Belgium Steps Up Bilateral Relations With Indonesia Reply

Jakarta Globe Tue March 15, 2016


JAKARTA, Indonesia – . President Joko Widodo received the honorary visit of Belgian Princess Princess Astrid, the sister of King Phillipe, at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Tuesday, as part of Indonesia’s efforts to boost bilateral relations between the two countries, especially with economic partnerships.


PAWA Walk – Regent’s Park, London – Sunday 15 May 2016 Reply



Regent’s Park, London – Sunday 15 May 2016

Take  A Walk, Change A Life

Join the PAWA Walk team to raise funds for teenage girls education in Asia at the Super Heroes Run at Regent’s Park on Sunday 15 May.

You can choose to walk or run for either 10 or 5km. It is just £20 to register (£10 for 8 to 17 years and under 8s are free) and this includes a special PAWA Walk 2016 t shirt.

To register:

Stop Trident march in London Reply

LONDON Saturday Feb 27, 2016


Over 60,000 people from across the world marched from Marble Arch to rally in Trafalgar Square. for Britain’s biggest anti-nuclear weapons rally in a generation, Saturday 27 February 2016. The mood was buoyant and spirited despite the cold. Many waved placards with phrases including “Books Not Bombs”, “Cut War Not Welfare” and “NHS Not Trident”. A common theme among protesters was the cost of renewing Trident during a period of austerity. More…

Looking for a healthy breakfast? Try Malaysian nasi lemak, says Time magazine Reply

The Malay Mail Online Tuesday March 22, 2016


Malaysia’s Nasi lemak is one of the 10 healthy breakfasts from around the world listed in a Time magazine article. — file picture

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia – Think breakfast and the first thing that comes to mind is a steaming, flavoursome plate of nasi lemak. The more health-conscious will often think of this dish as being overladen with calories and cholesterol, but guess again. Nasi lemak has surprisingly been recognised in Time magazine as one of the 10 most healthy international breakfasts! More…

Myanmar Environmental Network Demands Incoming Govt End Salween Dam Projects Reply

By YEN SNAING / THE IRRAWADDY| Monday, February 22, 2016 |

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A stretch of the Salween River in Karenni State. (Photo: Alex Ellgee / The Irrawaddy)

YANGON — Save the Salween Network (SSN), a group of nine river protection and ethnic civil society groups, released a statement on Monday calling on the incoming government to halt all projects on the Salween River, which extends through China, Myanmar and Thailand.

“In accordance with the new government’s promise to guarantee ethnic rights and set up a federal democratic system, the Save the Salween Network urges the new government to stop all plans to build dams on the Salween River, as they will have disastrous impacts on the lives of countless ethnic communities in Myanmar,” the statement read.

“This is not only going to create misunderstanding between ethnic peoples and the new government, but will also have impacts on ethnic armed groups and the current peace process.”

Saw Tha Phoe of Karen River Watch, a network member, said that the SSN is worried about news of an agreement between the Chinese and Burmese governments on Feb. 2 to build 18 new dams along Myanmar’s rivers, though details of the agreement were not publicized.

“The government did not officially release any details about the 18 dams. We just know that there are plans to build dams along the Salween River,” Saw Tha Phoe told The Irrawaddy.

“We want to know why this is being so hurriedly done when the government’s term is ending. When the NLD [National League for Democracy] government takes power, they will have to take care of what the previous government did.”

According to Saw Tha Phoe, six hydropower dams are already underway on the Salween River: Kunlong, Mann Taung, Mong Ton (Tasang) and Naung Pa in Shan State, Ywathit in Karenni State, and Hatgyi in Karen State.

The Myanmar Rivers Network has said previously that these dam projects, which have a combined capacity of 15,000 megawatts and which are funded by Chinese, Burmese and Thai investors, pose a threat to the future of locals and to the Salween basin’s rich biodiversity.

“The Mong Ton dam, planned on the Salween River in Shan State, will be the largest hydropower project in Southeast Asia, and will threaten the lives, homes and property of countless communities in Shan, Karenni, Karen and Mon states,” the network said.

“According to research along the Salween by earthquake experts, the building of dams will have seismically disruptive impacts on major fault lines, and should definitely not go ahead,” the network added.

The current Salween dam projects, the network said, are also violating the human rights and indigenous rights of local people.

“The Salween dam projects are fuelling tension and conflict between different ethnic armed groups,” SSN said. “Government troops are also using the pretext of providing security for the dams to expand their presence in ethnic areas. This is threatening the peace process and the lives, homes and property of local ethnic peoples.”

Environmental Network Demands Incoming Govt End Salween Dam Projects

The Missing Post Office Reply

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Saya Kubota at Daiwa Foundation, London

Arttist Saya Kubota gave a talk on  her Missing Post Office project,  which receives and looks after letters that you want to write but don’t know where to send   at Daiwa Foundation, London, 9 February.

The Missing Post Office opened on the island of Awashima on 5 October 2013 and welcomes all to come and read their discarded messages of humanity. There are over 7,000 letters are under the care of the postmaster Mr Nakata.

The Missing Post Office welcomes unaddressed post cards and keeps them for eternity.

The Missing Post Office was created by artist Saya Kubota as a part of the Setouchi Art Festival around the Islands of the Seto Inland Sea in Kagawa Prefecture. It’s actually a renovated post office which closed down in 1991.

Ancient Irrawaddy Delta City Believed to be 2,300 Years Old Reply

By SALAI THANT ZIN / THE IRRAWADDY| Monday, February 22, 2016


Buddha statues and images of creatures from legends carved into stone walls at the site of what is speculated to be an ancient Pyu city in Irrawaddy Division. (Photo: Salai Thant Zin / The Irrawaddy

Most people know little of Myanmar’s ancient Pyu people but for the ruins of their civilization at Sri Ksetra, Halin and Beikthano in central Myanmar—the first sites in the country to receive UNESCO World Heritage status.

Now another ancient city in Lower Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta is believed to be as old as the Pyu sites, the size of which would have been greater than the old royal capital of Mandalay. More…