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Communism in the Philippines: Reactions and reaction

By Thu, Dec 23, 2010 9:10AM UTC Pic: AP.

The vehement reactions my post on Carlos Celdran and Communism elicited was instructive. These comments and reactions tell me a couple of things: 1) That when  a blogger holds a strong and contrary view to the position of a popular and loved personality, nothing else matters to those who react

How much did the CRES cost? Don’t ask General Prayuth about it!

By Thu, Dec 23, 2010 9:00AM UTC

By Saksith Saiyasombut After the state of emergency was lifted in Bangkok and three other provinces on Tuesday it was also time for the CRES, which overlooked the security situation (and made it’s spokesperson Col. Sansern an instant celebrity), to be dissolved. Now the monitoring body is no more (but

3 convicted in terror plot on Australian army base

By Thu, Dec 23, 2010 8:15AM UTC

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Three men who believed Islam was under threat from western nations were found guilty in an Australian court on Thursday of plotting a suicide attack against a Sydney army base. The men — all Australian citizens of Somali or Lebanese origin — were convicted in Victoria

Sony launches subscription music streaming service

By Thu, Dec 23, 2010 8:02AM UTC Sony building in Tokyo. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. on Wednesday launched a music streaming service in a bid to boost sales of its consumer electronics and break Apple’s dominance of the online music business. The Japanese company’s “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” is a digital music service based on cloud technology that does

NZ GDP falls 0.2 percent in 3rd quarter

By Thu, Dec 23, 2010 7:41AM UTC Pic: AP.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s economy contracted in the third quarter on declines in manufacturing, mining and construction, the government said Thursday. Gross domestic product shrank 0.2 percent in the three months to September, Statistics New Zealand said. Growth in the quarter to June was revised down to

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