Archive for the 'Myanmar' Category

THE CUTS GO BOTH WAYS, BUT NO SILENCE YET…

January 24th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — The Democratic Voice of Burma reports that the Irrawaddy Magazine has ceased publishing its print edition and the Irrawaddy Magazine reports that the Democratic Voice of Burma has cut back on its radio and television programs and laid-off employees. In both cases, budget cuts forced by less support from donors are at the […]

DEMOCRACY, NO…? PRETTY GIRLS, YES…!

January 23rd, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — There is palpable obscenity here in the pictures from the Automobile Show 2011 now taking place in Yangoon. Yes, models have to make a living too, but we don’t have to think too hard to come up with a short list of people who attend the show, drool over the models and, most […]

PEACEFUL CHANGE IS ABOUT THE CONVERSATION…

January 22nd, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — Aung San Suu Kyi speaks with MSNBC. She is one very brave woman, such is the stuff of Nobel Laureates. MSNBC: After euphoria upon her release, Aung San Suu Kyi who called Gandhi an inspiration is continuing her movement for democracy. In your effort to free your people from oppression you say you […]

CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED SEATS…

January 21st, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — Consider for a moment what our own Congress would be like if one seat in four of both the House of Representatives and the Senate were guaranteed by our Constitution for either of our major political parties. The chances of opposition to that constitutionally favored party would be zip to not-a-chance-in-hell. That is […]

TWEET…? TWEET…?? TWEET…!

January 20th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — Back in October I posted that Aung San Suu Kyi wanted a Twitter account. Her home has now been wired for Internet access and baring interruptions from the State Peace and Development Council’s near constant interference with access in Myanmar, the tweets could be flowing soon. From Mizzima: Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San […]

REMEMBER, CHINA HAS UNIONS…

January 20th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — In my writing about Walmart I have noted several times that unions in China are not the same as unions elsewhere and certainly not the anti-establishment force they are often expected to be. Labor unions in China-Lite Myanmar are not necessarily bad, but I don’t think they’re anything to celebrate over yet. From […]

WHAT DOES A SPDC MEMBER DO ANYWAY…?

January 19th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — Ever wonder what a member of Myanmar’s State Peace and Development Council does on an average day? Physicians for Human Rights, an independent, non-profit organization that uses medical and scientific expertise to investigate human rights violations and advocate for justice, accountability, and the health and dignity of all people gives a look inside […]

THE PRINT MAY BE DEAD, BUT NOT THE MESSAGE…

January 18th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — I confess that my heart skipped a beat when I saw the Time magazine lede: The Irrawaddy, considered the most influential English-language magazine covering events in military-ruled Burma, indefinitely suspended publication of its print edition this month because of financial difficulties. I quickly surfed over to the Irrawaddy site and found the page […]

JUST HOW SLOW IS SLOW…?

January 16th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — Buried deep within a story under the headline Burma on slow march to democracy are these three delusional paragraphs: But the biggest surprise – one that diplomats, politicians, and NGOs are only whispering about, fearful of being taken as traitors to the cause – is that the military government itself wants to change. […]

VOICES FROM THE RESISTANCE…

January 15th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — These are a few of the people against whom Myanmar’s newly conscripted troops will be marshaled in the fast approaching emergency. From the Shan Herald: Ko Than Khe, Chairperson of the All Burma Student’s Democratic Front. To achieve the federal democratic union in Burma, we need to change the current military rule through […]

GENERALS GO PRIVATE, TAKE BUSINESS WITH…

January 14th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — As the members of the State Peace and Development Council swap their dress uniforms for bespoke suits they naturally want to shift control of all those enterprises they publically controlled as the SPDC to private hands so that they can reap the benefits of the rapine and pillage. From the BBC: According to […]

GANDHI STARTED OUT AS A LAWYER…

January 13th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — Is it possible to remove a dictator via a nation’s courts? Is it possible to so cripple a dictator infrastructure of control via a nation’s courts that the system collapses? Perhaps. Or, is it more likely that the lawyers will simply be put against the wall and shot? Myanmar is not India and […]

YOU KNOW THE EMERGENCY IS COMING…

January 12th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — From 1975 to 1979 I served in the United States Navy and made two deployments — we called the cruises — to the Western Pacific. At the time the big naval base in the area was at Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands. Ferdinand Marcos had been president since 1965 (he stayed in […]

WILL PARLIMENT LAST LONGER THAN THE DUMA…?

January 11th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — Or be as effective? I have serious doubts. From Mizzima: Burma’s new national, regional and state Parliaments will convene for the first time on Jan. 31, two months after the national elections, the state media announced on Monday. Thousands of construction workers continue to put the final touches on the new People’s Parliament […]

ONE, TWO, THREE, WHAT’RE WE FIGHTING FOR…?

January 10th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — Who does Myanmar plan on invading or whom does it think is planning on invading Myanmar? Is Myanmar gearing up for another round of Khmer Rouge-esque ethnic/political cleansing? How many soldiers do the generals think they need. From The Democratic Voice of Burma: Men and women over the age of 18 will be […]

BROKEN RICE FROM A BROKEN ECONOMY…

January 9th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — To give the leavings, the garbage, the spoiled to the poor is despicable. To attempt to sell it to them is beyond criminal. From The Irrawaddy: A ship carrying Burmese rice was ordered to return to Burma in December after being refused docking permission in the Ivory Cost due to the unacceptable quality […]

FILLING THE TIGER’S TANK…

January 7th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — For the United States, with its relatively small population of only a couple hundred million, explosive economic growth while sucking on the world’s petroleum teat was no great accomplishment, specially considering that it had substantial petroleum deposits of its own. For China, however, rich in dirty coal, but a pauper when it comes […]

WHERE ORWELL LEARNED ABOUT BIG BROTHER…

January 6th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — I really wish that George Orwell had lived to see where the country he wrote about in Burmese Days has gone. From The Irrawaddy: Burma’s military regime is preparing to intercept more than 3,000 GSM and CDMA phones belonging to politicians, businessmen, social activists, artists and media personnel, according to an official from […]

WE STOLE THE ELECTION, YOU’RE NEXT…

January 5th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — The post-election military campaigns continue as Myanmar’s army assaults and is assaulted in ethnic regions of the nation. In the most recent engagement, the Arakan Liberation Army ambushed a Myanmarese infantry column, killing four soldiers. From the Democratic Voice of Burma: Fighting between the army’s Light Infantry Battalion 55 and the Arakan Liberation […]

DOES HE MEAN LIKE… CHINA…?

January 4th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — There are meddlers and then there are meddlers. I’m a meddler of the first type, someone who has stuck his nose into the business of the People of Myanmar and made small efforts to tell them how to run their country. Meddlers of the second type also stick their noses in the business […]

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