I spent last Saturday at the Malaysian Bar AGM 2015 - http://jasonkaykl.blogspot.com/2015/03/thoughts-post-malaysian-bar-69th-agm-in.html
So, here's the second edition of #tiltwtiwts
1. POLITICS | ISIL | USA | SAUDI ARABIA
"I find it remarkable that Saudi Arabia, which borders Iraq and is controlled by a multi-billion dollar family, is demanding that U.S. combat troops have ‘boots on the ground’ against ISIS. Where are the Saudi troops? With the third largest military budget in the world and an army far larger than ISIS, the Saudi government must accept its full responsibility for stability in their own region of the world. Ultimately, this is a profound struggle for the soul of Islam, and the anti-ISIS Muslim nations must lead that fight. While the United States and other western nations should be supportive, the Muslim nations must lead."
- Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (Independent senator), 06 March 2015
[One of the biggest lessons from George W. Bush’s follies in Iraq was that outsiders can’t remake the Middle East. ... The United States is not going to fight the Saudis battles for them. The days of the Bush cowboy diplomacy are long gone. ... the leaders of the region must take responsibility for their own problems. There is no good reason for American men and women to fight and die in a war with ISIS. ... the Saudis have more than enough military capacity to take on ISIS if they wanted to. ... If the Saudis want a ground war, they should be the ones who lead the fight against ISIS.]
Bernie Sanders Blasts Saudis For Demanding U.S. Troops On The Ground To Fight ISIS
2. LAW | DEATH PENALTY
“Nowadays the death penalty is inadmissible, no matter how serious the crime committed. It is an offence against the inviolability of life and the dignity of the human person, which contradicts God's plan for man and society, and his merciful justice, and impedes the penalty from fulfilling any just objective. It does not render justice to the victims, but rather fosters vengeance. For the rule of law, the death penalty represents a failure, as it obliges the state to kill in the name of justice.”
- Pope Francis, 20 March 2015
3. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
How Ricoh Returned 90,000 Photos to Victims of the 2011 Tsunami in Japan
4. CONFLICT RESOLUTION - commentary
To "bury the hatchet" is an American Indian custom at the cessation of rivalry. Malaysians should consider creating a new custom by having roti jala (a type of pancake) with curry over drinks and a smile after an argument. We are, first and foremost, a people in love with good diverse food.
21 March 2015