Compassionate letter 12,“The End of the Saga, but not the Dear John letter!”

Compassionate letter 12,

“The End of the Saga”

“But not the Dear John letter!”

As Bo Aung Din in Burma Digest

Dear Nan,

                If you could remember, I sent my first letter on our wedding anniversary, that is 12th February (our National day commemorating forming the foundation of our union, the day we signed our matrimonial agreement at Panglon) and that is also your birthday, the Shan National day. And coincidently that is two day’s prior to the Valentine day, the day of lovers. And I wrote the letter to you because your father announced our divorce declaration that is the Shan leaders announcement of the separation from Burma/Myanmar and the forming of an Independent Shan Country.

And another strange coincidence that leads to my compassionate letters was because of a DVD of Sai Kham Leik/Sai Hti Sai’s songs sent by my brother. While I was enjoying my renaissance or daydreaming back the good old young era, my children keep on doing their daily routine even without noticing my favourite songs. So I decided to explain or translate the songs to them. And the rest is the minute history of a saga of these compassionate letters to my ‘estranged wife’.

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Compassionate letter 11, “Cannibal Queen Kyine Kyine @ Marie Antoinette”

Compassionate letter 11,

“Cannibal Queen Kyine Kyine (a) Marie Antoinette”

As Bo Aung Din in Burma Digest

Disclaimer! Cannibalism and Daw Kyine Kyine’s story is just a political Satire and never based on the real events.

During the French Revolution, when Queen Marie Antoinette was told that the peasants had no bread to eat she retorted and advised, “Let them eat cake”.

According to the unconfirmed reports, Cannibal Queen Daw Kyine Kyine, wife of Senior General Than Shwe, ordered the young generals to bring in all the chocolates donated for the Cyclone Nargis victims for her grand children.

She advised all Myanmar Cyclone victims to eat the dead bodies as she could solve the disposal of dead bodies and the victims could also get the high protein food. She had rumoured to have whispered the shocked young general that Thar Manya Saya Daw’s flesh was very tasty.

Cannibal Queen Kyine Kyine hoped to kill multiple birds with one stone_

  1. No need to request for further aids
  2. No need to worry about the disposal or burial of the cyclone victims’ dead bodies
  3. Although it is no need for her to worry about the feeding of the victims, no one would revolt because of hunger
  4. Her grandchildren could eat all the chocolates.

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Compassionate letter 10, “MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY!”

Compassionate letter 10,

“MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY!”  

As Bo Aung Din in Burma Didest

Dear Darling Nan,

I hope to catch you with the twist of my tongue at the end of month of May because I thought your mind would be on Worker’s day, May Day and laugh at me for celebrating the 1st. May event on the 31st. i.e. end of the month only. I was expecting your accusation of my absent mindedness.

But I am surprised because you are quite smart and could immediately understand what I mean by MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY, which is just a distress call used on the radio or SOS,” “Save our Ship,” “Save Our Souls,” or “Send Out Succour”. Yes darling I am just making a distress call to the whole world to save us, all the Shwe Bama villagers from the tyrants, criminals, would-be-fugitives SPDC Junta government terrorizing and ruling our Shwe Bama country.

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Compassionate letter 9, “SPDC Generals’ record in the Dog-leather book of Sakya”

Compassionate letter 9,

“SPDC Generals’ record in the Dog-leather book of Sakya”

 As BO AUNG DIN  in Burma Digest

   Dear darling Nan,

                             I hereby wish a very Happy Burmese New Year and peaceful Thingyan for you and all the Shwe Bamas. Our children missed you but I missed you more especially during Thingyan because as you know we met at our University’s Thingyan festival and so Thingyan became a very important landmark or mile stone for both of us. I still remember the first Thingyan we celebrated together after our mutual friend Ko Tin Mg introduced us. I was teasing him why he was there as he is not a Buddhist. You were at his back and without even knowing me, you act as his advocate or solicitor and give excuses for him by answering that he was the secretary of Burmese Language Association of the university, that organization is sponsoring this event and Thingyan is nowadays celebrated by all the citizens of Burma.

By the way darling, are you tired or fed up of reading my compassionate letters? Kindly allow me to quote a famous saying, ‘My letters could not be written out unto their end even if all the trees on earth were pens, and if the sea eked out by seven seas were ink’. May be my favourite song ‘Want to stay together-alone only no-one else’ by Mar Mar Aye could explain my feelings. She sang about using the sky to write upon, a river as the pen and using the ocean water as ink. But in this age of ICT, neither do we need to use pens nor ink but just ‘typing’ onto the key board is enough. So I have to change or modified these into, “My letters could not finish even if my hands suffered ‘Carpel Tunnel Syndrome’. But it is your prerogative, up to you to decide whether you continue to receive my letter or not. I will stop any time if you say so.

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Burmese Celebrities Try to Help Survivors

By VIOLET CHO Friday, May 30, 2008<!– , –>

A planned public fundraising drive by the well-known Moustache Brothers comedy troupe to collect money to help Cyclone Nargis survivors was halted by a professional entertainer’s association in Mandalay on Thursday. 

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Pope expresses hope that aid workers be allowed to help cyclone victims in Myanmar

International Herald Tribune

The Associated Press
Published: May 30, 2008

 

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI expressed hope Friday that international aid and organizations would be allowed in Myanmar to help victims of the Cyclone Nargis.

The pope made the remarks in a meeting with bishops from Myanmar Friday at the Vatican.

An agreement was reached last week under which aid workers would be allowed in to the Asian country. But human rights and aid groups complained Friday that Myanmar’s military government was still hindering the free flow of international help for victims of Cyclone Nargis. Continue reading

Cyclone Nargis: Immediate and long term relief

Three-month programme will reach nearly 140,000 of the most affected survivors ActionAid has developed a three-month relief programme working through three local partner organisations to bring immediate and long term relief for survivors of Cyclone Nargis. Continue reading

After French, U.S. Navy acknowledged defeat in confronting with Burma Generals

After French, U.S. Navy blinked in confronting with Burma Generals

 

After French, U.S. Navy back down in confronting with Burma Generals

US commander: Navy ships leaving Myanmar

Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating, head of the U.S. forces in the Pacific, gestures during a news conference at the Pentagon, Wednesday, May 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military WriterWed May 28, 3:12 PM ET
The senior commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific says the Navy probably will withdraw a group of naval vessels from waters off the coast of Myanmar within days unless the government allows the ships to offload their relief supplies for cyclone victims.
Navy Adm. Timothy Keating, chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, said Wednesday he would discuss the matter later this week with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Singapore, where they will attend an international security conference.
Keating said the group of ships, led by the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, has other scheduled commitments in the area, including a planned port visit to Hong Kong. They happened to have been in the Gulf of Thailand participating in a naval exercise when the cyclone struck May 2-3.
“Absent a green light from Burmese officials, I don’t think she will be there for weeks,” Keating told a Pentagon news conference, referring to the Essex. “Days, and then we’ll see.”
The admiral said the Myanmar authorities’ refusal to let the Navy provide relief aid is frustrating. He described the sailors and Marines aboard the Essex as “desperate” to provide help.

US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The White House on Friday expressed frustration at the pace of aid flows into Myanmar after devastating Cyclone Nargis and said the ruling junta’s new constitution lacks legitimacy.

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Myanmar: Monks succeed where generals falter

The people have grown much closer to Myanmar’s Buddhist monks, who provide care, aid and solace, while their alienation from the military junta has grown

By NEW YORK TIMES                                                                                                                   May 30, 2008

KUN WAN, MYANMAR – They paddle for hours on the stormy river or carry their sick parents on their backs through the mud, traveling for miles to reach the one source of help they can rely on: Buddhist monks.

At a makeshift clinic in Kun Wan, an Irrawaddy Delta village 75 miles southwest of Yangon, hundreds of villagers left destitute by Cyclone Nargis arrive each day seeking the assistance they have not received from the government. Continue reading

Calling for an immediate international intervention in Burma

National Campaign for Food and Freedom

Statement of global Burmese democratic forces and supporters

Calling for an immediate international intervention

by creating a coalition of willing

for food and freedoms in Burma

 

 

 

 

May 28, 2008

 

We, Burmese democratic organizations, along with Burma campaign groups  around the world are_

  • calling for an immediate international intervention in Burma,
  • reminding the international community that this is the time to bring a change in the military-ruled country.

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Junta says that foreign aid is not needed; Nargis survivors can live on frogs

Junta says that foreign aid is not needed;

Nargis survivors can live on frogs

From Moe Thee Zun

Myanmar state media resumes its attack on western nations:

they are without humanitarian spirit if they continue to link economic aid to relief workers access to the worst hit areas. (Because SPDC could not get 99% as commission for aid delivery. The Myanmar Tatmadaw had already decided generously to hand ove 1%of donated aids to victims.)

The government censures all information relating to Nargis.

Yangon (AsiaNews) – Myanmar’s survivors of cyclone Nargis “do not need foreign food aid; they can feed themselves on frogs and fish that abound in the worst hit areas”.  

The New Light of Myanmar newspaper, a government mouthpiece, has re-launched its attack on foreign relief workers and condemned donors for “linking aid money to full access to the hardest-hit regions in the Irrawaddy Delta”.

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UN: Myanmar junta forcing storm victims from camps

UN: Myanmar junta forcing storm victims from camps

The Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military government is removing cyclone victims from refugee camps and dumping them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, the United Nations said Friday.

In an aid agency meeting, the U.N. Children’s Fund said eight camps earlier set up by the government to receive homeless victims in the Irrawaddy delta town of Bogalay had emptied as the mass clear-out of victims was stepped up.

People line up outside an aid tent in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, May 29, 2008 awaiting medical treatment. Aid and relief has been slow getting to affected areas and people after a cyclone hit southern Myanmar causing mass destruction and death. (AP Photo)

“The government is moving people unannounced,” said Teh Tai Ring, a UNICEF official, adding that authorities were “dumping people in the approximate location of the villages, basically with nothing.”

Camps were also being closed in Labutta, another town in the delta, a low-lying area which took the brunt of Cyclone Nargis nearly a month ago.

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Rule of law

Rule of law

From Wikipedia

The rule of law, in its most basic form, is the principle that no one is above the law. Thomas Paine stated in his pamphlet Common Sense (1776): “For as in absolute governments the king is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other.”

In England, the issuing of the Magna Carta was a prime example of the “rule of law.” The Great Charter forced King John to submit to the law and succeeded in putting limits on feudal fees and duties.

Perhaps the most important application of the rule of law is the principle that_

governmental authority is legitimately exercised only in accordance with written, publicly disclosed laws adopted and enforced in accordance with established procedural steps that are referred to as due process.

The principle is intended to be a safeguard against arbitrary governance, whether by a totalitarian leader or by mob rule.

Thus, the rule of law is hostile both to dictatorship and to anarchy. Samuel Rutherford was one of the first modern authors to give the principle theoretical foundations, in Lex, Rex (1644), and later Montesquieu in The Spirit of the Laws (1748).

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