Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Va pensiero--Met at Home Gala + Metdancers--

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=va+penseiro+metathomegala+youtube#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:e07bc495,vid:NmF-ZeptCsI,st:0

Special music posts --for everyone dying to be free, world wide--Fernando by ABBA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQsjAbZDx-4

11-29-2023--Resistance vs junta in Myanmar--backand forth--

https://www.irrawaddy.com/
Just read everything posted every day--
junta airstrikes.

11-29-2023--Burma--India-China--Northen Resistance--make sure you read this--

https://www.irrawaddy.com/specials/myanmar-china-watch/chinese-navy-ships-arrive-in-myanmar-for-joint-drills.html
In Mon State:
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/myanmar-junta-forces-flee-deadly-resistance-attack-in-mon-state.html
Impt--Guest col. https://www.irrawaddy.com/opinion/guest-column/success-on-myanmar-india-border-a-turning-point-for-chin-resistance.html
The Rihkhawdar-Zokhawthar crossing is also one of the main overland routes from Myanmar to India.--(for both refugees and non-profit aid coming in).
At a time when even China is seen as tacitly approving Operation 1027, largely motivated by the proliferation of scam centers under junta allies, India’s Myanmar policy stands out as an anachronism. At least 75 junta soldiers fleeing to Mizoram have been flown to India’s Manipur State by helicopter and repatriated across the Moreh-Tamu crossing. According to local journalists, these orders came directly from New Delhi after a junta request via the Indian Embassy in Naypyitaw. The Indian government continues to invite junta officials to high-profile events, including junta Education Minister Nyunt Pe at the Global South Summit on Nov. 17.
Continued Indian support for the “mortally wounded” junta is a miscalculation: the military itself is primarily responsible for Myanmar’s chronic instability, dating back to the Ne Win dictatorship. This instability is what forces tens of thousands of Chin refugees into India and allows safe haven for insurgents fighting the Indian government, such as the Manipur People’s Liberation Army, which attacked Indian security forces as recently as Nov. 16. Most strikingly, as junta air strikes and artillery pounded the Chin resistance to prevent Rihkhawdar’s fall, a refugee on the Indian side of the border was killed by stray fire.
This instability also rules out any possibility that India will realize grand economic plans such as the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project, which requires an overland link from India through Chin and Rakhine in the very sites of renewed fighting. Only federal democracy in Myanmar can deliver the border security and regional stability that India needs. Indeed, most of the 5,000 Chin refugees fleeing the junta early this month have already begun returning home through resistance-controlled Rihkhawdar. Engagement with resistance forces now would do a great deal to ensure friendly relations once the junta is defeated.
This instability also rules out any possibility that India will realize grand economic plans such as the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project, which requires an overland link from India through Chin and Rakhine in the very sites of renewed fighting. Only federal democracy in Myanmar can deliver the border security and regional stability that India needs. Indeed, most of the 5,000 Chin refugees fleeing the junta early this month have already begun returning home through resistance-controlled Rihkhawdar. Engagement with resistance forces now would do a great deal to ensure friendly relations once the junta is defeated.
Recommendations for the US
For Washington too, this transformative moment suggests a need for new policies. With the Indo-Myanmar border now accessible to the resistance, it is past time to bypass the junta and channel cross-border humanitarian aid directly to affected communities. The United States should begin working with India and the United Nations to build aid infrastructure for Myanmar’s northwest. This is also an opportunity to bolster the local administrative capacity of Myanmar’s civilian National Unity Government (NUG) and ethnic resistance organizations, providing a head start on the massive post-revolutionary task of building “federal democracy” from the ground up. Doubts about resistance unity, which contributed to slow implementation of the BURMA Act, met with a resounding rebuke in Operation 1027. Nonlethal aid and technical assistance for the resistance should be provided without delay; in the past, the NUG has asked for early-warning systems to protect citizens from air strikes, communications equipment, and support for its network of in-country schools. With hundreds of junta soldiers surrendering or joining the resistance since October, the United States should provide funds to incentivize additional desertions. These measures will hasten the end of the war now that the balance has swung decisively against the junta.
Most importantly, Washington needs to come to an accommodation with Myanmar’s neighbors about the post-junta landscape. Despite not drastically changing the character of aid, the BURMA Act raised alarm bells in Beijing that pro-democracy forces might become US catspaws. India and Thailand have their own concerns about the unforeseen consequences of regime change next door. It is imperative for the United States to clearly outline its limited interests and goals in the country, and to work with Myanmar’s neighbors to realize priorities such as infrastructure links and border security. Myanmar cannot finally succeed in its revolution only to become yet another arena of “great-power competition.”
Since the Fiscal Year 2024 budget is held up by congressional dysfunction, new US appropriations for Myanmar will not be possible until early next year. As Congress reconciles the Senate and House versions of FY 2024 appropriations, it should adopt the Senate’s US$167-million Myanmar budget, which explicitly funds cross-border humanitarian assistance through India as well as support for deserters and nonlethal aid for the resistance. In the meantime, the United States should continue to marshal international pressure on the junta and target its finances, as with its sanctions on Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise.
Zo Tum Hmung and John Indergaard are the executive director and project and advocacy coordinator, respectively, of the Chin Association of Maryland.

Monday, November 20, 2023

Chemical weapon used in Burma--day before yesterday--why is this not in internationalnews--hidden within another headline on Irrawaddy??

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) accused the Myanmar junta of using chemical weapons on Saturday during its successful operation to retake the strategic base of Sakhan Thit Kone, which had been seized by TNLA troops the previous day in Namkham Township, northern Shan State.
After being bombed with the chemical weapons, the TNLA troops suffered from dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, extreme agitation, fatigue, and low blood oxygen despite suffering no external wounds. The junta also used such chemical weapons in an attack on TNLA troops in Lashio Township, northern Shan State on Nov. 4. https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/war-against-the-junta/myanmar-junta-loses-bases-scores-of-troops-in-four-days-of-resistance-attacks.html 11-20-2023

From Old Post Office DC wiki--excerpt--Google it yourself

After Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States, the Trump International Hotel became the focus of legal controversy.[177] World leaders stated Trump was encouraging that visiting emissaries were encouraged to stay at Trump hotels.[178] Trump family members, such as Ivanka, profited from their stake in the hotel while Donald Trump was president.[179]
After he left office, the House Oversight Committee continued to investigate, publicly revealing in October 2021 that the Trump International Hotel had received about $3.7 million from foreign governments, potentially violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, according to the congressional committee, the hotel had a net loss of over $70 million during Trump's presidency. To address this loss, another of Trump's companies, DJT Holdings LLC, loaned over $27 million to the hotel, only a small portion of which the hotel repaid. Most of the loan was eventually converted to capital contributions.[180] Emoluments Clause lawsuits

Friday, November 17, 2023

KDP direct--cover creator tutorial

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G201113520
Self publishing is good for things you want in a hurry--
e.g. reports. Activism related items.
Before--you had to use either their generic designs or a pre-formatted design.
I used generic sometimes, sometimes custom designs.
Now you can use their Cover Creator with images of your own, or free images from the Internet.
This is an advance.
That said, good writing and a nice cover will not on their own produce massive sales.
You still need An Agent, and active marketing and social media on your own.
Cheers
Kyi May

It's all a scam--it's all a farce--NGO talk in Chiangmai--

https://www.irrawaddy.com/opinion/guest-column/myanmar-civil-society-burmanization-and-the-bars-and-coffee-shops-of-thailand.html
People are dying--200,000 are displaced. All-out civil war is raging.
Will you pl shut up.
It's very dangerous when"both sides" start to believe their own propaganda.
"I want arms, not a ride"
Zelensky.
Burmese saying--"You'll feel the pain when it hits your flesh."
kmk
11-18-2023

Monday, November 13, 2023

KNDF says shot down junta jet--AFP and Myanmar Now

https://myanmar-now.org/en/news/myanmar-military-jet-shot-down-by-karenni-resistance-group-says/
"Black Walnut ZMT" said:
Junta spokesperson Zaw Min Tun told state news MRTV that the jet was on a training flight and came down due to engine failure. He said both pilots were in contact with the military.
k
11-12-2023

Sunday, November 12, 2023

China signs 3 solar projects in Magwe and Mandalay.

3 solar projects in Resistance Strongholds of Mandalay and Magwe plus some in Arakan https://www.irrawaddy.com/specials/myanmar-china-watch/china-signs-solar-power-deal-with-myanmar-junta.html
I really think this time
China is carefully laying the groundwork for a full scale invasion.
It can always say it is invading to "Protect Chinese investments and lives"
and to "control the chaotic situation."
After that they may or may not keep m a h.
Most of his ppl he will have purged already.
How neat.
Remember how they set the Panchen Lama against the Dalai Lama and took Tibet--wh now has a Chinese name.
Panchen Lama died in prison long ago after going deaf in one ear from always having to lie in bed so his face faced the peep-hole.
His Holiness is still alive in Dharamsala, India. Turned over Exile Gov to lay management.
He came to RFA once.
I don't know where my photo of us taken with him is.
Will write about it sometime.
km
11-12-2023

My archive at IISH, Amsterdam--

https://researchworks.oclc.org/archivegrid/collection/data/1004228429