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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Iranian nuclear scientist defects to US

WASHINGTON, March 31 — An Iranian nuclear scientist who has been missing since June has defected to the United States and is helping the CIA, ABC news reported yesterday.

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MInsider : The legal flesh trade

MInsider : The legal flesh trade

SUBANG, March 31 — In meetings with industrialists, businessmen, associations and trade unions in Selangor, conversations are laden with innuendos about the “foreign worker industry.”

Most of the claims are conjecture, or at best, educated guesses based on the experience of having to navigate through the jungle of red tape and fees that one has to pay to hire foreigners.

Yet these collective anecdotes and patterns speak of a hidden industry behind the official economy.

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The emperor Nero “fiddled while Rome burned” and the King Than Shwe fiddled (swindle) while Myanma drowned (Nagis)

  • The emperor Nero “fiddled while Rome burned” and

  • The King Than Shwe fiddled (= swindle ) while Myanma drowned (Nagis).

  • When part of Nero’s palace collapses in Rome,

  • Burmese are hoping for the collapse of Naypyidaw.

  • Read this news_ Big Storm Hits Naypyidaw

ROME, March 30 — Part of the ceiling of ancient Roman emperor Nero’s Golden Palace collapsed today, rekindling fears that site is unsafe for the hordes of tourists who come to see it every year.

Nero’s Golden Palace or Domus Aurea, which lies on a hill overlooking the Colosseum, was built in the first century AD and has been plagued with structural problems since it was opened to the public in 1999.

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According to the latest Constitution, Myanmar Military got 25% of seats only. Don’t be greedy trying to grab the remaining 75% which is meant for the rest of civilians

According to the latest Constitution, Myanmar Military got 25% of seats only.

Don’t be greedy trying to grab the remaining 75% which is meant for the rest of civilians

Myanmar Military DEMANDED 25% of seats in the Parliament.

We ‘all’ had ‘approved’ in the ‘free’ ‘fair’ referendum.

That should be enough!

Don’t be too greedy after keeping the 25% FREE GIFT of seats, go back to the barracks.

Don’t disturb in the coming election.

Stop trying to grab the remaining 75% of seats by using your PROXIES or ‘retired’ or Military AGENTS disguised as CIVILIANS!

What Than Shwe and SPDC need to do now is, choose the persons you all wish to appoint for your quota 25%.

According to the CONSTITUTION you mercilessly forced on Myanmar citizens even during NAGIS, the rest of 75% seat is not for the military or for you Myanmar Military persnnals,

When the highest echelon of those who wield power have themselves abused their powers it sets off a chain reaction down the line from the military and civil servants down to the lowest rank policemen, Kyant Phuts and local ward authorities.

We are reminded by the prophetic words of Lord Denning in “The Family Story”, page 179:

But powers may be abused, and, if those powers are abused, there is no tyranny like them. It leads to a state of affairs when the police may arrest any man and throw him into prison without cause assigned. It leads to the search of his home and belongings on the slightest pretext — or on none. It leads to the hated Gestapo and the police state. It leads to extorted confessions and to trials which are a mockery of justice.

Now you know why we must all work together to see that scums or Military Generals are not allowed to govern Myanmar/Burma.

Concentrate all your efforts for opposing the next “generals’ (only) election.

If we allow scums to continue ruling, then as prophesied by Lord Denning, “there is no tyranny like them. It leads to a state of affairs when the police may arrest any man and throw him into prison without cause assigned. It leads to the hated Gestapo and the police state (or military state) . It leads to extorted confessions and to trials which are a mockery of justice.”

Some facts of law taken from Retired Judge Chan Nyarn Hoi’s article.

Malaysia’s losing talent, says NEAC

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Malaysia is losing its skilled talent which it needs to drive future growth as many are leaving to seek better opportunities elsewhere, the National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) says.

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Superman comic sells for record RM5m

NEW YORK, March 30 — Superman became the US$1.5 million (RM5 million) man yesterday, when a rare copy of the first comic to feature the superhero smashed all previous auction …

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PR, dual citizenship to attract talent, urges industry chief

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Malaysia must consider using permanent residency (PR) and dual citizenship as a competitive strategy to attract talent from abroad, while working on retaining local talent from leaving.

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