New Year trepidation

Trepidation overwhelms Mustafa K Anuar as he comes to terms with the New Year - an anxiety borne out of various episodes over the...

‘Gerakan has finally shown its true colours’

Instead of opposing the Penang state government's 'no free plastic bags' policy, Gerakan should come out in support of this green initiative, says Thing...

Malaysia looks to Burma’s oil and gas offers

While scores of western countries continue their economic pressure on military-ruled Burma, its Asian friends, however, are anxious to explore investment opportunities offered by...

Azmi Sharom, human being

Straits-mongrel interviews Azmi Sharom, who challenges us: If I am a human being, how can I be treated otherwise? Equally so, how can I...

Why Wikileaks is good for democracy

The US has been going in the wrong direction for years by classifying millions of documents as secrets. In countering that, Wikileaks has the...

A travel advisory of the alien kind

It doesn’t necessarily take travelling Malaysians or those in foreign lands to smudge the image of their beloved country. Some people can just do...

Watching you watching us

Who's watching whom? The government has warned Malaysians abroad that it is keeping tabs on them, but Sydney Sasson responds that Malaysians abroad are...

Local democracy at work

There is no guarantee that those elected as civil society nominees in the Penang Forum elections on 14 November will be appointed municipal councillors...

Even illegal workers have rights

Whether documented or undocumented, migrant workers are entitled to those most basic rights that the nations of the world declared belong to every single...

Recalling Gandhi’s wise sayings

A collection of memorable sayings from the man who liberated India from colonial rule, Mahatma Gandhi. You can find more of the Mahatma's wise...

Kala Cola

The latest Diwali special advertisement by Coca-Cola in India uses ancient Warli tribal art for commercial objectives, reports Shalini Bhutani. India’s most popular festival...

Death sentence highlights risks for migrants

The death sentence imposed on a young Sri Lankan migrant workers has generated renewed focus on the issue of Asian migrant workers getting a...

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