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A WikiLeaks Family Feud Erupts on Twitter

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 04:55 PM PDT

Posted By Elias Groll, Katelyn Fossett, Foreign Policy

As revelations about the National Security Agency's intelligence gathering activities continue to trickle out, the ghost of Julian Assange has begun to haunt the activists and journalists fighting back against the all-mighty NSA.

On Thursday, a Twitter spat broke out among a group of former WikiLeaks activists who are now at the forefront of the Snowden revelations, a fight that's exposing the degree to which Assange continues to loom over a new generation of activist journalism. According to Jacob Appelbaum, a former WikiLeaks associate, the Guardian is sitting on a story about how the NSA handles Tor, the premier application for protecting user anonymity online. On Thursday Appelbaum attacked an editor for the paper and another WikiLeaks alum, James Ball, for refusing to show Appelbaum, a Tor developer, the documents behind that story.

What exactly the Snowden files reveal about the NSA and Tor is, at this point, unclear. But recently-released documents show that the NSA has actively worked to undermine tools for anonymous communication online. Tools like Tor, in other words.

With Tor potentially compromised by the world's premier intelligence organization, a minor fight in one corner of the Twittersphere is illuminating just how divided Assange's protégés are about how to carry out investigative journalism in the digital age. Welcome to the front lines of the war between the fourth and fifth estates.

Here's how that fight played out:



Karpal says would sue if RoS rejects new DAP poll results

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 04:24 PM PDT

(Bernama) - DAP chairman Karpal Singh has threaten to take the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to court if the latter fails to recognise the re-election of DAP's Central Executive Committee (CEC) conducted last month.

Karpal Singh, who is also a Member of Parliament for Bukit Gelugor, said the party had conducted the re-election of the CEC according to the ROS' order and they should recognise it this time.

"If they (ROS) persist to continue hounding the party after the re-election of CEC, then we will not hesitate to take ROS to court," he told reporters here today.

The DAP conducted its re-election for CEC posts at a Special Congress of the party on September 29 in Kuala Lumpur after ordered to do so by ROS.

Karpal said the fresh elections should also be accepted by the ROS as even Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had praised DAP for holding it, which he claimed could be seen as a signal that the party had done the right thing. 


CEC: Karpal ugut saman jika RoS gagal iktiraf pemilihan baharu

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 04:00 PM PDT

(Bernama) - Pengerusi DAP,  Karpal Singh mengugut untuk mengambil tindakan undang-undang terhadap Pendaftar Pertubuhan (RoS) sekiranya badan itu gagal mengiktiraf pemilihan semula Jawatankuasa Eksekutif Pusat (CEC) DAP yang diadakan bulan lalu.

Karpal, yang juga Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor, berkata parti mengadakan pemilihan semula CEC seperti diarahkan RoS dan badan itu patut mengiktirafnya.

"Jika RoS terus mengangggu parti selepas pemilihan semula CEC, dengan itu kami tidak akan teragak-agak untuk mengambil tindakan mahkamah ke atas mereka," katanya kepada pemberita di Georgetown, hari ini.

DAP mengadakan pemilihan semula jawatan CEC dalam Kongres Khas parti pada 29 September di Kuala Lumpur selepas diarah berbuat demikian oleh RoS.

Karpal berkata, pemilihan baharu itu sepatutnya diterima oleh RoS kerana Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi turut memuji DAP mengadakannya yang boleh dilihat sebagai petanda parti itu membuat perkara betul.


Chin Peng, an obituary

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 03:52 PM PDT

Chin Peng, born Ong Boon Hua, 21 October 1924 to 16 September 2013

But we didn't [experience] defeat in forcing the British to grant independence to Malaya. Without our struggle, I don't think the British would grant independence to Malaya. Or it will be many years later…. I don't think we were humiliated. At least I never surrender, and at least I feel proud, not for me, for our movement, for all those supporters.

Anthony Reid, New Mandala

The passing of Chin Peng in Bangkok on 16 September 2013 brings to an end one of the longest of Asian political biographies. Chin Peng became the Secretary General and effective leader of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), the country's oldest political party, in 1947 when he was only 22.  He retained that position for the next 60 years, indeed until his death, even though the party became divided, moribund and irrelevant around him. Long after communism ceased to be a threat to Malaysia he was refused permission to return to the country of his birth (unless he publicly recanted all his views) and so he remained an exile.

The scars of that period have not healed.  The role of communists in fighting first Japanese and later British for control of Malaya is scarcely recognised in Malaysian textbooks and public memory.  Many Chinese and a few radical Malays remain unnecessarily alienated from the Malaysian establishment, and it from them, while an important but polarised chapter in Malaysia-China relations remains off the table, unable to be discussed by either side.  Chin Peng himself spent much of his later life attempting to explain and defend what he called 'My Side of History'. One hopes that his removal from the scene, after having his say, may make the integration of a very divided history a little easier.

Just why Chin Peng came to lead Malayan communism so early in his life has much to do with accidents of his family upbringing and schooling.  Although essentially educated in the Chinese medium like the overwhelming majority of Malayan communist recruits, he had just enough English education at the beginning and end of this period to be comfortable, if a little hesitant,  in English. His elder brother and his equally committed communist wife were English-educated.  In the crisis that endangered the party in 1947, when its long-term Secretary General Lai Tek was discovered to have worked for both Japanese and British and was assassinated by the Party, Chin Peng was well placed politically to succeed, not least because his English enabled him to talk to other communities. Indeed the early years of his leadership marked a striking reorientation of the Party to being 'Malayan', and looking for non-Chinese recruits, rather than a branch of the Chinese party.

As a teenager he had already taken a leading part in the communist-supported Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA), the most effective armed resistance to the Japanese in Malaya.  With a half-dozen other communists in the resistance he was decorated by Mountbatten in 1946. But in May 1948, as the Federation of Malaya structure disappointed non-Malay hopes for a post-war democratic order, as the British increasingly cracked down on left-wing activists, and as both sides in what became the global Cold War hardened their international stance, Chin Peng led the communists back to the jungle in armed insurrection.  The Malayan Emergency which followed was a long and ruinous guerilla struggle, involving troops from Britain, Australia and New Zealand as well as Malaya. Progress to independence was speeded to deprive the communists of their most powerful anti-colonial argument. Once the government that would carry the Federation of Malaya to independence was in place, led by the genial prince Tunku Abdul Rahman, a meeting was arranged at which the Tunku could try to persuade Chin Peng to give up the struggle since its nominal object of independence was achieved.  Chin Peng proved clear and persuasive at the 1955 Baling talks in Kedah, but insisted that he could only bring his men out of the jungle to lay down their arms if they were allowed to enter the political process as a legal party.  Under British advice the Tunku  would not agree to this, or indeed to any significant concession to the communists once they surrendered. The talks failed, and all they had changed was to provide the Malayan/Malaysian public with an image of their "enemy"–a slim soft-spoken figure who vanished from sight as suddenly as he arrived.



Throw away the AG report

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 03:38 PM PDT

There is no point in the Auditor-General coming out with his report every year when those consistently bleeding the nation's coffers are let off the hook every time

G Vinod, FMT

Year in year out, the Auditor-General's Report tells us a story. It tells a true story on how billions in taxpayers money go down the drain through corruption and wastage.

Year in and year out, a lot of oppositions MPs and NGOs would demand for the government to take action against those responsible for the mess.

Year in and year out, the law enforcement agencies such as the MACC would make bold announcements that they would get to the bottom of the matter.

And year in year out, none responsible are hauled up to the court of law despite the initial tough rhetoric by the enforcement agencies.

And the same vicious cycle repeats itself again and again.

Now, the government is mulling releasing the audit report thrice a year. But the simple question here is, what the hell for?

We can even release the audit report weekly but if no action is taken against those responsible for bleeding the nation's coffers, it will be status quo till the end of time, or until Malaysia goes bust.

And Malaysians, while they may not be so forgiving on issues like race and religion, seems to be very forgiving on this matter. Yes, a little noise in the beginning and but it would water down after a few months.

So with such apathy and lack of enforcement, do we really expect anything to change? Worse, we still seem to be voting in the same government every five years.

No one to blame but ourselves

And where is PAS Youth with all this happening? Instead of frothing at mouth and holding demonstrations when foreign artistes come to perform here, they should come out demonising wastage and corruption, which in fact, is the real cause of decadence in a society.

From what it seems, many of us do not realise how much damage corruption is doing to the country. A lot of us do not realise that Malaysia does not have deep pockets to sustain the economy.




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