Leading saffron monk’s memoir

Leading saffron monk’s memoir

Burmese monks are known to have played an important role in their nation’s politics throughout its history. While they did not partake in mundane political processes, they traditionally held positions of moral authority, and dispensed wisdom and guidance to past kings, rulers and governments in Burma. On some occasions, emissaries from the monasteries were despatched on peace missions to avoid war with foreign powers. 

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A Sane Voice from Israel

A Sane Voice from Israel

Haaretz (Hebrew: הארץ‎) (lit. “The Land”, originally Hadashot Ha’aretz – “News of the Land”) isIsrael’s oldest daily newspaper. It was founded in 1918 and is now published in both Hebrew andEnglish in Berliner format. The English edition is published and sold together with theInternational Herald Tribune. Both Hebrew and English editions can be read on the Internet. InNorth America, it comes out as a weekly newspaper, combining articles from the Friday edition with a roundup from the rest of the week. Haaretz’s readership includes Israel’s intelligentsia and its political and economic elites.According to one media study, “the likelihood of Haaretz readership rises with income, education, and age.” Despite its relatively low circulation, it is more influential than Israel’s other major daily newspapers.

How we like our leaders

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Acting police chief of Tawau, east Malaysia, stabbed in his home

 Acting police chief of Tawau, east Malaysia, 

stabbed in his home 

TAWAU, Jan 3 — Tawau acting OCPD Supt Ramli Ali Mat was seriously injured after being stabbed in his house in Taman Ria 5 at about 2am today.

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Occupation 101

Occupation 101 Part 1

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Israel-Palestine conflict

History of Palestine

History of Palestine Part I

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Freedom from Fear: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Freedom from Fear: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi 

We live in interesting times. A climate of fear allows the corrupt and the cruel to continue with their ways of repression and oppression. Myanmar/Burmese need to take up our cudgels, rise up and break the chains of fear which bind us. Revolutionise our minds! Free the spirit!


Formerly beleaguered past President of the Malaysian Bar (2005-07), Yeo Yang Poh, thinks we should read this (again, for some) as we start the year 2009. Unusually, he is right.

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