Thursday, December 14, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

From 2012--Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi at Columbia Univ.

ym Actually very good presentation and Qs. A lot better than the one at American Univ. in D.C., wh was not run by the Univ, but by the infighting Burmese community. It makes me sad to see all the flak she has been getting recently. km Kyi May Kaung Words Sounds and Images

Sunday, December 10, 2017

My official website-

Kyi May Kaung's review of Bertil Lintner's Outrage.

U.S. universities whose graduates make highest starting salaries--

California wildfires likely to spread further--already 800 buildings destroyed.

SNL X'mas for you--previous SNL post trending nicely.

Better link trmp vs reporters CNN & WAPO

trmp calls for WAPO reporter who apologized already to be fired--

Just trmp attacking Wapo--but he's the much bigger black pot, than one reporter. ">

My friend blogger blogging about me, sort of--

As she uses "Kanlaon" handle, I don't feel I should give her real name, But she wrote an amazing story called Mayor of the Roses, which describes a mass rape inflicted on a Philippine Beauty Queen, which was pinned on her boyfriend. "The autopsy collected 42 different semen samples." I met "Kanlaon" in Berlin where 5 or 6 of us from SE Asia were invited as "Writers who dare to confront." They found us on the Internet. One was Gunawan Mohammed, founder of Tempo, the Indonesian Time Magazine. Also the group included Linh Dinh, Vietnamese-born poet and his friend Chan or Chang, who did not speak English. Loved that part, meeting other writers, hotel on River Spree, though did not like the ominous Burmese men who came looking for me, whom I managed to avoid. They spotted me as I was about to go back to hotel, and I recognized them speaking to each other in probably very broken German, I didn't like the female Philippine ambassador either, who came with K's mother, a concert pianist, and denied no such thing as mass rape took place, Poor K had to go with them to dinner, though we urged her not to. She has since given me permission to write about it, but I have not written a short story about it yet. In another unrelated book talk I hosted on Orhan Pamuk in Silver Spring, MD, Turkish embassy folk came and denied an Armenian genocide had ever taken place, but a woman who came who had read all of Pamuk's books and the rest of us talked back, and the 3 people left in a huff-- but now I see what happened in the summer when Ergodan's goons beat up Turkish US Citizens in DC demonstrating, I feel a bit scared. FYI, the Burmese embassy was always very ugly, filmed demonstrations from inside, once greeted a dissident with a baseball bat and smashed windscreen of a car that dissident parked in their driveway. I post these things because there are some Burmese who are sort of wishy washy as regards the junta. To them I would just say, like Ygritte in Game of Thrones: You know nothing Jon Snow. Attachment is Ishtar Gate, at Berlin Pergamon Museum. This is the real thing. What Saddam Hussein re-built is a replica. km 12-10-2017
Ishtar Gate at Pergamon Museum, Berlin, photo copyright Kyi May Kaung Kyi May Kaung Words Sounds and Images

Interview of veteran Burma journalist, in fact he's a legend, Bertil Lintner on Rohingya of Burma.
Photos from Internet

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Special post--ABC--Diana, in her own words (Diana, Princess of Wales) A few of Diana's friends talk to the filmmaker-- It's a searing indictment of Prince Charles, the establishment and the monarchy in general. No wonder they don't like it in the UK. But it is a well made documentary and does set the record straight, in my opinion. In Burmese terms, the prince was a koke ka myinn, someone who acts up in secret while keeping a "dignified" exterior. The filmography, culled from news shots, is very telling and quite brilliant. The Muslims in the story however, are hardly mentioned--Dr. Hasnat Khan, heart surgeon, and her fiance at the time of her death, Dodi Fayed and his father. A Youtube video seems to have been removed, but a few years ago I saw a documentary financed by Mr. Fayed Sr, which alleged Princess Diana was killed by a conspiracy set up by Philip and Charles. Mr Al Fayed insists the Princess was pregnant by his son, and that they were going to get engaged. My own opinion is that she was trying to escape as Jackie Kennedy did with her marriage to Onassis, but it just did not happen. Maybe, the Establishment was too strong to fight, and those on Diana's side were not so strong. In any case,it's good people are speaking out more.
Photos from Internet. 12-8-2017

Best books on India-- To:you Details I've read some of these, incld White Tiger, but I don't know why Dalrymple's, The Last Moghul and White Moghuls is not on this list. I loved City of Djinns too, and if I ever go to India, will take that small light book with me. km

My blog audience is changing again, they are in this order, highest to lowest--

Malaysia--last week-1514 France 327--for years and years, front runner USA 277--for yrs and yrs, 2nd after France Indonesia, 152--first time I see this Singapore Ukraine Germany Portugal--all first timers Burma--minimal, insignificant audience. Not surprising as I have shifted my focus away. UAE--first time appearance, But sudden upsurge for few days from "Russia" was I think bots, and now due to Rohingya posts? "Russia" is very fishy, in 2016, sudden upsurge for one or two days, and then disappeared, and same thing now. I don't think they are real people or else they are FSB. Yesterday, total, 500+ day before yesterday, 700+ I consider it pretty good for a blog that's over 10 years old. I give myself some flowers.
Photo, K M Kaung--copyright

Today is Pearl Harbor Day--12-7-1941--

See Presidential historian Michael Beschloss' Twitter acct for many photos.