Prof Ubonrat Siriyuvasak from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, will deliver a talk titled "Democracy denied? Communication rights in Thailand post-Thaksin" in KL on 30 April 2011. For the past few months, the University of Nottingham's Centre for the Study...
The strongest typhoon ever to make landfall in recorded human history - so strong that if there was a Category 6, it would have fallen squarely in that box - is not a natural disaster. Instead, the Philippines' lead...
This snippet from a World Development Movement blog entry from the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change in Bali got me worried - as it should you too. While we carry on our lives as usual, we remain blissfully...
Police have said they believe human trafficking syndicates are behind the series of murders in mainland Penang. This was what I was alluding to in my blog post in August 2014: Bukit Mertajam in the spotlight - for the wrong...
The divide between the rich and the poor is widening in countries across Asia. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjlyFmgLjtc?rel=0&w=475&h=271] "Of the 28 countries that have comparative data between the 1990s and 2000s, 11 — accounting for about 82% of developing Asia’s population...
A few news items caught my attention recently. The first one is datelined Bukit Mertajam, the link for which I put up recently: Trafficking abuse of Myanmar Rohingya spreads to Malaysia The United States recently downgraded Malaysia and three other countries...
This is a more realistic miniature model of what the PGCC will look like - Awful! What do the lawyers marching in Putrajaya, the ordinary people struggling for democracy in Burma and those campaigning against the Penang Global City Centre...
Thought-provoking interview over BFM Radio with Kua Kia Soong, author of the book Questioning Arms Spending and former MP of Petaling Jaya. He questions the need for large amounts of defence spending in the region and the way defence...
The Occupy movement has seen similar gatherings sprouting across South East Asia, including almost weekly Occupy Dataran gatherings - and now an event in Penang. The Global Voices Online website provides a useful glimpse of what's been happening in...
In a parting shot, Thierry Rommel, the European ambassador who left his post on Tuesday, castigated the Malaysian government for its deplorable human rights record and the "discriminatory" New Economic Policy (NEP). News reports quoted Rommel as saying the executive...

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