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Responding to the Paris Attacks

Responding to the Paris Attacks FATAL ERROR: States and security forces should avoid the trap of reacting to terrorist violence with overwhelming state violence By now, the world has been made aware of the tragic killings that took place at the office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. The fact that we

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The Haze, Yet Again

The Haze, Yet Again FORWARD-THINKING: We have to be more proactive in our responses FOR the more discerning citizens of Asean who have been following the recurring transboundary haze pollution, 2015 was earlier being closely watched “with hope and trepidation”. “With hope” was because Indonesia finally ratified the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (ATHP),

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Planting the Seed of Asean Identity

Planting the Seed of Asean Identity Since the beginning of January, I have been invited to speak at more than half a dozen secondary schools in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia about the topic of Asean integration and what the future Asean community might look like. That Asean has suddenly become a hot and popular topic

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Growing Threat of Wildlife Trade

Growing Threat of Wildlife Trade It is not uncommon to hear of intellectual s going to prison. Some were placed under detention for being fiery advocates of subversive ideas. Others, for constantly criticising the status quo, stay behind bars for their persuasive views. A philosophy professor in Minnesota, United States hit the news last-week when

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Be Wary of What You Say, the Internet Can Hear You

Be Wary of What You Say, the Internet Can Hear You IDEAS: Cyberspace can amplify a message good or bad and propel it to influence many THE mediated environment is often regarded as innocent in its exchanges. Ideas are not dangerous, most would say. It is a great distance from playing violent games to committing

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Malaysia in the Spotlight Next Year

Malaysia in the Spotlight Next Year Malaysia’s commitment to promote a more people-centred Asean, such as providing for an Asean lane at its immigration counters, has resonated well with member nations. AS we move towards the end of 2014, increasing attention is focused on Malaysia’s upcoming chairmanship of Asean and non-permanent membership of the United

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