Anti-hijacking ‘Blaster’ flame-thrower

Anti-hijacking ‘Blaster’ flame-thrower

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Barbecue to go… Charl Fourie, cooperating with the South African police, demonstrates an anti-hijacking ‘Blaster’ flame-thrower in Johannesburg in this December 11, 1998 file photo. – Reuters pic

Microsoft to offer free anti-virus software soon

Microsoft to offer free anti-virus software soon

BOSTON, June 11 – Microsoft Corp is getting ready to unveil a long-anticipated free anti-virus service for personal computers that will compete with products sold by Symantec Corp and McAfee Inc.

A Microsoft spokesman said yesterday that the world’s biggest software maker is testing an early version of the product with its own employees. Microsoft would “soon” make a trial version, or product beta, available via its website, he added, but declined to provide a specific date.

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Let’s start a revolution against SPDC to free Daw Suu and for democratic reforms (in Burmese)

Let’s start a revolution against SPDC

to free Daw Suu and for democratic reforms (in Burmese)

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Let’s show our hatred to SPDC

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

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‘Paradise’ or a disguised deportation for Guantanamo Uighurs , ex-Chinese Muslims?

‘Paradise’ or a disguised deportation for

Guantanamo Uighurs , ex-Chinese Muslims?

The Uighurs are an ethnic minority from
China’s far western region [GALLO/GETTY]

 

 
The Uighurs, two of whom are partially pictured here, have been held for seven years [AFP]

The long and unhappy odyssey of the Guantanamo Uighurs, from China’s Xinjiang province to Cuba via Afghanistan, is apparently about to end in a remote archipelago some call a Pacific island paradise.
 
The government of Palau, a nation of 20,000 people about two and a half times the size of the US capital, Washington DC, has announced it will accept up to 17 ethnic Uighur detainees following a request from the US.

Palau is better known for its coral reefs and lakes full of gently pulsating jellyfish than as a power player in international politics.

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JOINT STATEMENT of Migrants from Burma Working In Thailand and Malaysia

JOINT STATEMENT of Migrants from Burma

Working In Thailand and Malaysia

We, migrants from Burma, live in a perpetual state of crisis and the global economic crisis is further adding to our difficult and sometimes desperate situation.

We, migrants from Burma and migrant support groups, trade union leaders and human rights activists and lawyers from Thailand and Malaysia, met and discussed the impact of the global economic crisis on Burmese migrant workers at the 2nd Two Destinations One Origin Conference organized jointly by MAP Foundation (Thailand), Workers Hub for Change (WH4C) and Network of Action for Migrants in Malaysia (NAMM). We are concerned that Burmese migrants live in a perpetual state of crisis and that the global economic crisis is further adding to their difficult and sometimes desperate situation. We therefore appeal to the governments of Malaysia, Thailand and the ASEAN on the following issues.

We are concerned that Thailand and Malaysia governments’ response to the situation of workers affected by the economic crisis has not been comprehensive and does not provide adequate protection for workers. Migrant workers are not even included in these programs and are thus expected to deal with the impact of the economic crisis by themselves.

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There are about 500,000 undocumented peoples of Burma in Malaysia

There are about 500,000 undocumented peoples of Burma in Malaysia

There is about 500,000 to 700,000 undocumented migrants from Burma in Malaysia. And many of these are in fact ‘refugees’ – but alas UNHCR is extremely slow in carrying out its work.
Maybe, the government of Malaysia ( or the UNHCR) must presume that all from Burma are refugees and give then the necessary cards. Later, there can be deeper investigations, and if the investigations reveal that this person is not a refugee, an asylum seeker or a ‘person of concern’ – then remove hpis/her name.

Indonesian Ex-model Princess implicates Malaysian Royal family members

Indonesian Ex-model Princess implicates Malaysian Royal family members

manohara odelia pinot tengku kelantan royal indonesia model controversy 210409 02manohara odelia pinot scars on her body 100609 02Indonesian former model Manohara Odelia Pinot who claims to have suffered physical and mental abuse during her brief marriage to a Kelatan prince has filed a police report against the royal family.

The photos (right) were allegedly secretly taken by Manohara herself using her Blackberry when she was held by her husband.

Displaying images from his mobile phone, Hotman Paris said there are injury scars on Manohara’s chest including areas close to her breasts. 

“There were also bruises on her private part. These are the words of the doctor and not tales concocted by Manohara,” he said.

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American Dream Over?

Time to wake up … A demonstrator holds a sign outside Wall Street in New York in this April 4, 2009 photo. Wall Street may be losing its lustre for new US college graduates. – Reuters pic, Malaysian Insider