The RSS | Asia Times http://www.atimes.com Covering geo-political news and current affairs across Asia Tue, 16 Oct 2018 03:19:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 為越南被遺忘的高地族禱告 http://www.atimes.com/article/atc-say-a-prayer-for-vietnams-forgotten-montagnards/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 02:45:25 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268558 共產黨政權對越戰期間支持美國的少數民族的壓制在很大程度上是無形的,但現時卻開始暴露出來 1972年春天,筆者和同事一起飛到越南的高地城市崑嵩(Kontum)採訪。這是一個位於湄公河三角洲(Mekong Delta)以北的高地城市,我們進出的速度相當快。亞洲時報(ATimes.com)報導

在當地,我們幾乎沒有看到該地區的少數民族高地族(Montagnard),儘管他們曾是該地區的主要人口。

40年後,越南的高地族仍然面對著同樣的問題。高地族是越戰期間美國陸軍最忠誠的盟友之一,現在卻被隱藏起來,試圖在被壓制的狀態下生存。愈來愈多逃到美國的高地族人開始講述他們失去的土地和面臨的挑戰。

上世紀50年代中期至70年代初,越南北部的難民、南部沿海的貧困人口以及其他少數族裔搬到了高地謀生。這些外來人口迅速佔領了高地族祖先的土地,但不給予任何補償。

在法國人的統治時期,高地族人有相當大的自治權。南越人掌權後,與高地族之間的緊張局勢不斷加劇。在1945年至1975年的30年戰鬥期間,高地族人被各方招募,並且傷亡慘重。然而戰爭結束時,許多高地族人感到被各方遺棄。1975年共產黨人(Communists)上台後,高地族的狀況變得愈加糟糕。

針對國際社會持續的批評,越南政府採取了一些措施來解決高地族人的不滿。2004年7月,時任總理潘文凱(Pham Van Khai)頒佈了一項法令,給每戶低收入的高地族家庭分發至少200平方米的住房用地。此外,政府還下令暫停低地人口向中部高地遷移,並通過新法規,讓高地族人享有宗教自由,包括禁止強迫放棄信仰。

但2005年到2006年的人權觀察研究表明,越南官員繼續侵犯中部高地部分地區的宗教自由權。現時一共有約12,000名高地族難民住在美國,其中大多數是基督徒。他們當中有許多人在美國南部的北卡羅來納州受到熱烈歡迎。

撰文:評論員Dan Southerland
原文:http://www.atimes.com/article/say-a-prayer-for-vietnams-forgotten-montagnards/
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Video rắn hổ mang nôn ra con rắn khác http://www.atimes.com/article/video-ran-ho-mang-non-ra-con-ran-khac/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 02:29:04 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268553 Chuyên gia cho biết hiện tượng rắn hổ mang ăn một con rắn khác là rất hiếm và nói thêm rằng, rắn thường xuyên nôn ra con mồi của chúng nếu chúng cảm thấy bị đe dọa
Một đoạn video cho thấy một con rắn hổ mang dài 5 foot đang nôn ra một con rắn khác- ở Ấn Độ, đã lan truyền trên internet. Vào ngày 27/9, Harish Chandra Parida phát hiện một con rắn trú ẩn dưới thùng gạo trong bếp của mình ở Odisha, tờ Daily Mail đưa tin.

Parida gọi đường dây trợ giúp rắn để được giúp đỡ và Susant Behera đã được điều đến. Sau khi anh bắt lấy rắn hổ mang, con rắn bắt đầu nôn ra gì đó, hóa ra là một con rắn nhỏ hơn.

Subhendu Mallik, Tổng thư ký của đường dây trợ giúp rắn, cho biết loài bò sát thường nôn ra bữa ăn của chúng khi chúng cảm thấy nguy hiểm, để chúng có thể chạy trốn nhanh chóng. Tuy nhiên, Mallik nói thêm rằng việc con rắn hổ mang nôn ra một con rắn hổ mang khác là một điều hiếm hoi.

Rắn hổ mang của Ấn Độ là loài ăn thịt đồng loại như nhiều loài rắn. Mồi của chúng thường là các loài động vật có vú nhỏ, động vật gặm nhấm, chim, trứng và các loài bò sát khác.

Original:Cobra caught on video regurgitating another snake

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Chính quyền Malaysia muốn cắt giảm sự phụ thuộc vào lao động nước ngoài http://www.atimes.com/article/chinh-quyen-malaysia-muon-cat-giam-su-phu-thuoc-vao-lao-dong-nuoc-ngoai/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 02:26:06 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268549 Bộ trưởng nói rằng cắt giảm tỷ lệ lao động nước ngoài vẫn luôn là một mục tiêu; muốn tăng tỷ lệ lao động địa phương có tay nghề thông qua việc đào tạo nghề
Mahfuz Omar- Phó Bộ trưởng Nhân lực của Malaysia cho biết tại một sự kiện được tổ chức tại Kuala Terengganu hôm thứ Ba rằng, Malaysia hy vọng sẽ đào tạo công nhân địa phương có tay nghề và chuyên nghiệp hơn thông qua đào tạo nghề để giảm bớt sự phụ thuộc của nước này vào lao động nước ngoài.

Bộ trưởng cho biết việc giảm sự phụ thuộc của lao động nước ngoài từ lâu đã là một mục tiêu chính của Bộ Nhân lực, Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) đưa tin.

Theo thống kê của chính phủ Malaysia, cả nước có hơn 2 triệu lao động nước ngoài và chiếm khoảng 19% lực lượng lao động trong năm 2008 và đóng vai trò quan trọng trong sản xuất, trồng trọt, kiến trúc xây dựng, dịch vụ và làm các công việc nhà.

Đây là một sự phụ thuộc quá mức vào lao động nước ngoài, vì vậy Chính phủ đã làm việc trong thập kỷ qua để giảm quy mô lực lượng lao động nước ngoài xuống 1,75 triệu người, hay 11% tổng lực lượng lao động vào năm 2018.

Tỷ lệ lao động nước ngoài dự kiến sẽ giảm xuống tối đa 10% trong tương lai gần, Omar nói. Tuy nhiên, ông không nói khi nào điều này có thể xảy ra.

Chính phủ Malaysia nhắm mục đích tăng tỷ lệ lao động địa phương có tay nghề từ 23% ở thời điểm hiện tại lên 35% tổng lực lượng lao động vào năm 2020, bằng cách cung cấp nhiều chương trình đào tạo nghề hơn, ông nói.

Theo Bộ Nội vụ, tính đến ngày 30/6/2017, đã có 1,78 triệu lao động nhập cư ở Malaysia. Họ chủ yếu đến từ Indonesia (728.870), Nepal (405.898), Bangladesh (221.089), Myanmar (127.705) và Ấn Độ (114,455). Số còn lại đến từ Pakistan (59.281), Philippin (56.153), Việt Nam (29.039) và Trung Quốc (15.399).

Original: Govt keen to cut Malaysia’s dependence on foreign labor

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Năm người dân địa phương và 26 gái mại dâm nước ngoài bị bắt trong cuộc đột kích tại Perak http://www.atimes.com/article/nam-nguoi-dan-dia-phuong-va-26-gai-mai-dam-nuoc-ngoai-bi-bat-trong-cuoc-dot-kich-tai-perak/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 02:19:44 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268546 Trong một nhà hàng Trung Quốc có 15 phòng KTV (karaoke-TV), nơi các dịch vụ tình dục được cung cấp bởi những phụ nữ Việt Nam, khi khách hàng có yêu cầu và trả thêm tiền
Chính quyền Malaysia đã bắt giữ 5 người dân địa phương và 26 phụ nữ nước ngoài trong các cuộc đột kích vào nhiều địa điểm ở Perak, trong một cuộc truy quét diện rộng vào những giờ đầu ngày thứ Hai vì có những cáo buộc liên quan đến mại dâm bất hợp pháp.

Bốn địa điểm “đáng ngờ” được nhắm mục tiêu trong các cuộc tấn công được thực hiện bởi các quan chức quản lý nhập cư từ 12:30 đến 2 giờ sáng ngày thứ Hai 8/10, như là một phần của cuộc truy quét “Ops Mega 3.0”.

Bốn địa điểm là một nhà hàng Trung Quốc, một trung tâm giải trí KTV và các tiệm massage ở Sitiawan và Manjung. Tổng cộng có 66 người đã bị kiểm tra giấy tờ tùy thân của họ, Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) đưa tin.

Hai đàn ông người Hoa bản xứ và 11 phụ nữ người Việt tuổi từ 15 đến 42 đã bị bắt tại nhà hàng Trung Quốc hai tầng, trong một khu vực chế biến dầu cọ ở Sitiawan. Khoảng 20 khách hàng nam đã được xác định và đã tìm thấy nhiều bao cao su đã qua sử dụng.

Các điều tra sơ bộ cho thấy rằng tầng trệt của tòa nhà đang hoạt động như một nhà hàng hải sản Trung Quốc bình thường, trong khi tầng trên được sử dụng cho các hoạt động mại dâm.

Có 15 phòng karaoke-TV và mỗi phòng có giá 300 MYR (~72 USD) cho 12 chai bia và nữ tiếp viên phục vụ người Việt. Dịch vụ tình dục được cung cấp theo yêu cầu nếu khách hàng trả thêm tiền.

Cùng lúc đó, các viên chức đã bắt giữ 11 phụ nữ Việt khác và một phụ nữ địa phương trong trung tâm giải trí KTV cùng với 2 người đàn ông địa phương và một phụ nữ Việt khác tại phòng massage ở trung tâm Sitiawan.

Đồng thời, 3 phụ nữ Việt Nam khác cũng bị bắt tại phòng massage ở Manjung.

Tất cả những người bị bắt giữ đã bị giam giữ để điều tra thêm theo Pháp lệnh nhập cư, bao gồm Mục 56 (1) (d) – Chứa chấp người nhập cư bất hợp pháp, Mục 15 (1) (c) – Lưu trú quá hạn, và Phần 39 (b) – làm việc hoặc có những hành vi vi phạm các điều kiện quy định trong giấy phép.

Original: Five locals and 26 foreign sex workers nabbed in Perak raids

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Giới trẻ Việt tận hưởng du lịch với sức chi tiêu gia tăng http://www.atimes.com/article/gioi-tre-viet-tan-huong-du-lich-voi-suc-chi-tieu-gia-tang/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 02:11:25 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268543 Chi phí của các tour du lịch đến các địa điểm trên khắp châu Á đang giảm và sức mua của khách du lịch Việt Nam đang gia tăng
Ngày càng có nhiều bạn trẻ ở Việt Nam đi du lịch nước ngoài cho các kỳ nghỉ vì giá du lịch giảm.

Ba năm trước, một chuyến đi từ Việt Nam sang Hàn Quốc sẽ có giá 20 triệu đồng (~857 USD) hoặc hơn, Viet Nam News đưa tin. Các tour du lịch đến Nhật Bản với giá phải chăng cũng thường ở mức 30 triệu đồng đổ lại.

Tuy nhiên, theo một người quản lý của một cơ quan du lịch có trụ sở tại thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, các tour du lịch đến Đài Loan, Nhật Bản, Hàn Quốc và Trung Quốc chỉ tốn kém nhiều hơn 1 ít so với việc đi du lịch đến các nước ở Đông Nam Á. Một chuyến đi 5 ngày đến Hàn Quốc có thể có dưới 12 triệu đồng và một kỳ nghỉ 4 ngày ở Nhật Bản có giá 21-22 triệu đồng.

Một số đại lý thậm chí còn cung cấp giá thấp nhất cho các tour du lịch đến Đài Loan và Hàn Quốc, với các chuyến đi có giá 8-9 triệu đồng (~343-386 USD).

Cùng với chi phí du lịch giảm, sức mua các tour nước ngoài của công dân Việt Nam đã tăng lên. Theo một báo cáo của VN Express, mỗi du khách Việt Nam chi tiêu trung bình 1,100 USD tăng so với báo cáo trước đó là 880 USD.

Trong năm 2016, 4,8 triệu người Việt Nam đã đi ra nước ngoài. MasterCard dự đoán con số này sẽ lên đến 7,5 triệu người vào năm 2021.

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Food delivery provider Baidu Waimai rebrands as Star.Ele http://www.atimes.com/article/food-delivery-provider-baidu-waimai-rebrands-as-star-ele/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:03:20 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268511 Corporate action represents the changing landscape of the nation's online high-end take-out and life service business Baidu Waimai, the country’s third-largest food delivery service, has rebranded as Star.Ele, after being required to by its major competitor, Ele.me, Yicai.com reported.

The new Star.Ele will serve as a high-end take-out and life service platform that strictly selects merchants and food to uphold a high-standard user experience.

Baidu’s food delivery business was taken over by Ele.me in a deal worth 4.2 billion yuan (US$636 million) in August last year. Ele.me was merged with another Alibaba-back competitor Koubei in October, in order to form a new local life-service company under Alibaba.

The merger is widely interpreted by the industry to counter the newly listed Meituan-Dianping group, whose current largest source of income comes from its food delivery business.

Thus, the rebranding of Star.Ele represents a footnote for the changing landscape of the online food delivery sector, which is shifting from a tripartite confrontation among Tencent-backed Meituan, Alibaba-backed Ele.me and Baidu’s service, to a head-on battle between the first two, according to Technode.

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Wenzhou offers rewards to encourage more IPOs http://www.atimes.com/article/wenzhou-offers-rewards-to-encourage-more-ipos/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:57:50 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268504 According to the new policy, firms that carry out joint-stock reform will receive 50% of the local contribution Wenzhou, an industrial port city in China’s Zhejiang province, has put forward rewards for enterprises that plan to conduct joint-stock reform or go public, Xinhua news agency reported.

For companies that carry out joint-stock reform, the government will offer a reward of 50% of the new local contribution made by the company over the previous year.

Among the latter, those who have signed contracts with brokerage, accounting or law firms, will have the reward increased by 30 percentage points.

For enterprises that have successfully listed and invested more than 50% of the funds raised in Wenzhou, the reward will be 5% of the company’s total initial financing.

For public companies which relocate the registry and pay taxes to the Wenzhou government, they will be treated the same as newly listed companies in the city and given a one-time award of no more than 10 million yuan.

The government will also subsidise companies even if they fail to pass the IPO review. At least 20% of the service fee paid to brokerage, accounting and law firms will be rebated by local fiscal departments, with a ceiling of no more than two million yuan.

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Apple earnings may miss on slowing China demand: Goldman Sachs http://www.atimes.com/article/apple-earnings-may-miss-on-slowing-china-demand-goldman-sachs/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:55:31 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268516 ‘Multiple signs of rapidly slowing consumer demand in China,’ could hurt Apple where it hurts Goldman Sachs is warning of a sharp decline in Chinese smartphone demand this year, with little chance that popular new iPhone models will offset the pain felt by Apple.

“There are multiple signs of rapidly slowing consumer demand in China which we believe could easily affect Apple’s demand there this fall,” Goldman analyst Rod Hall wrote in a note Sunday, as quoted by CNBC.

The expected dent in China sales will likely mean an earnings miss, Hall said.

“Much of Apple’s upside potential in our thinking was centered on Chinese demand for larger screen sizes,” the analyst wrote. “Should weak consumer demand persist and impact the higher end of the market Apple’s potential to beat and raise in FQ4’18 earnings is likely reduced.”

Hall said that fourth-quarter earnings per share could miss Goldman’s current estimate by 4%.

While there were some signs that the Chinese smartphone market improved in the second quarter, Goldman’s forecast for third-quarter unit sales sees a year over year decline of 15% in the third quarter.

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China Life launches US$2.17 bn Shanghai development fund http://www.atimes.com/article/china-life-launches-us2-17-bn-shanghai-development-fund/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:45:40 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268502 Firm inks agreement with China Resources Land and Shanghai Land to invest in real estate projects China Life Insurance Company has signed an agreement with two real estate developers, China Resources Land and Shanghai Land, to jointly launch a city development fund with a scale of 15 billion yuan (US$2.17 billion), The Paper reported.

The fund will mainly invest in office buildings, hotels, commercial and long-term apartment projects and related services projects in Shanghai’s core locations.

It will be managed by an asset investment management platform affiliated with China Life Investment Holding Co. Ltd.

The company has also launched funds to support logistic giant Cainiao’s warehousing and the reconstruction of Shanghai’s Ruihong New Town.

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Saudis will admit journalist died during interrogation: CNN http://www.atimes.com/article/saudis-will-admit-journalist-died-during-interrogation-cnn/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 20:16:31 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268497 Report expected to claim that Jamal Khashoggi’s death was accident at the hands of Saudis Saudi Arabia is preparing to change its official story on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, CNN reported Monday afternoon, after the government had previously issued blanket denials of any involvement.

Two sources told CNN that a report on the incident to be presented by Saudi Arabia, which has not yet been finalized, will claim that the Washington Post reporter’s death was the result of an interrogation gone wrong.

One source speculated that the report will “likely” conclude that the operation did not have clearance in an attempt to absolve Saudi Arabian King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of any complicity.

Whatever the conclusions may be, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will no doubt be presented with a version of the facts when he meets with Saudi officials in Riyadh on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump spoke with King Salman on Monday, after which he suggested that the suspected murder of Khashoggi may have been carried out by “rogue killers.”

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Trump says ‘rogue killers’ may have murdered Saudi journalist http://www.atimes.com/article/trump-says-rogue-killers-may-have-murdered-saudi-journalist/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:22:04 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268490 US president dispatches Secretary of State Pompeo to Riyadh after call with King Salman There is still very little clarity regarding the fate of missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi. That is, other than the fact that many US lawmakers believe Turkey’s account that he was murdered by a Saudi hit squad, while President Donald Trump himself is giving some credence to Saudi Arabia’s side of the story.

“We are going to leave nothing uncovered,” Trump told reporters outside the White House on Monday in response to questions about Khashoggi.

He stressed that during a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman that “the king firmly denied any knowledge of it,” adding that “it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?”

Trump announced on Twitter early on Monday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would be traveling to Saudi Arabia as part of the administration’s efforts to get to the bottom of the situation:

US weapons manufacturers, meanwhile, have expressed concern that Congress might block arms sales to Riyadh over the case, as was reported by Reuters on Friday.

“They’ve had holds on major systems for months for Yemen issues,” one senior Trump administration official said, after mentioning that defense contractors had raised concerns. “This makes it more likely they’ll expand holds to include systems that aren’t necessarily controversial by themselves. It’s a major concern.”

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Mohsin Nawaz: A story of courage and perseverance http://www.atimes.com/mohsin-nawaz-a-story-of-courage-and-perseverance/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:20:16 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?p=267760 It is common in Pakistan for people to not like to work hard. Perfectly healthy people prefer to get others to do their work for them. Asking for help while doing nothing on our own is customary practice for many of us healthy Pakistanis – and by our government.

But what if someone is blind and paralyzed? What would your immediate perception of him be? You would definitely excuse him for leaning on others.

But how would you feel if you knew that in a world of such slothful souls, this sightless person whose legs are paralyzed is enthusiastic about earning his own living? I am sure you’d be surprised.

Yes, Mohsin Nawaz is a person who wrote his own life script. He had the courage to break down barriers and lifted himself up by sheer willpower. He reached out to the horizon of his field.

Undoubtedly, he is an inspiration for all youth. He is the executive director of Willing Ways, an institution in Pakistan that is famous for the rehabilitation of addicts.

Below is Mohsin Nawaz’s story in his own magical words.

Faith Makes Everything Possible…! ❤️

Posted by Mohsin Nawaz on Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Mighty Sun
by Mohsin Nawaz

The glory of the mighty sun was faded as the appearance of night outshined its presence, making it nothing but a meager, worn-out, miserable eyeball futilely staring at me before it dies. As if I, playing random rhythms on a flute, was soothing its tired pale gleams, pretending to be shiny and strong all day long whilst departing weary, melancholy and alone. But the sun did not know that I played the soft, melodic tunes of a flute to give the tattered wounds of my own soul some words, some moments to cry, yell, pronounce its pain and then empathize with itself before it faces the world again ready to fight for another day of survival, with a smile and determination. Each dusk we used to see each other,  both ragged from the pities of the world, shabby and alone. Me and the mighty Sun!

With every new day and a newer and brighter sun, I was also ready to face the world again. With my polio-crippled legs moving step by step on a kid’s tricycle, since the age of two years, I explored the world outside my home. People welcomed me with sympathy, ridicule and panic, but I always kept moving with a smile on my face and arms dragging me forward on my tricycle. Allah had blessed me with the unique power of faith and confidence, and I believe that overwhelmed the darker, sadder emotions inside me triggered by people’s behavior, which gave me a deeper psychological battering. At dusk, I would soothe my soul again with my flute and only friend, “the mighty Sun.”

 

Posted by Mohsin Nawaz on Monday, 23 November 2015

I remained home-bound most of the time, isolated from the world in the shelter of my mom’s strength and in my father’s company. I dedicated myself to reading, fiction mostly, and listening to the radio. I was having literary and political conversations when I was seven, an age when most kids do not even understand what literature means or maybe even politics. It gave me a new outlook on life. It made me think it might be worth surviving. It may be worth exploring the world Allah has put me in. I may be able to do something, something in my life worth living for. I started writing stories at the age of seven and sent those to the children’s magazines I used to read so keenly. I kept waiting to read the issue in which my story would be published, and I kept waiting, forever… My story was eventually published but by then I was not able to read it, as I had lost my eyesight.

The blindness snatched my sight within a six-month span at the age of 13, and I lost my only friend, “the mighty Sun.” I felt devastated and miserable.

Death is the scariest thing one can ever imagine, no matter how shattered and pathetic your life is. You want to live every bit of it, as long as you can breathe

Playing the flute was my only source of solace now and listening to the radio was my only hope. No rationalization could justify the purpose of my life. People came to sympathize with my parents for being my parents. One of those was an old and oblivious woman who came to my mother and asked her to pray for my early death. This came as a huge jolt to me, as death is the scariest thing one can ever imagine, no matter how shattered and pathetic your life is. You want to live every bit of it, as long as you can breathe. I wanted to live. I wanted to live life to its fullest. Allah did not send me here to die. This was a turning point in my life. The desire to live raised the urge in me to learn and do something. This is where I started my journey.

Meanwhile, playing the flute helped to heal me and attracted some friends. I traded my unintended talent for playing the flute for the recording of academic content on cassettes so I could prepare for my secondary school exams. I insisted that my father teach me how to use a typewriter, but he was uncertain. For days, I kept practicing one sentence assigned by my father – “A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” – until he was sure I could do it proficiently. I was one of the earliest users of Roman Urdu, which we frequently use these days to send texts to each other, and after some effort, I learned Urdu typing as well. There my literary taste tweaked me to write and write even more. I wrote many letters to different radio programs where my Roman writing was appreciated. I continued my studies through the Braille reading and writing system and audio cassettes. Being an avid reader of Urdu literature, I chose to do my Masters in Urdu Literature in 1999. I had a full command of screen-reader software. This led me to another huge change in my life.

She arrived as a tender soft breeze and wrapped my wounded soul with her unconditional love. She was a friend at first. We met me through radio calls. But soon I realized that she was much more than that. She entered my life and suddenly life was no longer a struggle. She became my counselor, my defender, my caretaker… she is my wife. She is also my co-host on my radio show. She made my life beautiful and gave me my sons, Ali Ahmad Awan and Salman Ahmad Awan.

Time has passed pretty fast since then. Allah blessed me with some useful traits – adaptability and the urge to learn and challenge myself  – that helped put me where I stand today. I, Muhammad Mohsin Nawaz, director, sales and PR, at Willing Ways, decided not to surrender to any challenges I face now or will have to face in future.

I owe much of my success to my mentor, Dr Sadaqat Ali, who is the driving force behind the refinement of my skills. He brought about a major change in my life when, in 1997. he gave me an opportunity to serve as a telemarketer for a book series project, One Minute Manager – Urdu Version. The remarkably successful sales campaign that followed became a milestone in my life by providing me with a career foundation, and so I started working at DIP in March 1999.

Allah made my voice the heartthrob of thousands of people when I joined the most popular radio channel, Mast FM 103, in 2004.

A popular YouTube channel, Change O’Clock, also helped to introduce me to the world by presenting my motivational videos.

I have also hosted many TV shows on Din, Vibe and SBN TV channels.

Currently, I am the first host in the world on FM radio and TV with multiple disabilities and have also been awarded the Best Icon award by Voice Society (www.voicesociety.org.pk) as well as the honorary Chairmanship of the society.

Today people invite me to different institutes and universities for motivational talks, including Punjab University, the University of Sargodha, Highnoon Laboratories, the Diabetic’s Institute Pakistan, Thanet Hall school systems and Tevta. I was honored to be invited to give a presentation to the National Cricket Academy for Pakistan under-19 cricket team in 2007.

I counsel, motivate and encourage people to progress in life, surpassing their fears, inabilities and insecurities. At dusk each day, I still take some time to enjoy my own company. Then, I gaze upon my past, where a flute tune mesmerizes me like some hypnotic moment and my thoughts hover around that mighty Sun. But it does not remind me of the miseries, loneliness and gloom anymore. I now realize that just like the mighty Sun, I may get tired, shattered and faded but I will never give up. Every new day, just like the mighty Sun, I will rise and face the world as a new, even brighter and stronger being.

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Trump green lights foreign aid bill to counter China http://www.atimes.com/article/trump-green-lights-foreign-aid-bill-to-counter-china/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:32:18 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268471 US$60 billion is minuscule compared to Chinese commitments but marks dramatic policy reversal Donald Trump wasn’t the only American politician who promised on the campaign trail to scrap foreign aid once he got into office. Many of his allies in Congress made the same pledge, but now, to push back on China’s influence, the anti-aid coalition has changed their tune.

A little over a week ago, Trump signed into law legislation establishing the International Development Finance Corporation, which earmarks US$60 billion in funds to finance investments in developing countries.

There was no big announcement, and the text detailing the new entity was buried deep within a large bill that focused mainly on reauthorizing Federal aviation programs and improving aircraft safety certification processes.

The amount of money is just a drop in the bucket compared to commitments from China under the Belt and Road Initiative, the total amount of which is sometimes cited as around US$1 trillion. But it is an increase over funds currently provided by the US and was green-lighted under an administration that had been committed to eliminating most foreign aid.

What some in Washington are saying about the change in policy (per the New York Times):

“I’ve changed, and I think [Trump has] changed, and it is all about China,” Republican congressman Ted Yoho, a member of the House Freedom Caucus which has traditionally been staunchly opposed to foreign aid.

“My whole impetus in running for Congress in the first place was to get rid of foreign aid. It was my thing… But if we can reformulate and modernize it, yeah, I have no problem with that. There are people who want to do this for humanitarian aid, fine. There are people like me who want to do this for national security, like me, fine.”

While it is far smaller than Chinese commitments, it “allows us, at least, to compete,” Tom Hart, North America executive director of development NGO, ONE, said.

“I’m astonished, to be honest. I still can’t believe we got it done,” Democratic Senator Chris Coons said. “We’ve been working on this since 2015. It is basically the same proposal we had under the Obama administration. We rebranded to focus it on China.”

The moral of the story: If you want to pass bipartisan legislation in the US Congress, just say that its goal is to counter China.

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فتح معبر حيوي يربط سوريا والأردن بعد 3 سنوات من الإغلاق http://www.atimes.com/article/%d9%81%d8%aa%d8%ad-%d9%85%d8%b9%d8%a8%d8%b1-%d8%ad%d9%8a%d9%88%d9%8a-%d9%8a%d8%b1%d8%a8%d8%b7-%d8%b3%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%8a%d8%a7-%d9%88%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%a3%d8%b1%d8%af%d9%86-%d8%a8%d8%b9%d8%af-3-%d8%b3/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:05:07 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268455  أعلنت السلطات السورية والأردنية إعادة تشغيل معبر نصيب/جابر الذي يربط بين سوريا والأردن بعد توقف العمل به لمدة ثلاث سنوات لسيطرة المجموعات المسلحة في سوريا على المنطقة المحيطة.

عادت حركة مرور السيارات والأشخاص في المعبر صباح اليوم الإثنين في أعقاب إعادة الحكومة السورية السيطرة على جانبها من المعبر الحدودي في يوليو/تموز الماضي، بحسب وكالة سانا السورية.

وسيكون لإعادة فتح المعبر دور كبير في إنعاش الاقتصاد السوري والأردني الذين تكبدا خسائر كبيرة بسبب إغلاق المعبر الذي كانت تمر منه آلاف الشاحنات يومياً. للمعبر أيضاً دور حيوي في نقل البضائع بين تركيا والخليج وبين لبنان والخليج.

كما تم اليوم إعادة تشغيل معبر القنيطرة الذي يربط سوريا بمنطقة الجولان الواقعة تحت السيطرة الإسرائيلية بعد خمسة أعوام من الإغلاق.

]]> زواج يهودي من عربية مسلمة يثير سخط سياسيين إسرائيليين http://www.atimes.com/article/%d8%b2%d9%88%d8%a7%d8%ac-%d9%8a%d9%87%d9%88%d8%af%d9%8a-%d9%85%d9%86-%d8%b9%d8%b1%d8%a8%d9%8a%d8%a9-%d9%85%d8%b3%d9%84%d9%85%d8%a9-%d9%8a%d8%ab%d9%8a%d8%b1-%d8%b3%d8%ae%d8%b7-%d8%b3%d9%8a%d8%a7%d8%b3/ Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:19:21 +0000 http://www.atimes.com/?post_type=article&p=268450 أدان عدد من السياسيين الإسرائيليين زواج مقدمة برامج عربية من ممثل إسرائيلي، معربين عن أهمية “الحفاظ على الذرية اليهودية.” جاءت ردود فعل رافضة من عدد من أعضاء بالبرلمان والحكومة الإسرائيلية بعد انتشار خبر زواج المذيعة الإسرائيلية-العربية لوسي هريش من الممثل الإسرائيلي تساكي هاليفي يوم الأربعاء.

ولدت هريش في بلدة ديمونا بجنوب إسرائيل لأبوين مسلمين وهي أول مذيعة عربية تقدم برنامج باللغة العبرية في التليفزيون الإسرائيلي. اشتهر هاليفي بدوره في المسلسل الإسرائيلي السياسي “فوضى” الذي تنتجه نتفليكس.

قال وزير الداخلية الإسرائيلي ارييه درعي زعيم حزب شاس الديني اليهودي لراديو الجيش الإسرائيلي “أنا ضد مثل هذه الأشياء لأننا يجب أن نحافظ على الشعب الإسرائيلي”. وعلق المشرع الإسرائيلي أورين هازان على خبر الزواج، الذي تقول صحيفة هاآرتس أنه جاء بعد علاقة سرية استمرت أربع سنوات، قائلاً: “أنا لا ألوم على لوسي هريش أنها أغوت يهودي بهدف إيذاء بلدنا ومنع تكاثر الذرية لتكمل السلاسة اليهودية.”

وجد المتزوجون الجدد دعماً من اليسار الإسرائيلي ومستخدمي مواقع التواصل الإجتماعي.

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