Junta threatens protesting monks

J f, 2007

100,000 take to the streets in biggest demonstrations for nearly 20 years but fears of crackdown grow

Ian MacKinnon, south-east Asia correspondent
Tuesday September 25, 2007

Burma’s military rulers last night threatened to “take action’ after up to 100,000 demonstrators protesting against the regime flooded the streets of Rangoon in the biggest show of dissent in almost two decades.

Tens of thousands of Buddhist monks and pink-robed nuns led the marchers who snaked for nearly a mile through the former capital, one of several marches that slowed traffic to a crawl and prompted the closure of shops and schools. Read the rest of this entry »


Singapore to keep anti-gay legislation

J f, 2007
The Financial Times
By John Burton in Singapore
Published: September 22 2007 07:30 | Last updated: September 22 2007 07:30

Earlier this year, Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s elder statesman, raised hopes among the city-state’s gay community that a long-standing law banning homosexual acts would be abolished. Read the rest of this entry »

Luciano Pavarotti, Italian Tenor, Is Dead at 71

J f, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti, the Italian singer whose ringing, pristine sound set a standard for operatic tenors of the postwar era, died early this morning at his home in Modena, in northern Italy. He was 71.

His death was announced by his manager, Terri Robson. The cause was pancreatic cancer. In July 2006 he underwent surgery for the cancer in New York and had made no public appearances since then. He was hospitalized again this summer and released on Aug. 25. Read the rest of this entry »

Malaysia judges join Bench

J f, 2007

from The Fiji Times 

TWO judges from Malaysia were appointed to the Fiji Court of Appeal by the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, yesterday.

Interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Justices Dato Dr Cyrus Das, 58, and Dato Cecil Abraham, 61, had been appointed and more appointments would be made shortly. Read the rest of this entry »

Australian, NZ judges quit Fiji

J f, 2007

 from news.com.au

FIJI faces a judicial crisis after six expatriate judges, including an Australian, quit over the behaviour of the country’s military-appointed chief justice.

The six, including Queensland judge Bruce McPherson, informed Fiji’s president of their resignations yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

Asians Say Trade Complaints Bring Out the Bully in China

J f, 2007

from The Washington Post 

JAKARTA, Indonesia — After hearing about dangerous Chinese products elsewhere, Indonesia this summer began testing popular Chinese-made items on its own store shelves. What it found has added to the list of horrors: mercury-laced makeup that turns skin black, dried fruit spiked with industrial chemicals, carcinogenic children’s candy. Read the rest of this entry »

Singapore jails opposition leader over bid to leave

J f, 2007

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore has jailed a prominent opposition leader for three weeks after he failed to pay a fine for trying to leave the city-state without permission from the government, as required of him as a bankrupt. Read the rest of this entry »