Aljazeera:Myanmar ruler ‘not running in poll’

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Myanmar struggles in wake of storm

Residents of Myanmar are cleaning up in the aftermath of a powerful cyclone that struck the country’s western coast, killing at least 27 people and leaving at least 15 others missing.

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UN envoy asks Myanmar for ‘signal’ before election

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Myanmar appealed Thursday to its military rulers “to send a strong signal” to the world that it will hold a genuine election, by releasing democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and almost 2,100 political prisoners.

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UN chief urges Myanmar to free prisoners before vote

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Wai Hnin’s Jump For Freedom

Reuters:Myanmar culture evolves despite junta’s tight grip

(Reuters) – With their bold outfits, sharp dance moves and hip hop rhythms, Myanmar’s “Tiger Girls” shatter the usual image of Burmese women and hint at social change in one the world’s most authoritarian states.

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AFP:Tony Blair’s sister-in-law converts to Islam

LONDON — The sister-in-law of former prime minister Tony Blair has converted to Islam following a visit to Iran, saying she is a “proud member” of the Muslim community.

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Immigrant workers contribute to economic growth

 REFER to the letter “Foreign workers are the real pendatang” (The Star, Oct 14).

The writer agrees the pendatang issue needs to come to a close, but there are some inaccurate and sensitive issues being brought up.

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Brain drain is critical from local universities

I REFER to “Driven to greener pastures” (Sunday Star, Oct 17) and am sad to note that currently we have close to 800,000 Malaysians working overseas, many of them highly-educated or skilled.

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China and the modern Kapitans

Josh Hong
Oct 22, 10
1:22pm

from:malaysiakini

How would, let’s say, the Perdana Leadership Foundation, feel if the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur called to register its protest over a forum on violations of human rights at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp?

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TIME:Burmese Exiles Find Refuge in Thailand — But for How Long?

They pawned their possessions for enough cash to masquerade as government officials. Thiha Yarzar and Aye Min Soe were former political prisoners living in Rangoon who, at the end of 2008, decided their pasts were likely to land them back in prison. Forbidden from traveling outside the capital without official permission, they wore “rich-looking” clothing, imitation jewelry and austere expressions on their faces; and instructed their hired driver to tell soldiers stationed at roadside

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2026552,00.html#ixzz13Lstc1d1

CNN:U.S. congressman calls for YouTube to remove videos featuring militant

(CNN) — A New York congressman sent a letter to the chief executive of YouTube Sunday, asking that the company remove all videos featuring Anwar al-Awlaki — a man the congressman called the “bin Laden of the internet.”

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Google says its cars grabbed emails, passwords

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Social media the new political battleground

WHY NOT? By RASLAN SHARIF
from:thestaronlonenews/opinion

Excerpts from YouTube, which cannot be controlled or influenced, shape the thoughts of youth, not statements or comments by ministers in the traditional media.

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