Lynas: The Rare Earths Ruckus in Malaysia

Until recent debate gave life to the sodden term, the only thing rare about rare earths was the existence of general knowledge surrounding the commonly occurring 17 "tacked-on elements" found at the bottom of the periodic table. China's current grip of the market, responsible for producing 95 to 97 percent of the metals necessary for …

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#BersihStories : Tear Gas Hits Police, Lynas Protesters Make Visible Presence (PICS)

Recap The Malaysian political wheel was splashed with shades of yellow and green last Saturday when an unprecedented turnout for Bersih 3.0 claimed downtown Kuala Lumpur, congesting street after street as groups of protesters from around the country converged on Merdeka Square. Upwards of 250,000 people are said to have attended. Despite an abrupt end …

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Malaysia: ‘Street Rally Guide For Beginners’ Published Before Bersih Protest (PICS)

A Malaysian friend of mine caught glance of a great piece of social media flutter today on Facebook that is just begging to be posted here. Suaram, a human rights organization in Malaysia, has published a 'Street Rally Guide For Beginners' just in time for the much-trumpeted Bersih 3.0 sit-in protest planned for Merdeka Square …

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How Sanctions Are Affecting Iranians in KL — And Why Nobody Cares

Stroll down the painstakingly polished corridors of the Pavilion shopping mall in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, and you'll undoubtedly brush past crowds of Iranians: the men donning their perennial five o'clock shadows, the women with their excitedly applied make-up. But unlike most of the other Middle Eastern faces around and outside the main entrance …

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Facebook Addiction Disorder in Malaysia (Newsweek Japan)

While waiting for Facebook's astronomically dizzying IPO, I started to do some research about FAD (Facebook Addiction Disorder) in Malaysia. After making a pitch to my Tokyo contact for Newsweek (Japan), I was assigned a story to be printed in an issue that, perhaps unfairly at times, does a bit of social media demonizing. Nonetheless, …

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