Black July of Burma

By Zaw Nay Aung

 Not everybody would know the historic incidents of Burma in July. Even the younger generation Burmese seems to have lack of knowledge about all the historic events in July which occurred almost half century ago. However, 19th July 1947, the day Burma’s Independence Hero Bogyoke (General) Aung San (father of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi) and his colleagues were assassinated will be remembered by most Burmese as it has been celebrated as Martyr’s Day in Burma since then.

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On the Occasion of 7th July Anniversary

By Ye Wai

It is now the 46th Anniversary of the occasion of 7th July when Gen.Ne Win ordered his brutal troops to shoot and kill over one hundred Rangoon University students, who were asking for their student rights. Among those who were killed included male and female students of young ages, who were still full of vigour, optimism, hopes and aspirations to start careers in the future. In the Burmese History, this is the first time it ever happened, where a ruling regime committed the brutal killing of its own citizens.

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SPDC Régime Decay, perfect model of ASIAN Values

SPDC Régime  Decay,

perfect model of ASIAN Values

During the 1990s, we heard a great deal about the veracity and peculiarity of Asian values.

Various politicians, especially those predisposed to authoritarian and dictatorial methods, found in the ‘Asian values’ rhetoric a convenient basis for_

  • rationalizing their hold on power,

  • their disregard for human rights and civil liberties,

  • along with their contempt, among other things, for a free and open press.

As I recall, Myanmar had an especially vocal dictator who found much refuge and cover in this Asian values rhetoric.As most who are familiar with the lively conversations and debates of the time surrounding the Asian values issue, you will recall that there are various permutations, versions, and variations of what became known – under the Asian values umbrella label – as a critical basis for distinguishing Asian cultures from non-Asian (mainly Western) as embodying unique traits that render our societies different from non-Asian societies.

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NLD member charged after being beaten

Jul 4, 2008 (DVB)–A National League for Democracy member in North Okkalapa township who monitored the vote counting at a local ballot station on 24 May was beaten up by ward administration officials and now faces criminal charges.

Ko Aye Thaung, a member of North Okkalapa township NLD, was monitoring the local officials’ vote count at the township’s ballot station (2) on Phaung Taw Oo pagoda street when the delayed referendum was held on 24 May.

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Oppositions ‘must accept Than Shwe and Mugabe’

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has said the opposition must accept him as leader before any talks on ending the country’s political crisis.

Comment: I suddenly recognize that this is the same line palagarized from our Sr General Than Shwe to Daw Suu and NLD. SPDC should proud of this fact. They should sue Mugabe for the violation of copy right!

“I am the president. Everybody has to accept that if they want dialogue,” he told thousands of cheering supporters. The opposition pulled out of last Friday’s presidential run-off, citing violence in a campaign. It says 5,000 of its members are still missing. Nigeria has joined a small group of African states criticising the poll.

“We express our strong displeasure at the process leading to the election and its outcome,” said Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe.

“We therefore do not consider the outcome of that election as a basis for moving forward.”

On Friday, Botswana – the African country to take the toughest stance against Mr Mugabe – urged Zimbabwe’s neighbours not to recognise the election result.

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The shame of Africa and Asean

Published on July 3, 2008

It is sad that the outcome of the African leaders’ summit reflected anything but condemnation and shame on Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

Some African countries are ready to defend Mugabe, who rigged and stole the country’s general election held last week. It is amazing how some African leaders have the face to back a leader who suppresses his people and intimidates the opposition with violence, resulting in numerous deaths and injuries. Last month, former South African president Nelson Mandela criticised Mugabe for his tragic failure of leadership. His comment should have paved the way for other leaders to take up similar positions. Unfortunately, not many African leaders can claim similar status to Mandela. Many are dictators who do not respect human rights and democratic values. Worse, they do not want to be labelled as allies of the West against Mugabe, who was also considered an African hero when he fought for independence of the former Rhodesia.

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A NLD Member Arrested after Tuesday Blast

By WAI MOE

Friday,4 July,2008

A township-level leader of Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has been arrested in connection with a bomb attack on an office of the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) in Rangoon on Tuesday.

NLD sources told The Irrawaddy on Friday that Khin Maung, 62, an executive member of the Shwepyithar Township branch of the NLD, was taken away by secret police on Tuesday evening. The sources added that the authorities gave family members no reason for the arrest.

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