US anti-kidnapping expert became ‘Man on Fire’

US anti-kidnapping expert became ‘Man on Fire’


MEXICO CITY, Dec 16 — A US anti-kidnapping expert was abducted by gunmen in northern Mexico last week, a sign of just how bold this nation’s kidnapping gangs have become. 

US security consultant Felix Batista — who claims to have helped resolve nearly 100 kidnap and ransom cases — was in Saltillo in Coahuila state to offer advice on how to confront abductions for ransom when he himself was seized, local authorities said.

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When the children cry (War in Palestine & Iraq)



Comment: In Myanmar, all the Muslims are called mixed blooded Kalas or Indian migrants, even if they are Chinese Muslims descended from Yunnan China or PURE BURMESE BUDDHISTS CONVERTED INTO ISLAM.

But any of us who converted into Buddhism are regarded as PURE, ORIGINAL, FULL-BLOWN MYANMAR CITIZENS AND PURE BURMESE BUDDHIST.

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Asean day dreaming II

Asean day dreaming II

There was much enthusiasm over the establishment of the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines – East Asean Growth Area (Bimp-Eaga) – back in the early 1990s, which was touted as the most promising growth triangle in Southeast Asia. However, it has since come to nothing.

The 1997 Asian financial crisis practically took the wind out of its sails, and exposed mercilessly that the so-called East Asian economic miracle was made of clay.

In fact, I had not heard of Bimp-Eaga for years, until early this week when Augustin Teras Narang, the Central Kalimantan governor, mentioned it in passing during his visit to Sabah and Sarawak.

The governor has a vision for a regional economic community fashioned on the successful European Union, and hopes the entire Borneo island would serve as a springboard to achieving just that.

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Rise of the 3S women

By Cao Xiaofan

BEIJING: Guo Xiao, a 34-year-old single woman working as a mid-level manager in a Beijing branch of a foreign bank, is philosophical about turning down dates.

Having passed the “best marriageable age” for city women, conventionally recognised as between 25 and 30 years old, Guo refuses to rush into marriage. “Marrying ‘Mr Wrong’ is even worse than being single,” she says.

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UN chief visit would help Myanmar: EU envoy

TOKYO (AFP) — The European Union’s special envoy on Myanmar said Monday a visit by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the military-ruled nation would have a positive impact and trigger dialogue with the opposition.

Ban, who in May made the first visit by a UN chief to Myanmar in almost 45 years, said Friday that the atmosphere was not right for a return trip.

EU envoy Piero Fassino, a former Italian foreign minister, said that a visit by Ban must be “carefully prepared.”

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7 Myanmar migrant workers, Thai driver die in road crash

KANCHANABURI, Dec 15 (TNA) – Seven Myanmar illegal migrant workers were killed in a car accident in the Thai-Myanmar border province of Kanchanaburi while being smuggled to Thailand on Monday, police said.

According to the preliminary investigation, a pick-up truck carrying 15 illegal Myanmar workers tried to break
through a police checkpoint at high speed and elude the authorities.

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