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The Balance In Bangkok, the poor and the elites

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The relationship between the poor and the rich, somewhat a delicate unstable balance of envy, anger, and to a large extent, submission to what 'cannot be changed' in their lives.

Bangkok. A twisted, suffocating metropolis that absorbs the diverse traditions and lifestyles of modern and ancient practises. You can find just about every nationality, even stateless, in Bangkok. A hub for the homeless, and those seeking an escape from poverty.

I've been here since 19 Sept. Exhausted, but eager for more. Slum after slum. My walkabouts leading me everywhere and sometimes aimlessly into the heart of misery. Learning from the people who lived and worked in their makeshift homes, amidst the mayhem of overhead power cables, and the amazingly deep labyrinth.

The people. They sell just about anything: fruits, fried chicken, broth, juices, and other local delicacies. They are survivors, adapting to the tough life, living in a flood-prone, smog-covered community. They are poor, but…

Opening Doors Workshop (video) 20-22 Sept, Harm Reduction - Bangkok

Many thanks and hugs to my colleagues in the region, and special thanks to Gerard Kort and Dr. John Howard.






Thoughts of Injustice & Brutality in Thailand's History

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My thoughts.

Thailand. The U.S. One governed by a constitutional monarchy democratic system. The other a democratic nation run by a president. No similarities with these two countries or maybe...

With the exception of the wide usage of American weaponry against the people, the disadvantaged, or what is perceived to be the threat to the country and social order. So the Thai government's advocacy for 'democracy' is supported by rifles, bullets, and war vehicles bought by the Thais from their American ally to shoot their own people, and run them to the ground. 'Congratulations' ~ Such mindless logic and brutality. Reminds me of an almost similar situation in West Papua.

1973. October 14. The violence stimulated by the Thai military was to 'protect' their Prime Minister then and his system of governance. Their enemy was the students. Young people from all over Thailand; more than 100,000, flocking to express their desires for justice, solidarity and libert…

Opening Doors Workshop - Harm Reduction

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[แด่กองเซ็นเซ่อ] - Censorsh*t

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This is an incredible project produced by a group of Thai university students, generating awareness of how ridiculous their fucked censorship system and Government's approach towards limiting the access to information. Should your government control you and the flow of information?


An Open Letter to the Occupy Wall Street Activists

Thank you for your courage. Thank you for making an attempt to improve the situation in what is now called the United States. Thank you for your commitment to peace and non-violence. Thank you for the sacrifices you are making. Thank you.
There's just one thing. I am not one of the 99 percent that you refer to. And, that saddens me. Please don't misunderstand me. I would like to be one of the 99 percent... but you've chosen to exclude me. Perhaps it was unintentional, but, I've been excluded by you. In fact, there are millions of us indigenous people who have been excluded from the Occupy Wall Street protest. Please know that I suspect that it was an unintentional exclusion on your part. That is why I'm writing to you. I believe that you can make this right. (I hope you're still smiling.)
It seems that ever since we indigenous people have discovered Europeans and invited them to visit with us here on our land, we've had to endure countless '-isms' and…

Human Rights & ISA In Malaysia? Perkasa's views...

Perkasa will reject the new anti-terrorism laws the prime minister has proposed if they do not keep to the "preventive spirit" of the recently scrapped Internal Security Act (ISA). Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali said it was necessary to preserve or even improve upon the preventive aspects of the ISA to ensure ...

Source: http://bit.ly/n6AjtJ

To ensure what? Peace? Stability? Seems Perkasa is merely eager to turn Malaysia into a nightmarish piece of hell. Despite decades of Independence, we're still living in a cesspool of colonialism, where everyone who doesn't conform to the majority is confronted with the prospects of having her rights removed, into the yoke of moral-slavery and imprisonment.

Where is justice in Perkasa's MALAYsia?

Sex workers: "We're here to stay"

Sex workers, especially Zimbabweans in Botswana, have told a workshop that the government should legalise their profession and allow them access to life-saving anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs because "we are here to stay".
They made the plea at the workshop held at the Anglican Church in Gaborone, where they were taught about different types of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They were also encouraged to seek medical attention if they develop signs of sexually transmitted diseases as some STIs could lead to incurable ailments. When commenting, foreigner sex workers complained that they are refused medical assistance in local clinics. They said that nurses tell them to go to their countries for medical treatment. One of them said, "It is not wise for authorities to deny us medical attention. We are willing to pay for medical services. If we don't get the medical attention we need, we are likely to infect many Batswana as we are not going anywhere; we are here to sta…

Amphetamine use on the rise worldwide, new UN report finds

The use of amphetamine-type stimulants such as ecstasy and meth is surging around the world, a new United Nations report finds, warning that the growing trade in these illegal drugs and the high profits they bring to criminals are posing an increasing threat to health and security.
Source: Amphetamine use on the rise worldwide, new UN report finds

Gaps between boys and girls in developing world widen as they get older – UN report

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A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights significant gaps in areas such as education and health, mostly favouring males, as boys and girls in developing countries grow older.


“While there is little difference between boys and girls in early childhood with respect to nutrition, health, education and other basic indicators, differences by gender appear increasingly more pronounced during adolescence and young adulthood,” said Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director.

Migrants tell of slavery at sea on Thai fishing boats

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Thousands of men from Myanmar and Cambodia set sail on Thai fishing boats every day, but many are unwilling seafarers -- slaves forced to work in brutal conditions under threat of death.

The day Hla Myint saw the sea for the first time was when traffickers delivered him, after a week’s trek through the jungle from Myanmar, to a ship on Thailand’s coast. He said it was the beginning of seven months of “hell”, during which there were beatings “every day, every hour”. His is one of a multitude of stories of slavery in Thailand’s multi-million dollar fishing industry, which campaigners say relies on forced labour to provide seafood for restaurants and supermarkets around the world. Hla Myint decided to escape — throwing himself into choppy waters and clinging to a life buoy for five hours before reaching land — after seeing his captain kill a crewmate.

Common Human Rights Violations Experienced by Sex Workers | Paulo Longo Research Initiative

This document pairs common violations experienced by sex workers with relevant provisions of major human rights treaties. The violations included in this document were reported by European and Central Asian sex worker organizations and advocates, who are members of the Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN).
Source: Common Human Rights Violations Experienced by Sex Workers | Paulo Longo Research Initiative

Fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile state displaces tens of thousands of people - UN

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Fighting between the Sudanese armed forces and rebels in the country’s Blue Nile state has continued, displacing tens of thousands of people who cannot be reached by relief agencies due to movement restrictions imposed by the Government, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today.
Source: Fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile state displaces tens of thousands of people - UN

American poverty levels hit record high

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US poverty rate swells for third year to 15.1% with the number of poor in 2010 the largest on record
A record 46 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010, pushing the US poverty rate to its highest level since 1993, according to a government report on Tuesday on the grim effects of stubbornly high unemployment.

The Vicious Cycle of Poverty, Apathy and Ignorance

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I've met many people, jobless, homeless and working odd jobs, over the past 20 years to know that there is a serious problem. I still see many young people leaving their villages throughout the country, straight into the cities, seeking new opportunities and livelihood. I see the income gap, and we all know there is an obvious segregation between the rich and poor.
Yes, there are ample "jobs" through the country from working in the plantations to factories. Seems there are many employers eager to grab any young candidate for work. Though with the increasing cost of living, can these young poor people break out from their miserable cycle of life? Seems not. They will continue working in jobs that the privileged ones would never touch. They will work their ass off, sinking further into the financial depression of monthly commitments to the taxes and the banks. 
The mentality of "periuk nasi" (rice bowl) is molded around the need to have a stable income and caree…

Ramblings of a tired activist

Walking through the quiet, sleepy town of Salak. The gloom, the dark sky, the rain, making Salak Tinggi appear neglected and sinister. My outreach has taken me through small towns and villages, but this place is exceptionally bizarre, dotted with an air of abandonment. Or am I just too exhausted? Well at least there's adequate signal for internet.

Looking for breakfast. I haven't been eating well for the past few nights. My illness has taken its toll. I definitely need more rest and a decent long shower. I need to just chill out and sleep the whole day, and wishing my friends were here. I need a smoke. I need coffee. Now.

I see four young men, teenagers, one a familiar face, waiting for me at the roadside coffee shop. Cigarettes in between their fingers or lips, they're partially asleep, tired, one with blood-shot eyes.

These are potential youth leaders for my project, there's an urgent need to equip them with life skills.

Ok, I'm off. Chat later.

What's The Difference? (Video) SexWork Activism

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Malaysian procurement system riddled with corruption, says US cable

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 — The seedy and allegedly corrupt side of Malaysia’s defence procurement has been laid bare in a US embassy cable, with startling revelations on how Umno politicians, agents, civil servants and military officials receive 30 per cent “commission” on deals. In a note on the opaque procurement system here revealed by ...

Source: Malaysian procurement system riddled with corruption, says US cable
Check out: Corruption Perceptions Index 2010 Results

Transparency International: national integrity system assessments [by country]

Quote ~ Leo Tolstoy

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As soon as men live entirely in accord with the law of love natural to their hearts and now revealed to them, which excludes all resistance by violence, and therefore hold aloof from all participation in violence — as soon as this happens, not only will hundreds be unable to enslave millions, but not even millions will be able to enslave a single individual. ~ Leo Tolstoy ~

Even sex-trafficked brothel workers reject raids & rescues

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For campaigners like Ashton Kutcher, sex slavery is an easy-to-recognise phenomenon with a single obvious cure, rescue: first by police and then by social workers. And despite rescuers’ avowed respect for personal stories, they never listen to voices that criticise this cure. The poster below was made by migrant sex workers (they call themselves that) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, at the EMPOWER centre. I have posted it before but so many people are still unaware of the problems associated with Rescue that I like to re-run it. See for yourself the reasons workers at Barn Su Funn Brothel gave for denouncing raids and rescue operations intended to liberate them, whether rescuers are police officers, ngo employees or even celebrities and then think twice about how you will Fix Their Lives so easily. - Dr. Laura Agustin




More on the news: Even sex-trafficked brothel workers reject raids and rescues

Sex worker activism around the world: a Rights argument

By Dr. Laura Agustin


Recently I published a gallery of pictures of the sex industry.Now another gallery of pictures is on the website now, depicting activism by self-identified sex workers and prostitutes. The photos show public actions projecting a message about rights, about laws, about having a voice. Many of the photos show groups of sex workers with their allies marching in public spaces on designated days or at larger events. There are other less visible activities that are, of course, forms of advocacy, but photos of ordinary people sitting at meetings or writing or working on computers are not so interesting to look at. Sex worker performances at shows and conferences often have activist intentions and some of those are here, but the collection would get unwieldy if I tried to put all of them in.


More at: Sex Worker Activism Around The World



Feminism Quote - Benazir Bhutto

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"The people who resent me do so because I'm a woman, I'm young, and I'm a Bhutto. Well, the simple answer is, it doesn't matter that I'm a woman, it doesn't matter that I'm young, and it's a matter of pride that I'm a Bhutto."


- Benazir Bhutto, as quoted in Women's Wit and Wisdom : A Book of Quotations (2000) edited by Susan L. Rattiner

Indonesia's poor jockey for jobs (VIDEO) Poverty

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Poor Indonesians living in Jakarta have found an opportunity to make money from the capital's traffic regulations, by thumbing lifts from drivers who need three people in their car to avoid rush hour restrictions.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Jakarta on this lucrative but risky profession.






With 20 million vehicles on the streets each day, and with far less pavement than in big cities like New York, Singapore and Tokyo, traffic in Jakarta is terrible. Deden Rukmana, who teaches urban planning at Savannah State University, says the population of the world’s sixth largest metropolis has been growing so fast that the city can’t keep up. Poor Indonesians Make Money “Oh yeah. Sometimes it’s a good deal. Sometimes, when I hit it lucky, when it’s a good day I can make a lot,” Adik says. “There are no guarantees when you do this kind of thing. But sometimes I get 20,000 rupiahs.” That’s about $2.35 in a city where the poor live on less than a dollar a day. Jockeys are well worth …

Quote: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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Leo Tolstoy's life has been devoted to replacing the method of violence for removing tyranny or securing reform by the method of nonresistance to evil. He would meet hatred expressed in violence by love expressed in self­suffering.He admits of no exception to whittle down this great and divine law of love. He applies it to all the problems that trouble mankind.


- Introduction to the publication of Tolstoy's A Letter to a Hindu (1909)


Thailand's female monks (cautiously) lobby for legal recognition

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A quiet campaign to grant female monks legal recognition began this summer. Advocates hope that the minimal fanfare will help the 'Bhikkhunis' evade conservative religious opposition.

Thailand: 2010 suicide rate concluded at 3,700 people

BANGKOK, 6 September 2011 A - A statistical report by the Department of Mental Health has concluded that there were about 3,700 people committing suicide in 2010 alone or ten persons each day, but the trend is on a decline.


According to Mental Health Department Director-General Medical Doctor Apichai Mongkol, the department has been collecting data on suicide rate in Thailand since 1997. There were 5,700 people committing suicide in 1999 or 8 persons per a population size of 100,000.

However, after the department launched a campaign on suicide prevention in 1999, the suicide rate fell gradually to stand at 3,761 people in 2010 or 5.9 persons per 100,000 people or 10 persons each day.

Report highlights increasing threat of cybercrime

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According to a recent report on cybercrime, more than two-thirds of online adults (69 percent) have been a victim of cybercrime at some stage in their lifetime.

30 million unregistered babies are born in Asia each year

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Estimated 30 million unregistered babies are born in Asia each year, potentially entering a life without school, healthcare, property or formal work. 




"Millions of babies are born in... geographically isolated areas who are simply never registered," Ming Viado, Plan Asia's coordinator for universal birth registration. "These children do not exist according to the national census, and without registration they also become stateless."


Call to Shut Down Drug Centres in Vietnam

BANGKOK, 7 September 2011 (IRIN) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for the immediate closure of more than 100 government-run drug detention centres in Vietnam, describing them as "little more than forced labour camps".

Source: In Brief: Call to shut down drug centres in Vietnam:

It seems quite common that society and governments ignore the human rights of people using drugs. Just because a person is a drug user, does not mean the institution can rob him of his/her rights to safety, dignity, healthcare, freedom and to an identity. Cases of human rights violation throughout South East Asia seems frequent nowadays, courtesy of stigma, discrimination and prejudice. Is this somehow connected to ASEAN's goal of a "drug-free" ASEAN by 2015? Or is this part and parcel of the government's strategy for the drug wars?

More info: HRW Vietnam Summary and Photo Features



Free West Papua... NOW

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Tunisia: Government Lifts Restrictions on Women’s Rights Treaty

Tunisia: Government Lifts Restrictions on Women’s Rights Treaty:

Tunisia’s lifting of key reservations to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is an important step toward gender equality. The Tunisian government should next ensure that all domestic laws conform to international standards and eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.
(Beirut) ─ Tunisia’s lifting of key reservations to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is an important step toward gender equality, Human Rights Watch said today.

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UNICEF and partners support disability rights for children and families in Burkina Faso

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Asseta Djatin, now 32, was born here in Burkina Faso’s capital. She was a happy and healthy child until she fell ill at the age of six.
“I can remember one day lying on my back and not being able to get up in the morning,” she recalls. “I called out to my mother, who came to help me.”
Ms. Djatin’s parents did not understand the cause of her illness. They began to give their daughter traditional medicine in an attempt to cure her affliction. When there was no improvement, they took her to a clinic, where she was diagnosed with polio. The disease had led to irreparable paralysis in both of her legs.

Djibouti: UNICEF launches scheme to provide safe drinking water

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Source: Djibouti: UNICEF launches scheme to provide safe drinking water:

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun a 75-day operation to provide thousands of Djiboutians with safe drinking water as the country continues to suffer from the drought gripping much of the Horn of Africa.

India's forgotten fast

A painful nasal drip administered by Indian armed forces in prison hospital keeps Irom Sharmila alive.

Since November 2000, the 39-year-old woman has been on hunger strike over special powers given to the armed forces across India's northeastern conflict zones. In sharp contrast to the coverage of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare's 13-day fast, few Indians know about her 11-year protest.

- Sudha Ramachandran (Sep 7, '11)

Source: India's forgotten fast

Thai arrested for Facebook comment

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Thai arrested for Facebook comment:
AP:

Police have arrested a Thai computer programmer on charges of insulting the nation’s revered king on a Facebook page, his lawyer said Monday. The charges carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

Surapak Puchaisaeng, a 40-year-old Bangkok resident, was also accused of violating the Computer Crime Act for the alleged defamatory comments, his lawyer Lomrak Meemuean said.

Surapak denied insulting 83-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Police confiscated his desktop and laptop computers, his lawyer said.

Cases involving insults to the monarchy, known as lese majeste, have skyrocketed in recent years, but Friday’s arrest of Surapak is the first since a new government took power in August, according to the activist network Freedom Against Censorship Thailand.

Protect children from jail in Jammu & Kashmir (Hindi language version)

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Children are treated as adults and detained without charge or trial in Kashmir.

Despite an obligation under international law to treat anyone below 18 as a child, police in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) continue to jail 16- and 17-year old boys as adults! Although India has amended its national juvenile justice law to make it consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, boys above 16 are falling through the cracks in J&K's juvenile justice laws.

Dear President Obama … from Joe Gordon : จดหมายจากนักโทษคดีหมิ่นฯ ถึงประธานาธิบดีโอ บามาร์

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Dear President Obama … from Joe Gordon : จดหมายจากนักโทษคดีหมิ่นฯ ถึงประธานาธิบดีโอ บามาร์ from สำนักกฎหมายราษฎรประสงค์ by anont1702 … มีความลำบากบางประการที่จดหมายจากนักโทษในเรือนจำจะสามารถส่งผ่านออกมาได้ การจดบันทึกจากต้นฉบับจึงเป็นวิธีเดียวเท่านั้นที่เสียงจากแดนตารางจะเร็ด ลอดออกมาได้ คุณโจ กอร์ดอน นักโทษคดีหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ ได้เขียนจดหมายเปิดผนึกถึงประธานาธิบดีสหรัฐอเมริกา ประเทศที่ได้ชื่อว่า “สิทธิมนุษยชน” ถูกบังคับใช้อย่างกว้างขวางและเท่าเทียม ทว่า ชายคนนี้ คนที่ต้องหาในคดีหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพในประเทศไทย ไม่เคยสัมผัสแต่เพียงนิดเดียว… _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear President Obama : I am writing to you as a matter of life and dead from jail in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai authority charges me with lese “ majeste” and computer crime laws. The Thai government uses these laws to target activists , scholars, journalists, authors and politicians and sentence them to decade in prison on multiple charges…

S.O.S : Please do something to free Joe Gordon out of jail in Bangkok, Thailand

S.O.S : Please do something to free Joe Gordon out of jail in Bangkok, Thailand. Do not allow the Lese majeste Law in Third world country, that violates human rights, abuses the American cittizen . And , don’t let this obsolute law being above the U.S. constitution. Otherwise , there would not be the American’s pride and dignity left in this world . FREE JOE NOW

ขอความช่วยเหลือด่วน:โปรดทำอะไรซักอย่างเพื่อปลดปล่อยโจ กอร์ดอนออกจากคุกกรุงเทพฯ,ประเทศไทย อย่าปล่อยให้กฎหมายหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพในประเทศโลกที่สามละเมิดสิทธิมนุษย ชน ทำร้ายต่อพลเมืองอเมริกัน และอย่าปล่อยให้กฎหมายเผด็จการอยู่เหนือรัฐธรรมนูญอเมริกา มิเช่นนั้นจะไม่เหลือศักดิ์ศรีและเกียรติภูมิของอเมริกันในโลกใบนี้อีก ปล่อย โจ เดี๋ยวนี้-ข้อความจาก Joe Gordon นักโทษหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ ข้อความที่อยากให้คนทั้งโลกได้ยิน

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เมื่อวันที่ 19 สิงหาคมที่ผ่านมา สถานเอกอัครราชทูตสหรัฐอเมริกา ประจำประเทศไทย แถลงผ่านเว็บไซต์ของสถานทูตแสดงความผิดหวังที่อัยการดำเนินการฟ้องพลเมือง สหรัฐอเมริกาในข้อหาหมิ่นพระบรมเดชา…

Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa

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Famine Somalia 

750,000 people at risk of starvation for the next four months


Famine has spread to the Bay region, one of Somalia's most productive areas. Famine was earlier declared in five other areas in southern and central Somalia. - Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia

The number of Somalis in need of humanitarian assistance has increased from 2.4 million to 4 million in the past eight months, with 3 million of them in the country's south. - FAO.


West Papua Fighting Indonesia's Supremacy

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West Papua. The country, the people, was never part of Indonesia. Propaganda, western US and Europe hypocrisy, greed of multi-national corporations and a grand puppetry play of human rights by ASEAN, keeps West Papua chained to Indonesia.

Yet the Indonesia's political parties depend in part on the apathy of Indonesian society, to be ignorant about Indonesia's new Order, along with their death squads terrorizing in their grand genocidal quest.

Indonesian military and twisted sense of justice is dependent on the stigmatization of the occupied indigenous communities in West Papua. The politicians, these puppet-masters, do so well to keep the vast population of Indonesians ignorant, and pacified.

But the catastrophic losses were a catastrophe above all, in their effect on the pride of the Indonesian dynasty. This is turn promotes resentment at the changing world and the growing empathy for the occupied West Papuans.

Its ancient people anxious for the breath of 'Merdeka',…

Surrounded by Nature

The sun, shining brightly, intense heat, nature absorbing, surrounded by tall majestic trees. Inhaling deep, loving it. Fabulous day to be alive.


West Papua Faces Security Crackdown

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"The West Papua Project at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney released a report called "Anatomy of an Occupation: The Indonesian Military in West Papua" by Jim Elmslie and Camellia Webb-Gannon with Peter King.

Nearly 40% of Europeans suffer mental illness

LONDON, England - Europeans are plagued by mental and neurological illnesses, with almost 165 million people or 38% of the population suffering each year from a brain disorder such as depression, anxiety, insomnia or dementia, according to a large new study.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/09/05/11/nearly-40-europeans-suffer-mental-illness

So what about Malaysia? Or South East Asia? Or is the stigma too much that governments fear releasing the data?

West Papua movement gains steam

More than 40 years ago the United Nations recognised Indonesia's control over West Papua but of late the independence movement has been gathering momentum. Human rights groups say that over 400,000 people have been killed so far.

Father kills daughter over pregnancy

"A Jordanian man was charged on Sunday with killing his 24-year-old widowed daughter in hospital after she gave birth to twins, a judicial official said.

Father kills daughter over pregnancy

Murder is punishable by death in Jordan but in so-called "honour killings'' courts can commute or reduce sentences, particularly if the victim's family asks for leniency. Between 15 and 20 women died in such murders each year in the Arab kingdom, despite government efforts to curb such crimes."

People Offering Blind Support to Each Other

I find it fascinating that many people would support their fellow citizens against an unpatriotic reprimand or a objective view of their unprofessionalism. I call it blind support. Just because they are from the same country, they feel an inborn desire to protect each other, even though they know the person is wrong.

Maybe ignorance and sheer stupidity plays a role in the psyche of such poor behaviors or maybe people are prone to feeling a need to support the wrong against the right. But then who am I to say they are wrong, ya? After all, visible indicators of wrong-doings are there, but perhaps the perception is different on their part --> they feel a need to close ranks and offer support to one another.

Wrong is wrong. Simple fact.

I've had the misfortune (or stupidity) to work with such groups of people over the years. It's interesting when people cite their elitist educational background, or their so-called connections to the powers-that-be and yet unable to deliver the…

PKR says BN ‘bending over backwards’ for Communist China

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — PKR hit back at Barisan Nasional (BN) today for labelling PAS leaders as communist sympathisers and accused the ruling coalition of “bending over backwards” for Communist China when it deported 11 Uighur Muslim asylum seekers back to the Asian giant. PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad protested the decision, ...
PKR says BN ‘bending over backwards’ for Communist China
Seems even with the Spratly Island dispute, the Malaysian government seems to be sucking up to China, much to the disappointment of maybe Vietnam and the Philippines. So much for ASEAN solidarity ya?


I'll Follow You?

I'll work with anyone who does not mind getting their hands dirty, who doesn't treat marginalised people with prejudice, and who is willing to listen to the neglected voices.

I'll work with anyone who believes in the core value of compassion, mercy and humility.

I'll work with anyone who is willing to inspire others positively through their own actions rather than fancy words.
I'll follow that person. Do you fit the criteria?

Advocacy and Apathy

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In advocacy as in apathy, we grow like the thing we brood and feast upon. What we loathe and love, we brand into our soul.




Promises

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Promises. 

I think people are prone to making promises that they cannot keep. Its as if there is a defect in our genes that stimulates an instinct to commit to something that we obviously cannot fulfil. 

Blame it on our imperfection, or merely fault the universe for placing us in a predicament which prevents us from fulfilling our destiny, either way it still doesn't justify why we make those impossible-to-fulfil commitments.


So who's actually helping people?

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While many Malaysians are going about their murderous political rampage, character assassinations, and bitching about their political foes, and yes, the heavy overdose of human rights lectures, not many Malaysians are focusing on the work at hand. I'm talking about the actual work of helping another human being, regardless whether they are Malaysian, stateless or refugee.

The sad fact of Malaysians: we have lost sight of the elementary of social work. While cyberstalkers prey on their victims, slanderous claims of political boasts and ramblings of extremists on the rights of the one true religion, loads of people are suffering in the cities, villages and forests. Oh come on, stop making excuses from the comforts of your office or living room, you can easily play a vital role in helping the homeless man, the roaming refugee, the disabled pregnant woman, the streetkid, the druguser in the back lane, the sex worker who just got abused, the rot of corruption in the bureaucracy, the s…