Malaysian Muslim leader between Buddhist Monks and other religious leaders

Malaysian Muslim leader posing with the Muslim and Non-Muslim leaders during the 'Marhabbah' session in Kota Baru today. - Picture by Rizal Tahir

Thailand issues residential permits to Burmese migrant children

Thailand issues residential permits to Burmese migrant children

Mizzima: The face of Burma’s non-violent resistance

Mizzima: The face of Burma’s non-violent resistance

A new documentary by two Canadian filmmakers highlights the continuing, non-violent resistance to Burma’s dictatorial regime by political and humanitarian activists who do so at great risk.

The film, Breaking the Silence: Burma’s Resistance, was shown for the first time to an English-speaking audience at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) in Bangkok on January 22nd. The 75-minute film had previously been screened in a French language version late last year in Canada.

Filmmakers Pierre Mignault and Hélène Magny had previously filmed in Burma in 1999 while producing a documentary on Buddhism in the country. The trip allowed them to see first-hand the situation within the country and the plight of its people.

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M Mirror: Her daughter’s dream: A treetop wedding

M Mirror: Her daughter’s dream: A treetop wedding

The Hapuku Lodge,

PENANG – A mother’s love knows no bounds as she battles hurdle after hurdle to make sure that her youngest daughter gets her dream wedding.

Normah Mohd Noor, 50, had appealed several times to the police and representatives of the Northeast District and Land Office not to demolish a treetop foodstall in Tanjung Bungah, where her daughter’s wedding ceremony was to be held, Bernama reported.

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Illegal terrorist Myanmar junta arrest 11 Freedom fighters

Illegal terrorist Myanmar junta arrest 11 Freedom fighters

File photo of Myanmar monks, living in Thailand, praying next to a portrait of pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi during a rally outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok. — Reuters pic

YANGON, Jan 28 — Army-ruled Myanmar today said it had arrested 11 people who had planned to derail this year’s elections by plotting to bomb an industrial zone and attack military convoys.

State media said the 11 were trained by the separatist Karen National Union (KNU) and were arrested over a three-day period last week in Mingaladon, an industrial zone and army garrison town on the outskirts of Yangon.

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Farish A. Noor: The Perils of Assimilationist Politics

Farish A. Noor: The Perils of Assimilationist Politics

A quick look at the troubles in the predominantly Muslim-Malay provinces of Southern Thailand – which has been a troubled spot for the past four years at least – would point to a fundamental flaw in the line of thinking of the powers-that-be in Bangkok. Having disregarded the historical factors that make the four provinces of Patani, Jala, Satun and Narathiwat unique compared to the rest of the country, successive governments in Thailand have tried to make the Malay-Muslims of the south think of themselves as Thais, who are an ethnically different people with a language, culture, religion and history of their own.

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Myanmar military is trying to erase the historical records of discourse with neighbouring communities

Myanmar military is trying to erase the historical records of

discourse with neighbouring communities

It is odd that while South and Southeast Asia have been the oldest civilisational neighbours to each other, we know so little about our neighbouring communities and understand even less about our common shared history. A cursory overview of the state of official history-writing in the postcolonial states of South and Southeast Asia would be instructive in making our point here:

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