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6 Articles on Malaysian Politics : Bersih 3 (drop the point 0, Sid 6.7 sez this is Bersih 0.3 BETA, nothing was achieved haven’t even reached version 1.0 . . . ), East Malaysian Secession amidst Hudud cautionary, LGE too sheltered and stupid to be real politician – kicks wrong ass, Pro-Bersih Commentery by Pro-Establishment Propaganda Ministry Wannabe Shill (Hegelian Dialectic Alert), Rather heartless (but nicely expressed) Rhetoric on ‘Gesture’ (pro-apartheid outfit attacks pro-nepotism outfit), Bar Holding EGM About Inconsequential Issues While APARTHEID Ravages Entire Social-Legal-Economic Framework- reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 30th April 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Bersih 3.0: Two visions for democracy? – by Kevin Soo – April 30, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 — Studying abroad last year, I missed Bersih 2.0 and felt a sense of regret each time I listened to the stories my friends had to tell of their experiences that day. Providence permitted my attendance at Bersih 3.0 last Saturday.

In the past few years, this is a story that has been unfolding at an accelerating pace: the story of Malaysia striving to grow as a democracy.

As legitimate as Bersih’s demands are, what drives people to brave the crowds and the inherent risks of such a gathering? Mere intellectual assent to Bersih’s demands shouldn’t be enough to bring thousands to the city streets.

I suggest a major reason for the decision of most people to flood the streets of KL on Saturday was a desire to be a part of the story. For those who agree to Bersih’s demands, along with it is the recognition by many that they must themselves be the agents working for the desired outcome.

Alternate stories

I must first confess that I left soon after Datuk Ambiga called the rally a success and advised people to disperse slowly before 3pm. I headed home, reflecting on my part in the story, ready to write out my thoughts when I arrived home. Of course, everyone now knows that the rally drastically changed — but I only found out after getting text messages on the LRT and checking the news myself upon reaching home.

This put me in the unique position of having lived out one version of the story in my mind (based on what I had experienced up to that point), before having it rewritten as I learned of the actual outcome of Bersih 3.0.

Thus, I had two sets of reflections: one based on the alternate history I had thought would transpire, and one based on actual history. Instead of scrapping one and presenting the other, I felt that together they would offer a glimpse into the yearning for democracy by Bersih supporters.

An ideal world

As I reflected on the parts of Bersih 3.0 I had been a part of — the sense of belonging I got from seeing so many like-minded people, the sense of cheer that grew along with the crowd’s size and the euphoria at chanting together — I realised that the most powerful moments were those where significance was distributed to all people present. In contrast, the speeches of leaders could not give us a fraction of courage that singing “Negaraku” together did. In other words, the power comes from the collective — when democracy is at its strongest.

Democracy, in its (ideal) goal of distributing power to all individuals, satisfies what the philosopher Hegel called the “struggle for recognition”. Along with the humbling realisation that one plays only a small part in the whole comes the terrifying revelation that one is at last playing a part.

Paradoxically, the way to significance is to take on that small role, not necessarily losing yourself in the masses, but involving yourself in the part that every citizen in a democracy is called to play. Many present at Bersih 3.0 would have seen it as their civic duty for the country they love — even though their individual voices would not have been heard.

This contrasts with the archetypal literary vision of the hero, where significance is derived from individual acts of heroism. But as is evident in Bersih, the power of the movement lies in its numbers and not in any one person — the large turnout was the crucial reason Ambiga called it a success before advising us to disperse. The government and Election Commission need not listen to a few solitary voices no matter how valid their arguments are, but they cannot ignore thousands of citizens merely showing up in Kuala Lumpur even if all they do is sit down and chant slogans.

This is why it is crucial that Bersih remains a civil society movement — hijacked by personalities and politicians, it may get more sound bites at press conferences and visibility but it will lose all legitimate power.

So why the push for democracy? So that citizens can finally attain significance by taking on the role they are all called to in society. In a rally like this, each plays only a small part but it is nonetheless the appointed cross to bear. Nothing more, but also nothing less. We are not merely spectators, but agents bringing about genuine democracy in Malaysia.

The real world

I had left believing that democracy, the sharing of power, was good for Malaysia because it brought the most good for its people in their struggle for significance. If this account sounds overly idealistic, reality hit me hard and fast when I heard of how the rally ended.

I won’t speculate much here on the causes of the chaos that transpired, except to say that amidst the theories of involving provocation and saboteurs, there were undoubtedly Bersih supporters who acted with violence. Many friends of mine are outraged that our contribution will be tainted by the senselessness of these individuals.

This could not bring me further from the (brief) vision I had of my ideal world. Bersih was meant to showcase the best of us, and make a case for why democracy should work. Even those who were cynical and expected a harsh police presence would have remembered the accounts from Bersih 2.0 of the collective spirit and people helping one another in the face of danger. But to have violence instigated and perpetuated by those pushing for democracy went contrary to what many hoped for and expected.

But even as my optimism gave way I maintained my belief that democracy is what Malaysia needs and what we must continue to fight (peacefully) for. However, while I briefly saw democracy as a vehicle to Malaysia’s good because if fulfils people’s drive for significance, I now see it as necessary for a different reason.

The end of Bersih 3.0 showed that the line between good and evil runs not across party lines or those for/against a cause. The line runs down the middle of every human heart. Without diminishing the culpability of the government and police, even earnest supporters of Bersih were shown to be capable of violence and hatred. The writer C.S. Lewis said that democracy was necessary because “no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows”.

In other words, we need democracy not because we are good, but because we are fallen and imperfect. The dilution of power amongst a nation’s people is necessary to avoid any one person or group to have the platform for unleashing the evil that potentially lies within. This doesn’t void their potential for good, but it is naïve to believe that we are each not capable of the slow descent to corruption.

A single vision

But this also means that those seemingly on the side of evil and corruption must still know what goodness is. Just like Bersih supporters revealed their worst when provoked, perhaps the best of those leaning towards violence lies deep within, conditioned and numbed into impotence but waiting to be redeemed.

The sobering events of April 28 (leading to my opposing reflections) need not leave us in a state of hopelessness. The best and the worst of human nature were showcased — but both make a strong case for the need for democracy in Malaysia.

What we must remember is that the fight for democracy lies not just on a national level to combat corruption and injustice — it lies within as we struggle each day to do the right and moral thing. So for all of you who went peacefully and courageously, who didn’t throw the first stone (literally) and who turned the other cheek (figuratively): blessed are you peacemakers.

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Evil is when a property ‘investor’ holds 10s to 1000s of units of unusable and crumbling shophouses and offices when truly productive business are destroyed by loansharks part of the local business cartels, and simple lower income families who are homeless or severely indebted, due to, or unable to access those half million so-called ‘shophouses’ which are a minimum when educations cost 10s to 100s of thousands.

This is the flaw of uncontrolled Capitalism and the need for aspects of Soacialism/Marxism in governance. Capitalism only creates collusion and greedy loophole writing MPs and plutocrats sequestering extreme wealth to the demise of wealth distribution and the rise of anarchy from extreme poverty of the 99% who will doubtless be pushed towards a French Revolution, with the plutocracy now being the ‘Bastille’ of today and the anarchists/Marxists (moderate Marxists, again extreme anything will never work, and we arein extreme Capitalism conditions as of now) being the guillotine.

‘I must first confess that I left soon after Datuk Ambiga called the rally a success and advised people to disperse slowly before 3pm.’ . . .

More Bersih c0ckt3451ng. IMHO Ambiga is a tool of the establishnent to waste the energies and the funds of protesters who could be better off running as candidates to challenge theestavlishment. As noted earlier, Bersih amounts to nothing without lawsuits by trhe so called leaders. Angry crowds do not gather for nothing. And the youth would be better off forming NEW political parties that should remove corrupt and racist BN and also nepotistic and clique political power sequestering, term limitless mentality (ala Mubarak) PR.

Bersih was a failure and waste of youthful energy and bail out fund resources, the so called leaders ‘masturbating’ the people to no purpose except to defuse energies that could form new political parties and coalitions as the proposed 3rd force to displace useless coalitions BN  and PR. 3rd forcers and youthful protesters should run for :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;and GTFO of parliament after 2 terms of doing some good, not parasiting off the Rakyat for decades, holding term limitless MP seats and throwing hegelian dialectic nonsense instead of ENDING taxes or Vehicular AP (took ‘Family Bloc’ Nurul near 3 years to act on this) or Tolls (PAS pulled off 1 bulldoze but that seemed to be the all of Pakatan’s action against government-GLC collusion-encroachment upon the regular citizen’s ‘Freedom of Navigation’ ON LAND – in their own country to boot . . . ), National Service  Bill’s forced military conscriptions (illegal by any interpretation of the UNHCR), or the all important 3 items listed above.

ARTICLE 2

‘Hidden hand’ behind SWP’s entry – Monday, 23 April 2012 Super Admin – Joseph Tawie, Free Malaysia Today

KUCHING: While Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has welcomed the registration of the Sarawak Workers’ Party (SWP), which is linked to “buddy” Sng Chee Hua, insiders in both the state Barisan Nasional and the opposition are wary.

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian urged the people to examine SWP’s policies and gauge for themselves which way the party will lean towards.

“Is SWP inclined to support BN or is it inclined to support Pakatan Rakyat policies for Sarawak?

“The people must examine whether this party is built on the basis of fighting or defending the rights of Sarawakians such as the native customary rights land, employment and the 18- and 20-point agreements.

“This are the things we want SWP to answer,” said Bian, who is the Ba’Kelalan assemblyman.

“To me it is obvious that SWP is inclined towards being BN-friendly. So it is clear that it is not with us.

“These things can assist voters in the villages to make a good judgment, and I know they are fully aware of the party’s policies.

“I am confident they will make a wise decision. This coming election is crucial to Sarawakians who want change. And this is our bigger mission,” he said.

SWP aiming for PRS seats

Santubong MP Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, who is the Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, questioned the motive of the party to contest in the coming election.

“It risks becoming a mosquito party. It will only appear during the election season, but disappear when the election is over. This would only confuse the people.

“If the party really fights for the people, it must make sure that it continues to work for the interests of the people before and after the election,” Wan Junaidi said.

Sng had said that SWP would target only six constituencies which are allocated to PRS (Parti Rakyat Sarawak), a member of the BN coalition.

The constituencies are Julau, Selangau, Kanowit, Hulu Rajang, Lubok Antu and Sri Aman.

Lately Sng, who was the former Julau MP, has been seen mobilising support for the party in Julau, Selangau, Kanowit and Hulu Rajang.

PRS vice-president and Tamin assemblyman Joseph Mauh said that his party is not perturbed by the emergence of SWP, describing it as an “old wine in a new bottle”.

‘Old wine, new bottle’

“We are not worried about the new party because it is old wine in a new bottle, and those who had drunk the wine would know its taste,” he said, referring to Sng’s previous records as Julau MP and assemblyman for Pelagus in the days of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS).

“SWP may be a new party but certainly it is no stranger to us. I don’t think it can win any seat,” he said.

But what puzzled him is that the party, while claiming to be BN-friendly, is fighting PRS, a member of the BN.

“It is very funny and there is no logic,” he said.

“Why is it targeting PRS? What does this mean?” Mauh asked.

State BN secretary-general, Stephen Rundi, who is also PBB secretary-general, regarded SWP as the BN’s opponent.

“We will treat every opponent in the same way. Similarly if the new party wishes to oppose us, we will fight back,” Rundi reportedly said.

But his boss, Taib seems to have a different view. He has welcomed SWP into the political scene with gusto, saying “the more the merrier” as the state practised democracy.

Comments

written by Vincenzo, April 24, 2012 23:39:44
@Alan Newman

Yes, Sarawakians are relenting and forgiving people. It is our culture. We are a likeable, peaceful and hospitable people although we are slowly changing due to circumstances forced upon us. It’s a shame we have to change to be nastier in order to fight for what are rightfully ours. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense – why do we have to fight for what are already ours?

So, I need to ask you why your kind put us in this position where we have to fight to keep what are ours. Why did the Cobbold Commission not undertake a referendum for the people of Sarawak in the early 1960s to determine whether we want to help form Malaysia or not? It is because of Malaysia that we are in the shit that we are in today. Why did the Brits ( Aussies and Kiwis included in the 1960s then ) abandoned us to the wolves?

Alan, your kind cannot claim any moral high grounds and tell us that it is ” zero tolerance & striking back with the greatest force ” time when it was your kind who left us in this shit in the first place. What are you going to do to right the wrong that your kind left us with?

To call us gutless, pathetic, tragic, you have to remember that our once proud people took heads and waged wars even on the White Rajahs and took the heads of quite a few Whites. If the need arise again, I doubt if we will ever hesitate.

And if you send us a lot of money, then many of us will go to BERSIH which will be held in KL some 600 miles across the South China Sea from Borneo Island. Aiya, some 50 years of being Malaysian have left us Sarawakians very poor since much economic development and stimuli do not reach our people. Until today, we only have one coastal road going from Kuching to Miri. There are no other roads in the interior of Sarawak and more than 1 million people live in the jungles in the interior off-grid and with no piped water.

You further wrote that that ” Politicians are the roots of all the problems in the world ” . Well, I respectfully disagree. In a democratic system, the systems and institutions that are put in place must be adequately independent of each other. The checks and balances provided for in any constitution must be cast in stone for any democratic society to function effectively. It is when the independence of these democratic systems and institutions are curtailed that democracy begins to fail us. Therefore for a democracy to function effectively, there must be adequate independence and checks and balances on the institutions and systems of a democratic society.

On the other hand, for a person to be truly fair, that person must have impeccable integrity but if we agree that every man has his price, no matter where they are, obviously, any democratic political system will fail sometimes since they are made up of people. What is important is that when the system fails, there must be effective agencies to remove the compromised part from the system.

Alan, I know you meant well and on behalf of us Sarawakians, I want to thank you for the concerns that you have for us. However, let me assure you that the winds of change are blowing as it is also in Sabah and in Malaya and I am confident that we will see a change in government in the future. There is only so much nonsense that the people of this country can take for so long. Enough is enough. However, I must remind you that we are in this shit mainly because of British (Australian and Kiwis included) highhandedness.


written by alan newman, NZ, April 24, 2012 17:03:29
Why are you so forgiving & relenting? Have they- PBB, BN got a trace of the people’s interest at heart? NO! It’s endless tricks, acrobatics & deception to stay in power. Not after 55 years of BN & UMNO! It must now be zero tolerance & striking back with the greatest force. If you research globally & think thoroughly: Politicians are the roots of all the problems in the world: pillage & plunder; cronies; in-equality of races & incomes; apartheid; hardship & grief turning to crime & tragedy; trillions of $$$ wasted worldwide on corruption, thefts, land-grabs, resource-grabs, amassing of projects, money outflow & laundering, white elephants & kickbacks; abuses, mismanagements, misuses, crime-fighting, strife, riots, wars. In the end, to cling to power & luxury, they will kill. Look at Idi Amin, Africa, N. Korea, Arab Spring.


written by alan newman, NZ, April 24, 2012 17:00:10
If you research globally & think thoroughly: Politicians are the roots of all the problems in the world: pillage & plunder; cronies; in-equality of races & incomes; apartheid; hardship & grief turning to crime & tragedy; trillions of $$$ wasted worldwide on corruption, thefts, land-grabs, resource-grabs, amassing of projects, money outflow & laundering, white elephants & kickbacks; abuses, mismanagements, misuses, crime-fighting, strife, riots, wars. In the end, to cling to power & luxury, they will kill. Look at Idi Amin, Africa, N. Korea, Arab Spring.
So why are you so forgiving & relenting? Have they – BN, UMNO got a trace of the people’s interest at heart? NO! It’s endless tricks, acrobatics & deception to stay in power. Not after 55 years of BN & UMNO! It must now be zero tolerance & striking back with the greatest force.


written by alan newman, NZ, April 24, 2012 16:55:05
In New Zealand, Taito Philip Field, an MP was jailed for corruption (eg using new immigrants to paint his houses), and after 31 years! your Sarawak Chief Minister is still walking and talking proud and stealing billions from you. In NZ He would have been in jail 30 and half years ago. Why are you so gullible & forgiving? For me, NOT ANOTHER HOUR! None of you have any guts. Pathetic. Tragic…. And how many are going out to BERSIH gathering?


written by Vincenzo, April 24, 2012 11:57:43
Excerpts from the story,
“The constituencies are Julau, Selangau, Kanowit, Hulu Rajang, Lubok Antu and Sri Aman. ”

Brian Pirit,
Do these look like Chinese-based areas to you? Chinese-based party? To replace SUPP? You’ve got to be joking. Why must you look at anything from a racialist perspective? SWP is supported and most likely financed by the Sng Family. But, I know George Lagong the assemblyman for Pelagus is Larry’s uncle. So it is not entirely a Chinese affair. But you seem to see this as a Chinese plot. I think BTN has gotten to you. But you are right about. This exercise is about splitting Dayak votes.


written by John Rimbau Sarawak, April 24, 2012 09:54:47
When SNAP was strong in the 70s and early 80s, it was split right down the middle by the emergence of PBDS. But when PBDS in turn became stronger, it was split in the same manner as SNAP was. The same old stry was replayed once again with the SUPP which is now split between the SIbu and Kuching/Miri factions. This is the same for PRS with the formation of SWP. And who is behind all these shenanigans ? The Thief Minister of Sarawak of course, Taib is his name.


written by brian pirit, April 24, 2012 01:05:09
The Divide and Rule master destroyer at his game again. Another chinese base party to replace the out of favour SUPP perhaps? Sng said he has the dayaks at heart but why divide the Dayaks with this chinese base party? Certainly a conspiracy between a fake dayak and a melayNOW to further split the dayaks. Why esle would he approve of the registration of SWP? Lets wipe that stupid grin off his face this coming GE!


written by malsia1206, April 23, 2012 21:26:53
When you have an ally by your side, he better stay weaker than you.
When your ally gets too strong for comfort, your own position is at risk.
Both PRS and SPDP are getting to unravel the nerves of the CM. Both have a strong support rural base. Should either or both play the u-turn, the CM may languish in the newly-built prison in the Kuching outskirt.
So welcome abroad, SWP. I need a checkmate.

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More fail. This is intended to impose Hudud eventually, and as mentioned elsewhere, Hudud can only be applied on a case by case person by person acceptance. This is illegal and should be challenged by democratic Islamic scholars as ‘there can be no compulsion in religion‘ (Quran verse, Al Bakara 2:16). Such fatwas will be issued in a manner that compels. Islam if used as a political tool of control will damn any who do not follow the spirit of the Quran, especially more so for affecting non-Muslims.

ARTICLE 3

Guan Eng rebukes Tunku Aziz: It’s your remarks that are “irresponsible”, not Bersih – by Lim Guan Eng – Friday, 27 April 2012 16:08

With a politically-motivated Elections Commission (EC), Malaysians face the dirtiest general elections in history. As all other efforts to clean up the electoral process has failed, civil society has no other choice but to group under Bersih to involve all Malaysians to press for clean elections in the Bersih sit in protest tomorrow.

I am therefore compelled to publicly chastise Senator Tunku Abdul Aziz’s irresponsible remarks opposing Bersih’s right to assemble peacefully and conduct a sit-in protest at Dataran Merdeka at 2pm 28.4.2012 to press for clean, free, fair and independent elections.

Alone on his stand

Tunku’s remarks is not the DAP stand but his own personal view. Senator Tunku is alone amongst the entire DAP Central Executive Committee in his stand on Bersih 3.0 at Dataran Merdeka.

Tunku has not notified the party leadership that he would be making his position publicly. By making his stand public, Tunku has contradicted the principle of collective leadership and decision-making where whilst one can disagree, but as leaders we all have to abide by the majority decision made by the party leadership.

This has placed the party in an embarrassing position of being criticized by our own Senator for fully endorsing Bersih’s sit-in protest as an exercise of a basic human right of peaceful assembly.

By opposing Bersih when so many Malaysians are working hard to effect change for a clean electoral process, Tunku has undermined their efforts and given a gift to BN and the tainted EC.

Time has come to ensure a bright and clean future for our kids

I have conveyed to Tunku Aziz the party’s rebuke and the unhappiness of almost all DAP members at the public expression of his personel views against Bersih’s sit-in protest. I have also impressed upon him that whilst DAP allow differences of opinion within the party, publicly opposing a policy decision taken by the party in the manner Tunku has conducted himself does more harm than good.

For the electorally abuses by a politically inclined EC, where its top officials were UMNO members that has allowed itself to be used as a tool by BN, DAP fully supports and will mobilize its members for the Bersih sit-in protest for clean elections on 2pm 28 April 2012 nation-wide. DAP urges all Malaysians to join the Bersih rallies nation-wide, especially at Dataran Merdeka.

DAP strongly condemns the actions and warnings by the government, especially Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, to ban this peaceful sit-in protest by instilling fear of untoward incidents. The use of fear tactics only betrays the real character of the BN government as dictatorial and tyrannical. As American President Thomas Jefferson said,

When a government fears the people, there is liberty;

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.

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The most fearful thing is term limitless Oligarchs and NEPOTISM in political parties that destroy activists instead of welcoming them so that they can be afforded some protection for ‘services rendered’. I do not agree with Tunku’s tacit approval of apartheid or lack of Article 18 UNHCR by a glaringly obvious non address of the issues (thus rendering the lack of address by LGE on the same apartheid issue even more obvious), but a political party that has no principles or ethics deserves no support from ANYONE.

For the neglect that near caused and has caused deaths, I am 100% with Tunku if that will remove product of nepotism LGE’s quorumless nepotistic golden parachute beneficiary mouth shooting off here on the media and online. Replacing the devil BN with the DAP deep blue sea (red ocean type to boot I warn), if not an option. How about Tunku lead the 3rd Force and drop these bunch of unethical nepotistic and uninclusive Pakatan losers who steal and parrot ideas instead of giving credit where is due. Have at Pakatan! And BN is an apartheid party so corrupt that the Human Rights Council should be shamed for allowing Malaysia to be a member of the Human Rights panel. Idiot politicians! 3rd Force when are you making your move? Get together and start organising yourselves, we had enough of the family blocs and selfishness of Pakatan and the apartheid-racism and corruption of BN!

How about this below social contract?

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

All family bloc and apartheid and fundo 3rd world countries deserve no respect or UN standing. UN should boycott and condemn  Malaysia at every turn hereon. LGE is one Tunku short of getting his a$$ canned by the BN, but pushes for idiotic face gaining, point scoring b.s. by arguing instead of Ending Apartheid or obtaining the above 3 Items with Tunku Aziz’s help. As mentioned before, LGE is the worst so-called ‘leader’ ever. File that lawsuit yet? Ready to resign as CM over apartheid? No? Then GTFO of Penang, there is no quorum to justify that CM’s seat with, and dad is just a Mubarak style term limitless MP that deserves to be booted for destroying democracy with cult of personality. Without address of apartheid, arguing with Tunku makes for a meaningless political party.

ARTICLE 4

Bersih: The negotiation for freedom — Zara Kahan – April 27, 2012

APRIL 27 — Umno’s old guards have called (their) Malaysia’s version of democracy a “guided” democracy, as if we are a nation of brain-damaged children who need our hands held at the polls.

Label it however you like. In actuality, the democratic nature and state of freedom in every nation in the world is not a static thing; it is a continuous negotiation between those in power and the people who have decided to give them that power.

Governing a nation is no easy thing, and certain limitations to freedom are necessary to maintain stability and security. The fairness of these limitations, however, depend on the nature of the people we elect, and human beings are corruptible creatures, susceptible to greed, fear and gross errors in judgment.

Even in the oldest democracies, such as America and Britain, the extent of freedom enjoyed by every citizen is not a static concept. The Patriot Act has allowed extreme infringements on individual liberty, and a sizeable number of these individuals accept it because it is done in the name of keeping bomb-wielding jihadis away from them.

Similarly, from the very conception of Malaysia, we have accepted several trade-offs. Want a stable economy? Shut up. Want a safe nation? Let us jail men who criticise the government.

Malaysia as we know it is a result of silent negotiations done over the years, in which the inaction of the majority of people signified that this is an acceptable bargain.

Is Bersih a sign that the majority opinion has changed? It’s hard to quantify since both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat love exaggerating the amount of support they have while most folks will keep their opinions to themselves.

Numbers aside, this is simply another turn in a cycle of pushing and pulling for more freedom, and Bersih will not solve everything. Neither will a new government, no matter what Anwar Ibrahim may promise you.

There is no big cure that will save us; even if all 22 recommendations of the Bersih committee replaced our national anthem, our freedom will never be guaranteed infinitely.

Sorry people, but our mechanism relies on human beings and the flesh is weak.

On a more positive note, the dialogue between Us The Rakyat and Kerajaan Yang Dikasihi has definitely gone beyond the silence and grudging consent that plagued the years of the generation before us.

There is a voice that will ring in Dataran Merdeka tomorrow, and no matter what you think of it, as Malaysians we must appreciate the quality of that voice; strong, clear and unyielding.

This is a tone that will create a difference in this ongoing negotiation to protect our rights as free men and women.

* Zara Kahan reads The Malaysian Insider

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

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Zara sounds like she’s from the generation that she labelled ‘before us’. This makes this response writer’s (moi) generation earlier than Zara’s as evn contrasted by those evidently younger than moi. Hey old lady, stop speaking for the establishment and pretending top be the YOUNG VOICE of Bersih. Freedom is INFINITE, and these punks will be wild. But perhaps limited by zones – FOR NOW . . . you beneficiary dreamer or post-beneficiary shill!

We’ll uncover how your dad and your family got their wealth or if they are involved in orphanages as a certain Mokhtar character might be, behind her corrupted older generation beneficiary of cronyism dad (if not true, please ignore). Sickening.

Aged, middle aged and young. Got it? Zara belongs to the ‘RPK Old’ bunch even if actually a young person. So stop talking as if ‘this generation’ is to be limited in acquisition of social democratic protections. We’ll abolish taxes and apartheid, as well as make apostasy legal in a single election as well as establish nudist and RLD, OPZ,  zones in international cities Insyallah (for non-Muslims of course). REAL PEOPLE first not, the aged and the stuffy or the establishment or establishment fette-er. The negotiation for freedom is unending and absolute, as anything less means authoritarianism at worst (though overpopulation can ruin everything . . . ).

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

Proper Method and Why ‘Bersih’ (0.3 Beta) May Be A Strawman

This group of leaders can file a lawsuit that is legally binding that international observers can watch. Then IF the leaders get arrested, a ‘March for Freedom of the Arrested (that peacefully filed lawsuits)’ becomes appropriate. Not the leaders march amidst media fanfare without a lawsuit and people induced to join getting hurt. AND the ‘leaders’ got away scot free, which indicates possible collusion with BN ! See article on Ambiga and Khairy sitting doesn for a ‘tete-a-tete.’ This achieves nothing and shows there is no risk to the so-called Bersih ‘leaders’ (. . . now we know why Onsokumaru landed on that water bottle . . . ).

EPIC SMILING (Crocodile) FAIL. People were beaten and tear gassed causing several to faint. From reports 1 person died, 2 others crushed by a car. Though fortunately for the rest, no worse than temporary detentions occurred. Smiling broadly again eh? File those lawsuits like real leaders to avoid this sort of thing. Stop being strawmen clowns!

Understand what’s going on Rakyat? Hegelian Dialectic! Run for candidacy as independents or join 3rd Force Parties on the below 3 items!

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

Read up on what Hegelian-Dialectic is :

http://dont-tread-on.me/?p=1444

Article 5

Anwar’s ‘gesture politics’ raises eyebrows – Bernama – Friday, 04 May 2012 17:14

KUALA LUMPUR– Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim often likes to portray himself to the world as Malaysia’s great crusader, peaceably agitating for change against a seemingly unbending, authoritarian regime.

After Bersih 2.0 last year, he played the victim quite persuasively, mobilising his friends in the foreign media to attack the government for taking “brutal action” against peaceful protesters.

But after his questionable role in Bersih 3.0, Anwar’s star appears to be waning. In fact, things have gone downhill that — far from heralding him as a democrat — many are now accusing Anwar of inciting violence.

Video footages from Bersih 3.0 posted on YouTube shows Anwar making a curious rolling gesture with his hands to PKR deputy president Azmin Ali. Within seconds, PKR supporters breached the police barricades and charged into Merdeka Square, prompting the police to respond with tear gas and water cannons to prevent a stampede.

In an interview with Radio Australia on Tuesday, Anwar denied that his hand gesture was a signal to protestors to breach the barricades, instead claiming implausibly that it meant, “negotiate with the police”.

People will make up their own mind about the truth, but so far, few outside observers appear convinced.

“Mr Anwar has some explaining to do”, was The Economist’s verdict – and, here in Malaysia, Anwar’s role in Bersih 3.0 has been similarly criticised by people from many ends of the political spectrum.

At a PKR press conference on Monday, independent filmmaker Benji Lim accused Anwar of endangering the lives of protesters, as well as jeopardising Bersih’s cause. The protest “was completely hijacked by the opposition,” he exclaimed, before being bundled unceremoniously out of the room.

Even Bersih 3.0 chief organiser Ambiga Sreenevasan has lamented Bersih’s politicisation by opposition leaders, telling journalists that she “cannot control what they say”.

Anwar has dismissed any criticism of his conduct. Instead, at the press conference, he launched a bizarre attack on the government, accusing the Barisan Nasional leadership of behaving like Stalin and Hitler.

He went on to suggest his fate was comparable to a Nazi concentration camp victim – a claim made even more appalling because he was speaking on the exact anniversary of Hitler’s death.

This episode, whichever way you cut it, also raises broader questions about Anwar himself, and his opposition allies.

Can persons who hijack a peaceful rally for their personal political ends be fit to lead a nation of 28 million people?

Do they have a steady, prudent hand that we need to guide our country’s burgeoning economy?

To those who know the opposition politicians well, say that what happened on April 28 was unsurprising.

This time round, the opposition politicians have been caught on film footages, which will bear witness to their actions.

Political observers say that Anwar has often been seen indulging in “hand gesture politics”, revelling in grand spectacles but offering voters little in terms of a detailed blueprint for transformation.

Finally, many would say, Anwar’s “hand gesture politics” appear to have backfired.

Don’t be surprised to see him spend much of the coming weeks and months explaining what his Bersih hand gesture really meant.

— BERNAMA

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Try 2:02 for some ‘hand gesture politics’ – which nepotistic dynasty’s throne got shot up? Was Azmin the signal boy? Note the ‘Khinzirim’ . . . 100 million I♥U for those deserving if not careful . . . Kano says, ‘hello baby’ . . . ( . . . btw listen to – 0:07 to 0:22 – without video –  is for ‘bears’, ah directors and producers, know you not what you present us? . . .)

Heres a ‘hand gesture’ for all ‘careerist’ term limitless, nepotistic ‘reserve political posts for family bloc and run political party like family business’ politicians . . .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finger_%28gesture%29

ARTICLE 6

Bar to hold EGM next week on Bersih 3.0 – May 04, 2012

Lim labelled as “incomprehensible” the police force’s failure to take stock of its previous mismanagement of public assemblies. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Bar Council chief Lim Chee Wee today called for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) next Friday to discuss the storm of issues surrounding last Saturday’s Bersih 3.0 rally for electoral reforms, two days after accusing the authorities of human rights violations and widespread brutality.

Notice for the May 11 EGM was issued on the Malaysian Bar’s official website earlier this afternoon, to discuss a motion “in relation to the events of and surrounding the public rally on 28 April 2012 organised by Bersih 3.0, and matters in connection therewith”.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak earlier today labelled last Saturday’s demonstration an attempt by certain quarters to overthrow the elected Barisan Nasional (BN) government, as he hardened his administration’s position towards the electoral reform movement.

Lim had previously said that the Bar’s monitoring team found more instances of police brutality compared to last year’s July 9 Bersih event.

He previously said the authorities failed to take heed of criticism and recommendations outlined by the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) with regards to police conduct during Bersih’s first two rallies, and lamented on how “little has changed.”

“It is incomprehensible, if not a reflection of the sheer incompetence or arrogance of the police force, that it has not learnt from its past mistakes in the management of assemblies of people exercising their constitutional right, so well documented and analysed by Suhakam in its two reports and the pending ongoing inquiry.

“Police brutality this time around has been magnified; there is more police brutality (compared to last year.) There was arbitrary use of tear gas, water cannons,” Lim told a news conference last Tuesday.

The lawyer said that last weekend’s events showed an “urgent” need for the police force to undergo a “transformation programme”, to be changed by force of statute through the establishment of the recommended Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).

He said the Bar’s interim report on the Bersih 3.0 rally had found that the rally was peaceful until around 3pm when the police unleashed water cannon and tear gas on the crowd; the use of force by the police without any obvious provocation or cause, was far worse, indiscriminate, disproportionate and excessive; and police brutality more widespread.

It also noted a concerted effort by the police to prevent and stop any recording of their actions and conduct. Such actions included firing tear gas directly at the crowd and in such pattern as to box in the participants rather than allow them to disperse quickly.

According to the council, this was found to elicit pockets of retaliatory behaviour by some participants of the rally. The police were also observed taunting and mocking the crowd. When items were thrown by some of the participants at the police, the police responded in kind.

Lastly, the report highlighted that not all police personnel were wearing and displaying their police identification number on their uniforms.

Lim also said that the authorities had disregarded provisions within the United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials (UNBPUFF), the United Nations Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials (UNCC), and Amnesty International guidelines.

The Bar EGM will take place at the Sunway Putra Hotel (formerly the Legend Hotel) in the city at 3pm next Friday.

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Hold  an EGM about APARTHEID and EXTREME  RELIGION in Malaysian Law, and Malaysian Constitution first, Strawman (Bar) Council.

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

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ARTICLE 1

Betrayal of a war hero: Why did the Army pursue Para through the courts for two years at a cost of £300,000… just for stopping a Taliban suspect fleeing? – by Ian Drury – PUBLISHED: 22:57 GMT, 25 April 2012 | UPDATED: 22:57 GMT, 25 April 2012

Paratrooper: Corporal C (not pictured) was pursued by the Army for punching a Taliban suspect in the face

A paratrooper who was dragged through the military courts for hitting a Taliban suspect – in a case that cost more than £300,000 – was finally cleared yesterday.

A judge threw out the Army’s case after describing the evidence against the soldier as ‘weak and tenuous’.

The alleged victim couldn’t even be bothered to turn up.

The 31-year-old defendant, known only as Corporal C, punched the prisoner once in the face as he interrogated him in Helmand Province.

The Special Forces soldier had been desperate to discover the possible location of improvised explosive devices.

Cpl C, who served for nine years before quitting in disgust at his treatment, admitted hitting the captive, whom he insists was trying to escape.

But the military refused to drop the case – even though the captive, Ahmed Wali, did not want to make a formal complaint, and there were no witnesses to the incident.

The case is estimated to have cost the taxpayer more than £300,000 and it plunged the military into a political correctness row.

The Service Prosecuting Authority even paid tens of thousands of pounds to retain Sarah Whitehouse, one of the country’s most eminent barristers, to fight its case.

Last night Tory MP and former infantry officer Patrick Mercer said: ‘I always thought that Cpl C had acted with remarkable courage, restraint and professionalism in the circumstances.

‘He was operating deep in enemy territory with a real threat of losing life and limb. Now it seems that a judge has finally agreed.
‘This has been a scandalous waste of public money and it is dreadful that a good soldier has had to live with the threat of this hanging over him for so long’
Patrick Mercer, Tory MP and former infantry officer

‘This has been a scandalous waste of public money and it is dreadful that a good soldier has had to live with the threat of this hanging over him for so long. It seems political correctness has been put ahead of the welfare of our troops.’

Cpl C, who is originally from Glasgow, had spent nearly two-and-a-half years with the charge hanging over him.

But Judge Advocate Alistair McGrigor, sitting at the Portsmouth Naval Base court martial centre, yesterday slung out the case halfway through the hearing.

(The judge) said: ‘My ruling is that the prosecution case is so tenuous and so weak that I will stop the trial at this stage.’

Last year three judges, asked to review the evidence at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London, branded the case ‘unfortunate’ saying it was a ‘large hammer (to deal) with a relatively minor matter’.

Cpl C, who had risked his life serving with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment, was a qualified tactical questioner when the incident happened on March 1, 2010.

The shameful saga

He was section commander of a joint British and Afghan patrol which set up a vehicle checkpoint in Babaji, a Taliban stronghold strewn with IEDs.

The patrol, which had been on duty for eight hours, was aware that insurgents were planning a vicious attack and had faced a near constant barrage of small arms fire.

The court martial was told that at about 10am, the patrol stopped a motorbike carrying two men who were ‘acting suspiciously’.

British troops believed they were acting as ‘dickers’ – spotters – for Taliban fighters. As a member of the Afghan Territorial Force waded across a canal to approach the men, the rider pulled out a pistol and pointed it at him.

The insurgent was shot and Wali, the pillion passenger, was taken into a nearby compound for questioning. The prisoner was held in plastic handcuffs and made to squat – standard Army practice – during the interview.

Wali, who was carrying a list containing the names of senior Taliban, was left alone with Cpl C for about a minute while an interpreter and another serviceman were called away.  When they returned, they found Wali had ‘a swollen lip and blood on his face’.

When questioned by the Royal Military Police, Cpl C said he punched Wali as insurgents were firing at the compound and laying down IEDs. Explaining that the pair were squatting about one foot from each other, Cpl C said Wali had suddenly raised his arms.

He responded by striking out with his left fist. He said: ‘I thought he was going to hit me or run away, or worse-case scenario he could have taken my weapon off me. At that time I thought it was the correct decision.’

Cpl C, who has seen close comrades killed and injured in battle, added that he was carrying his full kit and could have easily been pushed over by the detainee. Mark Aldred, defending, said the soldier’s action was ‘a proportionate response to a perceived risk’.

He added: ‘This is of course Afghanistan. In the context of what goes on there, the fact that a detainee made a brief attempt to escape and was being faced with minor force would barely register on the Richter scale.’

Miss Whitehouse, prosecuting, said the Army doubted Cpl C’s claim that he acted in self-defence because he did not mention the Afghan’s escape bid until he was formally interviewed by the Royal Military Police three months later.

It also emerged during legal arguments that Wali did not want to make a complaint against Cpl C. After he was released, efforts to track him down in Helmand failed.

Critics believe the Army was trying to repair its reputation in the wake of the scandal over Baha Mousa, the hotel receptionist who was beaten to death by British troops in Iraq in 2003.

Suspicious: Face-covered militants who they say are Taliban fighters, pose with RPGs and AK47s, in Zabul province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan

Last night, Colonel Richard Kemp, who commanded British forces in Afghanistan, said: ‘I think the person who pressed for this to be brought before court martial really does need to have their very, very poor judgment questioned.

‘The judge has very quickly come to the conclusion there is no case at all to answer. It is quite right that if there are allegations of ill-treatment to prisoners they must be investigated. That is absolutely correct. But if it cannot be proved that there is evidence of wrong-doing then it is disgraceful that it goes to a court martial.

‘The soldier must have spent the last two years under terrible pressure when what he was doing was fighting for his country and putting his life on the line.

‘It appears that no one has had the common sense to look at the context, which was that he was on a battlefield in very real danger.’

Major Charles Heyman, who edits the British Army handbook, added: ‘It’s good that this case has been thrown out. It is shocking that a soldier who was doing his duty has been hauled before the courts on such flimsy evidence. Sadly this is all too familiar because there are over-zealous prosecutors who are unwilling to think anything other than the worst of our soldiers.’

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards. The comments below have not been moderated.

Lots of things happen during a war – people get killed as well as a fat lip! Whoever sanctioned this prosecution should be sacked!!

– Will, Bangor, 26/4/2012 10:21
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Why didn’t the PM step in and stop this farce! He is quick enough to read out names of fallen soldiers in the house of commons which I find hard to stomach that these people say this to try and make us believe that they care.

– sick of all the waste, Leeds, 26/4/2012 10:20
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you can use lethal force in self defence namely yours that of those around you or private property, where is the case against this man?

– simon, hogwash, 26/4/2012 10:15
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Perhaps our forces personnel should be supplied with special uniforms which keep one arm permanently tied up because that often seems to be the result of the regulations under which they have to operate.. Our forces were sent to Afghanistan in 2001 in what was supposed to be a peace-keeping role but it’s been out and out war which the Taliban and Al Quaeda recognise even if of our top brass don’t.

– Marie , England, 26/4/2012 10:13
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Please stop calling all servicemen ‘heroes’ who fight and serve in these illegal wars, its insulting to the intelligent readers. The last heroes we had fought and died in WW2.

– Dr Do Little, small little island next to Europe, 26/4/2012 10:11
Rating   6

This is not new! Back in the 1970s, open fire in NI and the investigating branch and the civil police would be all over you trying to make out you ‘fancied shooting at something’. I witnessed one soldier threaten the military policeman trying to belittle a fellow infantryman had the soldier not calmed down when I told him , I honestly believe the MP would have got one round the back of the head from me too on his way down! Have my doubts that this was reported by a regimental NCO or or officer. Despair at the anti officer nonsense that I read, having started at the bottom and worked up I saw that most regimental officers are superb – and they come from all walks of life, there were very few public schoolboys in my last mess. Since 1914 the British army officer corp – pro rata has taken greater casualties than the rank and file it saddens me that the heavy sacrifice is never given recognition.

– Bill, Venta Belgarum, 26/4/2012 10:09
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This soldier, like the rest of the country, has been betrayed! firstly by Bliar then by the buffoons who prosecuted him!

– horseboi, Oxford UK, 26/4/2012 10:06
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Good to see the armchair critics out in force. The nearest they get to experience someone trying to kill them is when they play a computer game. Easy sat at home telling our guys and girls out there what to do.

– steve, wrexham, 26/4/2012 09:59
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Illuminati….

– Craig , Kent, 26/4/2012 09:59
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Absolutely right that this matter should be pursued – The Army beat a man to death in Iraq “conditioning” him for interrogation. There is no place for violence in interrogation – and this was not in the interrogators manual or training – Thomas, Newcastle, 26/4/2012 5:34=====That’s right Thomas, they should just behead people with rusty knives and film it instead! To all you army/country hating traitors, were you born this way or is it something you have morphed into in your slither through life? I just hope and pray for all our sakes that you/we never have to call on the services of the army you seem to hate so much.

– Lancastrian, Yorkshire, 26/4/2012 09:58

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Humanity has, since developing past the low density tribal era (at least in tribes where everyone was an important individual in their own right) been in a war of psychic imprinting where FREE CHOICE of one’s favourite person to be imprinted by should be CHOSEN FREELY, instead of being forced upon by a dictator or (forceful, aka psychologically manipulative – psychiatry is viewed as a branch of the ‘secret police’ in the 3rd world, not medical professionals to help genuinely ill persons – or abusive ‘personalities’ (ask about the rapes and murders that have and continue to occur in these parts, compounded by lies and rumours by vicious cronies out to get their opponents or even bad relationships intentionally soured, sometimes to gain access to wealth by a burgeoning class of manhaters who form a backbone of insane that hide behind ‘male abuse’), perhaps a sick minded or older relative.  Manipulative use of billboards, NLPs and placards pasted all over the place with a politician or less so though ‘inadvertant’ fans or converts occur alot more in actor-star imprints. All of the above is a form of this abuse, especially when non-consensual and should also be illegal. Perhaps a chapter in that ‘Spiritual Education Charter’ the UN has yet to print and require all schools to distribute and teach from?

Some imprints dominate entire nations due to cults of personality again spiritual criminals, much like term limitless politicians making b1tches of people who enter their political parties by imprinting upon them a certain faith, mindset or meme-set. Finally, though it is uncivil to copy uniqueness rather than develop one’s own unique look or phenotype without permission, or if the person is unaware of the implications of ‘stardom’ or ‘public personality’ (which ends up wtih hordes of disguusting cheap copies of the imprinter in question. The mass of generally formless faceless types can be thus be respected for ethics and awareness (less likely as people do have some sense of direction though not necessarily personality), if not pitied for inability to create a unique facial form of their own (more common).

As for the way the above case was handled, out of a pathological love for micromanagement, and refusal to allow pro-active behaviour and critical thinking to prevail (despite saying how democratic ‘the West’ is), in another few more decades of this, and the ‘West’ will have dug their own grave and buried the ‘West’ without need of any wars, not to mention that as of now they are already bankrupt and PARASITING off the productive middle class, keeping funds from circulating due to plutocrats’ sequestered wealth, and imposed dependency and hand out culture of the lower classes from bad laws to enrich crony suppliers.

Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135275/Betrayal-war-hero-Why-did-Army-pursue-Para-courts-years-cost-300-000–just-stopping-Taliban-suspect-fleeing.html

ARTICLE 2

T-shirts investigated for borrowing Wen’s popularity – Updated: 2012-04-26 14:34 (Xinhua)

BEIJING – A Chinese online fashion retailer is being probed for cashing in on Premier Wen Jiabao’s popularity to promote its latest T-shirts — an act that might have violated the country’s law on advertisement, Beijing commerce authorities said.

Vancl, popular for its pop culture apparel, stirred up controversy on Tuesday by advertising on its website a new series of T-shirts printed with Premier Wen’s signature quotations like “Forget About Me” and “Self-Reflection.”

Both quotes were picked from Wen’s emotional press finale this March when he addressed a press conference after the conclusion of the annual parliamentary session.

The 70-year-old premier’s term of office is slated to end in March next year. Since he took the post in 2003, Wen has become popular among the people and is sometimes fondly nicknamed “Grandpa Wen.”

The series of T-shirts is named “Look Up At The Starry Sky,” the title of a poem written by Wen and published in the People’s Daily in 2007.

One of the Vancl T-shirts actually features “Look Up At The Starry Sky” and “Step On The Concrete Ground” in Chinese calligraphy, in reference to a couplet Wen gave to students of Peking University in 2010.

The couplet was a metaphor for telling young students to hold high ambitions but take a step-by-step approach to achieve their dreams.

Pictures of Wen waving to journalists and taking questions, though not printed on the T-shirts, were splashed on the advertisement web page at http://www.vancl.com.

But the page was taken down by the company only hours after its appearance as many Internet users accused it of cashing in on the premier’s popularity to promote its products.

“Vancl’s online advertisement is suspected of violating the Advertisement Law which stipulates an advertisement shall not involve using the names of State organs or their functionaries,” a spokesman of Beijing municipal industry and commerce bureau told Xinhua.

The bureau would soon take actions in accordance with the law, he added.

While it is not unusual to see the faces of Chairman Mao and other late state leaders on souvenirs, it is rare to see images of incumbent leaders or officials being borrowed by pop culture.

Jiao Hongyu, a Vancl spokeswoman, told Xinhua the advertisement was designed out of respect for Wen, hoping the premier’s messages might have a positive influence on today’s young people, who are Vancl’s back-bone customers.

“We did a Lei Feng (a late heroic Communist soldier) series before and it was very well received,” Jiao said. “So when we planned this series, we did not foresee any negative impact it might bring.”

T-shirts of the “Lei Feng” series are sold ranging from 29 yuan ($4.6) to 59 yuan a piece. The “Look Up At The Starry Sky” T-shirts, however, have been pulled off from Vancl’s online purchasing platform.

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Inappropriate for public officials. After the public official has retired, MAYBE because that official’s influence can still affect and make non-neutral policies. After the public official has passed on AND if there are no relatives of that official in government as well, t-shirts become and other memorabilia quite appropriate. Profiteering should not be at the expense of the stability of the nation.

Source : http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-04/26/content_15150818.htm#

ARTICLE 2.5

Benetton founder steps down for son – April 22, 2012

MILAN, April 22 — Luciano Benetton will hand over the helm of the Italian fashion clothing company he helped found 47 years ago to his son this week, he said in an interview published today.

Benetton and his family turned the company into one of Italy’s best known brands with more than 6,500 stores in 120 countries and a reputation for controversial advertising and bold colours, but it has struggled against new competitors.

“The baton passes to my son Alessandro, who will become chairman,” Benetton, who turns 77 in May, said in an interview published in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“After a run of 47 years, on Tuesday I will resign from the duties I hold in the company I founded with my siblings.”

A company spokesman confirmed the remarks made in the interview. Alessandro is currently deputy chairman.

Benetton has suffered from the emergence of more-flexible rivals such as Inditex’s Zara and Sweden‘s H&M . In January the family announced it would delist the company after a buyout of minority shareholders.

An industry source told Reuters in February that Alessandro was set to take charge and that the buy-out would give him room for possible asset disposals or alliances and help revamp the group to accommodate other family members.

In the interview, Benetton said his 48-year-old son had shown in the two years as deputy chairman he had the passion needed to run the group, now more than 90 per cent controlled by the family.

Benetton scrapped its 2011 dividend after sluggish consumer demand in Southern Europe and the rising cost of raw materials such as cotton led to an almost 30 per cent fall in net profit. — Reuters

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The corporate ethics issue arises. Not enriching all citizens, but 1 family. Leads to extreme plutocracy and doubtless golden parachute cronyism at the expense of the stockmarket and the stock holders. Nepotism is uncool. Benneton or any other ‘semi-professional’ companies posing as ‘corporate’ outfits based around family ties, are blood diamonds among corporate gems. In the world of political parties where laws that can imprison and fine are involved (i.e. faith vs. faith, narrow ethnic communalism etc..) this sort of behaviour of course is absolutely unacceptable and quite 3rd world-like in nature.

Source : http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/22/us-benetton-idUSBRE83L07420120422

ARTICLE 3

DHS Sued For Records Regarding Obama’s Illegal Alien Uncle – OpEd – written by: Jim Kouri – April 24, 2012

An “Inside the Beltway” public-interest group that investigates government corruption reported on Friday that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit — Judicial Watch v. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:12-cv-00346) — against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for records related to President Barack Obama’s illegal alien uncle, Onyango Obama, who was arrested in August 2011 on drunken driving charges in Framingham, Massachusetts as first reported by the Law Enforcement Examiner.

On March 27, 2012, Onyango Obama admitted to the Framingham District Court that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, meanwhile, indicated that the agency would continue deportation proceedings against Obama, as reported in the Boston Herald.

“Now that [Mr. Obama’s] criminal case has completed, ICE has communicated, in accordance with standard procedure, with his attorney regarding his removal pursuant to a previous final order by an immigration judge,” agency spokesman Brian P. Hale said.

Onyango Obama reportedly was first ordered out of the country in 1992 but refused to leave.

After Onyango Obama was released from federal custody at the Plymouth County House of Correction on September 8, 2011, via an “order of supervision,” JW filed a second FOIA request, seeking access to “all records of communications, contacts and correspondence” between ICE and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department,” as well as the other organizations listed in the previous FOIA request.

By letter dated September 20, 2011, ICE acknowledged both FOIA requests. A response was due by October 19, 2011. However, after six months, DHS has failed to turn over any records, explain why they should be withheld, or indicate when a response will be forthcoming.

Obama, who, upon his arrest, said his one phone call would be to the White House, has indicated that he will fight ICE’s efforts to deport him in a high profile proceeding that the Boston Herald conjectured could “drag on for years.”

While he fights deportation, Obama will be allowed to drive a car. He was supposed to lose his license for 45 days, but received a “hardship license,” from the Massachusetts’s Department of Motor Vehicles so that he could drive back and forth to his job at a liquor store. (Typically, illegal aliens cannot lawfully work in the United States.)

“Onyango Obama has already escaped deportation once. And given his family relationship to President Obama, the American people must be assured that the law is being impartially followed in this case. The Obama administration’s decision to flout FOIA and stonewall our records request suggests that there is something to hide,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Special thanks to Judicial Watch’s Jill Farrell, director of public affairs, for her continued assistance and valuable information.
About the author:

Jim Kouri

Jim KouriJim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, and he’s a columnist for Examiner.com. In addition, he’s a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

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One wonders if the whole issue is due to racism. Leave the old ‘black’ guy alone. Consider allowing Onyango Obama to stay in USA on compassionate and family grounds. Stop bullying. Dya think he’s a criminal? Or that there is no space in USA for 1 more illegal alien? Last I remember, Uncle Onyango was supposed to give a ‘Black Power’ speech in Malaysia following the death of a ‘black youth’ by the local paramilitary (junta?) who are also paid off the taxpayer’s funds without assent by any majority quorum of taxpayers to boot, so please stop trying to deport the guy. Onyango will be out of the USA giving seminars (which is more than what you might be doing) soon enough for quite awhile if Pres. Hussein’s (Obama) people know how to save face. You can’t deport someone who willingly left the country to be a respectable figure in educating 3rd world apartheid states about anti-racism . . .

Source : http://www.eurasiareview.com/24042012-dhs-sued-for-records-regarding-obamas-illegal-alien-uncle-oped/

ARTICLE 4

‘Dog Whisperer’ host finalizes divorce, must pay ex-wife $23,000 a month – by Wendy Carpenter | The Upshot

“Dog Whisperer” host Cesar Millan might need some consolation from man’s best friend after his divorce was finalized.

TMZ is reporting that the self-taught expert dog trainer must pay his ex-wife, Ilusión, a one-time amount of $400,000, a monthly spousal payment of $23,000, and another $10,000 for monthly child support.

That may seem like a huge sum for a basic cable reality TV personality, but Millan can afford it.

The recently filed divorce documents, which were obtained by TMZ, show that Millan makes $170,000 a month — which is over $2 million a year.  Though he is best known for hosting the National Geographic Channel’s “Dog Whisperer” for eight seasons — it has millions of viewers and is broadcast to over 80 countries — the 42-year-old has also authored several best-selling books and runs a Dog Psychology Center. The latter, according to the New York Times, is a 43-acre mecca he calls “Disneyland for dogs.”

Cesar Millan and then-wife Ilusión Millan at the Imagen Awards on Aug. 21, 2008 in Beverly …

And then there is Cesar Millan Inc., which accounts for all of Millan’s ventures outside of his TV show. According to the New York Times, that includes “speaking engagements; executive leadership seminars; a line of organic dog food, fortified water, shampoos and toys … and the charitable foundation financed by an undisclosed percentage of the company’s revenue.”

Ilusion, a Mexican-American who married Millan when she was 18 and he was 24, was very involved in her husband’s career. She helped him run Cesar Millan Inc. and designed the Illusion Collar, which helps control difficult dogs.

The couple, who filed for divorce in June 2010, had been married for 16 years and have two boys together.

The New York Times says the pair separated after the birth of their first son but reconciled. It quotes Ilusión as saying “We’re what I call Mr. Talent and Mrs. Brains. You can’t have one without the other.”

To which Cesar said: “My wife rehabilitated me.”

It is unclear what role Ilusión has had in the various business ventures since the divorce filing, though the charitable Cesar and Ilusión Millan Foundation has been since renamed the Millan Foundation.

People reported that Millan “famously came to the U.S. as a young man from his native Mexico with $100 in his pocket and a dream of becoming a famous dog trainer.” Now his client list includes Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith and director Ridley Scott, all of whom needed help with their canines.

Millan, who lives in Los Angeles, became a United States citizen in 2010. He is known for rehabilitating troubled dogs, largely because he “lives in the now and maintains a sort of über-balanced mien,” according to the New York Times.

And he apparently values his privacy. TMZ reports that the divorce documents stipulate that any “intimate, personal and/or private information about the other party … including details of their personal and/or sexual relationships” must remain confidential.  Any “photograph, film, videotape, recording … which is not commercially available” must remain private.

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Nonsense. This woman needs a single 401K at most to retire on LIKE ALL OTHER *NORMAL* AMERICANS. Twice that amount would already be excessive. A typical family needs only 1-3K in support to get by. Challenge the ruling moron plutocrat. Having money does not mean one can sequester wealth, nor also be abused by stupid rulings that are inequitable. A nation of strong individuals need to also consider critical thought and challenging the bad law or bad judgment when bad judgments occur, or when encountering bad laws.

Source : http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/dog-whisperer-host-cesar-millan-finalizes-divorce-193255265.html

ARTICLE 5

Five unusual turn-ons for men – by Bob Strauss

Marcel Proust wrote, “Let us leave the beautiful women to men with no imagination” — and if you’re loath to take dating advice from a French author who wrote a 10,000-page novel about a guy eating a cookie, well, you’ve clearly been brainwashed by decades of movies, TV shows and magazine ads. Me? I empathize more with all those less-than-perfect single women out there. I’m talking about those ladies who may not know that most ordinary guys are attracted to the quirks and so-called “flaws” they’re terrified will doom them to a lifetime of singlehood.

Now that I’ve opened that door, there’s no way to avoid the one supposed “imperfection” that keeps women awake at night above all others — their weight. Allow yourselves to be reassured by Dr. Judy Kuriansky, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dating, who says that “many men like plus-sized women with soft bellies. This often happens when they had a mother or nanny who had that kind of body and they felt comforted and enveloped by the mother figure — protected from the world or the insults of other children. Also, men like women with large hips for anthropological reasons — it used to mean that the woman was fertile.” And in my own experience, the vast majority of guys (at least, the ones who aren’t on TV shows or in movies) don’t care much about a few — or even 20 or 30 — extra pounds.

So what other surprising things do a significant number of men find attractive about women? Here are five for your delectation:

1. Glasses. Says Jeff, posting on the Yelp.com message boards: “Every guy loves a girl in glasses, but women never seem to know that. It’s not like we’re keeping it a secret — why would we? It’d mean fewer girls in glasses! Some glasses-lover needs to infiltrate Cosmopolitan magazine and get the word out!” For some guys (mostly the lazy ones who grew up watching teen gross-out comedies), glasses connote a nerdy personality and a high IQ, which can have their own intrinsic appeal; others appreciate them as fashion accessories, while still others have a natural affinity for them because spectacle-wearing women remind them of their mothers or early childhood crushes.

2. Freckles. Just as the deodorant-producing industrial complex has created legions of denatured, pheromone-free men (it turns out that plenty of women like guys with an earthy, musky scent), the powers-that-be in the cosmetics industry have convinced women that their natural freckles need to be buried under thick slabs of spackle and bronzer. Tonja Weimer, writer of the syndicated “Savvy Dating” column, says this is all based on a huge misunderstanding: “Freckles represent being unaffected, natural and relaxed. To some men, they also make a woman appear somewhat ‘innocent’ and less jaded.” If you don’t have freckles, try wearing less makeup, which many men also appreciate.

3. An independent streak. In my own experience, the worst thing a woman can do — whether it’s on a first date or after 20 years of marriage — is subsume her naturally ebullient personality in an effort to be more “accommodating” to her partner and avoid making waves. Most guys like a brisk, good-natured argument, and if you nip this possibility in the bud by constantly replying “I agree” or “Yes, you’re right,” the relationship (not to mention the conversation) will go absolutely nowhere. On the other hand, though, playing devil’s advocate in every conversation just makes you seem combative. So if you find yourself disagreeing more than not with your date, maybe it’s time to look for someone that’s a better fit for you, personality-wise.

4. Plain Janes. Standards of beauty in today’s media-saturated world have become so artificially elevated that many otherwise attractive women are convinced they’re “homely” because of a slightly bigger nose or a crooked smile. The good news is that most guys don’t care about this stuff; the bad news is that a small minority of men have self-esteem issues of their own and will take advantage of yours when given the opportunity. Eric Weisholtz, cofounder of GetOnTheCouch.com, says that “a man may see a woman who is kind of attractive, a bit awkward, unrefined and — whether she knows it or not — in dire need of someone to coach her toward virtue. It’s like finding a ‘make your own girlfriend’ kit.” Don’t feel like being part of a science experiment? Find a guy who likes you for who you are, not what he can make you change about yourself.

5. Assorted quirks. Fran Drescher, star of The Nanny, had a piercing, snorting, abrasive laugh — and all it did was send the ratings of her show through the roof and make her a millionaire many times over. That laugh also unmasked a secret crush that most guys didn’t even know they had: the hot girl with an unexpected quirk. Says Lisa Steadman, author of If He’s Not the One, Who Is?: “You know you’ve met someone who’s a keeper when he or she compliments your quirks. Whether it’s the snort in your laugh or the way you twirl your hair when you’re thinking about something — or the fact that you have to double-check that you hit the alarm button on the car when you get home at night — the right person will think your quirks are adorable.” Remember this the next time you’re feeling self-conscious about slurping your straw three times as you finish your iced latte. You might just have the guy next to you entranced instead of annoyed!

Men, get the women’s perspective on this issue by reading 5 unexpected female turn-ons.

Bob Strauss is a freelance writer and children’s book author who lives in New York City. He’s also written the Dinosaur guide on About.com, the online information network owned by the New York Times.

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Sounds like a gay person who is a nerd to me. Maybe the author meant to title this, 5 things that make homosexuality and nerds special.

http://www.match.com/magazine/article.aspx?articleid=11876

ARTICLE 6

An offensive couple! Rapper Wiz Khalifa is cited for marijuana possession while fiancee Amber Rose commits fashion crime – by Mike Larkin – PUBLISHED: 23:53 GMT, 25 April 2012 | UPDATED: 00:52 GMT, 26 April 2012

It seems Wiz Khalifa and his fiancée Amber Roser are well matched.

While the 24-year-old rapper was handed a citation for alleged marijuana possession, the model was busy committing a crime against fashion.

Wiz was collared at a Holiday Inn hotel in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday after investigators were called to his hotel room.

Cited: Wiz Khalifa admitted possessing marijuana in Nashville at the weekend and was served with a court citation

The star, whose real name is Cameron Thomaz, was due to headline a show in the city, but his night was ruined when the police showed up at his room.

Front desk staff at the hotel called police after received several complaints about marijuana use in his room.

Police claim that when they arrived they smelled marijuana, and when the door to his room was opened, they saw him throw a marijuana cigar out of the window. Not-so-sheepish: Wiz is open about his use of the drug and is starring alongside Snoop Dogg in an upcoming stoner movie

Not-so-sheepish: Wiz is open about his use of the drug and is starring alongside Snoop Dogg in an upcoming stoner movie

They also allege that when they asked if there was any more marijuana in the room he denied it,  but they later found more on his companion.

Both suspects later admitted to having the drug and were cited for the misdemeanor possession.

They have until May 14 to show up at the Davidson County courthouse for booking on the charges.

He left Nashville on Sunday and has been in New York this week.

Call the fashion police: Amber Rose was in danger of being taken away in handcuffs due to her awful outfit in New York today

Rearly awful: The model’s outfit looked terrible from every angle

It will come as no surprise to his fans however, as he is open about his use of the drug and is even starring alongside Snoop Dogg in upcoming stoner comedy Mac and Devon Go to High School.

But the rapper was not the only one in his social circle committing a crime recently.

For his fiancée Amber Rose, who he proposed to last month, was in danger of being put in handcuffs by the fashion police in New York today.

Even by the 28-year-old’s outlandish standards her latest outfit was beyond the pale.

However her grey hooded top, baggy shorts, white sports socks, converse shoes and the red handkerchief she wore on her head was still not enough to stop fans asking for photographs.
A pair of poseurs: However his friends will surely be chuckling at her fashion disaster

A pair of poseurs: However his friends will surely be chuckling at her fashion disaster
Better in the shade: At least the glasses would have kept her in the dark about her ensemble

Better in the shade: At least the glasses would have kept her in the dark about her ensemble

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards.

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

Her worst look to date and I normally love her body but I have to say she looks a bit fat in these pictures.

– OnlineGirl , Town , 26/4/2012 02:14
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You’re right this time DM. This is DEFINITELY a fashion crime! I had a good laugh at her get up. Hahahah

– Ana, Canada, 26/4/2012 02:09

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Wiz should use this opportunity where Snoop Dogg failed, (also with all that wealth Wiz has) to challenge the unconstitutionality of the charges, of the unconstitutionality of the ban on all organic psychedelics which are after all freely given in nature.

No group of people have a right to forbid anyother group (this is the essence of democracy and civilisation, protection of minority rights) from using what is freely available or growing in nature, especially with threats of incarceration or extortion (fines) via ‘words on a piece of paper that have no bearing on reality and freedom laws‘. If the case to challenge bad laws against generally harmless organics fails (doubtful) as so many people do use organics, Wiz should demand that he be allowed to renounce the US citizenship and seek asylum in a country of his choice where organics are legal.

Do it Wiz, fight for democracy, for the right to use what Nature has given us for free! Don’t be a victim or a legal-system wuss Wiz, challenge the system on a Human Rights angle to use what nature has freely given mankind ! USA! USA! Pull a MLK on the system Wiz! Make them regret even daring to target you!

https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/in-the-dogg-house-snoop-is-arrested-for-marijuana-possession-after-sniffer-dog-weeds-out-stash-by-mike-larkin-last-updated-at-133-am-on-10th-january-2012/

ARTICLE 7

The Right to Sacrifice the Other: The American Genocides – by Munir Akash, Beirut: Riad El-Rayyes Books, June 2002. – REVIEWED BY Abdullah Mohammad Sindi, Ph.D. International Relations:

The American Genocides is a 200-page paperback book in Arabic and the latest scholarly work by Munir Akash who is a well-known Arab-American writer. Educated in his native Arab world, Europe, and the US, Akash authored, edited, and translated many articles and books in Arabic, French, and English on many subjects ranging from politics, to revolution, to poetry and sex. A recipient of several awards and honors both in Europe and the US, Akash also edited several scholarly periodicals in Paris, London, and the US including Jusoor, founded and published by him with the cooperation of Syracuse University’s publications in New York.

Written in a lucid style with a great deal of passion and courage which captivate the reader, The American Genocides contains a table of contents; an introductory chapter; seven main chapters documented by footnotes and sources; two appendixes on Native Americans; and two indexes, one on proper names and the other on places. The book also contains a small section about the author and his accomplishments.

Utilizing his expertise in Native American affairs, Akash wrote a profoundly shocking book. He did an excellent job in documenting the European genocides and other crimes against Native Americans from the time of the so-called “discovery” of so-called the New World in the late 15th century to the present. In this largest and longest holocaust in the history of the world, Akash estimated that 112 million Native Americans perished over the last 510 years both in North and South Americas. The invading Europeans destroyed over 400 North American Native Nations, such as the Iroquois, the Apache, the Navajo, the Cheyenne, the Cherokee, the Spokane, the Mohawk, and the Sioux.

Although some of these Native American victims (or so-called “Indians”) such as the Mayas, the Incas, and the Aztecs had great civilizations centuries before Europe, often superior to those of Europe at the time, the Europeans still claimed that their “divine” mission was to bring “civilization” to the New World and they brazenly referred to these natives as “savages” and “barbarians”. Also, despite the fact that the Native Americans initially welcomed the invading Europeans, were generous with them, and taught them how to survive in a new land, and how to plant food in an alien environment to them, the Europeans still have looked down, from the start, on these indigenous people and have called them such racist names as “brutes”, “vermin”, “wild varmints”, “devils”, “devil worshipers”, and “animals”. Not only uneducated Americans but also their political, religious, and social leaders have uttered these ugly and vulgar adjectives throughout US history.

Of the 112 million murdered Native Americans in the New World, Akash estimated that 18.5 million have been wiped out in what is known today as the United States.

He detailed how these horrific genocides and other crimes in the US have been committed by the “super race” WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) at all governmental levels throughout US history as well as by common settlers who brutally settle-colonized North America. From the very beginning of their colonization in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the WASPs have acted like real wasps with potent venom. They have savagely stung Native Americans by various methods of genocides from outright slaughter; to intentional infection by deadly diseases such as small pox, cholera, and plague; to forced brutal deportations known as “Indian Removal”; to confinements in horrible conditions in concentration camps and reservations; to intentional sterilization of Native American women without their own knowledge.

Ironically, some American Christian churches, which supposedly believed in “Thou shall not kill” and “Thou shall not steal”, openly condoned and supported at all levels these barbaric acts and slaughters of Native Americans as well as the thefts of their lands, resources, and properties.

Naturally, as Akash indicated, the US government and its agencies have carefully covered up these long series of genocides and ethnic cleansings against Native Americans. In fact, today’s standard American history textbooks and official documents throughout the US totally ignore these massacres and horrible crimes committed against Native Americans. According to the official American point of view, North America was “empty” of native people when the WASPs started to colonize it in the early 17th century, or at best “sparsely” inhabited by “primitive” or “uncivilized” tribes.

Nevertheless, being an Arab writer writing in Arabic for Arab readers, Akash then proceeded to make a brilliant analogical comparison between the WASP’s brutal racist colonization of North America and the ancient Hebrew’s gruesome colonization of Canaan (old Palestine), as well as the current savage colonization of Arab Palestine since 1948 by the Western Zionist Jews. In order to replace the native people and steal their lands and properties, both the WASPs and the Hebrews/Zionists had to commit genocides and brutal racism against the rightful owners of the lands. Both of these two racist colonizers have justified their massacres and thefts as “doing God’s work on earth”.

In fact, as God’s warriors and devout faithfuls, the WASPs and the ancient Hebrews as well as the modern Zionists have used the Old Testament for their own purposes to justify their extermination of the native peoples and the theft of their lands and resources. For example, in Joshua 6:21 we read: “And they utterly destroyed all that [was] in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.” And in Joshua 24:13 we read: “And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and olive yards which ye planted not do ye eat.”

Next, Akash articulated his analogy further by drawing a perfect parallel between the WASPs and the Hebrews/Zionists. As the ancient Hebrews fled the brutality of the Pharaoh in Egypt, so did the WASPs from their king in England. As the ancient Hebrews crossed the Red Sea in a dangerous sea voyage, so did the WASPs across the dangerous Atlantic Ocean. As the ancient Hebrews got lost in their voyage to the “promised land”, so did the WASPs on their “Mayflower” across the Atlantic. As the ancient Hebrews considered themselves to be “the chosen people of God”, so did the WASP “pilgrims”. As the ancient Hebrews made a “covenant” with “God” during their wandering, so did the WASPs. And as the ancient Hebrews finally arrived in the “promised land” of Canaan, so did the WASPs in the “promised” New English Canaan.

Both the Hebrews and the WASPs wanted to establish “a city upon a hill”, a biblical notion of supposedly “a utopian society”. In fact, the WASP “pilgrims” referred to their settled-colonies in North America by such names as “Israel”, “God’s new Israel”, “Zion”, and “the promised land”.

Akash then eloquently argued that the “biblical Jewish/Zionist” philosophy, espoused by the American founding WASP fathers, has naturally evolved into the following 5 basic doctrines, which have guided American policies from the earliest blood baths in Plymouth to the current butchery in Afghanistan:

1. The Israeli meaning of the US (the Hebrew mythology that created the nation).

2. The Divine Election doctrine, “Chosen People” imagery, and the superiority of the WASP race and culture.

3. The right to lead and “save” the world (errand in the wilderness).

4. The predestined expansion (the divine right and ability to expand US domains endlessly).

5. The right to sacrifice the other.

Accordingly, as a direct result of these 5 ingrained doctrines in the American political and social psyches, the author correctly concluded that the intentional annihilation of Native Americans by the “super race” WASPs was not a unique or abnormal occurrence in American history. Rather, “the right to sacrifice the other” has always been a constant and systematic American norm from the dawn of the American nation to the present. In fact, many others groups and races throughout the world, both in past and current US history, have also been brutally killed en masse for a variety of reasons. Among these victims are millions of innocent Black Americans who died during the long history of the American brutal slavery system and the Jim Crow laws that followed it; hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese who were horrifically incinerated by Atomic bombs in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the final days of W.W.II at a time when Japan was already too weak to continue the war and was actually willing to surrender; and millions of innocent Latin Americans, Filipinos, Koreans, Vietnamese, Arabs, Asians, Africans, and other groups throughout the world who have lost their lives as a direct or indirect result of America’s military interventionism World-Wide to promote US national (i.e., corporate) “interest”.

It should be indicated here that Akash is one of few scholars in the US who had the courage to expose in details the hidden history of these crimes against humanity. In researching his excellent book, Akash meticulously consulted many valuable sources, both primary and secondary, including documents, books, periodicals, and websites.

He quoted such important scholars and specialists on Native American studies as Professor David E. Stannard who authored: The Conquest of the New World: American Holocaust; and Ward Churchill, a Native American Professor and author of: Indians Are Us? Culture and Genocide in Native North America.

I do not have many negative remarks on Akash’s book. However, in few cases throughout his book one found some Western proper names written only in Arabic as they were mentioned for the first time but without the easier identification of their names by Latin letters next to the Arabic ones. In addition, although the title of the book (The Right to Sacrifice the Other: The American Genocides) gave the impression that each chapter might be devoted to specific racial victims of American genocides, the authored concentrated in the 7 chapters of his book on Native Americans. The author made only passing remarks about the American holocaust against Black American slaves, Filipinos, Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s civilians, Vietnamese, Latin Americans, Iraqis, Afghanis, and other victims throughout the world many of which were subjected to biological warfare. For example, in page 151 of his book, The American Holocaust, David Stannard stated that during the American slave trade “… at least 30,000,000 – and possibly as many as 40,000,000 to 60,000,000 – Africans were killed … before they even had a chance to begin working as human chattel on plantations in the Indies and the Americas”.

The American Genocides by Akash is an excellent book for all readers especially those interested in US history and in the plight of the New World’s indigenous peoples.

I recommend Akash’s book without any reservation whatsoever to all Arab readers, young and old. In fact, all Arab readers will be highly intrigued by Akash’s eloquent analogy between the WASP “pilgrims” in their brutal invasion of North America and the savage Hebrew/Zionist invasion of Palestine. The similarities between the brutal actions of the WASPs towards Native Americans and the actions of the Hebrews/Zionists towards the natives of Palestine (both ancient Canaanites and modern Palestinians) could also easily explain to all Arabs – especially those who still pin their hopes on the US to be fair – the current American unconditional support for Israel’s brutal policies in Arab Palestine. Also, those few Arabs who are still puzzled by the American total blind support of the Zionist entity should read this book.

In brief, Akash’s book is powerful and captivating. It is a good and informative reading, well researched and well written.

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We will support Yauch’s work by asking the government of the United States to relinquish all political and military power to the Native Americans (drop all Governorships hand over top military posts, etc..) in exchange for China granting sovereignty to Tibet.

After all there were no WASPs in USA and government should be held by the Native Americans – AFTER reparations for Holocaust style Native American Genocides (for being Pagans and having an organic culture not typified by Capitalism) by the Protestant Xians, German style apologies for Nazism and repatriations of ALL ethnically Caucasian persons who had derived wealth from enslavement of NAs, or sequestered NA lands (especially native ancestral burial grounds and sacred grounds) have been returned to the remnants of the tribe in question.

China will have no excuse to continue holding Tibet IF the Native American peoples are given their sovereignty starting with the Republic of Dakota, and then the Republic of Aztlan (which could either rejoin Mexico or become a sovereign state), and finally the Republic of New Africa (in conjunction with the NA tribes in the original area if assenting).

Do the Caucasians in USA love Tibet enough to take the moral high ground and even recommend their fellow Caucasians who had held NA slaves or butchered NA’s in the early Protestant migrations for their own living space be repatriated, as well as relinquish all military and political power to the Native Americans to make a point that China cannot ignore? Otherwise consider Yauch’s work a failure and Tibet’s secession an impossibility.

There is no moral high ground otherwise for USA or any ‘American’ to pursue Chinese issues when glaring occupations of entire peoples to the point of near extinction lacking political and military control. More currently enacted violent occupations, occupations of subversion are listed below :

1) Native Americans in USA (Oppressing nation is England via Freemason-Illuminati cultists and WASP groups)
2) Aboriginese in Australia (Oppressing nation is England via Caucasian convict colonies)
3) Various First Nations Natives in Canada (Oppressing nation is England and less so France)
4) Maori people in New Zealand (Oppressing nation is England)
5) Inuit people in Greenland (Oppressing nation is Denmark)

;without UN Ambassadorial representation at the New York based (but soon to be based on an aircraft carrier) UN? If all of the above occupiers, which are considered 1st World Nations, relinquish control over their colonies, then only will China (a second world country for all purposes) willingly relinquish control of Tibet, though Tibet looks set to become a Buddhist Theocracy if care is not taken to ensure freedom of the populace which China presumably protects the population from. Please see below link for a skewed and one sided campaign by USA’s WASP propaganda weapon :

http://www.freep.com/article/20120504/ENT04/120504058/From-archive-Late-rapper-Adam-MCA-Yauch-talks-Tibetan-causes-role-Beastie-Boys-more?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Sindi is a native of Saudi Arabia where has was a Professor of Political Science at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. He now lives and works in the US where he has also taught at 4 universities and colleges in Southern California: The University of California at Irvine, California State University at Pomona, Cerritos College, and Fullerton College. Dr. Sindi has published several articles in different scholarly periodicals both in Arabic and English.

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ARTICLE 1

The state is God? – April 20, 2012

APRIL 20 — I am actually dumbfounded as to where in the religion of Islam it says the Kedah state government is God?

This is because, as far as I know, Muslims are actually only prohibited to ever question the will of God.

We are, however, perfectly allowed and even encouraged to question what is not clear to us in order to understand it better.

So, I am baffled as to why the Kedah state legislative assembly has decidised to amend the Mufti and Fatwa Enactment (Kedah Darul Aman) 2008.

It was passed unanimously by the House that:

“Any fatwa decided by the state Mufti or Fatwa Committee, whether gazetted or not, cannot be challenged, appealed, reviewed, denied or questioned in any civil or syariah court.”

As I have mentioned previously, I don’t really think they can do this because if I’m not mistaken, members of the Kedah assembly are ordinary people and not God.

Fatwas are man-made, and are actually man’s attempt at trying to best understand and interpret God’s decree in whatever context.

What is known in Islam as Fiqh, or jurisprudence, is actually just opinions of jurists which then become a set of guidelines for people to follow.

But, as with anything that is man-made, it is open to flaws and hence, not only is it allowed to be questioned, questioning it should be mandatory so the flaws can be fixed.

The Quran states in Surah Ta Ha:

“Ask of Him: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

And how are people supposed to learn and understand anything if they are not allowed to ask and question as proposed by the Kedah legislative assembly?

The Prophet Muhammad did say:

“Whoever conceals knowledge would be muzzled on the Day of Resurrection with a muzzle of fire.”

And by not allowing their decisions to be ever challenged, appealed, reviewed, denied or questioned, they are imposing their thoughts on others, which is clearly unIslamic.

The Quran states in Surah Al Baqarah:

“There is no compulsion in Islam. Certainly, right has become clearly distinct from wrong.”

It is also unIslamic because the Kedah state government is obviously against the concept of Shura, which calls for the consultation of its people in matters of society.

The Quran states in Surah Al Shura:

“Those who listen to their Lord, and establish regular prayer; who conduct their affairs by mutual consultation; who spend out of what we bestow on them for sustenance, [are praised].”

“The blame is only against those who oppress men with wrong doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a penalty grievous.”

The Quran states in Surah Al Imran:

“So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].”

Finally, I am convinced that nowhere in the religion of Islam is it ever mentioned that the Kedah state government is God. Not in the Quran and not in the Hadiths.

So in accordance with Islam, all action taken by the government must always be questioned by the people for the best interest of the people.

* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.

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More importantly :

2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)

Did you know that apostasy is effectively illegal in Malaysia? Did you know that non-Muslim rights such as haram food processing facilities (like abbatoirs) not too distant from wet markets, assigned non-Muslim places of worship (there are none assigned but Muslims alwas get their assignments of land for Mosques), avenues to gambling other than 4D, meaning Cards, Dice, Dominos, Mahjong, Roulettes, Jackpots, etc.. – at one time even Mahjong during Chinese New Year was disallowed) though legal limits on losses should be implemented alongside – as of now all the above are only available in a single mega-sized venue of few, most prefer small venues in convenient places) in an inaccessible place, as well as lack of proper adult services avenues and legislation of formal Red Light Districts,  are effectively disallowed as well or immensely difficult to get the state governments to assign?

Finally, there is nothing ‘Maha’ about Mahasiswa if they cannot even choose their own religion without becoming second class citizens.

ARTICLE 2

DPM: Beware ‘modern’ threats – Region must be prepared to face transnational crimes, says Muhyiddin – by Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani – Friday, April 20, 2012 – 17:14

ASEAN must strengthen its cooperation on extraterritorial legal processes to combat modern threats to the region’s security, says Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said nations were not only confronting terrorist threats but other transnational crimes which affect the global community.

“Apart from the war on terror, we are confronting a host of other issues that pose an imminent threat to the security of our region, and which can harm the economic and social well-being our people,”he said when closing the Defence Ministry’s Putrajaya Forum at am hotel here yesterday.

“Illegal immigration, human trafficking, drug trafficking, piracy and transnational environmental crime have devastating consequences on the security as well as social and economic well-being of a sovereign nation.”

Muhyiddin said the emergence of non-traditional security threats would destabilise the region if not checked. “These threats, which are transnational and trans-regional in nature, require collective and multilateral responses from all Asean member states and Dialogue Partners.

“Indeed, regional forum plays an important role in addressing these threats through collaborative use of political, economic, diplomatic and legal means in the true spirit of regional security and defence cooperation.”

He said Asean had learned from experience and understood terrorism was not a threat limited to a particular or group of countries. “The span of terror networks and activities is cross-border and its impact is trans-regional.

In coping with the threat of terrorism, it is important for Asean countries to step up collaborative efforts to terminate the root of terror network through effective preventive measures mechanism.

“We need to strengthen cooperation on extraterritorial legal processes, share technical expertise and information, and act as a forum in which to continue discussions on effective ways to fight against terrorism.”

Muhyiddin said in Asean’s 45-year history, the regional organisation has evolved from practising preventive policies to constructive ones.

“The end of the Cold War, the advance of globalisation and the increasing influence of China and India as emerging political and economic power houses have forced Asean to shift from its original preventive diplomacy of maintaining peace and harmony to the constructive diplomacy of community building.

“This strategic realignment of Asean’s mission helps the association to address the increasing political and economic competitions in the global world.”

He said the grouping’s emergence as a new engine of robust economic growth had made security and stability a top priority in the region.

“Asean has always been at the forefront of efforts to maintain regional peace and security as well as to promote regional integration and community-building.

“This is evident in our continuing initiatives to align ourselves with the paramount objective of creating a stable, peaceful and prosperous Asean community by 2020.”

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The biggest threat is a lack of :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

Disenfranchisement of entire segments of population via apartheid is an old threat that is still present in supposedly modern Malaysia. Will the BN if not UN address this threat of apartheid  and inequality first?

ARTICLE 3

Pua unimpressed with resignation of Europlus president – Friday, April 20, 2012 – 14:58 – by Ram Anand

KUALA LUMPUR: Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua was unimpressed with the resignation of former Kumpulan Europlus Bhd president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Chan Ah Chye after the RM7.1 billion West Coast Expressway (WCE) project was awarded to the company.

Dubbing the tycoon’s resignation as a “golden handshake”, he claimed to have information that Chan’s shares in the company would be acquired at a rate more than 30 per cent higher from the current market price, amounting to about RM231 million.

“Chan owns a 27.6 per cent stake in the company, which saw its stock price leap from 88 sen last September to a new high of RM1.36 after the announcement regarding the project was made in January. There is no conceivable reason for him to resign,” he said.

Pua asked the government to withdraw the WCE contract and reopen it for bidding via an open, competitive tender to ensure the best companies offering the lowest construction prices and the shortest concession period are awarded the contract.

Chan formerly led the beleaguered Talam Corporation, who was responsible for a host of abandoned housing projects in Selangor and this led to certain parties questioning the government’s wisdom in awarding the contract to another company linked to him.

It was reported Chan resigned earlier this month “to spend more time with the family”, after spending more than 16 years finalising the WCE deal which resulted in the formation of West Coast Expressway Sdn Bhd, where 80 per cent of the stake was owned by Kumpulan Europlus Bhd.

Pua claimed Kumpulan Europlus Bhd was not qualified to take up the project.

“They have never built a highway before this. Why give such a major project to them? This is not even their core business,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

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We’re even less impressed with DAP’s unkept campaign promises and Pua’s pretentious acting as if everything is fine with DAP. DAP is a LIAR who cannot keep campaign promises meaning the 2 term limitless oligarchs shamelessly running a political party as a family business are at the centre of the b.s.. Again the obsession with people’s money rather than Dewan oriented or national issues like ending apartheid.

Pakatan b.s. list (this is a small sampling) :

Ask for 750K funeral funds? Can. Tolerate Hudud? Can. Ask for equality, end apartheid? Cannot. Whats so great about DAP?

Is DAP a business conglomerate or a political party interested in Human Rights and amending bad laws? If DAP is a  nepotistic 3rd world style family business, GTFO of the Dewan and don’t bother running for GE13. Self serving people who cannot keep campaign promises are UNVOTABLE.

ARTICLE 4

Minister’s absolute discretion removed – Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 15:30 – by Ram Anand – Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop

KUALA LUMPUR: The home minister will no longer enjoy absolute discretion when it comes to granting, refusing and revoking a publishing permit under long-awaited amendments to the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) tabled in Parliament yesterday.

Instead, the proposed amendments state that the minister’s decisions can be challenged in court.

The amendments to the PPPA form part of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promised “reform bills” and were tabled by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop (pic).

The highlight of the amendments was the removal of the annual licensing for printing presses and publications.

Najib had on Monday said that a self-regulatory media council would be able to regulate the industry and would be feature in a new PPPA.

A proposed amendment “allows for judicial review of the home minister’s decision to grant, refuse, revoke or suspend a permit”.

The term “his absolute discretion”, referring to the minister’s powers, has been proposed to be removed from the Act.

Another amendment allows media entities to “be heard” first before any decision to revoke or suspend a licence is made.

However, the home minister still retains powers to grant a licence or to refuse an application for a printing press. He can also suspend licences for “any period he considers desirable”.

Although the amendments touched on several areas which many observers feel had restricted press freedom, it remains to be seen if the media landscape will improve.

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Any other absolutist powers in all other Ministries should also be removed. This is a democracy and Malaysia’s showcase of 1800s laws and constitution are a blight on all Malaysians. Start with Section 377B which UN Sec, Gen Ban Ki Moon has made himself very clear on. What is the Bar Council doing about Section 377B and the earlier mentioned problems? Withdraw their degrees if they do not file a formal complaint to the UN on outdated laws!

ARTICLE 5

Guan Eng: Scrap section on false news – Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 15:26 – by T.K. Letchumy Tamboo – Lim Guan Eng

LIM: Section 8A has been used to persecute and punish the Opposition. It has not been used against all publications that write false news

KUALA LUMPUR: Amendments to the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) 1984 fall short of reforms promised by the government as the section on publishing false news remains, said DAP secretary-general Lim
Guan Eng.

He said the amendments were inadequate and did not address the issue of freedom of information and press freedom.

Lim, who is the Bagan MP and Penang chief minister, said the section was a political weapon against the Opposition as it punished writers, editors and printers for publishing false news. Those found guilty could be imprisoned for three years and fined up to RM20,000.

“If the government is serious and committed to freedom of the press and upholding human rights, it should remove Section 8A and pass the Freedom of Information Act as done in Penang and Selangor,” he said at the Parliament lobby.

“Section 8A has been used to persecute and punish the Opposition. It has not been used against all publications that write false news.”

Lim cited his experience as a victim of Section 8A, when he was found guilty of publishing false news in 1994 and jailed for 18 months in Kajang prison.

“Utusan Malaysia published false news that I was anti-Malay and anti-Islam and that I demolished Malay kampungs. That is false news. I brought the defamation suit against Utusan Malaysia and won RM250,000 but why isn’t there action against the paper under Section 8A?

“Why were Utusan Malaysia and Umno Online not charged under the section for defaming my 16-yearold son by saying he molested a girl in the same school?”

He said Section 8A should be scrapped as there were sufficient safeguards in the law, such as the Penal Code.

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A good point is brought up, but this is something any blogger or journalist can study and bring to attention of the Dewan.

Try making good on FALSE CAMPAIGN PROMISES first then talk here. No standing to speak thus as of now. Where are those MP asset declarations? Still hiding behind the EXCO declarations? You think this bait and switch method won’t offend the electorate? LIARS do not deserve to represent the people, especially those who abuse powers and refuse to amend laws so as to abuse powers. GTFO of the Dewan and let those petty traders and water sports guys DAP has been kicking around take charge instead!

Use that CM’s mandate dad nepotistically gave to END APARTHEID, send delegations to UN to end apartheid not flounder around being all ‘CM’mish’. VIPs are only VIPs by what they do. What are you doing about 2nd class citizenships in Malaysia? Nothing? WTF are you doing in Dewan otherwise especially without a quorum to justify your CM’s post? Speak on APARTHEID or be a KTK II. Equality only!

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

This sort of issue is to be addressed by the Journalists Association, not a Chief Minister. First LGE is a CEO wannabe in OZ, then takes on the role of Chairman of the Journalists Association (We know the Journalist’s Association is not able to act but this is selling that CM’s post short)? Stealing thunder from the Journalist’s Association by a CM? Thats what happens when a parachute CM is undemocratically and nepotistically INSTALLED rather than voted for by the Rakyat at a 66.6% quorum.

No REAL leader of the Chinese would not mention or not address to counter APARTHEID at least in this way. No ethical person would shamelessly accept a quorumless CMship as well . . . so how do you justify dad’s nepotistic choice of CMship?). Not much better than KTK, also DAP has FAILED to keep almost ALL of the campaign promises that brought DAP to power in Penang, and piled abuses of so many kinds . . . worst so-called ‘leader’ ever . . .

Voters, BN is apartheid, corrupt and refuses to use that mandate to better Malaysia, PR is self serving non-pro-active, self glorifying, unable to keep their campaign promises, alsovery nepotistic, so vote instead for 3rd Force Parties like : KITA, JATI, MCLM (whats left of MCLM), PCM, Borneo Front, Konsensus Bebas, HRP/Hindraf and PSM, ABU, PRS, STAR etc..

3rd Force parties. Pic will be updated as new 3rd Force parties arrive.

ARTICLE 6

French court has no jurisdiction over Razak Baginda, says lawyer – by Debra Chong – April 22, 2012

Malaysia paid RM6.7 billion in 2009 for the two Scorpene submarines — Picture courtesy of shaktiraj25.blogspot.com
KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 — While Suaram has formally filed a complaint with the French court over the scandalous Scorpene submarine sale to Malaysia, it holds no illusions that those named as witnesses, including Abdul Razak Baginda, will actually step forward to testify.

Lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri told The Malaysian Insider the Paris tribunal has no jurisdiction over the Malaysian seen as a key witness in the ongoing hearing over allegations government officials were bribed by French defence giant DCNS.

“Since he’s the main person who represented Perimekar, Razak Baginda is obliged to answer to the subpoena.

“The crux of the matter is he has to testify before the French court,” she told The Malaysian Insider yesterday, fresh from returning from Paris.

Fadiah who was part of a three-member Suaram team that filed a formal complaint with the Tribunal Grand Instance de Paris on Thursday.

The local human rights group has accused Putrajya of failing to address the serious allegations of multimillion ringgit kickbacks involving high-ranking government officials, suggesting a deliberate suppression of information to keep the issue under wraps.

Malaysia paid RM6.7 billion in 2009 for the two submarines of which RM574 million was earmarked for co-ordination and support services for Perimekar Sdn Bhd, owned by Abdul Razak, a close associate of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Abdul Razak and his wife, Mazlinda Makhzan, a director in the company, top the list of witnesses submitted by Suaram, Fadiah said.

She added the French court has yet to issue a subpoena for Abdul Razak as it has yet to finalise the list of witnesses, and that the former could choose to defy the court order and not fall foul of action by the French authorities.

“There’s nothing the French court can do,” the lawyer-activist admitted.

She said she had confirmed the matter with Suaram’s two French counsel, Joseph Breham and William Bourdon.

“In case he defies the subpoena, the French court will issue a warrant to compel appearance, and if he refuses, it could issue a warrant of arrest against him.

“But it’ll be difficult to execute the warrant of arrest if he is on Malaysian soil as it’s not within French jurisdiction,” she said.

Fadiah added: “Same with Najib. If he receives a subpoena and does not answer it, the court may be unable to take action. He might be placed on a suspect list. If he sets foot in France, they can take action against him.”

The prime minister is also named as a witness in Suaram’s list submitted to the French inquiry, Fadiah said, and added that Najib may also be summoned to testify in the French probe as the court had yet to finalise its witnesses.

“He was the then Defence Minister. He has to expect to receive a subpoena. He has a moral obligation to answer the subpoena,” she said.

“It’s going to look so bad if he doesn’t entertain the subpoena, what more as Malaysian government officials are involved. It will be bad on Malaysia,” she said.

Fadiah stressed that it was still early for such speculation as things would happen “in due course”.

Recent media reports have pinned Najib to the RM7.3 billion Scorpene submarine deal by French authorities.

Human rights groups and opposition parties have linked the submarine purchase to the 2006 murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu, a one-time lover to Abdul Razak.

The former political analyst who headed think-tank Malaysian Strategic Research was acquitted of a charge of abetting two Special Action Squad members — Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar — to commit the murder in 2006.

Earlier this month, Altantuya’s father Dr Setev Shaariibuu told a press conference in Petaling Jaya that he had offered himself as a witness in the Scorpene submarine probe, claiming that his testimony would be able to “connect the dots” between her death and the Scorpene” case.

Fadiah said that the tribunal was currently investigating the matter as a civil case but that Suaram’s French counsel had told them the prosecutors may be filing criminal charges soon.

The French court is conducting its own inquiries into Abdul Razak’s current address to subpoena him for the trial. He is believed to be living in Britain with his family currently.

But Fadiah also said there were various legal ways to get Abdul Razak to testify before the French court.

Lawyer Andrew Khoo, who heads the Malaysian Bar’s human rights committee, echoed her view.

“It is possible that France could ask for the Malaysian government’s help under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Agreement. But there is no guarantee that Malaysia will assist.

“However, if RB is in the UK at the moment, it may be that France will seek the UK government’s help instead under the EU’s mutual assistance framework,” he told The Malaysian Insider when contacted for comment.

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There is always the UN, International Criminal Court and Interpol or some EU apparatus if the French government is inadequate. The Rakyat might fight to protect PM Najib, if PM Najib will grant with that mandate :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

1 Malaysia remember? All for 1 and 1 for ___ (let PM Najib fill this blank . . . ). Viva le France!

ARTICLE 7

Kedah Royalty lodges report over enactment amendment – Monday, 23 April 2012 14:03

ALOR SETAR – Tunku Laksamana Kedah, Tunku Mansor Tunku Kassim today lodged a police report over the Kedah State Legislative Assembly’s amending of an enactment to give absolute power to the state mufti and fatwa comittee.

“I am making this report because I fear the enactment will usurp the powers of the Sultan of Kedah, who is the head of Islam in the state,” he told reporters after lodging the report at the Alor Setar police headquarters at 9.30am here today.

The state assembly recently amended Section 22A of the Kedah Mufti and Fatwa Committee Enactment 2008 to give the mufti and fatwa committee unlimited powers over Muslims in the state.

Following the amendment, all decisions by the mufti and the fatwa committee need not be gazetted and cannot be challenged in any court, whether syariah or civil.

Meanwhile, Save the Madrasah Salihiah Kanchut movement chairman Mansor Ahmad denied a statement by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak recently that they had withdrawn their court action to save the surau which was built in 1909.

“We only withdrew or original application for an injunction to prevent the surau from being demolished but replaced it with a new one,” he said, adding that the Alor Setar High Court had given them permission to do so and that they had hired a lawyer to fight the case.

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Unless staged, this is one time the people will be happy that the royals have spoken against extreme Islam.

Need not be gazetted and cannot be challenged in any court?

Terrifying and a human rights abuse for certain. Would UN or even the Sunnite highest authority at Al-Azhar Islamic university in Cairo Egypt send a Muslim Official here to admonish the local Sunnite practicioners against such treatment of the law as well as remind the institution of the rights of non-Muslims (do speak about Apartheid and Bumiputeras you Sunnite Al-Azharians . . .)? There are NON-MUSLIMS here that will be affected by not being able to challenge fatwas that will doubtless affect them if civil court cannot challenge a skewed fatwa.

Malaysia is a 3rd world country because Malaysia does not have :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional government has caused massive human rights abuses and corruption via the 2 classes of citizenship which amount to APARTHEID. The Bumiputra with Special Privileges vs non-Bumiputra dual system of citizenships are an abuse that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, as well as the Human Rights Council (which should boot Malaysia out of the council for allowing) need to address post haste, including the denial of rights to apostasy for Muslim citizens of all races. Meanwhile advanced psychiatric technologies and drugs are also being used to suppress peaceful activists in Malaysia as well, effectively destroying the lives of would be politicians ready tp bring Malaysia to the first world. Will the UN and the UN’s major patron nations in the first world, backed by supposedly freedom propagating NATO ensure that the rights of all abused persons, are corrected with justice and reparations made to the citizens and activists living in Malaysia?

ARTICLE 8

EC-Umno ties: Ambiga shocked – NEWS/COMMENTARIES – Friday, 27 April 2012 Super Admin

However, she gives the commission’s top officers the benefit of the doubt until all details surface.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Bersih leader S Ambiga today expressed shock over a revelation that the top heads of the Election Commission (EC) are Umno members.

However, she said she would give EC Chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusoff and his deputy, Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, the benefit of the doubt until the issue had been clarified.

“I was shocked beyond belief, but whether they still are Umno members has yet to be established,” she told reporters today.

She said the two should have disclosed their ties with Umno even if they were no longer members of the party. “The least they could have done was to disclose the information on the EC’s website.”

She was responding to PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution’s statement in the daily Sinar Harian that Abdul Aziz was a member of Umno’s Sri Ampang branch and Wan Ahmad a member of the Kubang Bunggor branch in Pasir Mas.

“It does show partisanship,” Ambiga said, “but to be fair to them evidence has yet to come out in full.”

Both Abdul Aziz and Wan Ahmad have responded to Saifuddin’s revelation, saying that they may have been registered as members decades ago but have remained inactive.

Abdul Aziz told Sinar Harian: “I can’t even remember which branch I was with because after I completed my studies, I lived in several areas.

Wan Ahmad said he could have been been registered in the 1970s or 1980s in Gombak, Damansara or Subang Jaya division, adding: “I have never bothered to find out. I am not a politician, but a government servant and I still am to this day. I’m telling the truth.”

They both said the EC’s independence was unaffected by their affiliation to Umno.

Ambiga seized on Wan Ahmad’s reference to himself as a “government servant”.

“That is what we call a Freudian slip,” she said. “He thinks he serves the government.”

She said the presumed bias for the government was precisely the problem with the EC.

This matter comes up just as Bersih is set to have its third rally tomorrow. The election watchdog has three specific demands: the immediate resignation of the EC heads, allow international observers to monitor the coming election and the implementation of all reforms recommended by the Parliamentary Select Committee before the upcoming polls.

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Sitting with the Keris Bearer who has not yet properly apologised for that ‘Keris Waving Incident’ who still apparently supports apartheid and a 2 class of citizenship system, as if best of friends with Ambiga is also equally shocking. Ambiga has not made clear on ending apartheid via Bumiputra vs Non-Bumiputra system.

Good Cop (Ambiga from Bersih) and Bad Cop (Khairy from UMNO) = Rakyat in trouble. Stage plays do not impress, even with tear gas, file the lawsuits against the Election Commission already!

ARTICLE 9

Malaysian police fire teargas at protesters – AFPBy Julia Zappei | AFP 28th April 2012

Malaysian police fire teargas and water cannon as crowds of protesters demanding electoral reforms surge into a central square in Kuala Lumpur

Protesters break down the barricades as they make their way towards Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur. Police on Saturday fired teargas and water cannon as crowds of protesters demanding electoral reforms surged into the square

Malaysian police on Saturday fired teargas and water cannon as crowds of protesters demanding electoral reforms surged into a central square in Kuala Lumpur, AFP correspondents said.

The protesters trampled through barbed wire barricades as they poured into the heavily guarded Independence Square, defying a ban on holding the rally at the venue in the heart of the congested capital.

The rally follows one that was crushed by police last July, when 1,600 people were arrested, and marks a major test for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has sought to portray himself as a reformer ahead of widely expected polls.

The protesters scampered and sought shelter at nearby buildings as police fired repeated rounds of teargas and water cannon.

An AFP correspondent said police descended on the venue to beat back the protesters and were in control of the square, while dozens of people were rounded up and held inside a police truck.

“We want peace, we want justice for our country. We don’t want to make any trouble,” said housewife Carmen Yap, 42, who attended the protest with her husband and 10-year-old son.

The protesters confronted a lockdown in various parts of the city.

Large crowds of people, many in the yellow colours of the reform movement, gathered at various points around Kuala Lumpur, defying a ban on holding the rally at Independence Square.

But a heavy police presence hindered access to the city centre, including about 2,000 armed police deployed around the sealed-off square as a police helicopter buzzed low overhead.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said earlier that the demonstrators were intent on marching to the square.

National police spokesman Ramli Yoosuf said about 20,000 protesters had gathered at various locations around the square.

“Please obey the law and stay away from the square. It is a banned area,” he said.

On Friday, it obtained a court order banning public gatherings there, provoking outrage from the opposition and rights groups who say the restrictions violate free speech and assembly.

Earlier Saturday, the crowds were vocal but peaceful, with a carnival atmosphere prevailing in some areas as people held balloons while others smiled as they snapped photographs of themselves in front of the razor wire.

“The government is being high handed in denying the people the changes we want. We demand free and fair elections,” said Zainuddin Tahar, 54, a pensioner from central Malaysia, who wore a yellow shirt.

A sign stuck on the razor wire at one point said “Welcome to Tel Aviv.”

Last July’s rally brought tens of thousands to the streets but was met with police tear gas and water cannon.

A resulting backlash prompted Najib to set up a panel whose eventual report suggested a range of electoral changes, but main rally organisers Bersih 2.0 and the opposition say the recommendations fell far short.

They demand a complete overhaul of a nationwide voter roll they say is packed with phantom or duplicate voter registrations, and reform of an Election Commission viewed as biased in favour of the ruling coalition.

Speculation is rife that Najib could call polls as early as June, and Bersih is demanding elections be postponed until full reforms are implemented.

“People want a clean electoral roll. The government is refusing to do that. Because of this they are getting angry and are out here today,” Anwar said.

The rally poses a dilemma for Najib, who since last year’s crackdown has sought to portray himself as a reformer, launching a campaign to repeal authoritarian laws in a bid to create what he called “the greatest democracy”.

But while giving the go-ahead for Saturday’s rally, his government ruled out the city centre, instead offering several stadium venues. Bersih has declined, saying demonstrating at the square was a basic right.

Critics have said the rally restrictions and alleged harassment of activists in recent days have exposed Najib’s reform promises as insincere.

“Today is a major test case for basic freedoms in Malaysia, starting with the right to peacefully march and assemble,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

Najib’s ruling coalition has governed Malaysia for more than five decades but made a dismal showing against the opposition in 2008, and he face pressure to improve on that.

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Hope this is not a strawman by the hagelian eclectic (Ambiga took down MB Nizar when she was Bar Council President, now you think her role is honest after what she just pulled in the above article?) Inside woman alert anyone? And mixing with UMNO people beneficiaries of nepotism now? Voters, please vote only for 3rd Force parties. Neither Ambiga nor Khairy nor any Bersih person has yet mentioned :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

; but are willing to march and shout etc.. Will the UN remind the so called MPs and the Cabinet that lacking the above is ILLEGAL by international standards? Will the Bersih and Bar Council FILE LAWSUITS at the UN or Human Rights Council about illegal Election Commission Amendments instead of marching meaninglessly and getting innocent people hurt for no reason?

This is a sandiwara of domestic terrorism, and Bersih and Ambiga are using the Raklyat as a human shield insteasd of honestly filing charges against the perpetrators of bad laws honourably – one-on-one – IN COURT, LIKE GENTLEFOLK. That education and support is WASTED on ‘Bersih leaders’. Bersih leaders are bad citizens and saboteurs of the poorly read! Use the international legal framework (the local framework isn’t working so contact the Universities who awarded the Supreme Court Judges degrees to blackball these legal pariahs causing unconstitutional harm to the citizens of an entire nation, remove their degrees). You marching fakes !

SUGGESTION

So called leaders of Bersih and the Opposition (who is not serious at all but mainly power mad) also the Bar Council, must file lawsuits against all who support APARTHEID, even at the International Criminal Court if necessarily. Marching does nothing.

At very least,  ALL academics of any ethics should challenge APARTHEID and lack of religious freedom, so that at very least, the Universities that awarded those degree holding racists and bad legislators will have their educations revoked and thus shamed into unelectibility. HEAR THAT ACADEMICS, do not act and too be lumped together on the blackball list of all educated civil and polite society types world wide. For being racist and religious supremacist, for tacit approval of the above 2 via silence ALL degree holding individuals will become DEGREELESS, should not be allowed to apply at foreign universities, will become unemployable and unelectable!

This method of destroying racists and bad legislators and bureaucrats was NOT from Sun Tzu’s Strategy, but do feel free to use this method to remove USELESS nepotistic term limitless and apartheid embracing, extreme religion embracing racist citizens from polite society. In fact lobby groups funded (who else but by the apathetic and selfish millionaire minorities here) should get the nation of any racist’s  awarding University to bar them from entry to that country for Human Rights abuses (apartheid and extreme religion) as well. Ambiga, Pak Samad, Barcouncil, all NGOs, this march or walk or whatever and subsequent suffering was NOT NECESSARY!

Brainless leaders for democracy lead to poor results in democracy, now file those lawsuits and send those recommendations for removal of academic qualifications and travel privileges of the racists and parasite crony, nepotistic, term limitless plutocrat politicians already!

Use this logos moi has presented for without use of that ethos (mainly limelighting is USELESS), any directed pathos FAILS! Injured civilians in marches does nothing! Use the legal method!

3 Articles on : Indirect Events Non-Corporeal – Neurotech or Spirituality, Whys of Dog Hate/Killings, Spirituality or Neurotech, Gaddafi’s Last Warning to Humanity (though Gaddafi potentially would have used the same methods if Gaddafi had prior access) – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 21st April 2012

In 1% tricks and traps, neurolinguistics, Neurotech, Orwellian, soul, soul binding, soul theft, spiritual abuse, spirituality, subculture persecution, technofascism, Technology on April 21, 2012 at 7:53 am

ARTICLE 1

‘You killed my best friend.’ Horrific moment police shoot dead man’s dog after responding to 911 call at WRONG address – By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 02:25 GMT, 17 April 2012

Audio footage hears owner say to police: ‘What are you doing? I live here’
Had been playing Frisbee with seven-year-old Cisco moments before
Officers had been called to domestic emergency nearby

The dramatic moment a policeman shoots dead a man’s beloved pet dog while responding to an emergency call at the wrong address has been released on the internet.

Footage from the patrol car’s dashboard camera captures the shot ring out milliseconds after the officer shouts: ‘Show me your hands, show me your hands. Get your dog.’

Owner Michael Paxton, 40, can be heard crying out: ‘Don’t shoot my dog. What are you doing, what did you shoot my dog for? What are you doing? I live here.’

Tragic: Michael Paxton,left, says the officer, who responded to the wrong address, startled his dog Cisco, right, which is why he started barking
Shocked: Footage from the police patrol car captures the sound of Michael Paxton’s dog Cisco being shot dead

Shocked: Footage from the police patrol car captures the sound of Michael Paxton’s dog Cisco being shot dead

‘I didn’t know you were here I was just taking him into the yard. Oh my god, I can’t believe you just shot my dog.

‘I need to give him to the vet. What are you doing here?,’ adding ‘thanks for shooting my best friend’, you killed my best friend’.

He then says: ‘Thanks for pulling a gun on me in my own driveway for no reason.’

Boy, 14, ‘was leader of brutal dog fighting ring that left three animals dead’

He says he was playing Frisbee with his seven-year-old Australian cattle dog, Cisco, at his home in Austin, Texas, when a police officer suddenly appeared, drew his weapon and ordered him to put his hands up.

It is understood the police were responding to a domestic abuse call of a man choking a woman and had unknowingly arrived at Paxton’s home after the 911 caller gave the wrong address.

Mr Paxton has launched a Facebook campaign called “Justice for Cisco” in to put pressure on Austin police over dog shooting’.

On the recording uploaded to YouTube, the police officer can be heard explaining his version of events moments after the shooting to a colleague at the scene.

He said: ‘I came round the corner. He [Paxton] walks from behind that tree, I tell him to show me his hands. Dog comes flying out of nowhere, dude, comes straight up at me, jumps at me and I popped it.’

The officer asks several times ‘do you have a girlfriend?’ before telling Mr Paxton the dog should have been on a leash.

Campaign: The Facebook page named Justice For Cisco, which was created yesterday, has had more than 26,000 likes and hundreds of messages of support, outrage and anger

The footage from the police car does not capture footage of the actual events, only the audio.

But since being uploaded yesterday, it has been viewed more than 16,000 times.

Mr Paxton yesterday described the moment he was confronted in his front yard by an officer with his gun drawn.

He said: ‘He had a Taser. He had pepper spray. I don’t understand why, in broad daylight, he pulled a gun on me. I wasn’t running. I wasn’t hiding,’ Paxton told ABCNews.com. ‘I was just saying, “I live here.” I was panicking. I was afraid for my life.’

‘While I was at gunpoint, my dog came from my backyard barking at the officer,’ Paxton wrote on the Facebook page dedicated to Cisco’s cause.

‘I yelled for the officer to not shoot my dog, that he will not bite, but the officer immediately shot and killed my dog right in front of me.’

The Facebook page named Justice For Cisco, which was created yesterday, has had more than 26,000 likes and hundreds of messages of support, outrage and anger.

One person named Todd Hariaczyi said: ‘I cannot begin to imagine your loss. I have had dogs my entire life, and I cannot fathom losing one in such a horrible manner.

‘I am disgusted by the officer’s actions–shoot now, ask later–and his attempt to blame you for the entire ordeal. It’s your property! Of course, your dog is on it. I will refrain from expressing how I feel about him because it’s nothing I can repeat here. I hope you get the justice you deserve.’

Another, named Nick Pound, added: ‘The officer needs to not only be fired, but charged like any other person who would shoot and kill an animal. Felony animal cruelty in most states carries up to 5 years in prison.’

Paxton said Cisco was harmless and had never bitten or attacked anybody before. ‘The only thing that has brought me comfort is the response and outpouring of emotion for him,’ he told ABCNews.com.

Shooter: The Austin Police Department said the officer, pictured, had felt threatened after the dog came at him and barked

‘I’m sure he heard the yelling. He’s a dog. This is his territory. He’s going to be territorial to some extent. To me, it’s pretty typical dog behavior. He’s not a viscious dog. He was a good boy. He was a real good boy.’

The Austin Police Department said the officer felt threatened after the dog charged at him and barked, leaving him with no alternative.

‘Officers have to do everything they can to protect themselves, up to and including the use of deadly force,’ Austin Police Cpl. Anthony Hipolito told ABCNews. com

‘It’s something that we don’t ever want to do. To shoot and kill an animal is very unfortunate and tragic. The officer is distraught and did not want to do it, but at the same time, he had to protect himself.’

Paxton’s neighbors Jesus Rivera and Maria Hernandez told the Digital Texan that they had been fighting and were the ones that the police officer meant to visit.

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Beautiful Blue Heeler. What a waste. Shame.

– Sarah, Australia, 19/4/2012 02:10
Rating   342

Horrible. Trigger happy thugs with badges. 16 seconds in as soon as the dog barks he murders it. No wonder why people don’t respect the police.

– Paul, Manc, 19/4/2012 01:32
Rating   627

The cop should count himself lucky that he wasn’t shot. Barging onto the property without a warrant, and being in the wrong place at that? I hope he gets the book, kitchen sink, and whatever else that can be lifted thrown at him. Disgusting.

– Ash, San Antonio, TX, 19/4/2012 01:17
Rating   500

He could have used pepper spray or a taser but instead he shot the innocent animal to death!! This thug of a cop needs to be fired ASAP! He is trying to spin this, and the dept says he Is distraught.. I don’t BUY it. He was caught saying he popped it. Shows he has no respect for life.

– Me, Virginia, USA, 19/4/2012 00:28
Rating   477

Wow, shocking that the cop shot the dog with so little warning (when the owner had zero chance to actually grab his dog), and then said “Why didn’t you grab your dog.” Everyone involved is lucky the owner reacted with such calm. I can imagine this might have turned out much worse if someone had shot my dog.

– Dave C, NYC, 18/4/2012 23:51
Rating   369

This officer and others police should be retrain. He should use the pepper spray and stunt gun. Do not doing sin in the job killing is a sin that sin will come to you one day and someone might kill you we call karma. Nowadays the polices use a lot of deadly force especialy American police. I like British polices and Thai polices the more professional.

– Aire, Detroit, Michigan, 18/4/2012 23:44
Rating   159

This cop is fortunate that he didn’t come into my yard and kill my dog, very fortunate indeed.

– Nirad, Tacoma,USA, 18/4/2012 23:30
Rating   342

how that department can just sit there defending this animal killer is BEYOND my way of thinking. this “man” should be ASHAMED of himself!! his job is to protect and serve and he did neither- scared of dogs, do we really feel safe with someone like That protecting us???

– Jess, Los Angeles, USA, 18/4/2012 23:27
Rating   282

Stupid cop, typical of the shoot first mentality that police have taken with the people that they are employed to protect. Fire the idiot or at least take away his gun till he learns what a real threat is. He gives a bad name to police.

– RGME, LA, CA USA, 18/4/2012 23:18
Rating   298

And I thought the UK police were bad but this one takes the biscuit. The Austin police can’t even employ ‘trained monkeys’ for law and order seeing what happened here. Sue them for every dollar and then some !!!

– Mike, Alicante, 18/4/2012 22:59

[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

Heres a ‘longshot’ spiritual theory (theory does not mean blind belief, this is a postulation not intended for the psyche establishment or dictator to threaten us thinkers (as opposed to POISONERS) by. Civilised discourse in a free speech respecting country is a democratic right – Malaysia is an economic-faith apartheid country which is very corrupt, with free speech being tolerated unless one goes shouting against ‘political personalities’ on the road by btw) all are welcome to corroborate and counter if inaccurate) based reading of the above. False flag report to kill a dog with. the caller was fake. The dog however was real. the reason for killing the dog was spiritual probably. Instead of keeping people in the dark about spiritual issues and hoping to take advantage of spiritual issues, how about educating about spiritual interactions between man and animal THEN making sure everyone is aware and acts accordingly (i.e. feeding the animal at correct times, walking the animal at correct times, or not allowing animals in certain neighbourhoods?) Educate, not keep in the dark. We did not build society to be sabotaged by people owning animals intent on ENSLAVING citizens (this is probably aided by ‘vaccinations’ to ‘deactivate’ or ‘demature’ or poison into oblivion those portions to prevent maturation of parts of the brain that affirm alpha ‘animal’ status among animals or humans for ‘easier to control populations – BOYCOTT vaccinations but do learn the precepts of – CIVILESSE OBLIGE (I penned this term!!! So wheres my linguistics prize . . . <JK>) – this will be an absolute necessity or society will tear itself apart with all those ‘alphas’ running about.

The modern human person is educated enough to understand strange spiritual concepts like – that ‘chakras’ may or may not follow animals or humans and can get mixed up. So reconsider the way these ‘chakra release’ operations are carried out. CIVILISATION means none of this spiritual barbarism (in this case the animal’s, though shooting would not be viable) and teach people about the why and whens of their supposed pets (slaves imho, there are methods of use for animals as CAGES for their own ‘loose’ chakras, NO ANIMAL CONSENTED, and this can be blamed on high density living conditions perhaps intentionally inflicted upon societies so that low density landed dwellers cam dominate high density landed types and hi-rise dwellers). This is why animals have their tails removed, are castrated or spayed (i.e. neutered) or have their ears ‘pricked’ or are subjected to inbreeding to remove the natural evolutionary instinct, or how human maids and slaves are intentionally killed to sequester their souls to ensure longevity of their former employers. (again postulations, but we all are aware society and the medical establishment are not s warm and fuzzy no?)

We are in fact enslaving several entire species (think Zoos and animals kept in isolation, livestock farming) that could evolve into our equals given a few hundred generations of fostering by humanity instead of this abuse. By these facts, humanity is NOT deserving of stewardship of this planet and needs to focus on SPIRITUAL Education syllabii for humanity with is entirely non-existent as of now and locally features elements of ‘unique’ (unwanted) abuse. There are consensual instances of the same sequestrations, which can be learnt from BDSM and ‘Gor’ culture, that have stabilized many theories and treatments on this issue, though sadly not in a proper educational or health oriented context but rather mostly sexual and entertainment (too often also abuse based) context. Would the WHO and UN prepare a ‘Spiritual Rights Charter of Sentient Lifeforms’ encompassing issues of Qi, Chakra and Ceremonial effects on subconscious that affects chakra as well? We already have intelligence to write such a text, and all kinds of spiritualists and aware persons would use their ‘gifts’ to ensure the rights of everyone including non-humans not yet evolved, are protected.

As of now we also already have the technology to grow the flesh of our favourite food animals, so there will be no more need of killing or waste via unwanted parts. The onus is upon the wealthy to focus on clab grown meat – THEN ensuring all othtr species are allowed to evolve in properly designated reserves.

All of the above does not preclude equal distribution of wealth and land WITH free choice in labour participation, free education, and free basic housing and staple food at least -WHILE ensuring complete equality with no element of apartheid and social disenfranchisement via bad or abusive laws. See below article, if not a neurotech based attack . . .

ARTICLE 2

Woman faces death penalty for witchcraft after ‘casting spell on 13-year-old shopper’ – PUBLISHED: 09:24 GMT, 19 April 2012 | UPDATED: 09:41 GMT, 19 April 2012

Daughter started acting abnormally, claims father
Saudi Arabia beheads sorcerers, says lawyer

Accused of witchcraft: A Sri Lankan woman faces being beheaded after allegedly casting a spell on a 13-year-old girl during a shopping trip in Saudi Arabia (file picture)

A Sri Lankan woman has been arrested on suspicion of casting a spell on a 13-year-old girl on a shopping trip in Saudi Arabia.

She may face the death penalty as the Middle Eastern country is known to behead convicted sorcerers.

Police spokesman Mesfir al-Juayed confirmed yesterday that details of the woman’s arrest published in local media were correct.

The daily Okaz reported that a Saudi man had complained his daughter had ‘suddenly started acting in an abnormal way and that happened after she came close to the Sri Lankan woman’ in a large shopping mall in the port city of Jeddah.

‘He reported her to the security forces, asking for her arrest and the specialised units dealt with the situation swiftly and succeeded in arresting her,’ Okaz said.

Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, is an absolute monarchy that has no written criminal code and where court rulings are based on judges’ interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.

Extraordinary discovery of 12th century abbot’s grave: 2012 technology could unmask his identity – and that of a ghost that roams the site

‘The punishment is always beheading for anyone found guilty of witchcraft,’ a Saudi lawyer and human rights activist, Waleed Abu al-Khair said.

Condemned: An executioner lines up his sword as he prepares to behead Abdul Hamid Bin Hussain Bin Moustafa al-Fakki for being a ‘sorcerer’ last year

In December, Amnesty International condemned the beheading of a woman in Saudi Arabia convicted on charges of ‘sorcery and witchcraft’ saying it underlined the urgent need to end executions in the kingdom.

Amnesty said the execution was the second of its kind last year.

A Sudanese national was beheaded in the Saudi city of Medina in September after being convicted on sorcery charges, according to the London-based group.

Comments :

People are so stupid it’s unreal!

– Whats it all about?, UK, 19/4/2012 23:39
Rating   80

Am I actually reading this????? In 2012???? Really?????

– Robford2000, The North, UK, 19/4/2012 23:14
Rating   93

Don’t all 13 year old girls “act in an abnormal way” ??? It’s called adolescence ! Damn idiots.

– tmas21, Surrey, 19/4/2012 22:47
Rating   90

Not all witches are bad. How do we know she’s a bad witch?

– Ben, London, 19/4/2012 22:02
Rating   9

Archaic thinking. Susan Leicestershire: I agree, the more we invent and discover the more we are returning to cave men or perhaps that’s the way it was supposed to happen all along, I’m hoping for 2012 because we really don’t deserve to be on this awesome planet.

– An Englishwoman, Newcastle UK/Tampa FL, 19/4/2012 20:32
Rating   18

Its currently the year 1425 in the Islamic calendar. So basically you have to adjust for this and realise they are in the middle ages then look back to how we were back then. Except they really should be moving forward more quickly given our experience.

– Paul Davis, York,UK, 19/4/2012 19:39
Rating   68

Now surely it was the girl trying to cast a spell by acting funny whilst a poor woman did nothing

– Sarah, Poole UK, 19/4/2012 18:52
Rating   63

I recently worked in Saudi Arabia for a well known British company. I had to sign a form stating that I would not partake in tarot card reading or any other ‘jiggerypokery’. I kid you not.

– Paul Davis, York,UK, 19/4/2012 18:49
Rating   99

Joe, North Carolina and Amused, Wales: What the hell are you talking about???

– my2cents, NC, USA, 19/4/2012 18:43
Rating   15

People are really stupid sometimes.

– Silvermist, Capo Beach, CA, 19/4/2012 18:28
Rating   43

[[[ *** RESPONSE *** ]]]

Satellite based neurotech can be used to CONTROL literally ANY person. Logically and conceivably, via particulate nano-size devices introduced in our food. Note Gaddafi’s rant on Nescafe and mind control. Perhaps even something as simple as coloidal gold which can get embedded in the brain to be later activated by ELFs and EMFs that can be used to ‘activate’ certain portions of the brain at a push of a button (brain is electrical, so activate the impulses in certain pre-recorded sequences – each person has unique electrical activity and sometime to record will be needed – you get a human marionette).

If spiritual, no harm occurred, the woman should be warned, and let off then watched at most if such a thing can be done, killing her is excessive. If neurotech, the Middle East needs to prohibit this sort of device from being used by citizens, even then killing this woman is still excessive. Perhaps a code of ethics should be applied upon all ‘sorcerors’ alongside proper education for non-sorcerors on how to protect/conduct themselves? If the way the child was controlled was neurotech based, then make all neurotech as illegal to own as drugs, neurotech can create assassins or cause ‘Columbine Killings’. Otherwise this is a false flag accusation to kill a political enemy or who knows a closet feminist (in patriarchial Islam, feminism is sort of an offense.).

ARTICLE 3

Now Gaddafi blames hallucinogenic pills mixed with Nescafe and bin Laden for uprisings… before ordering bloody hit on a mosque – by David Williams In London and Sam Greenhill In Benghazi – UPDATED: 10:40 GMT, 25 February 2011

Wealthy: Muammar Gaddafi has had 40 years to squirrel away his estimated £60bn fortune

Rant: Muammar Gaddafi followed up his bizarre speech from a bombed-out building two days ago, pictured, with a call to Libyan state TV blaming Bin Laden and hallucinogens for the uprising

Colonel Gaddafi was preparing last night for a blood-soaked final stand in Tripoli.

Thousands of hired fighters were massing on roads from the capital to join army units battling the uprising which had spread to within 30 miles of the dictator’s stronghold.

Fighting raged as Gaddafi made an extraordinary rambling speech on TV in which he compared himself to the Queen and blamed the revolt on Osama Bin Laden.

He claimed the protesters who have seized control of much of the east of the country he has ruled for 41 years were fuelled by milk and Nescafe spiked with hallucinogenic drugs.

In a bizarre message to protesters, he said: ‘You need to listen to your parents. If people disobey their parents they end up destroying the country.

‘The same as in Britain (where) for 57 years the Queen has been ruling. I have been in the same situation.’

He went on: ‘Bin Laden … this is the enemy who is manipulating the people. Do not be swayed by Bin Laden.’

Yesterday an unsubstantiated rumour that Gaddafi had been shot swept the oil markets.

CNBC reported the rumour this afternoon, claiming it was partially responsible for driving oil prices back down to $97 a barrel.

Oil had hit a high of $120 a barrel late yesterday afternoon, but settled at $97 on the rumour and on Saudi Arabia’s claim that it can counter any supply disruptions from Libya.

A U.S. official told CNBC that Washington has no reason to believe Gaddafi is dead.

There is no information on where the rumour came from and no news reports substantiating it. Reuters was also reporting the rumour as unconfirmed.

Gaddafi’s former long-time ally and justice minister Mustapha Abdeljalil predicted yesterday that the Libyan leader would follow in Adolf Hitler’s footsteps by killing himself rather than give up power.
Bemused: The presenter on Libyan state television listens in silence as Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi makes a statement during a telephone interview on Libyan state TV

Bemused: The presenter on Libyan state television listens in silence as Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi makes a statement during a telephone interview

Denial: Saif al Islam Gaddafi went on state TV to say the government had not launched airstrikes against Libyan cities and said the number of protesters killed had been exaggerated

‘Leave, leave’: Anti-Gaddafi protesters shout slogans in Benghazi, where they have rounded up and jailed mercenaries employed by Colonel Gaddafi to put down the protests
String him up: Effigies of Muammar Gaddafi and his son Seif are hung from a burnt state security building in Benghazi today

String him up: Effigies of Muammar Gaddafi and his son Seif are hung from a burnt state security building in Benghazi today

Mosque massacre: Ten protesters were killed by Gaddafi’s men in Zawiyah

Mr Abdeljalil, who resigned on Wednesday in protest at the bloody crackdown, said he expected Gaddafi to make good on his pledge to die on Libyan soil rather than slink into exile.

‘Gaddafi’s time is up,’ he said. ‘He is going to go like Hitler. He is going to commit suicide.’

As the death toll passed 2,000 with an estimated 300,000 refugees on the move, dozens more anti-government supporters were reported to have been killed and wounded in a series of counter-attacks yesterday by the army.

Dissident militias supported by defecting military units claimed to have the upper hand in a swathe stretching from the Egyptian border to the outskirts of Tripoli.

In the latest blow to the Libyan leader, a cousin who was one of his closest aides, Ahmed Gadhaf al-Dam, announced that he has defected to Egypt in protest against the regime’s bloody crackdown against the uprising.

He denounced what he called ‘grave violations to human rights and human and international laws’.

Many of those violations were said to be continuing in Tripoli, a city of some two million, where pro-Gaddafi militia have clamped down since the Libyan leader called on his supporters to take back the streets.

Residents say militia roam the main avenues, firing in the air, while neighbourhood groups have barricaded side streets trying to keep the fighters out.

At the same time, members of the feared internal security force run by Gaddafi’s brother-in-law, Abdullah Senussi, have launched raids on homes around the city.

A resident in the Ben Ashour district said vehicles full of armed men swept in on Wednesday night, broke into his neighbour’s home and dragged out a family friend as women in the house screamed. He said other similar raids had taken place yesterday in other districts.

In Zawiya, 30 miles west of Tripoli, an army unit attacked a mosque where regime opponents had been camped for days. The soldiers opened fire with automatic weapons and hit the minaret with an anti-aircraft gun. A doctor at a field clinic set up at the mosque said he saw ten bodies, shot in the head and chest, as well as around 150 wounded.

The witness said that a day earlier an envoy from Gaddafi had come to the city and warned protesters: ‘Either leave or you will see a massacre.’

Zawiya is a key city near an oil port and refineries. Despite the assault, thousands massed in the main Martyrs Square by the mosque, shouting ‘leave, leave’ to Gaddafi, the witness said. ‘People came to send a clear message: We are not afraid of death or your bullets.’
Enlarge   Libya Graphic Gaurdian.JPG

Libya in turmoil: Map shows the key battlegrounds, military bases, tribal regions and oil fields which provide half of Europe’s oil
GADDAFI’S JAIL: Citizens tour an an underground jail excavated at one of his palace compounds

Gadaffi’s jail: Citizens tour an underground jail excavated at one of his palace compounds

The palace and jail, in Benghazi, Libyai, was heavily damaged during the past week of fighting
I’M LIKE THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND, HE RAVED

YOUNG PROTESTERS
‘Their ages are 17. They give them pills at night. They put hallucinatory pills in their drinks, their milk, their Nescafe.’

‘They are criminals … is it logical that you let this phenomenon continue in any city? We do not see what is happening in Egypt and Tunisia (where governments were toppled) happening in Libya, ever!’

MORAL AUTHORITY
‘Those (in Egypt and Tunisia) are people needing their governments and they have demands, our power is in the hands of the people.

‘From a national, moral, ethical standpoint … they should stop. I have no authority coming from laws or decisions or anything else, I just have moral authority. I only have moral authority. I am like the Queen of England. I have jurisdictions.’

BIN LADEN
‘This is the enemy who is manipulating people. You people of Zawiyah (a city 40 miles west of Tripoli where fighting has been heavy), stop your children, take their weapons, bring them away from Bin Laden, the pills will kill them. You are the extension of the republic system, not Bin Laden. He is the criminal, catch him and present him to court. He is the one in charge of any murder or any disaster. Do not be swayed by Bin Laden.

‘Al Qaeda will not succeed in Zawiyah – those of Bin Laden, they are tricking your children. I cannot believe the country is being dragged down to this degree.’

PARENTS’ DUTY
‘The constitution is clear. Take their weapons. The fathers and the mothers and the brothers of people in Zawiyah are they backing this? Stop them (the protesters). Are they standing behind those people. What is this farce? What is happening in Zawiyah is a farce!

‘I wait from you people of Zawiyah to show that I see you in the right light. Zawiyah is the land of 1,000 martyrs who fought against the Italians and it is the mother of tribes. Zawiyah! Be what I expect of you.

‘Remember in the Iraq war, the United States and Britain said they had reason to intervene. Qaeda and the international terrorists work together … Saddam Hussein had a relationship to Qaeda … look what America did.’
Destruction: Image taken from amateur video shows Libyan opposition groups smashing up a red car in lawless Benghazi

Destruction: Image taken from amateur video shows Libyan opposition groups smashing up a red car in lawless Benghazi

Ablaze: Protesters set fire to a factory in downtown Benghazi

Nursed with care: A Libyan nurse treats a wounded man who was injured last week during the demo in Benghazi

Here’s what other readers have said. Why not debate this issue live on our message boards. The comments below have been moderated in advance.

There may well be an element of truth in some of this, so I wouldn’t dismiss everything that Col Gaddafi says as nonsense.

– David James, Everdon, United Kingdom, 25/2/2011 10:50
Rating   25

Gaddafi must have been watching our student “protests” and decide there was a link between England and Libya. . . . , He could be correct.

– Kaz Hodgson, Pompey, 25/2/2011 10:41
Rating   10

i thought bin laden was the cause of tumult in the middle east, too many bogie men

– Mo, Ealing, 25/2/2011 10:33
Rating   12

We should let the whole of the countries people move to the UK. We can then replace the population that left with the Brits and rebuild it. Plus we’d have the oil and the sunshine!

– Disley Titchbender -1st Class Geezer & 2nd Class Citizen, The City of Babel – Eldorado, 25/2/2011 10:32
Rating   23

Gaddaffi’s buddy and ‘BROTHER’ , Tony Bliar must be on yet another ‘secret’ mission to sell British arms and warmongering equipment to his ‘dear friend Gaddaffi’. Nice to see Cameron is following in Tony Bliar’s shoes, selling arms and protecting Bliar, Britain’s biggest Liar, protecting the Greedy Bankers, not the taxpayer, allowing corruption to rage the same as ever and being as arrogant as any COCKY-POODLE could be. Bliar is a worse War Criminal than Gaddaffi as he INVADED Iraq illegally and AGAINST the will of the British people. Cameron should stop protecting him and see Justice is done as it should be for Gaddaffi.

– George Ward, Harpenden, 25/2/2011 10:29
Rating   11

He’s running out of people to blame! It is rumoured that in his next ranting speech, he will accuse Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po….!

– Andy, Frodsham, 25/2/2011 10:15
Rating   23

I have just had a cup of Nescafe! and you know what he’s right, I feel like heading to Libya to join the revolution. It’s amazing what Nescafe does to the mind. I think all oppressed people should drink Nescafe and how about the slogan ‘Nescafe sets you free’.

– X-20, London , England, 25/2/2011 10:13
Rating   6

This mad dog should have been put down years ago. Instead, he has been appeased and even feted by sycophantic politicians, mainly from the UK.

– Bob Baillie., Hedge End, Hampshire., 25/2/2011 10:12
Rating   5

“WHY is this front page news!? Everyone wants to know what exatly is going on with the NZ earthquake which is far more important then this rubbish, which has nothing to do with Britian! Let them sort out their own mess. – charlie, west sussex”… Charlie how about you stop talking nonsense. You have no clue what’s going on do you? With all respects to our fellow NZ’ders, earthquakes happen frequently and all that can be done now is send aid. However, the toppling of dictators who have a 40+ year reign does not happen that often! So that is why THIS IS NEWS and deserves to be on the front page. Charlie go back to sleep in your fairy fantasy land.

– Jim, London, 25/2/2011 10:11
Rating   5

Nice headline – ‘bin Laden’! I think we all would like to ‘bin’ this Mr Laden, whoever he is…

– Roger, England, 25/2/2011 10:06

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Said Al-Islam Gaddafi is awaiting his fate as of this date.

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=266853

5 Articles on Malaysian Politics : 2 Articles on the Possibility of New Trend in Pakatan : Pakatan Attack on APs, LGE’s wife Betty Lim, may not run for election in GE13 . . . 3 Articles on the Impossibility of New Trend in DAP and failure of education, Tay a pro-DAP (hence anti-Rakyat) propagandist or simply not thinking out of box? – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 18th April 2012

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ARTICLE 1

Constitution does not guarantee AP privileges for Bumis, says Pakatan – by Shazwan Mustafa Kamal – April 18, 2012

Nurul Izzah said Pekema lacked the metrics to proclaim the AP system as beneficial to Bumiputeras. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — Putrajaya must do away with the current approved permit (AP) system for imported cars as it only benefited a small, select group of politically-connected Bumiputeras, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers said today.

They pointed out that no area of the Federal Constitution expressly grants to Bumiputeras AP licensing rights, and that such claims were a “complete stretch of the imagination.”

Bumiputera car dealers association Pekema as well as Malay rights lobby Perkasa have demanded that the government maintain Malaysia’s controversial permit system for imported cars, saying that the current system benefited Bumiputera businesses.

Both groups maintain that the privileges under the AP system was a guaranteed Bumiputera constitutional right, and came under the purview of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,

“Pekema is talking [nonsense]. Find me the clause in the Constitution that says cars must have APs. And (that) whatever APs must be for Bumis. It takes a complete stretch of the imagination to interpret any clause on the special position of Malays to mean constitutionally guaranteed AP privileges,” DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua told The Malaysian Insider.

Pua said that associations such as Pekema were only speaking for themselves in wanting to maintain the “rent-seeking” practices of the AP system.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP added that the AP system served no other purpose than to make its beneficiaries “instant millionaires.”

Pua said Article 153 was being twisted to extend to APs.
According to Pua, the onus was on the government to ensure that APs were put on open tender so that only genuine and qualified business operators would secure the licences to import cars, instead of “middlemen seeking instant profits.”

“The taxpayers loses more than a billion ringgit a year as a result of the giving away of APs to selected cronies instead of being sold via auction to all businesses or interested parties.”

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar advised Pekema to demand from the government a disclosure of the recipients of APs since the programme’s inception before extolling its success.

“Without such data, how would we ascertain its usefulness for the majority of Bumiputeras?

“As it is, the majority of the recipients are ‘Umnoputras’ — and they are gaining profit at the expense of the country’s wealth,” she told The Malaysian Insider.

The Lembah Pantai MP said PR’s position was for a gradual “phasing out” of the AP system, and to assist poor Malays and Bumiputeras through a targeted subsidy programme as well as overall improvement on “education/employment and social [progress] opportunities.”

Pekema and Perkasa have demanded that the government prioritise Bumiputera interests before conforming to set international trade agreements such as the Asean Free Trade Area (Afta).

Pekema president Datuk Zainuddin Abd Rahman said on Monday that the association is seeking royal intervention to block the Najib administration’s plans to phase out the AP system for imported cars by 2015.

“The only ones who can cancel the AP are the Agong and the Malay Rulers, so it cannot be cancelled,” said Zainuddin.

“The AP is included as part of permits, permits under Article 153 of the Constitution, which guarantees Malay and Bumiputera rights along with reserve land, scholarships, government posts.”

He said that the AP system was the “most successful” system for Bumiputeras, touting it as one of the main accomplishments of the New Economic Policy (NEP).

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Oh great, family bloc Nurul is back, but at least on something meaningful. (lets hope PAS has not gotten all soft on Tolls, the Prophet would definitely not have tolerated Tolls while he wandered the deserts in the past, there were no cars, but beasts of burden and only highway robbers and bandits would demand cash for merely travelling). How about addressing the 2 systems of citizenship for equality Nurul? AP is more tolerable than APARTHEID !

ARTICLE 2

See newspaper clipping . . .

Nepotism being addressed? Or just a feel good lie to defuse voter anger toward the horribly nepotistic and closed to 'outsiders' DAP political party?

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One lynchpin less out of a score of family blocs is no victory but worthy of mention. 1 out of 222 MPs less a family bloc is good news anyday – Lim Guan Eng’s (that parachute nepotistsm beneficiary ‘CM of Penang’ character who doesn’t condemn apartheid for what apartheid is . . . ) wife may not run for GE13. Lets see if this is another false flag) much like the failed declaration of MP assets, the failed quorums on supposedly free EXCO Local Council Elections (we taxpayers are paying the salaries of the unvoted EXCOs as of now by the way) and other abuses of power by DAP.

ARTICLE 3

Lim Guan Eng Insist on Staying in Tax-Payers Paid Bungalow – Posted on April 10, 2012 by editor

The Penang Chief Minister has been staying in a rented bungalow – all paid for by taxpayers – claiming that the official residence Seri Teratai is termite infested and leaking.

But that was three years ago when he first moved in after being appointed as the Chief Minister.

He had then told the people that it would only be on a temporary basis and that he would move back once the renovations and repairs were carried out. Well, this portal would like to remind the DAP zombies that he has lied.

He is still staying in the same rented bungalow. All paid for by taxpayers! Is it because all the expenses-paid bungalow is more comfortable than the official residence?

So far, he has avoided questions about his residence, evading questions about the expenses.

The bungalow at affluent Pinhorn Road at the Green Lane area, which the CM is staying, is worth RM2.5million and that was the valuation in 2009.

By now, it’s probably worth over RM3million, so do your maths and figure out how much the rentals would run to!

Stop The Lies has been informed that the renovation work was carried out in February 2009 which cost RM1.5million. It is surprising that the owner would spend so much to renovate the bungalow.

Guan Eng moved out from the official residence in Macalister Road in June 2009 when the renovations were in full progress, promising to move back but we all know how often DAP leaders lied. It’s already three years and our dear leader hasn’t move back.

We are told the reason why Guan Eng has refused to move back is because the bungalow belongs to a middle-aged woman from Malacca, who is said to be a crony of Betty Chew, the wife of the CM.

The RM8,000 monthly rental is paid for by the rakyat and that excludes his electricity, water and Astro bills!

Guan Eng should explain to the people why is he still staying in the bungalow after three years. How long must the people pay for his luxury?

We also know that his “fly economy class” image is a stunt. He flies economy class between Penang and Kuala Lumpur but he is not telling the DAP zombies that he prefers First Class when he goes overseas!

He also travels to Hong Kong monthly, according to our records, supposedly to meet businessmen! To collect what????

He has claimed he is “upgraded” by MAS! Come on, if he often travel Economy Class as he claims, he wouldn’t be able to chalk up enough points to be upgraded to business class.

Stop bullshitting!

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So imagine the outcry for suggesting 750K in funeral funds by LGE for LGE, by asking the BN (PR’s supposed sworn enemies) to ratify the 750K funeral bill. How greedy can LGE get?

ARTICLE 4

Loose Lips Sink Ships – Posted on April 13, 2012 by editor

LGE should learn to do this more often

There is a saying “loose lips sink ships”. Perhaps Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should better start being acquainted with the phrase.

The idiom definition for the phrase says to have loose lips means to have a big mouth, susceptible to talking about everything and everyone.

Sinking ships refers to anything from small acquaintances to long and hearty relationships (with friends or a significant other). So when one says loose lips sink ships, one is basically saying if you can’t shut up, you are going to end hurting people, usually psychologically or emotionally.

And that was exactly what has happened when Guan Eng threatened to stop allocations for schools which subscribe to Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian.

This is a serious remark, coming from the head of the state, and it is no joke or laughing matter to utter those words and then claim either you have been misquoted or that it was made in jest.

Guan Eng must remind himself that he is no longer the Opposition head when he makes remarks or comments on issues as he is now the Chief Minister.

After the March 2008 general election, he is still caught in a “transitional” problem of adjusting himself to be the administrator of a state and no longer a mere leader of a political party.

The DAP secretary-general was quoted by Sin Chew Daily as saying that schools in Penang should not continue subscribing the two Malay dailies, otherwise the state government would stop allocating funds to them.

He made the remark when speaking to 84 representatives from various schools.

He was quoted as saying “Schools must not subscribe to Utusan Malaysia. If they insist on doing so, there will be no allocation for you all next year.”

“I am serious. Do not subscribe to Utusan and Berita Harian,” he was quoted as saying.

It is very obvious that Guan Eng’s remarks tantamount to threatening the schools concerned.

The threats are uncalled for. It smacks of racism and high handedness. It is unbecoming as a Chief Minister to hurl threats to schools who subscribes to the two newspapers of their choice.

Just because he is the Chief Minister, he can’t go around imposing his likes and dislikes onto others.

Perhaps he should sponsor copies of other Malays newspapers he deemed fit rather than to threaten schools into submitting to his request.

If he has any issues with the two newspapers, he should fight his own battle, and not get schools involved. This is getting a bit way too far.

He should leave politics within the perimeters of the political front and not politicize issues and bringing it to the doorsteps of the education arena.

Politics should be set aside for the larger interest of education and it should not be allowed to fester within the educational premises.

Guan Eng’s threats run contrary to the freedom of speech as advocated by the Opposition.

In disbursing government allocation, Guan Eng should be sincere about it and not use it to force the political ideologies on schools.

It is worse still and unacceptable when he threatens schools into submitting to his wishes and fancies.

Disbursing of funds should be carried out in all sincerity without imposing conditions or using strong arm tactics.

Guan Eng, it is no joke or laughing matter when you open your mouth and say that you would stop allocation to schools.

Buck up and grow up.

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The CM of supposedly Chinese Penang has only 1 thing to do. End Apartheid. Not host dinners, fly around to Australia and prevent would be politicians from entering DAP or local politics because they’ve got a nepotism and shameless term limitless family bloc Xian fundo b.s. thing going on there. Detestable little men tend to not use nepotism granted CM’s mandates to end APARTHEID, but do ask for 750K funerals from their sworn enemies who put their fathers into Kamunting instead are unprincipled and shamelessly thick skinned! They had half a mind to kill these 2 nepotistic term limitless DAP 4th world style ‘family-business style politicians’, and now they are in the Dewan asking for 750K funeral funds which the taxpayer paid? How 2-faced can a politician get? How can anyone who thinks this way be trusted? And then look at the massive failures to keep campaign promises that helped them win. All forgotten? Go flying around on taxpayers fund now while disregarding Bumi-Apartheid?

ARTICLE 5

An open letter to our young undergrads — Tay Tian Yan – April 18, 2012

APRIL 18 — Dear undergrads,

I saw you occupy Dataran Merdeka and could feel your high-spirited youthfulness.

I have no objection to your “occupy” campaign. From Wall Street to Jalan Sultan, indeed young people should step out of their classrooms to taste the sunshine and rain.

It doesn’t have to be that tough, after all. With an iPhone or iPad in your hands, you could stay in touch on Twitter or Facebook, sharing with your followers or friends the amazing nasi kandar you’ve savoured just across the street from Dataran Merdeka or perhaps a photo you snapped with some curious tourists.

So, I will never worry that you would get bored or exhausted at the Dataran Merdeka.

But I just wonder what the real significance of occupying the Dataran is.

I did not hear any anti-Lynas or anti-corruption slogans, or anything against UiTM’s rejection of non-Bumiputera students nor about the pathetic academic standards of our universities today.

All you wanted is free tertiary education and the writing off of PTPTN arrears.

I even saw a “PTPTN, the big loan shark” placard hoisted under the sultry sun over the Dataran.

I couldn’t help but laugh: All that you want is just so simple.

But have you ever thought about this: If everything is free of charge, where does the money come from? And if you can default on your loans, who would extend the loans to you?

Since you are all university students, I assume you have learned some economics before, right? Don’t you remember there is something called “costing” in economics? For anything offered free of charge to you, someone else have to foot the bill.

Your lecturer could have told you, and economics guru Milton Friedman most definitely said it before, that nothing comes free under the sun.

And this costing concept applies very well to all of you.

Tuition fees at the country’s government universities have been heavily subsidised and are among the cheapest in this world.

Your RM7,000 to RM8,000 annual tuition fees are just about a third of private college tuition fees here, a fifth of those in Australia’s public universities, one-sixth of America’s, and one-eighth of Britain’s.

Your parents should take delight in the fact that some other people are helping them pay the tuition fees so that they can keep their retirement funds largely intact.

What I am trying to say is that the cheap tuition fees are most definitely not a Godsend. The government has to dig into taxpayers’ pockets to subsidise your education, including mine.

If you come from a poor family, sure enough, I am more than willing to contribute my part to help. But there are so many of you who come from well-to-do families and yet enjoy the heavily slashed tuition fees.

Not to mention the PTPTN loans, where our government has been excessively generous by offering full loans at a mere one per cent interest rate. (If this is what you call loan shark, I would love to take a loan from you).

Given the fact that Bank Negara’s overnight lending rate is three per cent, the remaining two per cent (could be a lot more if we factor in the inflation) has to be sourced from somewhere (the government? not really, but the generously taxed uncles and aunties).

I don’t mind contributing that two per cent. I see it as my national obligation. But you refuse to pay up when you graduate from school someday in the future, and the PTPTN cannot just close shop this way. So, we taxpayers are once again come under the axe.

You are actually well aware that university education is never free, even in cash-rich Western countries. Many students there have to take up part-time jobs or bank loans before they can attend their classes.

You don’t need a part-time job or a bank loan to finance your studies here. You don’t even need to step into the lecture hall; just sit at the Dataran to protest against “I don’t know what”!

Perhaps the Dataran should be occupied by the uncles and aunties who subsidise your studies. We have a whole lot more valid reasons to occupy the square. — mysinchew.com

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

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Dear me Tay Tian. Degrees ARE free, especially those not in ‘technical fields’. ALL degrees numbering scores to hundreds from Sociology type degrees, all languages and various paperwork based fields DO NOT NEED a single cent to teach or learn (though a minimum wage from government would be good). See the Democracy Tree in Malaysia? See the Bodhi Tree where Buddha gained enlightenment and gave sermons (no gold plated statues or donation boxes for ‘building temples’ there, just alms bowls)? Even the quasi fundo Luddites taking classes on ‘Animal Husbandry’ in their barns could subsume the Veterinary degree which costs a few 100Ks – a child on the right farm, could deliver or treat any animal just as well . . . without spending a cent on education. ALL EDUCATION of the non-technical sort (i.e. needing advanced equipment) is FREE. So don’t pretend MOST education costs anything – especially contractors and suppliers and manufacturers dependent on HANDOUTS of taxpayer monies for their living at extremely inflated prices that feed a large number of middlemen (shame on you contractors and law writers that cause parasitic loopholes in laws that are never amended).

How costly can holding a class under a tree or perhaps a scenic spot be now? NOTHING AT ALL. Maybe hundreds of people could be taught in a single session, to get a ‘degree’ because of microphones which cost very little. Even MEDICINE could be taught in such places. Do we need to pay anything for unneeded buildings?  The odd plaque or monument? The security guards and gardeners and drivers ON taxpayer paid salaries? Uniforms? The free transport AND meal subsidies which AGAIN taxpayers have to pay? I’d rather have no building and free degree than a building and a degree that costs half a lifetime of work to return – ON INTEREST to boot . . .

**THAT METHOD OF EDUCATION IS NOT WEALTH CREATION, THAT IS WEALTH RE-DISTRIBUTION IN THE WRONG MANNER THAT ENRICHES SOME CITIZENS OVER OTHERS!!!**

Admit the fact that a degree is a mere toll booth or protection fee to *be allowed to work* in an cubicle or office, and stop being aq shill for government collusion to defraud the citizens from what should be free. All a government needs to do is to assign empty land, grow some shady trees, recognize the lecturer FOR FREE, then register all students who attend the class. Or hold those classes in the car park during work hours . . . Work place conditions will be entirely unrelated anyway so the degree doesn’t matter, what the lecturers teach matters more – and we do not need super-duper-POOPER scale salaries to glorify Senior Lecturers, ‘Deans’ and all manner of Chancellor Emeritus hierarcies *AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE* WITH fat pensions on the taxpayers backs AGAIN. Voters, if you are not working in government, make sure you vote for an MP who at least is even able to understand the above or YOUR tax monies will enrich some glorified crony or relative who will be promoted due to nepotism, no matter how distant the relation.

The whole point of Uni or school is to SOCIALIZE the people into being able to work in close quarters and in a team. NOTHING else. Skills can be LEARNT even by children. Want to see a 7 year old mechanic? Want to see a 10 year old surgeon? 5 year old pharmacy dispenser? These ‘jobs’ do not need ‘degrees’. These skills are FREE to learn.

A degree does not cost the price of 1-10 units of low cost housing. Heck better rather buy a handful of these units and become a slumlord or some land estate owner that produces REAL GOODS, than enrich the government’s crony contractors to *validate* with a piece of paper called a degree in a jobs market (after getting paid to build useless – and not necessarily stable – buildings on the taxpayer’s funds) as biased and uncertain as this when master slave mentality typifies employer employee relations. Call this civilisation?

We call this creating a financial trap to enrich the bankers WITH so-called ‘education’ as bait. Not a cent or work hour for the plutocracy. And redistribute the wealth or the extreme plutocrats or extreme quantum landowners. We do not need half a lifetime to pay for a degree, and another half to pay for a glorified pigeoncoop condo or rabbit-hutch terrace, or a ‘duplex’ (half -a-house) which leaves the next generation in another cycle where inflation lowers both earnings and quality of life to the social immobility and inflation nations they call modern living that ultimately only enriches the banking cartels and IMF world bank type Freemason cultists or other Fundo faithers. Tay Tian wants to dampen high-spirited youthfulness more like, by protecting the failure of an ‘establishment’, in this case the educational profiteering establishment.

One of the protesters with debt-condemning placard at the anti-PTPTN protests. Tertiary education is a human right and should be free. MPs, do not betray our youth to the banksters and Ministry debt slave machines, or we will vote you out by GE13!

Voters, in this sort of case, make sure that your MP candidate or incumbent will make education free. Ask and find out if your MP wants to make education free. Otherwise no votes for that MP. If there is no MP that will do this, run for election instead. Vote wisely young voters (and also don’t over populate – 2.1 is best for maintenance without increasing population density . . . ) :

BN  Inequality and corruption forever.
PR = Chance at equality but much Nepotism.
3rd Force = Very likely Equality (there is nothing for 3rd Force to run on except Equality and anti-Nepotism).

Vote only for candidates who endorse and intend to grant :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;amongst a few other things like religious, neutral and entertainment zonings.

Of course PM Najib only has to use that mandate he ALREADY has from the Rakyat to grant :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

;and the Opposition will likely be scattered.

This pic remind of anyone?

BN, don’t be a dingus use that mandate and end the Apartheid of Bumiputera . . . also if peaceful Tibetans burn themselves to protest apartheid, guess what warlike Mongols do to to people who blow up their kin – PM Najib needs that Pmship more than the Rakyat does IMHO, so how about making Malaysia a first world, UNHCR compliant nation that best applies the tenets of Islam Surah An Nisa 4:75 at least ( . . . and saving Najib who will be vulnerable without the time and protection of a PMship . . . )?

This is just equality . . .

7 Articles on ‘The West’ : 2 Articles Warning About Nepotism and 2 ‘Human Rights Subversive’ Feel Good Methods : ‘Political Wealth Distribution’ destroyed by nepotism, Bankers get liquidated, ‘Amma’ in Machine Form, English Tourism to Steal the Energy of Hope from the World, Attacking one nite stands with false flag articles (agenda feminists should stay at home and stop infiltrating organic fun venues), 3 Stooges raided by soulless generation, TSA abuses continue- reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 14th April 2012

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ARTICLE 1

The practice of hereditary ambition and home-grown royalty demolishes the basic premise of equality – by Walter Rodgers – Published: 00:00 April 13, 2012 – Gulf News

Political dynasties betray American values

Once again, America’s leading political dynasties are holding high the family standard in an election year.

In Massachusetts, another Kennedy is racing toward Congress. This time, it’s Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy III, the grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, hoping to fill the vacancy of retiring Representative Barney Frank.

“I’m very proud of my family’s record of public service to the Commonwealth and the country,” the young Kennedy has said. I don’t doubt his desire for service, but he’s also trading on the family name — and fundraising and other powers and privileges that go with it. That’s not what the Founders envisioned for the new republic.

Meanwhile, in Texas and Florida, the Bushes are using their endorsement clout in an attempt to wrap up the messy Republican primary. It’s time for “the party to get behind” Mitt Romney, former president George H.W. Bush says.

His wife, Barbara — who referred to her son George W. as “the chosen one” before he even became president — has recorded a robocall for Romney’s campaign. Jeb Bush, another son and a former governor of Florida, has also endorsed Romney. (A reasonable question: If Romney loses to Obama, will Jeb run in 2016? It’s a job he has said he has wanted since he was a kid.)

The US has seen its share of political families: the Adamses, at the beginning, and in modern times, the Browns of California; the Cuomos of New York; the Daleys of Chicago; Ron Paul and his son Rand, now a US senator from Kentucky; not to mention Romney and his late governor father, George.

Sense of entitlement

But over the past half century, no two families have been as powerful as the Bushes and Kennedys. They share deep New England roots and a seeming sense of entitlement to the White House.

The Kennedy taste for dynastic prerogative has at times been shameless. Senator Robert Kennedy challenged a sitting president of his own party and tried to seize the presidential nomination — seeking to recapture his brother John’s lost legacy and rekindle the myth of Camelot. (Parallels can be drawn with the younger Bush president in attempting to finish off his father’s war with Saddam Hussain’s Iraq.)

Even after the Kennedys suffered two assassinations, the family’s ambition continued to soar. Brother Edward tried (and failed) to unseat his party’s president, Democrat Jimmy Carter. So strong was the family’s belief that the White House belonged to them, that a defeated Teddy petulantly refused to shake hands with Carter at the 1980 Democratic convention.

The youngest Kennedy brother never made it to the Oval Office, but he helped Barack Obama get there, acting as kingmaker along with his niece Caroline, as they pointedly favoured Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton (from a would-be dynasty).

This practice of hereditary ambition and home-grown royalty betrays a basic premise of the American Revolution, “that all men are created equal.”

Andrew Jackson’s defeat of incumbent John Quincy Adams swept away much of Americans earlier faith in ruling families, and successive waves of immigrants made a mockery of it.

The Europeans spent centuries, sometimes knee-deep in blood, eliminating czars and kings. Yet in the past 50 years, America has had to ride out allegations of rape, manslaughter, drug abuse, infidelity, and drunkenness in its ‘royal families’, overlooking all this on the medieval assumption that those with better bloodlines are somehow beyond reproach or the law.

And, like kings of old, today’s royals seek to maintain position and power by plying supporters, friends, and family with gifts, whether they be tax breaks or cabinet posts.

At their peril, they forget that stability in any kingdom involved a delicate balance between the crown and nobility, and the people.

The republic could again use the same disdain for pretence employed by an earlier patriot who once said he wished that “wadding of the cannon fired to salute President [John] Adams would hit him in the seat of the pants.”

The progeny of political families will likely ever seek political power — and the public may well respond with a certain star-struck awe and hope for favourable treatment. But in this country, we ought to judge a candidate on merit. That’s what we were raised on.

— Christian Science Monitor

Walter Rodgers is a former senior international correspondent for CNN.

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Unlike some so-called cults of personality POSING as good Christians under the auspices of the Church, this is a truly good Christian response that does not embrace nepotism and extremist Christian attitudes. Good article by Christian Science Monitor that all faiths (more so Christian denominations) could do to learn from.

ARTICLE 2

Icelandic Anger Brings Debt Forgiveness in Best Recovery Story – by Omar R. Valdimarsso – February 28, 2012, 8:03 AM EST – Businessweek

Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) — Icelanders who pelted parliament with rocks in 2009 demanding their leaders and bankers answer for the country’s economic and financial collapse are reaping the benefits of their anger.

Since the end of 2008, the island’s banks have forgiven loans equivalent to 13 percent of gross domestic product, easing the debt burdens of more than a quarter of the population, according to a report published this month by the Icelandic Financial Services Association.

“You could safely say that Iceland holds the world record in household debt relief,” said Lars Christensen, chief emerging markets economist at Danske Bank A/S in Copenhagen. “Iceland followed the textbook example of what is required in a crisis. Any economist would agree with that.”

The island’s steps to resurrect itself since 2008, when its banks defaulted on $85 billion, are proving effective. Iceland’s economy will this year outgrow the euro area and the developed world on average, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates. It costs about the same to insure against an Icelandic default as it does to guard against a credit event in Belgium. Most polls now show Icelanders don’t want to join the European Union, where the debt crisis is in its third year.

The island’s households were helped by an agreement between the government and the banks, which are still partly controlled by the state, to forgive debt exceeding 110 percent of home values. On top of that, a Supreme Court ruling in June 2010 found loans indexed to foreign currencies were illegal, meaning households no longer need to cover krona losses.

Crisis Lessons

“The lesson to be learned from Iceland’s crisis is that if other countries think it’s necessary to write down debts, they should look at how successful the 110 percent agreement was here,” said Thorolfur Matthiasson, an economics professor at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, in an interview. “It’s the broadest agreement that’s been undertaken.”

Without the relief, homeowners would have buckled under the weight of their loans after the ratio of debt to incomes surged to 240 percent in 2008, Matthiasson said.

Iceland’s $13 billion economy, which shrank 6.7 percent in 2009, grew 2.9 percent last year and will expand 2.4 percent this year and next, the Paris-based OECD estimates. The euro area will grow 0.2 percent this year and the OECD area will expand 1.6 percent, according to November estimates.

Housing, measured as a subcomponent in the consumer price index, is now only about 3 percent below values in September 2008, just before the collapse. Fitch Ratings last week raised Iceland to investment grade, with a stable outlook, and said the island’s “unorthodox crisis policy response has succeeded.”

People Vs Markets

Iceland’s approach to dealing with the meltdown has put the needs of its population ahead of the markets at every turn.

Once it became clear back in October 2008 that the island’s banks were beyond saving, the government stepped in, ring-fenced the domestic accounts, and left international creditors in the lurch. The central bank imposed capital controls to halt the ensuing sell-off of the krona and new state-controlled banks were created from the remnants of the lenders that failed.

Activists say the banks should go even further in their debt relief. Andrea J. Olafsdottir, chairman of the Icelandic Homes Coalition, said she doubts the numbers provided by the banks are reliable.

“There are indications that some of the financial institutions in question haven’t lost a penny with the measures that they’ve undertaken,” she said.

Fresh Demands

According to Kristjan Kristjansson, a spokesman for Landsbankinn hf, the amount written off by the banks is probably larger than the 196.4 billion kronur ($1.6 billion) that the Financial Services Association estimates, since that figure only includes debt relief required by the courts or the government.

“There are still a lot of people facing difficulties; at the same time there are a lot of people doing fine,” Kristjansson said. “It’s nearly impossible to say when enough is enough; alongside every measure that is taken, there are fresh demands for further action.”

As a precursor to the global Occupy Wall Street movement and austerity protests across Europe, Icelanders took to the streets after the economic collapse in 2008. Protests escalated in early 2009, forcing police to use teargas to disperse crowds throwing rocks at parliament and the offices of then Prime Minister Geir Haarde. Parliament is still deciding whether to press ahead with an indictment that was brought against him in September 2009 for his role in the crisis.

A new coalition, led by Social Democrat Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, was voted into office in early 2009. The authorities are now investigating most of the main protagonists of the banking meltdown.

Legal Aftermath

Iceland’s special prosecutor has said it may indict as many as 90 people, while more than 200, including the former chief executives at the three biggest banks, face criminal charges.

Larus Welding, the former CEO of Glitnir Bank hf, once Iceland’s second biggest, was indicted in December for granting illegal loans and is now waiting to stand trial. The former CEO of Landsbanki Islands hf, Sigurjon Arnason, has endured stints of solitary confinement as his criminal investigation continues.

That compares with the U.S., where no top bank executives have faced criminal prosecution for their roles in the subprime mortgage meltdown. The Securities and Exchange Commission said last year it had sanctioned 39 senior officers for conduct related to the housing market meltdown.

The U.S. subprime crisis sent home prices plunging 33 percent from a 2006 peak. While households there don’t face the same degree of debt relief as that pushed through in Iceland, President Barack Obama this month proposed plans to expand loan modifications, including some principal reductions.

According to Christensen at Danske Bank, “the bottom line is that if households are insolvent, then the banks just have to go along with it, regardless of the interests of the banks.”

–Editors: Jonas Bergman, Tasneem Brogger.

To contact the reporter on this story: Omar R. Valdimarsson in Reykjavik valdimarsson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonas Bergman at jbergman@bloomberg.net

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Hundreds more bankers are worth multimillions or even billions. Confiscate their wealth, leave them with a few million and every citizen gets their home back, Iceland becomes debt free. End of story. the ‘enemy (economic fifth columnists sabotaging and selling the nation to IMF by being in government in some cases) bankers’ who insist on retaining wealth can claim refugee status at the UN if they don’t like the ruling. Bravo Iceland!

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Now, hug vending machine to get a drink – ANI – London, April 13, 2012 – First Published: 19:43 IST(13/4/2012)

Coca-Cola has come up with a very innovative and attention-grabbing publicity stunt in Singapore – a vending machine which gives out free cans of Coke in return for hugs.

The ‘hug me’ machine is part of the company’s ‘Open Happiness’ campaign designed to target young people in a gesture-based marketing stunt, which is currently being tested out in Singapore.

Students at the National University of Singapore were surprised to find that the soft drinks giant had installed the vending machine on campus overnight.

But instead of the drinks brand’s logo, the words ‘Hug Me’ are emblazoned across its iconic red-and-white logo.

Instead of paying money, customers have to squeeze the sides of the drinks machine to receive a free can of Coke.

Public displays of affection are uncommon and have long been discouraged in Singapore, but are on the rise amongst young people.

The move is part of a campaign created by advertising firm Ogilvy ‘n’ Mather, and is ntended to position the brand as a non-threatening ally to demonstrating youth.

In a statement as part of the company’s Open Happiness campaign, Leonardo O’Grady, Coke’s Asia Pacific Director for Sparkling ‘n’ Activation Platforms, said that through the campaign the company wanted to spread some happiness.

“Happiness is contagious. The Coca Cola Hug Machine is a simple idea to spread some happiness,” the Daily Mail quoted O’Grady as saying.

“Our strategy is to deliver doses of happiness in an unexpected, innovative way to engage not only the people present, but the audience at large,” O’Grady said.

Marketing gurus behind the innovative concept hope that it will encourage consumers to ‘bring positivity, optimism and fun into their lives’ and to ‘open a Coke and share a little happiness’.

The machines have been such a success that there are plans to roll them out across Asia.

“The reaction was amazing – at one point we had four to five people hugging the machine at the same time as well as each other! In fact, there was a long line of people looking to give hugs,” O’Grady added.

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This is even worse but cleverer in some ways. Any person has ethnicity and gender so what more neutral than a machine eh? No gender, no race, no facial look to prefer (we can though identify scum from a look at times . . . ) or hate as well. BUT STILL same method. Singaporeans are the most Orwellian lot ever. meanwhile the Lee Dynasty gets to ‘lead’ and have term limitless nepotistic family blocs in government. Strawman AGAIN and when politicians resort to the inanimate to cheat the people, while retaining bad laws and making the world an increasingly difficult place to live in, we know the vicious dictatorship loving creeps are entirely out of touch with the people. Combined with neurotech and other methods of mind monitoring they have now, we are already finished unless we vote for a government that is not comprised of cronies, plutocrats and nepotists. This is neo-feudalism, especially when family blocs and family political dynasties occur.

Straw-woman Agent of the 1% : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mata_Amritanandamayi

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Search on for ‘England’s biggest fan’ to travel the country, in a campervan – 04 April 2012 7:13 PM – EnglandfanCORBIS

Once upon a time, if a destination wanted to announce itself as the sort of place where you would really wish to spend some of your hard-earned holiday allowance, it would pay for a colossal billboard, slap a lovely colourful picture on it, and hope for the best.

But three years ago, the game changed when the Queensland tourism department decided to do things somewhat differently. Rather than design an advert showing a beach and a pretty girl, it offered up ‘the best job in the world’ – a year-long position as ‘caretaker’ of Hamilton Island, in the Whitsunday archipelago of eastern Australia.

All the successful candidate had to do was hang out, grab a suntan, and write a blog about their experiences. Cue a near-endless torrent of applications from hopeful types, and a self-promotional coup before the winner had even set foot Down Under.

Now something similar is happening again. Except that, this time, the venue is not a Pacific Ocean beach – and you have to be able to handle a campervan.

In short, VisitEngland is looking for someone suitably enthusiastic – ‘England’s biggest fan’, to quote their exact words – to spend 70 days driving the country in the build-up to the Olympics while writing a daily update on what they find on the way.

The itinerary will follow in the flame-steps of the Olympic Torch Relay as it cuts a swathe through the country during the pre-Games months of May, June and July.

Presumably, VisitEngland have weighed up the possibility of the search for ‘England’s biggest fan’ resulting in a large fellow with a bulldog and a grainy tattoo of Wayne Rooney on his back – and decided that such a person-hunt is still worth the effort.

The chosen wanderer will have their expenses paid as they trawl the country for titbits. Interested parties must be over 21, and should send 100 words on their favourite part of England, along with a photo, to http://www.visitengland.com/faninavan, by April 9th.

The anointed one will be selected by May 8th, ready to hit the road on May 14th.

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Soul harvesting time! Out of a potential 77,777 fifth columnists (one can say they seserve to be treated this way, but being a product of their environment and being the more powerful party, the onus is on the English to not behave in this manner to take advantage of people instead of educating them AFTER subverting them via neurolinguistics and other siubliminal symbolic languages etc..) among camper van owners, only 1 will win. 77,776 minds worth of effort, hope and consideration will be harvested when 77,776 mind’s worth of effort, hope and disappointment occur. This amounts to a very cynical holiday and inconsiderate promotion stint that will only muddy England’s tourist ‘energy’. Would be better to honestly get England’s 5 star hotels to offer 10 free rooms to 10 people who are declared blue collar workers and be done with the promotion. Not a moment’s thought or time for this lot or sort of promotional method. Who knows the ‘winner’ has already been selected so that the ‘hope energy’ can be collected for use in some nefarious reality bending intention! One does not even need to study Freemasonry to figure this out. Just look at that atrocious language! Anointed one? Very not *like* (both the noun and adjective)!

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Woman impregnated at Motorhead concert seeks father on Craigslist – Helen A.S. Popkin – Craigslist

If you’re a dude with a red Mohawk who recently got lucky at a Motörhead/Megadeth concert in the bathroom at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago — or if you know a dude who matches such a description — you totally need to keep checking the Missed Connections section on Craigslist. The woman with whom you had an encounter has something that was left behind.

“Did we hook up at the Megadeth/Motorhead concert? – w4m – 28 (Aragon Ballroom),” reads the anonymous post that was live through Thursday:

Me: Blue hair, silver tube top, fishnets, Knee high black biker boots.
You: Red mohawk, black pentagram gauges, viper piercings.

The poster then goes on to describe in detail the passionate encounter — the NSFW reproduction you can find here via the Fuse website, which initially spotted the post. Suffice it to say, the couple did not qualify to post their encounter on the Where Did You Wear It? – Planned Parenthood’s Foursquare-of-condom-use website. So …

Anyway I’m pregnant. It’s yours. contact me if you want to be part of your child’s life.

Rather than judging this young woman —  and you know you are, jerk —  let’s help her out. Consider the near impossible odds of the Craigslist Missed Connections for reconnecting with any random encounter.

Take you, for example. The hottie you stared at a little too long at Starbucks this morning is not looking for you. Of that you can be 99. 9 percent sure.

What’s more, according to those same statistics I totally made up just now, if he or she is posting about you on Craigslist — the creep who stared at him or her a little too long at Starbucks this morning — it’s not in your city’s “Missed Connections” section. The hottie is doing it somewhere in the community or discussion forums in a post tagged FML, the NSFW  acronym used by texting teens with obtuse parents and Craigslisters bemoaning their unfornatuate — or in your case, creepy — life circumstances in the community and forums sections of the online classifieds site.

If we take blue hair/silver tube top at her word — because of course, nobody ever lies on Craigslist— she isn’t a creepy stalker, but a future mom looking out for her impending child. Like everyone else these days, she’s using social media of a sort to get things done. So spread the world so she never has to have this discussion with her young head banger: “It’s not that your daddy didn’t have a Facebook account, I just don’t know his name …”

Hat tip to @JediJon

Helen A.S. Popkin goes blah blah blah about the Internet. Tell her to get a real job on Twitter and/or Facebook. Also, Google+.

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Do not respond. This sort of article is to ferret out the real party goers even fake some ‘rape charges’. Even as some party girls (some married but posing as unmarried) are little more than fakes and gold diggers, not here for the organic fun but some manipulative agenda like addicting people with synthetic drugs so their dealer boyfriends (or husbands) can get richer. Protect the sanctity of the basis of reality – randomness. Also this action will doubtless be studied for casual links to regulate society and reality. An orphan or million more could well be the way Orwellian society can be prevented. The choices made here will doubtless be paid for or accrue wealth. Let go you sick agenda poseurs fronting for fundo values, or try to trap further – we’re beginning to see now why random slayings occur . . . to rid the world of sick minded individuals brainwashed by Orwellian agenda peddlars, in the world of gross matter. Meanwhile do partake and enjoy but consider the above for preservation of this plane. The cynical thing of course could be a FBI brainwashed person who will be ASSIGNED some newborn dumped in a hospital ‘baby chute’ intent on feretting out jocks and studs who do fuck for fun while concerts occur and REAL fans flashing whatever. The militant feminists who throw about ‘chilling’ effect emasculating language are the one’s to watch. The policy they write and the advocacy of emasculation of males at every turn is a form of insanity.

Orwellian society is here, so careful of such articles and people who write such articles and their associates and families. V!

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Say what you will about Hollywood’s lack of originality, but don’t you think the younger generation deserves a big-time introduction to The Three Stooges? “Dumb & Dumber” (1994) writers/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly certainly believe so, and they’ve worked hard for the last 14 years to finally see that happen, as “The Three Stooges” opens wide this Friday the 13th. The Farrelly’s created this film as a tribute to their heroes, with the actors not so much acting as mimicking the original Stooges while terrorizing the modern world. We all know the Stooges will engage in plenty of nyuk nyuk nyuking, but here are five fun facts about the film you may not know.
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Do a CGI version using the ACTUAL actors from the old films. They have the technology, and the 3 stooges are a classic that no existing ‘stars’ with that sort of immense wealth can properly depict. Alternatively, hold a lookalikes contest and make sure the actors are serious about being the new face of ‘slapstick’, meaning they best need to be humorous people in real life rather than ambitious careerists whp expect MILLIONS and to act in decades’ worth of films after this.

One off film types from th 99% would be perfect. The 1% actors can’t play fools, the fooling will be on the audience instead and the audience of today are no fools. Want to do a film about fools? Get REAL organic fools (that are smart enough to act). Maybe career clowns at very least who do like being the source of slapstick based laughter. Organic actors, not the plastic plutocrat chameleons, and of course another 1%ter gets to be modestly wealthy instead of the extrem wealth by actors who end up being chameleons who cannot set a role model for REAL society. These actors just teach duplicity . . . and are milking every last bit of ‘feel good factor’ accrued by these ‘old school method casting’ selected ORGANIC actors.

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How the US uses sexual humiliation as a political tool to control the masses

Believe me, you don’t want the state having the power to strip your clothes off. And yet, it’s exactly what is happening – Naomi Wolf – guardian.co.uk, Thursday 5 April 2012 15.50 BST

Bagram airbase was used by the US to detain its ‘high-value’ targets during the ‘war on terror’ and is still Afghanistan’s main military prison. Photograph: Dar Yasin/AP

The discussion continues today at 12pm ET (5pm UK time) when Naomi Wolf takes your questions about her column. Join us for an hour long live chat about the supreme court, strip searches and sexual humiliation.

In a five-four ruling this week, the supreme court decided that anyone can be strip-searched upon arrest for any offense, however minor, at any time. This horror show ruling joins two recent horror show laws: the NDAA, which lets anyone be arrested forever at any time, and HR 347, the “trespass bill”, which gives you a 10-year sentence for protesting anywhere near someone with secret service protection. These criminalizations of being human follow, of course, the mini-uprising of the Occupy movement.

Is American strip-searching benign? The man who had brought the initial suit, Albert Florence, described having been told to “turn around. Squat and cough. Spread your cheeks.” He said he felt humiliated: “It made me feel like less of a man.”

In surreal reasoning, justice Anthony Kennedy explained that this ruling is necessary because the 9/11 bomber could have been stopped for speeding. How would strip searching him have prevented the attack? Did justice Kennedy imagine that plans to blow up the twin towers had been concealed in a body cavity? In still more bizarre non-logic, his and the other justices’ decision rests on concerns about weapons and contraband in prison systems. But people under arrest – that is, who are not yet convicted – haven’t been introduced into a prison population.

Our surveillance state shown considerable determination to intrude on citizens sexually. There’s the sexual abuse of prisoners at Bagram – der Spiegel reports that “former inmates report incidents of … various forms of sexual humiliation. In some cases, an interrogator would place his penis along the face of the detainee while he was being questioned. Other inmates were raped with sticks or threatened with anal sex”. There was the stripping of Bradley Manning is solitary confinement. And there’s the policy set up after the story of the “underwear bomber” to grope US travelers genitally or else force them to go through a machine – made by a company, Rapiscan, owned by terror profiteer and former DHA czar Michael Chertoff – with images so vivid that it has been called the “pornoscanner”.

Believe me: you don’t want the state having the power to strip your clothes off. History shows that the use of forced nudity by a state that is descending into fascism is powerfully effective in controlling and subduing populations.

The political use of forced nudity by anti-democratic regimes is long established. Forcing people to undress is the first step in breaking down their sense of individuality and dignity and reinforcing their powerlessness. Enslaved women were sold naked on the blocks in the American south, and adolescent male slaves served young white ladies at table in the south, while they themselves were naked: their invisible humiliation was a trope for their emasculation. Jewish prisoners herded into concentration camps were stripped of clothing and photographed naked, as iconic images of that Holocaust reiterated.

One of the most terrifying moments for me when I visited Guantanamo prison in 2009 was seeing the way the architecture of the building positioned glass-fronted shower cubicles facing intentionally right into the central atrium – where young female guards stood watch over the forced nakedness of Muslim prisoners, who had no way to conceal themselves. Laws and rulings such as this are clearly designed to bring the conditions of Guantanamo, and abusive detention, home.

I have watched male police and TSA members standing by side by side salaciously observing women as they have been “patted down” in airports. I have experienced the weirdly phrased, sexually perverse intrusiveness of the state during an airport “pat-down”, which is always phrased in the words of a steamy paperback (“do you have any sensitive areas? … I will use the back of my hands under your breasts …”). One of my Facebook commentators suggested, I think plausibly, that more women are about to be found liable for arrest for petty reasons (scarily enough, the TSA is advertising for more female officers).

I interviewed the equivalent of TSA workers in Britain and found that the genital groping that is obligatory in the US is illegal in Britain. I believe that the genital groping policy in America, too, is designed to psychologically habituate US citizens to a condition in which they are demeaned and sexually intruded upon by the state – at any moment.

The most terrifying phrase of all in the decision is justice Kennedy’s striking use of the term “detainees” for “United States citizens under arrest”. Some members of Occupy who were arrested in Los Angeles also reported having been referred to by police as such. Justice Kennedy’s new use of what looks like a deliberate activation of that phrase is illuminating.

Ten years of association have given “detainee” the synonymous meaning in America as those to whom no rights apply – especially in prison. It has been long in use in America, habituating us to link it with a condition in which random Muslims far away may be stripped by the American state of any rights. Now the term – with its associations of “those to whom anything may be done” – is being deployed systematically in the direction of … any old American citizen.

Where are we headed? Why? These recent laws criminalizing protest, and giving local police – who, recall, are now infused with DHS money, military hardware and personnel – powers to terrify and traumatise people who have not gone through due process or trial, are being set up to work in concert with a see-all-all-the-time surveillance state. A facility is being set up in Utah by the NSA to monitor everything all the time: James Bamford wrote in Wired magazine that the new facility in Bluffdale, Utah, is being built, where the NSA will look at billions of emails, texts and phone calls. Similar legislation is being pushed forward in the UK.

With that Big Brother eye in place, working alongside these strip-search laws, – between the all-seeing data-mining technology and the terrifying police powers to sexually abuse and humiliate you at will – no one will need a formal coup to have a cowed and compliant citizenry. If you say anything controversial online or on the phone, will you face arrest and sexual humiliation?

Remember, you don’t need to have done anything wrong to be arrested in America any longer. You can be arrested for walking your dog without a leash. The man who was forced to spread his buttocks was stopped for a driving infraction. I was told by an NYPD sergeant that “safety” issues allow the NYPD to make arrests at will. So nothing prevents thousands of Occupy protesters – if there will be any left after these laws start to bite – from being rounded up and stripped naked under intimidating conditions.

Why is this happening? I used to think the push was just led by those who profited from endless war and surveillance – but now I see the struggle as larger. As one internet advocate said to me: “There is a race against time: they realise the internet is a tool of empowerment that will work against their interests, and they need to race to turn it into a tool of control.”

As Chris Hedges wrote in his riveting account of the NDAA: “There are now 1,271 government agencies and 1,931 private companies that work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States, the Washington Post reported in a 2010 series by Dana Priest and William M Arken. There are 854,000 people with top-secret security clearances, the reporters wrote, and in Washington, DC, and the surrounding area 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2011.”

This enormous new sector of the economy has a multi-billion-dollar vested interest in setting up a system to surveil, physically intimidate and prey upon the rest of American society.

Now they can do so by threatening to demean you sexually – a potent tool in the hands of any bully.

© 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/05/us-sexual-humiliation-political-control/print

So which 1%ters are using their own private jets?

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Ironic that they make customers naked at the airport but disallow nudism or at least nudist districts, much less Red Light Districts. Where are those private airfields and private owned craft or small fleet private airlines (in every state? Lady Gaga, I am disappoint – heres a reminder – NY, LA private airstrips and smaller, cheaper maybe older aircraft for a start. Talk to Alec Baldwin or anyone who has had trouble with the TSA or airline, if plutocrat singers don’t care about the 99%ters, so how do they expect to stay popular or want to buy tickets to concert when they should be pooling cash to buy their own airstrips or their own private aircraft? Fakes.

Damn 1% mentality 1%ters . . . little wonder people like that Branson character have carte blanc to collude with government to abuse human rights to DIGNITY . . . USA fails, the ‘Stars’ also fail . . . )??? Meanwhile nudism is still illegal (at least for appropriate zones and perhaps not near declared non-nudist friendly schools or places of worship – no signages needed, but the responsibility should be on the nudist to study maps of where a nudist can or cannot be nude).

6 Articles on Malaysian Politics : ISA lessened in severity, still unacceptable by Human Rights Council standards, LGBT Hate NGOs need that to be reported by UN bodies, PM Najib’s Old (Indian 1 Word Pickupline) Hat, Pretentious Federal Government Feigns Weakness when working for Human Rights, Platitudes from the Propaganda Minister, Suaram Outs Security Offences Bill like the any blogger or commentator on blogs can, but takes no ACTUAL legal action to make changes for Human Rights in Malaysia, 2 articles showing the danger and opacity of DAP – posted by @AgreeToDisagree – 18th February 2012 – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 14th April 2012

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Old Poison, Fancy Bottle – by Charles Santiago – Friday, 13 April 2012 14:02

It’s not easy to figure out what’s happening in Malaysia. We have a government that back tracks on promised reforms, flip flops on decisions and tries to deliver its nonsense on a silver platter to the people.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak croons the country is ready to enter a new era, with heightened maturity – whatever that means is vague because its proposed amendments and dismantling of various laws in Malaysia are merely cosmetic changes.

Malaysia is one of the 16 countries which have not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The country’s institutionalized racial discrimination had contributed to a severe brain drain, with 1.4 million people with tertiary education having left the country.

And yet the government has pulled back plans to table a legislation, in Parliament, to do away with hate crimes and weed out racial discrimination. Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister’s department, attributed this about turn to being able to manage our race relations better.

Last year we saw school teachers and a principal using racial slur to ridicule Chinese and Indian students. To top that, Malay rights group, Perkasa, was openly inciting racial tension by spewing venom.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community has also come under severe attacks recently. The organizers of Seksualiti Merdeka, an annual festival of talks, shows, forums and film screenings to promote sexuality rights have been targeted, ridiculed and threatened.

In 1994, the government banned anyone who is homosexual, bisexual or transsexual from appearing on the state-controlled media.

We have not progressed to curb such explicit hatred against the LGBT community since then.

In 2010, the Film Censorship Board stated it would only allow the depiction of homosexuality if the characters repented or died.

Now we have some segments of the society suggesting individuals from the marginalized LGBT community must be banned from appearing on air altogether.

And yet the legislation to root out hate crimes is on the back burner.

Even though Najib has been trumpeting the fact that he did away with three Emergency Ordinances, we know better as other crucial reforms are simply shadow play.

For example, the Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill is not a radical shift from the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) which allows for indefinite detention. The new Bill still allows for indefinite detention up to 28 days from the 60 days under the ISA.

If this is what Najib means by revamping the judiciary, he better think again for any indefinite detention poses a grave threat to fundamental liberties. And Human Rights Watch candidly sums this up by saying that the failure to bring a detainee before a judge, without any delay, violates international standards for prompt judicial review.

The Bill also gives wide powers to the police. Holding detainees up to 48 hours opens the channel for abusive interrogation. And we have seen one too many cases of police abuse while in detention. Between 2003-2007, there were 1535 custodial deaths in the country.

Under the new Bill, the police would have the power to intercept communication and conduct searches without judicial warrant.

It would also permit the police to unilaterally place monitoring devices on people who are released from detention and allow a blanket provision to deny bail.

Is this how Najib and his government want to treat a matured society? Does the prime minister truly believe that passing off a proposed law which allows for serious infringement on personal and civil liberties as reform would go unnoticed by the people?

We want true democracy. We want the government to seriously respect our civil and political rights. What we don’t want is the feel good factor.

The renowned poet, Hafiz, said “Not even seven thousand years of joy is worth seven days of depression”. Maybe Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak could learn from his poetry.

CHARLES SANTIAGO is Member of Parliament, Klang

(The views expressed above belongs to the author in its entirety and does not represent the opinion of Malaysian Mirror in any way)

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NGOs Apply For Permit To Hold Rally Against LGBTs – Saturday, 14 April 2012 00:12

KUALA LUMPUR — Five non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including the Malaysian Malay Network Organisation (JMM), on Friday submitted a permit application to the police to organise a peaceful rally against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBTs) at Merdeka Square here on Saturday.

The other NGOs included the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs, Federation of Peninsular Malay Students (GPMS)and Malay Veterans Association.

The rally was expected to draw up to 10,000 people, JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah told reporters after submitting the application at the Dang Wangi police headquarters here.

Azwanddin said JMM and the other NGOs believed that the police would give the green light to organise the rally.

(Bernama)

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At least 1 other MP (think back to deceased Dr. Lo Lo Hanafi) spoke for diversity. So how about educating on a live and let live policy for LGBT’s at least, instead of this sort of behaviour?

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Walk With Me In Transforming Malaysia – Friday, 13 April 2012 00:13

KUALA LUMPUR — Saying that he cannot build Malaysia’s future alone, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on Thursday called on Malaysians to walk with him in the journey to transform the country.

“In all our efforts, we are firmly committed to the principle that under the Malaysian sky, no community will be left out,” he said in his blog 1Malaysia.com.my in conjunction with the Indian New Year and Vaisakhi.

Najib said the government was constantly engaging directly with the people and implementing various programmes to transform the country.

“The government is also committed to delivering all our promises to the Indian community, and we have been doing just that over the last 3 years.

“The results are clear and the impact is positive,” he added.

The prime minister said the government would continue to play a role as a real partner of the Indian community and “together, we will deliver results that directly improve the quality of life of Malaysian Indians.”

Najib said in realising the 1Malaysia concept, Malaysian Indians also play an important role in working with the government to address the issues faced by the people.

“In building a future full of hope for our families, our communities and our country, let us continue to build this partnership based on trust, or “nambikei”,” he said.

Najib in his message wished all Hindus a very Happy New Year and to all Sikhs, a very Happy Vaisakhi.

(Bernama)

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Rehash again? All the Sikhs get is a meaningless ‘nambikei’. Nothing changes at all! Would Sikhs want a good policy of endeed apartheid or the occasional Hindi/Sikh word thrown at them? Or politician that kisses babies but writes loopholes to cheat taxpayers via Vehicular AP or Toll or NS camp with?

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‘Abolishing ISA was hard’ – by MAZWIN NIK ANIS – mazwin@thestar.com.my – Friday April 13, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government did not find it easy to give up its powers under the Internal Security Act, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

But the Prime Minister added that the Government considered the expectations of the people and decided to repeal the controversial ISA which was introduced in 1960 to counter communist insurgency.

Surrendering the power to detain suspects without trial was especially difficult for Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, “but he did so willingly because he understood the expectations of the people”, Najib said when opening the new police headquarters building at Bukit Aman here yesterday.
New HQ: The police band marching proudly during the opening ceremony of the new police headquarters’ building at Bukit Aman. The building costing RM320mil began construction on March 3, 2005. — Bernama

The Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill, tabled for first reading on Tuesday to replace the ISA, does away with detention without trial and limits detention for investigation purposes to 28 days.

The Prime Minister stressed the need for the Government and police to find a balance between individual rights and public safety.

Najib said ‘‘the people want to feel safe all the time, whether at home or at work or outside. They also want their rights to be ensured … We must balance the rights of the individual with the interests of society at large.

“That is the challenge that is being thrown at us today and I am confident that we can meet their (the people’s) expectations,” he added

He said the views of the police were taken into consideration when drawing up the Political Transformation Programme, which saw Emergency Ordinances being rescinded and new legislation introduced to replace the ISA.

“We realise that despite the need for changes, the duties of the police must not be affected or jeopardised,” Najib added.

He said the police had executed their responsibilities well, especially in preserving peace and maintaining the safety of the nation.

The Global Peace Index 2011, which placed Malaysia as the safest country in Southeast Asia, second in Asia and 19th among 153 nations, was proof of their hard work and commitment, Najib added.

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This is like a bodybuilder (Federal Government), picking up a feather (amend 1 single law out of thousands) and saying how heavy (Half a paragraph or 2 pages of law handled/studied/amended by 50-500 staff related to such work over MONTHS). With a stroke of a pen PM Najib ended ISA. Maybe Najib did not even lift a finger to sign a single document and just dropped a word or 2 to the taxpayer paid bureaucrat. Was that difficult? Pretentious. With that mandate APARTHEID can also be ended. Use that mandate for Article 1 and Article 18, or Malaysians will vote for someone else.

ARTICLE 5

Malaysians Must Have Higher Cultural Values – Saturday, 14 April 2012 00:14

SEREMBAN — For a country that is marching towards developed nation status, it is necessary for Malaysians to have higher cultural values, said Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim.

In view of this, he said his ministry would reinvigorate campaigns on noble values to promote practices such as courtesy, respect for elders and a smiling society.

“We should not become bored with these campaign even though many say the objectives will be difficult to achieve, we cannot think like that.

“We have to use the campaigns to make these values part of our daily lives because as a developed country, we should be more cultural,” he said.

Rais told this to reporters after presenting Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) Excellence Awards to pupils from Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKC) Negeri Sembilan in Sungai Gadut, here yesterday.

Rais said said the campaigns would begin by the end of next month.

“In Europe, when we enter a shop, they will ask “How are you today sir? How can I help you?” So we have to ask, are we doing this in Malaysia, if not or not good enough, we have to do something about it,” he said.

Also present at the function were Negeri Sembilan MIC chairman T. Rajagopalu, State Executive Councillor V.S Mogan and Negeri Sembilan Information Department director Hashim Bedu.

(Bernama)

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Try addressing the below 3 items which make Malaysia a low value place :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

What are Malaysians paying the taxes to government for? To effectively do nothing but drop a word or two?

ARTICLE 6

Security Offences Bill Lacks Human Rights Compliance – SUARAM – Thursday, 12 April 2012 00:10

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) views that the Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill 2012 as it provides arbitrary power to the police toarrest and detain a person without warrant and lacking in judicial scrutiny mechanism during the initial 28 days detention.

Broad powers to Police

Clause 4 of the new bill which allows detention for 28 days without being brought before a judge violates the fundamental rights of any individuals. The absence of judicial scrutiny means that the authorities can use the law to detain anyone opposed to them under the pretext of active investigation as the proposed law allows for arrest on basis of a subjective standard of “has reason to believe” that the person may be involved in security offenses. This double vagueness clause would also give the police broad powers to conduct searches and intercept communications without judicial warrant as well making the force susceptible to abuse of power.

The current law is indeed a fundamental move away from the current criminal justice administration that safeguards the rights of a detained person and of his/her presumption of innocence due to strict judicial scrutiny right from the 24 hours’ time after an arrest.

We strongly oppose the powers given to the police to detain a person for 28 days without charge and urge for amendment to include the role of the judiciary in providing such order. We are also of the position that the law must allow for habeas corpus application for any person who seek to challenge the initial detention order.

Infringement of personal liberty and privacy

We also oppose the provision that permits the police to unilaterally impose electronic monitoring devices on individuals released from detention, as it is serious infringement of personal liberty and privacy.

Legal access

We have strong concerns on Clause 5 of the bill which allows delays of 48 hours before the suspect has access to a lawyer, which encourages abusive interrogations and torture.

Strengthen the current climate of impunity and abuse of powers!

We are concerned about the repercussion of these proposed legislative changes which would come under even more intense government scrutiny. The new proposed legislation while has reduces the initial detention period but it’s merely acts to further limit fundamental right and provide wider power to the police force that have failed to undergo reform as the 2005 recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission on Policing were yet to be implemented.

We have doubts and are very concerned about the powers given to police in this bill as SUARAM in the past years have documented many cases of police abuse of power and human rights violation without any form of oversight and redress mechanism. The current law is believed to only go to strengthen the current climate of impunity and abuse of powers.

Therefore, SUARAM and GMI would like to demand the following:

1. To refer the 2012 Bill to a Select Committee for open consultation with civil society to review the objectives and provisions of this Bill.

2. We also urge the government to establish an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) as per the recommendations made by the 2005 Royal Commission on Policing without further delay.

3. All prisoners detained under the ISA to be released immediately and be paid gratuity equivalent to the torture and sufferings that was experienced by the detainees and family members;

4. All establish a Truth Commission to review all past ISA arrest with a view to bring involved parties in the torture and maltreatment of ISA detainees to justice and open trials;

5. The Government must abolish other detention without laws such as the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA)

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

(The views expressed above belongs to the author in its entirety and does not represent the opinion of Malaysian Mirror in any way)

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Try the LGBT rights affirmative speech by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Especially more so for non-Muslims, LGBT is very much a right that LGBT NGOs should sue or file report against for hate speech. Meanwhile Malaysia still does not have :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

ARTICLE 5

DAP clear Nga of ‘lounge-suit’ corruption accusations – February 16, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 — The DAP disciplinary committee cleared Pantai Remis assemblyman Nga Kor Ming of any power abuse in the awarding of a lounge suit contract to his wife’s company, Bernama Online reported.

Committee chairman Tan Kok Wai said their investigations did not  find any evidence he coerced or influenced Ipoh City Hall (MBI) in his capacity as councillor to award the RM14,400 contract to Ethan & Elton — co-owned by Nga’s spouse Wong Seow Ching.

Tan said the committee felt the existence of a relationship between parties did not prove wrongdoing meriting an actionable complaint. He told media their decision at the DAP headquarters here after a three hour meeting.

Three former MBI councillors who were also on the tender board, Frankie Wong and Simon Ng from DAP and PAS’s Khairuddin Abd Malik, told the committee that they were not aware Nga’s wife was involved with the company when they made their award decision. Tan added that there were five other bidders along with Ethan and Elton.

The committee also rejected the “minit bebas” (independent minutes) presented to them, because the ex-Mentri Besar and six ex- state excos from the previous Pakatan Rakyat state government have confirmed to the disciplinary committee they have never proposed or discussed the lounge suit contract at their exco meetings.

The committee therefore was of the opinion that Nga (picture) neither did anything corrupt nor breached party discipline.

In the separate issue of a demonstration outside the Penang DAP state convention allegedly backed by Penang deputy chief minister II P. Ramasamy, Tan said the committee had not come to a decision, and that the matter will be discussed at the next meeting.

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This ‘clearing’ was done internally by DAP’s cronies and family members. Nothing to crow about. If an external, preferably neutral (meaning not DAP enemy parties like BN coalition or the Federal Government agencies controlled by BN) and DAP non-member (much less committee member)b uninfluenced panel of persons did the ‘clearing’ then it would mean something. Since it was not and DAP is run like a family business, this is hardly newsworthy or honest reporting. Nada has been cleared here. It’s a meaningless announcement and a waste of reading time. If Ronnie Liu was a ganster and Nga Kor Ming is a lounge suit, guess which shady characters are the mafia bosses of this despicable term limitless and shamelessly nepotistic political outfit which have kept less than 10% of campaign promises. They didn’t evcen hold the Local council Elections!

ARTICLE 6

DAP man apologises again for saying reporters can be bought – by Yow Hong Chieh – February 17, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — DAP election publicity chief Hew Kuan Yau today apologised for the second time for claiming reporters engaged in “compensated dating” with politicians from the ruling coalition and acted like hired guns.

Compensated dating, or enjo kosai, is a practice originating in Japan where men give younger women money or gifts for their companionship and also sometimes sexual favours, according to Wikipedia.

“I would like to publicly tender my sincere apologies for the ‘analogy’ that I drew, which offended many upright and honest media practitioners,” Hew said in a statement.

“I never intended to cause embarrassment to the many honest and upright media practitioners in Malaysia. I deeply regret that as the controversy evolved, many friends from the media felt hurt by some distorted interpretations that were spun by my enemy.”

Media freedom is the cornerstone of political democratisation, stressed Hew, who also thanked reporters who have “struggled long and hard under our harsh political climate” for their work.

He hoped Malaysia’s media will be given more freedom in future so it could play a greatly expanded role in keeping the authorities in check.

He said he was prepared to work with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) to fight for greater press freedom in Malaysia.

In a February 6 Facebook post, Hew said that “non-self-respecting” reporters had allegedly been paid by BN politicians to write biased stories and likened the act to compensated dating.

“As a matter of fact, I know many local correspondents are ‘enjoying benefits from both sides’. They are willing to act as ‘hired pens’ on behalf of the local Barisan Nasional leaders. They report Pakatan Rakyat’s news with great bias!

“Freedom of the press is an important battlefield for democratic movement. Hence I urge those who were involved in ‘compensated dating’ with Barisan Nasional to redeem yourself,” he had said in the Chinese-language post.

Hew later issued his first apology on Facebook after coming under fire from the NUJ and other press associations: “I apologise for causing controversy by telling the truth.”

DAP disciplinary committee chairman Tan Kok Wai has said no action will be taken against Hew as the latter was merely stating a fact.

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DAP respects only power. If a group of barely educated villagers as in Buah Pala, or an itinerant unaffiliated blogger takes DAP on, DAP will sacrifice the same to raise it’s own status or even for wealth, not to mention Teo Beng Hock types who have degrees and have been with DAP for sometime – ask around Beng Hock was not in allignment with DAP’s napotistic and term limitless CC, and thus was given the worst assignment – visiting MACC which be some accounts DAP’s inner circle knew could well be a death sentence.

But here, since reporters are INDEPENDANT of DAP manipulation being outside the party, often semi linked with the government, also mafia and police and everyone inbetween (figuratively and literally in the case of the LGBT bunch), DAP dares not offend these GRASSROOTS types – the term untouchable shows it’s power here, the votes could disappear en masse if any were aggrieved for a real or imagined slight. In this case DAP has no control of the Information Ministry . . . and should well be kept from holding that portfolio even as term limitless nepotist Lim Kit Siang, pretends all the 90% campaign promises in GE12 have not been kept while abuses occur increasingly obvious, even presuming to have eyes on the HOME MINISTRY . . .

So vote for 3rd Force instead, where nepotism and oligarchy or limitless terms will not prevent ordinary citizens from being caught up in DAP’s greed.

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ARTICLE 1

Billionaires should be allowed to BUY up planets and rip up an out-of-date space treaty, claims expert – by Rob Waugh – PUBLISHED: 16:55 GMT, 5 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:48 GMT, 5 April 2012

Private companies should be able to buy land on The Moon or other planets for tourism, mining or even to sell property, a space policy expert has said.

Rand Simberg said that if governments started to provide property rights then entrepreneurs and billionaires might pile in and invest – and added that the ‘time is ripe’.

He has proposed a law that would circumvent the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which states no individual or government can have sovereignty over any body in space.
Could billionaires buy the moon? An American space expert claims that a loophole might allow investors to buy other planets

Could billionaires buy the moon? An American space expert claims that a loophole might allow investors to buy other planets
Sir Richard Branson next to the spacecraft White Knight Two: Anyone hoping to buy property in space will have to wait until people get there first – and Branson’s space flights have not happened yet

Sir Richard Branson next to the spacecraft White Knight Two: Anyone hoping to make money on property in space will have to wait until people get there first – and Branson’s passenger space flights have not happened yet

But such a move would mark a huge change in how mankind sees space and could open up the galaxy to a debacle akin to the Colonial era ‘Scramble for Africa’.

One government going alone might also incur the wrath of other nations who all remain signed up to the Outer Space Treaty.

Mr Simberg, who is based in the US, says that the law is open to challenge and does not explicitly forbid anybody from owning chunks of planets, so needs clearing up anyway.

Wired.com reported that his plan is called the Space Settlement Prize Act and was unveiled earlier this month at US conservative think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Any new law would have to work around the 1979 Moon Treaty Act which stops any nation from claiming sovereignty over The Moon, though major countries like the US and Russia have not ratified it.

Mr Simberg’s states: ‘The ratification failure of the Moon Treaty means there is no legal prohibition in force against private ownership of land on the Moon, Mars, etc., as long as the ownership is not derived from a claim of national appropriation or sovereignty (which is prohibited by the Outer Space Treaty)’

Another hurdle that would have to be overcome would be how people get to the moon – Richard Bransons’ Virgin Galactic has yet to even make its first commercial flight into orbit, let alone another planet.

But Mr Simberg said: ‘There are people who believe that rocks have rights; I’m not one of them’.

US space law lawyer Michael Listner told Wired.com that ownership of The Moon and other planets was a ‘very touchy issue’.
A sunset seen from the super-Earth planet Gliese 667 Cc. Billions of potentially habitable planets may exist in our galaxy, the Milky Way, according to a new study

Pricey destination? A sunset seen from the super-Earth planet Gliese 667 Cc – one of billions of potentially habitable planets in our Milky Way galaxy, according to scientists

‘To take that stand against the rest of the world, would take a lot of political will and the government would take a hit. It’s sort of a nonstarter,’ he said.

‘It’s similar to the way properties were pioneered in the Old West. The government opened up land and people went to settle it.’

The debate over ownership of space mirrors that on Earth – Britain recently provoked the ire of Argentina when it emerged that five UK companies are hunting for oil in the waters surrounding The Falkland Islands.

The Arctic is also emerging as a key battleground with Denmark, which owns Greenland, insisting it has the right to explore waters off its shores.

LOONY…..but, Rocks Have Rights! COOL! 😀

– OAP on something!, Ireland, 05/4/2012 19:09
Rating   1

Rubbish-pure, unfilter rubbish. no one is gonig to recognize some claim for a planet, or section of ap lanet filed long before it is pracal to get there. No one is going to accept, for example, my claim to 23% of the moon, filed in some office in Peru when , years later, itell successful miners to get off my space.

– Paul , Lansdale, PA USA, 05/4/2012 19:07
Rating   1

Lawyers are all chancers, one day the public will find out they’ve been dividing and ripping people off all along. You can’t actually own anything, only lay claim to it. I’ve claimed vast areas of the North of England, and the Falkland Islands for myself. My claim is as valid as anybody else’s. The Moon Treaty Act etc, mumbo jumbo it is not even worthy of Star Trek.

– icountlampposts, leeds, 05/4/2012 18:43
Rating   5

No one owns any planet.

– anonymous, UK, 05/4/2012 18:40
Rating   10

YOUR PLANET ?

– Klaatu, The Round Disk, 05/4/2012 18:36
Rating   3

Legal loophole could let billionaires BUY other planets before human settlers arrive (and they could even snap up the Moon) ====================No they can’t, they all belong to me.

– Gideon Webley, Wakefield, 05/4/2012 18:28
Rating   6

If you don’t own it then in my opinion you have no right to sell it.

– Me, UK, 05/4/2012 18:15

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This desire to ‘colonize’ should be on a needs basis. And there is no need for Humanity to leave earth but instead LEARN to stop being wasteful before being given access to any other planets. Also any planet cannot be bought innately, simply because in ‘Spiritual Theory’ the dominant species inhabitants or mircroorganisms of that planet which have not evolved into a dominant species have the true rights to ownership.

Typical ‘colonial’ behaviour again. These ‘billionaires’ are going to piss off some interplanetary species council or something if they don’t stop spouting colonial nonsense. For all we know, humans are already blacklisted for ‘preventing evolution by way of slavery and consumption’ of species considered domesticated as of now. These ‘Red Ocean’ strategy guys should be very careful who they talk to, governments should be very careful who they speak to as well. Perhaps Stephen hawkins knowing that humanity’s behaviour is spiritually ignorant and spiritually barbaric so Stephen feared for humanity though intuitively at most, but not putting into words what I just wrote above.

This means humans need to civilise before being allowed to obtain technology, and this ‘I was here first’ attitude that ignores microscopic life or that makes humans feel entitled to EATING other animals (we have the meat growing technology now, those with funds and access, upgrade or be damned) which effectively prevents the animal from evolving, could very well put humanity on the ‘hit list’ of superior alien civilisations. Who knows the are keeping count of the number of species going extinct and every species that disappears could well be some alien patron’s ant farm equivalent that died and causes withdrawal of support for humanity in that ‘sector’ of space.

This does not apply to just animate species, who knows RADIOACTIVE or CONDUCTIVE MINERALS like Plutonium and Gold have an ‘astral’ or ‘ethereal’ life that is extinguished when dug up, pissing off some alien which has plutonium flesh etc (Ultraman?) . . . Man’s understanding of nuclear physics may be entirely WRONG, man’s understading of physics or even the natrure of materials and life also wrong . . . who knows, some other ALIEN billionaire already owns ALL the planets in the Universe, it’s just that they aren’t there or don’t visit for 1000 year cycles and by Intergalactic law trespassers and SQUATTERS get blown up or imprisoned in some weird space prison where they are subjected to strange probes and experiments as a form of ‘reparation’ or ‘fine’.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraman

Humans only have physical technology, what if Aliens cans stop time? Bend time? Bend reality? What then Mr.Billionaire with no spiritual application of physical laws? If mankind cannot even take care of poverty or be civilised enough to not have wars, what chance has mankind in the Universal scheme of multi-dimensional realities? Try telekinesis FOR REAL and solving poverty issues first. Capitalism is much like the invention of the Wheel. So whats the equivalent of ‘the Engine’ as opposed to the wheel? Utopia. And even then aliens might still consider humanity a mere animal or at best like the ‘technologically advanced but culturally and civilisationally backward’, ‘Klingons’ in Star Trek.

ARTICLE 2

Obama, Romney agree to have women in all-male Masters – Updated: 2012-04-06 11:24 (Agencies)

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama believes women should be allowed to join the all-male Augusta National Golf Club, the White House said on Thursday, adding pressure on the exclusive 80-year-old organization to drop its restrictive policy.

“His personal opinion is that women should be admitted,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, saying he had spoken to Obama about the issue, as the prestigious Masters tournament got under way in Augusta, Georgia.

In a rare moment of agreement with Obama, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, the Democratic president’s likely opponent in the Nov 6 election, said if it were up to him, “of course I’d have women in Augusta.”

The question of whether women should be allowed to become members at the home of the Masters has been around for years. But it took on added significance after Ginni Rometty became chief executive officer of IBM, one the tournament’s longtime sponsors, in January.

The White House weighed in on the issue during an election campaign in which Obama and his fellow Democrats are seeking to exploit a “gender gap” in polls showing the president ahead of Republican presidential contenders with women voters. Obama is hosting a conference on women and the economy on Friday.

Carney was asked whether Obama believed the men’s-only Augusta club should open its ranks to women, especially given Rometty’s position.

“It is obviously up to the club to decide,” Carney said at the daily White House briefing. “He believes Augusta should admit women. You know, we’re kind of long past the time when women should be excluded from anything.”

Club chairman Billy Payne was pressed on the eve of the Masters on whether the club would alter its policy.

And in keeping with the club’s secretive traditions, he refused on Wednesday to provide a clear answer, saying only that membership issues were not for public debate.

Club mum on ladies at Masters – Updated: 2012-04-06 07:52 (China Daily)

The prickly issue of whether women should be allowed to join the exclusive al-male Augusta National Golf Club refuses to go away.

On the eve of the Masters, chairman Billy Payne was again peppered with questions about whether the 80-year-old club would change its restrictive policy.

In keeping with the club’s secretive traditions, he refused to provide a clear answer when asked repeatedly by the media, saying only that membership issues were not for public debate.

“Once again, that deals with a membership issue and I’m not going to answer it,” he told a news conference on Wednesday.

The issue of whether women should be allowed to become members at the home of the Masters has been around for years – most notably a decade ago when Martha Burk led a series of protests – but took on added significance after Ginni Rometty was recently named Chief Executive Officer of IBM.

IBM, the world’s largest technology services company, is a long-standing sponsor of the Masters and its past four CEOs have been granted membership to Augusta National.

The club now faces a dilemma of whether to change its policy to allow Rometty to join or spurn one of its major sponsors, but Payne refused to say whether the issue had even been discussed.

“One, we don’t talk about our private deliberations,” he said. “Number two, we especially don’t talk about it when a named candidate is a part of the question.”

Augusta’s invitation-only membership has been steeped in secrecy since the conservative club opened in 1932. Women are allowed to play the course only if invited by a member but cannot become members themselves.

The club does not reveal its full list of members, believed to be around 300, although it is known that some of the powerful men from industry and finance, including Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, are members.

It was not until 1990 that Augusta National invited its first black member, businessman Ron Townsend, following a row over racial discrimination at the whites-only Shoal Creek club in Alabama that was selected to host the PGA Championship.

IBM played a big part in the change, joining other sponsors in putting pressure on Shoal Creek by pulling its television advertisements.

Like Augusta, the club has kept mum on the subject and not commented on whether Rometty should be invited.

Reuters in Augusta, Georgia

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There should be 10 clubs or club areas (if not time schedules) per club, multiplied by specific faith groups in list 2.

ORGANIC SINGLE GENDER
1) Male Hetero only.
2) Female Hetero only.
3) Male Hetero and Gay only (no Females).
4) Female Hetero and Lesbian only (no Males).

NON-ORGANIC SINGLE GENDER
5) Male Gay only.
6) Female Lesbian only.
7) Mixed Male and Female Hetero and Lesbian or Gay – no inbetweeners.

INTER GENDER ONLY
8) Everything else inbetween ONLY.

MIXED GENDER
9) Mixed Male and Female Hetero only.

MIXED GENDER DIVERSE
10) Everyone and everything else inbetween.

List 2 : (1) Monotheistic Diverse. (2) Poltheistic Diverse. (3) Monotheistic separate. (4) Polythestic seperate. (5) Interfaith Diverse.

Guess which will be the most diversity embracing that can be the only group or club that Obama can endorse or be a member of being the president of ALL citizens in the USA, the answer? : Democratic and diverse type 10-5 which is superior to all.

The single gender Augusta should be kept in place simply to keep tradition in place out of respect to 80 years of tradition. Augusta IS *MALE* and a private company, should have no impositions from the public on PC issues. Maybe to mirror the club, an ‘August’ Club can be invented. Hegelian dialectic! Stop practicing ‘impositions’ and CREATE new spaces rather than invading old ones! (See Santorum? That’s why Santorum type 9-3 fails . . . )?

ARTICLE 3

Obama under fire for ‘socialism’ – Published: 06 April, 2012, 13:40 – Edited: 06 April, 2012, 17:28

One Nation under Socialism (image from http://www.mcnaughtonart.com)

TAGS: Art, USA, Auction

Presidential portraits are usually meant to show leaders in a favorable light. But sometimes, there’s more to them than meets the eye. A painting depicting President Obama holding a burning Constitution is up for grabs for $300,000.

­One Nation under Socialism is the creation of an artist from Utah, Jon McNaughton, who has been quoted as saying “like many Americans, I feel shock at the direction our country is heading in.”

According to McNaughton, the US federal government has been moving towards socialism for over a hundred years. The creator of One Nation under Socialism says however that he would never support “an ideology which will lead to the destruction of America.”

The Forgotten Man (image from mcnaughtonart.com)

­“Socialism uses the illusion of offering fairness and justice for everyone by redistributing the wealth of the nation; picking and choosing winners and losers. This administration has taken over our health system, giving bailouts to the automotive industry, banking industry and energy industry. They support the Occupy Wall Street movement of increased taxing of the rich to pay for the welfare of the ‘less rich’. The Constitution never guaranteed equal things – only equal rights and justice. In America we should be free to succeed and free to fail,” the artist wrote on his website.

It’s not the first time President Obama has featured in a painting by McNaughton. In The Forgotten Man Obama was depicted standing on the Constitution, a scene McNaughton described as “the vanishing of the American dream.”

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Socialism uses the illusion of offering fairness and justice for everyone by redistributing the wealth of the nation; picking and choosing winners and losers. This administration has taken over our health system, giving bailouts to the automotive industry, banking industry and energy industry. They support the Occupy Wall Street movement of increased taxing of the rich to pay for the welfare of the ‘less rich’. The Constitution never guaranteed equal things – only equal rights and justice. In America we should be free to succeed and free to fail,” the artist wrote on his website.”

Not so. Socialism just ensures that there will be no EXTREME winners and no EXTREME losers. Society can do without both homeless and jobless citizens or multi-millionaires worth more than a few million, much less billionaires. The disparities inspire anger at the inequality, much like apartheid constitutions of semi-failed states posing as modern First World countries, and from what we hear, even the USA has problems in ensuring equality, though this is structural for USA rather than ideological. The US Constitution if applied properly without fail, should make USA a role model.

The Constitution never guaranteed equal things – only equal rights and justice.

TRUE, but given the extreme disparities of wealth distribution and political power distribution DUE TO lack of wealth distribution, the Constitution needs to be amended to limit sequestration of wealth which leads to sequestration of wealth bought power, even as wealth bought power must also be addressed by changes to Constitution.

ARTICLE 4

California Student in Relationship With Teacher Moves Out After Sexual Assault Arrest – by ALYSSA NEWCOMB | Good Morning America – 6 hours ago

A California student who left school, her family and her friends to live with her teacher boyfriend has ended the relationship after the teacher was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting another girl 14 years ago.

“He called me from jail and yes, I told him that we’re done,” Jordan Powers, 18, told ABC News in an exclusive interview. “I lost everything for this guy. I lost my senior year. I gave up all my friends at high school because they didn’t agree with me.”

James Hooker, 41, was arrested in Modesto, Calif., on Friday after police discovered he had an an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student in 1998.

Hooker has been under investigation for his involvement with Powers, his former business class student, with whom he appeared on national TV programs earlier this year to profess his love.

Hooker was charged with one count of oral copulation with a minor and is in jail, according to a statement from Modesto police.

“He told me that he met her online and he hung out with her just as friends and then he went to her house and she came out of the bathroom naked and he only touched her boobs and her legs,” Powers said. “He was freaked out so he left and went home. He said nothing else happened, but all of that was a lie.”

Despite the charges, Powers said nothing happened romantically between her and Hooker prior to her 18th birthday.

The teen said she believed the woman came forward now to help her see the truth about Hooker and rescue her from the relationship.

“My heart dropped. I felt betrayed. I just have a gut feeling there are other girls,” Jordan Powers said.

Her mother, Tammie Powers, has publicly tried to end the romance from the beginning and expressed relief at Hooker’s arrest.

“It’s my contention all along that he used authority and that he’s a predator,” she said.

But a reconciliation between mother and daughter isn’t happening just yet.

Jordan Powers said she is staying with a family friend in another state while she recovers from her heartbreak.

“How could he lie to me for all these months and look me in the eye and tell me he loves me?” she said. “I don’t know how someone could have such a cold heart.”

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Phenotype predator? Or inter-phenotypically predator-victim relationship (i.e. certain relationships could end in failure because of the energy ‘enmity’ natural in ALL similar phenotypes)? Could some FBI types put together profiles of “compatible-long lasting-stable” and “end-in-divorce-murder” matches THEN distribute as a form of educational booklet? This will help naturally incompatible phenotypes from marrying or identify host-parasite relationships. Also certain types do better in certain industries etc.. this could help students decide which field they can best excel in rather than being influenced by friends or family, surroundings etc.. A injunction or approach prohibition order or at worst require that the wealthier party leave for a another neighbourhood WITH HELP from the state (to find a job etc.. also for easier monitoring) – should be enough though in this case, jail is expensive and unnecessary.

ARTICLE 5

Zimmerman lawyer: Client convicted by media – April 6, 2012 8:31 AM

(CBS News) Lawyers for George Zimmerman said their client has been convicted by the media for the shooting of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, and that no crime was committed under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute because the neighborhood watch volunteer acted out of fear for his life.

Appearing on “CBS This Morning,” attorney Hal Uhrig said that the fatal shooting of Martin on February 26 has been presented by the media as a “rush to judgment story – I guess that started with Johnnie Cochran and the O.J. Simpson case. It’s certainly an example here. This case had momentum created by a lot of misinformation.”

Uhrig pointed, as an example, to a picture of Martin that shows him apparently as a “12-year-old boy instead of a 6’3″ [17]-year-old varsity football player who got into a confrontation with somebody six inches shorter than him.”

Complete Coverage: The Trayvon Martin Shooting

When asked by Charlie Rose what Zimmerman would like to tell the public about the events of that night, Uhrig replied, “The short version of that is that he didn’t commit any crime. He was where he was allowed to be, not committing a crime, confronted by someone else who started the violent confrontation physically. He was attacked, broke his nose, hit his head into the ground and he defended himself. That’s not against the law.”

Uhrig said the Florida “Stand Your Ground” statute applied because Zimmerman feared for his life: “One of the points people have said, the force [used against Martin] was too much, even if he broke his nose and slammed his head into the ground. Many people remember the case of Liam Neeson’s wife – fell on a little ski slope, hit her head one time on the ground, and died. We’re familiar with the shaken baby syndrome: You shake a baby the brain shakes around inside the skull, you can die.

“When someone is pounding your head on the ground, and you’ve already had your nose broken, you could be in reasonable fear for great bodily harm – which is what the Florida statute calls for – and if you think you’re about to lose your life or be seriously injured like that, you’re absolutely entitled to take the necessary action to stop it.”

“Are you saying that’s what Mr. Zimmerman said – he thought he was in fear of losing his life and so he shot Trayvon Martin?” asked Rose.

“I can confirm that without telling you any specific words, that’s exactly what he thought,” Urhig replied.

Martin shooter’s family goes on the offensive
Trayvon Martin’s family asks feds to investigate
Report: Zimmerman described as “Jekyll and Hyde”

Craig Sonner, another Zimmerman attorney, said law enforcement agrees with Zimmerman’s decision to stay in hiding, citing threats against his client. In fact, both lawyers confirmed that they have not met with Zimmerman face-to-face, only speaking by phone, though Uhrig said an in-person meeting would happen “fairly soon.”

Uhrig explained that procedurally the State Attorney of Duvall County Angela Corey, who was assigned by Florida’s governor to the case, will take her time in her investigation and then decide whether or not to take it to a grand jury.

“If she takes it to a grand jury, then at least 12 members of the grand jury would have to vote for either an indictment or what’s called a ‘no true’ bill, which is to say, ‘Wow if you look at all the evidence now instead of just listening to the loudest voice in the crowd, it really was not a crime,'” Uhrig said.

To watch the complete interview with Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, click on the video player above

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Actually if a stranger even throws a first punch (the prelude to random killings for fun scenario – at night and in the middle of nowhere) danger of being killed if not flashing in anyone’s mind, would be ridiculous. Someone hits you in the middle of nowhere, you’d think they want to kill you for fun. Of course if you had a gun you’d shoot because if you didn’t you’d die anyway. After the initial punch also, a person being hit might not be thinking clearly anymore, more so if being bashed into the sidewalk. Clarity of thought would not even be the issue, much less racism, this was mere survival instinct.

ARTICLE 6

That’s why they call her JWoww! Jennifer Farley steals the show in a spray-on silver dress at Three Stooges premiere – by Iona Kirby – PUBLISHED: 05:29 GMT, 8 April 2012 | UPDATED: 18:10 GMT, 8 April 2012

The Three Stooges actors made for a delightful trio as they hammed it up for the crowd and cameras at the premiere of their new movie.

However they were overshadowed by Jennifer ‘JWoww’ Farley who stole the show from the film’s stars by turning up in a dazzling silver dress.

The frock clung to her every curve and left little to the imagination as the Jersey Shore star walked the red carpet.

Showing off her every curve: JWoww wore a skin-tight silver dress to the premiere of The Three Stooges in Los Angeles

JWoww, 26, completed her barely there outfit with studded sandals, hoop earrings and an elegant updo for her brunette tresses.

She was joined by her boyfriend Roger Matthews at the Los Angeles event but also took the time to cuddle up to Sean Hayes of Will and Grace fame, who plays one of the Three Stooges.

JWoww was the only member of the Jersey Shore gang to show up at the premiere despite each of them having a cameo role in the film, in which they play themselves.

Arm candy: JWoww posed up with boyfriend Roger Matthews at the bash tonight

Cuddling up: JWoww struck a pose alongside Sean Hayes who plays one of the Stooges

Quite a contrast: Meanwhile Jane Lynch, who plays a nun in the movie, covered up in a blouse and wide-leg trousers

Glee star Jane Lynch was also on hand but went for an entirely different look in a patterned blue blouse and wide-leg black trousers.

The movie sees the 51-year-old in a very different role to her Glee alias Sue Sylvester as she plays Mother Superior, a nun.

Sean Hayes who plays Larry, Chris Diamantopoulos who plays Moe, and Will Sasso who plays Curly, arrived at the event in casual attire.

Slapstick: Actors Chris Diamontopoulos, top, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso, bottom, hammed it up for the cameras

Spot the difference: The trio arrived in casual attire before sneaking off and getting into character

Larking around: The three put on quite the show for the cameras and the crowd as they promoted their upcoming movie

Silly: The gang left and then returned in full costume eating chinese food while in a carriage

They then threw a spanner in the works for the crowd as they snuck off and then returned in full costume, pulling up at the bash in a carriage while eating chinese food.

The trio larked around in matching tuxedos, posing in a series of ridiculous poses much to the delight of the premiere’s attendees.

The slapstick comedy, directed and produced by the Farrelly brothers, is due for release on April 13.

Belly laughs: Sean Hayes plays Larry, Chris Diamantopoulos plays Moe, and Will Sasso plays Curly in the slapstick comedy

Blondes have more fun: Becki Newton (L) and Stefanie Scott chose colourful summery outfits for the sunny evening event

Girl power: (L-R) Nicky Whelan, Brenda Song, and Christine Woods all threw their arms around each other as they smiled on the red carpet

The story sees the three men stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show after trying to save their childhood orphanage.

The movie boasts a star-studded cast which includes Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Larry David and Kate Upton.

Sofia was not on hand at the event tonight as she is currently in New York to host Saturday Night Live.

Party people: (L-R) Vanessa Angel, Carley Craig and Perrey Reeves all showed their support for the star-studded film

Happy days: Carrie Fisher (L) and Erin Allin O’Reilly looked excited to see the film ahead of its April 13 release

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Who ARE all these people? Talk about D List!

– LuLu, NoVa, USA, 08/4/2012 13:10
Rating   145

OMG, Who would want to see this film.

– paul, How to upset DM readers who think everything is real, 08/4/2012 12:39
Rating   93

J-Wo, woob, woob, woob, woob – she is hot!!

– Frank, Detroit – Michigan – USA, 08/4/2012 12:37
Rating   26

This movie looks like such a horrendous stinker, they’ll probably have to hand out clothespins with the tickets.

– Yoda, in a galaxy far, far away, 08/4/2012 12:27
Rating   75

Oh wow I haven’t seen Brenda Song in a while. Glad to see she’s healthy and happy.

– Amelie, New York City, 08/4/2012 12:24
Rating   41

Probably the worst film after ‘springbreakers’

– Naya, London, 08/4/2012 09:44
Rating   37

Ste looks amazing Nice to see her face had calmed down. She looked a bit cat like last time I saw her

– RB 007, Liverpool. UK, 08/4/2012 09:18

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This lot are so privileged and have played so many characters (making them indirectly uncommitted to their roles) that there is no point watching them act. Also there is nothing real about being on permanent holiday or clubbing every night yet having no discernible source of income or actually working. This is not acting, this is ‘being themselves’ having fun while society crumbles around them.

Could the casting directors or producers stop using relatives and friends and actually hold REAL auditions so that someone off the street, hungry, and freshly learning to display freshly learnt acting skills or an organic sense of self (especially not worth millions so the general 99% audience can REALLY relate to them) and ready to throw themselves into the role would be better – there is a nominally insincere incongruity, residual mockery and complaisance about the plutocrat no matter what role – even if poor or so sick or so ill or disabled – or no matter how young that has the final effect of taking away from the viewer rather than adding on to them – soul theft  . . . ). Also consistency and as few crossovers as possible would be good. Lookalikes are also bad in many ways. The last thing the 99% need is 1%rers playing 99%ters (much like ‘blackface’ actors playing Africans or African Americans.). For example J-Lo’s Jenny from the Block series of songs was an indicator she had hit that plutocrat level, and was trying to qualify her ‘poor’ roots, compensating for ‘toffness’. That can’t be done for real. Unless a habit of giving away enough to remain ‘from the block’.

Well the day anyone reaches 401K in personal asset, much less 4.01M, is the day that the organic feel disappears and they should retire. Any film or art connoiseur would concur. The best acting disappears with security that wealth brings. Players of 99% people must be by 99% people, much like 1% people should play 1%people (or boxers should play boxers – the Rocky the Boxer series would have been tremendously better played by an ACTUAL boxer though the script was quite organic . . . the later backgrounds in the later films were especially bad, gilded gold and plush curtains, ‘rat pack’ style suits, champagne and roses in 5 star restaurants etc..), IF either group does not worry they will make a mockery of their own group in the process (which needs a sincere love of where they were from AND still in . . . ).

More artificiality that who knows has led to the immense poverty and extreme wealth sequestration plaguing the world today. The sense of proportion is afflicted by ‘psyche/psychic mismatch’ of the actors and their roles or depicted persons and groups, the deeper implications and effects on society are unconscionable and doubtless harmful.

ARTICLE 7

The Earth is full By Paul Gilding, Special to CNN – April 8, 2012 — Updated 1339 GMT (2139 HKT) Paul Gilding: World crisis is coming

Paul Gilding: The demands we place on the environment far exceed its capacity
He says we are heading for a day when economic growth will reach its limit on Earth
It makes sense to start planning for changes needed to adapt to the coming crisis, he says
Gilding: Allies’ response in World War II showed our capability to change quickly and survive

Editor’s note: Paul Gilding, author of “The Great Disruption,” is an advocate and adviser to nongovernmental organizations and businesses and the former chief executive of Greenpeace. He spoke at the TED2012 conference in February. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading” which it makes available through talks posted on its website.

(CNN) — For 50 years the environmental movement has unsuccessfully argued that we should save the planet for moral reasons, that there were more important things than money. Ironically, it now seems it will be money — through the economic impact of climate change and resource constraint — that will motivate the sweeping changes necessary to avert catastrophe.

The reason is we have now reached a moment where four words — the earth is full — will define our times. This is not a philosophical statement; this is just science based in physics, chemistry and biology. There are many science-based analyses of this, but they all draw the same conclusion — that we’re living beyond our means.

The eminent scientists of the Global Footprint Network, for example, calculate that we need about 1.5 Earths to sustain this economy. In other words, to keep operating at our current level, we need 50% more Earth than we’ve got.

Watch Paul Gilding’s TED Talk

In financial terms, this would be like always spending 50% more than you earn, going further into debt every year. But of course, you can’t borrow natural resources, so we’re burning through our capital, or stealing from the future.

While they use different words, leaders and experts around the world are acknowledging this. Chinese Environment Minister Zhou Shengxian said last year, “The depletion, deterioration and exhaustion of resources and the worsening ecological environment have become bottlenecks and grave impediments to (our) economic and social development.” If I had said that in the ’90s, when I was the global head of Greenpeace, it would have been dismissed as doom-and-gloom extremism!
Paul Gilding: The Earth is full

TED.com: How we wrecked the ocean

Even the previous heresy, that economic growth has limits, is on the table. Belief in infinite growth on a finite planet was always irrational, but it is the nature of denial to ignore hard evidence. Now denial is evaporating, even in the financial markets. As influential fund manager Jeremy Grantham of GMO says: “The fact is that no compound growth is sustainable. If we maintain our desperate focus on growth, we will run out of everything and crash.” Or as peak oil expert Richard Heinberg argues, we are moving beyond peak oil and into “peak everything.”

Despite this emerging understanding, the growth concept is so deeply ingrained in our thinking that we will keep pushing economic growth as hard as we can, at whatever cost is required.

As a result, the crisis will be big, it will be soon, and it will be economic, not environmental. The fact is the planet will take further bludgeoning, further depleting its capital, but the economy cannot — so we’ll respond not because the environment is under great threat, but because the science and economics shows that something far more important to us is jeopardized — economic growth.

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A good indicator is that, despite the recession of the past few years, oil and food prices are approaching record highs again, driven by underlying, long-term trends that even a recession can’t slow down. Grantham calls this “the most important economic event since the Industrial Revolution.”

If serious growth returns, the resulting resource price spikes, particularly oil and food, will soon kill it again. As a result, what we are facing is not a few bad years of slow growth like this past recession, but a fundamental shift — the end of cheap resources and an environment in a state of collapse.

Even normally cautious bodies like the International Energy Agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development are sounding the alarm, with the latter recently releasing a comprehensive report forecasting a world in 2050 that will be defined by resource constraint and its economic impacts. They even dare to ask: “Will the growth process undermine itself?”

TED.com: Peter Diamandis says abundance is our future

So when this crisis hits, will we respond or will we simply slide into collapse? Crisis elicits a powerful human response, whether it be personal health, natural disaster, corporate crisis or national threat. Previously immovable barriers to change quickly disappear.

In this case, the crisis will be global and will manifest as the end of economic growth, thereby striking at the very heart of our model of human progress. While that will make the task of ending denial harder, it also means what’s at risk is, quite simply, everything we hold to be important. The last time this happened was World War II, and our response to that is illustrative of both the denial and delay process and the likely form our response to this crisis will take.

TED.com: The global power shift

When we look at history we tend to see the progress of events as inevitable, but it was rarely so at the time. Indeed, the UK’s powerful response to Hitler and the United States’ equally extraordinary mobilization after Pearl Harbor both followed long years of denial and debate.

Many argued that the threat wasn’t that great, the response would be too expensive to afford, the public wouldn’t support it. Sound familiar? But when the response came, when the scale of the threat was finally accepted, our response was breathtaking. As Churchill told his country: “It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”

With denial gone, governments knew what was “necessary.” They directed industry to support the war — banning civilian auto production just four days after Pearl Harbor. They raised massive amounts of money to fund investment and technology research at an extraordinary scale — indeed, U.S. spending on the war rose from 1.6% of GDP in 1940 to 37% just five years later. To achieve this, they curtailed personal consumption and drove remarkable behavior change to free up financial and other resources for the war effort.

Do you find this hard to imagine today? Then try to imagine the alternative — that in a collapsing global economy and society we will stand by and simply watch the slide. There is no precedent in modern history on which to base that conclusion and plenty of evidence for the alternative. Humanity may be slow, but we are not stupid. Get ready for the great disruption.

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CNN is becoming a disinfo media agent writing disinfo via increasingly inaccurate propaganda. Also see the ‘Agrarian-Subsistence Skyscraper’ below.

There are 148,940,000 km² = 57,491,000 square miles of land (29.2 % of total surface) AND  36,794,240,000 acres (36+ billion acres)

So considering that . . . food production now takes up 40 percent of the Earth’s land surface . . . (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/12/1209_051209_crops_map.html)

Land IF distributed at 1 acre per family or 4 unrelated individuals, for a very good diet and much living space and no longer encroaching on natural habitats of wild-life (this could be 3 acres but we have to consider that within certain  areas environments are too harsh and only the wealthy will be able to cultivate such areas – suggest that the wealthiest rehabilitate unliveable areas, their sequestration of wealth is quite useless . . . ) , we’d still be able to retain ALL existing urban areas.

. . . go hi-rise with the agriculture areas, and problem is instantly solved. See below diagram :

If humanity cannot make the most of this planet, humanity does not deserve to leave this planet. If humanity cannot share wealth and resources or innovate, humanity does not deserve to leave this planet. If humanity cannot even get their media portals to tell the truth, allow apartheid or bad laws to persist, cannot even apply the Human Rights Charter, allow signatories to be breakers of UN laws to sit in the Human Rights Council, humanity's 'leaders' are as of now FAIILURES and LIARS. The medieval era is still here, CNN type media is very inaccurate in this article at least !

Humanity only needs WEALTH DISTRIBUTION and LAND DISTRIBUTION.

Shame on you CNN! Bad reporting with skewed agendas that will harm planet Earth’s inhabitants.

There is NO WORLD (population) CRISIS, the EARTH IS NOT FULL. Withdraw your false flaggers CNN ! “The Great Disruption” is propaganda. There is though a pollution crisis. Greenpeace cannot be serious about associating with such lies. The UN cannot be associating with Greenpeace as well. If CNN is honest at all.

Read link below. https://malaysiandemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/3966/ (Article 3) for more on how even a few thousand people can survive on 1 acre . . .

3 Articles on Africa/African persons : Tuaregs gain sovereignty seek formalization, Apartheid state’s angry citizens have no heart for convenient scapegoat Africans stepping out of line, Food/Drought Crisis in Africa – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 8th April 2012

In Africa, ending starvation, Immigration, lack of focus, land sequestration, Oyango Obama, sovereignty, Starvation, Wealth distribution, Weather Asylum on April 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

ARTICLE 1

Mali’s Tuaregs ‘ready’ for talks amid huge gains – Al Jazeera – April 2, 2012

Mali’s Tuaregs ‘ready’ for talks amid huge gainsIn just a few weeks, Tuareg rebels in Mali have managed to achieve what has eluded them for more than 40 years. They now control a vast desert area that stretches from Kidal in the east to the ancient city of Timbuktu to the west – including the garrison town of Gao. Now the rebels say they are ready to negotiate. This comes after coup leaders who seized power last month asked their West African neighbours to help them halt the offensive by the Tuaregs seeking to create a separate homeland in the north. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Bamako.

Rebel group proclaims “independence of Azawad” following gains in northern Mali, as Algerian consulate staff abducted. Last Modified: 06 Apr 2012 15:54

Tuareg rebels in northern Mali have proclaimed the “independence of Azawad” in a statement on their website and through a spokesperson in Paris.

“We solemnly proclaim the independence of Azawad as from today,” Mossa Ag Attaher said on Friday, adding that the rebels would respect “the borders with other states”.

The Tuareg have declared the city of Gao as the capital of their new country.

Mali has been gripped by instability, following a coup by army officers in the capital Bamako and advances by Tuareg fighters and other armed groups that have seen a string of northern towns fall under their control in the broadly triangular area of desert in northern Mali

The MNLA statement on Friday stressed the group’s “firm commitment to create the conditions for lasting peace [and] to initiate the institutional foundations for a state based on a democratic constitution for an independent Azawad”.

Declaration questioned

However, the move was immediately questioned by the Ansar Dine, an Islamist group which also joined the fight against Malian government forces, who claim to be against independence.

Tuareg rebels claim the Azawad region of northern Mali

“Our war is a holy war. It’s a legal war in the name of Islam. We are against rebellions,” Ansar Dine military chief Omar Hamaha said.

“We are against independence. We are against revolutions not in the name of Islam.”

He was speaking in a video exclusively obtained by the AFP news agency and France 2 television filmed after the Islamist group’s takeover of Timbuktu, where they have imposed Islamic law, forcing women to cover themselves and burning down bars.

Hamaha said they had “more than 120 prisoners” including thieves.

“We have tied them up and taken their weapons. We beat them well and it’s likely we will slit their throats,” he added, while it was not clear if this threat was aimed at all prisoners.

In the city of Gao, Ansar Dine kidnapped seven Algerian diplomats, according to witnesses and the Algerian foreign ministry.

Ag Attaher, speaking on behalf of the MNLA, called the kidnapping “deplorable”, adding that his group had been against that action but finally went along with the move so as to spare lives.

“We are a liberation movement and we support the principles and values of democracy,” he said.

“We distance ourselves completely from any Islamist movement and their fight for religious law.”

International condemnation

A series of international condemnations of the group’s “independence” declaration rolled out as bodies around the world discussed the announcement.

Algerian consulate workers abducted

A statement from the office of Jean Ping, the African Union’s commission chair, called the announcement “null and of no value whatsoever”.

“[Ping] calls on the international community as a whole to fully support this principled position of Africa,” it said.

France, Mali’s former colonial ruler, dismissed the declaration of independence, French defence minister Gerard Longuet said.

“A unilateral declaration of independence which is not recognised by African states would not have any meaning for us,” Longuet told the Reuters news agency.

Ahmed Ouyahia, Algeria’s prime minister, was quoted by France’s Le Monde newspaper as saying the neighbouring country would “never accept questioning Mali’s territorial integrity”.

The UK Foreign Office released a statement saying they had temporarily suspended all in-country services, including consular services, and withdrawn their staff from the embassy in Bamako.

Alessandra Giuffrida, an anthropologist in the African Studies Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the UK, psoke to Al Jazeera about the legality of creating an independent state for the Tuaregs.

“They are taking advantage of a new situation, which is the lack of a constitutional government in Bamako, which means the MNLA was able to claim, according to international law, independence, and this is a new fact which has never occurred before in the history of the Tuareg,” she said.

“According to international law experts, this actually gives the Tuareg some ground to fight legally for the independence of their state.”

Giuffrida said the reaction of the international community was important because “they have an interest in maintaining the status quo”.

“There is economic interest in the north of the country after the discovery of mineral resources,” she said.

‘Strange situation’

“The coup leaders were of the view that they would get more support from the people because of the failure of the military establishment to cope with the situation,” said Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Bamako.

“But they suddenly found themselves in a strange situation – the coup leaders lost control of half of the country, and they’re now hoping for international support.”

The MNLA, which on Thursday said it had halted military operations as a result of their capture of the Azawad, called on the international community to recognise its independence.

“We completely accept the role and responsibility that behoves us to secure this territory,” Ag Attaher said. “We have ended a very important fight, that of liberation … now the biggest task commences.”

But a Malian military source told the AFP news agency that Ansar Dine leader Iyad Ag Ghaly wielded more power in the north, with the backing of alleged regional al-Qaeda fighters.

“From what we know, the MNLA is in charge of nothing at the moment … it is Iyad who is the strongest and he is with AQIM,” the source said, referring to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Salafist Flag

Witnesses told AFP that raiders had hoisted the black Salafist flag that has been the emblem of rebels who had overrun Gao, Timbuktu and other northern towns.

Amnesty International warned that north Mali was on the brink of a “major humanitarian disaster” while Oxfam and World Vision said crippling sanctions against the junta could have devastating consequences.

“All the food and medicine stored by major aid agencies has been looted and most of the aid workers have fled,” said Gaetan Mootoo, Amnesty International’s researcher on west Africa.

“The population is at imminent risk of severe food and medical shortages  that could lead to many casualties especially among women and children who are less able to fend for themselves.”

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Congrats to the Tuareg on gaining their own homeland! Heres what Tuaregs need to do now.

a) Allow any diplomats who wish to, to remain. All those who do not recognize sovereignty should be put on the next flight out.
b) Allow all citizens from dissenting nations to put up their properties for sale and then depart, or take an oath of citizenship
c) Contingents and military outposts at all legal borders to guard sovereignty.
d) appoint ambassador to UN based in New York.
e) cut diplomatic ties with all nations who refuse to recognize, disallow all nations which do not recogmize to enter the Tuareg nation

Most importantly :

f) form a government with formal posts acceptable to and perhaps with UN/NAM advisors invited to oversee the process
g) redistribute (and use GPS for conformation of land title positions and locations, equally all available land not owned by foreigners via Allodial Title to all Tuareg nomads so that any invasion of Tuarag will be considered against individual owners  who do not want ‘invasion and occupation’
h) adopt Tuareg as the national language and perhaps send delegations to the OIC, BRICS and NAM if UN representation is overwhelmingly against Tuareg sovereignty

If the Tuareg are peaceful and non-violent in all actions, respect existing foreign citizens as above, Tuareg Sovereignty even if recognized by a handful of states (BRICS being most important), the Tuareg can still function with the rest of the world while ignoring all ‘Western nations’ and even be armed by BRICS nations.

The following link, AFTER all the above items have been established, I will leave for the Tuareg to consider. Speak for Saif-Al-Islam Gaddafi who’s father committed much human rights abuses but armed the Tuareg and even declare the man a constitutional monarch with limited powers? Or leave Saif-Al-Islam Gaddafi to his own fate at the Hague? – http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=138298

Tuaregs will decide Saif-Al-Islam Gaddafi's fate . . .

ARTICLE 2

Another killing: RELA time bomb explodes – the buck stops with Najib and Hisham Featured – Written by  Mathias Gomes, Malaysia Chronicle – Monday, 02 April 2012 06:09

The brutal murder of an alleged Nigerian rapist, Onachie Martins Nwanko a student, by seven RELA paramilitary members in Kajang, Selangor was a time bomb waiting to explode.

These partially trained volunteers are a real menace especially to foreigners. Ask any foreigner and they will all have tales to tell, which sad to say, will be 99% truthful.

In recent years, there has been a five fold increase of this RELA force in Malaysia and suddenly today, we have 2.5 million volunteers in the country – of which about 20% alone are in Selangor.

These paramilitary can run down the police force any time with their sheer numbers, and yet how qualified are they, is a question that badly needs to be answered by the authorities.

The fact is, you only need to posses only a legal Malaysian Identity Card to be a RELA volunteer. Is this enough and are any background checks performed? The response from the authorities so far seems to be “No need lah, only like jaga-kereta boys, so why need background checks?”

7 vs 1 in the true spirit of RELA 1 Malaysia

So this means we have 2.5 million jaga-kereta boys in Malaysia who are empowered to rope in the ‘illegal foreigners’ we allowed into the country legally in the first place.

Even the so called rapist is a 35-year-old student from Nigeria. Which College actually enrolled him? Indeed, Malaysia seems to be becoming the world’s largest college-hub in the world, with schools in every nook and corner teaching almost every available subject under the sun. No wonder, it is easy passage into the country for moon lighters.

What did Onachie Martins do to deserve death as a penalty? According to news reports, he hugged and kissed and showed his private part to a cleaner on the 15th floor of a condominium in Kajang. The terrified cleaner alerted the building management who allegedly sent the RELA men to investigate. The cleaner ran towards the approaching RELA personnel and barely minutes later, the Nigerian came down to the ground floor as well.

So our RELA guys caught the Nigerian and beat him up before tying him and informing the police. When the police arrived, he was motionless and the police then arrested the 7 RELA men. Just imagine 7 men raining blows on one man and he dies. FOLKS, THIS IS RELA 1 MALAYSIA for you.

It was a huge shame, with the African community in the Kajang community protesting the death of their compatriot. As usual, the Umno-controlled press has reported it in such a way that it was the unruly Africans who staged a riot. Would not Malaysians do the same if a Malaysian was beaten to death for senseless reasons by hooligans dressed up in official uniforms by a banana-republic dictator-government?

The buck stops with the cousins

This is the time bomb that a lot of concerned Malaysian citizens have been warning Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government was waiting to happen. But did he and his cousin, the Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, listen?

Of course not. Instead, it is during Najib’s tenure as PM and Hisham’s as Home Minister that there has been such a huge jump in RELA officers. Ad if they continue to turn a blind eye and deaf ear, more such bombs will go off, that’s for sure.

The RELA recruitment jump has prompted speculation that Umno, which is Malaysia’s biggest political party, is involved and it has evil thoughts about using RELA to do a whole spectrum of dirty deeds, especially in Selangor, when the 13th general elections are held.

Should not the Pakatan Rakyat opposition and not to mention Bersih, the electoral watchdog, do something about RELA before the power-crazed cousins and their Umno-BN coalition go completely out of control?

Can the BN government justify the 2.5 million and growing numbers of RELA force? Do we really need these people on top of the police to safeguard the people? The Opposition has been crying foul for years, accusing the government of using these members to carry out fraud and even to stir up violence in the coming general elections.

Something stinks and is a huge drain on national resources

The question here is, do the government and the police need to have such a huge block of poorly-trained volunteers to safeguard the country against illegal foreigners when other arms of the same government had legally allowed them entry in the first place?

Under the pretext of issuing block approval for the outsourcing of permits to dubious foreign workers, local recruiting agencies have in hand thousands of calling visas for these foreigners. In other words, we actually brought in these illegals immigrants and in the 6P programme, we further registered about 1.5 million of them. And then, to control them lest they get up to mischief, Najib and Hisham recruited 2.5 million RELA members to protect the rest of the country.

No wonder, the Opposition smells a rat and  Idris Jala – the minister in Najib’s department – has predicted bankruptcy for Malaysia by 2019.

Malaysia Chronicle

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As of this posting Malaysia still has not complied with or amended laws to be compliant with :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

When migrants arrive in Malaysia, they are unaware of the extreme corruption, also socio-political conditions here, and the extreme prejudice and racism backed by fundamentalist attitudes (not a great majority but this African happened to step out of line and these ‘society sharks’ were just waiting to take out their anger on someone) . . . who better than the ‘black man’ . . . MLK would have turned in his grave . . .

Could we have some of those high profile anti-racism politicos (perhaps a black Senator, heck send Obama’s Uncle along for good measure, that guy looks like he needs the opportunity and though this suggestion smacks of nepotism, a speech or 2 and a small retainer (not 750K funeral big) for a several month stint addressing RELA type groups in Malaysia wouldn’t hurt, seeing as from all reports ‘Uncle Onyango’ (pictured standing far left) isn’t doing very well and hardly is able to retire, might even get deported from USA?!? . . . ) who are African AND Muslim AND American to educate or address RELA type groups, familiarise them with black persons so that this will not occur again?) that accompanies the same. Waddya say President Hussein (Obama)?

Obama and Family

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‘We couldn’t even eat the seeds’: Drought affecting millions in Africa’s Sahel – 2012-04-05 05:01:00

UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on Executive Director Anthony Lake’s visit to Chad highlighting the looming nutrition crisis in the Sahel. The emergency threatens over 1 million children with deadly malnutrition.

Ndjamena, Chad (CNN) — The Arabic nomads in central Chad always have moved from place to place, following the rains with their camels and cattle. But in that parched stretch of Africa, some nomads have stopped moving, saying the droughts now come too often.

‘We couldn’t even eat the seeds’: Drought affecting millions in Africa’s Sahel

Ndjamena, Chad (CNN) — The Arabic nomads in central Chad always have moved from place to place, following the rains with their camels and cattle. But in that parched stretch of Africa, some nomads have stopped moving, saying the droughts now come too often.

Chad is one of eight countries on the Sahel, a belt of arid land that stretches across Africa below the Sahara Desert. The region has always been prone to drought, but residents and aid workers say this year is the worst they’ve known.

The situation has prompted the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to launch a global social media campaign to raise awareness about the region’s children, who are now in urgent need of food aid.

One of those children is an 18-month-old boy named Goni, who lies in a nutritional center, his hands bandaged so he doesn’t pull out the feeding tube that keeps him alive. His mother, Saidi Mohamed, sits next to him in despair.

“This year, I didn’t harvest anything. Even the seeds didn’t grow. We couldn’t even eat the seeds because everything was lost,” says Mohamed.

Like others at the center, Mohamed used to depend on money sent by relatives working in Libya — but when the revolution took place there last year, her family fled and the help disappeared. Now, she can’t afford food at the market because the prices have risen so high.

“I have some hope because my child is feeling better,” Mohamed said. “When he arrived, he couldn’t even open his eyes. (But) when he recovers fully, I will have no other option but to go back to our village.”

Across the Sahel, the crops have failed and hunger and malnutrition loom large. UNICEF says more than 10 million people are in danger of starving to death, and that 1 million children are at risk of malnutrition.

Halima Adoum says she had to watch her son die because he didn’t have enough to eat. After locusts and droughts destroyed her crops, she wasn’t able to pay for food.

Adoum resorted to feeding grass to her 4-year-old son Ahmed, who then died.

“When my son died, I was in shock. I was just in shock,” Adoum said.

She said she has nothing for her remaining four children. Her one thought is of getting by.

“Every day, I am just thinking, ‘How am I going to get food?’ Again and again, ‘How am I going to get food? How am I going to get food?'”

The crisis was set in motion last year with a lack of rains and drought, and it has grown worse because the drought has continued, UNICEF officials say.

With less food being grown, people are starting to sell their personal belongings and livestock so they get by in the coming weeks — but that doesn’t take care of their needs long-term, said UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake, who spoke to CNN on a dry plain in Banda, south of Chad’s capital, Ndjamena.

Rising food prices are another problem. And Mali, another country in the Sahel, is coping with thousands of refugees after a military coup there last month.

Lake said it’s clear the region is on the threshold of a crisis and that now is the last chance to act.

“If you have an earthquake, or if you have a flood, you don’t have much in the way of advance warning — a little with a flood, none with an earthquake — so you have to respond as quickly as you can,” he said. “Here we know it’s coming. Here, there’s absolutely no excuse.”

UNICEF’s campaign, called #SahelNOW, asks users on Facebook, Twitter and other social media to post messages to spread word of the problem and raise funds for affected children.

Read more about the campaign

The fund hopes to raise $120 million to treat and feed the region’s children. At this point, UNICEF says it has about $30 million on hand.

In Chad alone, more than 6 million people have been affected by the crisis, with 3.5 million of them younger than 18. An estimated 127,300 children under age 5 are already suffering from severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF says.

The country also has the highest numbers of polio cases in Africa and is dealing with a meningitis outbreak, diseases that could complicate children’s needs amid the crisis, the organization says.

For more information about the situation in the Sahel and how UNICEF is involved, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/sahel_62137.html

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10,000,000 for all drought stricken African nations (not just Chad alone, none of the geopolitical favouritism please . . . ), divided by 192 nations means 52,000 people per hosting nation. This could mean at 1 acre allotments, 52,000 people divided by 4 (each acre can support 4 very comfortably, less comfortable would be half an acre, rather uncomfortable would be a quarter acre) acres of land needed per hosting nation to be distributed FOC at 13020 acres per host nation. Throwing money at the problem will not work as YEARLY this shortage of REAL ‘aid’ can occur and no country can afford to do this, though to GIVE 13,020 acres of land is a PERMANENT solution. Giving LAND in farmable areas by the hosting nation is a permanent solution.

Giving people fish or merely teaching people to fish is never going to work, much like a degree that causes debt without jobs available means nothing no matter what country, and harms the now indebted young person, that above people need a FISH POND *TO FISH FROM* or land to farm on.

Or access to a society or climate that they can work or grow crops in, doing jobs that ACTUALLY produce REAL GOODS, not shuffle papers, push pens or count beans – all quite useless and a waste of effort. Any non-technical Education sectors are NOT goods producing jobs, and cannot in themselves contribute to an economy, much like corporate raiding or printing of useless fiat paper currency with lots of zeros amounts to no real wealth but inflation – fiat in fact being not even needed if barter paradigms are considered – are not properly accountable to citizens, can be printed and distributed in secret to cronies and between governments unaccounted for as access to records are NOT open and under ‘Official Secrets Act’ type laws which ensure opacity and non-transparency!

Freedom of Information Laws need to include these considerations of PUBLIC ACCESS to how much fiat is being printed, otherwise corruption between governments at the top level will doubtless occur (See note 1 below) , we would never guess how much ‘money’ (these are worthless scraps much like India was likely being BRIBED with recently by England but honestly turned down the ‘cash aid’ . . . http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096628/British-foreign-aid-India-tells-Britain-dont-need-peanuts-offer-us.html . . . those scraps of paper do not quantify wealth, England is drowning in public and external debt as of now from salaries of civil service that are increased many times more than GDP growth (salary increments cannot be higher than GDP growth otherwise the Private Sector will be destroyed by taaxpayer funded subsidies written into law – a vicious cycle ) . . . printing scraps of paper of course is easy so lets add a few zeros to ‘Monopoly Money’ hold flashy ‘World embracing (more like smothering)’ conferences with golden parachute over-paid Fat Cat bankers (who take bonuses from banks that have made no profit in the past 10 years – impoverishing the stockholders) full of monetised debt repackaged  as wealth, and generously ‘give aid’ . . . ). Try BARTER and REAL Goods. 90% of the world’s economies could well collapse as the (0.1 to 5% real value) stock market, parasite banking system and fiat money system (that includes reserve Currencies) which supposedly represent ‘wealth’ is an empty shell of lies.

Note 1 : Take Thaksin Shinawat / Lee Kuan Yew Telecoms USD$2.2 billion tax evasion case to cite an example . . . http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/01/world/asia/01thai.html – with the Lees ‘getting’ away with the offence internally in Singapore as there is no Opposition in Singapore to file suits and also because Singapore is a military base more than anything else to ‘Western interests’, Thailand of course could file law suit but a larger global ‘cartel’ issue renders any such law suits quite useless even as IMF itself only serves to bankrupt nations ‘helped’ . . .

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ARTICLE 1

Battle for power – Friday, 06 April 2012 16:51

There is nothing absolutely fair in the world. Even parents would prefer a child than the others, let alone politics.

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MCA President Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek accused voters of bias as they are strict to the MCA, but comparatively more tolerant to the alternative coalition.

It is in fact easy to understand. The MCA is a member of the Federal Government with the power to rule and manage national affairs. As for the Pakatan Rakyat, it rules only four states and when something happens, of course the BN would be questioned. It is reasonable to be strict to the BN.

Moreover, the BN has been ruling for over 50 years, but the Pakatan Rakyat has been founded for only four years. The BN’s administrative records left a deep impression on many voters but comparatively, the Pakatan Rakyat seems like a blank sheet of paper.

However, we can roughly know their strengths from one after another political struggle over the past four years.

To stay in power, the BN, particularly Umno, is forced to take the middle line, including introducing the “1Malaysia” concept and trying to play down racial politics. However, it dares not to give up “Malay sovereignty” as it involves over a million of votes.

Umno has been fighting for swing votes on the basis of trying to be open in implementation while retaining the policies.

However, liberalisation measures have been obstructed by the rigid thinking in the party and the administrative team. Therefore, we can always see sharp turns to many decisions. The discipline of civil services is supposed to be rectified but it has eventually been left unsettled.

If there are more talented young people or insightful scholars in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s team, they might be able to lead the transformation plans towards a broader road. It is a pity that there is no time to rectify the situation now.

Because it lacks confidence, the BN uses money distribution strategy to create good feelings.

As for the Pakatan Rakyat, it is playing two roles as the alternative coalition and state governments. It has indeed played its role to the fullest in terms of supervising the Federal Government with its ability to dig out all kinds of administrative loopholes and frauds.

For example, the Pakatan Rakyat was able to obtain information about the purchase of apartments in Singapore and Kazakhstan by the National Feedlot Centre (NFC). It was also able to find out that some goods from the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia were sold at higher prices compared to certain hypermarkets.

There are many talents in the Pakatan Rakyat. Therefore, they are able to point out many unreasonable moves of the BN government. For example, the cost overrun of the KLIA2 and the RM1.7 billion sale of the Maju Expressway (MEX) brought a great return of RM668 million to Maju Holdings Sdn Bhd. If the talents are used to strengthen the Pakatan Rakyat’s state governance, I believe that the states can actually achieve better performance.

Unfortunately, not many new plans have been introduced by the Pakatan Rakyat state governments. Instead, the states have been facing many livelihood issues.

The Pakatan Rakyat is holding an ambiguous stand in some issues in consideration of votes. It dares not to make a commitment to reduce the number of civil servants and it does not include the recognition of Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) in its Orange Book.

Everyone, after all, is having the same attitude: everything will be find after winning the election.

The green and yellow rally scheduled on April 28 would exert pressure on the BN with the combined power of the civil society. I believe that once the fight is heated up, it will force interest groups to move closer to counteract the grassroots forces. It will make the 13th general election to become the most intense election in Malaysia history.

-Sin Chew Daily

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The people will not give power or mandate to those who will not grant :

1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism (Article 1 Human Rights Charter)
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy. (Article 18 Human Rights Charter)
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution. (Surah An Nisa 4:75)

BN (MCA) = Inequality and corruption forever.
PR = Chance at equality but much Nepotism.
3rd Force = Very likely Equality (there is nothing for 3rd Force to run on except Equality and anti-Nepotism).

Anyone (especially corrupted plutocrats unwilling to use mandate or influence for the above 3 items) who will make 2nd class citizens of the Indian and Chinese ethnicities of 2 of the greatest rising super powers India and China will be persona non-grata, much less treated strictly as per hostile combatants against Article 1 of the UNHCR.

If MIC and MCA have any sense of self respect (which equality affords) left, what with all that money and protection that money affords MCA and MIC, MCA and MIC had better demand the above 3 items, leave BN to fight for the above 3 items, or be the new pariahs among what accounts for 1/3rds of the world’s population.

ARTICLE 2

“Amma, the hugging mother” makes sixth visit to M’sia – Thursday, 05 April 2012 17:37

KUALA LUMPUR, — Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi or popularly known as “Amma, the Hugging Mother”, will make her sixth visit to Malaysia beginning Saturday.

About 20,000 people are expected to meet her at the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) from 7pm on April 7 and another 7,000 people or so at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) in Putrajaya at the same time on April 9. Dr Sukumaran Krishnan Nayar, chairman of the Amriteswari Foundation of Malaysia, said Amma, 59, also known as the “Mother of Immortal Bliss” from Kerala in India, had been visiting Malaysia every alternate year over the past

10 years to provide blessings at her “darshan” or audience with a holy person in Sanskrit.

Those who seek blessings from her are known to have either a glow on their faces, tears on their cheeks, or just a contented smile, and the luckier ones sometimes get a gift from her, a rose petal or a fruit. Dr Sukumaran said the foundation, which was the official body representing the vision and mission of Amma and hosting her visit to Malaysia, also planned to step up its charity work this year.

AMMA-HUGGING MOTHER 2 (LAST) KUALA LUMPUR Presently, it provides tuition and martial arts training to more than 100 under-privileged children and sewing and cooking classes for about 50 single mothers in the Puchong area, near here. “The idea is to help them have a better life through education and better skills,” said Dr Sukumaran, adding that plans were also in the pipeline for volunteer doctors to provide medical aid later this year.

— BERNAMA

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We don’t need hugs, rose petals, or bits of fruit from this presumptuously named ‘Amma’ person. We need END OF APARTHEID, not this diversionary tactic. Smothering democracy and equality with hugs as if everything is fine in Malaysia? *If this so-called ‘Amma’ woman says nothing about the inequality between Indians and Malays or Chinese* and act as if everything is fine and pretentiously going around with the ra-ra- feel good nonsense, might as well be called the ‘Equality Smothering Mother’. Anyone who uses feel good methods like hugging to prevent the TRUTH from being fought for is no help to Mankind.

ARTICLE 3

Nalla Gets Threatening Letter – Thursday, 05 April 2012 00:09

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Indian United Party (MUIP) president S.Nallakaruppan has received a threatening letter after labelling Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Anwar Ibrahim a bisexual.

He said that the letter received at about 12 noon on Tuesday was addressed to Parliament House and not his house in Bukit Tunku but someone then delivered it to his house.

“The writer of the one page handwritten letter was angry with my statement on Anwar and threatened me and my lawyer Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and told us to be careful.

“The letter also mentioned the word ‘pariah’ and I don’t know why the word was used,” he told reporters after making a police report at Sentul police station here yesterday.

The media reported that Nallakaruppan insisted that Anwar is ineligible to became prime minister as the opposition leader is a bisexual.

The Dewan Negara member is prepared to be sued for RM500 million for making the claim as he has proof to support it and is willing to disclose it in court.

Nallakaruppan who was Anwar’s best friend also said that since the disclosure about the opposition leader, he received various types of threats.

“They include prank calls and my vehicle was also stopped by unknown individuals. I am not afraid of threats and intimidation as I am telling the the truth.”

He said the police report was made to ensure the safety of his family and police can identify the handwriting and person who delivered the letter.

(Bernama)

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The above shows that there are homophobes on either side of the political divide that have no understanding of the Human Rights Charter or the rights to expression of sexual diversity among sexual minorities. To use homophobia and outdated (likely by UN standards) ILLEGAL Section 377B as a political weapon is a human rights abuse and displays a lack of political ethics on the justification of LGBT hate. ‘Hate Speech Criminals’ like Nalla should be sued by LGBT groups and LGBT NGOs in Malaysia. If Anwar was into LGBT, it is none of anybody’s business. Why is Nalla so involved in Anwar’s sexuality. Something we are missing here? Jealousy??? Ex?

A Hate Speech Against LGBT Criminal : Malaysian Indian United Party (MUIP) president S.Nallakaruppan
http://malaysianmirror.com/media-buzz-detail/6-nation/57247-nalla-gets-threatening-letter

Another Hate Speech Against LGBT : Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mashitah Ibrahim
http://www.mmail.com.my/story/senator-homosexuality-equals-prostitution

ARTICLE 4

Prostitutes more decent than politicians – Thursday, 05 April 2012 Super Admin

MCA is making Islam sound like it is something bad. Islam, Communism, Al Qaedah, Taliban, Jews, Israel, the IRA, corruption, AIDS, gays, porn, prostitution, China Dolls, free sex…they are all put into the same box. Isn’t it time that Islam not be treated as the pariah of society? When you want to whack someone you say he or she is gay, immoral, corrupted, a prostitute, or an Islamist.

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Why must I be nice to politicians, even if they are opposition politicians? And why do you get upset when I refuse to suck the dicks of politicians, in particular opposition politicians? And why do you expect me to also be stupid like you, in regarding politicians as better than prostitutes?

Trust me, prostitutes are more decent than politicians. At least prostitutes take your money and you get to screw them. Politicians take your money and they screw you. And only stupid people like you would allow that. I screw politicians, not the other way around. After all, they have taken my money. So that is my God-given right to screw them, especially if as Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said: they are God-sent.

Hey, today these politicians support the ruling party and we curse them. Tomorrow, they join the opposition and we suck their dicks. Today, we revere our opposition politicians. Tomorrow, they join the ruling party and we curse these same people we once revered. How many times have we been down this road before? One day curse next day revere. One day revere next day curse. Letihlah! Better we just whack all politicians both sides the political divide. Easier. Then no need to keep changing our stand from one day to another.

“What the hell is RPK lamenting about today?” many of you will now probably be asking. Well “DAP will help PAS set up Islamic state,” said The Star today (read below). That is what I am lamenting about.

On 29th September 2001, in his opening address during Gerakan’s 30th national delegates conference, the then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed announced that Umno wishes to state loudly and clearly that Malaysia is already an Islamic country. This is based on the opinion of ulamaks (religious scholars) who had clarified what constitutes an Islamic country. If Malaysia is not an Islamic country because it does not implement the Hudud, then there are no Islamic countries in the world.

Almost 11 years ago, Tun Dr Mahathir said very loudly and clearly: Malaysia is already an Islamic country. Country, state, nation, nation-state, kingdom, republic, or whatever, it all means the same. The long and the short of it: Malaysia is already an Islamic country. That was what Tun Dr Mahathir announced almost 11 years ago.

So why is the MCA youth secretary-general, Chai Kim Sen, now announcing that DAP wants to help PAS set up an Islamic State? Malaysia, according to Tun Dr Mahathir, is already an Islamic state, country, nation, nation-state, or whatever. How can you turn an already Islamic State into an Islamic State? Aiyah, can you see how bad Chinese mother-tongue education can be? It makes idiots out of these Chinese politicians.

If Malaysia is not yet an Islamic State, contrary to what Tun Dr Mahathir said almost 11 years ago, why did MCA keep quiet then? Why did MCA not foam at the mouth and call Tun Dr Mahathir a liar 11 years ago? Why only now, 11 year later, make so much noise?

What the former Lord President, Tun Salleh Abas, said back in 2002 is another interesting point. The Barisan Nasional government trapped itself when it declared that Malaysia is an Islamic state, said Tun Salleh.

“The statement has trapped BN and Umno. If they think Malaysia is an Islamic country, then why do they object against PAS’ attempt to implement Islamic laws? If this is an Islamic State they should support the implementation of Islamic laws,” he told Malaysiakini in an exclusive interview. (Read the Malaysiakini interview below).

That’s right. If Malaysia is already an Islamic State then why whack PAS? How can you accuse PAS of trying to turn Malaysia into an Islamic State, with the help of DAP according to MCA, if Malaysia is already an Islamic State?

There appears to be some confusion here. Well, actually there is no confusion. It is just that the politicians are trying to confuse us. They are hoping that we are stupid just like them and that we will not detect the lies and spins in what they are saying. That is all it is: lies and spins.

Either Malaysia is already an Islamic State or it is not. If it is, then MCA is lying. If it is not, then Tun Dr Mahathir was lying. The bottom line is, one of the two were lying. So who is lying: Tun Dr Mahathir or MCA?

Anyway, why are the kafir from MCA talking about Islam? Isn’t Islam a matter for the Muslims to sort out? Did not the Crown Prince of Perak say a few days ago that there should not be any debate/argument on Islam? And that means the kafir from MCA as well. You mean to say that Muslims like me must not talk about Islam while the kafir laknat from MCA can talk about Islam? Where got road one?

MCA is making Islam sound like it is something bad. Islam, Communism, Al Qaedah, Taliban, Jews, Israel, the IRA, corruption, AIDS, gays, porn, prostitution, China Dolls, free sex…they are all put into the same box. Isn’t it time that Islam not be treated as the pariah of society? When you want to whack someone you say he or she is gay, immoral, corrupted, a prostitute, or an Islamist.

If MCA is so against Islam or an Islamic State then they should have spoken up 11 years ago. They should have either protested when Tun Dr Mahathir announced that Malaysia is already an Islamic State or they should have called him a liar.

The Islamic State issue is a basi issue lah! Most Malaysians no longer buy this argument. Most Malaysians no longer care a damn. Most Malaysians are not worried whether the government cuts off the hands of thieves when those who will lose their hands would be the corrupt police officers, civil servants and politicians from Barisan Nasional. In fact, most of the leaders and ex-leaders of MCA would be the ones walking around without hands.

Bring on Hudud. I have no problems with it. I do not steal the rakyat’s money. It is the politicians who do. I am even prepared to volunteer to do the hand chopping. Chop, chop, chop…I just love Hudud. Thieves and corrupt politicians beware.

This is what they do to robbers and corrupt officials/politicians in China

‘DAP will help PAS set up Islamic state’

DAP’s real agenda is to pave the way for PAS to establish a hardline Islamic state, MCA youth secretary-general Datuk Chai Kim Sen said.

He said the statement by DAP Youth chief Anthony Loke Siew Fook that Pakatan Rakyat could win 120 parliamentary seats in the coming general election to form the next federal government was in fact a cover for PAS to establish an Islamic state.

“It is an undisputable fact that should Pakatan Rakyat control Putrajaya, religion-based policies will follow soon after.

“PAS has already stated repeatedly that it will gradually implement Islamic policies once it has control over the Federal Government,” he said in a statement.

Chai said this is not the first time that the DAP has helped to boost support for PAS by hiding the truth.

He said the DAP’s plan to place Pakatan Rakyat in Putrajaya was actually an agenda to control the decision-making process to allow PAS to fulfil its ambitions of an Islamic state.

“DAP knows that should they control the Federal Government, Islamisation by PAS is inevitable, and the more they cover up the truth, the more the facts will be exposed,” he said. — The Star, 5 April 2012

BN trapped itself with Islamic state declaration: Salleh Abas

The Barisan Nasional government trapped itself when it declared that Malaysia is an Islamic state, said former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas.

“The statement has trapped BN and Umno. If they think Malaysia is an Islamic country, then why do they object against PAS’ attempt to implement Islamic laws? If this is an Islamic state they should support the implementation of Islamic laws,” he told malaysiakini in an exclusive interview.

He said Umno put itself in a ‘Catch-22’ situation when Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced on Sept 29 last year that Malaysia is an Islamic state. “I think they got caught with the statement to counter DAP’s claim that Malaysia is a secular country.”

Asked if Malaysia is an Islamic or secular state, Salleh replied that the country was currently a secular state.

“At the moment, we live in a secular country. The Federal Constitution and the laws state clearly that we are living in a secular state.

“However, it is right to say that Malaysia is an Islamic country, population wise, because the majority of her citizens are Muslims. But it is wrong to say that we have an Islamic government,” he said.

Salleh, who was involved in the drafting of Kelantan’s Syariah Criminal Laws (hudud and qisas) Enactment, said those protesting the wishes of the people of Kelantan and Terengganu to implement Islamic laws are undemocratic.

“It’s very undemocratic for those outside the two states to object when the people of Kelantan and Terengganu are for it. Further, it does not affect those outside the states. We may end up having different laws but what is wrong with that?” he asked.

However, he conceded that the constitutional right of freedom of speech allows anyone to say anything against the implementation of the Islamic laws but stressed that these objections only confuse the people.

“What makes me even more sad is that even the non-Muslims are questioning (the credibility) of hudud laws. Why? The laws are not applicable to them. This is our religion. We have our beliefs as they have theirs and we respect them. But I feel they should not interfere,” he said.

He also assured that the implementation of the Islamic laws in Terengganu will not cause any injustice to women especially to rape victims.

“As an Islamic government, we cannot victimise rape victims. It is clear in the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that women who committed zina (adultery) under compulsion or in another term, being raped, cannot be punished. This will be included in the state laws,” he said. – Malaysiakini, 2 July 2002


written by Eskay Lim, April 05, 2012 23:30:02
It has been an established fact that the rakyat trust politicians the least. But of course, I treat our politicians especially the ruling politicians with the least respect and with contempt too. The times they terbelit-belit on issues, most times lying through their teeth, talking and acting arrogantly makes the rakyat want to put a deadly curse on them.
And ck, we should screw those chinamen thieves
But what should we do to those malaymen robbers and plunderers? …. chop!, chop!, chop!… that’s best.


written by earthman, April 05, 2012 22:48:08
Tun Mahathir is lying when he said that Malaysia is an Islamic state as Tun Salleh clearly spelled out that Malaysia is a secular state. Mahathir was then only trying to win supports at the time.

As DAP had clearly state that , no way PAS can implement an Islamic state , unless DAP is dead, so be it for the time being.

As there are many denominations and also interpretation of Islamic laws , some Malaysians are just concern that they may receive the wrong kind of Islamic law that many infidels fear.
MCA is only playing the political games to frighten the infidels that they may received the supports again.
Its correct for Malaysia that politicians are worst than prostitutes. Its a fact . The whole world knows it.

Vote for a new government and may be change will take place.


written by red1, April 05, 2012 22:34:37
Politicians can enact laws when elected into Parliament. Prostitutes break the laws.


written by syd, April 05, 2012 21:11:32
I wanted to marry prostitutes when i was young, but i never imagine marrying any politicians.


written by anakipoh, April 05, 2012 19:26:09
Chop, chop, chop….chop their kukubird smilies/wink.gif => report abuse


written by CBP, April 05, 2012 18:14:23
Can this be the last time talking bout prostitute? I mean comparing.


written by ck, April 05, 2012 17:19:39
Screw those chinamen thieves…


written by albert zacharias, April 05, 2012 17:00:43
I love it when YM RPK writes about prostitutes and screwing…

When we pay to screw prostitutes we forgo the opportunity to buy milk powder for our children. We also forgo the chance to get the family to eat out at say Ampang Yong Tau Foo and have a great time with our children. We we patronize prostitutes we cannot give some pocket money to our beloved parents and they are now beyond working and earning.

Yes, yes yes… patronizing prostitutes is a no no.. They would scream and squirm and you think they are enjoying your screw. The opposite is true. They do not enjoy your screw. They enjoy taking your money lah.

So is our politicians. They take our money, spent it everywhere and screw us. We are paining in our ass and they keep screwing us. Pain… pain … uncle.. stop!!! But they won’t. They get excited and screw harder.

Apa ini????


written by Nixcloud, April 05, 2012 16:33:48
good good !!! when we start shooting all corrupted politicians to death, there will be none left!!!!!


written by cheekymate, April 05, 2012 16:19:48
Ha, ha, YAB RPK, I LMFAO when I read this…Trust me, prostitutes are more decent than politicians. At least prostitutes take your money and you get to screw them. Politicians take your money and they screw you. So true. Come to think of it, we are getting screwed front and back!


written by karma, April 05, 2012 15:56:02
There is a well known world wide saying….”NEVER TRUST A POLITICIAN”.
Just before elections, the Politicians will promise the rakyat the Moon. When they are elected, instead of the moon, they give the rakyat, their moon-shaped ARSES

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Insecure about sexuality after all? Hates LGBT but open minded enough to fette protitutes over politicians. How about a rewrite on that piece against LGBTs? Closet bisexual indictment on RPK (if not proof) anyone? Does saying ‘suck their dicks‘ in an article count as proof via Freudian slip? Methinks lots of Malays are into the ahem . . . occasional indulgence . . . but limited by the Constitution and a wrongful sense of Monotheism and Victorian induced morality . . . this is only for the minorities, thanks to PDRM for not imposing Section 377B insanely like RELA and Mat Skodeng abuse their Muslim charges with . . . you’d think we were living in some fundo parents’ homes they way ADULT citizens are denied their basic human rights.

ARTICLE 5

AG intentionally snubs Agong’s RCIs, says former senior cop – by Shannon Teoh – April 06, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim added today the purported snubbing of the Agong to the list of accusations he has levelled against Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail after the Attorney-General (AG) refused to say if his office would prosecute three anti-graft officers who allegedly drove Teoh Beng Hock to suicide.

The royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the DAP aide’s 2009 death had recommended that action be taken against then-Selangor MACC deputy director Hishammuddin Hashim, assistant enforcement office Arman Alies and assistant superintendent Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus.

Mat Zain, former city criminal investigations chief, today said Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has damaged the police’s image and credibility. — file pic
But the country’s top lawyer instead told reporters yesterday the case has been referred back to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) after emerging from a meeting with de facto law minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and MACC investigation chief Datuk Mustafar Ali.

Mat Zain, former city criminal investigations chief, pointed out in a letter sent to The Malaysian Insider that this was the second time Gani has failed to act on recommendations by an RCI.

The retired senior cop, who was the lead investigator in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s 1998 “black eye” case, said Gani, who has been AG since 2002, also failed to act on a previous RCI in 2007 probing allegations that appointments of judges were fixed.

The panel had recommended action against senior lawyer Datuk VK Lingam, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan, Umno secretary general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, former Chief Justices Tun Eusoff Chin and Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim as well as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“What happened to the recommendations? Gani Patail doesn’t even care a damn about the RCI Commissioners nor has he any respect for them in spite of him knowing they were appointed by the Agong,” he wrote.

Mat Zain also said this was further cause for Datuk Seri Najib Razak to form a tribunal to investigate the various allegations of misconduct against the AG.

“In spite of the damage Gani Patail had done to the police’s image and credibility, I just cannot fathom how some of them are still willing to beg and kiss his feet, especially when knowing the sufferings he has caused, not just to the force but to the criminal justice system as a whole.

“The prime minister has no valid reasons to say no to a Tribunal. That is the only competent authority provided in the Constitution to adjudicate the conduct of the Attorney-General,” he said.

Najib said last month another former top policeman’s claim that he was stitched up with corruption charges by Gani and then police chief Tan Sri Musa Hassan after stumbling upon Musa’s alleged involvement with organised crime did not merit a tribunal as they were mere allegations.

Gani Patail doesn’t even care a damn about the RCI Commissioners nor has he any respect for them. — Mat Zain

This comes after Mat Zain’s repeated accusations in the past three years that Gani and the former Inspector General of Police fabricated evidence in Opposition Leader Anwar’s 1998 “black eye” case which he investigated.

He also said Najib admitted he knew of Gani’s alleged wrongdoings when they met in private in 2008. He had then challenged Najib to axe the AG over his failure to act in high-profile cases such as Teoh’s death that occurred at MACC premises.

Putrajaya has repeatedly said, most recently in November, it will not reopen investigations into the case as an independent panel set up in 2009 had cleared Gani of any wrongdoing.

But Mat Zain said the panel was unconstitutional as only a tribunal, formed by the Agong on the advice of the PM, can investigate the conduct of the AG.

“The PM has no powers to clear the AG on his own nor form some panel under whatever name called for that purpose as and when he likes,” he added today.

Teoh, political aide to Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on July 16, 2009 on the fifth-floor corridor of Selangor MACC’s office in Shah Alam after overnight questioning.

A coroner’s inquest returned an “open verdict” ruling out both suicide and homicide, leading Datuk Seri Najib Razak to order a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) after the ensuing public uproar.

The royal panel found that the three MACC investigating officers involved in the case used “continuous, aggressive and improper questioning tactics on Teoh which had breached its existing standard operating procedures” and recommended that action be taken against them.

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Zain can do a citizen’s lawsuit on the above if the intention to actually do something is real. Stop posting articles back and forth and file lawsuits. File lawsuits at the Hague against the Malaysian Judiciary (as well as ask awarding Universities of the degrees they hold to withdraw those degrees and international legal associations to withdraw the memberships of the Malaysian Judiciary as well, so that they will have to take a local degree to continue serving in any legal capacity or be considered a professional at all) later of the Judiciary is found to be biased or inaccurate.

ARTICLE 6

Vilification of contributing members of our society — Janarthani Arumugam – April 06, 2012

APRIL 6 — It is extremely disconcerting that the government has reached a new low in its targeting of the LGBT community. In less than a month, the equally homophobic mainstream media has faithfully reported opinions of hate-mongering politicians in order to deflect the rakyat’s attention from the actual malaise affecting this nation — lousy governance.

In fact, I would like to propose an extensive counselling programme to the Honorable DPM to deter corruption among politicians. Now, that would be money well spent, failing which we send them to jail.

I also propose a mandatory personality test to weed out racist, homophobic and sexist elected representatives so that the rakyat are effectively represented in Parliament.

It is vital to understand that this is a carefully constructed “sandiwara” to really draw attention away from pressing problems we face on a day-to-day basis in this country.

For instance, RON97 just went up by 10 sen, the NFC is divesting its ill-begotten assets, the economy is suffering and the coffers of the nation are dry, but none of these get the attention that they deserve from the ruling junta.

I am not going to go into the details of how a person’s sexuality or gender orientation has nothing to do with their ability to host a chat show, run for office or become the prime minister. There is a lot research and case studies which support the fact that given equally opportunities any LGBT individual can reach his/her fullest potential to contribute greatly to society. However, an LGBT individual suffers great discrimination from birth because he/she is not considered the norm hence does not get the opportunity to fulfil his/her potential.

The homophobia displayed by the likes of the deputy prime minister and the Bayan Baru parliamentarian will give credence to misconceptions already being perpetuated about the LGBT community. In fact, any sane politician could attest to the fact that a nation thrives when its citizens are productive.

As a voter, since it is all about the 13th general election, I am perfectly clear on my stand about politicians who are homophobic, hate-mongers or blatantly ignorant. I do not want to cringe every time my elected representative unabashedly contributes to hatred against another Malaysian. Oh yes, let us not forget that the LGBT community also votes!

I would in fact write/call/visit my parliamentarian and tell him/her exactly how I feel about the homophobia and vilification of the LGBT community. If he/she does not hold the very same principles which I do, I would effectively campaign against him/her. I will not tolerate homophobia or hatred in the country that I love and call home.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified

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Malaysia needs a LGBT Senator who is openly LGBT. I propose Hafidz Baharom (openly LGBT Malaysian Insider Article Writer) to the UN as Malaysia’s first LGBT Senator . . . what say you, readers? Meanwhile read the feel good nonsense on the link below that has no inkling of the legal (though not necessarily enforcement) reality LGBTs face in Malaysia . . .

Pillay presents groundbreaking UN study on violence, discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation
http://globalequality.wordpress.com/tag/united-nations-human-rights-council/

Malaysia being a member of the UN Human Rights Council but allowing Section 377B is making a mockery of the UN Human Rights Council. Will the UN Human Rights Council communicate with the above 2 persons about the glaring incongruities at the top legiskative levels and the realities on the ground where ACTUAL citizens are tormented daily and unprotected by the legal system?

Malaysia does not deserve this feather in cap of being on the Human Rights Council, will UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay do her job (or is she just basking in the limlight for her own glory . . . give over that UN Commissioner’s post yer fake . . . to the REAL people moving Human Rights on the ground and in the background if you can’t do your job Navi Pillay . . .) and demand the abolition of Section 377B in the Malaysian criminal code or the right to apostasy for Article 19 denied Muslim Malay community?

. . . dereliction of duty by being out of touch is this 'Commissioner's' legacy if nothing changes in Malaysia soon . . .

What is the point of Human Rights Council’s acceptance of Malaysia when such abuses, outdated laws like Section 377B are inflicted on citizens, or abusive policies remain in place, hate speech left unsued by supposed NGOs (false flag) not to mention that APARTHEID via Bumi/Non-Bumi citizenship difference still exist? Also, please address the issue in a reasonable time frame or step down for a more pro-active and perhaps younger person who can get things done or is at least aware of what is going on on the ground Commissioner Navi. One wonders if any element of corruption in such tacit approvals via silence is what occurs here . . .

 

 

ARTICLE 7

Excerpt from : America made it to the moon with Dachau research by Harry V. Martin and David Caul – Last of a Thirteen Part Series – Copyright, Napa Sentinel, 1991 – Friday, November 22, 1991

The Nazi doctors who experimented on the inmates of prison camps during World War Two were tried for murder at the Nuremberg Tribunal. The accused were educated, trained physicians, they did not kill in anger or in malice, they were creating a science of death.

Ironically, in 1933, the Nazi’s passed a law for the protection of animals. The law cited the prevention of cruelty and indifference to animals as one of the highest moral values of a people, animal experimentation was unthinkable, but human experimentations were acceptable. The victims of the crime of these doctors numbered into the thousands.

In 1953, while the Central Intelligence Agency was still conducting mind control and behavior modification on unwitting humans in this country, the United States signed the Nuremberg Code, a code born out of the ashes of war and human suffering. The document was a solemn promise never to tolerate such human atrocities again. The Code maintains three fundamental principles:

The subjects of any experimentation must be volunteers who thoroughly understand the purpose and the dangers of the experiments. They must be free to give consent and the consent must be without pressure and they must be free to quit the experiments at any time.

The experiments must be likely to yield knowledge which is valuable to everyone. The knowledge must be such that it could not be gained in any other way.

The experiments must be conducted by only the most competent doctors, and they must exercise extreme care.

The Nazi aviation experiments met none of these conditions. Most inmates at Dachau knew that the experiments in the pressure chamber were fatal. From the very beginning, control of the experiments was largely in the hands of the SS, which was later judged to be a criminal organization by the Nuremberg Tribunal.

Despite our lessons from Nuremberg and the death camps, the CIA, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army Chemical Corps targeted specific groups of people for experimentation who were not able to resist, prisoners, mental patients, foreigners, ethnic minorities, sex deviants, the terminally ill, children and U.S. military personnel and prisoners of war. They violated the Nuremberg Code for conducting and subsidizing experiments on unwitting citizens. The CIA began its mind control projects in 1953, the very year that the U.S. signed the Nuremberg Code and pledged with the international community of nations to respect basic human rights and to prohibit experimentation on captive populations without full and free consent.

In 1973, a three judge court in Michigan ruled, “…experimental psychosurgery, which is irreversible and intrusive, often leads to the blunting of emotions, the deadening of memory, the reduction of affect, and limits the ability to generate new ideas. Its potential for injury to the creativity of the individual is great and can infringe on the right of the individual to be free from interference with his mental process.

“The state’s interest in performing psychosurgery and the legal ability of the involuntarily detained mental patient to give consent, must bow to the First Amendment, which protects the generation and free flow of ideas from unwarranted interference with one’s mental processes.” Citing the Nuremberg Code, the court found that “the very nature of the subject’s incarceration diminishes the capacity to consent to psychosurgery.” In 1973, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted regulations which would require informed written consent from voluntary patients before electroshock treatment could be performed.

Senator Sam Ervin’s Committee lashed out bitterly at the mind control and behavior modification experiments and ordered them discontinued, they were not. But the New England Journal of Medicine states, that the consent provisions are “no more than an elaborate ritual.” They called it “a device that when the subject is uneducated and uncomprehending, confers no more than a semblance of propriety on human experimentation.”

The Nuremberg Tribunal brought to light that some of the most respected figures in the medical profession were involved in the vast crime network of the SS. Only 23 persons were charged with criminal activity in this area, despite the fact that hundreds of medical personnel were involved. The defendants were charged with crimes against humanity. They were found guilty of planning and executing experiments on humans without their consent, in a cruel and brutal manner which involved severe torture, deliberate murder and with the full knowledge of the gravity of their deeds. Only seven of the defendants were sentenced to death and hanged, others received life sentences. Five who were involved in the experiments were not tried. Ernest Grawitz committed suicide, Carl Clauberg was tried in the Soviet Union, Josef Mengele escaped to South America and was later captured by Israeli agents, Horst Schumann disappeared and Siegmund Rascher was executed by Himmler.

There were 200 German medical doctors conducting these medical experiments. Most of these doctors were friends of the United States before the war, and despite their inhuman experiments, the U.S. attempted to rebuild a relationship with them after the war. The knowledge the Germans had accumulated at the expense of human life and suffering, was considered a “booty of war”, by the Americans and the Russians.The Americans tracked down Dr. Strughold, the aviation doctor who was in charge of the Dachau experiments. With full knowledge that the experiments were conducted on captive humans, the U.S. recruited the doctors to work for them. General Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his personal approval to exploit the work and research of the Nazi’s in the death camps.

Within weeks of Eisenhower’s order, many of these notorious doctors were working for the U.S. Army at Heidelberg. Army teams scoured Europe for scientific experimental apparatus such as pressure chambers, compressors, G-force machines, giant centrifuges, and electron microscopes. These doctors were wined and dined by the U.S. Army while most of Germany’s post-war citizens virtually starved.

The German doctors were brought to the U.S. and went to work for Project Paperclip. All these doctors had been insulated against war crime charges. The Nuremberg prosecutors were shocked that U.S. authorities were using the German doctors despite their criminal past.

Under the leadership of Strughold, 34 scientists accepted contracts from Project Paperclip, and were moved to Randolph Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas. The authorization to hire these Nazi scientists came directly for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The top military brass stated that they wished to exploit these rare minds. Project Paperclip, ironically, would use Nazi doctors to develop methods of interrogating German prisoners of war.

As hostilities began to build after the war between the Americans and the Russians, the U.S. imported as many as 1000 former Nazi scientists.

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The testimony of ‘Targeted Individuals’ throughout the web, abused by ‘Neuroscience Technology’ and poisonous medication using ‘Poisoner Psychiatrists’ perhaps in collusion with fringe Xian Cults intent on manipulation and conversion of populations to their religious without regard to Human Rights, perhaps also Muslims that have gone apostate in Malaysia (who knows due to neuroscience propagated or neurolinguistics by the proselytizing groups) is quite severe in Malaysia, and many other 3rd world countries where cults of personality around supposed strongmen or populist politicians (typically identifiable by their family blocs of relatives in government and limitless terms).

On behalf of all minority groups of any type, I hope the appropriate counter-groups and RESPONSIBLE world bodies and enforcement agencies are proactively acting aginst the insidious abuse by brainwashed families affected by :

1) cults (see below where Monotheism attacks Polytheism, probably a campaign of manipulation by ‘society’ in cult controlled areas . . .) : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/3/23/nation/10974191&sec=nation

2) potential of synthetic drugs at eateries

3) tampered drugs at pharmacies

4) or even the simple flouridation and cholrination of water to HARM citizens

5) NLP based hypnosis in newspapers, adverts

6) agents of the above manipulating groups, causal greetings (with much intent at proselytization – call this ‘psychic imprinting’ for lack of a better word)

7) or being side swiped by vehicles with the same groups with the similar intended effects etc., eating around the same groups with the same intent

;so that these citizens are easier to control or enrich health care providers by, or even providing a fundamentalist voting bloc for fundo factions to rely on for voting with. The method is not much different from fan club culture, except that here BAD POLICY, Nepotism and refusal to amend laws, collusion with crony suppliers destroys societies to the point where the nation’s citizens’ will and personality is subsumed by a single man. Typically in such cases, lack of innovation destroys the country where that country stood simply to favour family members or colluders, then where Monarchy only typifies the cultleader/monarch beyond representative powers it’s back to the Medieval Ages and Prima Noctis type situations AGAIN (most cases the f-ing is done by political party ‘favourites’ and ‘first families’ par excellence with the newbie members low on the pecking order and considered Te-Beng-Hock-esque fodder – well no need to be fodder, run for politics as an independent and the older a$$h0l3 in the political party will have to meet you as an equal, bar corrupt money WHICH the police and election commission can sort out . . . ). In this sort of scenario, there is no way to Pick your choice of ‘Bravehearts’, and at all levels secular, non-aligned and either start a revolution or drop the stale nepotism, term limitless ridden ruling coalition.

Hence in this respect democracies are more powerful governance paradigms, but democracies with family blocs, which by gradation lead to cults of personality where political parties are controlled by ‘political families’ or **dynasties**, term limitless as well, the pallour of lack of innovation and refusal to amend laws for ‘face’ and points scoring also for ‘face’ lead to the fall of many a dictator clothed in the false gtlamour opf democracy where in reality the country is only outwardly democratic but dictatorlike has limitless terms and oligarchs ala neo-feudalism and nepotists etc..

Identify your term limitless and identify your family blocs and you identify the ‘Beloved Leaders’ of the day, one dare short of declaring absolute Monarchy. To be democratic, ALL posts in government AND political party must be merit based (appropriate degrees, 66.6% quorums etc..), must not be dominated by a handful or single personalities (much less family based personalities). If such candidates or incumbents are present and there is no choice, don’t just boycott or select the less ugly one, do your country a favour and run for candidacy yourself and liberalise laws, lower taxes, cut the vote buying via expanding bureaucracy and state sponsorship of business upon taxpayer backs. also avoid plutocrats and big business types who happen to be candidates. Businessmen are not politicians, nor  politicians businessmen, any appearing to be BOTH are not anyone to be trusted, much less nepotists and term limitless oligarchs unable to solve national problems which worsen yearly, or apartheid continuing endlessly.

Vote for non-plutiocrats, non-nepotists, or ay democratic minded person who will drop in for 2 terms, liberalise the system then stand aside for other fellow citizens, anyone else is nonsense and will eventually harm voter and nation.