Sunday, December 30, 2012

Writer/survivor U Win Tin's portrait from last March

Photos sent by mutual friends -

Some images from Burma - Nicholas Asfouri, Getty Images

New peaks on this my KyiMayKaung Blog

12-29-2012 total page views in one day - 538 - previous highs in 300-400 range. Hits on New Dehli gang rape victim dies - 101 Previous high (new Rangoon Silk Shop) - 92 Blog hits in USA - 1288 yesterday. What these blog stats have told me is that my primary audience is outside Burma and mostly in N. America and that the number of blog hits from Burma is very low - 36 last week. So much for the much asked Q in writing groups: Who is your primary audience? BTW - being read by women is no mean joke - as any politician knows. Kyi May Kaung

Life and marriage among highest of high class Brahmins - where a woman is "it"

My comment ref. Matt Damon and fracking movie - on Kanlaon's blog

What a coincidence - I am still mulling over whether I want to see movie Les Miz - quite obvious even in trailer that AH cannot really sing up to Broadway standards - and what would be the point of a musical if the music fails? Paul Simon talking about something else: "Beyond a certain point it isn't even musical." BTW - there's an excellent interview of Matt Damon and the movie about fracking on NPR by Terry Gross. ref. the point about how natural he is on screen, this interview included a quote from the movie and his accent and intonation were just the same as in the interview, only way you knew it was a movie clip was in the different quality of the overall sound. No fancy theatrics for Matt Damon. Kyi May Kaung

Burma - 2 literary novels by Generation 88 leaders

Scarsdale diet doctor's convicted killer dies

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The True Subject - poetry of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, translated by Naomi Lazard

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

From 2009, Aaron Brown interview of Maureen Aung-Thwin

Chinese poet Fang Xianghai - "aiming his cock" I aim myself at the urinal/ holding my breath/ but my prostate suddenly refuses to function/ they stand there behind me sizing things up/ leaning against a dirty white wall puffing away/ and in the buzz of the nicotine/ they're probably getting to grips with all the ins and outs of a teacher's cock/ that done, they signal their common knowledge with furtive laughter/

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Conference in Rangoon -

New Dehli gang rape victim dies - Indian gov. files murder charges

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

From poet to painter -

All male ballet company Trocks tackles Russian ballet Laurencia It makes sense that men would dance ballet well because of their physical strength.

Amazon deletes fake book reviews on site

Sniper who set trap for US firefighters left a note Scary.

Conflicting reports about Burma plane crash RFA is also saying "emergency landing"

Tycoons rush as Burma insurance privatized

Two killed in Burma passenger jet crash Not clear what air safety measures are in place in Burma, if any, or if anything is enforced. Air Bagan is owned by military government crony Tay Za.

(In Burmese) wrap up of major events in Burma 2012, part 1 of 5

Crony-owned Air Bagan crashes in Shan States, Burma

First dog BO helps Michelle Obama read Christmas story

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - complete text- I've seen an Alley Theater production about 2002 and was watching the Disney version, when The Child said he'd drive me home - so looked on line, and here it is -- read it in the daytime - it is very atmospheric. The Disney version tried to keep up with Dickens by emphasizing every line in the characters' faces and with the zooming perspectives and for as much as I saw (the first scene) was quite successful. kmk

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Comment from Dr Maung Zarni on Ai Wei Wei - on Facebook -

"Here is a man beyond forms and boundaries. He is about essence, the essence of human freedom and indomitable spirit. He is an inspiring figure who gives, literally through his photographic work, one of the most feared imperial powers, a middle finger."

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ai Wei Wei's installations are installed by others- as he can't leave China

Ai Wei Wei -- Chinese zodiac heads - I saw them at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC, but these images show the fabulous detail better.
Ai Wei Wei - Rooster - photo copyright Kyi May Kaung

PBS Frontline - Who's Afraid of Ai Wei Wei?

Foreigners forced to take sedan chairs (palanquins) at Kyaikhtiyo Hanging Rock Pagoda in Burma -

First post from the Dog Hair Nation - on Kalaon's book catalog and dog pee tip - -

Thanks for saying my comment motivated you - R.K. Narayan is a fave of mine too - do you know he was India's president and his wife Usha Narayan is originally from Mandalay, Burma and she has translated some major Burmese writers. BTW, your list shows that in spite of our maybe similar tastes and preferences, the books on your shelves and mine have no duplication so far, which is great. I get to hear of many new writers (i.e. new to me) and books here, so I am PRETTY pleased too to see your list. Plus the newspaper tip for dog pee is likely to come in handy soon. Any idea how to get dog hair off of sofas and blankets - not to mention one's own hair -:) without vacuuming (hate it and so does my dog) loads and loads of laundry and frequent showers. Kyi Readers - see Kanlaon's Blog.

Friday, December 21, 2012

On Kanlaon's catalog of her personal library --

Great job! I would do this too, if I weren't away from my bookshelves right now, and didn't need also to catalog how many paintings, poems, radio pieces etc. I have produced. Kyi

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Monument Books and Toys in Burma

Top of the Phnom - blog - yummy food and scenery

Newtown has made teachers the new heroes - by Andrew Lam

Burma- Human Rights Development Project's U Myint Aye - recently released - says he considers himself "Obama's present" RFA TV - see links on RHS of their web page. "Just like that, whenever there was a big event they were going to stage,such as the referendum or their 2010 election,they would arrest us as hostages -- now when US Presdt. Obama came and he was going to see Presdt. Thein Sein, as well as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, we were released - it was a present for Obama - I consider myself just that -- "Obama's present" - but although on the surface things look like they have changed, in essence they have not - there are still human rights abuses." Informal transcript and translation - kmk - for formal,contact RFA directly.

Photojournalist Thierry Falise's book, Burma Shadows, will soon be available inside Burma

Daughter of Kachin Independence Association general saved from Chinese traffickers - Unfortunately this happens frequently, linked to Chinese one child policy and infanticide of girl children (the Chinese preference for boys). The article did not mention what kind of help and counseling the victims are receiving -

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Clearing the book shelf - comment left on Kanlaon blog

You sound like my policy of clearing the floor one square foot at a time - but what is "too much" - I go this way - 1. books I will not part with till the day I die. 2. books to consult now and then - 3. Books I hate and would never touch - don't know why I am keeping them. Start from 3 - ha ha - as we say in Burmese "If it's no good, give it to the monastery" Like chipped plates or mismatched China, like some of the things friends gave me when I came to the USA - But this particular friend, Scallion Shoot, also gave me TWO Coach Bags (new) - a full set of stoneware dishes, and an heirloom piece with bamboo hand-painted on 3 bowls, set in a bamboo container. Kyi

Deadly malaria and fake pills - on Burma-Thai Border etc

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Comment left on Irrawaddy website ref - activist Hla Shwe 75, who spent a total of 24 years in Burmese jails since 1962

More than apologies are required. I agree with Hla Shwe that these so-called reforms are going nowhere. Khin Ohmar recently said that some things are even worse, and she spoke with about 200 individuals on her trip inside Burma, she said on air with VOA. A system based on injustice is doomed to fail, but who will or can compensate the Victims for their lost lives? Kyi May Kaung

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hot pink & photo of the week - from The Sartorialist The Sartorialist is all about freedom of the individual and the right not to conform. kmk

Kachin delegate describes helicopter gunship attacks by junta and says responsibilty lies with Burmese government.

From VOA - about 27 minutes into the broadcast - Kachin were attacked with helicopter gunships and rockets, despite Presdt. Thein Sein having said there should be a ceasefire. If fighting continues a peace agreement is far off. Unofficial summary and translation - kmk

Friday, December 14, 2012

My - "Are you listening Mrs Clinton" post hits weekly high of 95 hits per post As you see it is Robert Karniol's article from the Straits Times and it must be because people are starting to question US-Burma policy. Kyi May Kaung

My favorite artist Franz Kline - images

WSJ interview of artist Min Wae Aung

Monks all over Burma and DKBA demonstrating to protest firebomb clampdown on copper mine demonstrators on Nov 29 For official transcripts and English translations, write to DKBA = Democratic Karen Buddhist Association.

Sandy Hook Connecticut elementary school shootings In USA please work for better gun control - pl work with your school age child or college age offspring and their schools/colleges/universities for better security and teacher/students emergency training. --

CNN review of The Hobbit - "sluggish" Sharp review - of course The Hobbit is the first story (for the film, back story) in which Tolkien was building up his primary characters and setting the stage - this review makes a lot of sense. kmk

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Kyi May Kaung's five "Next Big Thing" nominations and the Q and A.

Dear Writers - we look forward to joining your august company very soon - Photo copyright Kyi May Kaung. First, thank you Kanlaon for nominating me - as you said when we first met in Berlin in 2005 as "writers who dare to confront" -- we writers need a boost like this sometimes./ My five nominees are -- (I wanted to nominate "Kanlaon" but maybe one should not go in circles)./ 1. Vietnamese-born poet & political commentator Linh Dinh/ 2. Ko Ko Thett - poet and literary translator/ 3. Maru - a k a Kyaw Aung Lwin - poet and broadcaster/ 4. U Win Tin, renowned NLD strategist who spent 19 years in prison in notorious Insein Prison in Rangoon - for his memoir What's That? A Human Hell./ 5. Mahn Nyein Maung - Karen freedom fighter - for his memoir Against the Storm, Across the Waves./ Note - I am not being "nationalistic" or ethnic- or region-centered - I do not know so many people and I don't know many writers - and these 5 (plus Kanlaon) stand out so vividly./ Here are the Q and A -s/ A. Where did the idea come from for the book?/ If we are talking about my novel Wolf,previously named "August" and "Burmese Rebel"/ between 2002 and 2005 and earlier from 1997-2001, I met many survivors/activists of the 1988 revolution in Burma./ I decided to composite some of these with myself (as a man) and make a composite character./ B. What genre does your book fall under?/ It's a romance, a coming of age story and a coming to terms story and a political thriller. I am not really a genre writer but I love complex political thrillers- and my training is as a political economist and activist./ C. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?/ I have not thought about this at length, but I asked My Personal Artist (his professional name) to make a cover with someone looking like Keanu Reeves, and I like him in The Matrix - which this story is sort of similar to without the sci fi./ The woman should be played by Angelina Jolie -/ She was great as both Alexander the Great's mother and in Boewulf as the monster Grendel's mother - and I am a great fan of John Gardner and love Grendel getting ready to eat some humans by tying a napkin under his chin./ I am not sure if Gardner said it's a red and white checked napkin, but it should be. The lead female character in my novel is all about sex and motherhood./ D. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?/ It's a novel of love and betrayal, as it traces the hero Awegoke's struggle to be free and his love-hate relationships with the women in his life./ E. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?/ I started the first half in 2005, in the winter, through 2 novel writing workshops at The Bethesda Writers Center and 2 writing groups (maybe 3) that I helped form. The second half I pushed through in a "boot camp" class at BWC - where you just sit and write in class, you hardly get to meet your classmates and no one critiques each others' work, though the instructor Kathyrn Jensen, spent quality time with each writer during each session./ I liked boot camp a lot since there was not the "bragging" and "back-stabbing" that happen in some groups or classes when the instructor is not firm enough or fast enough with putting his/her foot down that such behavior will not be tolerated. Since 1994 I have taken about 9 courses in Philadelphia and the DC area - mainly to have "company" while I am writing./ Jensen taught us not to care where we are or who we are with - writing is writing - she urged us to write in coffee shops and airports. Since then I just slam it down, though for some reason I only do translations in cafes./ So overall it might have been 2006 to 2009 or so, but I work on 5-6 projects all at the same time + painting professionally, so it's hard to say how long I worked on Wolf./ In fact I am still trying to get my anger up to write one fight scene where another woman, not one I want played by Jolie, leaves the hero to be ordained as a Buddhist monk, not nun) in Sri Lanka. Maybe this part should be played by the actress who played Eowyn in Lord of the Rings- a perfectly straightforward, brave and well meaning woman./ It must be hard for a man to be left for religious reasons./ G. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?/ I am trying both options for now, but if by a certain deadline, which I cannot reveal,I do not find a good agent, I will self publish./ ***

The Next Big Thing Link - two writers back -

Burmese TV update - 12-12-12 - Ken Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest dramatized in Bucharest by prisoners Man with almost full body tattoo in real life killed his girl friend in a swimming pool. He said during the time he is acting in the play and rehearsing, he gets to escape prison life.

Aung San Suu Kyi goes to her Kawhmu constituency and looks at bridges and roads, tells constutuents how to separate their trash Daw Suu in light mauve jacket with black buttons.

12/12/12 superstitions Nothing can beat what happened in Burma on 8-8-1988. Kyi May Kaung

Kyi May Kaung has been nominated The Next Big Thing in Writing - on Kanlaon's blog Sidewalk bookseller in Rangoon, Burma - frame grab.

Why labor unions losing power in the USA

Monday, December 10, 2012

In Kyaukpadaung, Upper Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi says she is encouraged by young people's interest in politics 12-10-2012 news cast TV. She also stressed that naing gnan yay or politics, literally "the nation's business" concerns everyone and everything. Kyaukpadaung is region where the recent copper mine workers' demonstrations were brutally quelled with fire bombs by the junta.

New York Times obit (1941) of James Joyce excerpt - Judge Woolsey's Decision/ "'Ulysses' is not an easy book to read or understand," Judge Woolsey wrote. "But there has been much written about it, and in order properly to approach the consideration of it it is advisable to read a number of other books which have now become its satellites. The study of "Ulysses" is therefore a heavy task./ "The reputation of 'Ulysses' in the literary world, however, warranted my taking such time as was necessary to enable me to satisfy myself as to the intent with which the book was written, for, of course, in any case where a book is claimed to be obscene it must first be determined whether the intent with which it was written was what is called, according to the usual phrase, pornographic, that is, written for the purpose of exploiting obscenity./ "If the conclusion is that the book is pornographic that is the end of the inquiry... But in 'Ulysses," in spite of its unusual frankness, I do not detect anywhere the leer of the sensualist. I hold, therefore, that it is not pornographic."/

A brief encounter with former Burma spy chief Khin Nyunt - by Aung Zaw, founder, editor of The Irrawaddy Reminds me of time in 70s when I met Sein Lwin and the then railways minister at 2 different soon kyways. SL impossibly seemed afraid of me! And the other man seemed on the verge of saying something, his lips moved as if he was nervous or preparing to say something - but his wife put her hand on his arm and stopped him. I could not imagine how these powerful people would fear an ordinary university lecturer like me. kmk

Chinese investers acquire 80% of AIG aircraft leasing firm They also recently bought a Canadian energy company a few days ago.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

From Al Jazeera - The Stream - The Plight of the Rohingya From a little while back, but still very cogent - AJ Stream interview of Rohingya advocate Dr Wakar ud Din and John Swifton of Human Rights Watch. They both agree that US sanctions were relaxed too soon and that the 1982 Burma Citizenship law is not right, and that the Rohingya deserve full citizenship.

12-8-2012 VOA - US Broadcasting Board of Governors reps. in Naypyitaw in Burma As VOA's David Ensor signs with Burmese Skye Net TV for cultural programming broadcasts within Burma, RFA's Libby Lui's feet are profiled by the rival service.

French chateau demolished by mistake

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Read these comments from "police chief says he's sorry" for raids on monks demonstrating against the Chinese copper mine in Letpadaung Taung, Burma.

From Dr Maung Zarni - (Gen) Thein Sein "hell of a sincere liar"

This afternoon I saw President Thein Sein 2 feet away from me today./ A hell of a liar, I would say./ Remember how he lied with a perfectly straight face on BBC Hard Talk recorded in his hotel suite in New York in September about the Tatmadaw troops NOT committing any rape against ethnic minority women?/ I shared my conclusion, that Thein Sein is Naypyidaw's best-ever liar, with a close colleague who does negotiations with the generals. Here is what my friend wrote back:/ "I met a few generals, ex and current, quite up-close and personal. Listening to them make me sick in my stomach. But, I don't understand how others see them believable. Not only are they wicked, they are also so stupid (and this is understatement to describe their stupidity). They do not even pretend to change in front of us. I don't know where people see changes. They do what they have to do, all for themselves."/ Daw Aung San Suu Kyi judging Thein Sein to be the general she can do business with is a misjudgement of historic proportions./ That is not dissimilar to George W. looking into this KGB field agent Putin's eyes and proclaimed to have found a KGB's soul./ For the Lady's mis-judgement and miscalculation the people and the country will soon be paying a very heavy price. For the regime has incorporated her into their strategic game plan and calculations./ Here is Naypyidaw's division of labour:/ one group went to negotiate: ex-Major General Aung Min and crony Hla Maung Shwe/ another group was tasked to 'take care of the monks': Home Affairs/ yet another group was ordered to offer monks public apology - a performance/ then enter the Lady: she is being assigned to investigate the industrial dispute between the Chinese mining company and the local population./ President Thein Sein's job: to externalize any responsibility to anything that is bad - genocide, war against the Kachin, deliberately localized "police incompetence" "brutality" etc. and to normalize the regime's genocidal rule of Burma/ Posted with permission.
"Their Oil Smiles, Burmese People's Cries" Photo courtesy of Dr Maung Zarni -

Voice of America signs with Burmese Skye Net TV, but only cultural programming and English language will be allowed into Burma- Plus the doings of Hollywood celebs.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Quote of the Day - from H. Masud Taj in International Gallerie

Song of the Besieged by H. Masud Taj What can the door exclude When it stands without walls? Hinged on a displaced Axis of rotation, How shall the door turn?
Thanksgiving cranberries waiting to be jammed. Photo copyright Kyi May Kaung.

Photo - a Rohingya genocide victim fleeing on a boat from Western Burma begs for mercy -

The Wretched of this Earth - photo from Internet. In his speech at the Convocation Hall of Rangoon University on Nov 20, 2012, President Obama of the USA said, "The Rohingya also have their beliefs and aspirations, just like you and I do." This may not be a totally accurate quote. Most media outlets except VOA/Burmese ignored this remark.

Mawgun Magazine interview of Dr Maung Zarni - in Burmese

VOA interview in Burmese of former Ashin Gambira's - now in lay clothes for health reasons - brother -- His brother told VOA's Thein Htike Oo that they don't know exactly where he is right now, he suffered many mental health problems due to 5 years of torture in prison, he is not guilty of any of the charges of breaking and entering to reside in the sealed Maggin Monastery -- / the brother says it was very difficult to find doctors to treat his brother, and now the specialist says he needs 6 months more at least of treatment - in spite of that he was arrested, the family thinks it is because in the wake of the military regime's brutal crackdown on the Letpadaung Taung copper mine demonstrators, since so many monks were injured,the military government probably fears another monks uprising of the proportions of the 2007 Saffron Revolution, and have thus arrested his brother (who was one of the leaders in 2007) -/ Informal translation and summary,/ kmk

News - Burma - Kachin civilians fired on, Letpadan Taung protestors arrested and U Gambira aka Ko Nyi Nyi Lwin - preemptively arrested - In Burmese.

All writers must be their own publicists -

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Summary of translation on weapon used by security forces: Interview with an ex-major of Burmese Army

Burma: Fear of unconventional weapon used in latest raid/ Interview by Ko Nyo and Burma-Newselite (M)/ Security forces may have used incendiary in raiding protest's camps on 29th November, at 3 am local time in Monywa, said Sai Thein Win, a former major./ The crackdown was the largest since the civilian government of President Thein Sein came to power almost two years ago. Over one thousand combined of monks and villagers stayed on strike near the copper mine for 9 days, in order to give pressure the coppermine project to halt, a joint venture run by Chinese company and Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited, Military itself./ The raid came just hours before Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and leader of the NLD (National League for Democracy), an opposition in Parliament, was scheduled to visit the city of Monywa./ Over 100 monks and people were injured from burning. Government announced on state TV that it broke into the campsite of protesters using water cannon and tear gas, but injuries are caused by fire and chemical, witness said. Strangely enough, the official announcement by the government is taken out after a few hours, although alternative announcement was not made./ So far neither authorities nor civil group release official report on any finding on what causes the burning./ This is an interview with former major in the Burmese army, Sai Thein Win, now lives in Norway. He was the deputy commander of a military factory at Myaing which was built to support a regiment near Thabeikkyin. Maj Sai Thein Win is a mechanical engineer who worked on machining parts. (Interviewer: Ko Nyo, member of Burma-Newselite media group)/ ********************** Q: Government media announced it tried to disperse the protester with water cannon and teargas, but according to the witnesses there, people believe the security forces used fire grenade. As someone who used to work for military factory, and based on your experiences, how will you evaluate?/ A: Tear gas is kind of smoke bomb. It releases smoke and causes tear when contact with eyes. Tear gas doesn't produce fire./ Since there was fire coming out from bomb, this can't be smoke bomb. News we heard mention of white liquid splits out of the bomb causes fire on skin and got worse when it come into contact with water./ That does sound like fire bomb. We differentiate bomb as it works, so we call fire bomb when it produces fire. Smoke bomb if it produces smoke. In this case we have to call fire bomb exactly because fire comes out of the bomb./ Q: When does the military use this kind of bomb? Was there any incident that the military gives order to use it in protest?/ A: A kind of bomb with chemical content was used in Vietnam war by the US troop. It causes fire and burns until the liquid is burned out. Primarily to burn and clear the forest. But since the effect of the bomb found out to have horrible consequences, bombs like Flame Thrower that can shoot fire as far as 20 feet , are banned to be used on the ground, with the exception for the tunnel battle. Weapon prohibited in the battle is used to disperse the protester? This is absolutely crime. We can see the injuries caused by fire bomb, and these injuries can't be hidden./ Q: In what kind of situation does Burmese army use fire grenade?/ A: In our military factory we produced 200 lbs fire bomb. We also produced tear gas to use in case of riot. But we did so only when ordered. I remember one incident. When [the government] creaked down on student demonstration in 1996, our factory got order to produce tear gas just for that riot, but with special modification./ Like putting clear liquid into bullet, adding lead top under the rubber bullet, and when hit by that bullet, flesh cut off badly. It didn't kill though. That order came directly from General Maung Aye (formerly the deputy senior-general under Than Shwe’s military junta and No. 2 in the hierarchy of the ruling State Peace and Development Council)./ He said "Let them die. Produce with higher power." Modified version was tested, one who worked there told me. Some soldier got injured while shooting to test, I heard. I wasn't there yet when it happened./ Q: Is it possible that smoke grenade [tear gas] were modified with higher power than the usual one?/ A: Military factory produces smoke grenade regularly. But it is possible a high ranking officer orders to produces with higher power of smoke grenade. Or it is also possible the tear gas produced by the factory didn't meet the standard. Remember, during 2007 in Saffron revolution, I notice a video clip. Fire sprang out of a smoke grenade; it was near the entrance of Shwedagon Pagoda./ Q: There were accusations of using chemical weapons by the military in Wankha clash in Karen state before and now in Kachin state. Victims don't die but their skin got burned, blood came out of their ears, got dizzy, bodies become paralyze, and so on. Did military use chemical weapon with ethnic armies?/ A: Sometime. It was before my time there [at the military factory]. In our military engineering course, we had a subject on chemical weapon./ When many soldiers died in Wankha battle, the army produced Incendiary devices for a test. They also test Pressure Bomb to clear landmine. Both are not allowed by Geneva Convention. So if the military uses it, they made it secret./ For example, defense factory officers have to go the field to shoot if they use chemical weapons, and regular army officer are not informed, and no soldier allow being nearby./ Q: According to our experience, police forces give warning first to the protesters. Second, they block the protesters not to across the barrier line. Thirdly, they would use water cannon. Only if these don't work, tear gas will be used. Last option is beating and arresting of course./ These measures are used only when protesters become violent. If protesters are peaceful, police even have to guard for their safety and for their health. We have seen these steps in democratic countries./ But now the police forces were throwing grenade towards Buddhist monks who were just sitting in the camps peacefully and praying. How do you see this action as an ex-military officer?/ A: This is absolutely not in line with international standard. Even in the real battle, use of weapons that cause burning is limited internationally. What has done in Burma now is just too much./ Posted with permission.

Poem for the day - Song of the Besieged from H. Masud Taj- International Gallerie

Notable personality -- Bina Sarkar Ellias

Burmese authors and new literary "freedom"

Burmese monks demonstrate against violent clampdown on copper mine protestors - Say they will escalate this to Saffron Revolution proportions. *

Friday, November 30, 2012

Breaking news from Mizzima - monks congregate in Rangoon and Mandalay to protest copper mine crackdown

CNN - white phosphorus as a weapon (used by Israel in Gaza) - warning graphic content

White (or yellow) phosphorus Yellow phosphorus bursts into flames when exposed to air.

White phosphorus burns to the bone and can disintegrate someone's jaw bone

White phosphorus - Wikipedia entry

In Burma - copper mine solidarity protests spread to Rangoon and Mandalay

VOA coverage - Burma copper mine crackdown - condemned -

Burma- coverage of crackdown on copper mine workers and monks in Central Burma - Thein Sein's office website put out a statement and then retracted/removed it. Injured monks lying in one bed - see images.

Burma - copper mine crackdown - old habits die hard

Brutal crackdown on monks and workers/miners protesting Chinese-owned copper mines in central Burma (Foreign) commentators on the Irrawaddy site don't seem to understand there are thousands of monks in Burma, and these are different from the neo-Nazi skin heads who spout racist sentiments in Arakan against the Rohingya.

Comment on "white phosphorus used by Burmese junta" - from a physician -

Dr Nora Rowley has lived and worked in Arakan with Doctors without Borders. She says -- As an experienced emergency room physician trained in forensic evaluation I question the knee jerk assertion that the chemical substance was white or any phosphorous. I have looked at about 15-20 photographs of victims burns from this attack. All the burns are superficial, even the many larger burnt patches of skin. Phosphorous is a chemical that keeps penetrating to deeper layers of tissue causing deep burns. Look at images of white phosphorous burns, these are deep burns. Hopefully the victims or those close to them will save their clothing for forensic evaluation outside the country. Nora E. Rowley MD MPH Comment posted with permission.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Uproar - outrage - Burmese junta fire bombs Letpadaung Taung Chinese copper mine demonstrators in Burmese. Correspondent VOA Thein Htike Oo. Government denies use of fire bombs, Survivor monks say they were sleeping at 3 AM when the main gates of Wanpau Co. were opened, and monks struck with water cannon, and beaten - and the fire bombs fell on them - These are rumored to be white phosphorus - stay posted, I will post the White Phosphorus wiki in a few minutes. Please consider donating to Wikipedia. If you are near the scene, take video and post on line.

Burmese junta stages 1962 etc old style pre-dawn raid on Chinese copper mine protestors Aung San Suu Kyi declines to condemn. One commentator says she is now in zone of half-truths and once she says what the junta says, they will have bagged her. A leading critic's wife was denied an M. visa - *

Friday, November 23, 2012

Quote of the Day - in memory of my Aunty A -

When you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge. – Constantine P. Cavafy My Aunty A. said, when I stopped one or two nights in Bangkok to buy warm clothing for the USA - "And Kyi Kyi, when you get there,go around everywhere."
Capital Rotundra, Washington DC and tour groups. Photo copyright Kyi May Kaung

The Dawn of Freedom by renowned Pakistani poet - Faiz Ahmed Faiz -

THE DAWN OF FREEDOM:/ From ‘A Song for this Day’/ By Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Translated by Shoaib Hashmi/ This leprous brightness, this dawn which reeks of night/ This is not the one –– the long awaited morn/ This is not the shining light which beckoned/ Beckoned men ever onwards,/ To go on Seeking/ The final starry destination in the heavens/ The final edge where ends the endless night/ The final rest for the anguished heart/ When first we set out, urged on by young blood/ What temptations were there by the wayside/ From the restless abode of love and beauty/ The beckoning gestures of hands, the call of young bodies/ And above all else, the call of beauteous dawn./ From International Gallerie -/ just been invited to write an article for them./ "Met" FAF - as quoted in a novel by Salman Rushdie - I forget which one - either Shame - probably Shame - or Satanic Verses./ Faiz was so renowned he read poetry to thousands in football stadiums./ Kyi May Kaung/

Source material on ancient city of Bagan (Pagan) in Burma at Sydney University

The gift of the golden kiwi fruit - New Zealand PM John Key goes to see Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi named UN ambassador for AIDS non-discrimination

Second edition of Aung San Suu Kyi's book on Burma and India published

US Presdt Obama and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi - remarks to press - 19th Nov 2012 From White House site.

Genocide - in Arakan, Burma - BBC 4 uncovers mass graves

Institute of International Education to work with nine US Universities in Burma As a beneficiary of a Fulbright Fellowship which enabled me to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Economy at the University of Pennsylvania, I am very happy with this. The Institute of International Education did a great job at the time, of placing us in our respective universities and administering the Awards. I have many stories of that time, mostly about the blocking activities of the then BSPP (Burma Socialist Program Party) government in Burma. And we were only SIX students for the whole of Burma. Imagine that! I am saving the details for a future memoir. It is incredible,for instance, how the then military attache! - at the Burmese embassy at 2300 California Street in Washington DC was so paranoid about "the US government finding out things from your dissertations" that he took part after 1988 in harassing us by refusing to renew our Burmese "special passports" annually. This at a time, really, when for instance the state of the airstrip surface in Myitkyina was available to all from satellite imagery at Fort Brag, North Carolina. This same attache, memorialized in one of my poems, also infamously said: "Why is it taking you so long to write your dissertation? Why don't you write it from Cliff Notes" These are the yellow notes that are sold in super marts for students (up to about 10th grade) to memorize while prepping for exams. I was so horrified my mouth opened in shock. These are the people who rule Burma today - think about it. The only difference is now they have learned to talk the talk. I doubt though that they will ever walk the walk. Kyi May Kaung.
Light fixture at US Capital Porch - photo copyright Kyi May Kaung

Monday, November 19, 2012

Presdt Obama and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

More photos

Airport poem by the inimitable W. S. Merwin - thanks Kanlaon -

Neither Here Nor There/ An airport is nowhere/ which is not something/ generally noticed/ yet some unnamed person in the past/ deliberately planned it/ to be there/ and you have spent time there/ again/ and are spending time there again/

VOA 11-20-2012 coverage - Presdt Obama and Mrs Clinton in Burma - complete coverage Extremely well done. kmk

CNN's Wolf Blitzer's crew runs for cover in Israel

Obama lauds Aung San Suu Kyi - Jessica Yellin, CNN from Rangoon That's the inside of Rangoon University's Convocation Hall where Yellin is standing.

Live blog from Mizzima - US Presdt Obama in Rangoon -

CNN on Obama's Burma visit

What's Sanchaung Ma Thida talking about? Presdt Obama's speech at Rangoon University's Convocation Hall is Excellent - Dear U Than Lwin Htun and Daw Hla Hla Than (at VOA - Voice of America, Burmese) Thank you for posting President Obama's entire speech. It is Excellent and touches on all of Burma's problems - while giving a mini-lecture on why the same kind of diversity works in the USA. Please could you have it translated in its entirety and have someone like Thar Nyunt Oo do the voice over. I am very pleased with all your voice overs, which carefully match the voices, the ages etc. :) kmk Note: Sanchaung Ma Thida, a writer and medical doctor, who was a close associate of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and was imprisoned, told an Irrawaddy correspondent that Presdt. Obama's speech "was not as good as some of his" that she has heard. Maybe she did not understand him fully.

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet is now in the public domain -

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrives back in Rangoon from India, in time to meet US Presdt Obama on first trip to Burma

ASEAN signs first human rights treaty - In Burmese, from VOA. Correspondent Thein Htike Oo --"But there is still reason to doubt whether the AESAN members will follow the terms set out in the treaty."

Obama says his Burma trip is not an endorsemment

Does Burma still have nuclear dreams - from Foreign Policy Magazine

U Aung Naing Oo of VAHU is on Burmese government Arakan Inquiry Commission - Interview of U Aung Naing Oo, author of book "Dialogue" in Burmese. Interview in Burmese. He says he has been to Arakan twice, their final report will be out soon and they don't use the word "Rohingya" as they wish to be neutral. Informal translation and summary kmk

In praise of their divorce, by Tony Hoagland

Death be not proud, by John Donne This is an excellent site from Academy of American Poets, which gave me a prize for my first five poems. The William Carlos Williams Prize. The judge that year was Danny Abse. Kyi May Kaung

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Why we love short stories - Michael Morpango is the author of War Horse, which is excellent.

Comment left on Kanlaon blog ref. "Argo being shown on so few screens at local movie theater"

Most Americans do not like movies which show American foreign policy errors. That must be it. It's a pity as Argo is an excellent movie. Thanks for your analysis of screenings. K

Saturday, November 17, 2012

From "Off the Cushion" - socially engaged Buddhism on Aung San Suu Kyi, Buddhism and you - By Rev. Danny Fisher

Excerpt from Kyi May Kaung's She-Monkey goes West - The Golden Time - This was a book length poem, still unpublished, which I should publish. Based on the Chinese folk novel Monkey. kmk

Human Rights Watch - new satellite images show attacks on Rohingya

VOA interview of blogger Nay Hpone Latt + music video Nov 3rd week program

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Reith Lectures, BBC 4, from 2011 These are very good, but quite sad. It can be argued she has changed.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and National Endowment for Democracy Awardees, Sept 20, 2012, photo copyright Kyi May Kaung

Reply to reader ref. Spam -

I did not post your question as it contains a link. I get a lot of spam, but my spam blocker works well. Once I label something spam - then it automatically goes to my spam file where it can be automatically deleted or not, depending on how you set it up. I do not like prolonged "discussions" about Burmese or other politics or anything else with unknown people. Sometimes there are flaky people who will argue all sorts of hair-brained things. So my blog is set up so I cannot reply directly to a comment even if I wish to. Regards, kmk

In India, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi spoke with head of Infosys in Bangalore, India's Silicon Valley - etc Panel at Lady Shri Ram College included writer Sashi Tharoor - --

Obama must see the dark side of Burma's "reforms"

Tattooed face of a Chin woman - frame grab - Dr Maung Zarni:

Excellent interview of Nobel Laureate in Literature, Orhan Pamuk Interviewer is unappealing, and don't think he read all the books. I like My Name is Red and Snow. But Pamuk ranges over a wide range of issues - only others who might talk like this are Hemingway, maybe Dickens, and Salman Rushdie - kmk

Petraeus testifies before Congress about Benghazi attack - Democrats defend Susan Rice

Israel steps up air strikes, mobilizes troops from CNN ground war feared.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Even as US Presdt Obama is on the plane to Asia, the Burmese junta is busy taking farm land - They must think the US and other western governments are the greatest fools in the world. And Hello, there were no political prisoners among those released.

O'Burma images - There are a gazillion links here - what you should do is use the images as thumbnails and then click on what you want - they are organized by how long ago they were posted.

Quote of the Day - found on The Guardian (comments) site - on Burma so-called reforms etc

it won't matter, everyone knows the eu and usa are just desperate to grab a slice of a pie china's been hogging all to itself, someone persuaded the lady to nod and that's it, as far as everyone else is concerned. The burmese will have to sacrifice themselves again and again in another saffron revolution before they succeed, they must expect no outside help as long as their dictatorship obeys both east and west, and an invasion and puppet regime installment if it doesn't

Special from Mizzima - Aung San Suu Kyi in India

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visits India -

Ten most affordable US cities Bottom line of course is jobs jobs jobs.

Deadly mix of one prescription drug pill and one drink -

Thursday, November 15, 2012

From Tuesday - second quake near Burmese capital of Naypyitaw

Kyi May Kaung's painting - Burma & Laura Bush - 2009

Painting and photograph copyright Kyi May Kaung

Reactions to Presdt. Obama's visit in Burma

Genocide cartoon from Internet

Full text of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture -

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma unrest an international tragedy

Paula Broadwell - Petraeus biographer, mistress and reservist - loses security clearance - I don't know how she could be an army reservist and also be writing about him.

Rockets rain down on Gaza, 2 BP rig supervisors charged with manslaughter

"All the way in, my novel about Petraeus" by Saideh Pakravan - Biting satire, enjoy and think about it. Also about the book industry.

Yale Cambodian Genocide Project

Human Rights, Rohingya etc Activists/advocates - here is FBI genocide tip line Please only send specific cases with evidence such as photos, personal testimony etc. Pl don't clutter the line with rants and hate mail or abuse it in other ways. For that use Facebook, whatever. I only just found this site, and have nothing to do with it. It's a resource I am posting here for Activists. kmk

Will Obama help the Burmese Rohingya - mounting evidence that it's an organized pogrom -

Anti-Muslim, state-sponsored violence in Burma - images - SEE who you will believe -

Re-posting - Pragmatism new in-word in US-Burma Policy re-posting from 2009 - from my friend James O'Brien. Thank you blog readers for finding it and reading it. --

Google search results for "Obama should not visit Burma"

BP to pay record fine for Gulf oil spill - "gross negligence" not yet criminal negligence -

World lights up for Diwali - The Festival of Lights -

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rabbit confit and seeing the movie Lincoln - I had it at Jaleo and it was delicious. If you are nervous about the shape of the rabbit, buy cut portions or use chicken or duck - I doubt it will taste much different. At Jaleo the 3 small pieces for $10 were served on a bed of mashed squash or pumpkin. In my opinion, it was worth every bite. I had my dinner after seeing Lincoln, the movie, and after dinner I had a flan - (custard pudding)./ The only part maybe too expensive was the "small" popcorn bag and the soft drink, esp. as I spilled half the popcorn on the floor - was the fault of the shop, as the bag was piled too full./ It was $8 = the cost of the movie ticket at the senior rate. That's a little steep./ Still beats seeing a movie in Burma with piles of sunflower seed-shells on the floor, rats running over your feet, and thieves who hook your slippers away if you have your bare feet up, to protect from above rats./ Plus the heat, the broken air con, and the iron railing with roof over the ticket line, where you could get the life literally squished out of you in a stampede./ kmk

NPR will record all of August Wilson's plays

Herculaneum as good model of conservation practices vs Pompeii Lesson for Burma - just get rid of that corrupt government.

Mizzima live coverage of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in India - TV, photos etc

Different take - Aung San Suu Kyi allegedly said she was saddened by India's ties to Burmese junta

James M. Cain's Double Indemnity You can read the hook opening in the Amazon sample

James M. Cain and The Postman Always Rings Twice

James M. Cain's lost novel about a conniving cocktail waitress -

UN urges Bangladesh to keep borders open as "sailing season" starts - The monsoon is now ending. Last "sailing season" saw a large outflux of people seeking employment overseas and political asylum and safe harbor. --

Burma's Rohingya refuse to register as "Bengali"

Burma timber export ban needs forestry management reform

Novelist Amitav Ghosh (The Glass Palace) will be in Burma -

In India, Aung San Suu Kyi says she was saddened when India pulled way (from Burma) two decades ago

In India, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speaks of inspiration from Nehru -

Myanmar reforms: Challenges and Prospects by Dr Maung Zarni -

Mideast situation escalates with rocket attacks from Isreal and death of head of Hamas' military wing -

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday, November 09, 2012

Quote of the day - Corndogs and Bombers - from poet Linh Dinh -

from - quote: According to the corporate shill that’s the US President, America is well on its way towards energy independence, though gas is up, up and up, and we’re wringing oil from rocks and brewing it from maize, neither one a cheap or energy efficient proposition, but don’t worry, just keep driving those SUVs and pack the NASCAR grandstands as the sea rises to your neck./ As we enter de yo mama of all depressions, partly caused by the job outsourcing started by the Democratic Clinton, the corporate shill du epoque is also promising more jobs, but where will these be found in this deliberately de-industrialized nation? We make nothing anymore except guns, corndogs, bombers and pornography, so well endowed guys and gals with strip mall implants can still go down, strut or pole dance for a few years, before they get on food stamps like a record number of their fellow citizens. That or joining the “services.” Alas, the funnies are not so funny.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Quote of the Day - poetry -

In the transition,/ Someone’s corpse has been/ Replaced by another’s./ Khin Maung Aye - as translated into English by Ko Ko Thett
Inside the Hirschorn Museum - photo copyright Kyi May Kaung

Diamonds still a girl's best friend - at least among military big brass families and cronies, it seems - 2010 from Myanmar Times -

Presdt Obama will go to Burma, interviews of Medicins Sans Frontieres staff and a mobile clinic in California In Burmese.

Interview (in Burmese) with director Sho Nyo Tun Thein, who is making an ambitious movie about the 1988 uprising -

TV interview with Burmese writer, Daw Than Myint Aung - in Burmese

Lincoln - the movie - interview of Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis
Lincoln ads. and quotes in DC metro - photos copyright Kyi May Kaung

Page views on this, my Kyi May Kaung blog - have hit new highs

A new peak of 591 yesterday and total over 112,800. THANK YOU READERS.
A view of the hills, Chiangmai, Thailand. Photo copyright Kyi May Kaung

Burma - a new theory of a Pyu homeland in the Samon Valley - by Bob Hudson

Educate yourself on line - A History of Burma - Wikipedia

Quote of the day - from Bill Gates -

"These are great times to be curious."

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's biography

Quote of the day - "Listen up, Cuz:" from Kanlaon blog

Listen up, Cuz: Writers love truth more than money. That’s what makes them such a subversive force.

Major land-grabbing in Burma - bad examples from other countries in transition

Mrs O blog - clothes and style

Meet the Obamas- from CNN What a difference from racist Burmese in Burma -

President Obama's Victory Speech

America the Beautiful - from sea to shining sea- election day pics

Obama won second term, Romney concedes defeat

Major human rights abuses along Burmese-Chinese Shwe Gas pipeline

Twisted Internet behavior - extremist nationalism and hate speech by Burmese -

Burma's so-called reformer pressed on Rohingya citizenship at ASEM in Laos

Burma - Generation 1988 activist U Mya Aye (a Muslim, he says) has good first impresssions of Thailand, but says reforms not yet substantial in Burma-

We need to scream louder - Myanmar Govt starts to check 5 villages in Arakan

for compliance with notorious 1982 Citizenship Law - all must prove they were in Burma before 1824 and first Anglo-British War. In Burmese - see news summary in Burmese text on LHS - item with photo of soldiers coming out of truck.

Praise from my personal Artist - for Kyi May Kaung's idea for cover of her novella - Black Rice

Pretty cool cover! Artsy-fartsy noir. Very unique idea. Simple, but big statement. People will ask what is this black rice with the gun danger element. Made my day - thanks Artist!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

from Wiki - in Rwanda, the genocide was well organized by the government -

The killing was well organized by the government. When it started, the Rwandan militia numbered around 30,000, or one militia member for every ten families. It was organized nationwide, with representatives in every neighborhood. Some militia members were able to acquire AK-47 assault rifles by completing requisition forms. Other weapons, such as grenades, required no paperwork and were widely distributed by the government. Many members of the Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi were armed only with machetes. Even after the 1993 peace agreement signed in Arusha, businessmen close to General Habyarimana imported 581,000 machetes from China for Hutu use in killing Tutsi, because machetes were cheaper than guns. In a 2000 news story, The Guardian reported, "The former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, played a leading role in supplying weapons to the Hutu regime which carried out a campaign of genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. As Minister of Foreign Affairs in Egypt, Boutros-Ghali facilitated an arms deal in 1990, which was to result in $26 million (£18m) of mortar bombs, rocket launchers, grenades and ammunition being flown from Cairo to Rwanda. The arms were used by Hutus in attacks which led to up to a million deaths." Rwandan Prime Minister Jean Kambanda revealed in his testimony before the International Criminal Tribunal that the genocide was openly discussed in cabinet meetings and that " cabinet minister said she was personally in favor of getting rid of all Tutsi; without the Tutsi, she told ministers, all of Rwanda's problems would be over."

More quotes from Wiki on Rwandan Genocide

The assassination of Habyarimana in April 1994 set off a violent reaction, during which Hutu groups conducted mass killings of Tutsis (and also pro-peace Hutus, who were portrayed as "traitors" and "collaborators"). This genocide had been planned by members of the Hutu power group known as the Akazu, many of whom occupied positions at top levels of the national government; the genocide was supported and coordinated by the national government as well as by local military and civil officials and mass media. Alongside the military, primary responsibility for the killings themselves rests with two Hutu militias that had been organized for this purpose by political parties: the Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi, although once the genocide was underway a great number of Hutu civilians took part in the murders. Wikipedia cited below, accessed 11-6-2012

Population density as a factor in Rwandan, Burmese genocides --

At 408 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,060 /sq mi), Rwanda's population density is amongst the highest in Africa. Rwanda's population had increased from 1.6 million people in 1934 to 7.1 million in 1989, leading to competition for land. Historians such as Gérard Prunier believe that the 1994 genocide can be partly attributed to the population density.- - from Wiki cited. -- the Arakan Coastal Strip in Burma is also extremely narrow. We don't know the population density as we don't know the population, but it can I suppose be estimated from houses/huts and an average per household number, usually stated as 5, from satellite photos. kmk

A nightmare that could happen anywhere, including Burma - The Rwandan Genocide - The Rwandan Genocide was the 1994 mass murder of an estimated 800,000 people in the East African state of Rwanda. Over the course of approximately 100 days (from the assassination of Juvénal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira on April 6 through mid-July) over 500,000 people were killed, according to a Human Rights Watch estimate. Estimates of the death toll have ranged from 500,000–1,000,000, or as much as 20% of the country's total population. It was the culmination of longstanding ethnic competition and tensions between the minority Tutsi, who had controlled power for centuries, and the majority Hutu peoples, who had come to power in the rebellion of 1959–62. . . . Belgian colonialism played a role in maintaining the divide between the Tutsi and Hutu peoples. From Wikipedia article above.

Quote of the day - "Darfur will end when --

Dirk Moses: "Darfur will end when it suits the great powers that have a stake in the region". From Wikipedia below.

What is genocide? From Wikipedia -

The place where we are right -- a poem

The Place Where We Are Right/ by Yehuda Amichai/ From the place where we are right/ Flowers will never grow/ In the spring./ The place where we are right/ Is hard and trampled/ Like a yard./ But doubts and loves/ Dig up the world/ Like a mole, a plow./ And a whisper will be heard in the place/ Where the ruined/ House once stood./ Again, thank you, you who sent this.

Rohingya home burning - from Internet

Thanks to person who sent this.

Now in the time of genocide - re-posting - Kyi May Kaung's poem War on Roaches from Foreign Policy in Focus

Monday, November 05, 2012

Did the (Myanmar) government incite the racial violence targeting the Rohingya - by Dr. Maung Zarni

History of Buddhism in India -

The ancient Buddhist university Nalanda in present-day Bihar, India -

Sacked by the Muslim Turks in 13th century.

What would you save if your house were on fire? A manton de Manila - It makes me think what the poor Rohingya families were able to save last week.

31 stunning sci fi illustrations -

Making Thai khon masks

Self-editing for fiction writers -

Burma walks the lambast walk again - derided at ASEM summit in Laos

Verdi's Opera Aida

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Burma - Presdt Thein Sein's assistant was one who first posted the photos of alleged rape victim in June - There's reason to believe this is all an elaborate set up by regime. A few days ago - one of Arakanese monks when speaking to reporters, pulled out a whole stack of color photos of the alleged rape victim of June, and other photos. How did he get them and why is a monk keeping them? --***

Satellite images of burned areas in Kyaukhpyu, Arakan in Burma & eyewitness account

Siamese crocodiles - wiki

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayuthia, a city much battered and burned by the Burmese in ancient times -

Along the klongs or canals of Bangkok

Photos from Rangoon University, including the famed Thit Poke Pin tree

USA-Post-Hurricane Sandy warning - looters etc posing as meter checkers, relief workers etc -

Russ Wellen - What explains Aung San Suu Kyi's silence --

Important - Burmese Border Minister Thein Htay says -will stick to 1982 law

"to resolve Arakan Conflict" in Burmese - in text, news summaries on left. 1982 law says you must prove your ancestors were in Burma before the first Anglo-Burmese War of 1924. Since few records exist in Burma, this is going to lead to threats by authorities, graft and more corruption. Increasingly, it looks like this "fire in the eves" in the Arakan region, will spread to the main house, and derail the so-far phony "reforms". kmk

Quote of the day - ref. genocide in W. Burma -

Danger abounds and I hold up the ethnic card as the litmus test in Burma to see how real these so-far phony reforms will turn out to be... Anonymous

Israel acknowledges killing Arafat's deputy in 1988 Search for the motive, as they say.

Quote of the Day: Ashin Gambira, Saffron Revolution leader, from 2007

What will it take for the world to realize that Burma’s generals are a menace and that because of their misrule, drugs, diseases and refugees from Burma spill across borders and wash through other societies, ruining lives?” U Gambira to Washington Post, 2007.

Verdi's Aida - complete opera - 1989 Metropolitan Opera NY production - Placido Domingo et al -- 1 hour 36 minutes. Educational use only.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Triumphal March from Verdi's Aida Notice the beautiful perfumed music when the princess, beautiful but cruel comes in. *