Globalization (or globalisation) is the term to describe the way countries are becoming more interconnected both economically and culturally. This process is a combination of economic, technological, sociocultural and political forces. Globalization is often used to refer to economic globalization, that is, integration of national economies into the international economy through trade, foreign direct investment, capital flows, migration, and the spread of technology. 

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Anwar is on track to win power in Malaysia?

Anwar is on track to win power in Malaysia?

Ian MacKinnon



Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, has previously said he will secure a majority in parliament by Malaysia’s national day, September 16.

But earlier this week 50 of the government’s 140 MPs flew to Taiwan on a farming study trip set to last more than a week. Anwar said it was a government ruse to ensure they did not cross the floor of the house, a charge denied by the embattled prime minister, Abdullah Badawi.


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Ian MacKinnon’s Q&A: Anwar Ibrahim

Q&A: Anwar Ibrahim

Ian MacKinnon


Anwar Ibrahim, 61, the leader of Malaysia’s resurgent opposition, was due to appear in court today to answer charges of sodomy against a 23-year-old male aide. The case was postponed after the prosecution sought to move it to a higher court. Anwar, who was re-elected as an MP two weeks ago, says the charges are fabricated by the government to derail his political comeback.

Hasn’t this happened to him before?

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Malaysia cabinet ordered to restore access to all blocked websites

Malaysia cabinet ordered to restore access to all blocked websites

The cabinet has decided to restore access to all blocked websites, but  editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin remains unconvinced by the sudden reversal.

Malaysia Today


Ban lifted but RPK claims ‘hidden agenda’
Sep 11, 08 5:05pm

raja petra malaysia today controversyupdated 7.15pm with MCMC comments Cabinet has decided to restore access to all blocked websites, but RPK remains unconvinced by the sudden U-turn.



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Suhakam slams cops over ‘mistaken identity’ case

Rahmah Ghazali | Sep 10, 08 5:14pm

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) today took the police to task over the way it handled the case of a 22-year-old Malaysian suspected of being an illegal immigrant.

suhakam uthayakumar health pc 230408 sivaSuhakam commissioner N Siva Subramaniam said M Rajeshvari should have been given the time to explain herself.

He also criticised the police on the way it handles cases relating to illegal immigrants, saying that the police should listen to what these people have to say and not just ‘tangkap muat‘ them.

Siva was responding to a report in the Star yesterday which stated that Rajeshvari was held at the Lenggeng immigration depot for nine months for not having proper identification and for failing to recollect her identity card number.

She was arrested during a police raid at a coffee shop in Kuala Lumpur last October. Since she was not fluent in Bahasa Malaysia, the authorities suspected her of being a Sri Lankan.

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When home is a foreign term

R. Nadeswaran and Terence Fernandez

As foreign minister, Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim has his hands full taking on critics of Malaysia’s judicial and enforcement processes, but as he tells R. NADESWARAN and TERENCE FERNANDEZ, his biggest challenges are right here at home.

IT seems of late your focus has been more of explaining the charges against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to our foreign missions. Is the apparent one-sided view of the foreign press a reflection of the inaction of our missions to correct whatever perception they may have of Malaysia and its treatment of Anwar?
I’ve been here five months. My focus is not merely Anwar. My focus is a good spread. If it so happens that America, Britain or Europe wants to focus more on Anwar, that’s their business, but we have enough facts and we have distributed them to all our missions and we have dispersed materials to America, Britain and Europe in respect of our laws.

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Mizzima:Junta sets new target for overseas job placement

Nem Davies

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 20:23

New Delhi – Burma’s Ministry of Labor has set a new target for overseas employment agencies, looking for each registered agency to place 300 Burmese workers abroad per year, according to placement agencies.

While the Ministry earlier set the target at just 100 positions for each agency, the new instruction, given in April, is causing panic among overseas placement agencies, as the Ministry also warned that failing to reach the new target could result in a delay or the inability to renew their company license.

“If we are short of just a few placements to meet the target, there should not be much problem, but if we are far short of the target our license could be revoked,” commented an official at a Rangoon-based overseas employment agency.

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Irrawaddy:Burmese Dissidents in Exile Challenge Junta’s UN Seat


Wednesday,September 10,2008

Two Burmese dissident groups in exile, the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) and the Members of Parliament Union-Burma (MPU), attempted on Tuesday to threaten the Burmese junta’s claim to a seat at the United Nations.

The groups filed a formal challenge to the regime’s credentials yesterday, saying that Burma’s legitimate government was elected in 1990 during a free and fair election, and that the military junta had illegally and ruthlessly disregarded the will of the people.

The Lexus and the Olive Tree

The Lexus and the Olive Tree


The Lexus and the Olive Tree is a 1999 book by Thomas L. Friedman posits that the world is currently undergoing two struggles:

  1. the drive for prosperity and development, symbolized by the Lexus,
  2. and the desire to retain identity and traditions, symbolized by the olive tree.

He says he came to this realization while eating a sushi box lunch on a Japanese bullet train after visiting a Toyota factory and reading an article about conflict in the Middle East.

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The World Is Flat

The World Is Flat


The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century is an international bestselling book by Thomas L. Friedman, analyzing the progress of globalization with an emphasis on the early 21st century. The title is a metaphor for viewing the world as flat or level in terms of commerce and competition, as in a level playing field -or one where all competitors have an equal opportunity. As the first edition cover indicates, the title also alludes to the historic shifts in perception once people realized the world was not flat, but round and how a similar shift in perception -albeit figurative- is required if countries, companies and individuals want to remain competitive in a global market where historical, regional and geographical divisions are becoming increasingly irrelevant.

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Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman

From Wikipedia

Thomas Lauren Friedman (born July 20, 1953) is an American journalist, columnist and author. He is an op-ed contributor to The New York Times, whose column appears twice weekly and mainly addresses topics on foreign affairs. Friedman is known for supporting a compromise resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, modernization of the Arab world, environmentalism and globalization. Although an early supporter of the invasion of Iraq, he later became an outspoken critic of the war and the Bush administration.

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The End of History and the Last Man

The End of History and the Last Man

From Wikipedia,

The End of History and the Last Man is a 1992 book by Francis Fukuyama, expanding on his 1989 essay “The End of History?”, published in the international affairs journal The National Interest. In the book, Fukuyama argues that the advent of Western liberal democracy may signal the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the final form of human government.

“What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”[1]

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Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama

The End of History and the Last Man,

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama (born October 27, 1952) is an American philosopher, political economist, and author.

Fukuyama received his Bachelor of Arts degree in classics from Cornell University, where he studied political philosophy under Allan Bloom. He earned his Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, studying with Samuel P. Huntington and Harvey C. Mansfield, among others. Fukuyama has been affiliated with the Telluride Association since his undergraduate years at Cornell, an educational enterprise that was home to other significant leaders and intellectuals, including Steven Weinberg and Paul Wolfowitz.

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Will DSAI really become the great reformer?

Will DSAI really become the great reformer?

Extracts only from Manjit Bhatia’s article in Malaysiakini

MANJIT BHATIA is an academic and writer and an associate partner of AsiaRisk, a risk analysis consultancy, with specialisation in international economics and politics. His writings have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Business Times Singapore, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review and elsewhere.

…..Today Malaysians are waiting with almost bated breath for Sep 16. Apparently, on this day, Anwar, with help from sitting (and non-sitting) politicians in the ruling Barisan Nasional, will topple the regime….

With that Anwar will usurp national power. He will turn a severely bastardised parliamentary democracy into a flowering, full-blown, truly multi-racial democracy – with Malaysian characteristics of course.

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