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Seoul dissolves Japan fund for World War II 'comfort women'

Jul 05, 2019 - 3:28 PM

It is not clear what will happen to the money intended to compensate so-called 'comfort women' – a euphemism for those forced to provide sex for Japanese troops during World War II.

PROTEST. South Korean protesters sit near a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women,' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

U.S. 'sex slave' guru goes on trial in New York

May 08, 2019 - 7:59 AM

An American 'self-help' guru who allegedly ran a cult-like society of women sex slaves is undergoing in Brooklyn, and some of his former female supporters are the first to take the stand

COMPLAINANT.  Former television actress Catherine Oxenberg, whose 26-year old daughter India Oxenberg has been involved with NXIVM, speaks to reporters outside the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Film on Catholic priests using nuns as 'sex slaves' pulled

May 01, 2019 - 9:33 PM

The documentary 'Sex Slaves in the Catholic Church' has been pulled from the channel Arte, following a complaint by a priest

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

South Korea to close Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:48 PM

South Korea announces the formal shutdown of a controversial Japanese-funded foundation created to help former wartime sex slaves – the so-called 'comfort women'

South Korean protesters sit near a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former "comfort women", who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly anti-Japanese demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on November 21, 2018. South Korea on November 21 announced the formal shutdown of a controversial Japanese-funded foundation created to help former wartime sex slaves -- a move that will further sour ties between the neighbours.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Best picture Oscar winners of past 20 years

Mar 02, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Here is a list of the films that won Best Picture over the last 20 years


Nigeria to speed up repatriating migrants from Libya

Jan 07, 2018 - 12:44 AM

'The reality is that a large number of these Nigerians here have suffered greatly and have gone through an extreme traumatic experience,' Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama tells reporters.

REPATRIATION. Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama (R) and Vice Minister of Congolese Expatriates, Emmanuel Ilunga Ngoie Kasongo (L) attend a joint press conference on the situation of illegal immigrants, in the Libyan capital Tripoli, on January 6, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

African Union calls for Libya 'slave market' probe

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400

The modern slaves of Hong Kong

May 25, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Sa Hong Kong mapalad na ang kasambahay na may privacy sa kanilang sariling kwarto na karaniwang sinlaki lamang ng banyo sa mga fastfood sa Maynila

Eudocia Pulido had hopes, dreams, and fears too

May 24, 2017 - 10:50 AM

Eudocia Pulido s niece Ebia talks about the Aunt Cosiang that she knew and what she wished she had asked Alex Tizon if he were still alive

HOMECOMING PLANS. Eudocia "Cosiang" Tomas Pulido had planned on setting up a small baking business in Mayantoc, Tarlac. Photo from the Pulido family

#AnimatED: Si Yaya, ang aliping sagigilid

May 22, 2017 - 9:39 AM

Alex Tizon s My Family s Slave reminds us of our middle class lifestyles that soared on the back of a servile system that takes advantage of the poverty pool

'Lola' Pulido: Piniga, binarat, at ikinahon sa plastik

May 21, 2017 - 10:00 PM

We have to hand it to Tizon – his plan of getting away with the crime and still keeping the public on his side is an excellent strategy that would make Niccolo Machiavelli proud

56 years a slave

May 21, 2017 - 4:00 PM

We have yet to see the reactions and opinions of actual katulong kasambahay back home It’s important to ask who is part of this discussion and who is not

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, May 15-21, 2017

May 21, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Must watch videos from this week

Alex Tizon and Auntie Lola: Rereading ‘Big Little Man’

May 21, 2017 - 11:12 AM

The book goes back and forth like a thrilling ping pong game about the myths and stereotypes not only of Filipino Americans but all Asian Americans and the author s own experience as the observer and the other

WATCH: 'Slave' Eudocia is 'Cosiang' to her family in Tarlac

May 21, 2017 - 8:11 AM

Rappler s Lian Buan visits the grave of Eudocia Pulido the subject of the controversial story penned by Filipino American journalist Alex Tizon and meets the relatives she left behind

Finding Eudocia Pulido in her hometown in Tarlac

May 21, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Eudocia Cosiang Pulido s story tugs at the heartstrings of any Filipino who belongs to a clan of overseas domestic helpers

KOSYANG. Eudocia "Kosyang" Pulido's nieces say they knew her only as their aunt in America they see in photos. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Slave story of Pulitzer Prize-winning FilAm writer sparks online debate

May 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Filipino American author Alex Tizon shares a haunting story of slavery within his own family drawing mixed reactions online

Screenshot from The Atlantic's June 2017 issue.

The Atlantic's 'My Family's Slave' should not end with a feast

May 18, 2017 - 5:44 PM

When the issue is slavery we shouldn t adjust our standards so low that we let a piece go unchallenged for being a memoir

Duterte, Sison, cyberattack | Midday wRap

May 15, 2017 - 12:27 PM

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Bacha bazi: Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Jun 19, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Bacha bazi is not widely seen as homosexual behavior popularly demonized as a deviant sexual act prohibited in Islam and is largely accepted as a cultural practice

In this photograph taken on April 28, 2016, Afghan police commander Seddiqullah, 30, (L) sits alongside his subordinates as he speaks during an interview at a checkpoint in Tarin Kot, capital of southern Uruzgan province. Seddiqullah voiced concern about Taliban insider attacks carried out by child sex slaves. Photo by Rateb Noori/ AFP

Over 700,000 trapped in slavery in Indonesia – report

May 31, 2016 - 2:29 PM

Modern slavery exists in 167 countries with people being enslaved through human trafficking forced labor debt bondage forced or servile marriage or commercial sexual exploitation

SLAVERY. Myanmar fishing industry workers alleged to have been working under slave labor conditions arrive back to Myanmar from Indonesia. File photo from EPA

Kanye West sued by Hungarian over song sample

May 26, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Hungarian artist Gabor Presser says that Kanye s lawyers pressured him to sign off quickly on the use of his song in Kanye s New Slaves

KANYE WEST. The rapper is sued for allegedly pressuring a Hungarian artist to sign over a song sample quickly, for use in his song 'New Slaves.' File photo shows Kanye on the red carpet for the 2016 Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA

AP wins first Pulitzer for Public Service for story on slaves in Indonesia

Apr 19, 2016 - 4:33 PM

Indonesia was only one among other Southeast countries where the slavery in the seafood industry transpired

SLAVERY. AP wins a Pulitzer for its series on slavery in the seafood industry. Photo from

Japan nationalists protest landmark sex slave deal with S. Korea

Dec 29, 2015 - 5:19 PM

Some on Japan s conservative far right say the country has nothing to apologize for and question the accounts of the surviving comfort women suggesting they are prostitutes

SPEAKING TO VICTIMS. Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul (C, back to camera), surrounded by reporters, speaks to comfort women victims, seeking their understanding on an agreement a day earlier with Japan on closing the issue regarding them once and for all, at a shelter in the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea, December 29, 2015. Photo by Yonhap/EPA

S. Korea, Japan strike deal on 'comfort women'

Dec 28, 2015 - 3:20 PM

3RD UPDATE Kishida says Japan agrees to offer a one billion yen 8 3 million payment for Korean comfort women who were sexually enslaved by Japanese troops during World War II

DEAL. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L), and South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-Se (R) attend a joint press conference after their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, 28 December 2015. Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Tiger Woods' ex-caddy says he felt like 'slave'

Nov 02, 2015 - 3:07 PM

Steve Williams writes in a book that Tiger Woods had a bad temper and had a habit of spitting at the hole if he missed a putt

SLAVE? Former caddy Steve Williams reveals in a book some of Tiger Woods' tendencies and how he felt like a 'slave'. In this file photo, Williams (left) is still beside Woods as a caddy during the second practice day of the 2009 Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco. Photo by MATT CAMPBELL/EPA

Japan's Mitsubishi apologizes to US prisoners of war

Jul 20, 2015 - 11:36 AM

Senior Mitsubishi executive Hikaru Kimura presents a most remorseful apology to 94 year old James Murphy of California one of just a few surviving US prisoners forced to work in Japan

SINCERE APOLOGIES. Hikaru Kimura (3L), a Mitsubishi Materials Corp. senior executive, stands as he apologizes to James Murphy, (2R), A US World War II prisioner of war (POW) who was used as slave labor during WWII by Mitsubishi Materials' predecessor company, July 19, 2015, during a ceremony at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance, in Los Angeles. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Lupita Nyong'o at home in East Africa for Disney production

Mar 30, 2015 - 12:41 AM

The actress is in Uganda to film Queen of Katwe

Photo by Mike Nelson/EPA

Indian police rescue hundreds of child slaves as young as 6

Jan 30, 2015 - 9:52 PM

Police discovers 120 children some of them sick underweight and traumatized during the most recent raids on bangle making and other workshops as part of a city wide crackdown on child slavery

Child labor image from Shutterstock

Benedict Cumberbatch apologizes for 'colored actors' comment

Jan 27, 2015 - 8:32 PM

I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive says the actor in a statement

Woman making Prince Andrew sex claims vows not to be silenced

Jan 03, 2015 - 9:16 PM

The plaintiff identified only as Jane Doe 3 in court papers says she refuses to be unjustly victimized again

In this file photo dated June 3, 2014, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, delivers a speech at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Prince Andrew paid a visit to the headquarters of German car manufacturer Volkswagen while visiting the German state of Lower Saxony on 03 and 04 June. Photo by Holger Hollemann/EPA

AirAsia plane search, Seniang death toll, Bilibid probe | The wRap

Dec 31, 2014 - 6:45 PM

The story of 2 families who missed that fatal AirAsia flight Seniang death toll rises to at least 53 The justice department orders: demolish VIP jail cells in the Philippines

South Korea, Japan resume 'comfort women' talks

Jul 23, 2014 - 3:36 PM

South Korea and Japan resume high level talks in Seoul about the sensitive issue of wartime sex slaves despite a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties

SEEKING JUSTICE. Former South Korean so-called 'comfort women' (yellow vests), and supporters take part in the weekly rally against the Japan government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 07 May 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea, Japan to resume 'comfort women' talks

Jul 18, 2014 - 4:15 PM

The foreign Ministry said the meeting – the third since the two countries started holding monthly talks on the issue in April – will take place in Seoul on Wednesday July 23

SEEKING JUSTICE. Former South Korean so-called 'comfort women' (yellow vests), and supporters take part in the weekly rally against the Japan government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 07 May 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Japan to unveil review of wartime sex slave apology

Jun 20, 2014 - 12:43 PM

The review has been examining how the decision to apologize was reached and on what historical facts it was based and is threatening to further chill ties with its neighbors

WARTIME SEX SLAVERY. Victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery attend a weekly rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea on April 9, 2014 to demand Japan apologize and provide compensation to the surviving victims of the Japanese government's sex slavery during World War II. Historians say more than 200,000 women, mostly Koreans, were forced to serve as sex slaves for front-line Japanese soldiers during the war. File photo form EPA/YONHAPNEWS

Lupita Nyong'o wins lucrative new starring role

Apr 05, 2014 - 5:40 PM

Actress Lupita Nyong o is set to embark on yet another major role: as brand ambassador to cosmetics line Lancome

AMBASSADOR. Actress Lupita Nyong'o is set to embark on yet another major role: as brand ambassador to cosmetics line Lancome. AFP Photo

Japan: No plan to revise 'comfort women' apology

Mar 10, 2014 - 5:06 PM

The assurance comes after a controversial review of the apology which has sparked a backlash at home and abroad

'12 Years a Slave' Review: Why it deserved Best Picture win

Mar 08, 2014 - 3:24 PM

This isn’t a film about the human spirit it is a film about what is left when that has been taken away

POWERFUL. "I don't want to survive," says hero Solomon Northup. "I want to live." Screengrab from YouTube

Movies playing this week: From time travel to epic battles

Mar 05, 2014 - 12:35 PM

Playing this week: 12 Years A Slave 300: Rise Of An Empire Mr Peabody And Sherman more

Rappler Newscast | March 3, 2014

Mar 03, 2014 - 8:28 PM

Binay Cayetano brace for 2016 presidential polls Senators Enrile Estrada and Revilla challenged to a lifestyle check Ukraine Russia on the brink of war

Big winners at 2014 Oscars: '12 Years A Slave,' 'Gravity'

Mar 03, 2014 - 2:22 PM

12 Years a Slave wins 3 Oscars including Best Picture while Gravity wins 7 Oscars including Best Directing

BEST PICTURE. '12 Years A Slave' takes home the Oscar

Oscars 2014: Guide to the Best Supporting Actor nominees

Mar 02, 2014 - 1:49 PM

None of this year s nominees have won an Oscar – yet

Oscars 2014: Guide to the Best Supporting Actress nominees

Mar 02, 2014 - 1:16 PM

With J Law or Julia take home a 2nd Oscar or will a first time nominee bag the award this year?

Full list: Winners, nominees Independent Spirit Awards 2014

Mar 02, 2014 - 11:55 AM

12 Years A Slave takes home 5 trophies including Best Picture at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards

BIG WINNERS. Actor Brad Pitt (L), Lupita Nyong’o and director Steve McQueen (R) pose with their award for best feature film for '12 Years A Slave'. Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Agence France-Presse

Hollywood 'exile' for black actors worries British government

Feb 25, 2014 - 10:34 AM

As black British actors migrate to Hollywood due to lack of roles available the British government takes action

LACK OF ROLES FOR BLACK BRITS? British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor poses with the award for a leading actor for his work on the film "12 Years a Slave" at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT

FULL LIST: Winners in Britain's BAFTA Awards 2014

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:19 AM

Steve McQueen s 12 Years A Slave takes home the top prize

BEST ACTOR. Chiwetel Ejiofor poses with the award for a leading actor for his work on the film '12 Years a Slave'. Photo by Carl Court/Agence France-Presse

FULL LIST: Nominees in Britain's BAFTA Awards 2014

Feb 16, 2014 - 10:01 AM

Gravity has 11 nods; 12 Years a Slave American Hustle are each nominated in 10 categories; Captain Phillips has 9 nods

BAFTA. A hotel butler polishes the masks that are awarded to winners at the BAFTA. Photo by Carl Court/Agence France-Presse

It's a tie! 'Gravity' and '12 Years' share top PGA prize

Jan 21, 2014 - 11:30 AM

Sci fi film Gravity and historical drama 12 Years A Slave are both awarded the top prize at the Producers Guild of America Awards

TOP PRIZE. '12 Years A Slave' producers (L-R) Anthony Katagas and Brad Pitt and director Steve McQueen. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse

FULL LIST: Nominees and Winners, Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014

Jan 17, 2014 - 11:08 AM

Read the full list of winners from the Critics Choice awards here now

WINNER. Will Leo's Critics' Choice win bring him closer to an Oscar? Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse

Predictions: Winners at the 2014 SAG Awards

Jan 10, 2014 - 8:37 AM

Here are our fearless predictions for the 20th SAG Awards which will be held on January 18