KMT replaces candidate for Taiwan leadership election

TAIPEI, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) — Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party replaced deputy legislative speaker Hung Hsiu-chu with KMT chairman Eric Chu for the island’s leadership election.

During an extempore party congress Saturday afternoon, 812 out of 891 party delegates attending the congress voted in favor of the abolition of Hung’s nomination.

By nullifying Hung’s candidacy, the delegates picked Chu as the party’s new election candidate.

Hung Hsiu-chu was nominated on July 19 as the KMT candidate in the Taiwan leadership election but has been lagging behind Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in polls.

In order to improve its souring prospects in the election, which is scheduled for Jan. 16, 2016, KMT decided to hold an extempore party congress.

Besides Tsai, Chu is also set to face People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong Chu-yu.

Latest Hollywood Whitewashing and Yellowface: The Martian

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Ridley Scott has been criticised by the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans for ‘white-washing’ Asian roles in his hit adventure The Martian.

The film, which is based on the bestselling novel by Andy Weir, features a diverse set of characters, two of which are Asian yet are played by white and black actors on screen.
“This feelgood movie, which has attracted Oscar buzz, shouldn’t get any awards for casting,” said Guy A0ki, MANAA founding president, in an open letter released on Thursday.
The anger focuses on the character of Mindy Park, who is described as Korean-American in the book and played by white actor Mackenzie Davis, and Dr Venkat Kapoor, an Asian-Indian character who is a Hindu yet embodied by black actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and renamed Vincent.
“Was Ridley Scott not comfortable having two sets of Asian-Americans talking to each other?” said Aoki. “So few projects are written specifically with Asian-American characters in them and he’s now changed them to a white woman and black man. This was a great opportunity to give meaty roles to talented Asian American actors – and boost their careers – which would’ve enabled our community to become a greater part of the rescue team.”
It’s not the first time Scott has come under fire for “whitewashing” characters after his 2014 biblical epic was criticised for using white actors Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton.
“I’ve got no regrets on anything with Exodus,” he said during a recent press conference for The Martian. “I’m very proud of it but when they start saying, “Well gee, shouldn’t Moses have been black and shouldn’t the wife be Ethiopian”, well I don’t know, I wasn’t there. And also, I would never have got it, it would have been limited.”
There are concerns from the MANAA that the choice to change the ethnicity of Asian characters is a continuing trend in Hollywood with Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton both taking on Asian roles in Ghost in the Shell and Doctor Strange, respectively.
“This insulting practice of whitewashing has got to stop,” said Aki Aleong, MANAA president. “Alarmingly, it has been increasing in frequency. Today’s audiences expect multi-racial casts in entertainment, as they reflect the multicultural environment in which they’ve grown up.”

‘Western media behaving like propaganda machine to support government interests’

Throughout the Syrian war, the Western media has largely misrepresented the situation in the region, acting like a propaganda machine to serve as a mouthpiece to the interest of their governments, Richard Becker, of the anti-war Answer Coalition told RT.

Turkey said on Friday that it had shot down an unidentified drone, which violated its air space near the Syrian border. There has not been any official confirmation regarding its origins, but the Western media has been quick to conclude it was Russian, citing unnamed sources and referring to a supposed picture of the unmanned drone posted on social media.

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The Russian defense ministry said all its drones had safely returned to base in Syria after combat missions. A Russian drone manufacturer has also denied the reports that one of its unmanned aircraft was downed and called the media allegations part of a poorly-staged “informational provocation.”

RT:What are your thoughts on the credibility of Western media reports using unnamed sources to make their claims that the downed drown was ‘certainly’ Russian?

Richard Becker: I think their credibility is extraordinarily low, given the way that they have reported the war in Syria for more than four years, and the fact that…the Western and Turkish mainstream media as well, have very much misrepresented what is going on. The different sides in the war grab hold of anything that they can to try to discredit the side that is fighting against the reactionary forces that are trying to convert Syria into a sectarian state that only one people can really live in. We know that the manufacturers of the drone that they claim they shot down have said, “That’s not our drone.” That adds to the undermining of whatever credibility they have.

RT:The manufacturer also said that the image of the pictured drone is different to the Russian model, adding that there has been no official confirmation from Ankara of the drone’s origin. Additionally, if the drone was hit by a missile, there would be nothing left. Why isn’t any of that being widely reported by the western media?

RB: I think in times of war – and we are in war time, the different powers are involved to different extends – the corporate, mainstream media act like another branch of the government. That has been the case for many decades, centuries in fact. They serve the interests of what the Pentagon, or the White House or [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan in the case of Turkey is saying. They serve as a propaganda machine, not really as news reporting when it comes to war.

RT:Recently, the Western media also referred to videos posted by rebels in Syria of alleged civilian casualties from Russian strikes, presenting no independent proof again. What’s your assessment of how these airstrikes are being portrayed?

RB: The Russian military has entered the war at the request of the Syrian government. The other side … supporting the various ‘rebel factions’ as they are called…the US, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and others have been on the other side. So, the intervention of Russia is seen by those who want to bring down the Syrian government and destroy the Syrian state as something that is antithetical to their interests. So, we are not getting anything from the media that we can regard as credible but what is fodder for the propaganda machine in the war against the secular and legitimate government of Syria.

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