Myanmar pushes poll 20 years after ignoring NLD win

YANGON, Jan 4 — Reclusive Myanmar ruling General Than Shwe urged the country today to make “correct choices” in this year’s general election, but gave no hint about exactly when the long-awaited polls will take place.

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M Insider:Myanmar pushes poll 20 years after ignoring NLD win

M Insider:Myanmar pushes poll 20 years after ignoring NLD win

YANGON, Jan 4 — Reclusive Myanmar ruling General Than Shwe urged the country today to make “correct choices” in this year’s general election, but gave no hint about exactly when the long-awaited polls will take place.

Myanmar’s last election, in 1990, ended with a landslide win for Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy but the junta ignored the result and has since jailed more than 2,000 activists and political opponents, many for minor offences.

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BBC: How do you apply pressure on Burma?

BBC: How do you apply pressure on Burma?

File image of Burma's top general, Than ShweBritain is to propose a UN arms embargo on Burma, but is facing an uphill struggle as the world once again divides on how to deal with a dictatorial and repressive regime.

Some governments will press for more pressure on Burma through increased sanctions.

These are mostly the Western liberal democracies. They are highly sensitive to pressure from human rights campaigners – and there are few lobbies more effective than the Burmese one.

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Myanmar Military is worse than Iran Mullas or we are just cowards?

Myanmar Military is worse than Iran Mullas or we are just cowards?

Iranian film-maker like Abbas Kiarostami are relentless in the efforts to highlight the political crisis surrounding their country. - Reuters pic

CAIRO, Jan 4 — Iran’s government cannot silence the film-makers.

It keeps trying. Films are censored. Directors are prohibited to leave the country and prohibited to return home, forced to cancel projects and threatened with punishment if their films are too probing or too critical of life in the Islamic Republic.

But the films keep coming, and so do the film-makers.

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M Insider:Indonesian actress’ swear in tweeter against paparazzi sparks uproar

M Insider:Indonesian actress’ swear in tweeter against paparazzi sparks uproar

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JAKARTA, Jan 4 — What started out as an angry Twitter message has quickly escalated into a national debate over the rise of the so-called “infotainment” shows in Indonesia.

Actress Luna Maya lashed out at the industry after camera crews and reporters crowded around her and her boyfriend’s daughter when she stepped out of a cinema on Dec 15.

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From around the globe, serving New York

NEW YORK, Jan 4 — The New York Police Department has sent its officers to 11 cities around the globe — even once dispatching a husband and wife to Abu Dhabi. But the return from the world has been far greater.

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Trying to add portability to movie files

News imageNEW YORK, Jan 4 — It is easy to take a DVD to a friend’s house and watch it on his TV. But things are more complicated when digital video …

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A black market finds a home in the Web’s back alleys

News imageHAVANA, Jan 4 — On one block on the outskirts of the Cuban capital, a mother of two goes door to door selling hair ribbons and other sundries to her …

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Good lesson by Tun Dr M on Short selling or Scam of Free Market Economy

Good lesson by Tun Dr M on Short selling or Scam of Free Market Economy

1. Adam Smith wrote about the above title a long time ago (1757). He talked about invisible hands which were instrumental in growing the wealth of nations.

2. In the latest financial crisis in the United States the invisible hands certainly played a big role. It took the form of abuses of the banking, monetary and financial system.

Indonesia may seek tariff delays in Asean-China pact

JAKARTA, Jan 4 — Indonesia may lodge a formal request with Southeast Asian neighbours to delay some tariff reductions under a free trade agreement with China, an official from the country’s trade ministry said today.

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M Insider: What about Chinese-Indian?

M Insider: What about Chinese-Indian?

SINGAPORE, Jan 4 — So is the child of an Indian father and Chinese mother more Indian or more Chinese? Or a mix of both?

Some parents feel that they should not have to decide on this at the child’s birth and offer this solution: hyphenated identities.

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M Insider: After tough year, Dubai expats pack up

M Insider: After tough year, Dubai expats pack up

Expats have been leaving Dubai since early 2009. — Reuters pic

HONG KONG, Jan 4 — For lawyer Wilfred Goh, the sign it was time to leave Dubai came early in 2009, when the financial crisis took its toll, plunging the emirate’s main stock index down roughly 70 per cent in a matter of months.

After speaking to friends and government officials, Goh decided to return to Asia, with the thought that Hong Kong, China or Singapore offered better job opportunities. Goh, 47, eventually got a job back home in Singapore.

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Religious intolerance on the wane: Indonesian think-tank

JAKARTA, Jan 4 — Religious intolerance appears to be on the decline despite reports of sporadic attacks on churches and prayer houses of minority sects, according to an Indonesian think-tank.

One key factor was last year’s legislative and presidential elections that sapped the energy of the people, said The Wahid Institute in a report last week.

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Elin’s divorce settlement from Tiger: RM1b

Elin Woods is eyeing a US$300 million divorce settlement. — Reuters pic

LONDON, Jan 4 — Tiger Woods’ wife, Elin, has revealed to friends during Christmas how much she is settling for their imminent divorce — US$300 million (RM1 billion).

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Complications of a complex racial identity

SINGAPORE, Jan 4 — Faizal discovered he was really a Malay, and not an Indian, at a Hari Raya gathering five years ago.

The 32-year-old’s identity card said he was Indian. So did those of his father and his two younger siblings.

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