An impending Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has sparked a global campaign amidst concern that it will lead to promote greater internet censorship, especially by large corporations. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=citzRjwk-sQ?rel=0] Acta aims to enforce copyright and crack down on counterfeited goods. But according...
The revolt in the Arab world is not just about getting rid of authoritarian leaders and dictators. It is also about ending economic injustice and exploitation. http://www.youtube.com/v/IL-n_mpG_Ys The media would have us believe that the popular discontent is solely due to...
It didn't take long for Indonesia's new reformist president Jokowi to run into controversy. Human rights activists have criticised his decision to appoint the former army chief of staff, Ryamizard Ryacudu, as Indonesia’s new defence minister. Ironically, Jokowi had said...
Tariq Ramadan said that Islam and democracy are not incompatible, but we should be careful about economic and cultural colonisation. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIdxynPW1e8?rel=0&w=470&h=264] Democracy without socio-economic justice and cultural independence was no democracy, he said. He warned that while people may elect...
While the floods in the East Coast have claimed lives, more bodies have been found in Penang, this time in Machang Bubok and Bayan Lepas. Steven Sim raises some pertinent questions: Krisis pembunuhan warga migran di Pulau Pinang masih belum...
Updates from 31 August to 1 September can be found below: (function() { var lb24 = document.createElement('script'); lb24.type = 'text/javascript'; lb24.id = '24lbScript'; lb24.async = true; lb24.charset="utf-8"; lb24.src = '//v.24liveblog.com/embed/24.js?id=1266946'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head') || document.getElementsByTagName('body')).appendChild(lb24);})(); Penang state exco member Phee Boon Poh has been...
Some 400000 people turned up yesterday in New York City for the People’s Climate March, the largest climate rally so far. And this is a view from the ground: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di9hcfgLb5k?rel=0&w=640&h=360] The event was held ahead of the United Nations...
I came across this eye-witness account of the scene around KL during then US president Lyndon Johnson's visit to Malaysia on 30 October 1966. His visit to Malaysia took place a year after the United States deployed regular combat...
Malaysians around the world held Bersih gatherings on 28 April in an amazing display of solidarity with those at home. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whTVmndRmUg?rel=0&w=475&h=352]
The Catholic Church is synchronising an unprecedented global hour of prayer and eucharistic adoration from 5.00pm to 6.00pm Rome time or 11.00pm to midnight Malaysian time. Cathedrals and parishes around the world are expected to join in with synchronised...

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