Finding humour, tragedy in that daily ritual


We each spend, on average, three years of our lives going to the toilet – assuming we have one, that is.

Although bodily functions is a topic usually treated as off-limits, the fact that 2.6 billion people are without adequate sanitation facilities is something to be loudly talked about, development activists say.

“Just as HIV/AIDS cannot be discussed without talking frankly about sex, so the problem of sanitation cannot be discussed without talking frankly about s**t,” one Nepali sanitation activist said.

In her new book, “The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters”, journalist Rose George embarks on a journey across the world to try to break taboos and erase the shame that accompanies the issue of human waste, as well as expose how big of a health threat the lack of sanitation can be.

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‘Rahman prophecy’ in Malaysia

‘Rahman prophecy’

in Malaysia

Comment: With the Reformasi movement of “CHANGE” , I hereby predict and pray to Allah that the sequence R A H M A N will reverse back after  the new Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and A will be the next PM. From the sequence of R A H M A N, AN would be taken. then follow the reversed  order M to made upside-down to become W. And continue with the reverse order A and R. We get ANWAR.

Not only PM was Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s the first king’s (The Yang di-Pertuan Agong) name was also Tuanku Abdul Rahman. 

No. Name State Reign Birth Death
1 Tuanku Abdul Rahman Negeri Sembilan August 31, 1957 – April 1, 1960 August 24, 1895 April 1, 1960

The anointing of the Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak as the nation’s next leader has been hailed as the culmination of a curious prophecy which has “predicted” all its premiers.

The initials follow the sequence R A H M A N – after Tunku Abdul Rahman who became the nation’s first prime minister when Malaysia declared independence from Britain in 1957.

Rahman was followed by:

Abdul Razak

Hussein Onn

Mahathir Mohamad

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Najib Abdul Razak


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Rights and Wrongs: Burma, Niger, Migrant Workers and More

Juliette Terzieff

World Politics Review

BURMA LEADER MARKS 13 YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT — The first lady of Burmese politics, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, marked 13 years under house arrest on Oct. 25, as supporters around the world continued their calls for her release.Read more>>

Australia’s The Age called the date a prominent illustration of the “bitter tyranny” existing in Burma, noting that “the Lady’s unjust imprisonment is a powerful reminder of a brief moment of freedom realized by Burma’s people and the dream that remains unfulfilled.”

The anniversary happened to coincide this year with the seventh Asia-Europe summit meeting, a major gathering of government representatives from over 40 countries, who used the occasion to issue a united call for the release of Suu Kyi as well as hundreds of other political prisoners in Burma. “This is a significant breakthrough,” said Mark Farmaner, director of the Burma Campaign U.K., in a press release. “It is the first time we have had Europe and Asia come together in this way to demand real political progress in Burma.”

‘China is a threat to democracy’

By Vaudine England
BBC News, Hong Kong

The threat looming from China is not to do with cheap exports but the “dooming of democracy”, former Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten has told the BBC.

Lord Patten said China promoted the idea that one could get rich without needing democracy – and such an idea posed a threat to the West.

He said regional bodies such as Asean should be strengthened so they could do more to tackle regional problems.

Lord Patten was mobbed by fans while in Hong Kong to promote his latest book.

The book, What’s Next? Surviving the Twenty-first Century, tries to assess where the challenges of the future will come from.

It discusses climate change, trafficking of people, guns and drugs and other aspects of the “dark side of globalisation”.

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Burma Eats Its Young

By : George Packer

In a just world, the names Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi would be as well known as Steve Biko and Adam Michnik. These two leaders of Burma’s 88 Generation students, now in their forties, have spent almost their entire adult lives in prison for organizing pro-democracy demonstrations. After a short period of freedom, between 2005 and 2007, they and their colleagues were jailed again for staging a long walk around Rangoon, in August of 2007, in protest of soaring transportation prices—a gesture that sparked the so-called Saffron Revolution, the largest demonstrations in Burma since 1988, both times put down in blood.

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