Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968), Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying. Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

Victory belongs to the most persevering. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821)

The sufferings that fate inflicts on us should be borne with patience, what enemies inflict with manly courage. Thucydides (471 BC – 400 BC)

The word ‘politics’ is derived from the word ‘poly’, meaning ‘many’,

and the word ‘ticks’, meaning ‘blood sucking parasites’. Larry Hardiman

Politics is war without bloodshed

while war is politics with bloodshed. Mao Tse-Tung (1893 – 1976)

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One Blood, One Voice, One Command

By Wai Moe

Friday,June 27,2008

The June 20 shakeup in the Burmese armed forces has raised the question of whether the top military leaders are at loggerheads.

Though not confirmed officially, as many as 150 military officers were reportedly reassigned in last week’s reshuffle. In addition, four lieutenant-generals who headed the bureaus of special operations (BSOs) were given retirement, though initial reports suggest that some BSO commanders are resisting the order to retire.

Speculation about a shake-up within the Tatmadaw (armed forces) has been rife for months.

Larry Jagan, a British journalist who specializes in Burma, wrote in The Asia Times on March 27 that the regular army commanders’ meeting could not be held for nine months due to rising tension between Snr-Gen Than Shwe and the number two general, vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye.
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Lt-Gen Myint Swe: Future No 2?

By Min Lwin

Friday,June 27,2008

Amid recent reshuffling of key military posts in Burma, military observers and exiled dissidents are focusing their attention on Lt-Gen Myint Swe, who some say is slated to replace Vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye as the ruling regime’s second-most powerful figure.

Myint Swe, the chief of the Bureau of Special Operations 5 (BSO-5), has played a prominent role in some of the key events in the junta’s recent history.

In 2002, as the head of Rangoon Regional Command, he played a part in the arrest of family members of former dictator Ne Win.

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Sign up or shut up

Behind the Headlines
By BUNN NAGARA

The Asean charter is too important to have some member countries dither over pet words.

MORE than six months after the Asean charter was signed in Singapore, nearly half the 10 member countries have still to ratify it. Initial enthusiasm over the only document to give Asean a legal identity has led to an anti-climax.

Holdout countries Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar seem to have their own reasons for the delay, with the perception that it concerns the common issue of democracy.

Thailand may be an exception here in still having to find itself and locate its bearings on the charter. When it signed on in November last year, it was in something of a transition over issues like democracy, and may still be trying to identify its posture.

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Private and public health can grow in tandem

Q&A: Private and public health can grow in tandem

Malaysiakini Andrew Ong | Jun 28, 08

Nutritionist turned politician Liow Tiong Lai was appointed the new health minister after the March election and he has been a busy man since.

However, he still obliged to a 70-minute long interview with Malaysiakini at his office in Kuala Lumpur during the parliament session lunch break.

Barely three months on the job, Liow appears to be well-versed with his new portfolio as he gave a preview of his plans ahead to improve the healthcare system in the country.

The soft-spoken Liow also opined that the burgeoning private healthcare system would complement the government’s effort to improve healthcare in general.

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Blog standard: Politics on the web. Authoritarian governments can lock up bloggers. It is harder to outwit them

Blog standard: Politics on the web

Malaysia Today Friday, 27 June 2008

Authoritarian governments can lock up bloggers. It is harder to outwit them

From Egypt to Malaysia to Saudi Arabia to Singapore, bloggers have in recent months found themselves behind bars for posting materials that those in power dislike. The most recent Worldwide Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters Without Borders, a lobby group, estimates their number at a minimum of 64.

The Economist

WHAT do Barbra Streisand and the Tunisian president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, have in common? They both tried to block material they dislike from appearing on the internet. And they were both spectacularly unsuccessful. In 2003 Ms Streisand objected to aerial photographs of her home in Malibu appearing in a collection of publicly available coastline pictures. She sued (unsuccessfully) for $50m—and in doing so ensured that the pictures gained far wider publicity.

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Suu Kyi Manga Released in English

By THE IRRAWADDY

Friday,June 27,2008

In the 20 years since Aung San Suu Kyi first emerged as the leader of Burma’s pro-democracy movement, she has inspired admiration in people around the world. She has also captured the imagination of artists, filmmakers and songwriters, making her not only a political but also a cultural icon.

In 1994, she even made it into the world of manga, the book-length comics that are a ubiquitous feature of Japanese pop culture.

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Thugs castrated the UNSC

 

 

Impotent and Paralyzed UNSC

can only ‘regret’ Zimbabwe vote,

because

Thugs castrated the UNSC

 

The Australian

THE UN security council failed to agree on declaring Zimbabwe’s run-off election illegitimate today in the face of South African opposition.

Instead, it merely issued an oral statement of regret over the one-candidate presidential vote.

US Ambassador to the UN Zalmay Khalilzad, who chairs the council this month, said members “agreed that conditions for free and fair elections did not exist and it was a matter of deep regret that the election went ahead in these circumstances”.

The US and its European allies had pushed for adoption of a British-drafted statement that would have stated that the results of today’s election “could have no credibility or legitimacy”.

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Congratulations, Obama, Clinton, Mandela, Daw Suu, Mugabe and Than Shwe

 Happy Union of Future Presidents

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 Happy Birthday two Noble Prize winners

 

 

 

Congratulations Reincarnated-Devil Twin Dictators

for successfully DODGED the UNSC

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Muslim World Almanac 2008

Muslim World Almanac 2008:

An encyclopedic endeavor

ARAB NEWS

The Middle East’s Leading English Language Daily

Shaheen Nazar | shaheen.nazar@arabnews.com

The section “Current Muslim Issues” deals with_

  1. The plight of Muslim minorities in Myanmar, southern Philippines, southern Thailand and India’s Gujarat.
  2. Three separate articles on America’s Guantanamo, Iraq’s Abu Ghraib and Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base remind its readers of the persecution and discrimination that the community faces today.

With the publication of “Muslim World Almanac 2008,” a group of individuals based in Makkah and Jeddah has done a remarkable job. Dr. Abdullah Omar Naseef has rightly said in his preface: “Seldom do we come across a comprehensive exposition of our faith and its tradition, together with its authentic and up-to-date portrayal of the geopolitical and socioeconomic conditions in the Muslim world. Here is a response to this challenge, covering, inter alia, the current state of affairs in the Muslim regions, ethnic and demographic composition including the historical turns and twists that characterize our worldwide community. The Makkah-based treatise is indeed a noteworthy attempt.”

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Govt Urged To Recognise Realities Faced By Asylum Seekers

Govt Urged To Recognise Realities

Faced By Asylum Seekers

Bernama June 20, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 (Bernama) — The Migration Working Group (MWG) has appealed to the government to recognise the realities faced by asylum seekers, 90 per cent of whom are from Myanmar.

It also urges the government to meet its international obligations to protect and assist them.

In making the call on behalf of MWG, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) executive director Ivy Josiah said Malaysia had yet to enact laws that recognise, protect and assist asylum seekers.

As a result, they were treated as non-documented migrants and subjected to arrest, detention, whipping, imprisonment and deportation, she said at the World Refugee Day 2008 celebration here Friday.

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Boy Raises RM25,000 To Aid Victims Of Cyclone Nargis

Boy Raises RM25,000

To Aid Victims Of Cyclone Nargis

Bernama.com, June 27, 2008

By Chan Siang Ling & Vega Aulia Pradipta

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 (Bernama) — The affable demeanour of the people of Myanmar during a trip to the country left a lasting impression on teenager Tristan Lim Yang Jun.

And when ‘Cyclone Nargis’ left Myanmar in a state of devastation recently, the 13-year-old was spurred into raising funds to assist victims of the disaster.

On June 2, the Year Eight student of the Alice Smith School in Seri Kembangan near here, decided to do his bit for the “friendly people of Myanmar” by raising funds for the cyclone victims.

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Walking with refugees

Walking with refugees

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By Jeremy Lim

TO US, IT was just a simple meal of boiled chicken, rice, carrots and ikan bilis. To them, it was probably a feast. As part of our mission to serve the refugees, 10 volunteers from the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Singapore were sharing lunch with them at their makeshift camp, somewhere in the jungles of Malaysia. (Yes, there are refugees in Malaysia!)

 

Fleeing violence and forced evictions by the military junta, over 100,000 Myanmese refugees scrape out an existence working in construction sites, factories or rubber plantations. As they will be persecuted upon return to Myanmar, they should be granted protection under the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention. Continue reading

Burmese Refugees in America

Refugees in America

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The U.S. resettles more refugees than any other nation. They hail from Russia and the Baltic states as well as from Iran and Somalia. The State Department assigns them to cities across the country where they have relatives or job opportunities.

In the last two years, some 20,000 refugees have arrived from the country formerly known as Burma and renamed Myanmar by the ruling military junta. And more could arrive after a deady cyclone last month left an estimated 2.4 million Burmese people homeless and hungry.

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