Monday, June 18, 2018

Google has removed the ability to order Uber rides from Maps on Android

Google has removed the ability to order Uber rides from Maps on Android: But really, did anyone use it?

Google+ New Favourite of Extremist Groups: Report | Technology News

Google+ New Favourite of Extremist Groups: Report | Technology News: Extremist groups appear to be migrating to Google+ to popularise their propaganda.

‘My people can’t compete’: as China’s influence grows in Pacific, so does local resentment and international worry | South China Morning Post

‘My people can’t compete’: as China’s influence grows in Pacific, so does local resentment and international worry | South China Morning Post: Locals in Papua New Guinea say their jobs are going to Chinese labourers, while international analysts worry that once they are in debt, Pacific countries will have no choice but to host China’s military

Papua New Guinea declares emergency after armed mobs torch plane and governor’s house | South China Morning Post

Papua New Guinea declares emergency after armed mobs torch plane and governor’s house | South China Morning Post: Police said crowds were angered by a court decision to dismiss a petition against a provincial governor’s 2017 election, amid concerns of corruption

Rohingya refugees revel in the new-found right to wear trousers | South China Morning Post

Rohingya refugees revel in the new-found right to wear trousers | South China Morning Post: In camps in Bangladesh, Rohingya men are shedding sarongs and slipping into jeans, now free from restrictive rules imposed on Muslims in Myanmar

Seoul says sanctions on North Korea may be eased before denuclearisation | South China Morning Post

Seoul says sanctions on North Korea may be eased before denuclearisation | South China Morning Post: South’s foreign minister appears at odds with her US counterpart, suggesting the punitive measures may be relaxed earlier than expected

Injured Cambodian ex-PM Norodom Ranariddh sent to Bangkok hospital after car crash killed wife | South China Morning Post

Injured Cambodian ex-PM Norodom Ranariddh sent to Bangkok hospital after car crash killed wife | South China Morning Post: Prince Norodom Ranariddh, 74, was heading toward Sihanoukville in southwest Cambodia on Sunday morning when a taxi travelling in the opposite direction slammed into his SUV

Tibetans Forced to Sing Songs Praising Chinese Communist Party

Tibetans Forced to Sing Songs Praising Chinese Communist Party: Heavy fines are threatened for those refusing to take part, local sources say.

Cambodia Dismisses Electoral Watchdog’s Assessment of Upcoming Ballot as Neither Free Nor Fair

Cambodia Dismisses Electoral Watchdog’s Assessment of Upcoming Ballot as Neither Free Nor Fair: Meanwhile, opposition supporters hold protests demanding Japan end its support of the election.

China Belt And Road Scheme Brings Warnings from Scientists and Environmentalists

China Belt And Road Scheme Brings Warnings from Scientists and Environmentalists: Study warns of pollution, the spread of invasive species, habitat loss, and wildlife mortality from the 70-nation development plan.

New UN Envoy Visits Myanmar’s Troubled Maungdaw Township in Rakhine State

New UN Envoy Visits Myanmar’s Troubled Maungdaw Township in Rakhine State: Christine Schraner Burgener visits a repatriation center and processing camp for Rohingya refugees who will return to the country.

Opinion | Will the Court Ever Address Gerrymandering? - The New York Times

Opinion | Will the Court Ever Address Gerrymandering? - The New York Times: In two decisions, the justices did not say whether it is constitutional to draw electoral districts so the party in power gains an edge.

Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not - The New York Times

Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not - The New York Times: Plastics and papers from dozens of American cities and towns are being dumped in landfills after China stopped recycling most “foreign garbage.”

Erdogan’s Plan to Raise a ‘Pious Generation’ Divides Parents in Turkey - The New York Times

Erdogan’s Plan to Raise a ‘Pious Generation’ Divides Parents in Turkey - The New York Times: Seeking re-election, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to leave a lasting imprint by opening thousands of religious schools, even as standards slip in public ones.

Why the Medical Research Grant System Could Be Costing Us Great Ideas - The New York Times

Why the Medical Research Grant System Could Be Costing Us Great Ideas - The New York Times: Funding is harder to find in general, and the current approach favors low-risk research and proposals by older scientists and white men.

Opinion | Fall of the American Empire - The New York Times

Opinion | Fall of the American Empire - The New York Times: Trump turns his back on everything that made us great.

Artificial trans fats, widely linked to heart disease, are officially banned - The Washington Post

Artificial trans fats, widely linked to heart disease, are officially banned - The Washington Post: U.S. food companies are -- for the most part -- no longer allowed to use trans fat, a once-popular ingredient now blamed for tens of thousands of premature deaths.

At least six people close to Trump almost certainly knew about offers from Russians of dirt on Clinton - The Washington Post

At least six people close to Trump almost certainly knew about offers from Russians of dirt on Clinton - The Washington Post: The number could be as high as 10 — including the president.

California took a radical step to fix gerrymandering. Did it work? - Washington Post

California took a radical step to fix gerrymandering. Did it work? - Washington Post: In most states, elected officials draw district lines to benefit politicians or parties. But California handed that power to ordinary citizens and other states are considering it.

The grim desperation of Kirstjen Nielsen - The Washington Post

The grim desperation of Kirstjen Nielsen - The Washington Post: She seems to have lost Trump's confidence — and will say whatever it takes to win it back.

White House falsely insists Democrats to blame for family separations, even as some in GOP urge Trump to reverse course - The Washington Post

White House falsely insists Democrats to blame for family separations, even as some in GOP urge Trump to reverse course - The Washington Post: On Twitter, the president urged lawmakers to pass a comprehensive immigration bill, while a White House spokesman accused Democrats of playing politics.

[IIAS] The Newsletter | No. 80 | Summer 2018

[IIAS] The Newsletter | No. 80 | Summer 2018

Hopes for New Era of Malaysian Free Speech Are High, but Pending - The New York Times

Hopes for New Era of Malaysian Free Speech Are High, but Pending - The New York Times: Malaysia’s new government pledged to end harsh laws restricting expression, but activists and journalists who have faced criminal charges remain wary.

Donald Trump's Twitter feed is getting more and more bizarre - CNNPolitics

Donald Trump's Twitter feed is getting more and more bizarre - CNNPolitics: It's hard to say that President Donald Trump's Twitter habits are getting stranger. After all, this is a President who has, from the start of his presidential campaign, used the social media site as among other things, a communications device, a Festivus pole and a psychologist's couch. He's attacked his own party leaders and suggested it might be time for them to quit. He's attacked a cable news anchor for allegedly receiving a facelift. He's threatened nuclear war with North Korea.

Sen. Joe Manchin, the Final Democratic Holdout, Signs Onto Bill to Stop Family Separations - The Daily Beast

Sen. Joe Manchin, the Final Democratic Holdout, Signs Onto Bill to Stop Family Separations - The Daily Beast: The conservative Democrat from West Virginia announced his support Monday.

Stephen K. Bannon has won - The Washington Post

Stephen K. Bannon has won - The Washington Post: Bannonism combines a snarling attitude toward “enemies” with contempt for democracy and respect for authoritarianism. Sound familiar?

Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering in rulings on Wisconsin, Maryland cases - The Washington Post

Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering in rulings on Wisconsin, Maryland cases - The Washington Post: The court came to a technical resolution of what had seemed to hold the promise of being a landmark decision. It leaves districts in both states intact for the midterm elections.

Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering in rulings on Wisconsin, Maryland cases - The Washington Post

Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering in rulings on Wisconsin, Maryland cases - The Washington Post: The court came to a technical resolution of what had seemed to hold the promise of being a landmark decision. It leaves districts in both states intact for the midterm elections.

Kamala Harris Calls On DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen To Resign | HuffPost

Kamala Harris Calls On DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen To Resign | HuffPost: “The government should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart."

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Malaysia seeks review of top Islamic body, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Malaysia seeks review of top Islamic body, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: Malaysia's new government wants to review the work and huge RM1.03 billion (S$348 million) annual budget of the country's most powerful Islamic agency, but needs to do so without offending the Malay-Muslim majority.. Read more at straitstimes.com.