Southeast Asia

Duterte defiant in ‘crimes against humanity’

Both UN human rights experts and Amnesty International are accusing¬†Philippine President Rodrigo¬†Duterte of “crimes against humanity” in his drug war.¬†Calls¬†for an international investigation were endorsed by a vote of the UN Human Rights Council. But Duterte remains intransigent and¬†refuses to recognize the¬†International¬†Criminal Court. Amid growing international scruitny, his police killed a three-year-old girl in a drug raid. Duterte’s former¬†police chief, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, now a political ally in the Senate,¬†dismissed the incident with the comment “Shit happens,” fueling further outrage.¬†(Photo via Rappler)

Planet Watch

Will world war be October surprise?

Will an "October surprise" in the prelude to the mid-term elections in the US be the outbreak of world war—that is, direct superpower conflict? Things are escalating fast on the frontlines with both of the United States' major imperial rivals. The US Navy's Pacific Fleet is preparing to carry out a "global show of force" as a warning to China, after a near-skirmish between a US warship and a Chinese destroyer in the disputed South China Sea. Meanwhile, NATO is planning to conduct its largest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, Trident Juncture 2018, along Norway's border wth Russia. This comes as Washington and Moscow are odds over missile deployments, accusing each other of violating the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. (Image: Lockheed Martin)