Once upon a time there was a Democractically elected PM in Burma

The House on Stilts(TIME)

Monday, Aug. 30, 1954

In Burma, men wear skirts. They wrap the skirts, which are called longyis, around the hips and gather them at the waist in one simple, unknotted hitch. The longyi has its advantages: one can bathe in it without undressing (by wrapping a dry longyi over the wet one and dropping the wet one in the bath), which is convenient since in Burma the poor usually bathe at public wells or faucets; one can also unhitch the longyi in Burma’s uncomfortable humidity, spreading the cloth with an easy, billowing motion, letting in a refreshing draft of air without exposure. Longyis, like much else in Burma, may seem strange to Western eyes, but they are peculiarly suited to Burma.

Then there are the shirts, which in Burma are attachable-collar shirts—but without the collar. Men of station wear the collarband buttoned at the neck; lesser figures, especially in government offices, wear it open. The air of collarless informality is misleading; the Burmese are meticulous. It is considered improper for a Westerner to visit a Burmese in shorts or a tropical shirt; the Burmese, colonial subjects of Britain until 1948, are sensitive about Westerners who appear to take them for granted. Yet the proper Burmese are remarkably free with their language: Burmese women will astonish Westerners with vivid, physical references to males they do not like; Prime Minister U Nu, a Buddhist layman of unusual piety, will casually refer to Communists as “Kwe-Ma-Tha,” meaning “dog-bitch-sons.”

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Why Should Democracy Be Shy?

We gave to look at international relations a a competition, because Russia and China already see it that way.

By Christopher Werth | NEWSWEEK

June 9,2008

Robert Kagan believes a war is coming. Not necessarily one with guns and bombs, but his new book argues that a fundamental global divide is emerging between liberal democracies and autocratic governments—namely Russia and China. He and presidential hopeful John McCain, whom he advises, call for a League of Democracies, which the Republican candidate has pledged to pursue if he wins the November election. NEWSWEEK’s Christopher Werth spoke with Kagan about the ascendancy of great-power competition. Continue reading

Dear YAB Najib, do not blindly deny the truth about the unfair discriminations on migrants

Dear YAB Datuk Seri Najib Razak,

Thank Your Honour for the interest in replying the unfair migrant treatment allegation of your country. No one is not asking your country to open the flood gates for us like your collegues had done in Sabah, we all are merely requesting  a kind favour from your government to just ajar the closely-tight water tap to let the hungry refugees to let us drink a few drops of water.

Why did your government could go and bring in the Bosnias with airplanes and provided free flats and fully support them? 

No need to give the Burmese Refugees even a cent. We are not beggars. Just stop Rela raids and allow them to stay, work or study for a limited time in your country. You can charge an appropriate visa fees like Thailand is doing now on Burmese refugees. 

And kindly facilitate the legal migration process by granting the citizenship to all the Burmese who are holding Red ICs for more then FIVE years.

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Crimes committed by SPDC thugs and People’s Rights of Self Defense

The inability of the successive Military dictators to resolve many political problems using the democratic framework has led to the emergence of numerous protests in Myanmar. The evolution of international human rights law has legitimizes the activities of human rights groups that concentrate exclusively on human rights abuses committed by the state actors. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other international human rights mechanisms were developed with the understanding that human rights laws should be applied to restrain governmental action. International law binds governments not only to follow international safeguards and norms, but also to reform national law in conformity with international human rights standards.

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Junta Reshuffles Cabinet, Top Military Posts

By MIN LWIN                                                                           Friaday,20June,2008

Burma’s military regime has announced a reshuffle of two cabinet positions and the appointment of the navy’s commander in chief to a ministerial post.

Rangoon-based military sources said that the move was unusual, and could signal further changes.

State-run radio and television announced on Friday that the regime reshuffled Maj-Gen Maung Maung Swe, Maj-Gen Saw Lwin, and Vice Admiral Soe Thein.

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