Political brinkmanship of the NLD

QUOTABLE From Irrawaddy
It is political brinkmanship on the part of the NLD.

Should they [NLD] succeed and people boycott the poll, it could fundamentally change the political landscape of Myanmar.

But if they fail – if voters ignore the boycott and vote for other parties – then it could spell the end of the NLD as a political party.

—Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty International’s researcher on Burma

Brinkmanship From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Brinkmanship is the practice of pushing a dangerous situation to the verge of disaster in order to achieve the most advantageous outcome.

It occurs in-

This maneuver of pushing a situation to the brink succeeds by forcing the opponent to back down and make concessions. This might be achieved through diplomatic maneuvers by creating the impression that one is willing to use extreme methods rather than concede. During the Cold War, the threat of nuclear force was often used as such an escalating measure. Adolf Hitler also instituted brinkmanship conspicuously during his rise to power.

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Yahoo email accounts hacked in China, Taiwan

BEIJING, March 31 — Yahoo email accounts of some journalists and other users whose work relates to China were compromised in an attack discovered this week, days after Google announced it would move its Chinese-language search services out of China due to censorship concerns.

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YAB Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak to receive petition for freedom of expression

YAB Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak to receive petition for freedom of expression

More than a thousand individuals and 66 non-governmental organisations will put up a petition on freedom of expression to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak (below) this Friday.

NONEThe petition was a result of police reports lodged against Sisters in Islam (SIS) as a result of its press statement on the caning of three Muslim women in February, and The Star’s managing editor P Gunasegaram for his article, ‘Persuasion not Compulsion’, on the same subject.

Centre for Independent Journalism executive officer Masjaliza Hamzah said that the petition was also in response to recent investigations of activists and journalists under the Penal Code, the Sedition Act, the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984(PPPA) and the Syariah Offences Act.

“We want the prime minister to address the infringement of freedom of expression and comment, as well as repeal suppressive laws such ISA, Sedition Act and PPPA,” she added.

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Home Ministry achieved KPI quantity 100% but quality is ?%

Home Ministry achieved KPI quantity 100% but quality is ?%

Little and big Napoleons, VVIPs, VIPs and all the citizens in Malaysia must not be too stingy or too arrogant on the foreigners

Once they step out of their small country, which is smaller than some of the States in USA, India, China or even Shan State of Myanmar, they would become foreigners.

Last time Burma was the Jewel of the British Crown and was second richest country in the whole Asia. There was an influx of foreign expatriates and workers and even areas and cities at Burma’s 1500 mile coast line were dominated by foreigners. Even capital Rangoon’s 2/3 of the population was Indians. During II World War many Malaysians took refuge in Burma. Now the condition is reversed.

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MKini: Drive out corruption by changing ‘drivers’

MKini: Drive out corruption by changing ‘drivers’

by Meng Yee (I Burmanized this posting)

In China recently, several senior officials – including one in Heilongjiang convicted of stealing RM700,000 – have received suspended death sentences or life sentences.

Officially, China has done away with death by firing squads for those sentenced in commercial or corruption cases; this perhaps due to pressure from western human rights organisations.

China prosecutes over 7,000 corrupt officials and makes a point of each one. They are serious about cleaning up.

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MInsider:Fetish trends or Pedal-pumping

MInsider:Fetish trends or Pedal-pumping

MARCH 31 — Pedal-pumping, also referred to as revving and cranking, is a new sort of clean, monotonous niche porn that is taking over the web with a big American “redneck” following.

The mistress of Jesse James, estranged husband of American actress Sandra Bullock, claims to have a number of pedal-pumping fans.

Anneli Rufus, award-winning author and contributor to The Daily Beast blog, has unearthed a number of sites with thousands of video clips showing pedicured feet in sandals and heels pumping the gas pedal of an automobile, preferably a large truck.

Some of the sites include: PumpThatPedal.com, PedalFloored.com, PedalSupreme.com, StuckChicks.com and PedalPumping.org.

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