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Carmel Barrau
Apr 1, 2013

Newspaper Comeback Facing Problems in Myanmar

Apr 1, 2013 by Carmel Barrau

Myanmar authorities have recently granted licenses to 16 daily newspapers in the country but hampered by archaic machinery, a lack of reporters, as well as a general lack of funds, only 4 of these papers could return to the stands. This is still a monumental starting point seeing as that it's been almost 50 years since these paper have been available to newsstands. Myanmar, while still under firm military control, was ranked among the lowest in Freedom of Press index but has already ro...


Carmel Barrau
Apr 1, 2013

687 Endangered Turtles Seized by Indonesian Authorities

Apr 1, 2013 by Carmel Barrau

Earlier this month, a package containing nearly 800 pig-nosed turtles was seized by authorities as it passed through a Jakarta servicing airport. The package did not possess a shipping address but came from Papua. The turtles contained were all less than a month old and plans were made to release them back to their natural habitat soon. These turtles are protected from over-exploitation via the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species which they are listed under. The penalty...


Carmel Barrau
Apr 1, 2013

Potential Malaysian Incursion Funder Surrenders

Apr 1, 2013 by Carmel Barrau

Earlier this week, Datuk Seri Muhammad Ridzwan surrendered to police after being allegedly involved in funding the Sulu Sultanate for the armed incursion that hit the Sabah region in the island of Borneo in Malaysia back in February. This incident left many dead, most being Filipino and was a clear act of terrorism. Ridzwan, however, denies all allegations that connect him to funding this incident, publicly stating that his funds were transferred for the purposes of charity and support...