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


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,


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



 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


The Middle East’s Leading English Language Daily

Shaheen Nazar |

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, 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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