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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Cyber hunters in China would he hunted down

   Cyber hunters in China would he hunted down


BEIJING, Jan 3 — The cyber hunters who roam China’s online space could soon become the hunted themselves. The Chinese legislature is deliberating a new law to curb the excesses of a growing trend here — the awkwardly-named “human flesh search engine”.


In the last month alone, a Nanjing official was sacked after photos posted online showed him wearing a Vacheron Constantin Swiss watch — which retails at about 100,000 yuan — and smoking luxury brand cigarettes. Six local government officials from central Hunan province were also given the boot after pictures of them dozing off at an official meeting were circulated on the Internet.

Some commentators are calling the trend a sort of “grassroots democracy”. Government figures show the number of netizens in China as at November last year was 290 million — ranked first in the world. There are more than 2.1 million websites and more than 100 million blogs in China. This translates into a potent force, capable of bringing down not just common folk, but government officials too.

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Burma’s Independence Day

Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman

Washington, DC
January 2, 2009

Burma’s Independence Day

Sunday, January 4, 2009 marks the 61st anniversary of Burma’s independence from British rule. We wish to express our warmest wishes to the people of Burma on this occasion. As we reflect on Burma’s independence struggle, led by General Aung San, we are reminded of our own history.

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AP:John Travolta’s 16-year-old son dies in Bahamas

John Travolta's 16-year-old son dies in BahamasJohn Travolta's 16-year-old son dies in Bahamas

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NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — John Travolta’s teenage son, Jett, died in the Bahamas after falling ill and hitting his head at his family’s vacation home, police said Friday. A house caretaker found Jett, 16, unconscious in a bathroom late Friday morning. He was taken by ambulance to a Freeport hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement from chief police superintendent Basil Rahming.