Sunday, September 30, 2012
Quote of the week: An anonymous friend to me as I walked into Bender Arena for the Daw Suu event: We lost again, just like 1988.
http://keller.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/a-conversation-with-daw-aung-san-suu-kyi/ This well-regarded reporter, Bill Keller, has many typos in the interview and repeatedly has written "right of succession" instead of "right of secession" of the states. kmk
Democractic Voice of Burma interview of 1988 student leader Moe Thee Zun just before he went back to Burma - 3rd Sept.
http://www.dvb.no/interview/moe-thee-zun-i%E2%80%99ve-been-fighting-for-24-years-ago-so-that-i-can-return-home-and-rebuild-it/23582 Read the comments.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/30/aung-san-suu-kyi-meets-her-peers.html This is a must read for the perils that activists everywhere must confront, even up to yesterday and shows us how skillful and resilient Suu Kyi has been to survive so long - and now be on world tours. kmk
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Our editorial policy- occasionally, in the interests of balance and variety, we post pieces with which we might not agree totally - here is another -
Burmese Theater by Naypyidaw Inc. by Maung Zarni President U Thein Sein is saying all the right things on camera while the puppeteers behind the scene are doing all the bad things. Ask the Kachin, the Rohingya, the Rakhine, the land-lost farmers, down-trodden workers, the professionals, and the bulk of the Burmese population, really. On her part, the beautiful min-tha-mee or the Princess loves to perform. The audiences loose their mind. This is Burmese theater, Zat Pwe. At some point a curtain will be drawn. The director (s) will move onto to next episode. Well-known advisers, famous dissidents, Noble icon, etc. are all props in this Burmese theater orchestrated deep within Naypyidaw's bunkers. Sanity and reason are virtues when all-around madness is enveloping in and about Burma. Half-century of dictatorship in Burma has produced a citizenry that is mad and hate-soaked. Enjoy the Pwe while it lasts! Maung Zarni
Our editorial policy- occasionally, in the interests of balance and variety, we post pieces with which we might not agree totally - here is one -
DICTATOR WATCH (www.dictatorwatch.org) Contact: Roland Watson, email@example.com AUNG SAN SUU KYI AND HUMAN RIGHTS September 29, 2012 Please forward and post. http://www.dictatorwatch.org/prsuukyionrights.html Aung San Suu Kyi has now visited America. She has been treated by politicians and the media as nothing less than a saint. She is being revered if not deified. The reason for this exaltation is her role as a human rights champion for Burma. She is considered to be wholly responsible, and is receiving all the credit, for what is perceived to be a dramatic improvement in human rights in the country, and the now viewed as inevitable achievement of real freedom and democracy. We can imagine President Obama’s private words: “Well done Aung San Suu Kyi! You are a hero for the ages and your nation’s savior. Thank you also very, very much for changing your mind on economic sanctions, so our companies can now race into Burma to profiteer from its new Gold Rush, alongside China, Thailand, Japan, Singapore and Europe.” Views from Burma though on Suu Kyi’s role, particularly on human rights, are not so unanimous. In Burma, people pay close attention to what she says and does, and to what is really happening on the ground. There are a number of problems here: The Burma Army has been committing crimes against humanity against the country’s ethnic minorities. The crimes have been underway for decades, and are exceedingly well documented. In a recent iteration, since June last year the Army has been attacking the Kachin people. It has actually been suffering huge casualties from the Kachin resistance, and has retaliated viciously against Kachin villagers. There are now some 70,000 Kachin refugees, who have fled scorched earth Army campaigns that have reduced their villages to rubble, and where all Kachin are at risk of execution, and all women of being raped. One of the latest atrocities: Four male villagers were arrested, and then forced to have sex with each other for the entertainment of regime soldiers. The soldiers then burned the villagers’ genitals using candles. The Kachin crisis in turn is but a drop in the bucket. Hundreds of thousands - maybe a million or more - ethnic villagers have been driven from their homes to become internally displaced persons, or refugees in neighboring countries. For the refugees alone, this includes huge populations of Karen, Karenni, Shan and Mon in Thailand; Kachin in China; Chin in Malaysia; and Rohingya in Bangladesh. There is no question about what is behind this. The answer is Burma’s military dictatorship, which is run by generals from the country’s largest ethnic group, the Burmans, and who are racist and who have been persecuting the ethnic minorities. Aung San Suu Kyi is Burman, and while no one in the pro-democracy movement has been willing to accuse her overtly of being a racist, she has consistently backed the generals. She has said that she has a “soft spot” for them. She also said that “resolving conflict is not about condemnation, it is about finding out the root, the cause of the conflict.” Kachin people took great affront at this. To repeat, there is no question at all that it is the regime that is the cause of the conflict. In protest of her position, Kachin invitees boycotted the ceremony in Washington where she was given the Congressional Gold Medal. Another controversy occurred during her visit to Queens College in New York. At this forum, she was asked why she wouldn’t speak out against the Burma Army’s brutal war against the Kachin. She aggressively responded that if there were human rights violations, she would of course condemn them. She then refused to do just that, leaving everyone to conclude that as far as she is concerned there are no regime human rights violations against the Kachin, or Burma’s other ethnic groups for that matter. Discussion of this incident has erupted on the Internet, and she is now openly being called a racist. Further, this past June, a new ethnic crisis developed, this time in Western Burma. Following a series of criminal actions, and which are still the subject of dispute, interethnic clashes broke out between the Rakhine and Rohingya peoples. Analysis of the crisis revealed that it was both motivated and orchestrated by regime organs, and that it led to the full scale ethnic cleansing of many Rohingya townships. (There are as many as 100,000 new Rohingya IDPs and refugees.) When pressed on the issue, Suu Kyi also refused to describe it as a human rights concern. (Of note, she refuses to even use the words Kachin or Rohingya in her English language comments.) She effectively threw her support behind President Thein Sein, and other senior leaders in her National League for Democracy, who have argued that the only real “solution” to the “Rohingya problem” is to intern them all in camps or deport them to any country that is willing to take them. On her behalf, her supporters argue that Suu Kyi is not willing to blame the regime - for anything - so as not to antagonize the generals. What she doesn’t appear to understand is that by not confronting them, she is definitely irritating the ethnic groups. (Some people also believe that it is unfair to criticize her, while she works her magic. The problem with this is that Burma is not a dry, academic issue. Regime soldiers and police are committing murder. Democracy demands uncensored communications, and this is paramount when lives are at stake.) Suu Kyi appears to believe that the only way to accomplish change is to flatter and cajole. The fallacy of her approach however is that it is dependent on “hope.” She is not calling for any pressure at all. The problem here is that there are two power centers in Burma, the Army and Thein Sein. It is absolutely certain that the Army has power, the power of the gun. It is not clear if Thein Sein has any real power at all - many people believe he is Senior General Than Shwe’s puppet, and that the scenario in Burma now is but carefully orchestrated political theatre. Hope as a means to influence the Army is absurd. It won’t - it cannot - work. Indeed, this writer believes that the only reason there has been any change in Burma is the generals’ reaction to the large losses they have suffered at the hands of the ethnic forces. Suu Kyi deserves no credit at all for the “reform” that is underway. (The top unspoken story in the country now is the number of Burma Army soldiers who have been killed in the regime’s civil war against the ethnic groups - at least 4-5,000 and perhaps 10,000 or more in the last two years, and with a similar number of wounded. The generals are covering up their losses, by letting the bodies rot on the battlefield and through rapid cremations.) The ethnic groups despise the regime, and they are extremely suspicious of Burmans in general. Suu Kyi was the only Burman leader who had any of their trust. This trust is eroding, and being being replaced with hostility. Suu Kyi is also 67. She doesn’t have many years left where she will be able to play a hands on role, and in any case under the Constitution, which she swore to uphold, she cannot run for President. Even more, if she loses her reputation with the ethnic groups, she will not even be able to serve as an elder statesperson, as personified by such people as the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Suu Kyi is trying to play politics, and she is making a fatal mistake. The Burma military regime is a gang of serial killers. By not condemning them, she is empowering them. It is not too much of a stretch to say that she has become their accomplice. Because of her position, her reluctance to demand - among other things - that the regime end its war against the Kachin - more ethnic people will die. I am not the first person to say it: She has blood on her hands. Moreover, she may succeed in splitting Burma such that ethnic reconciliation becomes impossible. Nations in the West have learned a number of hard lessons from history, which lessons Suu Kyi does not recognize. The United States has been damaged by its own record of slavery and racism. Europe stood by when the Germans committed the worst case of genocide ever. What we learned from these unspeakable tragedies is that in the face of crimes against humanity, you cannot be silent. You cannot sacrifice your principles, and become a politician. (It is beyond words that Germany, perpetrator of the Jewish genocide, is the leader of the European corporate assault on Burma. Berlin is so greedy for Burma lucre that it is not even willing to wait until the crimes are stopped.) Suu Kyi, by not condemning the Burma Army’s human rights abuses, is sabotaging the country. She has shown that she does not understand, and is not even an advocate for, human rights, and freedom, and democracy. She is underserving of both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Nobel Peace Prize. It is difficult to see how Burma is going to recover from her “leadership.” Roland Watson - Dictator Watch.
Aung San Suu Kyi gets doctorate at San Francisco Univ., at the UN + Germany based dissident U Nwe Aung asks to be put back on Black List
Germany based U Nwe Aung asks to be put back on Black List. http://www.8888peopletoday.net/ Very odd that they ask Qs of her like head of state and she sometimes replies as one! Dr Nyi Nyi looks so old. His doctorate is in geology. He told a fellow dissident - "You young people may not know it, but Uncle is very important here"(at the UN). --
http://kyimaykaung.blogspot.com/ last three days there were 191+ 166 and 150 hits each. I was not doing anything I don't normally do, not even writing/blogging. I only posted links to rare (maybe) footage of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her USA tour. According to the data Blogspot provided me, most visitors are from N. America and Canada. Kyi May Kaung
from Global Post. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/asia-pacific/myanmar/aung-san-suu-kyi-rohingyas
Friday, September 28, 2012
http://www.facebook.com/events/508439402503520/ scroll down to a guy named Zaw Htut -
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
http://anthropologist.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/of-note-today-4th-sunday-of-september-2012/ I met Marianne at a writers' conference in Berlin in 05, we were especially invited as (SE Asian) writers who "dare to confront." You would never know it from this blog, but her serious writing is absolutely dark like mine. Read her Mayor of the Roses. kmk
http://news.columbia.edu/global/2894 exactly where we were on 14th Sept. typo- prisoner of conscience not "prisoner of consciousness." She said it right, you wrote it wrong. kmk
http://www.adb.org/documents/myanmar-interim-country-partnership-strategy-draft-for-consultation Very annoying to read as so jargon ridden and does not address key issues, which is land grabbing by the government and cronies, large scale corruption, problems of central control,lack of human and workers' rights
Sunday, September 23, 2012
http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/20/photo_of_the_day_aung_san_suu_kyi_meets_bo Will President Thein Sein be received in the Oval Office? Will Bo bark at him? We will see.
Aung San Suu Kyi at US Institute for Peace - 19th Sept 2012 on sanctions, US-China-Burma relations etc
http://www.youtube.com/user/voaclips entirely in English
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Excellent macro-political economic analysis of Burma situation, including so-called transition and the Rohingya issue
This is an excellent macro political-economic analysis which I recommend highly. kmk --- On Sat, 9/22/12, Maung Zarni wrote: From: Maung Zarni Subject: The Week In Review: Covering Myanmar - 30-minute radio analysis of Burma on Malaysia's Business FM To: Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 10:55 AM The Week In Review: Covering Myanmar 22-Sep-12 10:30 [ Programme Segment: The Week In Review ] The Week In Review Podcasts Is the international media missing the real story in Myanmar? Is Aung San Suu Kyi’s role essentially one of being a smoke-screen behind which the military operates with impunity? Is the Rohingya problem being manufactured to cast the Myanmar government as ally of the West in the battle against militant Islam? The answers will shock. http://www.bfm.my/twir-covering-myanmar.html
Friday, September 21, 2012
Excellent - Christianne Amanpour interviews Aung San Suu Kyi who mentions economist Sean Turnell by name
from VOA - 9-22-2012 broadcast http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS2VMqfPnLM&list=UUv-YbGueeYCp8_CdjgXQD3A&index=1&feature=plcp in Burmese at abt 9.30 in the broadcast. In the past 7 days AK Sen and Daw Suu both recognized me. Thank you Lady in Yellow Blouse who got me into the Capital Building, my first time there too. Just one giddy moment when my friend and I followed the wrong line by accident and went around in a circle. It was a tour group. What a very happy day. On the way out, I also saw an American jujube tree (zee thee) in Burmese, in the park, but forgot to take pictures of the young ladies in formal Burmese dress going crazy picking up the plums. kmk
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
http://www.rfa.org/burmese/commentaries you will need Burmese font which you can download kg The woods are lovely dark and deep but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep. Robert Frost - Walking by Woods.
Monday, September 17, 2012
plant of the week - High Line http://thehighline.org/blog/tags/horticulture-2 the grass was prairie drop seed American Magnolia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia rosa mutabilis http://www.finegardening.com/plantguide/rosa-chinensis-mutabilis-rose.aspx rose mallow https://www.google.com/search?q=rose+mallow&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=JE4&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=bo1XULvcIIPf0QHr54GwDw&ved=0CCAQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=582 toad lily https://www.google.com/search?q=toad+lily&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=bxO&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=YI5XUI3lMKLJ0QH89oHoBA&ved=0CCAQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=582 golden rod http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/goldenrod.htm
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
by Simon Roughneen http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/13608 few people are able to pull micro economics and macro tog like Roughneen. kg
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Hsipaw Haw (Palace) - revisited - the disappearance and death of a Shan Prince - by Aung Zaw - The Irrawaddy
Saturday, September 08, 2012
http://www.voanews.com/content/burma_buddhist_chauvinism_nurtured_by_authorities/1503665.html Dear All, I want to remind you that the 2 women anchors at RFA chirping about the "biggest demonstration of monks since 2007" was extremely objectionable (the clips did not even show more than 50 monks), when we know what VOA's Daniel Schearf has written. They are just regurgitating junta propaganda. I had to listen to it twice before I could even discern what they were demonstrating for or against. This is bcc-ed to Burma Activists. On the other hand - you should watch VOA's excellent interviews of Dr Sein Win, (yesterday) and Daw Hpyu Hpyu Thin (a few days before that)- and why have you (RFA) not interviewed Dr Wakkir ud Din again, and never to my knowledge ever interviewed Rohingya specialists Nora Rowley and Chris Lewa?? Chris has been working on Wn Burma since at least 2001 and Nora has even worked there as a medical doctor with Doctors without Borders. kmk
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
http://hrcolumbia.org/calendar/ unable to upload Poster but event features A K Senn, Nobel Laureate Ecos.
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._G._Wells In Electric City by Tom Hanks, there are characters named Welles, but it seems to be a confusion between HG Wells and actor Orson Welles. The other reference of course is to George Orwell. But some of the characters are lazily named - that is without making much creative effort, like "Roger Moore" and actually making the animated figure look like the real Roger Moore - just because a public figure cannot sue you, and anyway, malign intent has to be proved, But I am not a lawyer, do not take me word for it. KMK
Monday, September 03, 2012
Sunday, September 02, 2012
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Myanmar is a mess and a hellhole/ Myanmar under generals and ex-generals/ is a complete mess and/ a hellhole for 60 million/ ... the mess is stinky/ those who lick their lips in anticipation of profiting/ from the "Myanmarese" mess are even stinkier./ the generals and the ex-generals are least interested/ in nation-building, but only in nation-pick-pocketing/ and lining their pockets./ These men had 50 years to prove themselves as worthy national leaders./ Instead they expose themselves as irredeemable failures - a nationwide mafia./ Now they want the exiles to come whitewash their leadership disasters./ Maung Zarni, posted with permission.
Burma news wrap--MAH in Kachin State-- 40 SAC killed, hostages kept etc, AAPP wins McBride Peace Award, Rangoon,Dawbon Dalan ...
SAC Myanmar junta, kills, robs, rapes--uses human shields https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/news/junta-troops-kill-and-rob-civilians-as-...
Burma news wrap--MAH in Kachin State-- 40 SAC killed, hostages kept etc, AAPP wins McBride Peace Award, Rangoon,Dawbon Dalan ...