Guardian : The new authoritarian govt of Singapore

 The new authoritarian govt of Singapore


S’pore ticks off British writer over article
The S’pore model of authoritarian govt is an assault on democracy, he says

By Zakir Hussain July 17, 2008

SINGAPORE has taken to task a British writer who disparaged the Republic as
a modern, undemocratic form of authoritarianism.

Mr John Kampfner, writing in The Guardian newspaper, had highlighted
Singapore as a model for a growing phenomenon he had observed in many
countries, including Britain.

The phenomenon: the willingness of highly educated, well-travelled people to
trade some freedoms in return for prosperity or security.

He termed it a ‘pact’ which he views as an assault on democracy, and
concluded: ‘It is providing a modicum of a good life, and a quiet life, the
ultimate anaesthetic for the brain.’

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Human rights: Burma, Somalia, Iran

Human rights – 19-06-2008

In its three human rights resolutions adopted on Thursday in Strasbourg, the European Parliament criticises the Burmese government’s treatment of its own people, voices concern at the high civilian death toll in Somalia’s civil war and condemns the executions of juveniles in Iran.

Burmese junta condemned
Parliament’s resolution on Burma deplores the continuing oppression by the junta, the renewed house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, the government’s actions following the recent cyclone and the ineffectiveness of EU sanctions on Burma.


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NLD members charged with causing public alarm

Jul 17, 2008 (DVB)–Fourteen National League for Democracy members arrested in front of the party headquarters on 19 June made their second appearance before Bahan township court yesterday.

The group has been detained in Insein prison after being beaten up and arrested by Union Solidarity and Development Association and Swan Arr Shin members while peacefully celebrating detained NLD leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday.

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Charges of Forced Labor Emerge in Cyclone-Hit Areas

By Saw Yan Naing

Thursday,July 17,2008

Thousands of people in hundreds of villages are being forced to labor for free under a military-led reconstruction effort in the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta, according to sources in the area.

Villagers in the hard-hit townships of Laputta, Bogalay, Pyapon and Dedaye say that local people, including children, have been told by Ward Peace and Development Councils and military troops that they must provide labor on a rotating basis.

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