Star newspaper editors need to be educated on diplomacy and proper reporting

Some of the Star newspaper editors need to be educated on diplomacy and proper reporting.

It is nothing wrong but we must be happy with this Indonesian MP, who was talking tough against Malaysia when she was in her own country and she changed her stance after arriving and have discussions with Malaysian authorities. Continue reading

Storm over ‘stealing’ of Balinese dance

Indonesia’s often-prickly relations with neighbouring Malaysia are being tested by a fresh dispute over traditional cultural heritage.

A Malaysian tourism commercial aired on Discovery Channel has sparked an uproar in Indonesia because it featured a traditional Balinese dance called ‘Pendet’.

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BBC:US piles pressure on Burma regime

US officials have had a rare meeting with representatives of Burma’s regime.

Unnamed officials told reporters that efforts to improve ties depended partly on the outcome of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial.

The US also pressed Burma to enforce a United Nations resolution imposing an arms embargo on North Korea.

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Bravo un-Islamic Indonesia, just heartlessly chased out your fellow Muslims in distress

Bravo un-Islamic Indonesia,

just heartlessly chased out your fellow Muslims in distress

Bravo un-Islamic Indonesia, just heartlessly chased out your fellow Muslims in distress, Allah may reward you with various disasters for that ‘kind’ action and for not stopping the Myanmar military rulers’ atrocity on Muslims. No wonder Muslim leaders/countries around the world are facing all the problems. All of them are shamelessly greedy, selfish and racial.

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AFP:Indonesia ratifies ASEAN charter

JAKARTA (AFP) — Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday ratified the Southeast Asian charter committing ASEAN member nations to promote democracy and human rights, clearing the way for its formal adoption before year’s end.

The country was the last member of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations to ratify the charter, which also sets out rules, transforms ASEAN into a legal entity and envisages a single free trade area by 2015.

It is now expected to be formally adopted at the regional bloc’s annual summit in Bangkok in December.

But opponents in Indonesia criticised it as a purely symbolic document with no power to bring real democratic reform to errant members like military-ruled Myanmar.

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AFP:Indonesia to ratify ASEAN charter: foreign ministry

JAKARTA (AFP) — Indonesia is to sign up to a regional charter committing Southeast Asian nations to the principles of democracy and human rights despite doubts over its implementation, an official said Wednesday.

After lengthy debate the ASEAN charter should be ratified next week, foreign ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said.

Indonesia is the last member of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that has not ratified the charter, after the Philippines signed up on Tuesday.

ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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The Blogger Behind the Obama Hit Job

By CLAIRE SUDDATH

Larry Martin owns Frontera Bar and Grill, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. He imports mesquite charcoal from San Francisco and, he says, “serves peace love and American hegemony, one plate of tacos at a time” to Malaysian customers. In his spare time, he writes a semi-anonymous blog, An American Expat in Southeast Asia, on which he rails against mainstream American media, multiculturalism — and Barack Obama. And that is how Martin has come to the attention of a broader audience. His blog is repeatedly cited as a source in Jerome R. Corsi’s best-selling anti-Obama book, Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality.

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