Tuesday, April 20, 2021

"Knee on neck" former police officer Chauvin found guilty on all 3 counts of murder of George Floyd



Sentencing will follow.


Hope he gets the maximum sentence.




Myanmar Coup--don't fool yourself, things are not better--Asia.

Japanese journalist arrested, arrests continue, ASEAN, bounty placed on dissident's head.



Twitter hashtag--#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

You need to open an acct, but info is up to the minute, literally.

Or you can continue in Ignorance.  Your choice,



Sunday, April 18, 2021

Set in Chile and America--my novella The Lovers

Originally published in Wild River Review on line, The Lovers is the story of a ballet dancer from Chile, who has to leave her native land for political reasons, and emigrate to Philadelphia, in America. Burmese-born author Kyi May Kaung lived many years in West Philadelphia while pursuing her doctorate in Political Science. The Lovers has vivid local color while traversing the uneasy life of political asylees. 



In these three riveting stories, based on a dream nightmare and a bus trip to the Eastern Maryland Shore, award-winning writer Kyi May Kaung explores the act or the art of growing old in a foreign country.


Russian Novichock poisoning suspects linked to Czech 2014 Ammo blast


Czech Republic expels Russian "diplomats" over ammunition blast.



My short story--FGM

It happens in Africa and sometimes among exiles out of Africa--but have not heard of it in Burma or other parts of Asia--though there are other kinds of abuse.

Deeply disturbing.

My short story FGM.


My short stories--from Burma-Thai Border--Dancing like a Peacock + Koel Bird.




Burmese general Min Aung Hlaing to attend ASEAN, movie couple detained at airport.



Myanmar coup--36 protestors arrested in one day, including 2 on motor bikes intentionally hit by cars.



Saturday, April 17, 2021

Burma-Thai relations--my novella The Rider of Crocodiles.



Burmese wars with Ayuthia,  The Fig Flower King, now buried near Ava (Inwa)


Racial tension in Burma--my novella Black Rice.



The longest running civil war in the world.



Prince Philip's funeral land rover--

Prince Philip's funeral land rover--


Prince Philip's custom-built Land Rover arrives at Windsor Castle quadrangle before collecting his coffin. The hearse was made at Land Rover's factory and Philip oversaw the modifications throughout the intervening years. Follow live: trib.al/z63OqUN


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

My novel Wolf follows a student leader of 1988, through his formative years and major political events.



Reading this you will see how 1962-1988 and beyond was bad, but how 2021 is much much worse.


Still I think recent events though horrible, prove that Burmese are essentially decent people who just wish to be free. 




How to help Myanmar coup survivors --



Also through Free Burma Rangers and maybe Dr SaSa



Saturday, April 10, 2021

Myanmar coup--Bago Massacre--



House overides Hogan veto of police reform bill MD.



All out war in Burma--Myanmar Coup

1 of 2 All out war in Burma 
get that Twitter acct check out Ro Nay San Lwin other accts twitter.com/nslwin Terrorist junta removing street signs in Mandalay, looting cell phone shops, shooting people dead, abducting urban runaways.

2of 2 Myanmar coup, Burma Going fr bad to worse to WORST to Syria-like situatn while protestors lift off gas balloons, burn Russian and Chinese flags. 4-10-2021

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Myanmar Coup, celebrity model among 2700+ arrested already--


Paing Takhon, who had participated in anti-coup protests, faces charges under section 505a of the penal code, which criminalises comments that “cause fear” or spread “false news” and can lead to up to three years in prison. His social media profiles have been taken down, though it is not clear who removed them.
According to the advocacy group, the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners in Burma, 2,750 people – from politicians to doctors, actors and social media influencers – are in detention. Most are held in unknown locations.


pence book deal--



Tuesday, April 06, 2021

From 2013--Ron Zakreski--On a Short Leash: Detained in Burma.

I've just read this book and I recommend it highly.

It's probably self-published, so suffers from lack of good copy-editing, but is otherwise well-written, and well observed of an excruciating 17 days in detention.
Zakreski's Burmese is obviously very challenged and his translations and spellings for Burmese words and phrases not accurate and garbled.  E.g.  tamay saan for htamin sar (eat rice), place names, and even the word longyi (sarong) wh he spells loungee--which I have never seen anywhere before, though lungi is common in India and Sri Lanka.

By Burmese prison standards, which is not saying much, his experience was mild, but Burmese prisoners held in the next (office) room were beaten up badly, put in chains and treated like non-humans.

Zakreski describes his 17 days of hell vividly, the popping sounds of close gunfire, the camp being hit by RPGs.

I bought this book because the opening looked interesting, and his experience was not headline news at the time, so I missed it.

He was arrested for wandering into Burmese territory at Maesod.  The Burmese side of the Moie River is called Myawadi.

It was 2011, when Burma was supposedly starting to open up and move to democracy, but now that "Myanmar coup" has become another catch phrase,  it bears reading.

To date the Feb 1 coup has killed 557 people, 43 of them children.  2600 have been arrested.

2011 may have been Zakreski's good luck time.

I was impressed by what the Thai Border Police did.  They nabbed a Burmese official shopping in Mae Sot on the Thai side in retaliation, and insisted on keeping him 3 weeks as Z. was under detention in Burma 3 weeks, even though Z asked that that person be released.

Because the story is compactly and chronologically told, with news dispatches inter-spliced at the right places, it is easy to follow.

A psychiatrist by profession, he also analyzes himself moment by moment.

Stockholm Syndrome?

It made me remember the geckos of my childhood and times in Burma--

they go, Tauk te, Tauk Te, Tauk te, and then grrrr

but I never could find them.

Kyi May Kaung



Leonard Cohen--Hallelujah




Mozart's Zaide --



WH gusher of leaks under trump vs Biden Admin--


In Burmese and English--10 year old shot in Moulmein, Myanmar coup.