Majour and minor sins according to Islam


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Battle for Permatang Pauh: Arif Shah hoping ‘3’ spells lucky

By : Sharanjit Singh, Sajahan Waheed and Elizabeth John 

PERMATANG PAUH: His name will be third on the ballot paper, but Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah could not be happier.

The 52-year-old, who is Chinese educated, said three was pronounced as “san” in Mandarin and it had a number of meanings.

“Three means hill and it looks like BN is going to the peak in this contest.”

 Taken frm Malaysiakini news, by Beh Lih Yi & Athi Veeranggan, “Permatang Pauh: It’s a three-way fight”

(It is not going to be a straight fight between PKR and Barisan Nasional for the Permatang Pauh by-election on Aug 26. In fact, it will be a three-cornered fight. As it stands now, Anwar, 61, looks a sure bet to win this seat which was vacated by his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on July 31. It was a move to get Anwar back into Parliament after an absence of 10 years. His most potent challenger is still BN’s Arif Shah, who is a local man just like Anwar, as well as the incumbent Seberang Jaya state representative. Seberang Jaya is one of the three state seats under the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency. Senior to Arif Shah by 10 years, Anwar was the Permatang Pauh Umno division chief at the time the former was its youth chief.)

Speaking to reporters after the nomination, Arif Shah quipped that his third position on the ballot paper gave him an edge over his two opponents.

“The number ‘three’ means mountain in Mandarin and that would mean we are up on the hill. Alhamdullilah (praise to God), I will wrest back Permatang Pauh,” he said.

Majour and minor sins according to Islam

Belief and Superstition

Taken from Albalagh

“No soul knows what it will earn tomorrow.” [Luqman, 31:34]

“The person who goes to a soothsayer and believes in him has rejected that which was revealed to Muhammad (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam).” [Musnad Ahmad]

  1. The president of an American company informs his anxious employees that they are about to get a big contract that will ensure jobs for coming years. Then he adds, “Knock on wood.”
  2. If things are more uncertain, he will say, “Keep your fingers crossed.” Keeping fingers crossed is expected to ward off evil.
  3. Knocking on wood is meant to bring good luck by enlisting the support of spirits who according to the ancient pagans Druids, lived in trees.
  4. There are U.S. Air Force crews who insist on touching or knocking trees before taking off.

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Ten years younger but potbelly indicates 10 times more health hazards

Ten years younger

 but potbelly indicates

10 times more health hazards


PKR’s Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim


Barisan Nasional’s Arif Shah Omar Shah 

for the Permatang Pauh by-election on Aug 26. 

BN candidate Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah (left) shaking hands with PKR candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (right) and Independent candidate Hanafi Hamat,61, (centre) looks on after completing their nomination at Maktab Perguruan Tuanku Bainun in Mengkuang, Bukit Mertajam, Saturday. permatang pauh by election nomination day 160808 39






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Is President Bush pushing the butt of beach volleyball female player?

 Is President Bush

pushing the butt of beach volleyball female player?




showing thumb-up sign to her body

The President’s position is unclear

What is George W. Bush doing with the US beach volleyball team?

President Bush meets the US beach volleyball team

New fakery scandal, as China’s ‘ethnic’ children actually come from Han majority

New fakery scandal at Beijing

as China’s ‘ethnic’ children actually come from Han majority

Children from Chinese ethnic groups wave after carrying in the Chinese flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games

Times Online


Their different hats, dresses and robes may indeed have represented the diversity of the world’s most populous nation. But an official from the children’s dance troupe revealed yesterday that the youngsters did not.

There were no Uighurs, no Zhuangs, no Huis, no Tujias, no Mongols and definitely no Tibetans. Indeed, in the latest in a series of manipulations that have soured memories of the spectacular opening ceremony, all 56 were revealed to be Han Chinese, who make up more than 90 per cent of the country’s 1.3 billion people.

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Social scientists and scholars have generally organized their understanding of genocide in terms of the political structure within which it takes place, the context in which genocide occurs, the motives of the perpetrator, the nature of the victims, and the stages through which genocide passes.

a) Institutions of government

It is clear from empirical and historical research that democide, including genocide (however defined), are facets of totalitarian systems, and to a lesser extent of authoritarian ones. The degree to which people are not democratically free increases the likelihood of some kind of domestic genocide or democide, as in totalitarian Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hitler’s Germany, and Mao’s Communist China; or fascist Chiang Kai-shek’s China, Franco’s Spain, and Admiral Miklos Horthy’s Hungary; or dictator Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Idi Amin’s Uganda, and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s Turkey. Those governments that commit virtually no domestic genocide, or other government domestic murder or extermination campaigns, are the modern democracies that recognize civil liberties and political rights. To predict where genocide is likely to occur, look first at the totalitarian governments, and next at the authoritarian ones.

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Definition of Democide

By R.J. Rummel

Genocide: among other things, the killing of people by a government because of their indelible group membership (race, ethnicity, religion, language).


Politicide: the murder of any person or people by a government because of their politics or for political purposes.

Mass Murder: the indiscriminate killing of any person or people by a government.

Democide: The murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder.

Genocide is horrible, an abomination of our species, totally unacceptable. It is an obscenity, the evil of our time that all good people must work to eradicate. And at the core there is no doubt as to what this evil is–all recognize that the Nazi program to kill all Jews was genocide. Nor is there any doubt that the current Bosnian Serb massacre of Bosnian Moslems is genocide. But was genocide also the massacre of helpless villagers in the Sudan by government forces fighting a rebellion, the Indonesian army purge of communists, the assassination of political opponents by the Nationalist government on Formosa, the “land-reform” executions of landlords in the Soviet Union, or the rapid death of inmates in Vietnamese re-education camps? What about non-killing which has been called genocide, such as the absorption of one culture by another, the disease spread to natives by contact with colonists, the forced deportation of a people, or African slavery?

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Democide is a term coined by political scientist R. J. Rummel for “the murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder.” Rummel created the term as an extended concept to include forms of government murder that are not covered by the legal definition of genocide, and it has found currency among other scholars.

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Staring Down the Russians


Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

The end of the Cold War was supposed to usher in a new age in which the major powers would no longer dictate to their neighbors how to run their affairs. That is why Russia’s invasion of Georgia is so tragic and so potentially ominous. Russia is now on watch: Will it continue to rely on coercion to achieve its imperial aims or is it willing to work within the emerging international system that values cooperation and consensus?

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THAUNG HTUN: 888 has dark significance in Yangon

THAUNG HTUN: 888 has dark significance in Yangon


Dr Thaung Htun is the representative for United Nations Affairs with the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, Myanmar’s government-in-exile

WE could all appreciate the cute symmetry of 08-08-08. But Friday’s Olympic opening ceremony was poorly timed. Aug 8, 1988 — “08-08-88” — was the date of a brutal crackdown in Myanmar, which killed some 3,000 people, mostly students and monks, and is a deep notch marking Myanmar’s descent into hell since the military coup in 1962.

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Malaysian Trade Union Congress:Thousands of workers have been exploited, cheated, stepped on and abused

Malaysian Trade Union Congress:

Thousands of workers have been

exploited, cheated, stepped on and abused 

Malaysiakini interview by Fauwaz Abdul Aziz with MTUC Secretary General Aug16,08 

Don’t put your hopes on multinational corporations (MNC) improving factory conditions by applying codes of conduct, said Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) secretary-general G Rajasekaran.

The lesson to be learnt from the recent case of US apparels giant Nike Inc is that our government must be the catalyst of change, and not wait for the MNCs to lead it, said Rajasekaran.

Considering the reticence of the Malaysian government, labour laws are not expected to change or improve in the near future, he added.

rajasekaran mtuc rajasekeran“Nike is not known as an exemplary employer.

And the Malaysian government?

Thousands of workers have been exploited, cheated, stepped on and abused and the government has not been bothered,” Rajasekaran told Malaysiakini in a telephone interview.

Comment: Foreign workers are extra exploited  and Malaysia Labour Law failed to protect them.

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