Obama can learn from Bush on Burma

As President Barack Obama dismantles the legacy of the Bush administration, there is one area in which he should actually emulate and build on his predecessor’s record: Burma.

Whatever else one thinks of George Bush, few could deny the contribution he, and particularly his wife Laura, made to raising the profile of the suffering in Burma. In 2005, he spent almost an hour in the Oval Office with a young Shan woman activist from Burma, Charm Tong, and heard about the military regime’s use of rape as a weapon of war. In 2006, a day after former Czech President Vaclav Havel and former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu published a report calling for Burma to be placed on the UN security council agenda, the US declared its support for the initiative.

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The world this year


The credit crunch turned into a full-blown global financial crisis in September when Lehman Brothers, one of Wall Street’s big investment banks, declared bankruptcy and American officials seized control of American International Group to prevent the giant insurer’s collapse. As panic spread, governments engineered the rescue of distressed banks or took them over directly. By the end of the month the remaining big Wall Street houses had either been absorbed by others or become bank holding companies.

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Pop politics at its best

Manjit Bhatia

Aug 25,08

from Malayisakini

From my hotel room window, China’s new national Olympics stadium is shrouded in a thick, gray mist. Visibility is approaching near hopelessness. Mr Magoo would’ve had no chance. Only it isn’t mist.


It’s smog. Pollution. The air outside, from which I had just escaped for the sanctuary of my hotel room, is thicker. The humidity is staggering. In the last few days more and more Beijingers began to wear facemasks, but many more braved the ‘mist’.

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Blair: Rule of law is paramount

Blair: Rule of law is paramount

By SHAILA KOSHY in Malaysia Star Online

Comment: Mr B-Liar, what rule of law you are talking? UNSC Rule or in other words, International law did not allow you and Bu(ll)sh(it) to invade Iraq but two of you ILLEGALLY INVADE Iraq with the FALSE ACCUSATION of WMD which is proved to be wrong.

TWO of you unsuccessfully tried to RULE BY YOUR anti terror LAWS on Muslims. Don’t be a hypocrite.

 LUMPUR: The rule of law is more important than ever before in today’s world of shifting economics and social forces, said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He said the rise of China and India, the throwing into chaos of traditional ideas about political power residing in the West, Sovereign Wealth Funds and the development of new business sectors implied adapt or get left behind. However, he argued that the rule of law has gained a more important place.

Blair said this yesterday when speaking on “Upholding the Rule of Law: A Reflection” at the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture at a hotel here. The ballroom was filled to capacity.

He said his perception of the rule of law changed from when he was a lawyer to when he became Prime Minister and was involved in “designing” laws.

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