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Differences that bind us together

Connecting histories and cultures within and beyond Europe yields interesting observations.

On Your Side

Triumph over adversity

Around the world, Japanese people are admired for many things but the latest triumph in the rugby world confirms their ‘ganbaru’ spirit.


Dark horse candidate for PM8?

The air is thick with talk of an alternative succession plan, even as Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim moves swiftly to take down a potential rival for the top job.

Along The Watchtower

LTTE arrests: Support or sympathy?

The investigations into the 12 persons held for alleged links to the Tamil Tigers must be completed before the end of the 28-day period of detention without trial under Sosma.

All the pieces matter

What is the real reason for the LTTE arrests?

PERHAPS the introductory caveat of this article should be: objectively speaking, we must be open to the possibility that the statements by some of the police could be absolutely true.

The Bowerbird Writes

An opportunity to right the wrong

A yearly budget should be able to address real issues not just dangling carrots and promising sweeteners.

Colours of China

Modern revival of an ancient art

Like-minded people in Guangzhou keep the spirit of Cantonese opera alive by promoting the art form.

Putting Dr G On The Spot

Condom conundrum: To use or not to use

The description that "using condom is like taking a shower with a raincoat on" or "eating candy with the wrapper on" typically depicts the feelings of men who loathe the rubber.

On The Beat

Keep foreign extremism at bay

THE arrest of two DAP lawmakers – including a state executive councillor – for their suspected links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militant group is certainly one of the most explosive stories of the week.


‘A full-time career in the gig economy? Think twice.’

THE gig economy is capitalism at its most brutal. Everybody wants to create the next “unicorn” – disrupting conventional businesses on a global scale like Airbnb and Netflix.

It's Just Politics

Far reaching consequences

THE controversial Kongres Maruah Melayu (Malay Dignity Congress) has come and gone. But its impact might have far-reaching consequences as the fiery racial rhetoric by certain speakers has rattled some Malaysians.


A closer view of Brexit

SOME days in the United Kingdom prior to visiting the easternmost and westernmost countries of the European Union have stimulated an update on Brexit.