China Olympic proved that Stalin was right

China Olympic proved that Stalin was right

Jeremy Fernando’s opinion in Malaysiakini

JEREMY FERNANDO is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University. He is also the author of Reflections on (T)error.

yang peiyi and lin miaoke 210808On August 8, 2008, the People’s Republic of China taught the world about Stalinism.

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During the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Yang Peiyi (below, left), the voice of “Ode to my Motherland” was literally relegated to the background for having bad teeth, whilst the more telegenic Lin Miaoke took center-stage.

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Beware of learned man

Beware of learned man

POSTED by Rashid, August 21, 2008  

  • “If you see a learned man frequent the houses of rulers,
  • beware of him because he is a thief.” 

“If you see a learned man, who has many friends

  • you may be sure he is charlatan and a faker,
  • because if he would speak the truth,
  • those friends would hate him.” 

Umar Ibn Al-Khattab said:

“If you see the learned man cherishing this world,

  • then entrust not your religion into his hands
  • because everyone is captivated by what he loves.” 

Quotes taken from Ihyâ ul Ulûm ad-Dîn by Imam Al-Ghazali

Crackdown on Civil Rights, Media Feared

Crackdown on Civil Rights, Media Feared

By Baradan Kuppusamy

(IPS) – A series of tough measures in recent weeks has raised fears of a major crackdown against tolerance and dissent as rival political forces battle for state power in a society made fragile by economic uncertainties and decades of autocratic rule. 

“Taken together there is a growing climate of fear and intolerance,” said Yap Swee Seng, executive director of Suaram, a leading human rights organisation.

“Tolerance for dissent and freedom of media is narrowing,” he told IPS. “What little media freedom existed is now under severe threat.”

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Irrawaddy;Children Die in Chin State Famine

By SAW YAN NAING

Wednesday,August 20,2008

More than 30 children have died in a famine in Chin state, western Burma, according to the Chin National Council, an exile rights group.

The famine was caused by a plague of rats, which ate rice stocks in many of the state’s villages.

Another Chin group, the Chin Human Rights Organization, said the famine had hit about 20 percent of the state’s population, or at least 100,000 people.

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Kuwait advisor will visit Myanmar

 Kuwait advisor will visit Myanmar

AlWatanDaialy

The delegation will group representatives from the Foreign Ministry, Kuwait Investment Authority, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, the Civil Aviation Department and other bodies.
AlـAjmi also noted that these representatives would place the basis for implementing the agreements signed on the sidelines of the Asian tour of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser AlـMohammed AlـSabah.

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God’s fury at Myanmar-China alliance

God’s fury at Myanmar-China alliance

At almost the same time Myanmar was hit by Cyclone Nergis China was striken with Sin Chuan earth quake.

Now at their border a new earthquake.AFP

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit China’s border with Myanmar early Wednesday

BEIJING (AFP) — A 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit China’s border with Myanmar early Wednesday, destroying homes and forcing more than a thousand people to evacuate, the US Geological Survey and Chinese state media said.

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Is Suu Kyi regarded Gambari as a good-for-nothing, garbage friend of SPDC goons?

Is Suu Kyi regarded

Gambari as a good-for-nothing,

garbage friend of SPDC goons?

Reuters

PhotoGambari used to go to Rangoon, giving a lot of hope to all the people of Burma, all the opposition groups including NLD and Daw Suu. He was well treated as a guest of honour but he failed to garner nothing (anything) from the gangster generals. Our hopes were gone with the wind. Now Daw Suu give up the hope to get gemocracy and dialogue through Gambari. No need to gamble by continue to play the game when the opponent is cheating and the referee is goof, corrupt (because of fear) and there is no guarantee at all for a fair play. May be it is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s clever game plan to snubb him and SPDC like this because we all regarded Gambari as a good-for-nothing, garbage friend of SPDC goons after he was rumoured to have accepted the gifts from military government. Internet jokes included girls like Htet Htet Moe Oo (all of us knew that it is not true but laughed as a political satire only) met him to persuade his thoughts away from the plights of Daw Suu. Continue reading

UN under pressure over Myanmar: Indonesia

UN under pressure over Myanmar: Indonesia

Daily Times

 * Jakarta’s FM says pressure mounting to bring Myanmar case back to UNSC

JAKARTA: The UN Security Council is under “growing pressure” to act against Myanmar’s military regime unless it takes more credible steps toward democracy, Indonesia’s foreign minister said Wednesday.

Hassan Wirajuda said Myanmar’s partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were consulting with Security Council member China and other countries to try to nudge the junta toward genuine democratic reform. “There’s growing pressure to bring the Myanmar case back to the UN Security Council. So we are not sitting quietly, we are doing what we can do to help … ensure a more credible process,” he told reporters.

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Surin: ASEAN to speed up integrated community under its new charter

Surin: ASEAN to speed up integrated community under its new charter

www.chinaview.cn 2008-08-09 15:32:06

JAKARTA, Aug. 9 (Xinhua)– The ASEAN Charter will inspire the regional community with visionary of the people’s prosperity in the future, despite it is still facing many unresolved issues, the organization’s secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan said.

    In an interview with Xinhua after the celebration of the 41st anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), which fell on Friday, Surin said this is a good time for the member states to reflect on how far ASEAN has come.

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Burma Ratifies ASEAN Charter but opposes Asean rights body

Myanmar Ratifies ASEAN Charter

but opposes Asean rights body

 Myanmar’s military government has said it will oppose any move to invest a new South-East Asian human rights body with investigative and monitoring powers.

Diplomats attending the annual Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) meeting said Myanmar officials were clear about their objections to the body having any monitoring authority.

The body proposed by the 10-member Asean will not have enforcement or prosecution powers.

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Singapore PM calls for speedy ratification of ASEAN charter

Singapore PM calls for speedy ratification of ASEAN charter

AFP

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Singapore on Wednesday called for speedy ratification of an ASEAN charter, which requires the bloc to uphold ideals of democracy and human rights and to make legally binding commitments.

In a speech to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) parliamentarians, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the charter was an important part of the process for ASEAN to establish a single market and manufacturing base by 2015.

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