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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