BBC:Laughter defying Burma’s junta

Andrew Harding reflects on his friendship with Burmese comedian Zarganar who, despite repeated imprisonment, continues to make jokes about the country’s military rule.

It has been an unusually busy few weeks in the Burmese gulag.

A sudden flurry of show-trials. A brisk and generous apportioning of life sentences.

And now the prison vans have begun scattering the guilty into the quietest corners of an isolated country.

The convicts’ names are probably unfamiliar to you. The authorities would be happy to keep it that way.

Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Nilar Thein, Zarganar, the list goes on.

Like their more famous colleague, Aung San Suu Kyi, these are Burma’s bravest and brightest, devoured by their own government.

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Hajj – A Google Earth View

Hajj – A Google Earth View 

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Readers to please note – This is not a piece of writing on “How to perform Hajj”.

This is only a small effort to explain, through images taken from Google Earth and Panoramio, the sequence of the Hajj alongwith locations involved and their importance.

Every lunar year in the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah (aka Zil-Hajj) millions of Muslims from around the world make the journey to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, for the Hajj pilgrimage. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and every Muslim, except infirm and poor, is required to perform the Hajj once in a lifetime.

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Hajj

Hajj

 

The Hajj (Arabicحج‎) is a pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah). It is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world.[1] It is the fifth pillar of Islam, an obligation that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. It is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to Allah.[2] 

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I Look I See by Yusuf Islam

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Land Called Paradise by Kareem Salama

Land Called Paradise by Kareem Salama

 

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Eid present: Watch and Listen during Eid

Eid Mubarak

Image by Iqbal Khatri via Flickr

 

  

     Watch and Listen during Eid

‘Eid blessings to all! May Allah bless us with His mercy!

‘Eid Song by Sami Yusuf

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EID MUBARAK

HAPPY EID AL ADHA

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Eid al-Adha

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Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ‘Īd ul-’Aḍḥā, Urdu: بقرعید) or the Festival of Sacrifice is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims and Druze worldwide in commemoration of the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah. The devil tempted Ibrahim by saying he should disobey Allah and spare his son. As Ibrahim was about to kill his son, Allah intervened: instead Allah provided a lamb as the sacrifice. This is why today all over the world Muslims who have the means to, sacrifice an animal, as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah. The meat is then shared out with family and friends, as well as the poorer members of the community (Islam names Ishmael as the son who was to be sacrificed, whereas the Judeo-Christian name Isaac).

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Country Data Report for MYANMAR, 1996-2007

Country Data Report for MYANMAR, 1996-2007 

If cannot read the graphs, sorry, please read the original website here

Relevant links: 

http://www.govindicators.orgwww.worldbank.org/wbi/governance/ 

The data and research reported here do not reflect the official views of the World Bank, its Executive Directors, or the countries they represent.  The WGI are not used by the World Bank Group to allocate resources or for any other official purpose. 

Report provides a summary of the six aggregate governance indicators, together with all of the publicly-available disaggregated data on which the aggregate indicators are based.  The underlying data as well as methodological issues are described more fully in “Governance Matters 

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Worldwide Governance Indicators

Worldwide Governance Indicators

 

2007 World Map of the Control of Corruption Index, which measures the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among businesses, public officials and politicians. Colors range from dark green (90th-100th percentile) to light green (75th-90th percentile), yellow (50th-75th percentile), orange (25th-50th percentile), pink (10th-25th percentile) and red (0th-10th percentile). Percentile rank indicates the percentage of countries worldwide that rate below the selected country. Higher values indicate better governance ratings.

2007 World Map of the Control of Corruption Index, which measures the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among businesses, public officials and politicians. Colors range from dark green (90th-100th percentile) to light green (75th-90th percentile), yellow (50th-75th percentile), orange (25th-50th percentile), pink (10th-25th percentile) and red (0th-10th percentile). Percentile rank indicates the percentage of countries worldwide that rate below the selected country. Higher values indicate better governance ratings.

 

Based on a long-standing research program of the World Bank, the Kaufmann-Kraay-Mastruzzi Worldwide Governance Indicatorscapture six key dimensions ofgovernance (Voice & Accountability, Political Stability and Lack of Violence,Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of Corruption) between 1996 and present. Sometimes referred to as the “KK“, “KKZ” or “KKM” indicators, they measure the quality of governance in over 200countries, based on close to 40 data sources produced by over 30 different organizations worldwide and are updated on an annual basis since 2002.

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