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Wednesday, 19 July


Former Tarrant Co Elections Administrator and Former Smartmatic Manager Cursed at by Filipino Congressman Begins Job at Elections Assistance Commission "IndyWatch Feed"

It's quite a feat to have a politician call you a "son of a bitch" in a public hearing.  But then-Smartmatic representative Heider Garcia accomplished this back in 2010 in the Congress of the Philippines.  During the May 10th, 2010 elections, there was alleged issues with the Precinct Count Optical


Barbie Movie Rekindles China-Vietnam Territorial Dispute "IndyWatch Feed"

This is probably the last Barbie movie dispute that anyone expected!

Background: Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, and Brunei each claim sovereignty over all or parts of the Spratly Islands, and Vietnam, Taiwan, and China claim the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea (SCS). Vietnam has reached agreements with several of its neighbors to conduct joint exploration for oil and natural gas resources in the region. However, disputes with China are yet to be resolved. In May 2014, tensions between China and Vietnam flared following a skirmish over a Chinese oil rig that Vietnam claims was planning to illegally drill into Vietnams continental shelf. Following this dispute, tensions have escalated in the region through 2016 as Vi...


Clean me a river: Southeast Asia chokes on Mekong plastic pollution "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The marine biodiversity hotspot known as the Coal Triangle is home to more than 76% of the worlds known coral species and more than 3,000 species of fish. It sustains the livelihoods of more than 100 million people living along the coasts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Its also home to a lot of plastic. Much of the waste clogging the waters of Coral Triangle countries is the result of poor waste management at the local and national levels. But a recent study published in the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering shows that plastic also comes from much farther afield. It found that microplastics in the Mekong River in mainland Southeast Asia are spreading to the densely populated coasts of the archipelagic countries of the Philippines and Indonesia. As the region hosts some of the richest fauna and flora on the planet, experts say these findings show that cooperation between Southeast Asian nations is crucial to reduce the harm done to marine life and the communities that depend on aquatic resources. Trajectory of the plastic drift from the Mekong River in 15 months, according to a recent simulation.  The green dots show the initial location of plastic waste, blue dots show plastic still in motion, and red dots show plastic that has been stranded on shore. Image courtesy of Nguyen et al. (2023). Earth, wind and water The Mekong River provides livelihoods to about 1.3 billion people, but is also oneThis article was originally published on Mongabay

Tuesday, 18 July


PM Marape directs all fisheries catches to be processed in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has issued a directive stating that all fisheries catches must be processed in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for export, rather than being sent overseas.

This directive follows the signing of a memorandum-of-understanding (MOU) between RD Fishing Group (RDFG) of the Philippines and the PNG Government on Friday, July 14, 2023.

Covering an extended reef system and extensive coastline, Papua New Guineas Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) spans 2.4 million square kilometres, making it the largest in the South Pacific. The country accounts for approximately 18 percent of the worlds tuna catch and controls around 15 percent of the global tuna trade, with an estimated value between US$4-US$5 billion (K13.3-K16.9 billion).

PM Marape directs all fisheries catches to be processed in PNG

However, the majority of this catch is currently processed overseas, depriving the country of significant benefits from its maritime resources.

I will soon issue notice to all fishing companies operating within our waters that, under our Domestication Policy, all catches must be brought back inshore and processed in the country, stated Prime Minister Marape.

He further emphasised, There will be no unmarked ships in our waters, no high-seas fish transfers to overseas motherships, and all fishing vessels in our territorial waters will be equipped with cameras to monitor their catches. Processing of our fish in-country must be implemented within the next four years.

Prime Minister Marape speaking to media after signing of the MOU.-PMS OFFICE MEDIA

The MOU was signed by RDFG Chairman Ronnel Rivera, National Fisheries Authority (NFA) Managing Director Justin Ilakini, Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH) Managing Director Dr. David Kavanamur, and International Trade and Investment Secretary Jacinta Warakai-Manua. Ministers for International Trade and Investment, Hon. Richard Maru; State Enterprises, Hon. William Duma; and...


The Umbilical Cord Connects People: A Story from Teduray "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Umbilical Cord Connects People: A Story from Teduray

Diana Mon, 07/17/2023 - 23:17
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"Na ang buhay ng batang isinilang ay maging kasing tatag at kasing tibay nga punungkahoy at kagubatn at higit salahat ay lumaki ang bata na nakaugat sa lupa."
May the child that is born grow as strong and sturdy as the tree and the forest where it grows, and be rooted to the earth. 
Teduray Prayer 

The Teduray are an Indigenous People who live in Maguindanao Province, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. Teduray Peoples have a tradition that when a baby is born, the umbilical cord is placed in a biton (basket) and hung on a tree branch. The bearer of the cord whispers to the tree a prayer that the child being born may grow as strong and sturdy as the tree and the forest where it grows, and as rooted to the earth. This practice also known as semedang fused, the umbilic...


Monsoon floods hit Metro Manila, Philippines "IndyWatch Feed World"

Several areas in Valenzuela and Malabon experienced flooding due to continuous heavy rainfall brought by the southwest monsoon since Saturday morning. In Valenzuela, residents were evacuated from Barangay Viente Reales before noon on Saturday but were allowed to return a few hours later. Floodwaters along the Viente Reales bypass road reached six to eight inches deep on Saturday but subsided yesterday, according to the city government's disaster risk reduction and management office (DRRMO).


July 17 - US Army Replacing White Males "IndyWatch Feed"


(l. Gen. Charles Q Brown Jr.)

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Organized Jewry told us discrimination is "racist." This was just a ploy to discriminate against whites and replace them with their grateful minority agents. 

Next Joint Chiefs Chairman Wants White Male Officers To Be A Minority

"Last year, Brown, alongside Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones, the first gay and Filipino woman in her role, and other leaders, signed their names to one of the most shocking and destructive racist documents ever produced by the modern military.

The topic of the Air Force memorandum was officer quotas set by race and gender.

Similar quotas had been issued by political appointees in a politically correct military, but they had focused on slowly boosting minority officers rather than calling for a purge of white men.

The 2014 quotas had looked for an 80 percent white, 10 percent black, and 8 percent Asian officer corps. While choosing officers by any racial category rather than merit is racist, wrong, and illegal under civil rights legislation, this fell short of Brown's proposed racist purge.

Brown's quotas limit the number of white officers to 67% and cut white men down to 43%.
Bill Slashing $1 Billion (9%) From FBI Budget Advances in House

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