CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE Week of 25 of November – 5 of December 2016

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CALD NEWS YOU CAN USE

Week of 25 of November – 5 of December 2016

Robredo: Naive to Separate Economic Freedom and Human Rights

In an international conference on Economic Freedom and Human Rights in Business, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo further accentuated that economic liberty is a human right.
http://www.fnf.org.ph/news/fnfnews.php?id=204&article=Robredo:_Naive_to_Separate_Economic_Freedom_and_Human_Rights

“Globalization connects people to each other, but it also isolates us from one other. We have to look more closely at how we can make democracy a platform especially for those in the periphery to be heard,” said Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, who is also the new president of the Liberal Party of the Philippines.
http://www.fnf.org.ph/news/fnfnews.php?id=203&article=Pangilinan:
_Democracy_is_Hard_Work

The EU can become an “empire of the good” after Donald Trump’s shock election to the White House, according to Guy Verhofstadt.
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/guy-verhofstadt-eu-will-be-empire-good-opposition-donald-trumps-america-1593862

Maria Chin Abdullah, the chairperson of Bersih 2.0, is a widely respected, veteran activist now languishing in solitary confinement
http://time.com/4579854/malaysia-bersih-protests-leader-maria-chin-abdullah/

The acting president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party plans to continue boycotting the National Assembly, but other party members are free to attend the parliamentary body’s plenary session on Tuesday, CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann told RFA’s Khmer Service on Monday.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/kem-skoha-plans-11212016144659.html

Myanmar has for a long time grappled with political issues, but state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said it is now looking to Singapore and the business community to help the country on the economic front.
http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/aung-san-suu-kyi-calls-for-close-economic-ties-with-singapore-in-official-visit

Vice President Leni Robredo has announced that she is resigning from the President’s Cabinet.
http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/12/04/vp-leni-robredo-resigns-cabinet.html

ON THE eighth floor in a gritty suburapb of the capital, Taipei, sits the ten-year-old Wei-ming temple, a Taoist house of worship—but an unusual one. Nearly all the visitors buying bundles of prayers or bringing handwritten ones of their own to be burnt by the priest at the altar are gay. The deity receiving the prayers, and to whom the shrine is dedicated, is the Rabbit Spirit, a 17th-century folk deity from Fujian province in mainland China who protects men who have sex with men. In late imperial China, “rabbit” became a derogatory term for homosexual. In this temple the rabbits are reclaiming the label.
http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21711096-it-would-be-first-country-asia-legalise-it-taiwan-debates-gay-marriage

Thailand’s new monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn led prayers for his late father on Friday, his first appearance at Bangkok’s Grand Palace since he was officially appointed the day before after a seven-week delay.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/850063/new-thai-king-leads-prayers-for-late-father

CALD News You Can Use
November 25 – December 2 2016

FRIEDRICH NAUMANN FOUNDATION FOR FREEDOM
PHL ranks 101st in 2016 Human Freedom Index
November 30 2016
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story
/590697/news/nation/phl-ranks-101st-in-
2016-human-freedom-index

BURMA
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Visit Singapore
http://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/
daw-aung-san-suu-kyi-to-
visit-singapore.html

INDONESIA
Indonesian president meets Taiwanese business delegation
November 30 2016
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201611300018.aspx

Widodo calls for calm amid religious tension
November 26 2016
https://www.clg.bdo.com.ph/web/clg/
quick-inquiry/-/qiotp/e1s3/aFi7?p_auth=9UGUBzls

Megawati asks Jokowi to solidify govt coalition
November 25 2016
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/
2016/11/22/megawati-asks-jokowi-
solidify-govt-coalition.html

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