HKFP Lens: Indonesia’s Toraja, the land celebrating the living dead – Part 2

Torajans and tourists attend the funeral service to honour a dead person from an elite class in Tana Toraja. The festivities here are on a much grander scale and more extravagant. Photo: Ayesha Sitara. Tau taus in front of graves of elite persons in Tana Toraja. These are wooden effigies sculpted to resemble the dead person and placed outside their family
| Community & Education, HKFP Lens, Indonesia

China’s ailing economy under spotlight as leader Xi Jinping and top officials to meet

China’s President Xi Jinping (second left) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 10, 2024. Photo: Vincent Thian/Pool/AFP. Tiananmen Square, Beijing. File photo: Jason Reibold, via Flickr. A billboard of Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen, China. File Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Growth figures expected New drives for notebooks rolls off of China’s factory lines. File photo: Robert Scoble, via Flickr CC2.0.
| Business, China, Community & Education

India-Russia ties take a quantum leap in the fog of Ukraine war

The lodestar of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on July 8-9, it must be the disclosure by the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration in the Kremlin Maxim Oreshkin that the two leaders discussed the topic of cash payments with the use of cards of national payment systems as an important element of
| Newswire, President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Booming Turkish TV drama industry captures hearts, boosts tourism

Under the sweltering Turkish sun, tourists wander through sets that recreate Ottoman and Byzantine-era castles, take selfies with actors in traditional Ottoman costumes and watch horseback stunt performances. Among them is Riia Toivanen, 22, a devoted fan of Turkish television drama who traveled to Istanbul from Finland with her mother to delve into the realm of her beloved shows.
| Arts & Life

Herise's specialty is inner Aegean cuisine

We were introduced to Asude and Bahadır at their tiny little restaurant, Herise, where they handled everything themselves, and we were impressed by their work. Their newly opened establishment is truly top-notch, from its exquisite decor to its meticulous service. Whether you try their keşkek (or kashkak) or Tire meatballs, every dish promises a memorable culinary experience that will linger
| Arts & Life

HKFP Lens: Indonesia’s Toraja, the land celebrating the living dead – Part 1

The welcoming party to a buffalo sacrifice as part of funeral rituals in Tana Toraja. Photo: Ayesha Sitara. A wife sits beside her dead husband’s coffin in her bedroom in Tana Toraja. He has been dead for ten months and continues to live with her as she has not yet sacrificed a buffalo in his honour. Photo: Ayesha Sitara. A buffalo
| Community & Education, HKFP Lens, Indonesia

Chris Hedges – The Old Evil

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of show The Chris Hedges
| Geopolitics, Article, Chris Hedges

Caitlin Johnstone – The Mainstream Worldview Is A Mass-Produced Artificial Psychosis

Caitlin Johnstone is a reader-supported independent journalist from Melbourne, Australia. Her political writings can be found on Medium. Articles are re-posted from Caitlins Newsletter. My work is entirely reader-supported, so if you enjoyed this piece here are some options where you can toss some money into my tip jar if you want to. Go here to find video versions of my articles. Go
| Fake News, Media, Media Influence

Germans want to live with US nuclear-capable missiles under their armpits. Do they?

The United States will deploy ground-based Tomahawk missile systems in Germany that will be capable of reaching Moscow. The Russian moratorium has been ignored, and Germany needs to prepare for nuclear war. US returns nuclear missiles to Germany The United States and Germany have agreed to place "long-range American weapons” at German military bases, according to a joint statement released from
| World

Senegal’s fishing vessel list declared a ‘leap forward’ for transparency

Senegal shows its hand Recommended Artisanal seine-net fishing near Kafountine on Senegal’s coast. Some fishers want the government to investigate who ultimately owns each of the fishing boats registered in Senegal (Image © Clément Tardif / Greenpeace) Shedding light on West Africa’s fleet Recommended This is a crucial step in preserving our marine resources and supporting the livelihoods that depend on themMuhammed Hydara, Gambia Environmental
| Ocean, Fisheries, Livelihoods

How ARISE IIP is Africa’s partner in progress

Raw Material Services (RMS To improve the supply of raw materials and ensure the sourcing of traceable and legally verifiable raw materials. Logistic Services (LS To operate the logistics infrastructures and services, and create a marketplace adapted to the various local contexts. Industrial Zone (IZ To develop and prepare land plot commercialization, and build common infrastructure for industries. Operations & Maintenance (O&M To
| Advertorial

Jonathan Cook – Why the news media’s job is to groom us

Jonathan Cook is the author of three books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and a winner of the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His website and blog can be found at www.jonathan-cook.net Tribal camps Immersed in propaganda Different narratives Swaying readers Skewed priorities If you appreciate my articles, please consider hitting a donate button (left for Paypal, right for GoCardless
| Fake News, Geopolitics, Media

How China’s most ‘futuristic’ city restored its mangroves

Shenzhen Bay is a crucial stop-off point for migratory birds using the East Asian-Australasian flyway (Graphic: Harry Zhang / Dialogue Earth) Historical ecological decline The view from Hong Kong’s Lok Ma Chau in 1979. Across the river, what will become the city of Shenzhen is still just fields (Image: John Holmes / Alamy) The same view today shows the rapid pace of urbanisation,
| Nature, Ocean, Biodiversity

Analysis: Al Qaeda expands its network of training camps in Afghanistan

The United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team reports that Al Qaeda is operating training camps in two new Afghan provinces: Kandahar and Takhar. The terrorist group now operates training camps in 12 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Additionally, the Monitoring Team notes that Al Qaeda “still uses Afghanistan as a permissive haven under the Taliban.”
| Long War Journal, Afghan Taliban, Afghanistan

Online MERICS Media Briefing: The CCP's long awaited Third Plenum

Online MERICS Media Briefing: The CCP's long awaited Third Plenum Christine_Krüger Thu, 07/11/2024 - 13:31 Video Jul 11, 2024 2 min read Online MERICS Media Briefing: The CCP's long awaited Third Plenum Media Contact Related content about Party and State The Third Plenum and debates about China’s economy, with Kristin Shi-Kupfer and Katja Drinhausen Podcast Jul 05, 2024 China’s 2024 Third Plenum: Great
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Rekindling the Old Love Affair: Can Trump Save Netanyahu?

Trump’s politics is abashedly Machiavellian. During his only term in office between 2017 and 2021, he served the role of the American genie, granting Israel’s every wish. – Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of six books. His latest book, co-edited with Ilan Pappé, is “Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian
| Articles, Commentary, Editorials

Brazil races to launch carbon market ahead of COP30

Indigenous women take part in an annual demonstration in front of Brazil’s congress, April 2023. Traditional communities’ lands have been targeted by overseas companies for carbon credit deals in the Amazon, causing concern among authorities and activists (Image: Ana Pessoa / Mídia NINJA, CC BY-NC) High potential, big gaps A firefighter in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The country’s emissions from deforestation
| Climate, Carbon emissions, Carbon markets

35 Hong Kong athletes to compete in 13 events at 2024 Paris Olympics

A flag presentation ceremony that reveals the Hong Kong delegation of 35 athletes to the Paris Olympics is held on July 9, 2024. Photo: GovHK. Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung in the men’s foil individual event at the Hangzhou Asian Games on September 24, 2023. File photo: Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China. Siobhan Haughey wins silver at
| Hong Kong, Sport, Edgar Cheung

Seán Hanley, Licia Cianetti – What Eastern Europe can teach us about threats to democracy

Seán Hanley is an Associate Professor in Comparative Central and East European Politics at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, Licia Cianetti is a Lecturer in Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, where she is also deputy director of the Centre for Elections, Democracy, Accountability and Representation (CEDAR). Not going the Latin American
| National Politics, Political Parties, Article

India's Modi faces criticism in the West for his bear hugs with Putin

Volodymyr Zelensky was furious to see Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi talking to each other as long-time friends. The West was dumbfounded at the new trend — foreign countries no longer take the Ukrainian crisis into their account when it comes to relations with Russia. Modi refuses to take "moral stance” on Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his opinion about the Russia-India
| World

Climate litigation can power China’s low-carbon transition

Landmark cases shape global legal landscape Protests outside the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, in April 2024. The court found the Swiss government responsible for inadequate efforts to reduce carbon emissions (Image: Pascal Bastien / Associated Press / Alamy) Climate mitigation and adaptation, the difference China’s unique position in climate litigation Legal transformation in China empowers climate litigators Recommended The role of environmental
| Justice, Climate, Civil society

Keir Starmer, “Israel’s” Closest British PM

Islam Times - The British Labor Party scored over the past week a major victory over the Conservative Party. It gained two-thirds of the British House of Commons while the number of seats of the Conservative Party declined to less than 120, which is below a quarter of the House members. This victory was led by Keir Starmer, a British
| UK

Israel Assesses Hamas – Resistance Roundup – Day 276

As far as its military buildup is concerned, the Israeli army believes that Hamas has managed to rehabilitate tunnels in the Khan Yunis area and that its tunnels in central Gaza remain largely intact. In his first appearance in weeks, Abu Obeida, the military spokesman for the Al-Qassam Brigades, said that all 24 battalions of the Resistance are in very
| Blog, News, gaza

David Hearst – How Hamas lured Israel into a lethal trap

David Hearst is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. He is a commentator and speaker on the region and analyst on Saudi Arabia. He was the Guardian’s foreign leader writer, and was correspondent in Russia, Europe, and Belfast. He joined the Guardian from The Scotsman, where he was education correspondent. Picture by Alex Proimos Dam burst Predicting the future Brothers again A major regional
| Geopolitics, Article, David Hearst

GAZA LIVE BLOG: Resistance Recruits Thousands | Netanyahu’s New Conditions | Haaretz: Hannibal Directive – Day 275

A Likud official said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may not proceed with ceasefire talks if they lead to early elections. This statement confirms the results of yesterday’s poll in Israel where the majority of Israelis believe that Netanyahu’s actions in Gaza are motivated by personal concerns. Meanwhile, Israel continued to bomb Palestinians throughout the Strip, including schools, refugee encampments
| Blog, News, Slider

Peter Ramsay, Philip Cunliffe – Rule of the Void

Peter Ramsay is Professor of Law at the London School of Economics. He is also one of the founding editors of The Northern Star Philip Cunliffe is Associate Professor of International Relations · UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR). He is also one of the founding editors of The Northern Star This article originally appeared at The Northern Star Labour in government There
| Austerity, Economics, Finance

‘Lithium valley’: Brazil’s latest mining hotspot stirs local concerns

Dreams of lithium Minas Gerais governor Romeu Zema takes a selfie with the first batch of Brazilian lithium to be sent for export. In July 2023, 15,000 tonnes of the mineral were shipped from the port of Vitória in Espírito Santo state (Image: Cristiano Machado / Imprensa MG) Questions over planning Recommended Foreign firms advance in Brazil Recommended Dust, noise and cracks A lithium processing plant in
| Justice, Energy transition, Lithium

‘Lithium valley’: Brazil’s latest mining hotspot stirs local concerns

Dreams of lithium Minas Gerais governor Romeu Zema takes a selfie with the first batch of Brazilian lithium to be sent for export. In July 2023, 15,000 tonnes of the mineral were shipped from the port of Vitória in Espírito Santo state (Image: Cristiano Machado / Imprensa MG) Questions over planning Recommended Foreign firms advance in Brazil Recommended Dust, noise and cracks A lithium processing plant in
| Uncategorized, Energy transition, Lithium

Early Signs of the Failure of American Global Power?

Wherever he travels globally, President Biden has sought to project the United States as the rejuvenated leader of a broad coalition of democratic nations seeking to defend the “rules-based international order” against encroachments by hostile autocratic powers, especially China, Russia, and North Korea. “We established NATO, the greatest military alliance in the history of the world,” he told veterans of
| War & Peace, Surveillance, United Kingdom

Europe needs swift action in regulating data-gathering smart cars

Europe needs swift action in regulating data-gathering smart cars H.Seidl Fri, 07/05/2024 - 14:33 picture alliance / NurPhoto | Joan Cros Comment Jul 08, 2024 5 min read Europe needs swift action in regulating data-gathering smart cars Smart cars are data-gathering sources and hacking targets Europe needs to move fast to avoid a 5G-like debacle Author(s) Wendy Chang Analyst Author(s) Wendy Chang Analyst
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Advocates act against Guinea’s repression of the media

With this protest in Dakar – where the Guinean media’s problems are a concern for everyone – we wanted to remind the Guinean minister of information and communication, whom we met in Conakry three months ago, that RSF will not give up. It is unacceptable that six media outlets are being censored, that nearly 1,000 professionals found themselves out of work
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The bogus African National Congress-derived political credentials of Andrew Feinstein—Part 2

An invaluable asset in making a political appraisal of Feinstein is his own self-aggrandising account of his time in the ANC, After the Party—leading up to his removal as chair of a subcommittee of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee in July 2001—his resignation and then quitting South Africa for the UK.
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CURRENT WORLD EVENTS–UPDATES & ADDITIONS

20240624_073856 Israeli army probe finds multiple cases of friendly fire on October 7 Inquisition Redux at the Vatican 2013: the Globalist Coup that took the Catholic Church Indian leader is not American ‘Modi operandi’ and that’s a problem for Washington Sifting Through the Debris of Another Failed Coup in Latin America Bolivia: the coup did not fail; it is still being prepared A Battle for Venezuela’s Future https://sputnikglobe.com/20240701/zelenskys-new-plan-possible-first-step-to-negotiations—analyst-1119212527.html Ukraine
| Foreign policy

Armenia ready for strategic partnership with US — PM

According to Nikol Pashinyan, "Armenia greatly values the role of the United States in the peace-building process in our region and deeply appreciates the US support for the sovereignty, independence, democracy, territorial integrity and inviolability of the borders of the Republic of Armenia in accordance with the 1991 Alma-Ata Declaration"
| World

Sharon Revisited: Netanyahu’s Ultimate Aim in Gaza and Why It Will Fail

The current generation of Gazans is empowered and fearless. Its ongoing resistance is only a reflection of a popular reawakening throughout Palestine. – Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of six books. His latest book, co-edited with Ilan Pappé, is “Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak out”.
| Articles, Commentary, Editorials

Sam Pizzigati – A Practical Prescription for Taxing Our World’s Richest

Sam Pizzigati writes on inequality for the Institute for Policy Studies. His latest book: The Case for a Maximum Wage (Polity). Among his other books on maldistributed income and wealth: The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970 (Seven Stories Press). Picture by Thomas Hawk
| Inequality, Tax, Article

The bogus African National Congress-derived political credentials of Andrew Feinstein—Part 1

Feinstein’s political credentials stand or fall firstly on his membership of the African National Congress during the struggle against apartheid, and secondly on his role as a crusader against corruption that began with him opposing an ANC arms deal involving high level government corruption, the political basis for which he offers no explanation.
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Muzzling the dogs of war: The time to stop the madness is now

It may be time to think the unthinkable: all the signs are pointing to the West preparing to launch a proper war in Europe. Once started it could bring, for the first time in living memory, millions of Western civilians into uniform and see the cities of the West attacked. Preposterous? Jumping the Shark? Listen to what the leaders in
| Newswire, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Russia-Ukraine War

The U.S. Strategic Miscalculation with India in the 2nd Cold War

The current Sinophobia in the 2nd Cold War between the U. S. and China has contributed to the 2nd strategic mistake that the U. S. is making by allying with India against China (without examining thoroughly its long-term consequences) -- just as the U. S. made the 1st strategic mistake by aligning with China against the U. S. S.R. in
| Opinion

North Carolina Democrats strike three campaigns from the ballot, including Cornel West and RFK Jr.

In three 3-2 party line votes last week, Democratic members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections upheld complaints brought by a Democratic Party Super PAC and voted to block ballot access for three parties; We the People Party, Justice for All Party and Constitution Party of North Carolina.
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Kanye West in Moscow: Black caviar on Red Square with Gosha Rubchinsky

US rapper Kanye West (Ye) made a surprise visit to Moscow to congratulate a friend of his, fashion designer Gosha Rubchinsky on his birthday. Rubchinsky heads West's Yeezy brand. The US musician walked around the capital, had black caviar at Beluga restaurant and took a ride with friends on a luxury yacht. The American rapper arrived at Vnukovo-3 airport on a
| Society

The SCO faces rewards and risks as it admits Belarus

The SCO faces rewards and risks as it admits Belarus H.Seidl Mon, 07/01/2024 - 15:23 picture alliance / Anadolu | Meiramgul Kussainova Comment Jul 02, 2024 5 min read The SCO faces rewards and risks as it admits Belarus Enlargement sought to increase the organization’s geopolitical presence Not all member states want to choose sides between China and the US Author(s) Eva Seiwert
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Tahreek-e-Taliban, a Bone of Contention in Taliban-Pakistan Relationship

Islam Times - While after Taliban's takeover of power in Afghanistan its relations were predicted to be intimate with Pakistan, the course of developments shows that the two neighbors are increasingly heading to confrontation. Amid escalating tensions between Kabul and Islamabad recently over security issues, Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif warned that his country will not hesitate to attack positions
| Afghanistan

Covid-19 left a deadly legacy, but poverty plays a prime role in growing disease burden – including in Hong Kong

People wearing face masks in Central. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP. Children at a Covid-19 vaccination centre. Photo: GovHK. Secretary for Health Lo Chung-mau receiving a winter flu vaccine on September 22, 2022, after getting a Covid-19 jab on his other arm. Photo: Almond Li/HKFP. A restaurant in Hong Kong under the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: GovHK. Children playing at a kindergarten. Photo: Kyle
| Environment & Health, Opinion, Covid-19

Explainer: Hong Kong’s national security crackdown – month 48

Hong Kong passports. File photo: GovHK. Passports of 6 ‘fugitives’ cancelled First people charged under Article 23 China and Hong Kong flags in Hong Kong. File photo: GovHK. Foreign judges quit city’s top court Former Court of Final Appeal judges Jonathan Sumption (left) and Lawrence Collins. Photo: GovHK and Wikicommons. Mitigation begins in Hong Kong 47 case Police outside the West Kowloon Law
| HKFP Reports, Hong Kong, Law & Crime

A Rebel’s Guide to the Gig Economy: All 11 episodes & transcript

Episode 1: What is the gig economy? Episode 2: Why are gig workers paid per task? Episode 3: What is the algorithm? Episode 4: Are gig workers their ‘own boss’? Episode 5: Is gig work really ‘flexible’? Episode 6: Is the gig economy really a “godsend” for women? Episode 7: Is the gig economy good for migrants and ethnic minorities? Episode 8: What makes platforms powerful? Episode 9:
| Gig Economy, A Rebel's Guide to the Gig Economy, Article

GAZA LIVE BLOG: Israel’s Doomsday Weapon | Lapid: Netanyahu Will Fail | Fierce Fighting in Shejaiya – Day 267

According to a new poll published by Channel 21, 66 percent of Israelis believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should leave political life and not run in the upcoming elections. Israeli forces carried out new massacres in Gaza, targeting and burning tents of displaced Palestinians in the Al-Mawasi area. The Iranian mission to the United Nations said that launching a comprehensive military
| Blog, News, Slider

Guiltless Night – A Poem (Dedicated to Majed Abu Marahel)

Long-distance runner Majed Abu Marahel, the first Palestinian to compete at the Olympics in 1996, died in Gaza on Tuesday due to Israel’s inhumane blockade on medication and the destruction of Gaza’s healthcare system. — The Palestine Chronicle, June 16, 2024 Bombs from the sky, one way to kill— a pilot and crew return knowing the slaughter. Bullets flock from an automatic weapon— a gunner
| Articles, Features, gaza