Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chiangmai Chronicle

Golden Horse Monastery Thailand

DC cherry blossoms and support for Japan

2010 Nobel Literature Laureate - Mario Vargas Llosa

Twin boys have a ta ta ta conversation -

My translation:

Why the hell did you establish a no fly zone in Libya and then transfer control to NATO,

I told you NATO would do nothing.

I don't know, ask NATO.

Why are you conducting a war by channel TV?

I don't know ask NATO.

Why is China not helping finance the air strikes?

I don't know ask China.

Eat my foot.

Informal translation by Kyi May Kaung who grew up in Burma speaking ta ta ta language.

Ancient Christian book, the size of a credit card, found in Jordan -

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fun for today - How to eat fresh fruits -

Zee byu thee tree in Thailand - photo copyright Kyi May Kaung. Zee byu thee are astringent at first, then grow sweeter in the mouth.

如何吃鲜果?How to eat fresh fruits?
Eat before meal, not together with food or after meal.
Eat fresh! and not preserved + packed one!
Eat the whole, not only dringing juice!

From Burma Chinese email

Monday, March 21, 2011

Time magazine - Why is Sr. Gen. Than Shwe of Burma wearing women's clothes?,8599,2053563,00.html

Meanwhile in Brazil the Obamas --

"Burma Plate" - excerpt from Anderson Cooper's memoir -

European arms sales to Libya

Libya oil

Libya intervention could last awhile -

You can now read Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame on line in its entirety -

So do read it - he researched it carefully before he wrote.

Kyi May Kaung

Real life Quasimodo found in Tate archives

Real life hunch-backed sculptor may have inspired Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame -

Victor Hugo's Les Miserables - 1962

It took him 17 years to write and he wrote most of it in exile from France on the Channel Island of Jersey.

Victor Hugo

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Petition for donation of former Rangoon US Embassy - to be donated to Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy

Aung San Suu Kyi in Bath? UK - in days before 1988 - from her supporter on Internet.

Our Petition
is now at 73 signatures. Please help us reach our goal of 1000 signatures.

52 Merchant Street , Rangoon, is former US Embassy, that State Dept. is trying to sell.

See note

or maybe you know someone who is a millionaire and can buy it for the National League for Democracy.

Thank you everyone who signed.

You need not use your real name or email address.

Kyi May Kaung

Experts help Burma rebrand its dictatorship by Dr Zarni -

Dead Duck - photo - copyright Kyi May Kaung

Typo missed by Irrawaddy editors -

Burma is not a "failed dictatorship"

it's a "successful dictatorship" that maximizes the state's power and perpetuates itself.

It's a failed state that does not do what it should do -

for example, protect its people from harm.

Kyi May Kaung

National Geographic photographer - Reza -

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi and Panel on Gandhi's Non-Violent Social Change, Burma, Iran and the Middle East. Make sense of what you see on TV -

Free or not free? Oil on canvas portrait of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, painted in 2008, painting and photo copyright Kyi May Kaung.

Northeastern Illinois University,
Chicago, IL

Friday 11th March

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Student Union Building, room 214

The Gandhian Method of Non-Violence Struggle and Its Applicability to Burma , Iran & Middle East

Moderator & Panelist:

Maura Stephens, Associate Director, Park Center for Independent Media, and Adjunct Journalism Faculty, Ithaca College; Independent Journalist and Humanitarian; and Former Senior Policy Adviser, International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma


Mark Mattaini, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago

Cyrus Bina, Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Minnesota , Morris

Kyi May Kaung, Senior Researcher, VAHU Research & Member, Technical Advisory Network, NCGUB (Burmese Democratic Government in Exile)

Further info: Dr Hamid Akbari

Maura Stephens

Dr Kyi May Kaung - leave message with interview request in subject line as comment on this blog.
Please be short and to the point - no links in comments or message will be marked as spam.


Ross Dunkley - formerly of Myanmar Times - follow up

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