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By pushing for PPPs, Aquino shows he’s no different from predecessors

By Wed, Jul 28, 2010 8:39AM UTC

In his first State of the Nation Address on Monday, President Benigno S. Aquino III extolled “public-private partnerships” as a way out of the Philippines’s budget deficit and sheer lack of funds to finance programs and services. Aquino said: If the answer to justice is accountability, the answer to the

Hypocrites emerge as lobe blows continue

By Wed, Jul 28, 2010 5:36AM UTC

Thanks to The Shadowlands’ high ethical standards and impeccable diplomatic abilities, we seem to have escaped any censure after posting about the pendulous state of the prime ministerial earlobes following Sunday’s election debate. However, Kate Legge at The Australian, has not been so lucky, with the South Australian Premier Mike Rann twittering:

Abhisit meets PAD leaders over Preah Vihear

By Wed, Jul 28, 2010 4:14AM UTC

by Prach Panchakunathorn The PAD staged a protest outside the UNESCO office in Bangkok today. The Nation and Matichon report that about 1,000 attended while the Bangkok Post says the number was in the hundreds. The PAD leaders present at the protest included Maj-Gen Chamlong Srimuang, Chaiwat Sinsuwongse, actor Sarunyu

Pakistan blasphemy law: It’s society’s fault

By Wed, Jul 28, 2010 3:51AM UTC Pakistan blasphemy law: It’s society’s fault

For over six decades we have confused, manipulated and twisted the ideology behind the creation of our state. We denied principles that could have prevented us from reaching the brink. In February 1948 in a broadcast to the people of the US on Pakistan, Jinnah said the following: “The constitution of Pakistan

Indonesia’s judicial mafia

By Tue, Jul 27, 2010 8:10PM UTC

For petty criminals, it’s a hard time. For the rich, it’s more of a vacation, writes Esther de Jong, Asia Sentinel. Siti Hasana was recently sentenced to months in prison at a district court in Bekasi for her first offence. Her crime? Stealing a hairdryer and some beauty creams worth

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