• In lieu of posts today I ask that others here as well as visitors post information about what is happening in Burma (Myanmar) here in comments or in the shoutbox. Make today the day that you find out more – and share what you find!

    Thanks!

  • #2 is the U.S. version of a British film entitled “Burma?s Secret War”. You can watch that here:

  • The Burma Campaign UK’s “Dirty List” (as referenced in the above film)

    (ht Jeff Hess)

  • Myanmar street protest. Bound to get the energy going for support of this action. Amazing, really:

  • Reports are emerging from Myanmar (Burma) of mass arrests overnight. On Wednesday, the military issued public warnings that more arrests were to be expected. Military trucks with mounted loudspeakers patrolled the city blaring: “We have photos. We are going to make arrests!

  • Chevron’s links to Burma stir critics to demand it pull out

    Note: Chevron owns Texaco

    Part of their vision is to “earn the admiration of all our stakeholders ? investors, customers, host governments, local communities and our employees ? not only for the goals we achieve but how we achieve them.”

    Thumbs up on the host government part. Not so sure about local communities, however, given the junta’s penchant for forced labor and repression.

    Want to call Chevron? The main number for the company’s San Ramon headquarters is (925) 842-1000.

  • Interesting comment from Condi Rice regarding Burma: “I can just assure you that the United States is determined to keep an international focus on the travesty that is taking place in Rangoon.”

    Odd. You would think Condi could place a quick call to Chevron and urge them to divest form the brutal military regime they are helping to prop up.

    (Condi was a Chevron Director for a decade – even had a ship named after her)

  • Whenever I hear about Burma, I am always reminded of the Tom Waits Song “Burma Shave”.

    I know it’s relevant in song title only- but I need to get it out there and out of my head…

  • …you can always count on Joe for the levity. 😉

  • No matter how many times I leave a comment there, it doesn’t show up. Maybe a moonbat filter or some shit.

    Anyway, thanks Ned for spreading the word!

    http://northwest-territory.squarespace.com/

    PS – I think the catcalls from the President’s remarks to the U.N. are based on the irony of the President calling on the U.N. to take action to stop a brutal dictatorship from harming it’s own people. Think about it. Hard.

  • Interesting take on “Why Burma was crushed“.

    As Burmese pro-democracy activists are rounded up, the west looks to China to intervene. We are failing to see the seismic changes that authoritarian capitalism is bringing the world.

    I don’t think looking to China will go anywhere…especially given the power they now wield over our economy. Tibet, Darfur, Burma. Broken record.

  • World Awaits Democratic Change in Burma

    Bertil Lintner is a former correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, and author of Outrage: Burma’s Struggle for Democracy. He says the struggle for freedom in Burma is not over.

    ?I don’t think it has ended, the anger is still there. And I think the gap between the military and the population at large is wider than ever because of these concerted attacks on the Buddhists monks, the pillar of the morality in the country? I mean you cannot just do that and get away with it. And if you go back to Burma’s history, I mean the whole Burmese national movement began in the 1920-s when the British walked into the monasteries with the shoes on, with the boots on. And it really united the movement? In a sense it is happening now. The history is repeating itself. The military in Rangoon have been also walking into the monasteries with their boots on. The symbolism is very strong. And as in 1928 with the boots issue or the shoe issue in Burma was actually the beginning of the end, the beginning of the end of the British rule in Burma. So I think what we’re seeing now is also the beginning of the end of rule of the present junta.?

  • The comments from Lintner in #15 above remind me also to mention that the turning over of the alms bowls was also an extremely powerful symbolic move on the monks part. Some on the right have ignorantly framed this as “a bunch of monks refusing government handouts”. It’s not surprising that they would mix up their talking points on welfare, but to apply it to this situation is just the height of jingoistic ignorance.

    Burma is a deeply Buddhist country and alms are a powerful connection between the government and monastics. Their refusal to accept such was the absolute strongest dissent possible and an embarrassing slap in the face to the junta.

  • Myanmar Junta Steps Up Propaganda

    This project is mentioned as well in this AP story:

    And thousands of bloggers from at least 45 nations joined a cyberspace protest against Myanmar’s military regime on Thursday by posting “Free Burma” banners on their pages, according to the drive’s Web site.

    Synopsis: The Myanmar military regime is lying and China is going to try to play this up to help quiet things down.

  • This is not 1988. We have the interwebs now:

    Telecoms and state repression in Burma

    Whether it?s via mobile phone, blogs, picture sharing sites or good old-fashioned email, the consensus is that more news got out, and got out a lot more quickly, than it did during the last big Burmese uprising and subsequent dictatorial repression back in 1988.

    ?Sanctions are clearly failing and the junta looks no more likely to relinquish power today than when the sanctions were applied. Moreover, engagement hasn?t worked either.?

  • I find this Chevron statement pretty underwhelming. Classic PR distraction move. “Hey! Look over here! No seriously. LOOK OVER HERE!”

    What the statement fails to own up to is the fact that oil and natural gas income is what is propping this regime up. Now, true, China or some other country would probably fill any void and gladly pad the coffers of the junta – but I don’t view continued funding of a brutal regime by a U.S. company to be appropriate no matter how many HIV programs they fund.

  • At least John McCain knows what to say on THIS issue:

    McCain said he wanted Myanmar expelled from a regional group of Asian nations, calling the country’s leadership thugs. He also decried China’s inaction on its neighbor.

    “My friends, we should kick the Burmese out of ASEAN,” McCain said, referring to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The nation’s crackdown on protesters, including monks, has led to at least nine deaths and hundreds of arrests.

    “We should impose the most severe economic sanctions and penalties on them. We should treat them as the pariah nation they are,” McCain said as he wrapped up a three-day swing the state. “I’m disappointed in the U.N. and I’m disappointed that the Chinese are blocking action in the United Nations against them.”

    McCain said he refuses to call the nation Myanmar because “the thugs that are running country changed the name of it years ago, so I insist on calling it Burma.”

  • Thanks for your support.

    from all at http://www.freeburma.org.au

  • #21: Thanks Richard. Glad to do it. Appreciate getting the ball rolling!

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