Foreign Meddling Ahead of Malaysia’s Elections. Xenophon, The Not-so Impartial Observer

Nick Xenophon, Photo M. ManskeNile Bowie (AltThaiNews) Malaysia’s decision to detain and deport Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has become a hot topic of discussion across the nation’s blogosphere. Xenophon came to Kuala Lumpur as part of a seven-member international team of election observers invited by de-facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Xenophon attended the Bersih 3.0 street rally during a previous visit to Malaysia and criticised the government for being “authoritarian” in handling the demonstrators. Xenophon was barred from entering Malaysia under the Immigration Act 8(3), and the state’s official statement claimed that Xenophon was deported as “a result of his participation in an illegal street protest in Kuala Lumpur last year,” referring to clauses in the Peaceful Assembly Act which prohibits non-citizens from participating in unauthorised public gatherings. ………… Read more >>>>

Standoff in Sabah could derail Southern Philippines Peace Process

File:MILF militant laying prone.jpgChristof Lehmann (nsnbc) Only days after a peace accord between the Philippine government and the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was negotiated, and a declaration that about a lasting peace accord would be signed by March, an armed group, which claims to be the Royal Armed Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu, has occupied the Malaysian town of Tundao, Lahad Datu in the Malaysian state of Sabah an hours boat ride away from the Southern Philippines. Fighting between the insurgents and Malaysian police forces, which have surrounded the intruders, have lasted throughout the weekend. Malaysis´s government offers to negotiate in the hope that the intruders would to leave again peacefully.…………. Read more >>>>

Philippine Peace Accord expected by March

Aquino - Photo by J AvellanosaChristof Lehmann (nsnbc) A final peace agreement between the government of the Philippines and the Muslim Rebels in the South of the country may be signed next month. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said on Monday 11. February 2013, after having traveled to the region for talks with the Rebels…… Read more >>>>

North Korea Nuclear Test: Diplomatic Tensions and Hypocrisy

File:Pyongyang view.jpgChristof Lehmann (nsnbc) The third nuclear test of the DPR-Korea has been met with international diplomatic rows. The DPRK is defending its right to develop nuclear weapons in the face of a very real threat from the USA and the new-found Japanese militarism. What is behind the US, UN, Russian and Chinese criticism of Pyongyang seems to be less base on real political concerns but Hypocrisy. The DPRK´s newsagency KCNA reported: “It was confirmed that the nuclear ….. Read more >>>>

Malaysia charges former army captain and woman for terrorism and for recruiting mercenaries for Syria

File:View on KL.JPG(nsnbc & agencies) The state prosecutor of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has charged a former captain of the Malaysian army, who is known to have links to an Al Qaeda associated organization, and a woman for encouraging terrorism in Syria. The former captain, Yazzid Sufaat, has allegedly been recruiting mercenaries from his home in a Kuala Lumpur suburb, while Halimah Hussein has been charged for aiding and abetting Sufaat. The mercenaries were supposed to be deployed to Syria to take part in the ongoing insurgency. Sufaat is tied to a biological and chemical weapons program for Al Qaeda……….. Read more >>>>

Putting the Squeeze on North Korea: Heightened Tensions threaten Security.

Tensions are escalating since North Korea’s launch of a satellite into orbit on December 12, 2012. Overwrought news reports termed the launch a “threat” and a “provocation,” while U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor called it “irresponsible behavior.” Punishment for North Korea was swift in coming…………. Read more >>>>

Cremation of Cambodia´s King Father Norodon Sihanouk attended by one Million Cambodians

Christof Lehmann ( nsnbc) The earthly remains of Cambodia´s King Norodon Sihanouk, who passed away on 15 October 2012 in Beijing, have been cremated in Cambodia´s capital Phnom Phen today. Cambodians have traveled to the capital from all parts of the country. King Norodon Sihanouk, whom Cambodians lovingly called “The King Father” who had witnessed and survived the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot, has been Cambodia´s King Father for more than five decades and seen many of the changes and modernizations of Cambodian politics, society and of the monarchy and its role in Cambodia. Read more >>>>

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