Don’t be fooled by North Korean charm

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI’m appalled at recent articles from the New York Times printed in The Gazette, and similar stories from CNN and NBC, which treat North Korea as a normal nation and Kim Yo Jong as charming. North Korea may be the worst place on Earth, thanks to Kim Yo Jong and her brother. I lived in Seoul for a year and recently traveled back there, and I follow Korean politics. It’s difficult to summarize how the tragic history tears at the hearts of the Korean people. Koreans are one people, yet a significant fraction of them live in an Orwellian dictatorship in North Korea, where people suffer with diseases that would be easily treatable in South Korea, where hospitals often have no running water, where people even starve to death — except for the few who live like Kim Yo Jong. Even friends of the dictator sometimes fall out of favor and are brutally murdered (his own aunt and uncle). You may read the shocking tales of defectors, if you have a strong stomach. Those suffering are the close relatives of the free people of the democratic South.As for South Korea, current president Moon Jae-In (whose name, appropriately, is a homonym of problem person) won the recall election with 41 percent of the vote because the opposition split votes amongst several candidates. He has always been a strong proponent of closer ties to the brutal dictatorship. This “reunification at any cost” cry may resonate with college students and some others, but not with those who remember the horrible invasion of South Korea by Kim Jong-Eun’s (and Kim Yo Jong’s) grandfather and its aftermath. The entire nation suffered under Japanese occupation, and suffering was prolonged for all by the actions of the North. Sadly, for those in the North, it continues to this day, despite the ludicrous charm offensive.As terrible as the news coverage of Kim Yo Jong has been, it’s matched by the outrageous comment of NBC’s “Asia expert” Joshua Cooper Ramo about “every” Korean respecting Japan. But that’s another story.James T. OrrNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Monday, June 24

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAOC, climate change case deserve respectIn response to Ray Weidman’s June 12 letter, “Don’t believe Dems’ climate change scam,” climate change has been occurring for “thousands” of years. However, to call it a “scam” by Democrats is an ignorant conspiracy theory not backed by fact.Climate change is substantiated by scientific data, although its impact is debatable amongst the experts in the field.Mr. Weidman’s insult of “AOC” is unfounded, also. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a remarkable individual who has numerous accomplishments. She should not be identified as just “a bartender.”According to her biography, in high school, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez came in second in the microbiology research project at MIT. In honor of her efforts, MIT named a small asteroid after her.In both high school and college, she received honors, fellowships and positions of distinction.During college, she was also an intern for Sen.  Kennedy working with immigration/foreign affairs issues.She graduated cum laude from Boston University majoring in international relations and economics.After college, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez held many professional positions. She started a publishing company. In addition, she worked 18-hour shifts as a bartender/waitress to save the family home from foreclosure after her father died.There are more reasons why Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was elected to the position she now holds. She, along with the topic of climate change, deserve respect.We should not “catch the Trump plague” of name calling, degradation and conspiracies before the facts.Karen A. ZimmersNiskayunaNisky must address political attacksI moved to Niskayuna with my family in 2001 and have fallen in love with our beloved community. Unfortunately, the political attacks during the last two local school board elections have made me sick.In 2015, some bad actors launched a vicious attack on three school board candidates, through an anonymous website and mailer. In 2019, a very similar anonymous mailer attacked another school board candidate. And most recently, we learned about fraudulent, political Facebook advertisements.I’m not disputing the outcomes of any election. But I’m very concerned about these events.Anonymous political attacks are dishonest and wrong. They undermine healthy political discourse and violate the intent of the New York State Fair Campaign Law. They are toxic to our community and our faith in fair and transparent elections.Our town is under attack by what is probably a very small group of dishonest and cowardly bad actors. I ask our elected local officials to consider the following:1. Revise the Town of Niskayuna Code of Ethics to make it clear that these types of anonymous and vile political attacks are not acceptable. And empower the Niskayuna Ethics Panel to investigate and enforced this rule;2. Pass a new town law to make anonymous political attacks in all local elections (including school board elections) illegal and punishable by the criminal code;3. File a claim with local law enforcement to investigate the fraudulent, political Facebook advertisements.Jon LemelinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

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Option to tax to be reviewed

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Syndicate snaps up £185m Victoria investment deal

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Developers forum: The voice of London

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DETR lease proposals worry institutions

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PREMIUM Indonesia races against time for 2020 London Book Fair

first_imgForgot Password ? #LondonBookFair London-Book-Fair Literature #literature books #books Indonesia #Indonesia National-Book-Committee Tourism-and-Creative-Economy-Ministry Google Log in with your social account Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Indonesia has less than a month to prepare for the prestigious London Book Fair (LBF), as the government only recently made the decision confirming its participation.The 2020 LBF will be held from March 10 to 12 at the Olympia exhibition center in London. More than 25,000 publishers, booksellers, librarians and literary agents from over 100 countries are set to attend the fair, making it the second-biggest exhibition after the Frankfurt Book Fair.Indonesia has participated in the event since 2015 with the help of the National Book Committee (KBN) under the Education and Culture Ministry. In 2018, the now-defunct creative economy agency (Bekraf) took the lead after Indonesia was chosen to be the market focus at the book fair.Bekraf, however, was merged into the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry in a Cabinet restructuring last October, with a number of senior ministry offic… Topics :last_img read more

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PREMIUM Omnibus bill has authoritarian bent: Lawmakers, experts

first_imgLog in with your social account Facebook Linkedin President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is planning to expand his power through the omnibus bill on job creation, as the bill would grant him the authority to create and revoke laws simply by issuing government regulations to resolve businesspeople’s complaints.Article 170 of the draft law, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, stipulates that the government can consult with House of Representatives leaders in devising such regulations. The omnibus bill, submitted to the House for deliberation last week, would also give the president the authority to revoke provincial and regency/city-level bylaws as well as gubernatorial and regency/mayoral regulations that contradict government regulations by issuing presidential regulations.Lawmakers at the House and experts say such provisions, if approved, would weaken the House’s legislative function, as … Topics : executive investment-climate power authoritarian House authoritarian-leadership Jokowi bylaws omnibus investment Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Googlelast_img read more

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Govt to airlift home 68 Indonesian crew members of Diamond Princess cruise ship

first_imgAfter a week of mulling over the best course of action, the government has made the decision to repatriate 68 Indonesian crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan.Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said 68 out of the 78 Indonesian citizens on the cruise ship would be taken home by air, without specifying whether they would be flown out in a commercial or military airplane.“What is important now is [the evacuation] would be carried out using an aircraft. The evacuation will occur after we coordinate over the time of the evacuation with the Japanese government,” the minister said in his office on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com. Family member shows a picture of their son Dimas Wahyu Pratama who is still aboard the Diamond Princess in Need, Mojosongo, Boyolali, Central Java, Wednesday (2/26/2020). (Antara/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho )Two Indonesian crew members who were declared healthy chose to stay in Japan, while the eight who tested positive for the coronavirus were still under treatment in Japan.Read also: Coronavirus: Indonesian citizens aboard Diamond Princess to be put in 28-day quarantine after returning homeForeign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said initially that nine people tested positive. However, she later confirmed that authorities found that one of the nine had in fact tested negative, meaning only eight Indonesians aboard the ship were infected. “The evacuation is voluntary. If our citizens decide to stay there, we cannot force them to be evacuated,” Retno said.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said the 68 Indonesians would be quarantined on the largely uninhabited Sebaru Island in Thousand Islands regency, Jakarta, upon returning to Indonesia.Aerial photo of Sebaru Kecil Island in the Thousand Islands, Jakarta, Monday (2/26/2020). (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)The island will hold in quarantine 188 Indonesian crew members of the World Dream cruise ship, which suspended its operations after docking in Hong Kong and spending days in quarantine at the Kai Tak Cruise terminal earlier this month.The crew was picked up by the Dr. Soeharso naval hospital ship in the Durian Strait, Karimun, Riau Islands, on Wednesday afternoon and transported to Sebaru Island for observation.“They [Diamond Princess crew] will be put on the same island [as the World Dream crew]. However, the quarantine zones and buildings will be separated,” Terawan said.Read also: BNPB promises better facilities for quarantined World Dream crew membersThe government has been in discussions with its Japanese counterpart regarding the technicalities of the evacuation. The Indonesian government previously said evacuating citizens from the Diamond Princess would risk the spread of infection.“[We are] being careful and considering [the possible consequences] in handling the situation. We cannot be pressured or in a hurry […] All decisions must be thought out carefully,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Wednesday.Japanese authorities quarantined the 3,711 passengers and crew members of the Diamond Princess for two weeks from Feb. 5. By the time the quarantine was over 14 days later, 634 of those aboard tested positive for the coronavirus.Before the decision to repatriate the Indonesians aboard the Diamond Princess was announced, the crew members had expressed hope that the government would airlift them home to prevent any further chance of infection. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

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PREMIUM Indigenous peoples see Jokowi’s omnibus bill as threat to their land

first_imgLog in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ? Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Police arrested two men in February for allegedly vandalizing heavy equipment belonging to a logging company operating in a forest on Seram Island, in the eastern province of Maluku.They joined 24 other indigenous Sabuai people who were arrested the previous week for similar offenses as they tried to stop CV Sumber Berkat Makmur from felling trees on what they claimed to be their tribal land, in the vicinity of historic sites in eastern Seram.The Maluku Forestry Agency defends the company, claiming it has licenses for both logging and cultivating the area.However, the Sabuai people dispute this.“This forest and mountain are part of our land. How can we give them up to be exploited?” community chief Nicko Ahwalam asked.This is one of many ongoing conflicts pitting indigenous people against the government and corporations over land rights.The Indige… land-conflicts indigenous-people indigenous-people-rights customary-forest Maluku Halmahera AMAN forest Jokowi Topics :last_img read more

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