Lanterns and bazaars for Ramadan

Lanterns and bazaars for Ramadan

Here in Malaysia, I have seen many Eid cards sold in local bookstores and gift shops. I first heard about these Eid cards through my colleagues in YMPN (Young Moro Professionals Network), who made their own Eid cards and tried to sell them to fellow Muslims as a fund-raising project for Ramadan. Back then, I ignorantly assumed that it was an original idea of theirs that no other Muslim in the world has probably heard of. But surprise, surprise, someone from the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs later sent me one (made in Singapore of course!) which made me realize that there is actually a market for these cards. Come to think of it, if you can give a birthday, anniversary, congratulatory, or Christmas greeting card, why not give an Eid Card to your dear Muslim friend?

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All About Respect For Ramadan

All About Respect For Ramadan

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 (Bernama) — It was a few minutes before dusk and the dinner table was filled with an array of dishes from home-cooked delicacies and purchased meals to savory desserts and drinks.

The aroma wafted across the table, and those in the room patiently waited for the muezzin’s call for the Maghrib prayer. As soon as they heard it, the Muslims broke their fast.

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Fasting during Ramadan

Fasting during Ramadan

Ruth Gledhill follows Boris Johnson’s advice and describes her experiences of fasting for a day during Ramadan

Not even in Congo or Bosnia at the height of conflict had I ever had to sit down to write a story without a cup of tea, a glass of water, a bar of chocolate or a dried fig.

It was not much fun. I had heartburn, headache, sore throat, furry mouth and I just want to lie down and go to sleep. Not eating is easy. It is not drinking, especially not drinking tea, that hurts most.

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Google lets readers flip through the news

Google lets readers flip through the news

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 15 — Google, long seen as an enemy by many in the news industry, is making a bold attempt to be seen as a friend with a new service it hopes will make it easier for readers to read newspaper and magazine articles.

Yesterday, the company introduced an experimental news hub called Fast Flip that allows users to view news articles from dozens of major publishers and flip through them as quickly as they would the pages of a magazine. Google will place ads around the news articles and share resulting revenue with publishers.

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Southeast Asia Web censoring widens

Southeast Asia Web censoring widens

BANGKOK, Sept 15 — Attempts to censor the Internet are spreading to Southeast Asia as governments turn to coercion and intimidation to rein in online criticism.

Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam lack the kind of technology and financial resources that China and some other large countries use to police the Internet. The Southeast Asian nations are using other methods — also seen in China — to tamp down criticism, including arresting some bloggers and individuals posting contentious views online.

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If God Decides to text The Ten Commandments

If God Decides to text The Ten Commandments

Hump-Day found poem

Judith Fitzgerald

2 David Adams Richardz ;)

God, realizing
That stone tablets are so B.C.,
Decides to text
The Ten Commandments:

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The rule of law and judicial independence, or lack thereof – Anwar Ibrahim

The rule of law and judicial independence,

or lack thereof – Anwar Ibrahim

SEPT 15 – Today, I would like to share with you some thoughts about a subject which I believe is close to our hearts. Not just to politicians, lawyers or social workers but to every member of society.

It is so close that, without it, the very foundation of a free and democratic society crumbles. It is called the rule of law.

According to F.A. Hayek, this means that government in all its actions is bound by rules fixed and announced beforehand which make it possible to foresee with fair certainty how the authority will use its coercive powers in given circumstances, and to plan one’s individual affair on the basis of this knowledge.

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Book on Anwar’s trials revisits judicial misconduct

Book on Anwar’s trials revisits judicial misconduct













Read all in Malaysiakini by Terence Netto

Breaking up, flirting and lying is hard to do … but not with SMS

Breaking up, flirting and lying is hard to do …

but not with SMS

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 – Close to a quarter (22 per cent) of urban Malaysians said that they have broken up with someone via a Short Message Service or SMS while 20 per cent said they were dumped by their partners via SMS.

Thirty-nine percent said that they had flirted with their partners through SMS while 49 per cent admitted to lying about their location and where they actually were as well as being late through SMS, according to a recent survey by global market research company Synovate.

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Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody (‘Ghost’ Soundtrack)

Dirty Dancing- Hungry Eyes

  • Sorry, although I could not embed the video
  • you could still click into the box
  • and see the song-video directly on YouTube.
  • But the pictures are distorted and look long.

Dirty Dancer dead

By Dan Whitcomb and Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Patrick Swayze, whose turn as a smoldering dance instructor in “Dirty Dancing” made him one of the iconic film stars of the 1980s, died on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

Swayze, an actor and dancer who cemented his status as sex symbol opposite Demi Moore in the 1990 romance “Ghost”, died at his home.

“Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months,” publicist Annett Wolf said in a statement.


France’s army embraces its Muslim soldiers

France’s army embraces its Muslim soldiers

Adamantly secular country now offers halal meals, prayer rooms and private trips to Mecca for the hajj

Muslim worshippers pray around the "Kaaba" at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca for the sunset prayers before breaking their day-long fast on September 11, 2009.

Muslim worshippers pray around the “Kaaba” at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca for the sunset prayers before breaking their day-long fast on September 11, 2009.

Muslims in France’s army who go on the pilgrimage to Mecca this year will not have to travel on private commercial flights or bunk with ordinary civilians. In a break from tradition, the Defence Ministry will provide a plane to fly them to Saudi Arabia and organize their stay.

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Reuters:Del Potro stuns Federer to win U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina overcame some early jitters and battled back to beat five-times champion Roger Federer 3-6 7-6 4-6 7-6 6-2 and win the U.S. Open title in a stunning surprise Monday.

The 20-year-old Argentine, who stayed alive by winning two tiebreaks, gained confidence as he moved through his first career grand slam and charged to victory, breaking Federer in the last game to end their four-hour, six-minute struggle.