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Friday, 23 November 2012

EC slams Opposition leader for seeking Canberra’s help

The Election Commission (EC) lashed out at Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for requesting the Australian Government to help ensure that Malaysia's general election is free and fair.

EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof hit out at Anwar for making such a request when the Opposition Leader himself did not turn up despite being invited for the EC's Nov 19 dialogue and briefing session for MPs to address any doubts on the election process.

He added that he was informed by Anwar's aide that the Opposition Leader could not attend as he was “not feeling well”.

Anwar conveyed his petition to Australia in a handwritten note to the country's Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

Sunday, 4 November 2012


Think you may have shared a fake picture of Hurricane Sandy? Here are five rules to check whether you have been duped and to ensure it doesn't happen again.

As Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern Seaboard extraordinary scenes of the devastation were broadcast around the world. At the same time, social media went into overdrive with Facebook and Twitter suddenly deluged with harrowing stories and images of what was happening in New York and beyond. Pictures showed Ground Zero being flooded by sea water, a fairground carousel – seemingly still with its lights on – bobbing in the middle of the rising waters, the Statue of Liberty being pummeled by a gigantic wave and even sharks circling in the floods waters of New Jersey.

All were quickly emailed, shared and retweeted. But, as the hurricane passed, some people began to realise they had been duped. The picture of Ground Zero? Real. The picture of the fairground? Also real. But the shot of the Statue of Liberty and the sharks, along with others that showed everything from the storm building across Manhattan to soldiers bravely keeping guard at Arlington Cemetary’s Tomb of the Unknowns in the driving rain were fake…or at least were not what they purported to be.

So, how do you know whether the image you’re about to send to your friends, colleagues or followers is real or not? Chances are you’re not a photo forensics expert or that you don’t know how to tell the difference between a hurricane and a supercell thunderstorm. Tensions are high, conditions are dangerous, and many of the fake images aren’t even as scary as the real ones.

Friday, 2 November 2012


Israel has for the first time admitted assassinating the deputy of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a 1988 seaborne raid in Tunisia.

The operation was planned by the Mossad spy agency and carried out by the Sayeret Matkal elite commando unit, a report published in Israel's top-selling Yediot Aharonot said on Thursday.

Israel has long been suspected of assassinating Khalil al-Wazir, better known as Abu Jihad. But only now has the country's military censor cleared Yediot to publish the information, including an interview with the commando who killed him, at least 12 years after the newspaper obtained the information.

The operation was commanded by Nahum Lev who, in an interview before his death in 2000, spoke frankly about his role in the operation - although it was never published then.

"Abu Jihad was involved in horrible acts against civilians ... I shot him without hesitation," the commando told Yediot.

A long-time friend and deputy to Arafat who headed the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Abu Jihad had played a leading role in directing the 1987-1993 intifada uprising against the Israeli occupation.

He was also blamed for a series of deadly attacks against Israelis before the uprising, including a 1978 attack on a bus that killed 38 Israelis.