WE ARE THE LEADERS WE CHOOSE

WE ARE THE LEADERS WE CHOOSE

 The Star’s MUSINGS WITH MARINA MAHATHIR 

We need skills to select what is correct and feasible. A good leader will learn from a bad decision and not repeat it, nor ignore problems in the hope that they go away.

OUR choices in life are based on the knowledge we have. When we know little, then we make our choices based on that narrow field of knowledge.

For instance, when I was a child, all my friends and I could think of for our future careers were the usual: doctor, lawyer, teacher, maybe stewardess. None of us knew that such occupations as graphic designer or software engineer or even chief executive officer existed. Of course that was partly because there was not yet a need for such things. Furthermore, at the time, we were still limited by what we thought women could do, despite believing that women could do anything.

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George Orwell’s 1984 (English/Burmese)

George Orwell’s 1984

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nineteen Eighty-Four (also titled 1984),[1] by George Orwell (the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair), is a 1949 English novel about life under a futuristic totalitarian regime in the year 1984. It tells the story of Winston Smith, a functionary at the Ministry of Truth, whose work consists of editing historical accounts to fit the government’s policies. The book has major significance for its vision of an all-knowing government which uses pervasive and constant surveillance of the populace, insidious and blatant propaganda, and brutal control over its citizens. The book had a substantial impact both in literature and on the perception of public surveillance, inspiring such terms as ‘Big Brother‘ and ‘Orwellian‘.

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Military dictatorship

Military dictatorship

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A military dictatorship is a form of government wherein the political power resides with the military; it is similar but not identical to a stratocracy, a state ruled directly by the military.

Like any dictatorship, a military dictatorship may be official or unofficial, and as a result may not actually qualify as stratocratic. Mixed forms also exist, where the military exerts a very strong influence without being entirely dominant.

The typical military dictatorship in Latin America was ruled by a junta (derived from a Spanish word which can be translated as “conference” or “board”), or a committee composed of several officers, often from the military’s most senior leadership, but in other cases (e.g. when their military superiors remained loyal to, or indeed were, the previous regime) less senior, as evidenced by the term colonels’ regime. Other military dictatorships are entirely in the hands of a single officer (also called a caudillo), usually the senior army commander. In either case, the chairman of the junta or the single commander may often personally assume office as head of state.

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Police state

Police state

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The term police state describes a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic and political life of the population. A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive.

The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a secret police force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional republic.[1]

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The biggest terrorist’s speech at UN became excellent after edited out the terror words

President Bush Addresses United Nations General Assembly 

United Nations Headquarters
New York, New York

Extracts only, left out the unnecessary sentences relating to terrorists as the rest of the world also see USA as biggest terrorist in the world.

THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Secretary General, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen: I’m pleased to be here to address the General Assembly.

Sixty-three years ago, representatives from around the world gathered in San Francisco to complete the founding of the Charter of the United Nations. They met in the shadow of a devastating war, with grave new dangers on the horizon. They agreed on a historic pledge: “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, and unite their strength to maintain international peace and security.”

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One of the Miracles of the Quran explained by Yusuf Estes

Bush uses UN speech to criticise Burma

Bush uses UN speech to criticise Burma

 

US President George Bush today urged the United Nations to uphold human rights and to let them “guide our way” in the world.

Mr Bush was speaking on the first day of the UN’s 62nd General Assembly in New York.

He said the universal declaration of human rights was a “landmark achievement” and that all nations could agree on some human rights concerns.

He said the UN must work to free people from “tyranny and violence”.

He went on: “Americans are outraged by the situation in Burma.”

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Migrant workers activist Irene Fernandez’s trail

Migrant workers activist Irene Fernandez’s trail

S Pathmawathy in M alaysiakini

irene fernandez trial 100908 03The 13-year court battle of migrant workers activist Irene Fernandez will proceed as scheduled on Oct 28, even though documents relating to her appeal case may be incomplete. In 1995, Fernandez exposed the poor conditions at immigration detention centres in a memorandum entitled ‘Abuse, Torture and Dehumanised Conditions of Migrant Workers in Detention Centres’.
She was arrested and charged under Section 8A (1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 a year later. The maximum penalty on conviction is three years’ imprisonment or a fine not exceeding RM20,000, or both.Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Mohamad Apandi Ali said the hearing for Fernandez’s appeal will kick off on Oct 28 to 30 and continue on Nov 24 to 28.

The compiled documents amounting to 3,648 pages were divided into eight volumes. Nevertheless, these did not include the list of exhibits essential to the appeal, said Fernandez’s lawyer M Puravalen.

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British Muslim body okays guide dog help

LONDON, Sept 25 – A British Muslim body has ruled that a blind student can take a guide dog with him to his local mosque, a judgment Muslim and blind advocacy groups are hailing as a breakthrough.

The Muslim Law Council (Syariah) UK issued a fatwa allowing 18-year-old Mahomed-Abraar Khatri to take his dog with him to the Bilal Jamia Mosque in the English city of Leicester.

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REUTERS:Blast in central Yangon, four injured – police

YANGON (Reuters) – A suspected bomb blast outside City Hall in military-ruled Myanmar’s main city, Yangon, injured four people on Thursday, a policeman at the scene said, on the eve of the first anniversary of a bloody military crackdown.

 

“It seems to have been a small bomb, but we are still carrying out investigations,” the policeman, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters.

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AP:Explosion rattles Yangon amid tight security

YANGON, Myanmar, Sept 25 – Witnesses say an explosion went off in Myanmar’s main city amid tight security to mark the one-year anniversary of the junta’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Witnesses say three people appeared to have been lightly wounded by today’s blast.

The explosion occurred around 10:30 a.m. local time at a bus stop near Yangon’s City Hall, which was central to the protests led by Buddhist monks a year ago.

Riot police have poured into the area and sealed it off with yellow tape. Security has been tight in downtown Yangon ahead of the anniversary.

At least 31 people were killed when troops fired on protesters Sept. 26-27, 2007, violently crushing the peaceful uprising against the military government. – AP

Shans: ‘SPDC ‘s sham amnesty to prisoners’

Shans:  ‘SPDC ‘s sham amnesty to prisoners’

MIZZIMA,  Nem Davies

 

Ethnic Shan organisations in exile have lambasted the military regime for continuing to detain Shan political leaders, while it released 9,002 prisoners on Tuesday.

Eleven Shan organizations in exile on Wednesday said the regime’s amnesty to 9,002 prisoners including a few political prisoners, is a mere stunt to ease international pressure.

Charm Tong, an advocacy team member of the Thailand based Shan Women’s Action Network, said, “We think, this is just a stunt by the regime to ease pressure mounted by the international community.”

The regime does not have any intention of ushering in changes in the country, as it has deliberately ignored the need to release ethnic political leaders as well as pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, she said.

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