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 Forum: Australasia / Oceania   Topic: Who do we believe? Tawhidi a hero or fake?

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 6:06 am 

Replies: 0
Views: 23


Some Australians have called Iman Tawhidi a hero and honest priest but many Muslims do not respect him and have instead scolded him for criticising Islam. It is strange that the media is sceptical towards controversial comments for promoting harmony when clearly discord exists in the whole society, ...

 Forum: The World and Foreign Policy   Topic: Trump chooses to visit Saudi Arabia first

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 11:10 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 20


Beyond the superficial jokes about Melania's suitability of frocks in Saudi Arabia and call on the Pope, Americans and the world must be worried about the choices and priorities of the US president. All the election promises flushed down the drain. He has committed to see advanced arms to the Saudis...

 Forum: The World and Foreign Policy   Topic: Manchester attack: 22 dead

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 11:04 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 66


There is consensus that it's wrong to kill innocent. But Iman Dr Jamal Rifi from Lebanon blew their top when Iman Shaikh Mohammad Tawhidi of South Australia originally from Iran made frank and powerful comments on the source of terrorism is in the scriptures. There's a split in the Muslim community....

 Forum: Australasia / Oceania   Topic: Work Visa and PR

 Post subject: Re: Work Visa and PR
Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:00 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 351


Australia has one of the strictest vetting system for potential migrants. They need to provide no-criminal record report and show that they have a job and pass the Australia knowledge test. Work visa is strictly for particular types of work and if they do upgrade to residency, the same stringent cle...

 Forum: Australasia / Oceania   Topic: Work Visa and PR

 Post subject: Dog whistle leadership
Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:11 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 351


Actually it's a serious matter, not a joke, as some politicians would like you to believe.

http://www.sbs.com.au/comedy/article/2017/04/19/457-visa-replacement-come-free-dog-whistle

 Forum: Australasia / Oceania   Topic: Work Visa and PR

 Post subject: Work Visa and PR
Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:43 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 351


Like Australia, politics is driving the New Zealand government to tighten work visas. Only the highly skilled and wealthy qualify to be residents. Unfortunately, it does not sufficiently appease or effectively address nationalist concerns. Small businesses are complaining these are jobs locals don't...

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: Trump's show of strength in Syria view as stupidity by China

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:49 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 232


Assad might have been overconfident and did not expect Trump to retaliate. The rebels are losing territory but gained moral victory on the human rights card. Assad still survives this round but for how long? Depends on Russia and USA. Doubtful Trump would go very far to get entangled in the Middle E...

 Forum: Southeast Asia   Topic: Singapore presidential elections made comical non-event

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:42 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 381


How restrictive are the eligibility tests in terms of inclusion and exclusion of certain desirable or prohibited personalities?
Why do rules need to be changed every few years by who and for whom?

 Forum: World Cultures   Topic: PRC Image needs different perspectives - a Singaporean view

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:39 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 526


Overseas born Chinese and descendants mixed heritage add to the diversity. Many do not think or behave like Chinese. They react differently from envy to condescension.

 Forum: America, Europe   Topic: Belgium ignore intelligence warning on ISIS

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:35 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 475


My friends in France would rather live in a tiny apartment in Paris than to move to a bigger place in the suburbs. Affordability issues aside, security and raising families in increasingly diverse and unsafe communities. They don't like the rise of Le Pan but some French see this as a way out. Mains...

 Forum: East Asia   Topic: China rules on beards, veils to combat extremism in Xinjiang

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:30 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 535


Rough and crude way of identifying radicals and targeting profile of potential terrorists, but nevertheless, a starting point.

Should we be more patient with those on a different time scale and priorities? Not if they cause instability.

 Forum: East Asia   Topic: China rules on beards, veils to combat extremism in Xinjiang

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:17 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 535


Maybe the Chinese government got this right. All ethnic groups are considered Chinese. There are no problems with 100 over ethnic groups in China, only some extremist Tibetans and Uyghur. Some governments would be envious. There is much resistance among Australian public to amend the protection of m...

 Forum: World Cultures   Topic: Hackers

 Post subject: Re: Hackers
Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:04 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 186


Sorry to learn the sad news. We have heard many cases lately, and some from friends living overseas too. Anyone who calls you must prove their identity rather than we provide ours and any sensitive, personalities and security related material on yourself, family and friends. Some encounters seem so ...

 Forum: Australasia / Oceania   Topic: Reforming Islam from within

 Post subject: Reforming Islam from within
Posted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:40 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 645


There are many sects in Islam. Some Muslim leaders do not follow ISIS and Wahabi objectives and operations. Moderate Imans are constantly fearing and risking their lives. Reforming Islam from within the community of scholars and ordinary citizens require help and support from the rest of society. To...

 Forum: America, Europe   Topic: Sweden: nuanced study of immigration and crime

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:10 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 434


It does not help to present a simplistic picture and untruths. It would be more useful to examine deeper reasons. That is beyond Trump's capability and personal political interest. The fear stems from different streams and need to be addressed accordingly, not sweeping bans. We do notice that Vietna...

 Forum: World Cultures   Topic: Donald Trump purges Obama appointees

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:01 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 226


Not surprising because Donald Trump wants to throw out everything and leave Obama no legacy. Medical insurance will be the first to go. But Trump does not have a better alternative. Many low income earners will suffer severely, that's for sure. Living up to rhetoric may actually cause more instabili...

 Forum: Business, Economics, Money and Macro issues   Topic: Reversal of world economic order: Xi in Davos

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:58 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 816


Some folks don't like strong leaders or being told the truth.
But the US president is drawn towards Putin as role model and spin alternative facts to suit their purpose.

 Forum: World Cultures   Topic: Melbourne: Allahu akbar

 Post subject: Re: Melbourne: Allahu akbar
Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:55 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 310


The claim by one witness who circulated on social media he saw a Muslim man screaming "Allah Akhbar" could not be verified. The pieces of the story describing the appearance of the driver don't match. It may be possible but in every case, don't prejudge before it's clear. We know that the ...

 Forum: Strategic and Military Relations   Topic: US threatens China but some Aussies may not want conflict

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:53 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 192


US and China are keen to engage and befriend all nations, including small states in South America and Africa for resources and strategic interests. Australia is a medium power and commands an important position in the Pacific. China's economic relations with Australia is closer than that with the US...

 Forum: America, Europe   Topic: From Mohamed to Mathias - conversion in Germany

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:25 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 543


Some Iranian refugees don't seem to have difficulty dropping their Muslim label and convert to Christianity. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/10/christian-refugee-iran-germany-merkel/504092/ We have seen this happening among a small number of refugees in Australia too. But they ...

 Forum: Philosophy, Stories, Experiences   Topic: Susan Carland - ambassador or modern Islam

Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:53 pm 

Replies: 0
Views: 222


Susan Carland is the face of progressive Islamic woman in western society. She only adheres to the hijab and still dresses in the company of family and close friends. Her husband Waleed who works in the is equally well-known celebrity . This is one power couple to promote Islam in Australia which is...

 Forum: The World and Foreign Policy   Topic: China like USA, great powers think big, not petty dabbling

Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:45 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 599


Why China isn't buying cash for comment from the likes of Sam Dastyari 12 Sep 2016 Once again Australia is gripped by a cash-for-comment scandal. This time it is the Chinese Communist Party supposedly paying minor bills for an Australian politician to say a few conciliatory words about the South Chi...

 Forum: The World and Foreign Policy   Topic: China like USA, great powers think big, not petty dabbling

Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:44 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 599


An awakening call for reality check and delusional busting piece. Businessmen whatever their nationalities, are opportunities, and their actions are self-serving. They support politicians and present altruisitc and patriotic image to win support and ultimately advance their wealth, status and power....

 Forum: The World and Foreign Policy   Topic: Will Australia run out of luck? US proxy gets brunt

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:36 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 588


OIC. Copied & pasted. It's OK for educational purpose as I don't get financial benefits. ;) Australia may be running out of luck Australians of a nervous disposition should probably avoid reading the Chinese press and social media at the moment. A combination of tensions over the South China Sea...

 Forum: The World and Foreign Policy   Topic: Will Australia run out of luck? US proxy gets brunt

Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:51 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 588


http://www.afr.com/content/dam/images/g/h/1/w/i/m/image.related.afrArticleLead.620x350.gqt9aj.png/1471315823883.jpg Chicken and egg problem. One thing leads to another. Would anyone expect that either side will escalate and not respond to the other's provocation? http://www.afr.com/news/world/austr...

 Forum: Political Developments - General   Topic: Only Australian political donors allow- Top edu not Aus?

Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:46 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 1340


The world economies are interconnected. Protectionism is undermining globalisation. Internationalisation is a western economics creation at a time when it had competitive advantage in almost every sector and was able to export capital to developing countries to exploit cheap labour. The tables have ...

 Forum: Social Issues   Topic: Detention under Internal Security for aiding ISIS violence

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:29 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 937


Moving to a free society allows some budding extremists to seek refuge, build up a following without getting noticed, have their say, and oppose authoritarian governments, which is a good excuse for protection. Well educated Muslim families who have good careers prefer not to talk about religion. Th...

 Forum: Australasia / Oceania   Topic: Sonia Kruger attacked for call to ban Muslim migration

 Post subject: Sonia Kruger has supporters
Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:32 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 1849


TV stations colleagues are distancing and keeping silent. Times like these, one could tell who is not a friend. Journalists are cagey because they want to project a good and popular image. Detractors are fearful of alienating more Muslims to support ISIS. They are sensitive and could easily switch p...

 Forum: Australasia / Oceania   Topic: Sonia Kruger attacked for call to ban Muslim migration

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:07 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 1849


Australia is relatively safer than European countries because it has a strict immigration policy covering skilled migration, sponsorship and family reunion, and restrictions on allowing illegals and refugees to reside in the country. Australia is one of the few western nations that have deported rad...

 Forum: Australasia / Oceania   Topic: Australia should learn from the British to exit

Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:43 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 1019


Kudos, Australians can learn from Brexit and become truly independent and sovereign. We should cut all emotional ties from the UK, US, China, Japan and New Zealand. Any relationship that is unbalanced and unequal must be renegotiated to ensure Australia does not have the shorter end. Politicians mus...
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