Anger Against Burma Junta Rises


Wednesday,July 02 ,2008

(BANGKOK, Thailand) — The cyclone that devastated Burma’s heartland has also roiled a political landscape dominated by the military for more than four decades.

Buddhist monks are regrouping after the battering they took nine months ago, civil society groups are emerging and foreign aid workers — often agents of political change in the wake of humanitarian crises — are present in unprecedented numbers. The junta’s grip on power remains absolute. But anger against the regime has probably never run so high.

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Parties to Register for Election: Junta


Wednesday , July 2,2008

Burma’s military junta will make an announcement in the coming months that all political parties must register in advance of the 2010 election, sources told The Irrawaddy

Sources close to ethnic armed groups—which have maintained a ceasefire with the ruling junta since the 1990s—said that military officials told ceasefire groups to organize their political parties in preparation for the junta announcing party registration.

Burmese military officials reportedly also told the ceasefire groups that several high-ranking military generals would run in the election in 2010.

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What a circus! What a show! Presented by the rhetoric political clowns

What a circus! What a show!

Presented by the rhetoric political clowns

“The PWM meter” by W Scott Thompson in Malaysiakini Jul 2, 08

Over four hundred years ago in France, where Catholics and Protestants had waged wars for a generation, the ruling (and Catholic) Valois line of kings came to an end when the third of three brothers died childless.


The claimant with the purest line of royal descent was, ironically, the protestant King Henry of Navarre, who was once married to Margot, sister of the three kings (and star of one of the best films ever made). It was made clear to him that he could only have the throne of France if he converted.

PMW=‘Paris is worth a mass,’ he so famously responded. Henri not only became the greatest king of France, he was able in 1598 to issue the Edict of Nantes, granting religious freedom to the Protestant Calvinists and pave the way to a secular state. I once even poured those words into a 13-year-old child of mine, when she had to make a tactical retreat on principle at boarding school to keep from being sent home.

Now, since the most interesting American campaign is riveting the world, we will apply the ‘PWM’ metre to any suspect pronouncement of a candidate, not a ‘truth-o-metre’ as to truthfulness, but as to whether the candidate really believes what he is saying. Or if he is pandering in order to get elected.

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