Archive for the 'Free Burma' Category

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING…

September 15th, 2017

Previously…

BUILDING A FENCE AROUND THE CONSTITUTION…

July 3rd, 2014

Civil libertarians saw their hopes for curtailing the National Security Agency’s massive digital surveillance program dimmed in the wake of a report from a US government privacy board vindicating much of the international communications dragnet. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board voted Wednesday to adopt a 200-page report on the NSA’s so-called “702” powers, […]

EFF/GREENPEACE BLIMP SURVEILS NSA IN UTAH…

June 28th, 2014

Protests against mass surveillance have now taken to the skies above a major National Security Agency installation. At about 6am local time on Friday, in a field about a mile from Bluffdale, Utah, two activists from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Greenpeace launched a 135ft airship and drifted the dirigible over the NSA’s massive data […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 4…

June 21st, 2014

Question: What are your thoughts on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin? ASSANGE: Here is a conversation from 2011 where I tell Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt about Bitcoin. Fortunately he didn’t listen, or else he’d own the planet by now.

DO CLOTHES MAKE THE DICTATOR…?

February 27th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — I’m puzzled. Has Myanmar become so Westernized that anyone living there would mistake a uni-sex sarong as a woman’s dress? The lede on Robert Horn’s piece for Time makes no sense to me (no one would accuse Jimi Izrael of wearing a dress) but the exploration of astrology’s insidious hold on Myanmar’s leadership […]

ARE PROTESTERS TWEETING THEIR INTENTIONS…?

February 23rd, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — The phrase telegraphing his punches originally refereed to boxers whose body language alerted opponents to where the next blow was intended and, like the WikiLeaks cables, it is an anachronism. In the 21st century we don’t use telegraphs or cables but we do tweet. Too much political transparency, when dictatorial regimes are involved, […]

YOU ARE HAPPY, YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HAPPY…

February 8th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — If you live in Myanmar it is highly unlikely, even if you live in an urban area where Internet access is nominally available, that you are aware of events in Cairo. Observers are drawing too many comparisons between realities in both countries and the State Peace and Development Council (aka Myanmar’s military dictators) […]

DIFFERENT DAY, SAME CHARADE…

February 7th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — From my point of view, this news ought to go without saying, yet it can be good to remind those often distracted by world events — Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, etc., etc. — that the charade continues in Myanmar. From Channel News Asia: Myanmar may have announced a new president this week, but analysts […]

PRISONERS ARE OUR KEEPERS OF CONSCIENCE…

February 6th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — The, now-former, No. 1 prisoner of the State Peace and Development Council has not forgotten nos. 2-2200+ who remain imprisoned for political crimes against the state. Writing in her monthly Letter From Burma for the Mainichi Daily News, Aung San Suu Kyi reminds the world that thousands are not yet free. There remain […]

BAN KI-MOON DISINGENUOUS OR DELUSIONAL…

February 5th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — What possible reasons Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon could have to be hopeful about the election of Thein Sein and his vice presidents I can’t imagine. From the UN News Centre: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today… voiced hope that the move marks the beginning of a change in the status-quo in the South-East Asian country. [Ki-moon] […]

THEIN SEIN IS NO DRAGON, NO…?

February 4th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — The faux parliament is seated and, as one of its first actions, has named Thein Sein as the president: safe, dependable and guaranteed to not disrupt the cash flow. From the BBC: Thein Sein is a graduate of the elite military school, the Defence Services Academy and went on to command an infantry […]

I DON’T DISAGREE WITH THE ANALYSIS…

February 3rd, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — For an editorial in a major American newspaper, the Washington Post’s:The right way to help Burma’s democracy movement seems pretty weak to me, but then, the Post’s writer is taking a snapshot on Ground Hog day at a decades old problem half the world away, so maybe I’m overly sensitive. I did like […]

AUNG SAN SUU KYI SPEAKS TO EGYPTIANS…

February 2nd, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — Ros Atkins World Have Your Say BBC program is one of my favorite shows on public radio — 1 p.m. week days on WCPN — because he takes the man-in-the-street concept global. On yesterday’s show, Aung San Suu Kyi fielded questions from around the world. In light of protests in North Africa, Suu […]

FIVE NOMINATED FOR PRESIDENT, THEIN SEIN LEADS…

February 1st, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — The first meaningless action for Myanmar’s faux Parliament will be to select the president of Myanmar. From Mizzima: Five parliamentary representatives including current Prime Minister Thein Sein and retired Lieutenant General Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo have been nominated for the two positions of vice president in Burma’s new government. Current PM […]

NLD WEBSITE IS LIVE… FOR NOW…

January 31st, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — The National League for Democracy has launched its own website. According to Mizzima: Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was reportedly pleased with the creation of a National League for Democracy party website by an unidentified third party outside of Burma. The Washington Post asks the important question: It was not immediately […]

IS THERE AN EGYPT-MYANMAR LINK…?

January 30th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — The Bangkok Post thinks so: For the second week in a row the big news story is a crumbling dictatorship in the Middle East. While it’s still to soon to say if Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak will share the same fate as Tunisian strongman Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, yesterday protesters controlled many parts of […]

HIGH COURT RULES AGAINST SUU KYI AND NLD…

January 29th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — In affirmation of who remains in power in Myanmar, the nation’s highest court ruled against Aung San Suu Kyi National League for Democracy in its bid to regain legal standing following last year’s faux elections. From the BBC: The court ruled the [National League for Democracy] would remain an unlawful association because it […]

THE BEST LEGISLATURE MONEY CAN BUY…

January 28th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — In what may be the greatest choreographed bit of legislative theatre ever, fake politicians, elected in a universally condemned faux election will take their seats on Monday in what The Economist rightly calls Myanmar’s Sham Legislature. It will be, of course, all down hill from there. In the sprawling new capital of Naypyidaw, […]

TYRANTS HATE BEING CALLED TYRANTS…

January 27th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — From the land of doublethink comes Disciplined Democracy. From The Irrawaddy: Burma’s Ali Baba and his Family It is said that Than Shwe believes himself to be a reincarnation of an ancient Burmese monarch. Whether this rumor is true or not, the junta chief has certainly styled himself in that way, for example […]

DOING THE PRESIDENTIAL SHUFFLE…

January 26th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — Next week Myanmar’s faux parliament will sit for the first time in decades and among its first acts will be to select the faux president. The military favorite is retired General Thura Shwe Man. From Mizzima: The military is eligible to nominate a vice president from the appointed military representatives in both houses […]

Next »