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Monday, 3 March 2014

‘Massacre of Kunming’, a step further from reconciliation

2014-03-03 THE “Massacre of Kunming” that unfolded in the railway station of the southwestern Chinese city on Saturday, resulting in 29 dead and more than 130 injured (at press time Sunday), shocked the world, including us working in the media. The brutality...

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Editorial

2014-01-14 Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who died on Sunday after lying in a comatose state for eight years, was among the many war criminals this world has seen go unpunished. The man known as the butcher of massacre of the Sabra and Shatilla...

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Syrian conclave

2014-01-01 AS THERE is no respite in the killings and carnage, a satisfactory outcome of the Geneva II conference scheduled for January 22 to resolve the nearly three-year-old Syrian unrest looks far-fetched, with uncertainties and differences persisting...

Friday, 6 December 2013

No end in sight for Japan-China row

2013-12-06 EAST Asia is trapped in a vicious cycle of escalating tensions, with China's rising power giving Japanese hawks legitimacy in their bid to bolster the military - exactly what Beijing says it fears.The United States - rival to one power, ally to the...

Downfall of North Korean patron

2013-12-06 THE apparent removal of Jang Song-thaek and his two lieutenants is the most extensive, but only the latest, purge of top officials as young leader Kim Jong-un tightens his grip on power.Jang, Kim’s uncle and vice chairman of the North’s National...

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Giving youth right direction

2013-12-04 CHANNELLING the excess energy of youth into positive and constructive activities while instilling in them purpose and direction is essentially what the three-month National Service Programme or Program Khidmat Bakti Negara (PKBN) aims to achieve....

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Israeli army under fire

2013-12-03 THE trigger-happy Israeli army has once again come under fire for targeting civilians. The Foreign Press Association on Sunday accused the Israeli army of “deliberately targeting” journalists after soldiers fired rubber bullets and threw stun...

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The cost of peaceLanka had to pay

2013-11-21 DURING the last few days of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the country’s president discovered that winning a war no longer means writing its history. Accusations of war crimes nearing the end of a 30-...

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Rohingya woes

2013-11-06 THE shocking incident of sinking of yet another decrepit boat carrying over 70 Rohingyas, including women and children, off the western Myanmar coast, has been reported on Sunday. The boat heading for Bangladesh, carrying the minority Muslims from...

Monday, 4 November 2013

RCEP vs TPP

2013-11-04 AHEAD of the crunch ministerial meeting in Singapore for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement from December 7-9, The Brunei Times takes a peek at both the TPP and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to see what each of...

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Need for proper info on prudent use of water

2013-10-29 Dear Editor, I WAS shocked to read in a recent article that Brunei has the highest water consumption rate in the ASEAN region, amounting to 450 litres per person daily, almost double the average 250 litres in neighbouring countries. As I don’t...

Syariah Penal Code is a bold move

2013-10-29 Dear Editor, THE introduction of the Syariah Penal Code (hukum hudud) in Brunei is a bold move. It hopes to address the many ills/crimes present in society, and at the same time seeks to give justice to victims. However, with the public outcry...

Use of drones needs UN nod

2013-10-29 THE US administrations — whether under President George W Bush or President Barack Obama — has been using drones as weapon of choice in what it calls the “global war on terror”. Drones have been used in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen and in...

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Brunei's positive term at helm unifies ASEAN

2013-10-15 'GENERALLY positive' is the verdict on Brunei's chairmanship. That feedback, which came from a mid-term review of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), described the level of implementation by ASEAN members of their action plans. It also aptly...

Friday, 27 September 2013

Need for curbs on plastic cups, bottles

2013-09-27 Dear Editor,SINCE the introduction of no plastic bags on weekends in 2011, we saw most shoppers bring their own bags whenever they go shopping at major stores across the country. It showed that people are receptive towards the campaign to reduce...

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Syrian standoff far from over

2012-08-21 EVEN as the beleaguered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad makes a rare appearance for prayer in Damascus on the occasion of Aidil Fitri on Sunday, the country slides further into chaos, with no sign of a thaw.The cheer and joy that mark the end of...

Friday, 3 August 2012

DWS lauded for prompt action on water leakage

2012-08-03 Dear Editor,A letter on water leakage near Chempaka park, Batu Satu, Jalan Tutong was published recently with the photo in your esteemed newspaper. As a result, the Department of Water Services (DWS) initiated prompt action. Since the stubborn...

Monday, 30 July 2012

Schools as places for fighting graft

2012-07-30 THE increasing incidence of high-profile graft cases implicating the country's politicians and academics alike depicts a bleak picture of our society.Both young and adult readers and viewers consume exhaustive media reportage about graft-related...

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Role of mobile libraries in spreading knowledge

2012-07-26 IN AN AGE where physical books are increasingly becoming more expensive, being able to have access to paperback could be considered a luxury. In Brunei, a typical paperback runs on average, around $10 with best selling novels or books by well-known...

Monday, 25 June 2012

What if Iran gets the bomb?

2012-06-25 THE West worries too much about the prospect of Iran going nuclear. If it did get the bomb, the Middle East would probably become a more stable region. So says Kenneth Waltz, a veteran scholar, in an essay in one of America's most influential...

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