Wednesday, October 31, 2012
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1112/19/acd.01.html Poem found by Kyi May Kaung on Anderson Copper 360 Interview of Laura Ling and Lisa Ling on death of Kim Jung Il of N. Korea by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Accessed 12-21-2011 The late dear departed. . . . The grieving, as you'd imagine, is intense for a leader they had been told first walked at three weeks of age, talked at two months and authored -- not read, but authored 1500 books while in college. . . . They, like most North Koreans, not likely aware their fallen ruler scarfed lobster and swilled fine cognac while an estimated million ordinary North Koreans starved to death during the famine his economic policies created. . . . When Kim Il-Sung died, North Koreans were told -- and they apparently believe this -- that a thousand white cranes tried to carry him off to heaven but were prevented from doing so by the pull of his devoted followers. Added by KMK: What do these 3 little dots mean? They mean that there’s something in between. End found poem.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Partially in Burmese -- Is Assistant Burmese Labor Minister mad to say Burma's unemployment rate is (only) 4%
KYI MAY KAUNG (Ph.D.) Curriculum Vitae blog -- http://kyimaykaung.blogspot.com Objective: Seeking writing/editing/research, advocacy or teaching position. Available for international conferences, seminars and private consultancy. Book doctoring, fiction and non-fiction. • Passionately interested in Burma and democracy/social justice, human rights, women’s and children’s issues. • Fifteen years of non-profit experience in the Washington, DC area. • Able to strategize and set up new organizations. • Able to speak and write persuasively so people listen. • Excellent oral and written presentations. Convincing, engaging and experienced public speaker. Fluent English and Burmese. Reading knowledge of French. Willing to learn Mandarin. • Extensive contacts in academia, politics and the arts. • Strengths: Very fast and efficient researcher – Lexus-Nexus etc. on line. • Fast and accurate boil down of important issues to easily understandable points. • Political Economy of Asia: Asean countries, India and China, Burma specialist. • Able to travel internationally up to 25% of the year. • Able to formulate strategy and analyze organizational structure and goals. • Able to formulate and carry out P.R. initiatives. EDUCATION Ph.D. City and Regional Planning and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, May 1994. M.A. City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania, 1987. M.A. Economics, University of Rangoon, 1967. B.A. Honors, Economics, University of Rangoon, 1964. DISSERTATION "Modernization, Breakdown and Structural Configurations: Retrogression in Burma (1962-1992)." Chairman: Henry Teune, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania. Members: Josef Silverstein, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University. Donald E. Smith, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania. Seymour Mandelbaum, City Planning, University of Pennsylvania HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED BY: Patrick Barta of Wall Street Journal – Oct 2012, about Rangoon University before the 1962 coup. Michelle Chen of Asia Pacific Forum interviewed me about change in Burma, is it real. Dec 13th, 2011 http://www.asiapacificforum.org/show-detail.php?show_id=250 October 2011 Kyaw Aung Lwin of VOA interviewed me about poetry reading in front of Burmese embassy DC – 10,000 poets for change. Kyaw Aung Lwin, VOA on my participation in Poetry Walk of Shame. White Dove Women’s Journal, Chiangmai, Thailand, 2009 on 2010 election in Burma. September 2009, interviewed for video of my art show Mostly Burmese Monks, by VOA Burmese section. RFA Feb. 14, 2009 Kyaw Min Htun – Beacon Art Show in honor of Aung San Suu Kyi, panelist. Jan 1, 2008 RFA, “Burma’s Economic Prospects in 2008.” September 2007 Burmese Monks’ Crisis 1. BBC (World) HardTalk -- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/7026645.stm 2. KALW San Francisco Radio – Your Call with Rose Aguiler http://yourcallradio.blogspot.com/ 3. CBC – with Suhana Meharchand in Toronto – Sept. 24th, 2007 – in which I correctly predicted that the clampdown would happen in the next 24 hours. October 4, 2007 – post-clampdown analysis – 4. Ask Hugh (Williamson) – radio out of Berkeley, CA. 5. CapeTown Voice – Jihad Omar – On Burmese Monks’ Saffron Revolution. 2001- 2007: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; National Public Radio; Voice of America Burmese Service and Talk to America; Pacifica Radio; Radio Free Asia; Asian Fortune (Ying Ju Lai); Dr. Michael Hurd Show; Montgomery County TV, Art Scene Channel 16 Lila Snow, Artist; Gazette Newspaper (Audrey Dutton); Silver Spring MD Impact Awards; Boulder Alternative Radio; Kalamazoo Gazette; Boulder Current; Wild River Review; Anil Mundra; Eliot Pfanstiehl. CITED IN: “We are on the rebound with Obama” by Mulindwa Edwards, Foreign Policy in Focus. Web accessed 4-109 http://email@example.com/msg26224.html LATEST PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS Member, Round Table on Ethnic Conflict in Burma and “Change” Low Library, Columbia Univ. NY – A. K. Sen was the keynote speaker. I suggested and helped invite four round table participants. Himal Southasia – 2012, short story Black Belt. Dec 2011, special Burma issue, Himal Southasia, Potemkin Politics: Are Burmese reforms for real. http://himalmag.com/component/authors/articles/Kyi-May-Kaung.html Oct 24, 2011. Poetry reading in front of Burmese embassy DC on PeacexPeace. Oct 14, 2011 – on Asian Correspondent – http://asiancorrespondent.com/67276/zarganar-or-pincers-great-burmese-comic-among-few-released/ Mentioned in Sarah Browning’s article on Poetry Walk of Shame in Foreign Policy in Focus. http://www.fpif.org/articles/poets_stand_up Oct 12, 2011. Poem War Against Roaches in Foreign Policy in Focus. http://www.fpif.org/articles/war_on_roaches Sept 24, 2011. Featured poet – reading in front of Burmese embassy DC etc. Poetry Walk of Shame, sponsored by Institute of Policy Studies and Spilt This Rock. Interviewed by VOA etc. VOA interview broadcast to Burma. Sept. 9. 2011 Poem - War on Roaches, in Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/09/jared-carter-and-kyi-may-kaung/ Oct 28, 2010. How the Burmese junta tried to fool the world with sham elections. Payap University, Chiangmai, Thailand, co-presenter with Win Min. Oct 16, 2010, 7-10 PM, on SULU DC Asian American poets – the Dome at the Artisphere, Rosslyn, VA. September 2010, Open Salon, book reviews of JoAnne Growney, Red has no Reason, poetry collection, Mischa Berlinski’s novel Fieldwork, and William Dalrymple’s The last Mughul, history. Book reviews. Napalm Health Spa, Summer 2010. My poem Loss. https://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs10/index.html Praised by Native American poet Susan Deer Cloud. Book review of Win Tin, What’s That? A Human Hell, in Foreign Policy in Focus and Truthout, Eurasian Review etc. http://www.truth-out.org/a-review-u-win-tin-whats-that-a-human-hell-in-burmese58707 http://www.ips-dc.org/articles/review_whats_that_a_human_hell Summer 2009, short story No Crib for a Bed, in anthology of DC women writers, Gravity Dancers, edited by Richard Peabody – http://www.amazon.com/Gravity-Dancers-Fiction-Washington-Women/dp/0931181305 The Northern Virginia Review. March 26, 2009. Reception launch of Issue 23, which includes my short story, “53 Red Roses.” David Baldacci, guest speaker. National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma. A Plan for Demoracy and Development - “A Democratic Vision for Burma: How to turn Burma Around.” Dec. 08-March 30, 2009. Comments in Irrawaddy on line on “Burmese democracy movement has no vision” http://www.irrawaddymedia.com/opinion_story.php?art_id=15229 Art display – “Burmese Mugs” Portraits and “Memory Rolls.” American University Library/US Campaign for Burma, Washington DC, March 2009. Short Story – 53 Red Roses, in The Northern Virginia Review, #23, March 2009. http://www.nvcc.edu/depts/nvreview/nvr-latest.htm International Art Awareness Drive for Aung San Suu Kyi. Mirca/Beacon Art, panelist, Feb. 14, 2009. Interviewed by RFA. http://www.mizzima.com/news/world/1689-international-artists-launch-awareness-drive-for-aung-san-suu-kyi.html Institute of Policy Studies, Panelist – War, Memory and Representation in Art, Georgetown, Washington DC. Dec. 2008. http://www.ips-dc.org/events/1008 Foreign Policy in Focus – “War and Peace” article on Vietnamese artist Huong. FPIF, Book review of Joseph Stigltiz and Linda Bilmes’ The Three Trillion Dollar War. Counterpunch – poem “Burma at a Critical Juncture.” Dec. 12, 2008. http://www.counterpunch.org/poems12262008.html Panel discussions: Burma and India, 60 years after Independence. April 2, 2008 Prospects for Peace and Democracy in Burma, April 3, 2008 – NEIU, Chicago, 13th Annual Asian American Festival. “All about Cambodia” A literature survey type discussion on books about Cambodia. Dr. Kaung’s Bookshelf, March 28, 2008, Silver Spring, MD. Burma: Post Clampdown, What should be done? Presentation at Payap University, Chiangmai, Thailand, Feb. 25, 2008. Burma: Monks and Democracy, Jan. 24, 2008. Woman’s National Democratic Club, Washington DC. (Oral presentation) War and Peace, an epic mural – The art of Vietnamese arits Huong. http://www.art2all.net/tranh/huong/huong_peacemural.html Special three-part program on Economic Prospects for Burma, China and India in 2008. Jan 2008. Interviewed by Khin May Zaw of RFA. (This program was praised by economists inside Burma) Burma: Post Clampdown – What Should be Done? The American Prospect, on line. October 2007. Burma: Prospects for Social Activism, Oct. 17, 2007. American University, SIS Lounge. With Steven Hansch and Mike Haack. United States Senate Hearing of Oct. 2, 2007. New Mandala, a publication of Australian National University. Also on my blog – http://kyimaykaung.blogspot.com (Oral presentation – International Development Program Student Association, American University – Oct 19, 2007) In house policy briefs for VAHU Development Institute. How to Find out the Truth about Burma, paper on primary sources with respect to current crisis. New Mandala ( A Publication of Australian National University), Nov. 2007. October http://kyimaykaung.blogspot.com Foreign Policy in Focus, Monks vs The Military, Sept. 26, 2007, http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/4582 Foreign Policy in Focus, Burma, Growing Darker Daily, 9-11-2007 – on current crisis in Burma. FPIF, “Out of Burma” (on Burmese literature) July 13, 2007. http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/4374 NEIU – Chicago, In Honor of Aung San Suu Kyi, panelist, April 2007. http://www.afsc.org/ht/display/EventDetails/i/54289/pid/16705 Foreign Policy in Focus, Out of Burma- on dissident literature in Burma. Asian Fortune, Obit of U Kyaw Htun, Washington Times Editor. Asian Fortune, on Vineeta Gupta, Indian AIDS activist. Asian Fortune Newspaper. May 2007. Articles on Bob James’ Jazz and Angels of Shanghai, On Hla Ohn Mae, Burmese dissident. www.asianfortune.com Foreign Policy in Focus. Debate on Sanctions in Burma. Jan. 2007 Wild River Review Blog, Reflections on a Begging Bowl: Monks Demonstrate in Burma. Sept 26, 2007. Wild River Review – Burmese Migrant Workers and Shrimp Shelling and Tuna Canning in Mahachai, Thailand – March14, 2007. Also in Burma Economic Watch, on line. OpenDemocracy articles. 2006-2007 “Bank Crisis Reeks of a Ponzi Scheme, Feb. 2003, Irrawaddy on line. http://www.irrawaddy.org/opinion_story.php?art_id=342 The Irrawaddy (Burmese dissident magazine – read by members of Congress) Sept 2001 “Ms Ma Thanegi’s Rules of Good Political Etiquette” http://184.108.40.206/opinion_story.php?art_id=251&page=1 Launched Nov. 2, 2007 – Dr. Kaung’s Book Shelf – a series of book discussions – at Space 710, Silver Spring, MD. Currently on leave. Wild River Review- fiction – short story The Lovers http://www.wildriverreview.com/2/2-shortstories_lovers.html Co-founded – VAHU Development Institute, a think tank without walls, for Burma, 2005. Over the recent Burma crisis, VAHU analysts were interviewed a total of 120 times. We have trained 60 monks and 90 civilian non-profit workers in batches. Musica Viva poetry performance – writeup. Oct 23, 2005. http://www.dcmusicaviva.org/documents/alenier_102305.pdf Jan. 6th 2003, Chiangmai, Thailand, International Association for the Study of Forced Migration. Forced migration on the Burma-Thai border: Why they are here and the search for humane solutions. Sept. 2002. Gothenburg, Sweden. Burma Studies. Diplomacy: the Nature of Dialogue and Reconciliation. Coordinator with David Steinberg. Panelists, Dr Zarni, Zaw Oo, Dr. Chao Tzang Yawngwe, Aung Zaw of Irrawaddy (Steinberg did not allow him on panel), U Thet Tun (statistician and former diplomat, from inside Burma), Morton Pedersen. Theories, Paradigms or Models in Burma Studies, Asian Survey, 1995. Excerpt from my allegory, She-Monkey goes West, The Golden Time, in CrossConnect, 1995 http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/xconnect/volume1/issue2/word/fiction.html AWARDS AND HONORS April 2012, Northeastern Illinois University, Award for my contributions to Asian-American Festival, Chicago. Since 2009, contributing member, Free Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma website. Northeastern Illinois University, Distinguished Service Award, for Outstanding Dedication and Work promoting Peace and Democracy in Burma, April 3, 2008. IMPACTSilverSpring Award, won by Space 7-10 where my Dr. Kaung’s Salon is located. 2007 Short List – Earth Rights International PR position 2005 based in Chiangmai, Thailand. Best short story “Black Rice” and best art entry – Painting Mars Ranger – March 2007, The Northern Virginia Review. William Carlos Williams Award, Academy of American Poets, 1995. Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Award, for concept for play FLASHBACK (now titled Shaman.) Pew Finalist, 1996 and 1994, for play SHAMAN and allegory She-Monkey respectively. Fulbright Scholar, 1982-89. University of Pennsylvania. Polish-Burma Exchange Scholar, 1969-70. Central School of Economics and Statistics, Warsaw, Poland. First place winner. M.A. with distinction, first in class, Rangoon, 1967. B.A. first division, first place winner, 1964. VOLUNTEER POSITIONS Supporter – U.S. Campaign for Burma. Co-founder, founding board member – VAHU. A think tank without walls for Burma. Founder/facilitator/presenter: Dr. Kaung’s Salon and Dr. Kaung’s Bookshelf, 963 Bonifant St. Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Kaung’s Salon from Oct 2005-present – some selected topics: Pakistan and the Benazir Bhutto. Monologue as a hysterectomy victim. Book discussion -- Beasts of No Nation, by Uzodinma Iweala. Robin Hood Ballads by Dr. Stephen Winick, Discussion of Nobel prize winning writer Orhan Pamuk, James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, book launches by artist Lila Snow, journalist Melissa Robinson, architect Werner Krebs on stage design, Eniko Basa on The 1956 Hungarian Revolution, dancers Martha Wittman and Elizabeth Johnson choreographing immigrant stories, Elizabeth Null folk sing, Christmas Carol Sing, Bijan C. Bayne and Tomiko Anders on “Who am I?” My wearable art show, dancer Gretchen Dunn performing placeDISplace, , Meena Nayak Endless Rain, book launch. Member, FBB – Friday Brunch Group – networking for writers with Nita Congress, August 2007- Co-founder, Member, Writing Group, WRITE ON, DC. August 2005 – Sept. 2006 Co-founder, Writing Group, The East-West Group, MD, April 2005 - Oct. 2005 Member, Washington Independent Writers, Travel Writers’ Group, 2006- Board member, Burma Refugee Project, (medical aid to refugees), Jan 2005- present Board Member, Burma Economic Watch, An Electronic Magazine, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. 2004 to present. Member, Technical Advisory Network, Burmese Government in Exile, 2000-present. Art Exhibitions: Flux - Foundry Gallery, Dupont Circle, DC, 2001 http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/23599/henry-callahan-kyi-may-kaung Mostly Burmese Blotches, Space 7-10, Silver Spring, MD 2005 Yo Franz, Yo Jackson, abstract expressionist paintings, Suvarnabhuni Gallerr, Chiangmai, Thailand, 2006. http://www.goldentriangleart.com/2007/06/art-exhibitions.html Mostly Burmese Mugs, Space 7-10, Silver Spring, MD 2007. http://ww2.gazette.net/stories/032107/bethnew231523_32328.shtml Mostly Burmese Monks, Ubud, Bali, March 2008. Human Rights portraits, American University, 2008. Human Rights Portraits, Hotel Arthur, Helsinki, Finland, 2008. Abstracts, Payap University, Chiangmai, Thailand, 2008. Mostly Burmese Monks, Space 7-10, MD 2009 http://pinklineproject.com/event/167 Cut and Paste, Collages, Friendship Heights Village Center, 2009. Cut and Paste, Collages, Suiriya Gallery, Chiangmai, Thailand, 2008. WORK International Diplomat, Program Officer, December 2008- May 2009. Private Consultant – 2004- 2006- VAHU co-founder and Sr. Analyst. 2005- Consultant and Free Lance Writer. Professional artist. Senior Research Associate. The Burma Fund, Washington DC, Sept 2001-Dec 31, 2004 Senior Research Analyst. Radio Free Asia, Washington DC, May 1998-Sept 2001. International Radio Broadcaster, RFA Burmese Service, Washington DC, March 1997-April 1998. 1982-1994. Ph.D. candidate, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 1978-1988. Assoc. Professor, Economics Department, University of Rangoon, Burma. RESEARCH INTERESTS/WORK IN PROGRESS The Rohingya Issue and Race in Burma. Burma, the sham elections of 2010. Burma – Transition to Democracy, A Strategic Action Plan, commissioned paper for The Burmese Democratic Government in Exile, Dec.1 2008 - June30, 2009. China, India, Thailand and Burma and ASEAN, USA. United States Political Economy Effects of Global Warming. Greater Mekong Region, environmental problems. Yangtze Dams. Dissertation to Book --- completed August 2004. Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press, Copenhagen. Economic Transitions in Burma: Strategies and Scenarios. Book length project, co-authored with Zaw Oo, The Burma Fund, 2002. • About possible scenarios should there be democratic change and the World Bank and IMF enter Burma. I intensively studied Joseph Stiglitz’ points of criticism. Migration on Thai-Burma Border, Thai policies and SPDC Roadmap. SPDC Roadmap and Problems. 2004 – Second Wholesale Sell Off of Natural Resources in Burma. 2004 –2007 Sanctions vs. No Sanctions: United States’ Burma Policy. • Human rights, especially women's and children's rights. • Closed vs. open systems. • Command economies vs. open markets. • IMF and World Bank packages and shortcomings. • US policy and Burma, the Burmese democracy movement, • System change and democratic, market reforms in China and Russia etc. • Causes and effects of out-migration and search for humane solutions. • Burma and Asean, community of democracies. • Alternative models and their application to Burma. • Problems of transition in Burma, Vietnam, Russia, Poland. • Chinese Economic Reforms 1978-present, N and S Korea. • Exploring humane solutions to Thai-Burma refugee problem. Economic History. J.S. Furnivall and Economic Planning, the Plural Society in Burma during the U Nu (democratic) period in Burma 1948-62. Novel in Progress, about a Burmese dissident. Collection of Short Stories. Play development -- Shaman Painting – abstracts and iconic figures – 3 one woman shows in greater DC area since 2001, shows in Chiangmai, Thailand, July 2007 and Feb. 2008. SEMINARS/CONFERENCES, STRATEGIZING SESSIONS 2001 – Jan. 24, 2008. Strategizing meeting for Burma activism. Woman’s National Demcratic Club, D.C. Oct 19, 2007. Panelist. Burma- Post Clampdown, What is to be Done? American University, School of International Studies. April 27, 2007. Panelist on Education and Generational Change. Burma Youth Project, American University, Washington, DC. April 22, 2007 my arts and craft show at Mayorga Coffee Factory, sponsored by American University, International Rescue Committee. April 5, 2007, Northeastern Illinois University, Focus on Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi – On the keynote panel. Dec. 2006, Chiangmai University, Community Development Project. Read course attendees project paper proposals and chose winning team. November 2006, Refugee Conference – American University – one of invited speakers. October- Dec., 2006. Refugee art exhibit, one of invited painters. Helped plan the exhibition, Gateway Heliport Gallery, Silver Spring, MD. July 2006, E-W Center DC sponsored a closed door conference on Conflict Resolution in Burma in Bangkok. I was one of a dozen invited commentators/rapporteurs. July 2006, Burma Studies Group – Singapore. 2005- Co-founder, founding board member (with Zaw Oo) of VAHU which trains non-profit workers from Burma. October 2005, The Politics of Voices, House of World Culture, Berlin. Invited with 5 other S.E. Asian writers “who dare to confront.” October 2004. Panel on Burma, “The Latest Purge in Burma,” Burma Studies Center, DeKalb IL. Keynote Panelist. September 2004, Bank Information Center, Open Society Institute. Washington DC • Helped plan seminar on World Bank and IMF, Lessons from Bosnia, suggested Joseph Stiglitz be invited, worked on my mentor Ronald Findlay of Columbia University Economics department being there to introduce Stiglitz, liaised with and introduced three economists from Burma. OSI funding. March 2004. Closed door strategizing session on Burma, SAIS Johns Hopkins, Washington DC. March 2004, The Burma Fund, Young Scholars Forum at American University, Washington DC. Paper proposals of Burma scholars in USA and discussions on research methodology August-September 2003, Research on G.H. Luce and Furnivall Archives. July 2003, helped formulate interview questions for Migrant Workers Survey on Thai-Burma Border (collaborative project with Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Jan 2003 International Association for Study of Forced Migration, paper on Burmese refugees, Thailand and SPDC “roadmap.” March 2002 Technical Advisory Network, NCGUB, Bangkok, Thailand. Role of Advisors of Burmese Government in Exile. Nov. 2002. SAIS, Johns Hopkins, Washington DC. Participant. Strategizing for Burmese democracy movement in exile. Sept, 2002. Burma Studies Conference, Gottenberg, Sweden, co-chaired panel on Diplomacy and Dialog in Burma. Jan 2003, Conference on Forced Migration and Burma, Chiengmai, Thailand. July 2003, Canberra, Australia, Australian National University, Peer Reviewed book on Economic Transitions in Burma. Peers from Burmese Democratic Government in Exile, July 2003, Sydney, Australia, Australia Burmese Students Conference. March 2003, Globalization and Human Trafficking, Denver CO. Aug. 2002, International IDEA Stockholm, Democratic Capacity Building for Burma. August 2002, Asean People's Assembly, “Globalisation and ASEAN,” Bali, Indonesia. April 2001 Conference on World Affairs, Boulder CO. “World without Borders.” References:
http://www.youtube.com/user/voaclips VOA magazine for 10-30-2012 near end of the program.
From June - latest extinction campaign against Rohingya + photo of Daw Suu comforting Muslims in Rangoon
Some good photos of Myitsone (confluence of Mai Kha and Mali Kha to form the Irrawaddy River) - before dam
Monday, October 29, 2012
http://chellisying.blogspot.com/ Same age as Buddhism. Thanks Kanlaon for blog roll that led me to read this.
Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-182-2012 13 October 2012 --------------------------------------------------------------------- BURMA: Air force officer tortured, jailed for 20 years over Internet use ISSUES: Torture; arbitrary arrest and detention; right to fair trial --------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been alerted to the case of an air force officer currently serving a 20-year jail sentence for posting articles online critical of the armed forces. Ne Lynn Dwe was taken by military intelligence from his barracks in December 2011 and held incommunicado before being sentenced in April 2012 by a military court martial, before which he had no legal representative. He allegedly suffered torture and has had psychological problems since. CASE NARRATIVE: On the night of 12 December 2011 officers from military intelligence came to Ne Lynn Dwe, 38, at his camp in Myeik, southern Burma, and told him to go with them by aircraft to Rangoon. Once there, Ne Lynn Dwe was detained and accused of having posted some 70 articles to the Internet since 2009 detailing military life and the hardships and difficulties faced by ordinary service personnel. In March 2012 a court martial convened to hear the case, and in April it convicted him and sentenced him to 20 years in jail for violating the Emergency Provisions Act by doing actions to undermine the military; and, the Electronic Transactions Law, for using the Internet illegally. Photo: Ne Lynn Dwe While in custody, Ne Lynn Dwe was allegedly tortured, and treated inhumanely. He was held without his family having access to him. Each time he was taken for interrogation, his face was covered and he heard only the voices of his interrogators. They injected him with some substance that made him lose his sense of self and answer questions uninhibitedly. While being held in custody he was kept handcuffed and for some time was allowed to wear only a singlet and shorts. Later he was given one sarong and shirt, for the duration of his four months in custody while awaiting court martial, and during the court martial process. As a result, he is today suffering psychological problems, specifically, he is not able to recall names other basic information, and sometimes cannot speak clearly. Furthermore, when the case came to court martial he did not have a lawyer. Nor has his family since been able to obtain the records of the trial, and therefore what information is known about it has been drawn together by them from visits to the central prison since Ne Lynn Dwe's conviction. Throughout the duration of his custody, from time of being taken to Yangon until after his court martial, Ne Lynn Dwe could not meet his family, or other persons. Not only did Ne Lynn Dwe himself suffer but his family also was directly and indirectly affected. After Ne Lynn Dwe's arrest, his possessions were not returned to the family, on the pretext of not having the means to send them, and the military did not pay his salary for his time in detention prior to conviction. The family has also lost his military pension and was in February 2012 forced to leave the military accommodation provided to them. Additionally, aside from Ne Lynn Dwe, two other officers were also imprisoned regarding related alleged offences. They are Acting Major Min Htun Thein, who received seven years, and Captain Chit Ko, who received 10. Further details of the case can be found in the sample letter below, as usual. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The laws under which Ne Lynn Dwe was convicted are incompatible with human rights and with the democratic values that the government of Myanmar now claims to be espousing. The Emergency Provisions Act is completely outdated and inapplicable to the current times, in which no emergency situation exists of the sort for which that law was framed. Legislators have made submissions for the law to be revoked and I urge that these submissions be treated seriously. The Electronic Transactions Law is a malodorous piece of legislation whereby practically any form of Internet use could conceivably be cast as a criminal offence, for which a convicted person is liable to imprisonment of periods that are completely disproportionate to the alleged crimes of the sort that the accused in this case was supposed to have committed. Therefore, these laws ought also to be revoked. The AHRC is aware of other similar cases in recent years in which army personnel have been convicted of offences over the use of Internet or similar; however, most are reluctant to speak up against their imprisonment for fear that matters could be made worse. For many more cases and issues concerning human rights in Burma, visit the AHRC's country homepage: http://www.humanrights.asia/countries/burma SUGGESTED ACTION: Please write a letter to the following government authorities to urge that Ne Lynn Dwe be released from imprisonment. Please note that for the purpose of the letter Burma is referred to by its official name, Myanmar, and Rangoon as Yangon. Please also be informed that the AHRC is writing separate letters to the UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights in Myanmar; on torture, and on freedom of expression; and, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and regional office in Bangkok, calling for their interventions into this matter. SAMPLE LETTER: Dear ___________, MYANMAR: Air force officer allegedly tortured, sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment without fair trial for Internet use along with two others Name of victim: Ne Lynn Dwe, 38, air force captain, stationed at Myeik Air Force HQ, currently detained at Insein Central Prison; married with two children (aged 12 and 3) Arresting officers: Officers from Military Affairs Security Date of incident: 12 December 2011 to present Court martial: No. 23/12, convened by Light Infantry Battalion 435 under order dated 2 March 2012, charged the accused under section 3, Emergency Provisions Act, 1950; and, section 33(a), Electronic Transactions Law, consistent with the 1959 Defence Services Act, sections 65 and 71, sentenced to 20 years in jail I am writing to call for the release from prison of an air force officer accused of writing and posting online material deemed by a court martial to be damaging to the Myanmar armed forces, who was detained without correct procedure and convicted in a patently unfair trial after allegedly being subjected to torture. According to the information that I have received, on the night of 12 December 2011 officers from military intelligence, Military Affairs Security, came to Ne Lynn Dwe at his camp in Myeik and told him to go with them by aircraft to Yangon. Once in Yangon, Ne Lynn Dwe was detained at the Light Infantry Battalion 435 base in South Okkalapa Township, and accused of having posted some 70 articles to the Internet since 2009 detailing military life and the hardships and difficulties faced by ordinary service personnel. In March 2012 a court martial convened to hear the case, and in April it convicted him and sentenced him to 20 years in jail I am informed that during the time that Ne Lynn Dwe was in custody he was held without his family having access to him and that he was allegedly tortured. Each time he was taken for interrogation, his face was covered and he heard only the voices of his interrogators. They injected him with some substance that made him lose his sense of self and answer questions uninhibitedly. While being held in custody he was kept handcuffed and for some time was allowed to wear only a singlet and shorts. Later he was given one sarong and shirt, for the duration of his four months in custody while awaiting court martial, and during the court martial process. As a result of the inhuman treatment he is today suffering psychological problems, specifically, he is not able to recall names other basic information, and sometimes cannot speak clearly. Furthermore, when the case came to court martial he did not have a lawyer. Nor has his family since been able to obtain the records of the trial, and therefore what information is known about it has been drawn together by them from visits to the central prison since Ne Lynn Dwe's conviction. The laws under which Ne Lynn Dwe was convicted are incompatible with human rights and with the democratic values that the government of Myanmar now claims to be espousing. The Emergency Provisions Act is completely outdated and inapplicable to the current times, in which no emergency situation exists of the sort for which that law was framed. I am aware that legislators have made submissions for the law to be revoked and I urge that these submissions be treated seriously. The Electronic Transactions Law is a malodorous piece of legislation whereby practically any form of Internet use could conceivably be cast as a criminal offence, for which a convicted person is liable to imprisonment of periods that are completely disproportionate to the alleged crimes of the sort that the accused in this case was supposed to have committed. Not only did Ne Lynn Dwe himself suffer but his family also was directly and indirectly affected. After Ne Lynn Dwe's arrest, his possessions were not returned to the family, on the pretext of not having the means to send them, and the military did not pay his salary for his time in detention prior to conviction. The family has also lost his military pension and was in February 2012 forced to leave the military accommodation provided to them. In view of the above alleged arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, and unfair trial of Ne Lynn Dwe I urge that his case be reviewed promptly and that he be released from custody and be allowed to return to his young family. I am further informed that aside from Ne Lynn Dwe, two other officers were also imprisoned regarding related alleged offences. They are Acting Major Min Htun Thein, who received seven years, and Captain Chit Ko, who received 10. I urge that these officers also be released. I also take this opportunity to call for the revocation of the Emergency Provisions Act and the Electronic Transactions Law, since both of these statutes serve the purpose only of violating the human rights of persons in Myanmar, and are incompatible with the expressed intention of the current administration to democratize. Yours sincerely, ---------------- PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO: 1. U Thein Sein President of Myanmar President Office Office No.18 Naypyitaw MYANMAR 2. Vice Senior General Min Aung Hlaing Commander in Chief Defence Services Naypyitaw MYANMAR 4. General Ye Aung Judge Advocate General Ministry of Defence Naypyitaw MYANMAR Tel: +95 67 404 088/ 090/ 092/ 094/ 097 Fax: +95 67 404 146/ 106 5. U Win Mra Chairman Myanmar National Human Rights Commission 27 Pyay Road Hlaing Township Yangon MYANMAR Tel: +95-1-659 668 Fax: +95-1-659 668 6. Ko Ko Hlaing Chief Political Advisor Office of the President Naypyitaw MYANMAR Tel-+95-1-532 501 ext-605 / 654 668 Fax-+95-1-532 500, 654 668 Thank you. Urgent Appeals Programme Asian Human Rights Commission (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday, October 28, 2012
including 2 contract workers. I don't think we have heard the last of this yet.
http://money.cnn.com/2012/10/28/news/hurricane-sandy-businesses/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 I made my supermarket run while my laundry was spinning dry. Took a photo of empty shelves near the bottled water. Heard someone say, "Olives" near my ear. Some people looked more like they were preparing for a party. There was lots of bottles of martini mix on the shelf near the bottled water.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/28/travel/tropical-weather-transportation/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 Encouraged by so many people reading my blog, I send you CNN on Sandy shutdowns of AMTRAK, NJ Transit, etc etc. beginning 6 PM today. Glad I suspended (i.e. cancelled) my own trek out to opening of new Burmese monastery in Virginia. VA as you know is a foreign land. The prospect of meeting so many Burmese again so soon (last met Sept 20th when Daw Suu was in town) made me tired before I began - only person I wanted to see was/is my dear friend who invited me. Better for me to go get some supplies at supermart and prep for Sandy - do my laundry, wash my dishes - such exciting stuff. If I sound amused or bemused, has nothing to do with you or USA. Reading my funny friend's blog Kanlaon and about her eating and taxi driver adventures on Bacalog. ***
RFA Burmese dirt - in Burmese - not independently verified yet, though 2-3 of 4-5 mentioned, told me on Sept 20th they were about to be fired
THIS IS A SHAMELESS TRANSGRESSION OF JUSTICE in a place supposed to be working for human rights and democracy. I thought what I went through in 1998-2001 was bad enough, at the hands of Soe Thinn, Nyane Shwe and Tin Htar Swe, but everyone has told me this is worse, and it sounds so. Broadcasting Board of Governors and the State Department should start an Inquiry. FYI in 90s, VOA Burmese chief at the time was fired due to going to Burma and having her picture taken with Khin Nyunt. Kyi Kyi May (Burmese section BBC head) was fired, according to a well known journalist whose name I cannot mention, because she fingered someone - a dissident whose name was only known to BBC top staff and the dissident was subsequently killed by the junta. KKM is in no way related to me - according to the Burmese naming system she was just born on the same day of the week. She subsequently went back to live in Burma and is a board member of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Prospect Burma. Go figure. In 2001, my lawyer told me I could not sue RFA because they were set up by an Act of Congress, and "it was only job harassment, not sexual harassment". In 2006, according to DC Superior Court Records, on line at the time, RFA was fined $300,000 because Soe Thinn and Nyane Shwe asked someone the trick question "If we ask you to speak ill of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in an interview, will you do so". Soe Thinn lost his job due to the $300,000. Now he is paid even more? according to inside sources, and is acting as a "consultant". I dread to think what he may be advising. Also according to a highly placed inside source, RFA was slated to be merged with VOA Burmese Service in 2007, but their "Saffron Revolution" coverage caused them to win an award, so the axe was delayed. The thing is XYZ, one of the 4-5 mentioned as about to lose their jobs, or already lost their jobs, due to complaining (like I did) - told me at an NED (National Endowment for Democracy) meeting in 2007, that U Gambira after the Sept 27 crack down, was already on the run and the "leporters" were still calling him. The last time RFA reporters called him, the MI or Military Intelligence allowed him to pick up his cell phone, he did so and said he was in prison already, then the phone went dead. I know for a fact as I heard it with my own ears, that they kept U Gambira on the phone for 30 minutes!! and of course for 30 minutes there is lots of time to track and locate where the cell phone is. RFA reporters were calling him while he had already been located and circled by the MI, after the clampdown. If this is all true, and I think it is, then RFA has the blood of the monks on its hands also. U Gambira, as you know, suffered so many beatings in prison that he now suffers from strokes/fits and has disrobed for medical reasons. RFA Burmese, as writer below suggests, should just be shaken out, and after, the clean and good ones merged with VOA Burmese - It's a shame they think they control the air waves and can do what they like. Yahoo! Mail [8888peoplepower] RFA ဌာနတြင္း ျဖဳတ္ထုတ္ရွင္းပြဲ ၿပီးျပီလား Saturday, October 27, 2012 11:26 AM From: "August8888"
RFA ဌာနတြင္း ျဖဳတ္ထုတ္ရွင္းပြဲ ၿပီးျပီလား
ဒီရက္ပိုင္း ဘီဘီစီမွာ သတင္းတစ္ပုဒ္ဖတ္လိုက္ရတယ္ ။
သတင္းက ဒီလိုပါ။ ဘီဘီစီ ရုပ္သံလႊင့္ဌာနမွာ Top of the Pops နဲ႔ Jim’ll Fix It ဆုိတဲ့ နာမည္ႀကီး အစီအစဥ္ေတြကုိ တင္ဆက္ခဲ့သူ Mr. Jimmy Savile ဆုိသူဟာ သူမေသခင္တုန္းက ကေလးေတြနဲ႔ အသက္မျပည့္ေသးတဲ့ မိန္းကေလးေတြေပၚ လိင္ပိုင္းဆိုင္ရာ မတရားက်ဴးလြန္မႈေတြ ၊ ဘီဘီစီဌာနတြင္း ဝန္ထမ္း အမ်ဳိးသမီးေတြကို လိင္ပိုင္းဆိုင္ရာ ေစာ္ကားမႈေတြ ရွိခဲ့တယ္။
အက်ဴးလြန္ အေစာ္ကားခံရ သူေတြက ဘီဘီစီ အထက္အာဏာပိုင္ေတြကို တုိင္ၾကားခဲ့ၾကေပမယ့္ ဘီဘီစီကေတာ့ Jimmy Savile ရဲ႕ေက်ာ္ၾကားမႈကို အေၾကာင္းျပဳၿပီး တိုင္ၾကားသူေတြရဲ႕အမႈကို အဲဒီ အခ်ိန္တုန္းက လွ်စ္လ်ဴရႈခဲ့တယ္။
အခုေတာ့ Jimmy Savile ဆုိသူ အသက္(၈၄)ႏွစ္အရြယ္မွာ ေသဆုံးသြားပါၿပီ။ သူေသၿပီးမွ ၿပိဳင္ဖက္ တီဗြီတစ္ခုက ဒါကိုေဖၚထုတ္လို္က္တဲ့အခါ ၿဗိတိန္ႏိုင္ငံနဲ႔ ကမၻာမွာပါ သူ႔အမႈက ဥၾသေသာင္းနင္းျဖစ္သြား ပါတယ္။
သူက်ဴးလြန္ခဲ့တာေတြကို ၿဗိတိန္ပါလီမာန္က အခုအခ်ိန္က်မွ စုံစမ္းစစ္ေဆးမႈေတြ လုပ္လာရပါၿပီ။ မတရား က်ဴးလြန္မႈဆိုတာ ႏွစ္ေတြဘယ္ေလာက္ၾကာေအာင္ ဖုံးကြယ္ထားဦးေတာ့ ေနာင္မွာ ထုတ္ေဖၚၾကတာပါပဲ ။ ဒီလုိဆိုရင္ RFA ဌာနတြင္း အခုျဖစ္ပ်က္ေနတာေတြကေရာ ဘယ္လိုျဖစ္လာမွာလဲလို့ ေတြးမိတယ္။
ေျပာခ်င္တာက ဘီဘီစီ Jimmy အေၾကာင္းက အဓိကမဟုတ္ပါဘူး။ RFA အေၾကာင္းပါ။ ဘီဘီစီက Jimmy လို ဇာတ္လမ္းမ်ဳိး RFA ထဲမွာ လက္ရွိျဖစ္ေနတဲ့အေၾကာင္းပါ။ အင္တာနက္ သတင္းေတြမွာ ဖတ္ရ နားေထာင္ ရတဲ့အတုိင္းပဲ RFAမွာ လိင္ေသာင္းက်န္းသူအျဖစ္ နာမည္ႀကီးတဲ့ ဦးခင္ေမာင္စိုးနဲ႔ မခင္ခင္အိ မသင္းသီရိတို႔ရဲ႕ သုံးပြင့္ဆိုင္ဇာတ္လမ္းက ခုခ်ိန္မွာ ဘယ္လိုဆက္ျဖစ္ေနလဲ အဆုံးသတ္သြားျပီလား ဘာ လား ။ ဘာသံမွလည္း ထပ္မၾကားရေတာ့လို့ပါ။
ဒါေပမယ့္ ဖဘ သတင္းေတြအရ ၾကားလိုက္ရတာကေတာ့ ေအာက္တိုဘာ ၁၈ ရက္နဲ႔ ၁၉ ၊ ႏွစ္ရက္ ဆက္တုုိက္ အတြင္း အၿမဲတမ္းဝန္ထမ္း(၅)ေယာက္ကို RFA ကျဖဳတ္ပစ္လုိက္တဲ့ အေၾကာင္းပါ ။
၁၈ ရက္ေန႔ မွာ ဦးေဇာ္မုိးေက်ာ္ ၊ ဦးကိုကိုေအာင္နဲ႔ ေဒၚအင္ၾကင္းႏုိင္တို႔ကို ထုတ္ပစ္လိုက္ၿပီး ၊ ၁၉ရက္ေန႔ မွာေတာ့ ေဒၚခင္ေမေဇာ္ (နမ္းခမ္းေထြး)နဲ႔ ဦးဥာဏ္၀င္းေအာင္တို႔ကို ထပ္ၿပီးထုတ္ပစ္လို္က္တယ္လို႔ ဖဘ သတင္းေတြမွာ ေတြ႔ပါတယ္။
အဲဒီမတုိင္ခင္ ရက္ပုိင္းတုန္းကလည္း ေနာ္ေ၀အေျခစိုက္ RFAသတင္းေထာက္ကိုညိဳကို ျဖဳတ္လိုက္တာ ၊ အခ်ိန္ပို္င္း ဝန္ထမ္းေတြျဖစ္တဲ့ ေဒၚညိဳညိဳ ေဒၚထားထားျမင့္တို့လည္း အျဖဳတ္ခံလိုက္ရတယ္ဆိုတာကို ဖဘ-ေတြကတဆင့္ သိခြင့္ရလုိက္ပါတယ္။
ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ သိထားသေလာက္ အခု အထုတ္ခံလိုက္ရတဲ့ အၿမဲတမ္း၀န္ထမ္း ၅ ဦးထဲမွာ ျမန္မာ့ ဒီမုိကေရစီ ေတာ္လွန္ေရး အတြက္ ဘ၀ေတြျမွဳပ္ႏွံၿပီး လုပ္လာသူေတြ ၊ စစ္အစိုးရလက္ထက္ တေလွ်ာက္ လုံး အစိုးရက ျပည္သူေတြေပၚ မတရားအႏိုင္က်င့္မႈေတြ ကို ေဖၚထုတ္ေျပာဆိုလာသူေတြ ဆိုတာ ေရဒီယို နားေထာင္တဲ့ ပရိသတ္တစ္ဦးအေနနနဲ႔ သတိထားမိပါတယ္။
အျဖဳတ္ခံရသူေတြထဲမွာ သတင္းလုပ္သက္ ၁၃ႏွစ္ ၁၄ႏွစ္ရွိတဲ့ သူေတြေတာင္ပါတယ္လို႔ ဖဘသတင္း တစ္ခု မွာေတြ႔လုိက္မိပါတယ္။
RFA၀န္ထမ္း ၇ ေယာက္ကို တၿပိဳင္နက္ထဲ အခုလို ထုတ္ပစ္လိုက္တာကိုေတာ့ အံ့ၾသမိပါတယ္။ သူတုိ့ေတြကပဲ တခုခု မမွန္တာ လုပ္ထားမိလို႔မ်ားလားဆိုၿပီး ေတြးမိတာရွိတယ္။ ဒါက အေတြး သက္သက္ပါ။ ဘာမွေတာ့ အခ်က္အလက္ မရွိပါဘူး။
တဖက္မွာက်ေတာ့ RFAနဲ႔ပတ္သက္ၿပီး သတင္းထြက္ေနတာက လိင္ေသာင္းက်န္းတဲ့ အသက္ ၆၀ ဦးခင္ေမာင္စိုးနဲ႔ ဟို အသက္ ၄၀ ေက်ာ္ ကေလးအေမ RFA အမ်ဳိးသမီး၀န္ထမ္းႏွစ္ေယာက္နဲ႔ တၿပိဳင္နက္ ထဲ လိင္အရႈပ္ေတာ္ပုံ ဇာတ္လမ္း ဖုံးထားမရပဲ အသံဖိုင္ေတြ ဘြားကနဲ အင္တာနက္ေပၚ ပ်ံ႕လာတာပါပဲ။
ဒီလို လိင္အရႈပ္ေတာ္ပုံကို အေျခခံၿပီး RFA ရုံးခ်ဳပ္မွာ ၀န္ထမ္းေတြကို ဦးခင္ေမာင္စိုးက သိသိသာသာတမ်ဳိး မသိမသာတမ်ဳိး ဟိုအရင္ထဲက ခြဲျခားဆက္ဆံဖိႏွိပ္ေနတာကို တုိင္မိတဲ့အတြက္ အခုလို RFA၀န္ထမ္းေတြ အလုပ္ျဖဳတ္ခံလိုက္ရတယ္ဆိုတဲ့သတင္းလည္း ၾကားမိပါတယ္။
မွတ္မိတာ တခုက ဒီလို RFA ဌာနတြင္း ျဖဳတ္ထုတ္သတ္ပြဲ မတုိင္ခင္မွာ RFAရဲ႕ ဖဘကို ပိတ္ပစ္လိုက္တာ ၊ RFAကို စာေရးသားေပးပို့ၾကပါဦးဆိုတဲ့ email@example.com အီးေမလ္ လိပ္စာကို ပိတ္ပစ္လုိက္တယ္ဆိုတဲ့ သတင္းတစ္ခုလည္း ဖဘေပၚ ပ်ံ႕လြင့္လာတာ ဖတ္မိပါတယ္။
အဲဒီလို ဖဘနဲ႔ အီးေမလ္ေတြကို ပိတ္ပစ္တာကလည္း လမ္းဆုံကဂ်မ္းဘုံလို႔ လူသိမ်ားတဲ့ RFA ဌာန မႉး ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊ လက္ခ်က္ဆုိၿပီး ဖဘေတြက ထပ္ေရးပါတယ္။ ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊက ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကို TV အင္တာဗ်ဴးလုပ္ထားတာ ၾကည့္ရသလို ၊ VOA ဦးေက်ာ္ဇံသာနဲ႔ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ TV အင္တာဗ်ဴး လုပ္ထားတာလည္း ၾကည့္ရေတာ့ ယွဥ္ၾကည့္ရင္ န႔ံသာဆီနဲ႔ အီးေလာက္ကြာေနတာ သတိထားမိတယ္။
ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္လို ပုဂၢိဳလ္မ်ဳိးကို အဆီအေငၚမတဲ့ ေတာင္ေရာက္ေျမာက္ေရာ ေမးခြန္း
ေတြ ေလွ်ာက္ေမး ထားတာ ၊ ကိုယ္ေမးမယ့္ေမးခြန္း ဘယ္ေရာက္လို႔ ေရာက္မွန္း မသိပဲ ေမးေန တာ၊ ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊ ကုိယ္တိုင္ သူေမးခ်င္တဲ့ေမးခြန္းကို အစေဖၚမရျဖစ္ေနလို့ `ကၽြတ္စ္` `က်ပ္စ္`ဆိုတဲ့ တက္ေခါက္သံေတြ လုပ္ေနတာၾကားရေတာ့ စာနယ္ဇင္းလုပ္ငန္း မကၽြမ္းက်င္ဘူးဆိုတာ သတိထားလိုက္မိပါတယ္။
အဲဒီတုန္းက ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊနဲ႔ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ TV အင္တာဗ်ဴးကို စၾကည့္မိတာနဲ့ ခ်က္ခ်င္း ပိတ္ပစ္ခ်င္စိတ္ေပါက္တယ္။ ျမန္မာဌာနရဲ႔ ဌာနမႉးတေယာက္လုပ္ေနၿပီး ဒီအေဒၚႀကီး ဗမာလို ေကာင္းေကာင္းမတတ္ပါလားလို႔ သတိထားမိတယ္ ။
ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္က လက္ႏွစ္ဖက္ ေပါင္ေပၚအသာတင္ျပီး ေကာင္းေကာင္း မြန္မြန္ ေျပာဆို ဆက္ဆံေနခ်ိန္မွာ ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊကေတာ့ RFA ကိုလာၿပီး အလုပ္ေလွ်ာက္တဲ့သူ တေယာက္ကို ေဘာ့စ္ တေယာက္က စစ္ေဆးအင္တာဗ်ဴးေနပုံမ်ဳိး မေလးမခန္႔နဲ႔ လက္ႀကီးပိုက္ျပီး ေမးခြန္းထုတ္ေနတာ အားလုံးေတြ႔ၾကမွာပါ ။
ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကလဲ ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊေမးေနတာကို စိတ္ရွည္တဲ့ပုံ မျပပါဘူး ။ ေမးခြန္းေတြကို ၾကားျဖတ္ၿပီး အျမန္ျပန္ေျဖေနတာေတြ႔ရမွာပါ။
အကင္းပါးတဲ့ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ကေတာ့ ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊတေယာက္ ဘာမွၾကိဳတင္ျပင္ဆင္ မထားပဲ ငါ့ကိုလာေမးေနတာပဲဆိုတဲ့ စိတ္တိုေနတဲ့ပုံပါပဲ ။ အဲဒီလို ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊနဲ႔ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ အင္တာဗ်ဴး ကို RFA ဖဘေပၚ တင္လုိက္ေတာ့ လူေတြက ေ၀ဖန္သေရာ္စာေတြေရးၿပီး မွတ္ခ်က္ေပးၾကျပန္ပါတယ္။
ဒါကို မခံႏိုင္လို႔ ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊက RFA ဖဘကို ပိတ္ခ်လိုက္တယ္လို႔ သတင္းက တခါထပ္ထြက္ျပန္တယ္ ။ အဲဒီေနာက္ပိုင္း YPI သတင္းဌာနက ဖဘေပၚတင္တဲ့သတင္းမွာ firstname.lastname@example.org အီးေမလ္ လိပ္စာကို ဆက္သြယ္လို႔မရေတာ့ဘူးဆိုတာ ပါလာျပန္တယ္ ။
ေနာက္တခုကလည္း ကိုAUNG PAN ဆိုတဲ့ ဖဘမွာလဲ လြတ္လပ္တဲ့အာရွအသံက သူတို႔သတင္းဌာနက လုပ္ပုံကိုင္ပုံကို ေ၀ဖန္တာ မခံႏုိင္လို႔ ဂ်မ္းဘုံၿငိမ္းေရႊက ရွိရွိသမွ် အကုန္လုိက္ပိတ္ေနတယ္ဆိုၿပီး တခါ ေရးျပန္ပါတယ္။
ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ RFA ရုံးခ်ဳပ္ကို သြားလည္ခ်ိန္မွာ ၀န္ထမ္းေတြအားလုံးနဲ႔တြဲရိုက္ထားတဲ့ ဓါတ္ပုံကို RFA ဖဘေပၚ တင္ျပန္ေတာ့လည္း မသင္းသီရိကို ရည္ရြယ္ျပီး ၀က္ဆီဖတ္မလို႔ ေနာက္ေျပာင္တာ မခင္ခင္အိ ကိုရည္ရြယ္ၿပီး အန္တီစု ညာဖက္မွာ ေမးတင္ထားတာက ဟိုကုတင္ဇာတ္လမ္းထဲက မမ မဟုတ္လားလို႔ သေရာ္ထားတာ ေတြ႔ရျပန္ပါတယ္။
ဒီေ၀ဖန္ခ်က္ေတြကို မခံႏိုင္လို႔ ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊက အကုန္ေလွ်ာက္ပိတ္ေနတယ္လို႔ပဲ ထင္ပါတယ္။ ကၽြန္ေတာ္ ဖတ္မိသမွ် လက္လွမ္းမီသမွ် သတင္းေတြကို ဆက္စပ္ေတြးေနမိတာပါ။
အဲဒီေနာက္ပိုင္းမွာေတာ့ RFAဌာနတြင္း လိင္အရႈပ္ကိုရွင္းေပးဖုိ႔နဲ႔ ၊ မတရား မ်က္ႏွသာေပးေနတာကို
ေျဖရွင္းေပးဖို႔ တုိင္တန္းၾကတဲ့ ၀န္ထမ္းေတြကို အေရးယူေတာ့မယ္ဆိုတဲ့ သတင္းလဲ ဖဘေပၚ မွာ ေတြ႔ လာရပါတယ္ ။
အခုေတာ့ သတင္းေတြ ထြက္ခဲ့တဲ့အတုိင္း RFA ၀န္ထမ္းေတြကို တကယ္ပဲထုတ္ပစ္တဲ့အထိ အေရးယူ လိုက္ေတာ့ သိပ္ၿပီး လက္ရဲဇက္ရဲ ႏုိင္ပါလားလို႔ ေတြးမိျပန္ပါတယ္။
အားလုံးဆက္စပ္ ေတြးၾကည့္ေတာ့ RFA ရုံးခ်ဳပ္မွာ လိင္အရႈပ္လုပ္သူေတြကို ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊက အကာအကြယ္ ေပးလိုက္ၿပီး တုိင္တန္းတဲ့အုပ္စုကို အလုပ္ကျဖဳတ္ပစ္တဲ့သေဘာ ျဖစ္သြားတယ္ လို႔ပဲ ေတြးမိပါတယ္။
ကၽြန္ေတာ္ေတြးသလိုသာ မွန္ခဲ့ရင္ ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊက ဘာ့ေၾကာင့္ ဟိုသုံးေယာက္ (ဦးခင္ေမာင္စိုး ၊ မခင္ခင္အိ ၊ မသင္းသီရိ)တို႔ကုိ အကာအကြယ္ ေပးေနတာလဲ ။ ဘာမွန္းမသိရေပမဲ့ အေၾကာင္းတခုခုေတာ့ ရွိမယ္ထင္ပါတယ္ ။
( သိသူမ်ား ေဖၚထုတ္ၾကပါ )။
အလုပ္ျဖဳတ္ခံလိုက္ရသူေတြကို ဂရုဏာျဖစ္မိေပမယ့္ ဥပေဒ စိုးမုိးပါတယ္ဆိုတဲ့ အေမရိကားလို ႏိုင္ငံမ်ဳိးမွာ အဲဒီလူေတြ ဘာဆက္လုပ္ေနၾကမလဲ ေမးခြန္းထုတ္လိုက္ပါတယ္ ။
ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔လို RFA ပရိတ္သတ္ေတြကေတာ့ အာဏာရွင္ဆန္ဆန္ လုပ္တဲ့ RFAဌာနမႉး ေဒၚၿငိမ္းေရႊတို႔ရဲ႕ လုပ္ရပ္ေတြကို ရႈပ္ခ်လိုက္ပါတယ္ ။
မခင္ခင္အိေျပာထားတဲ့ အသံဖိုင္ေတြမွာ ဦးခင္ေမာင္စိုးနဲ႔ မခင္ခင္အိတို႔ ညိေနၾကတာ သိသာလွပါတယ္။ မခင္ခင္အိတို႔၊ မသင္းသီရိတို႔ ၊ ဦးခင္ေမာင္စိုးတို႔ တီဗြီထဲကေန ကိုယ္ေရာင္ထင္ရွား ထြက္ျပေနတာကိုၾကည့္ ရင္ ဒီလူေတြဟာ ဘယ္ေလာက္ထိ အရွက္ကင္းမဲ့တဲ့လူေတြလဲဆိုတာ တြက္ဆလို႔ရပါတယ္။
ျမန္မာ့လူ႔အဖြဲ႔အစည္းမွာ သာမန္ျပည္သူေတြ လိင္ေဖါက္ျပန္ေနတာကို လွ်စ္လ်ဴရႈထားလို႔ ရႏုိင္ေပမဲ့ အထူး သျဖင့္ တုိင္းျပည္ကို မ်က္လုံးဖြင့္ေပးေနတဲ့အလုပ္မ်ဳိး လုပ္ေနပါတယ္ဆိုတဲ့ RFA လိုရုံးမွာ လိင္ အရႈပ္ အေထြး ျဖစ္ေနတာကို ရွင္းရမယ့္အစား ဒါကိုတုိင္မိတဲ့ သူေတြကေတာ့ ျဖဳတ္ထုတ္သတ္ခံလိုက္ရပါၿပီ ။
တိုင္တဲ့သူေတြက လူမ်ားစုလို႔ ၾကားမိေတာ့ RFA ဌာနတြင္း ျဖဳတ္ထုတ္သတ္ပြဲ ဒီမွာတင္ၿပီးသြားျပီလား ဆိုတာ သံသယျဖစ္စရာပါ ။
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Kyi May Kaung's Identity: Mostly Burmese Monks - exhibition details from 2009 - Image of Burmese monks has changed.
http://pinklineproject.com/event/169 Wangari Mathai has now passed away. Burmese monks' reputation in the west, so hard won in the 2007 Saffron Revolution, has been tarnished by some of their number, either fake monks or real (in Burmese Buddhism you can freely enter or leave the Order) allowing themselves to be used by the ruling junta in "demonstrations" (one of my colleagues calls them racist Neo-Nazi hate rallies) against the Muslim Rohingya. Even the exile media based in Washington DC, well one of them, keeps inserting the term "Bangali" or "Bengali"which is the junta's preferred term. One says "Bengali Rohingya Muslim" Actually, the descriptor "Bengali" as in "from Bengal" is misleading and evil as it discounts that the Rohingya have been in Burma since the 9th century and the present borders were only drawn in the 20th. "Rohingya Muslim" is also redundant, since Rohingya in Western Burma are part of larger group of Burmese Muslims, who have also been in cities like Mandalay for a very long time. In the ancient world, members of ethnic groups such as Indians, Chinese, Portuguese and so on were constantly moving around over quite large distances. Religions such as Buddhism (Tantric-Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism) - Hinduism, the Muslim religion etc. also moved with the people traveling for trade or religious reasons. It is naive and silly and evil, to say only a certain people have rights to live in peace in a certain geographic region. So far only Aye Chan Naing of the Democratic Voice of Burma, based in Oslo, Norway, (in my opinion the only station not kowtowing to the junta) has said the Rohingya need full citizenship rights in Burma. How else are they going to make their contribution as valuable citizens, not wanton child breeders, as the Burmese junta depicts them? ***
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/26/us/tropical-weather-sandy/index.html?hpt=hp_c1 Read tips on CNN etc. *
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/aung-san-suu-kyi-the-rohingya-of-burma-and-the-challenge-of-faith/2012/10/24/31901eda-1e11-11e2-9cd5-b55c38388962_blog.html I don't think it is right to blame someone who has no real power in Burma, and is being used by the junte herself to help the western sanctions get raised.
For little children who died, all innocent.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/26/us/new-york-nanny-deaths/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 I was just there near Museum of Natural History last month - many nannies pushing strollers with small children. --
http://internationalcampaignforfreedom.blogspot.com/ International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma. Yes, you got the name right, they are not yet free. --
Analysis from Anonymous: Date: Thursday, October 25 and Oct 26, 2012. Here are some of the crucial factors that are at work behind a misleadingly oversimplified media and regime's narrative of "sectarian violence": 1). Kyauk Hpyu, the designated location for the multi-billion dollar economic projects including the Special Economic Zone, a deep-sea port where China's Mid-East oil will be destined for re-transportation overland to the Southern Chinese Providence of Yunnan. (The two Burmese off-shore gas pipeline and the Mid-East oil pipelines projects will be located here. This is what connects the war in Kachin State, which the pipelines will run through, before they reach Yunnan, and the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Western Burma. The pipeline will run almost due west to east. The economic motivation behind the violence, probably state sanctioned, has to date only been picked up by a few analysts, and not by Myanmar Government and the international media. 2). From the Burmese regime's perspective they “see the fingerprints of the Taliban” in the violence in Western Burma, involving Rohingyas - and now ALL Muslims - and the Rakhine. So, the generals want to make sure they preemptively purge Kyauk-hpyu of any Muslims - not just Rohingya - to protect against, preemptively, their Chinese-joint venture economic assets/projects. These are areas where Muslims, Rohingya or otherwise, have lived side by side and mingled for generations. So, even some Rakhine (Arakanese) veterans of the Burmese Military were upset by the fact that the troops there were allegedly ordered by Naypyidaw to let the Muslims and Rohingya (or Bangali in their lingo) run for their lives - despite the fact that these targeted victims have nowhere safe to run to. There have been consistent reports from the ground that the government firefighters were not putting out the fires, but spraying petrol on the burning houses to accelerate the burning. 3). The Bangladeshi-born and/or connected "Bangali Rakhines" who are active with the Arakanese Liberation Party/Army - an armed organization whose mission is to purge the Arakan of all Muslims - is heavily involved. The Bangladesh-born Rakhines (Arakanese) are known to be far more rabidly racist towards the Muslims and the ALP-supporting Rakhines are, essentially, threatening the more moderate "Bama Rakhines" (Burman Arakanese) to partake in the final wave of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and the Muslims. Some of the armed ALP elements are said to be coming from Bangladesh. (An ALP leader, a woman, recently returned from Bangladesh with official permission from Naypyitaw, and has set up an office in Arakan State) 4). Recent attacks on Buddhist temples and monasteries in Bangladesh are a sign of things to come and can trigger full-scale Buddhist-Muslim hate-killings in both countries. 5). Not all Rakhines are racist and neo-Fascist. Many in fact have lived peacefully with various Muslim communities for generations in integrated villages and towns. Emphatically, Rakhine Ethno-Nationalists such as Bangladesh-born national-level MP Aye Maung and local/provincial level Than Htut Aung (MP for the local Rakhine State Parliament) are said to be directly involved in mobilizing anti-Muslim, anti-Rohingya protests and the latest wave of violent attacks. Several more factors that help explain the recent spate of violent attacks against the Rohingya. 6. Naypyidaw itself - that is, President Thein Sein and his office -- is aggressively dodging any inquiry being carried out by the 27-member Presidential Riot Inquiry Commission. 7. The key, most crucial members of the Commission - the two-Cornell trained members: the historian Dr Myo Myint, retired Director-General of the Religious Affairs Ministry and the political scientist from Singapore Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing - are no longer showing any interest in the Inquiry. Myo Myint was a Fulbright scholar in the USA. Kyaw Yin Hlaing was pushing for engagement as early as 2002, and a regular visitor to Burma. He accompanied President Thein Sein to the USA recently, and acts as adviser and interpreter. He is probably the one who told the BBC Hardtalk journalist that if he “did not like the question, he might ask Thein Sein not to answer it.” 8. The Commission's strategic role, in retrospective, has served Naypyidaw's purpose of preempting any push for a truly independent, external inquiry about the ethnic violence in June in Western Burma. Thein Sein’s “commission” is there just to placate western critics and to put democracy advocates such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the comedian Zarganar and U Nu’s daughter Daw Than Than Nu in a spot. 9 The Border Affairs Minister - Lt-General Thein Htay, a Danu from Shan State and informal regime contact between Aung San Suu Kyi and the senior generals - is one of the most trusted pets of the 'retired' Senior General Than Shwe (Thein Htay, an engineer by training from Rangoon Institute of Technology) serves or served as a key member of the Myanmar Economic Holdings, the military's umbrella corporation overseeing its institutional assets. (It’s former name was BEDC – Burma Economic Development Corporation – headed by Brig Gen Aung Gyi who died a few days ago. UMEH – Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings, Ltd., is widely regarded as the economic front of "Burmese Military Incorporated". 10. There is every reason to believe that these men are carrying out their strategic plans/goals - including purging Western Burma of Muslims, not just Rohingya - as blessed by Than Shwe himself. Glossary and who’s who. Thein Sein – nominal “reformist, moderate” President. Than Shwe, hard liner, former President – said to be “retired” Arakan (now called Rakhine) – coastal strip state in Western Burma. Burma, now called Myanmar by junta. Arakanese (Rakhine) – an ethnic group. Rohingya, a subset of all Burmese Muslims, living in Western Burma since 9th century. Burman, mainstream majority, subset of Burmese. Naypyidaw or Naypyitaw - purpose-built capital city -- started 2005 in Central Burma - site of Than Shwe's home - use Google Earth to look for it - and the Hluttaw or "parliament". Aung San Suu Kyi was under her latest stint of house arrest, May 30, 2003 to Nov 13, 2010, when it was built. ***
http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/17401 Guns are controlled in the Burmese military state. How come then victims of "sectarian violence" have gunshot wounds?
As crony capitalist brides in Burma wear white western gowns (strapless) - western celebs opt for color.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/25/living/color-wedding-dresses/index.html?hpt=hp_bn11 Of course we in S and SE Asia always knew color is best. In Thailand and some parts of SE Asia, white is color of (royal) mourning - see recent funeral of King Sihanouk in Pnom Penh, Cambodia, with royal ladies in white lace tops. Queen Monique wore a whitish suit to match her white hair. She is French or part-French. Thai nuns and Buddhist novices wear white robes. It's all in the head.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ogQ0uge06o With adult supervision only. For Peter - the child he once was. *
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_6KuYtc0Z8 Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round. * This site, as stated up front in our mission statement, is primarily for adults over 18 years of age - and is a political and arts blog. You should supervise your child closely at all times when they are on the Internet. This is posted as a special courtesy to Children of Burmese Dissidents who might not have other resources such as enough books or toys, and need songs and nursery rhymes. Kyi May Kaung
Canadian Friends of Burma notices Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Mg Lwin's low profile visit to Canada --
--- On Thu, 10/25/12, CFOB
Subject: Postmedia: Quiet welcome for Burmese foreign minister gets noticed
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 5:18 PM
Quiet welcome for Burmese foreign minister gets noticed
Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia - OCTOBER 24, 2012
OTTAWA — The Conservative government has been accused of trying to hide the visit earlier this month of Burma ’s foreign affairs minister.
The Conservative government has made a big deal of highlighting Canada ’s re-engagement with Burma after years of frozen relations caused by the Southeast Asian nation’s poor record on human rights and democracy.
The government has pledged to open a new embassy in Burma , which is also known as Myanmar , while Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and International Trade Minister Ed Fast have made separate visits.
Not by coincidence, Canadian companies in the oil, gas and mining sectors have made noises they are very interested in breaking into the market, which is already rife with similar firms from the U.S. , Europe and Asia .]
This has prompted concerns business interests will supercede human rights and democratic progress, which are still in a tenuous situation despite recent improvements.
From Oct. 2-4, Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung’s visited Ottawa — the first by a Burmese foreign minister since 1969 — as part of what appears to be a round-the-world tour to reach out to partners and put a nail in his country’s international isolation.
But neither Foreign Affairs nor the government went out of their way to call attention to the visit — prompting a strong reaction from one pro-democracy Burmese group in Canada .
The Canadian Friends of Burma, which has been the most outspoken voice on democracy in Burma over the years, said it only learned of Maung’s visit through the Asian nation’s state-run media.
In a statement, the group said “it is unnecessary — possibly unprecedented — for the Government of Canada to keep such a ministerial visit secret.”
“Therefore, we urge the Government of Canada, especially foreign affairs officials, to be more transparent on policymaking in Burma .”
A Conservative official dismissed the concerns, noting a photo of Maung and Baird was posted to the Foreign Affairs website, the official noted, while the Burmese foreign minister was recognized in the House of Commons gallery after Question Period.
“Anyone who follows Burma ’s political development would have known the foreign minister was visiting,” the official said. “So it was hardly secret.”
http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/17331 I distinctly remember the time he came to RFA in 1998. The goats' balls there led by "lady big bust" wanted to give a lot of air time to Aung Gyi saying "the military is the last hope of Burma." The entire interview in 2 parts was about 15 minutes long. There was an inquiry, then Big Bust, now with BBC Burmese, wanted to use my good name to whitewash her own involvement. She brought me a tape recorder and asked me to translate it for her. I was pissed off. I gave the Marantz back to her, saying, Miss BB, you know English and Burmese too, why don't you translate it yourself. Then I walked to the RFA Presdt and the VP and exec officer's offices and reported the matter - but then Alex came and prevailed on me to finish the translation. The Burmese dept head was on a short visit to ASEAN at the time. I translated it as it was - at one point Aung Gyi said to a question about who funded his trip "I sold my wife's diamond ear rings to come." I ask you, which Burmese wife would allow that. So BB was not happy with the translation, and assigned the little non-Burmese,non-Burmese speaker, Amish girl secretary to "edit" my English. This time I took the matter to RFA's Public Relations official, then Pat Lutz. Pat came to my desk, asked where the Word file was and "click" sent it to the US Embassy in Rangoon. That is how the RFA Burmese dept head, BB etc all had it out to push me out. That, and for saying "Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi" on air every time I mentioned her on air, when the goats balls department head had said it was "repetitious" and saying "Burmese democracy leader" would be enough. This Saw Yan Naing article is the Truth. Aung Gyi initially lost his number two status with Ne Win about 1964 because he made a trip to Japan, in which he gave an interview and was touted as the new bright young man for Burma. This was the same way Dr Nyi Nyi was pushed out. Because of a profile in Time Magazine. Ne Win was not about to allow that and got rid of him/them immediately. I am glad all these stories are now coming out. They are after all true. Kyi May Kaung
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_hostage_crisis I was in Burma at the time, and only thing I had to read was Time Magazine, weeks late.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Total page views have achieved a new peak of over 106,000 hits. Per day page views hit new daily peak of 382. Previous peak was 375. Per item (post) peak was 43 today for just one item - Junta police seen handing out gasoline . . . from U Tun Khin of BROUK. Thank you U Tun Khin and BROUK brothers and sisters for collecting info on the ground. This shows that independent activists are delivering what mainstream news media is not able to do yet. kmk http://kyimaykaung.blogspot.com
UNBIASED Channel 4 news on latest outbreak of anti-Rohingya violence in Arakan State, western Burma -
http://www.channel4.com/news/burmas-rohingya-face-new-wave-of-violence Thank you to the activist who sent this.
Frustrated by the snail-like slowness of Burmese exile media, who can't keep up with the activists, I decided to try journal-style blogging like my friend now in Bacalod, Kanlaon. So the process on the windows outside is coming along - the sounds now of hammering to fix what we called in Burma - kyauk pone yaik te - i.e. making the wood molds to hold the cement in. The sucking sounds were either cement being pumped into the molds or the window sills outside being vacuumed with a giant vacuum - sshlock, schlump. I've written to the magazine and university that owe me some money for honorariums. I've re-applied to display ads on this blog. Since September when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's DC visit caused me to go out, and see old friends again, I've gone around seeing said old friends - gone to a Baptist church, gotten armloads of dahlias and shasta daisies from N's garden, plumbed the depths of Ai Weiwei's philosophical, political and activist mind at the Hirschorn and seen Lincoln ads. and quotes for the upcoming film with Daniel Day Lewis on the DC metro - and wow, does he look like Lincoln. No doubt will sound like Abe and walk like Abe too. Daniel Day Lewis is of course the son of the Narnia author, British theologian C.S. Lewis, a contemporary of Tolkien. DDL is a brilliant actor, scary in his brilliance. If you don't believe me, go see There Will Be Blood. Like Silence of the Lambs, it scared me just to read the script. I have seen the movie, There will be blood. Not going to see Silence ever though. Well, the dental work and drilling on the building facade starteth, and so I am decamping for the movie theater to see Argo. How fortunate to live within walking distance of a movie theater. Ciao for now.
Junta police seen handing out gasoline in latest torchings of Rohingya homes in Arakan State, Burma -
Dear All, Please share our Press Release with your contact groups. Best, Tun Khin Date: 24.10.2012 Hundreds Killed and Thousands of Homes Destroyed in Arakan State During the last 24 hours, BROUK has received the following information from the ground; 1. A Rakhine mob set fire to Yin Thae Village and Parin village of Mrauk Oo where Rohingya are living. Police forces were seen giving containers of petrol to the mob to burn down Rohingya houses. More than 600 houses burnt down in both villages. Eyewitnesses say that more than 100 Rohingya were killed by the mob while setting the fires. 2. According to an escaped victim, many Rohingya had run away to hide. Police had called them out of their hiding places saying that they (the police) had come to control the situation and would make a truce between them and the Rakhine. Believing what police had said, killed them and the police did not stop them. Around 350 Rohingya women and children were hiding near the cemetery of Parin Village. The Rakhine mob and security forces killed almost all of them according to escaped victims who witnessed the attack. Many of the Rohingya who escaped the attacks are now in paddy fields, with nowhere to go. 3. A Rakhine mob set fire to Nagara Pauktaw village, Min Bya Township.100 Rohingya houses burnt down. More than 200 Rohingya were slaughtered by the mob according to eyewitnesses. 4. A Rakhine Mob set fire to Paikthae Village Kyauk Phyu Township. While Paikthay village was on fire, the fire fighters came to the spot with tank load of petrol in the guise of putting out the fire. More than 600 Muslim houses were burned down. We can’t confirm exact number of the deaths of Rohingya at the moment. Many Muslims fled into to the sea and others are in hiding. 5. 10:30am UK time two villages were set fire in Pauktaw Township. According to latest information many people are jumping to the river to escape. At the moment, it is very difficult to get any news out of these regions as the authority is confiscating all the cellular phones that Rohingya have to stop news reaching the outside world. Tun Khin President of BROUK said “Ethnic cleansing is happening under the noses of the international community and they are doing nothing. These are not communal clashes; this is not equal sides fighting. This is state organized and state sanctioned ethnic cleansing where the vast majority of those killed and displaced are Rohingyas. The international Community has staked so much on Thein Sein‘s reform process that even when he proposed ethnic cleansing they stayed silent, and even when ethnic cleansing takes place they stay silent. There is no way this violence would continue if the government genuinely wanted to stop it”. BROUK President Tun Khin also said “Whenever there is ethnic cleansing the international community says never let it happen again. Well it is happening again right now in Burma and once again the international community is failing to act. There needs to be UN observers on the ground immediately.” For more information, please contact Tun Khin +44 (0) 788714866
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
A new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi- according to this reviewer, the author has bitten off more than he can chew -
http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/16964 This is not surprising, as most journalists are not well read on Burma.
http://www.shanland.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5014:ex-king-uthumphon-and-the-falling-of-ayutthaya-to-the-burmese&catid=115:opinions&Itemid=308 from The Shan Herald
. . . The world has kept on turning. A quarter-century later, the Burmese military can join hands with God to swat a million people who drift with swollen bellies on the Irrawaddy Delta, ungainly water lilies floating among the debris washed here and there on the sluggish waves then, as an afterthought, decorating the carcasses on the bank where sharp-eyed carrions cannot believe their luck. Meanwhile, in a distant palace, a general undoes his armored vest to allow his full belly to expand. He burps and through his empty mind passes no thought of those drifting bodies nor of the tens of thousands crushed by hunger, sorrow, and pelting rain. Instead, sated after his meal, he vaguely surveys mentally the accumulated riches sent by a grieving world, signals for his plate to be removed, unwary of the waiter who approaches, thick kitchen chopper in hand and who splits open his skull, the waiter who has lost eleven family members in the Delta, who will avenge them so their souls can float away in peace, who no longer minds paying the price. Saïdeh Pakravan
Maung Zarni SPREAD THE WORD. SHARE THIS AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE. "MYANMAR AS ASEAN's BOSNIA" The Pentagon and CIA are welcome. OIC's relief office is NOT. This is the essence of "reforms" in Burma, yes, those reforms Aung San Suu Kyi has endorsed. Why did Naypyidaw renege on its official agreement to let OIC open a humanitarian affairs office in Burma? Simple: OIC presence would have been rather inconvenient for the reforming Burma in times like these when the Rohingya properties and houses are burned down, families driven out like stray dogs, OIC would be bearing witness to the continuing on-again off-again periodic ethnic cleansing of these people on their own birthplace. Buddha (sic? Burma) forbids that OIC takes videos and pictures of Rohingya villages burning, children and women slaughtered and neo-fascist state and racist society act in collaboration towards their shared mission of ridding the country of Muslim Rohingyas. This is BOSNIA - except that ASEAN is no NATO. ASEAN has neither the collective spine, nor the social conscience nor humanistic heart. Editor's note - I sometimes post notes from other writers expressing their own views. I may or may not agree with them - kmk
Sunday, October 21, 2012
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/argo_2012/ I'm going tomorrow and will report back again. kmk
I just re-posted my 2007 obit of Daw Than E Fend (Aunty Dora). Here are some of the things I found out when her friend or factotum posted me her memorial service. These are details of her life that are written in the memorial program sheet, which must have been released with her express consent, as she was such a very private woman, in spite of her glamor and the interest of many people - which would naturally have included many men. Aunty Dora married Werner Fend. They divorced, but Aunty Dora continued to be friends with her ex-husband, even after he remarried and had children. As fate would have it, he died before she did, even though he was some 20 years younger. She continued to stay on in Austria until a few years after his death, to "look after" her "in laws" - i.e. Werner's second family. They weren't really technically her in-laws. I think it was right of her not to talk about any of this while she was alive. I do not expect any "Burmese" would understand this - they are so quick to condemn and vilify, especially to trash the reputation of women, while the men can only be called "small d-" If I left this as a comment in one of the Burmese magazines, I am sure I would get a lot of small d comments, but by now Aunty Dora is past caring, and so am I. Kyi May Kaung
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