian Motherland, “Ibu Pertiwi”.

 


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Friday, August 18, 2017

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: What Does Indonesia’s Renaming Of Part Of South Ch...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: What Does Indonesia’s Renaming Of Part Of South Ch...: What Does Indonesia’s Renaming Of Part Of South China Sea Signify? – Analysis On 14 July 2017 Deputy Minister of Maritime Affairs Ari...

What Does Indonesia’s Renaming Of Part Of South China Sea Signify? – Analysis


What Does Indonesia’s Renaming Of Part Of South China Sea Signify? – Analysis

On 14 July 2017 Deputy Minister of Maritime Affairs Arif Havas Oegroseno officially launched the new map of the Republic of Indonesia, pointing out that the Natuna Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) has been renamed as “Laut Natuna Utara” (North Natuna Sea). The area is part of the South China Sea. Moreover, The Natuna EEZ lies partially within China’s “Nine-Dash Line”, which has not been recognized by Indonesia.

The new map, prepared over nine months from October 2016, was signed by 21 Indonesian ministers and state agencies.1

Havas explained that the renaming is being done for two reasons: First, it is to prevent confusion among exploiters on the continental shelf as regards territorial sovereignty; and second, to provide clear guidelines to the Law Enforcement Team of the Indonesian Navy. However, as Indonesia did not consult its immediate neighbours in preparing the updated map,2 the new maritime boundaries as reflected on the map may be disputed in the future.

Havas claimed that “we don’t have a territorial dispute with China,” and that the renaming is quite normal. Yet he added that “Indonesia will not negotiate with countries who claim sovereignty without reference to the UNCLOS.”3

The response of China can be regarded as quite moderate as it does not mention the name of the country it involves. It also suggests that that country (read: Indonesia) should maintain the status quo since that situation is “sound”, and both countries have shared goals. This is clearly different from the usual “protests” usually issued by Beijing.
Several questions can be asked about the intention of the Joko Widodo administration in renaming part of the South China Sea, the response of China to the renaming, and the two countries’ positions on the South China Sea in general and the Natuna waters in particular.

ORIGINS OF RENAMING AND INDONESIAN HISTORY

Indonesia began to focus its attention on the Natuna waters on 19 March when a Chinese fishing vessel encroached into Natuna waters and was arrested by an Indonesian patrol boat. However, a Chinese patrol vessel quickly appeared and intervened to free the Chinese fishing boat. The Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries announced this episode to the press and protested to Beijing. Beijing’s Foreign Ministry responded by stating that the Chinese fishermen were doing their regular work on their “traditional fishing ground”. Prior to the Joko Widodo presidency, China’s fishing vessel incursions issues were quietly handled as a rule.5 Apparently his Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, decided to pursue a new policy.

The incident immediately became a national issue and Indonesian public opinion became hostile toward China. China quickly quietly sent an envoy to settle the issue and the Joko Widodo administration responded favourably.6 However, on 27 May 2016, about two months after the incident, there was another incursion. Jakarta protested while Beijing responded using the same argument. Joko Widodo was forced to show that he was serious about defending Indonesia’s sovereignty. He visited Natuna in a naval warship with a few of his cabinet ministers and also had a limited cabinet meeting on the warship.7 The Indonesian parliament discussed the Natuna issue and approved the budget for developing a military base in Natuna. On 17 June 2016, there was yet another incursion but this time the Indonesian navy was well prepared and succeeded in detaining the China’s fishing vessel.8

In fact, illegal fishing was a very serious issue in Indonesia even before these incidents. Minister Susi Pudjiastuti had established a task force called Satuan Tugas Anti-Illegal Fishing (SATGAS IF) in December 2014 to deal with it. Mas Achmad Santosa, a leading environmental law expert, was appointed as its chairman.9 On 19 October 2015, Jokowi issued Presidential decree no.115/2015 to form a task force known as SATGAS 115 [Satuan Tugas Pemberantasan Penangkapan Ikan Secara Ilegal (Illegal Fishing)] to combat illegal fishing in Indonesian territorial waters.10 The task force includes, among others, the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the Navy and the Attorney-General.

The task force was behind the capture and sinking of many foreign fishing vessels by August 2016. On 18 August 2016, Achmad Santosa proposed renaming part of the South China Sea within the EEZ of Indonesia as Laut Natuna (Natuna Sea).11 He even noted that he would send a formal proposal to the United Nations. The proposal was supported by the Natuna authorities, including Natuna mayor Hamid Rizal.

A week later, a reporter asked Luhut Pandjaitan, the Coordinating Minister of Indonesian Maritime Affairs (Menko Kemaritiman), who was then in Batam to officiate the opening of a new hospital, about the name change. Luhut noted that there was Natuna Sea on Indonesian maps which is within Indonesian waters. The northern part of Natuna which is Indonesia’s EEZ should be called “North Natuna Sea”.12 Nevertheless, Luhut stated that the naming was still under study and no final decision had been made.

Apparently, it took almost one year for the Task Force to publish the results of the study. The Indonesian government would register not only the new name for the sea but also names for 1,106 unnamed islands belonging to Indonesia.13 Both Deputy Minister Havas and Coordinating Minister Luhut stated that it is normal for a country to name or rename places within its own territories.

Indeed Indonesia has a history of renaming places. During the Sukarno era, Indonesia renamed several islands. In May 1963 when West New Guinea was “returned” to Indonesia by the Dutch, Sukarno named New Guinea Island as Irian, and the Indonesian part as West Irian.14 But international maps continued to call the island “New Guinea”.15 During the Confrontation against Malaysia (1963-66), Sukarno named the whole of Borneo “Kalimantan” but international maps continued to call the island Borneo and the Indonesian part as Kalimantan.16

Also during the Sukarno era, part of the Indian Ocean near Indonesia was changed to Samudera Indonesia (Indonesian Ocean) but internationally, the name Indian Ocean continues to be used for the whole ocean. It is still not clear if the UN and the international community will accept the Indonesian renaming of part of the South China Sea.

WHY RENAME?

The factors that led to the renaming of part of South China Sea are complex but judging from the nature of Indonesian attempts to pacify domestic opposition and promote nationalism there are basically two reasons. The Jokowi government has from the outset been considered “pro-Beijing”, and relied too much on China, especially in terms of investments and loans. The opposition groups, especially radical Islamic groups, are anti- PRC and distrustful of ethnic Chinese Indonesians. Some even spread fake news about Chinese labourers and migrants coming to Indonesia. However, the rise of China and its assertiveness in the South China Sea, especially in view of various incursions into the Indonesian EEZ, forced the Jokowi government to take tougher action. The military base in Natuna was established and the exercise to rename part of the South China Sea was launched.

The renaming is also a signal to China of the seriousness of Indonesia’s concerns about the sovereignty of its EEZ around the Natunas. A leading academic at the University of Indonesia, Hikmahanto Juwana, noted that the renaming was “a move to step up Jakarta’s stance against Beijing’s claim on the Natuna Waters”.17 Another academic from the University of Gadjah Mada, I Made Andi Arsana, also argued that “the renaming carried no legal force but was a political and diplomatic statement.” 18 Although Beijing had “protested” against the renaming, the Jakarta Post was of the view that Indonesia-China’s “bilateral ties are too big to fail”.19

VIEWS OF INDONESIA AND CHINA ON THE NATUNA WATERS

Indeed, both parties appear to know each other’s position on the Natuna waters. China has been more assertive in the South China Sea after Xi Jinping became the president of the PRC, and it continues to use the “nine-dash-line” to claim sovereignty over 90 percent of the Sea. When there was a conflict over the fishing vessels in the Natuna waters, however, Beijing’s Foreign Ministry did not invoke the nine-dash line, and instead used the term “traditional fishing grounds” when responding to Indonesia.

It seems that China does not want to push Indonesia into a corner and wants to avoid turning Indonesia hostile because that would harm not only Beijing’s security interests but also its politico-economic interests. Beijing’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which is part of the OBOR initiative, needs close co-operation of Indonesia.

The Jokowi government has also been conciliatory towards China. It also echoes Beijing’s claim that there is no territorial dispute between Indonesia and China in the SCS. It assumes hat since the Natuna Islands have been recognized by Beijing as Indonesian territories, its EEZ based on UNCLOS would also belong to Indonesia. It therefore uses the illegal fishing issue to deal with Chinese fishing vessels. Jakarta needs economic aid and investment from Beijing, especially for its infrastructure projects, and Chinese tourists to increase its national income.

As long as Beijing observes the bottom line that the Natuna Islands and their EEZ belong to Indonesia, Jakarta-Beijing relations should remain peaceful. Indeed, in the last 10 months after the Chinese fishing vessel incursions, no further similar incident in the Natuna waters has been reported.

The renaming of Natuna Waters may irritate Beijing but Beijing understands that it will not change the status quo. It seems that Beijing also understands that the renaming is a reflection of domestic Indonesian nationalism, which is strategically important to Jokowi’s government.

About the author:
* Leo Suryadinata
is Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.

Source:
This article was published by ISEAS as ISEAS Perspective 2017 No. 64 (PDF)

Notes:
1 Marguerite Afra Sapiie, “New Map asserts sovereignty over Natuna”, Jakarta Post, 15 July 2017, p.1.
2 ibid..
3 ibid..
4 http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/fyrth/t1477975.htm (Accessed 18 July 2017)
5 Rizal Sukma, “Indonesia and China Need to Combat the IUU Problem, Jakarta Post, 31 March 2016.
6 For a discussion on these events, see Leo Suryadinata, “Did the Natuna Incident Shake Indonesia-China Relations? “ISEAS Perspective, No.19 (26 April 2016).
7 Leo Suryadinata and Mustafa Izzuddin, “Nationalistic Symbolism Behind the “Natuna Sea”, Straits Times, 9 September 2016.
8 See Leo Suryadinata and Mustafa Izzuddin , “The Natunas: Territorial Integrity in the Forefront of Indonesia-China Relations”, Trends in Indonesia, 2017 no. 5, pp. 1-2.
9 http://citraindonesia.com/mas-achmad-santosa-ketua-satgas-illegal-fishing/ (Accessed 21 July 2017)
10 http://setkab.go.id/prihatin-pencurian-ikan-presiden-jokowi-bentuk-satgas-pemberantasan- illegal-fishing/ (Accessed 21 July 2017)
11 https://www.voaindonesia.com/a/indonesia-berencana-ubah-nama-jadi-laut-natuna- /3470588.html (accessed 20 July 2017).
12 http://www.antaranews.com/berita/581111/luhut-penamaan-laut-natuna-utara-masih-proses (accessed 26 July 2017)
13 https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20170117140515-20-186924/pemerintah-siapkan- nama-1106-pulau-untuk-dibawa-ke-pbb/ (Accessed 18/7/2017)
14 Robert Cribb, Historical Atlas of Indonesia, Surrey, U.K., 2000, p.167. After 2001, the Indonesian name has been changed to Papua. See Robert Cribb and Audrey Kahin, Historical Dictionary of Indonesia. 2nd Edition, Lanham, Maryland: The Scarescrow Press, 2004, p.165. 15 The Times Atlas of the World, London: Times Newspapers Ltd, 1968, “The Pacific Ocean”, p.122; In the 1987 edition, the name for the whole island is still New Guinea, p.122.
16 The Times Atlas of the World, London: Times Newspapers Ltd, 1968, “The Pacific Ocean”, p.122.
17 Marguerite Afra Sapiie, “New Map asserts sovereignty over Natuna”, Jakarta Post, 15 July 2017, p.1.
18 Indonesia renames part of South China Sea”, Straits Times, 15 July 2017, p.16.
19 “What’s in a name?”, Jakarta Post’s editorial, 18 July 2017, p. 6.

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Featured Release Title “Trochus -- Against the Odd...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Featured Release Title “Trochus -- Against the Odd...: Warren Hill Featured Release Title “Trochus -- Against the Odds” Author: Warren Hill Memoir ISBN-10:1-921362-76-6 ISBN-13...

Featured Release Title “Trochus -- Against the Odds”


Warren Hill

Featured Release Title “Trochus -- Against the Odds”

Author: Warren Hill

Memoir

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Trochus is a story of one man’s dream to make an equitable life for himself and his family. After being forced out of his previous livelihood, Warren Hill recovers a wrecked vessel considered to be near-unsalvageable, intending to transform it into a vessel tailor-made for collecting trochus shells off the Queensland coast.
The salvage and rebuild of the vessel is only the start. From the time the boat was launched they were fraught with obstacles thrown from numerous directions, making it near impossible to get the boat to sea.’ A simple business venture becomes a lightning rod for unwanted attention from enemies unknown. And things only get worse after the vessel makes its maiden voyage as the Lara Star.
The story of the Lara Star is one of great dreams and determination, but also one of greed and corruption. Banks,
the local police force and politicians could be either friend or foe. It’s a story of sabotage, extortion and attempted murder — a compelling maze of events so random it’s almost unbelievable.
It all happened in a Central Queensland coastal city. Unfortunately it is all true.


Warren grew up in the North Queensland town of Mackay. After his mother left home, he saw no future for himself in studying at school, living for the day and ignoring the future. He left school at the end of Year 10 with a dismal pass that did not justify the Commonwealth Scholarship he was awarded. After working as a farm labourer, cutting and carting sugar cane, he commenced an apprenticeship as a boilermaker, although he spent most of his apprenticeship in the drafting office.
As well as being highly intelligent and athletic, Warren has always been good with his hands. As a young man he designed and built his own home. Since 1973 he has made a living working on the water. He started as a tug seaman and later worked as a master pearler and a reef charter operator on his own boat, eventually working throughout the entirety of the Great Barrier Reef.
He still lives in Mackay with his wife of 43 years, Barbara. He does not regard himself as a writer but he has always been a story teller. He just had to put his story down on paper. The request for him to write about four harrowing years of his life came from his daughter. She was right, the story needed to be told.

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Yes, you can still get the bubonic plague. Here's ...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Yes, you can still get the bubonic plague. Here's ...: Yes, you can still get the bubonic plague. Here's what to look out for   “Bubonic” is almost onomatopoeic. It sounds bulbous a...

Yes, you can still get the bubonic plague. Here's what to look out for


Yes, you can still get the bubonic plague. Here's what to look out for

 

“Bubonic” is almost onomatopoeic. It sounds bulbous and grotesque and ancient. It sounds like something your great great grandmother might have contracted as a child, along with “the consumption.” So when headlines proclaim that the bubonic plague is alive in Arizona (or New Mexico, or wherever) it feels like some archaic monster has risen from the grave.

The reality is that it never actually died.

Bubonic plague lives on


The plague has infected at least a handful of people in the U.S. every year for as long as the country has been around. The number varies from just one to 17 annually. And every few years, one of those cases proves fatal. That might sound creepy—come on, it's the plague we're talking about here—but let's take a minute to appreciate how great we are at fighting it off, relatively speaking. This is a disease that wiped out around 100 million people in the 14th century. That was half the population of Europe and a third of the Middle East. But since 1900, the U.S. has seen just over 1,000 cases total.

Most of those infections happen in the southwest, with a smattering of others spread across the west coast and up towards Montana. You might think of the plague as spreading rapidly from person to person, but the bubonic plague actually only spreads through blood. That's the most common type of the plague. The other two, septicemic and pneumonic, happen when Yersinia pestis bacteria spread out into further reaches of the body. Pneumonic plague—where the bacteria has reached the lungs—is the only form of plague that can spread easily from person to person. Otherwise it takes some very intimate contact to catch. From human to human, anyway.

The bubonic plague spreads through a much tinier vector: the flea. Plague bacteria can live inside adorable rodents like squirrels and prairie dogs without killing them. When fleas bite these little guys, the fleas become carriers of the bacteria. Fleas in turn bite humans, infecting them. And if there's one thing you can say about the midwest, it's that they've got a lot of little rodents—especially in rural areas. That's why those areas remain a (relative) hotbed for the plague, and why you should avoid getting near any sweet prairie pups.

Incidentally, it's also why Pope Clement VI was able to keep himself free and clear of the disease by sitting between two fires. At the time he had no idea why it worked—people had no concept of bacteria or viruses—but he was unknowingly preventing small critters and fleas from coming near him.

Even if you do get the plague, you'll (probably) be okay


The good news is that we've cut the mortality rate for the plague by a lot. The disease used to kill around half of its victims, but since the advent of modern antibiotics we've reduced that to about 10 percent. The odds are even better if you can get the meds within 24 hours of your first symptoms. Delays in treatment give the bacteria more time to spread and cause bubonic bulges.

The word “bubonic” refers to the swollen lymph nodes in the armpit and groin that patients get from the bacteria. The bulges are called “buboes,” and they're gross—but they're not the worst thing about the plague. The worst thing is the gangrene.

Gangrene is another vaguely onomatopoeic word that means “flesh that dies when it can't receive blood and then starts oozing foul-smelling pus and decaying right there on your body, egads.” Gangrene can happen almost anywhere on the body, but the plague tends to produce it at the extremities (and also—horrifyingly—on the lips and the tip of the nose). If that doesn't deter you from trying to pet squirrels in rural New Mexico, nothing will.

Fortunately, modern antibiotics are quite effective at killing the bacteria, especially if taken early. And unlike ancient days when plague victims were basically left for dead, many of the symptoms can be managed and mitigated today.

To avoid the plague, avoid the lil critters who carry it


Given how rare the plague is, this really shouldn't be a huge concern. But if for those who happen to live in the southwest (or are just visiting), here are a few tips: The first is to stop trying to get near cute rodents. It's just not worth it. Pet someone's dog instead. The second is to use insect repellant, specifically one that has DEET in it. Despite its controversies, DEET is great at keeping fleas at bay (just try not to spray it all over the place). And lastly, don't touch dead animals with your bare hands. If a squirrel dies in your yard, use a shovel to move it away.

If you're worried that you might have the plague, go see a doctor. Right now. A lot of the symptoms, like fever and muscle aches, can seem like a general virus. But those buboes cannot be mistaken. The signs will appear suddenly a couple days after exposure, and the plague usually kills within 10 days (if it's going to kill at all). Now is not the time to suffer in dramatic silence. Take those buboes seriously.

Sara Chodosh, Popular Science

 

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: GOOGLE A GAGGLE OF LOONY LEFTIES

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: GOOGLE A GAGGLE OF LOONY LEFTIES: GOOGLE A GAGGLE OF LOONY LEFTIES Most of the big, multi billion dollar tech corporations around today were started by geeks in Americ...

GOOGLE A GAGGLE OF LOONY LEFTIES


GOOGLE A GAGGLE OF LOONY LEFTIES


Most of the big, multi billion dollar tech corporations around today were started by geeks in America a few years ago. There was nothing special about these geeks except what they had between their ears. Few of them started off particularly wealthy. For the most part, they simply began fiddling with computers and electronics in their parents’ garages.

Most of these geeks were white males. To my knowledge, none of them received any special assistance from the Department of White Privilege or the Patriarchy.

Back in the eighties, fiddling with computers was all screwdrivers and coding. I knew a few geeks. They were all intelligent white males. Socially awkward perhaps, but smart. There were probably some girls somewhere who loved fiddling with computers but I never met one.

There are many things which girls like to do and do very well. There are many things which girls do much better than boys. Computer coding is apparently not one of them. It appears that African Americans and Hispanics are not big on computer coding either.

Women, African Americans and Hispanics are still markedly under-represented in the ranks of computer geeks in Silicon Valley today. The white male geeks who run the big tech companies are concerned about this.

Rather than worrying about making profits or providing a great service, they are devoting efforts to hiring fewer white males. They have teams of “Diversity Officers” who are working on ways to reduce the number of white males that the corporations employ.

The East Asians have been a great boon to these Diversity Officers. East Asians have a higher average IQ than whites. They have a particularly high mathematical IQ. Not surprisingly, they are greatly over-represented as computer programmers compared to their percentage in the population. Nobody is worried about this.

Blacks and Hispanics, who have lower average IQs than whites are under-represented as computer programmers. No-one can seem to figure out why this would be. The big companies are convinced that there is some “institutional racism and sexism” which is stopping Blacks, Hispanics and women from filling these prestigious roles (apparently, being a geek is prestigious these days).

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but the word “diversity” seems to have changed its meaning. It used to mean “increased difference” but in the context of race or gender, these days it just means fewer white males.

If a big tech corporation had a division which was entirely African American, would the Diversity Officer encourage them to replace some of the Black workers with White men to increase diversity? Of course not.

If the number of Hispanics in a corporation increased at the expense of women, would the company report an increase in diversity? Of course not. Diversity today, means less white heterosexual men.

I think I have mentioned this before; words are important. When people start changing the definition of words, you should be afraid. Be very afraid.

Corporations are now fully on board the diversity bandwagon. They have bought into the idea that more diversity means bigger profits. No-one has ever proved this. They seem to think however that if they keep repeating it, then eventually it is sure to come true.

Dogma may be great but it doesn’t make a search engine work or make an algorithm do whatever it is that algorithms do.

Geeks are logical people. Sooner or later they were bound to notice the illogical nature of this situation. Recently, a geek at Google looked up from his computer screen and did notice. He didn’t have much choice really.

Like everyone else at Google, he was being dragged from Diversity Training to more Diversity Training. Diversity Officers were sticking their noses into his coding and generally trying to make him feel guilty for keeping a transgender Congolese dwarf out of a high paying and prestigious job.

James Damore wasn’t originally a computer coder. He was hired after winning a coding competition convincingly. As far as I know, Google didn’t ask him his colour or gender before hiring him. He was purely hired on merit.

When he decided to question Google on their diversity programs, he did it extremely tactfully. He wrote a memo which was very logically laid out. All of his facts were referenced. All of his statements were carefully qualified. His conclusion was that Google might possibly have an unconscious bias and should consider at least listening to diverse opinions.

Google did listen to his opinion. They considered his advice carefully and then promptly proved him right by sacking him.

Despite my sympathy for the unfortunate Mr Damore, I actually see this as a positive. It highlights the left wing, anti-white, anti-male bias in large American corporations. These corporations have always been assumed by the left, to be bastions of the Right-wing, White Patriarchy.

This incident exposes the hypocrisy of these insidious programs and reveals their agenda. James Damon’s colour and gender weren’t the keys to privilege. They were more like a bomb chained round his neck, ready to be detonated any time he opened his mouth.

 

The greatest irony of this incident lies in the background of Sergey Brin (Sergey is Google’s co-founder and the current CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc.

Brin was born in the Soviet Union. His father and grandfather were mathematics geniuses. They fled the Soviet Union because, as Jews, they were greatly restricted in what they were allowed to study.

According to Brin’s father, "the Communist Party heads barred Jews from upper professional ranks by denying them entry to universities, Jews were excluded from the physics department, in particular, at the prestigious Moscow State University, because Soviet leaders did not trust them with nuclear rocket research."

In stark contrast, America opened its arms to the Brin family. They were given citizenship and complete freedom. Sergey was able to study at Stanford, one of America’s most prestigious Universities.

He was also able to start a business and to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world. I don’t think Americans expected gratitude from Brin. I’m pretty sure however, that they wouldn’t have expected him to turn on them this way.

Sergey Brin should understand what discrimination is. His family fled from it. If he thinks that white Christian people have some kind of unfair advantage, some special kind of “White Privilege” then how does he explain his own “rags to riches” story.

The Brin family were from the Soviet Union, America’s number one enemy at the time. They were Jewish, they were “other.” Despite this, Sergey powered from the bottom of the ladder to the very top in just a few years.

Yet now he is there, he seems to believe that America is a nation plagued with discrimination? Sergey is determined to stamp out the barriers to migrant success which did so little to limit his own meteoric rise.

This decision looks particularly odious in light of the recent decision by Google subsidiary, YouTube, to partner with the ADL (formerly known as “the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith). to censor hate speech (read “opinions they don’t like”). We all know what they mean by “hate speech.” It will be anything to the right of Noam Chomsky.

The ADL is an advocacy and lobbying organisation for a particular ethnic and religious group. Whilst they may not be burning crosses on people’s lawns, they have a commitment to free speech like Miley Cyrus has a commitment to modesty.

Google has become the world’s information gateway. For Sergey Brin to be installing the head of an ethnic advocacy group as gatekeeper to the world’s information is entirely inappropriate.

The people I feel particularly sorry for are the ordinary Jews of the Western World. I know that this situation will set people off. Once again, there will be a cry going up that “the Jews” are all to blame.

I won’t be blaming “the Jews” for the actions of Sergey Brin any more than I expect people to blame me for the actions of Sarah Hanson-young. Let me tell you, “the Christians” are not much better. I posted this memo on facebook and a Catholic friend told me she was glad that this poor guy lost his job.

I have worked with a number of Jewish people who are fighting for an end to mass third world immigration and ridiculous political correctness.

There are some extremely high-profile Jews such as Avi Yemeni, Ben Shapiro and Milo Yianopolis who are very active against these crazy policies. I was recently invited on to the excellent “Nothing Left” Jewish internet radio channel in Melbourne which, as the name suggests, is totally opposed to the leftist agenda.

I believe however, that Brin and his corporation are involved in appalling discrimination and stifling of dissent. They are also becoming steadily more active in the destruction of free speech and of ideological freedom worldwide. I believe that what they are doing is evil and that silence is consent

Harry Richardson


Harry Richardson is a long-time student of Islam and author of best seller, "the Story Of Mohammed - Islam Unveiled', http://thestoryofmohammed.blogspot.com.au

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: "Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi" ‘When ...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: "Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi" ‘When ...: "Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi" ‘When Indonesia and Australia Again Go to War’ Author: Kerry B. Collison   ...

"Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi" ‘When Indonesia and Australia Again Go to War’


"Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi" ‘When Indonesia and Australia Again Go to War’

Author: Kerry B. Collison

 

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In 1961 and one month following the disappearance of Michael C. Rockefeller off the southern coast of what was then known as Dutch Western New Guinea, Indonesia invaded, annexed and commenced the systematic slaughter of indigenous Papuans, to pave the way for a massive wave of transmigrated Javanese.

 

With the meteoric rise of the new powerhouses China and India, Indonesian-occupied West Papua’s wealth of oil, gas and minerals precipitates an international power-play for control over the vast, untapped natural resources.

 

Decades have passed since the twenty-three-year-old Rockefeller disappeared – long presumed dead, when sightings of the heir are widely reported.

 

Demands for West Papuan independence gains momentum and Australia is again drawn into military conflict with the Indonesian Motherland, “Ibu Pertiwi”.

 


 

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Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Indonesia awaits US report on slain corruption wit...

Kerry B. Collison Asia News: Indonesia awaits US report on slain corruption wit...: Indonesia awaits US report on slain corruption witness – is this the long arm of Indonesia’s BIN secret service in play here? Busines...

Indonesia awaits US report on slain corruption witness – is this the long arm of Indonesia’s BIN secret service in play here?


Indonesia awaits US report on slain corruption witness – is this the long arm of Indonesia’s BIN secret service in play here?

Businessman killed in Los Angeles had been due to give evidence against politicians in graft case

Anti-corruption investigators are waiting to hear from U.S. police about the death of a key witness. Businessman Johannes Marliem was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday.

He was a witness in a multi-million-dollar corruption case involving senior politicians, including Parliamentary Speaker Setya Novanto, who also leads Indonesia's second-biggest political party Golkar.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir told Anadolu Agency that it was waiting for police in California to deliver information about Marliem’s death.

“The party that has the right to decide is the U.S. police,” he said. “We are waiting for information from them.”

Saut Situmorang, deputy head of the Corruption Eradication Commission, said Marliem’s ​​death was important “because he has something to do with the case we are dealing with.”

Marliem was the director of Biomorf, a U.S.-based biometrics company, that was awarded the contract to supply an automated fingerprint system for a national electronic ID card program launched in 2011.

According to investigators, around half of the project’s 5.8 trillion Indonesian rupiah ($434 million) budget was divided between 37 suspects, including Novanto and 23 other members of the House of Representatives.

 

 Fear for life

The scam is said to have cost the state around $190 million in losses.

Novanto was described by U.S. President Donald Trump as “one of the powerful men and a great man” during a news conference at Trump Tower during his presidential campaign.

He was temporarily forced to step down over corruption allegations in 2015 after he was heard seeking a $4 billion payment from a U.S. mining company.

Prosecutors have revealed that Marliem paid a $200,000 as a bribe to Sugiharto, a former senior Home Ministry official who has been jailed for five years in the case.

Alongside Novanto, two former high-ranking members of the then ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum and Muhammad Nazaruddin, have also been named as key suspects in the case. It is believed they may have influenced lawmakers to pass the project’s budget.

Days before his death, Marliem had told the Kontan newspaper that he feared for his life. “I do not want to be published as a witness,” he said. “It could be my life is now threatened.”

In the interview, Marliem also denied having given bribes to Sugiharto.

In its 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, Transparency International ranked Indonesia 88 out of 168 countries. President Joko Widodo has stressed his commitment to eradicating corruption.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Unending Punishment: Political Repression in Vietnam


Unending Punishment: Political Repression in Vietnam

This is what life is like as a prisoner of conscience in Vietnam: Isolation. Withholding of newspapers and letters from family, denial of menstruation supplies, visits from lawyers, medical treatment and even light. “Prisons within prisons,” an Amnesty International report calls it.

It is brutal before the arrest. The harassment. The intimidation. The black-clothed thugs lingering around your house, stealing your cameras, beating you up, and beating up your friends as well.

It is brutal during the court proceedings. The frustration of a one-day show trial. The lack of impartial news coverage. The outrageous sentences.

It is perhaps most brutal during the three or 10 or even 16 years in prison, serving a sentence under severe conditions, with only rare contact with family and none with friends.

And it is even brutal upon release. There is forced exile, family separation and restrictions on movement. And there is nearly constant surveillance.

Every aspect of the pre-arrest, arrest, detention, trial, and even release of Vietnam’s political dissidents is designed to minimize their contact with the outside world. The Communist regime wants them forgotten. It wants other malcontents to take heed.

The international press lit up when Chinese authorities released Nobel Peace Prize medalist Liu Xiaobo days before his death from cancer. Properly it condemned the tactics Beijing employed against Liu and his wife, Liu Xia, who remains under house arrest. Liu was famous, but not unique. In China and in Vietnam there are hundreds more Lius.

On July 30, 2012, Dang Thi Kim Lieng self-immolated at a Vietnamese government building in a desperate, defiant protest as her daughter awaited trial.  Lieng had not seen her daughter, political blogger Ta Phong Tan, since the previous September.

 

 “[M]y sister’s detention and charges affected her deeply,” Ta Minh Tu, Tan’s sister, told Radio Free Asia in a 2012 interview. She also added that: “[The authorities] followed us all the time. Whenever I would go to [Ho Chi Minh City], someone would immediately begin tailing me.”

Many believe that the pressure of the charges against Tan, along with continuous surveillance and threats against the family’s home, drove Lieng to suicide. Tan was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment that September under Article 88 of Vietnam’s criminal code for her blogging.

When prisoners of conscience are arrested, it is their families that must travel hundreds of miles to bring supplies and news. It is often the families that launch far-reaching international campaigns to free their loved ones, as in the case of Tran Huynh Duy Thuc. Thuc, who blogged on economic and social issues, was convicted in 2010 with three others of ties to an underground political party that the Hanoi regime insists is a terrorist organization. Thuc refused to cop a plea and is now shackled to a 16-year sentence. Though in poor health, Thuc’s father, Tran Van Huynh, continues to campaign tirelessly for Thuc’s release.

The families of Vietnam’s political prisoners must take care of children and elderly relatives orphaned by a long sentence. Young mother Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who blogged as Mẹ Nấm (Mushroom’s Mom)  was sentenced to 10 years in prison on June 29 because Hanoi deemed her to be spreading “propaganda against the State” under Article 88 of its Penal Code for blogging on topics such as the Formosa environmental disaster and police brutality.  Vietnam slammed another mother of two, blogger Tran Thi Nga, with nine years’ imprisonment on July 25 for creating online content related to her advocacy for migrants and victims of land grabs.

Their children may well be adults by the time these mothers are free. While serving time, prisoners miss out on major life milestones. Their parents die and their children grow up while they are the guests of the state. Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, a civil rights campaigner, was arrested in December 2015. When his father neared death in June, Dai was forbidden to see his father.

Can Thi Theu is a land rights activist. She was arrested September 2016 and is now serving 20 months in prison. In a letter smuggled out to friends, Theu explains the pressures that incarceration in Vietnam’s prisons places on individuals and families alike:

“At 9:00 am on 11 December 2016, I was escorted by the police from the Detention Center No.1, Hoa Lo prison, Hanoi to Noi Bai International Airport. At 11:30am, the plane took off. Looking out the window I saw my hometown, my village gradually fading away. I knew this was the vile revenge of the communist regime against me. They exiled me to a place that is far away from my hometown to traumatize me and to make it difficult and costly for my family to visit me.”

The authorities aim to limit family interaction. They often do not notify families of transfers from prison to prison. Sometimes they are transferred to facilities in remote, hard-to-reach areas. If family members at last arrive to meet their imprisoned loved ones, they may be turned away. They may be required to speak through a monitored phone.

Even after release from prison, life may never return to normal. Le Quoc Quan served 30 months on fabricated charges of tax evasion. Released in 2015, Quan was threatened by thugs at his private home just last month. Their message was grim: “You should focus on your family and try to protect your growing daughters; otherwise we will cause harm to them.”

Pham Minh Hoang, a mathematics professor and occasional blogger, wasn’t tried and jailed. Instead he was stripped of his Vietnamese citizenship and exiled to France. Now, his family is split up; his wife and disabled brother-in-law are trapped in Vietnam and Hoang in France with his daughter.

Exile is a relatively new tactic employed by the authorities. Catholic activist Dang Xuan Dieu has also been exiled to France, and prominent blogger Nguyen Van Hai (Dieu Cay) was exiled to the United States in 2014 as well. Tan, Ms. Lieng’s daughter, was released early from prison in September 2015 on condition that she leave Vietnam for the United States.

Conversely, countless Vietnamese activists and former political prisoners have been denied travel rights at cost to their professional and family lives. In January, former political prisoner Pham Thanh Nghien was prevented from travelling to Cambodia, where her father was receiving medical treatment. And in June, Do Ngoc Xuan Tram was barred from leaving Vietnam to visit family as well, due to alleged national security concerns. She is the sister of labor activist and former political prisoner Do Thi Minh Hanh.

All of this separation, humiliation, and pain comes back to a blog post. Or to video clips. Or to a social organization, a land protest, a labor union, or a religious demonstration. It all comes back to people speaking up, exercising their human rights. But despite all of the suffering that ensues from the repression of dissent in Vietnam and elsewhere, many activists continue to fight for the causes that impassion them. And their families? They continue to fight, too.

Can Thi Theu, the land rights activist who wrote the letter introduced above, acknowledges this proudly. Her letter from late 2016 continues on to say:

“But the revenge has completely failed. Just three days after I arrived at Gia Trung prison, my family and landless farmers from Duong Noi flew from Hanoi to visit me. Ms. Tan, Dieu Cay’s ex-wife, also traveled from Saigon to visit me. My family and chi Tan also brought me letters from Father Pham Trung Thanh, from Duong Noi’s landless farmers, and many loving messages from friends near and far, at home and abroad. I am deeply touched and feel so warm in this remote highlands area. Although I am imprisoned, I am not alone, because outside there are thousands and millions of hearts that are compassionate towards the victims of land confiscation like me.

“I know that all of you, Fathers, farmers, and communities, at home and abroad, have given me the confidence and determination to walk the next step on the path that I chose. We are determined to fight together to reclaim the land, the right to life, and the human rights of which the communist regime has deprived my family and those in similar situations.”

For Vietnam’s political prisoners and their families, life is incredibly difficult but hope remains. July 30 is the fifth anniversary of Dang Thi Kim Lieng’s self-immolation. On this date we remember and honor her fiery sacrifice, and continue to work to free prisoners of conscience and to improve the lives of activists everywhere.

Kaylee Dolen is Content Manager for the 88 Project, a blog that “shares the stories of Vietnamese activists who are persecuted because of their peaceful dissent.”