When it comes to the question of the chain of command in political matters, I am reminded of the 12th century story of Thomas Becket. Authoritarian leaders of nations these days don't like to get their hands dirty. Instead, they...
Some light relief. Does this sound familiar though?
Mothers' Day in the United States has its roots in the rallying cry by a feminist, poet and anti-war activist Julia Ward Howe (left) for women to convene a major congress to further the cause of peace and oppose...
This time, they have to call a by-election. What do you think are likely to be the main issues in Hulu Selangor? Anwar's trial will be going on. So will the Teoh Beng Hock inquest. Voters will remember how the Selangor government was...
If you are more comfortable reading articles and blog posts in Malay, the Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI) has begun translating selected bloggers' articles into Malay. You can find its latest selection of translated pieces here, including my blog post...
A historic occasion. It's President-elect Obama. Let's hope he fulfils his promises and works in the interests of the ordinary people, the working class, rather than Big Business. Anyway, contrast that with the situation in Malaysia. See Zunar's cartoon in...
http://www.youtube.com/v/GtREqAmLsoA&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0 This is slick, very slick - and impressive. This 'informercial', just released in the US, cleverly tugs at heart-strings. I just hope Obama remembers the ordinary people he talked about if he comes to power.  But I am also...
http://www.youtube.com/v/GPuppfET5LI&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0 Some odds and ends: In his address in Parliament, Lim Guan Eng slams Maybank's controversial RM8.5 billion acquisition of an Indonesian bank  from Singapore's Temasek Holdings (see video clip above); Farish Noor cautions democratic-minded politicians of the potential shortcomings in a...
Today, J B Jeyaretnam is laid to rest after a long struggle for democracy and human rights in Singapore. Looking back, we can now see what an inspirational life he led, his principles and idealism shining forth like a...
I hope all of you are having a good Raya break. But let us remember our Muslim brother undergoing detention without trial, in Kamunting or elsewhere. Read Farish Noor's 'Eidil Fitri in prison' (Aliran) and Raja Petra's 'Give me liberty or...

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