Articles on How to Identify LGBT Tuai Protests in Malaysia

An article on how to identify lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) published by a Malaysian newspaper reap anger in social media, amid growing clashes of militant groups, Reuters reported on Tuesday ( 13/2).

The LGBT community often suffered persecution in Malaysia. Sodomy includes criminal offenses in Malaysia and the government also supports campaigns to stop homosexuals and transgender.

The article was published by the best-selling Malay daily, Sinar Harian, containing a list of tips on how to identify gays or lesbians.

Gay masculine gay usually likes to "wear tight shirts to show his abdominal muscles" and bearded or mustache. The next sentence says gay men who are stylish like women, will be glaring whenever they see a handsome man.

Lesbians are portrayed as haters of men who are very jealous and cuddle and hand in hand.

"I know many pastors and ustaz. I know many religious people who like to keep a long beard. Do you mean they are gay? "Said Arwind Kumar, who uploaded a 4 minute video on his Facebook account, criticizing the theory.

Many incidents in Malaysia are often homophobic. In June, the Health Ministry launched a contest on how to "prevent" homosexuality and transgender. The contest was later canceled after pressure from various LGBT groups.

A "gay scene" in the Walt Disney cartoon movie "Beauty and the Best" almost resulted in the film being banned in cinemas in Malaysia last year. [fw/au]

Havana Protests US Efforts to Increase Internet Access in Cuba

Cuba has officially protested the creation of a US taskforce to improve internet access on the island, arguing it "violates Cuba's sovereignty." The communist-controlled island is one of the most not connected in the world.

The US State Department said that the task force will hold its first meeting on February 7 to encourage "free flow of information in Cuba." The team will study "the challenges and technological opportunities to expand internet access and media independently in Cuba, "the US State Department said.

In a diplomatic memo to the top US diplomat in Havana, Lawrence Gumbiner, Cuba on Wednesday (31/1) filed a" violent protest "against America's desire to publicly violate Cuba's related sovereignty national legislation governing the flow of information. "

The memo declared the attempt to manipulate the internet for political and subversive purposes it is intended to "alter or disrupt the constitutional order" in Cuba. Cuba demanded that America "halt subversive, intervention, and illegal action against Cuba." According to Cuban government data, 40 percent of the island's 11 million inhabitants can use the internet in 2017.

However, in spite of recent government efforts to increase wifi availability, most Cubans have no internet because of costly access, (19659003) US-Cuban relations began to warm under President Barack Obama, when both countries placed ambassadors in 2015 for the first time since 1961. But President Donald Trump has taken up a tougher approach to Cuba since taking office. In his state address on Tuesday, Trump highlighted how his administration had "imposed tough sanctions on communist and socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela." [as/ii]

Iran frees 440 people arrested during anti-government protests

Iranian authorities released 440 people arrested during anti-government protests some time ago. Meanwhile, several arrests were reportedly killed in custody.

A massive protest that began to protest against the difficult economic conditions of Iran, broke out in late December 2017. The protests spread to more than 80 cities and left 25 dead. The protest movement, which initially focused on price increases and alleged government corruption, shifted to the political dimension with a retreat call for Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

As reported by Reuters Tuesday (16/1/2018) , a number of Iranian justice officials have announced that more than 1,000 arrests were made in a number of areas. Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi said last week that at least 3,700 people were arrested.

Several people were reportedly killed in custody. Human rights activists have called for an independent inquiry into the incident.

Iran's Deputy Speaker Ali Motahari was quoted as saying by the IRNA declared 'one in Tehran and two prisoners in another province' . Iran's judicial authorities confirmed the existence of two deaths in custody, but it was said they committed suicide.

"More than 440 people previously arrested in the Tehran riots have been released," Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted as saying by Mehr . Dolatabadi says most of the arrests come from low-income families, ranging in age from 18-35 years.

The United States (US) Authority has imposed economic sanctions on 14 individuals and entities, related to the practice of human rights abuses in Iran and support for the program Iranian weapons. The United States backed anti-government protests in Iran and continued to criticize President Hassan Rouhani's government.

One of the sanctions imposed was the head of Iran's judicial authority, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, who is Khamenei's close ally. In a statement earlier this week, as quoted by the ISNA news agency Larijani called the imposition of sanctions against him as head of the judicial authority really outrageous. He insisted Iran would not remain silent to such treatment from the United States.

Khamenei in his statement on Jan. 2, declared Iran's enemies have used various means to deliver a blow to the country. No further mention of who the enemy is Khamenei. But it is known all this time Iran is always hostile to the US and Saudi Arabia.

(nvc / rna)

Japan Protests Presence of Chinese Ships Near Disputed Islands

Japan has filed an official protest against China after a Chinese naval ship was spotted in the East China Sea near a group of islands claimed by both countries.

A Chinese frigate was seen Thursday beyond the 22 kilometer formed a territorial waters of Japan that surrounds the islands.

A spokesman for the Japanese Ministry of Defense said a foreign submarine, also believed to belong to China, was detected in the same region on Wednesday and Thursday.

In Tokyo, Japanese Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama summoned Chinese ambassador Cheng Younghua to the Foreign Ministry to express "serious concerns" about the incident.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing that the two ships are in the region it is to monitor the activities of Japanese ships. [lt]

CIA denies role in anti-government protests in Iran

 US CIA intelligence chief Mike Pompeo has denied the CIA had a role in fueling recent anti-government protests in Iran.

In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo said Iran's economic condition is not good at the moment.

"That's what causes people to take to the streets," Pompeo said as reported by the AFP news agency Monday (8/1/2018). He also denounced the Iranian regime which he claimed to cover the ears of the popular vote.

When questioned about Iran's Attorney-General Mohammad Javad Montazeri's claim that a CIA official had coordinated with Israel and Saudi Arabia – rivals Iran – to cooperate with a group of exiled Iranians to trigger a protest in Iran, Pompeo replied simply: "That is not true."

"These people of Iran – started by them, created by them, continued by them, which demands better living conditions and is free of the theocratic regime.

Anti-government rallies in several cities in Iran have turned violent to the death of at least 21 people. Violence begins with protests against rising prices of staples, called the biggest demonstrations since pro-reform rallies in 2009.

Protesters have ignored warnings issued by Iran's Interior Ministry to prevent them from holding " people".

(ita / ita)