Army continues its offensive in Gaza; over 385 killed and 1750 wounded

Wednesday, 31 December 2008 08:25


The Israeli army continued its offensive against the residents of the Gaza Strip for the fourth day and carried on Tuesday at least 70 strikes, including a recent strike targeting the Rafah-Egypt border, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Death toll exceeded 385 residents, including children, women and elderly while at least 1750 residents were injured.

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Reality principle


Reality principle

The reality principle is a psychoanalytic concept originated by Sigmund Freud that compels one to defer instant gratification when necessary because of the obstacles of reality. It is the governing principle of the ego and stands in opposition to the pleasure principle of the id.

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Student syndrome


Student syndrome

Student syndrome refers to the phenomenon that many people will start to fully apply themselves to a task just at the last possible moment before a deadline. This leads to wasting any buffers built into individual task duration estimates.

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Burmese Migrants Earning, Learning in Thailand

Burmese Migrants Earning, Learning in Thailand

A 56-year-old ethnic Shan migrant worker, Sam Htun, is typical of many Burmese who live in Thailand, grateful for the opportunity to work for a decent income.


“I feel my life in Thailand is more secure than in Burma,” he says. “In Thailand, it is easier to make a living.”


Burmese migrant workers in Chiang Mai prepare a rudimentary dinner for a ceremony. (Photo: Saw Yan Naing/The Irrawaddy)

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I wish that China, India and Russia break up in 2020

Russian professor forecasts US break-up

but I wish that China, India and Russia break up in 2020

MOSCOW, Dec 31 — For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the US will fall apart in 2010.

For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument — that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual break-up of the US — very seriously. Now he’s found an eager audience: Russian state media.

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U.S. Companies force workers to take unpaid vacation

  U.S. Companies force workers to take unpaid vacation 

 NEW YORK, Dec 31 — Here’s the vacation no one wants, courtesy of the recession: Forced time off without pay.

Financially struggling American universities, factories and even hospitals are requiring employees to take unpaid “furloughs” — temporary layoffs that amount to one-time pay cuts for workers and a cost savings for employers. This year, the number of temporarily laid off workers hit a 17-year high.

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Dr M, The Malaysian of the Year

Dr M, The Malaysian of the Year 

EXCERPTS ONLY. Equally loved and loathed, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad might have retired from public life five years ago but 2008 has seen his greatest impact on Malaysian life for him to become  “Malaysian of the Year”.

But Dr M — he of the sarcasm and smirk — made 2008 all his own. Revered or reviled, he recovered from illness last year to remonstrate the government, regain his momentum. Beyond the pulpit of public office, Mahathir is still widely popular despite being without a party. Legions of fans and supporters have continued to praise him for his stand, thoughts and ideas for the country and the world.

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