Friday, August 31, 2018

OIC-controlled UN Will Charge MAH For Genocide

Burmese General MAH is a devout Buddhist.
GENEVA (Reuters) - Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent”, and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under international law, United Nations investigators said.

A report by investigators was the first time the United Nations has explicitly called for Myanmar officials to face genocide charges over their campaign against the Rohingya, and is likely to deepen the country’s isolation.

The investigators called for the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar, subject its officials to targeted sanctions and set up an ad hoc tribunal to try suspects or refer them to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Uncaring Society: Australia’s Pokies Hell

Aussies lost 12 billion dollars a year on evil pokies.
Believe it or not, the shocking twenty percent of all the so-called Pokies (known as Slot Machines in the US) in the whole world are in Australia. The tiny population of 24 million Australians carried the heavy burden of 200,000+ pokies out of the one million+ pokies operating in this world.

Last year alone the horribly pokies-addicted Australians wasted over 12 billion dollars on their pokies. Which was nearly a quarter of all pension payments for older Australians aged 65 and over (estimated 3.8 million Old Aussies received nearly 48 billion dollars a year as cash-pension alone).

Anyone who walk into any local RSL club anytime will find tens and tens of pensioners feeding their meagre pension payments (about 900 A$ a fortnight) into the pokies. The worse are young children (mostly Asian girls and boys) wasting their hard-earned money on pokies in the smoke-filled pubs commonly found at many street corners in Sydney!

Friday, August 24, 2018

China’s Debt-Driven Development Model Failing

Turkey's Lira crashed like hell.
Turkey's Financial Crisis Raises Questions About China's Debt-Driven Development Model: Financial injections by Qatar and possibly China may resolve Turkey’s immediate economic crisis, aggravated by a politics-driven trade war with the United States.

But the monetary aids from Qatar and China are unlikely to resolve the country’s structural problems, fuelled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s counterintuitive interest rate theories claiming that the key to fight inflation was lower interest rates, not higher as economists and central bankers universally believe.

The latest crisis in Turkey’s boom-bust economy raises questions about a development model in which countries like China and Turkey witness moves towards populist rule of one man who encourages massive borrowing to drive economic growth.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

1,000,000% Hyper-Inflation In Venezuela's Socialist Hell

A kilogram, or just over 2 pounds, of tomatoes sits next to the 5 million "strong" bolivars needed to buy the bunch at an informal market in a low-income neighborhood of Venezuela's capital, Caracas.

In Venezuela, where the annual inflation rate topped 60,000 percent this weekend, the currency has lost so much value that it takes stacks of bills just to buy a roll of toilet paper. The average consumer might as well bring a wheelbarrow to the market — not to transport groceries but to cart all the cash needed to buy them.

So President Nicolas Maduro has come up with an audacious solution to the country's rapidly devaluing currency: Devalue it even further. A lot more.

Indonesia Ban Measles Vaccines Claiming It’s Haram

No pork inside measles vaccines.
(But crazy Indonesian Muslims refuse to believe.)
Indonesia's top Islamic body issues fatwa against measles vaccine, calling it 'religiously forbidden': The Islamic body is led by Joko Widodo's new controversial vice presidential running mate

The organisation justifies that the vaccine contains pork and that they have "no choice" but the vaccines are still allowed for now due to a lack of alternatives. The Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) justified the ruling by claiming the vaccine contains traces of pork and human cells, which are banned in the Muslim religion.

The organisation is chaired by Ma'ruf Amin, who was recently controversially announced as Indonesian President Joko Widodo's running mate in next year's presidential election. However, the fatwa also states that the use of the product will be allowed for the time being due to the lack of viable alternatives.

"We've found ourselves in a position where we have no choice … there has not been a vaccine found to be halal and sacred," an MUI official told CNN Indonesia. He said the religious organisation understood the dangers associated with not getting children immunised.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

China Holding One Million Muslims In Prison Camps

IT WAS ON September 16, 2001, five days after the 9/11 attacks, that President George W. Bush declared his now-infamous “war on terrorism.” Other governments around the world followed suit — but few matched the speed, intensity, and sheer cynicism with which the autocrats in Beijing aligned themselves with the Bush administration.

Dogged by protests and revolts from a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority called the Uighurs in the vast and autonomous Central Asian border region of Xinjiang — or East Turkestan, as it is historically referred to by the Uighurs — the Chinese spotted an opportunity.

In the weeks and months after 9/11, Beijing began submitting documents to the United Nations alleging that the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, or ETIM — a group that few people had ever heard of, or could even confirm the existence of — was a “major component of the terrorist network headed by Osama bin Laden” and “an important part of his terrorist forces.”

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Iran's Crude Oil To China Through Burma (Myanmar)

Dore Crude Tanker carries Iran Crude to Burma for China.
On June 1, sometime between the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in early May, and its demand in late June that Asian buyers fully halt Iranian oil purchases, PetroChina snuck in a shipment of Iranian crude through Myanmar to its Yunnan Petrochemical refinery in southern China.

On any other route, this would have been just another Iranian oil shipment. But using the Myanmar-China oil and gas pipeline brings new complications. That’s because the pipeline has a new avatar — it is now a part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, along with other large infrastructure projects that were not originally a part of BRI, but were included later to boost the profile of the program.

Sending Iranian crude through an oil pipeline with the “Belt and Road” label removes any doubts of whether BRI’s projects have political motives or not. For critics of BRI, it adds fodder to the narrative that the infrastructure plan is a tool for China to undercut the influence of the US. BRI already has a serious public relations problem and is viewed with suspicion, sometimes for good reason.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Ma Thein Shin – Chapter (6)

(Direct translation of late Naing Win Swe’s “Ma Thein Shi Si Pote Pay Bar”.)

(On 6 January 1966 General Ne Win’s Revolutionary Socialist Government foolishly prohibited the civilian populace from transporting, storing, distributing, and trading of 460 basic commodities including the staples such as rice, peanut-oil, and salt. Hta-nyet (jaggery) was one of those restricted commodities and a large scale smuggling trade of Hta-nyet had developed overnight in Middle Burma where most of it is produced.)

Winter 1969

Late winter days had arrived and in the heavy dawn mist the train appeared to be struggling by carrying a seemingly heavy load. The snowy cloud were now covering the faraway western mountain ranges.

Train was on the return trip from Kyauk-pa-daung and the setting sun was almost dying once the train reached Shew-lin-ban Station. I was sitting beside Nyo Nyo and doing the cash accounts of my one day work at the same time wondering what Nyo Nyo was thinking about deeply in her innocent mind.

Without her telling me I could correctly guess her ongoing day-to-day troubles. The worries from deep inside of her were plainly showing up on her little round face. In last few days her little face was visibly becoming paler and paler as her money troubles mounted over time. Usual brightness in her eyes was nearly gone. She wouldn’t laugh as before when her friends were laughing. She even stopped talking to them as her unhappy mind had weakened her outer appearance.

On the trains she just stared out the windows as if she was withdrawing from the life. Her fading red shirt was fraying at the edges. I could feel her eyes filled with tears even when I was just seeing her back. Without expensive coconut oil her long hairs were now untidy and flying all over in the wind as the coconut oil prices went up ten times last year alone.