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- What Turkey’s Riots Mean
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- Putin to Cameron: "Syrian rebels are the same as those who killed Lee Rigby"
- Bomb threat to Texas courthouse unless demands of Fort Hood jihad mass murderer met
- Boston Marathon jihad bombing victim: "A Muslim terrorist bombed us, and people need to start talking about that more, instead of being so politically correct"
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- ့ႏိုင္ ငံတကာ မီဒီယာက Neo Nazi ဆိုျပီးေတာ့ျမန္မာက အစြန္းေရာက္အမ်ိဳးသားေရးကို ကင္ ပြန္းတပ္ခဲ့တာျဖစ္မွာေပ့ါ
Posted: 20 Jun 2013 09:41 AM PDT
Dari FB: "Baru2 ni sempat solat jumaat di kampung halamanku. Siap solat Jumaat, tolong abah kira duit tabung jumaat. Terjumpa duit RM10 digulung dalam duit RM1.
Aku berseloroh "Ada juga jenis balut mcm ni". Abah kata "Tiap2 mggu wajib ada dia ni. RM11..duit RM10 mesti dia gulung dgn duit RM1. duit RM1 ja nampak".
Aku terfikir..mungkin penderma ni cuba elak agar diri tak menjadi merasa riak. Kita bagaimana?? Bila derma Rm1 rasa seperti Rm100..? Renungan untuk diri.
"mengikhlaskan diri" di dalam setiap tindakan dan perbuatan... apatah lagi di dalam menghulur sumbangan dan derma agar tidak dilihat oleh manusia lain demi untuk mengelakkan perasaan riak, sum'ah dan ujub bertakung di kolam hati..
esok kita ke masjid... sikap pemuda di atas patut kita teladani...
Posted: 20 Jun 2013 06:17 AM PDT
Posted: 20 Jun 2013 07:36 AM PDT
The rise of Islamism can continue only if the economy weathers the demonstrations. By Daniel Pipes
Rebellion has shaken Turkey since May 31. Is it comparable to the Arab upheavals that have overthrown four rulers since 2011; to Iran's Green Movement of 2009, which led to an apparent reformer's being elected president last week; or perhaps to Occupy Wall Street, which had negligible consequences? The unrest marks a deeply important development with permanent implications. Turkey has become a more open and liberal country, and its leaders face democratic constraints as never before. But how much this unrest will be able to change the role of Islam in Turkey depends primarily on the economy.Material growth like China's has been the main achievement of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the party he heads, the AKP. Personal income has more than doubled in the decade that he has been in power, changing the face of the country. As a visitor to Turkey since 1972, I have seen the impact of this growth in almost every area of life, from what people eat to their sense of Turkish identity.
That impressive growth explains the AKP's increased share of the national vote — from 34 percent (2002) to 46 percent (2007) to a shade under 50 percent (2011). Turkey's growth also explains how, after 90 years of the military's serving as the ultimate political power, the party was able to bring the armed forces to heel. At the same time, two vulnerabilities that jeopardize Erdogan's continued domination of the government have become more evident, especially since the June 2011 elections. The first is dependence on foreign credit. To sustain consumer spending, Turkish banks have borrowed heavily abroad, and especially from supportive Sunni Muslim sources. The resulting current-account deficit creates so great a need for credit that the private sector alone needs to borrow $221 billion in 2013, or nearly 30 percent of the country's $775 billion GDP. Should the money stop flowing into Turkey, the party (pun intended) is over, possibly causing the stock market to collapse, the currency to plunge, and the economic miracle to come to a screeching halt.
The second is Erdogan's sultan-like understanding of his democratic mandate. The prime minister sees his election victories — especially the one in 2011, when the AKP won half the popular vote — as carte blanche to do whatever he pleases until the next vote. He indulges his personal emotions (recall his confrontation with Shimon Peres in 2009), meddles in the tiniest matters (his deciding the use of a city park prompted the current turmoil), engages in social engineering (telling married couples to bear three or more children), involves Turkey in an unpopular foreign adventure (Syria), and demonizes the half of the electorate that did not vote for him (calling them beer-guzzlers who copulate in a mosque). This attitude has won the fervent support of his once-downtrodden constituency, but also has wrought the fury of the growing numbers of Turks who resent his authoritarianism, as well as drawn the criticism of Europe's leaders. German chancellor Angela Merkel pronounced herself "appalled" by the recent police crackdown.
These two weaknesses point to the importance of the economy for the future of Erdogan, the AKP, and the country. Should Turkey's finances weather the demonstrations, the Islamist program that lies at the heart of the AKP's platform will continue to advance, if more cautiously. Perhaps Erdogan himself will remain leader, becoming the country's president with newly enhanced powers next year; or perhaps his party will tire of him and — as happened to Margaret Thatcher in 1990 — push him aside in favor of someone who can carry out the same program without provoking so much hostility. But if "hot money" flees Turkey, if foreign investors go elsewhere, and if Persian Gulf patrons cool on the AKP, then the demonstrations could end AKP rule and rupture the drive toward Islamism and the application of Islamic law. Infighting within the party, especially between Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul, or within the Islamist movement, especially between the AKP and Fethullah Gulen's powerful movement, could weaken the Islamists. More profound, the many non-Islamist voters who voted for the AKP's sound economic stewardship might abandon the party.
Payroll employment is down by 5 percent in the past year. Real consumer spending in the first quarter of 2013 fell by 2 percent over 2012. Since the demonstrations started, the Istanbul stock market is down 10 percent and interest rates are up about 50 percent. To assess the future of Islamism in Turkey, watch these and other economic indicators. National Review.
— Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum. © 2013 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved.
Posted: 20 Jun 2013 07:27 AM PDT
This problem was definitely NOT created by ISRAEL, but by the Camel Jockeys themselves, This is a time of celebration!-edit. Zaatari, Jordan — The Zaatari refugee camp sprawls across the featureless, colorless desert of northern Jordan, six miles from the border with Syria, a country torn limb from limb by civil war. Among the camp's 120,000 residents, the conventional wisdom has long been the same as in Washington, D.C.: Surely, the fall of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is inevitable and imminent; and once that happens, the displaced can go home. But on June 5, Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon defeated Syrian rebel forces in the strategic city of Qusayr. "Now, the refugees are saying, 'The rebellion is not succeeding, we can't return, we will have to stay.' Psychologically and practically, this is a significant change." Telling me this is Kilian Kleinschmidt, a burly 50-year-old Berliner employed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. For the past three months, he has been the camp's senior field coordinator — the "mayor," he half-jokes. We are sitting in Kleinschmidt's office, a white, metal, pre-fab "caravan." He is an old pro who has run refugee camps in tough corners of the world before: Kenya, Pakistan, the Congo, and Somalia among them.
"It was better even in Mogadishu," he says. "There, at least, I knew who were my friends and who were my enemies. Here, it's a 10,000-piece puzzle. This is an unhappy place. And it's a very dangerous place. There are some bad people here, and they are holding everyone else hostage." Among those bad people: thieves, vandals, counterfeiters, rapists, drug traffickers, smugglers, youth gangs, "mafias," and "revolutionaries." As to the last category, Kleinschmidt says: "I'm not yet equipped to map out their ideologies." But he has seen the flags of both the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate. Most of those living here have lost family members and property. Despite such traumas, or perhaps because of them, they are quick to express grievances, and their protests frequently spiral into riots. "We have a lot of violence both among the refugees and with the staff," Kleinschmidt says matter-of-factly. "We had six staff injured just last week. I still have a sore throat from the tear gas."
Jordanian policemen have been assigned to maintain order in Zaatari. Success has eluded them. "About six weeks ago, two policemen were killed and twelve injured," Kleinschmidt notes. "One was dragged from his car and hit with rocks." Theft is a chronic problem: of food, supplies, electricity (spiderwebs of wires parasite power lines in some of the camp's "neighborhoods"), and even caravans. "They take steel fence posts and put wheels on them, and then move the caravans," Kleinschmidt says. "We actually had a police station stolen — eight caravans. They simply disappeared when one team of police had left and another had not yet arrived. Nowhere else have I seen such things." Jordan is now hosting an estimated 560,000 Syrian refugees. Those in the refugee camps drain scarce resources, water and energy in particular. Those who have slipped into Jordan's cities compete for jobs and housing, and may engage in crime or pose security risks. Jordan's total population is only about 6.4 million; if Zaatari were a city it would be the country's fifth-largest. In fact, it is increasingly taking on urban characteristics. There are now streets lined with stalls offering everything from rotisserie chicken to ice cream to clothes to home appliances. Kleinschmidt tells me one can also find brothels and gambling dens.
Yet Kleinschmidt does not seem overwhelmed. On the contrary, he is remarkably cheerful, and justifiably proud of the job he's doing: establishing an oasis in the desert — a troubled oasis, to be sure, but one in which lives are being saved. If the refugees can't return to Syria anytime soon, Kleinschmidt will do what he can to improve their lives here. For one, he wants them all to live in caravans — which have windows, floors, and doors that lock — rather than tents. For another, he wants to license what is now unregulated commerce and prevent criminal gangs from "taxing" the merchants. He wants to give residents some responsibility for governing themselves and securing their "neighborhoods." More of them also need to work, he says, and to use the money they earn to pay for the services they receive, so they don't become dependent and idle, a combination that, he understands, breeds trouble.
None of this comes cheap, and the wealthy Arab oil-exporting states of the region are not digging deeply into their pockets. Nor are Americans and Europeans feeling enthusiastically philanthropic these days. The U.N. has issued a $5 billion emergency appeal, the largest in its history. It's anyone's guess when the fighting in Syria will end. President Obama has now promised to send arms to the rebels. No one is confident such assistance will be sufficient to alter the trajectory of the conflict. And if Assad — with robust Iranian, Hezbollah, and Russian support — should emerge victorious, he may not welcome the refugees back with open arms. Jordan is not the only neighbor of Syria hosting refugees: There are at least a million more in Lebanon and Turkey. The river is still rising. It's likely that the situation will get worse before it gets better; it's not unlikely that it will get worse before it gets worse. National Review
–Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on national security.
Posted: 20 Jun 2013 07:00 AM PDT
He is right. They have the same ideology, the same belief system, the same goals. Obama must know this. And he must not care. "Vladimir Putin tells Cameron at G8: 'Syrian rebels are the same as those who killed Lee Rigby,'" by Joe Churcher for the Belfast Telegraph, June 18:
Arming the Syrian rebels could deliver weapons into the hands of the sort of people who killed Drummer Lee Rigby, Vladimir Putin warned. The Russian president drew a direct parallel with the "violent assassination" of the soldier in Woolwich as he set out his hostility to Western efforts to aid the opposition to Bashar Assad's regime. Mr Putin spoke out at a press conference marking the close of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland which produced a joint position from world leaders that could pave the way for a peace conference to find a way out of the deadly struggle for control of the Middle Eastern country.
Resistance from Russia meant the final statement made no reference to Assad's future. But Mr Putin insisted that he had not been isolated in the talks with the other seven leaders - claiming that some agreed with him that there was not yet proof the regime had used chemical weapons. It was the discovery of what the US said was convincing evidence that led President Barack Obama to say Washington could arm the rebels. Britain and France - both in the G8 - led efforts to lift an EU arms embargo but Prime Minister David Cameron insists no decision to do so has been taken amid a political backlash at Westminster against any such escalation of British involvement.
Asked about the issue, Mr Putin, speaking through an interpreter, defended his decision to continue supplying weapons to the regime, which he said was no more than completing legal contracts. And in a direct message to Mr Cameron, he added: "Recently the British people suffered a huge loss. It was a tragedy next to his barracks on the streets of London. A violent assassination, a very brutal killing of a British serviceman. "Clearly the opposition is not composed all of this but many of them are exactly the same as the ones who perpetrated the killing in London.
"If we equip these people, if we arm them what is going to control and verify who is going to have these weapons, including in Europe as well. "So we call all our partners, before making this dangerous step, think about it very carefully."No chance of that. Hat tip: Jihad Watch
Posted: 20 Jun 2013 06:59 AM PDT
"Sheriff Eddy Lange says Hasan hasn't made any demands." Maybe the one who made the threat was referring to his desire to base his defense on his desire to protect murderous Taliban jihadists. "Bomb threat made at courthouse near Fort Hood," from the Houston Chronicle, June 19 :
BELTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas sheriff says someone threatened to bomb a county courthouse near Fort Hood unless officials met the demands of the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 shooting rampage on the Army post. Maj. Nidal Hasan is jailed in Bell County because Fort Hood doesn't have holding facilities. Sheriff Eddy Lange says Hasan hasn't made any demands.
The jail was put on lockdown after Wednesday's threat.Lange says law officers evacuated the historic courthouse and Bell County Justice Center, but found nothing after searching with bomb-sniffing dogs.City of Belton spokesman Paul Romer says employees were allowed back inside a few hours later. He says the time the caller said the bomb would explode had long expired. Hasan's trial starts in July at Fort Hood. He faces execution if convicted.Hat tip: Jihad Watch
Posted: 20 Jun 2013 06:50 AM PDT
Common sense. "Bombing victim calls suspects' mom 'vile,'" by Christine McConville for the Boston Herald, June 19
A Boston Marathon bombing victim hospitalized for weeks after the blasts lashed out at the mother of the accused bombers, calling Zubeidat Tsarnaeva "vile" for her jihad-laced rants and denials. Michelle L'Heureux, a 38-year-old John Hancock consultant, told the Herald yesterday it's time to stop being "politically correct" and speak out — making her one of the first victims to stand up to the terror-talking Chechen family. "I feel a little bit of hatred towards her. I think she is a vile person," L'Heureux said of the mom. "If you don't like our country, get out. It's as simple as that." L'Heureux lost most of her left knee in the blasts, and 30 percent of her hearing in her left ear. Her left arm is riddled with shrapnel scars, and there's a piece of metal still inside her leg. She was 8 feet away from the first blast on Boylston Street. She came to the city to see her boyfriend cross the finish line.
"To come in and hurt all these children and people. ... I don't know any other religion that kills for their religion and think they are going to heaven. That part's tough to understand," she said. Still, L'Heureux says she feels mostly pity for accused 19-year-old bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev."I'm not mad at him. It's more pity. ... He's a child. You're not born with that much hate. You're indoctrinated into that," she said. "I'm anxious to hear what he has to say what his reasoning was. I can guess what it's probably going to be, but I want to hear it," she told the Herald. L'Heureux, who can only walk a few steps each day, hopes the bombings lead to more open lines of communication.
"A Muslim terrorist bombed us, and people need to start talking about that more, instead of being so politically correct," L'Heureux said. "The more politically correct we are, and the more 'Oh, let's not hurt their feelings,' the more they're going to be able to do these type of things. "If I ever have children, I don't want to be afraid that something like this is going to happen to them in our country," she said. "We're a civil society. We shouldn't have to worry about walking your children down Boylston Street, and being blown up by a bomb." L'Heureux said her dad spent 30 years in the Navy and Army, including during the Vietnam era, "then his daughter gets hurt by this." She said it's time for the U.S. government and police to get their acts together.
"It's very frustrating to me that our government is not talking to each other," L'Heureux said, referring to dropped intelligence about slain bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. "It looks like it could have been prevented, or something could have been done to help this situation. I hope we learn from that, so that there are not more people like myself. "That's what I hope comes out of this more than anything, that nobody else gets hurt like this, none of us deserved these injuries." Hat tip: Jihad Watch
Posted: 20 Jun 2013 07:51 AM PDT
Blok pembangkang memberi amaran untuk memberi tentangan keras sekiranya pemilihan Yang Dipertua Dewan Rakyat pada 24 Jun tidak dijalankan melalui secara undi rahsia.
Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata Parlimen akan berdepan dengan "perang besar" dari blok pembangkang sekiranya tuntutan itu tidak dipenuhi.
"Kalau kamu gagal bersikap jujur dalam Parlimen, kamu nak langgar pemilihan Speaker, kamu berdepan dengan perang besar pada 24 Jun ini," katanya.
Beliau mensasarkan amaran tersebut kepada sekretariat Parlimen, yang akan menjalankan pengundian tersebut.
Bercakap dalam sidang media selepas mesyuarat Majlis Pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat, Anwar sekali lagi menekankan bahawa gabungan parti itu mahu bekas hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan Abdul Kadir Sulaiman dilantik sebagai Yang Dipertua Dewan Rakyat.
Pakatan juga akan mencadangkan ahli parlimen Tumpat Datuk Kamruddin Jaafar untuk jawatan timbalan speaker.
Anwar berkata Pakatan dimaklumkan tempoh speaker bagi sesi lalu akan tamat pada 23 Jun ini.
Menurutnya lagi, Pakatan Rakyat secara konsensus meminta beliau menyambung sebagai ketua pembangkang di Dewan Rakyat
Anwar turut mengulangi bahawa ahli parlimen Pakatan Rakyat akan hadir dalam majlis angkat sumpah bagi menghormati Yang di-Pertuan Agong yang akan merasmikan sesi parlimen kali ini. -mk
Posted: 20 Jun 2013 04:13 AM PDT
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Posted: 20 Jun 2013 05:36 AM PDT
Gabungan 'Suara Rakyat 505' mengadakan siri jelajah ke seluruh negara dengan menganjurkan flashmob bermula 15 Jun lalu dan kemuncaknya adalah pengiraaan detik akhir (final countdown) pada malam esok, 21 Jun. Malam kemuncak itu akan diadakan di Dewan Perhimpunan Cina Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor, di mana hadirin akan diberi penerangan bagi menghadapi himpunan di Padang Merbok keesokan harinya. Menurut kenyataan dikeluarkan Suara Rakyat 505, gabungan itu juga akan menubuhkan sebuah pasukan sukarela bagi menggembleng kekuatan rakyat pada himpunan itu. "Kami menegaskan bahawa hak untuk berhimpun secara aman adalah hak rakyat yang diperuntukkan oleh perlembagaan, khususnya bagi menyuarakan kepincangan yang berlaku dalam negara. "Hak ini tidak wajar dicabuli dan tidak boleh dihalang oleh pihak berkuasa termasuklah DBKL. Justeru, kami tetap akan teruskan perhimpunan di Padang Merbok walaupun mendapat halangan DBKL," kata penganjur.
Posted: 20 Jun 2013 12:27 AM PDT
This Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) video below gives a technical explanation of what could have happened when the concrete structure at the Menara UMNO broke loose and punched the ground below.
From what I understood after watching the video, the concrete did not fall flat on the road because the impact area was relatively small. Rather, it drilled straight into the ground like a nail. As the original structure was about 38 metres high and only about 10 metres of concrete laid exposed on the ground, the MPPP believed that there was still about 28 metres of concrete below the surface. When it fell, it dragged the right side of a car, including the driver, into the ground as well.
There was no way to recover the man's remains beneath the remaining concrete. Heart-breaking news for everyone, especially the family members of the victim.
The MPPP also believed that the design of the top of the building could have a contributory factor to the concrete structure breaking off. Because of the shape of the wall and the direction from which the gale was blowing, the flow of air around it became strong enough to attack the weakest points on the rooftop. All the forces added up and they tore off the lightning arrestor and supporting concrete.
In my opinion, this is the latest evidence of how global warming and climate change are going to affect our daily lives. I would expect that from now on, strong winds and gale-force winds will be regular features of our tropical weather here in the northern part of the peninsula. As the polar icecaps start melting and the ocean temperatures go up, the wind patterns will change around the world. It's a global phenomenon. We may live far away from the melting icecaps but there is no way that we won't be affected too. This tragedy in MacAlister Road on 13 June 2013 is just a warning sign of more natural disasters to come.
Posted: 20 Jun 2013 02:05 AM PDT
Marang - Terpesona dengan kenalan cinta Facebook, seorang jurujual perempuan berusia 17 tahun menjadi mangsa rogol lelaki yang dikenalinya melalui laman sosial itu di sini, Isnin lalu.
Difahamkan, mangsa yang tinggal di Marang, Terengganu itu mula mengenali lelaki terbabit kira-kira dua bulan lalu dan suspek mengajak mangsa keluar makan bersamanya kira-kira jam 11 malam.
Bagaimanapun lain pula jadinya apabila suspek membawa mangsa ke sebuah bangsal di Kampung Bukit Parit di Marang untuk melakukan adegan 'ringan' sebelum mengajak mangsa melakukan hubungan seks.
Mangsa menolak ajakan itu, namun suspek tetap berdegil dan tidak mempedulikan rayuan mangsa dan bertindak merogolnya.
Lebih malang, seorang lagi lelaki yang dikenali suspek tiba-tiba muncul selepas itu dan turut merogol mangsa secara bergilir-gilir termasuk meliwat mangsa.
Suspek kemudiannya menghantar mangsa pulang ke Kuala Terengganu kira-kira jam 2 pagi pada Selasa lalu.
Berikutan kejadian itu, mangsa membuat laporan polis.
Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Terengganu, Asisten Komisioner K Manoharan ketika dihubungi semalam, mengesahkan menerima laporan kejadian.
Polis juga telah menahan seorang individu di Kampung Bukit Parit, di sini untuk siasatan lanjut. -SH
Posted: 19 Jun 2013 11:28 PM PDT
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Posted: 19 Jun 2013 10:53 PM PDT
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Posted: 19 Jun 2013 10:00 PM PDT
I was having dinner with my mom, uncle, aunty and cousin at Fat One Steamboat, Sunway. We arrived around 5:30pm. Luckily we arrived early so we managed to sit inside the aircon zone. Our table was located in the between the seafood area and the plate. So everyone went to take the plate and round over to the seafood area.
Posted: 19 Jun 2013 12:16 AM PDT
I decided to visit the Penang Public Library in Seberang Jaya, Province Wellesley on the mainland of Penang today. Haven't been there for quite a while. Despite it being the middle of the week, there were people inside. Mostly doing their reading but there were a few who were nodding off on the easy chairs. Don't blame them, of course, because the library was so darn conducive for this kind of activity.
As for me, I headed towards the mini-exhibition on the upper floor of the building. The library had put together some interesting facts on the Governors of Penang.
Prior to Independence in August 1957, there was a whole list of people who had been appointed Resident Councillors, Resident Commissioners, Governors, Lieutenant Governors and even a Military Governor. Some were appointed only in an acting capacity. There were those who served for several years but there were also those whose tenure lasted only for a few months. Interestingly, during the period of Japanese Occupation in the Second World War, several Japanese military bigwigs assumed this post in Penang. They might have brought terror to the people here but to their credit, crime was at a minimum level.
Francis Light was, of course, considered as the very first person to govern the Prince of Wales' Island, as Penang was called initially. He was the first Superintendent of the island from 1786 till his death in 1794.
From the upper floor of the Penang Public Library, I wandered downstairs to the Lincoln Corner which was set up in 2008 as a collaborative effort between the Library and the American Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. This is only one of several Lincoln Corners in the country.
If the aim was to share information on Americana with Malaysians, I must say that I wasn't much impressed by the current collection of books and magazines. It was really very modest. I really believe that the United States Embassy could have done better. Surely, there is a wealth of cultural information to share with us through your books. And surely too, your magazines can do with better up-to-date copies. The latest copy of any magazine I saw was dated October 2012, and this was already June 2013 when I visited.
But I know that there will be people who will say that my criticism is unwarranted. Perhaps they are correct because I am actually measuring this little Lincoln Corner against the original yardstick which was the immensely grand USIS Library that used to occupy India House at the corner of Beach Street and Church Street Ghaut for about 18 years until November 1970. Walking into the place then was like walking into a very august institution with all sorts of hallowed traditions. Really missed that place.
Posted: 19 Jun 2013 10:16 PM PDT
၁၉၃၅ မွာ ဂ်ာမန္ႏိုင္ ငံသားဂ်ဴးလူမ်ိဳးေတြအတြက္ အႏၲရာယ္အမ်ားဆံုးအခ်ိန္ကိုေရာက္ရွိလာပါျပီ
နာဇီ အဖြဲ ့ဝင္ ေတြဟာ ဂ်ဴးလူမ်ိဳးေတြရဲ ့ဆိုင္ အ ေရွ ့မွာ "ဂ်ဴးဆိုင္ ကဝယ္တဲ့လူဟာ လူထုကိုသစၥာေဖာက္သူအျဖစ္သတ္မွတ္တယ္" လို ့အဓိပၸါယ္ရတဲ့စာတမ္းေတြလိုက္လံခ်ိတ္ဆြဲခဲ့ပါတယ္
လစဥ္နဲ ့အမွ်တစ္ဖက္သတ္ထုတ္ျပတ္တဲ့ဥပ ေဒ ေတြေၾကာင့္ ဂ်ဴးလူမ်ိဳးေတာ္ေတာ္မ်ားမ်ားအလုပ္ျပဳတ္သြားခဲ့ပါတယ္
ျမဴးနစ္ျမိဳ ့က ဂ်ဴးဆရာဝန္ေတြဟာ ဂ်ဴးမဟုတ္တဲ့လူနာကို ေဆးကုသခြင့္ပိတ္ပင္ ခံရပါတယ္
ဂ်ဴးေတြကိုစစ္မႈထမ္းခြင့္ ပိတ္ပင္ ခဲ့ပါတယ္
ဂ်ဴးသရုပ္ေဆာင္ ေတြကိုေဖ်ာ္ေျဖခြင့္ေတြပိတ္ပင္ ခဲ့ပါတယ္
အဲဒီႏွစ္ စက္တင္ ဘာလမွာပဲ ဟစ္တလာဟာ စက္ဆုပ္ဖြယ္ေကာင္းတဲ့ဥပ ေဒတစ္ခုကိုထုတ္ျပန္ခဲ့ျပီး ဥပ ေဒသစ္အရ ဂ်ာမန္ႏိုင္ ငံသား ဂ်ဴးလူမ်ိဳးအားလံုးဟာ ႏိုင္ ငံသားအျဖစ္မွရုပ္သိမ္းခံခဲ့ရတယ္
ဂ်ဴးေတြဟာ ဂ်ဴးမဟုတ္သူေတြနဲ ့လက္ထပ္ ခြင့္ပိတ္ပင္ ခံရတယ္ ဟစ္တာလာရဲ ့လူမ်ိဳးေရးခြဲျခားဖိႏွိပ္တဲ့ဥပ ေဒကို ေဝဖန္တဲ့ ဂ်ာမန္ မွန္သမွ်ဟာ လြတ္လပ္စြာ သြားလာလႈပ္ရွားခြင့္ ပိတ္ပင္ ခံရပါတယ္ အသက္အႏၲရာယ္ျခိမ္းေျခာက္တာေတြခံရပါတယ္
ဂတ္စတာပို ရဲေတြဟာေနရာအႏွံ ့အျပားမွာ တစ္ခ်ိန္လံုေဒါက္ေထာက္ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေနပါတယ္
သာမန္ဂ်ာမန္လူမ်ိဳးမ်ားဟာလည္းအိမ္နီးခ်င္းမွာဂ်ဴးရွိမရွိကို အဓမၼသတင္းေပးခိုင္းတာေတြ ေမးျမန္းခံရတာေတြ လုပ္ခံရပါတယ္
A Wicked History 20th Century စာအုပ္မွ
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