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 Post subject: Trump and Duterte
PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:07 pm 
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Trump continues to stand up for human rights home and abroad. :roll:

Donald Trump laughed when Rodrigo Duterte called the media 'spies.' Not good. ... index.html

When they finally got into the room, reporters asked questions of the two leaders regarding Duterte's controversial human rights record and whether Trump would raise it with him. Here's what happened next:
Duterte: "We will be discussing matters that are of interest to both the Philippines and ... with you around, guys, you are the spies."


Context matters here, and shows that Trump tolerating Duterte's behavior -- not to mention laughing at his "joke" -- is really bad.

In June 2016, in the wake of two Filipino journalists being killed while working, Duterte said this: "Just because you're a journalist, you are not exempted from assassination if you're a son of a bitch. Freedom of expression cannot help you if you have done something wrong."

Things haven't gotten much better for journalists in the Philippines since then. In a report on the status of journalism in the country in February, the International Press Institute writes this:

"Duterte's cynicism toward the press appears to be catching on among his supporters. Journalists who criticize the president's policies or cover sensitive topics like drug trafficking or corruption face defamation suits and an online backlash. Duterte's supporters attack them outright or report their online accounts to social media platforms, demanding the takedown of 'inappropriate content.'"

It's also worth noting that the Philippines is one of the most dangerous countries in the world in which to be a journalist. Since 1992, 78 journalists have been killed in the Philippines, the third highest total in the world -- behind only Iraq (186) and Syria (114), according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.


Trump also continued to praise how Duterte has waged his own country's "war on drugs". Please note: they do so by often using vigilante death squads that execute (accused) drug addicts in the street, on the spot. The Filipino War on Drugs really utilizes extrajudicial assassination - even more warlike than ours.

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 Post subject: Re: Trump and Duterte
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:34 pm 
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Drumpf loves all these autocrat types. They get along just fine. Presumably, they talk shop when the media aren't around.

"Our democratic institutions... seem to have been upended by frat-boy billionaires from California," remarked Canadian politician Charlie Angus. (BBC, 11/27/18)

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