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Violence in the South (Part 1) October 13, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Human Rights, International, Islam in Southeast Asia, Southeast Asia.
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ASIAN DIALOGUES
(Asia247.tv)

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asian-dialouges-yala-1-144.jpgWhispers have been rife, on the proposed peace talks between the interim Government of Thailand and former insurgent groups in Southern Thai. More than 1,000 people have been killed in the 4 Muslim-majority provinces but no one has claimed responsibility for any of them.

Are the perpetrators those former insurgent groups as suggested by then Thaksin government and the military, a mysterious new grouping or are they perhaps self-defense units formed by villagers who tire of inhumane treatment and intrusion by the state security forces who have amassed by the tens of thousands in recent years?

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Breakfast in Yala October 1, 2006

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A regular breakfast in Yala, South Thailand should include the freshly-made, sweet crispy roti canai, served with sweet curry.

And this is a special birthday treat for Mario!

Godard and the framing of anti-Pope protests September 22, 2006

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Three things to keep in view when you’re watching the telly tonight.

It is possible to transpose these 3 points to the print platform the next day.

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Peace is not an absence of War August 15, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, International, Islam in Southeast Asia, Note2Self, Photography, Photojournalism, Southeast Asia.
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Today marks the first anniversary of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM) and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.Tens of thousands of people converged from all over the province to the capital city, Banda Aceh today at the Baitulrahman Mosque (picture above) to rally and pray for endless peace.

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, was also in town, in another ceremony with former GAM combatants and officials from the Central government.

Although the special legislation for the province was recently passed by the People’s Legislative Assembly (DPR), there are some grievances which centred on some commitments which did not see the light of day, as stipulated in the MOU.

There were nonetheless great opposition from key political parties, including PDI-P, PKS and Golkar which claimed that the autonomy in the then bill amounted to a breakaway state. And the calm that followed was nothing short of remarkable. I was in Aceh at the time when the final handing-over of weapons were conducted and the last military tanks rolled out of the province.

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Alif Ba Ta (South Thailand) July 21, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Islam in Southeast Asia, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics, Southeast Asia, Travel.
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An Ustaz using games in the lesson of ‘ABCs’ (Alif Ba Ta) of Arabic in the small mosque of the village.

Snack time July 21, 2006

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Half-time for snacks!

River July 18, 2006

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The best part of the trip was this river. Crisp cold, clean running water.
Both boys and girls spend their afternoons playing ‘Superman’ here, performing all sorts of acrobatics.

Sigli Bus-stop (Aceh) June 24, 2006

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Sharing a smoke at a bus-stop in Sigli.

Leuksomawe man (Aceh) June 24, 2006

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He still had a twinkle in his eye despite having gone through life in one of the more militarised villages in Aceh. He took off his hat and showed me his kopiah. We roared with laughter together.

Soon, almost everyone in the village surrounded the tiny coffee-stall. There were widows, men with scars from torture. They told their stories with moistened eyes but not a drop fell.

They were all cried out.

Oops… (Aceh) June 24, 2006

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Nervous kids at their preschool in Biruen