For the 888 DAY of Civil Disobedience

For the 888 DAY of Civil Disobedience

_ By Shwe Ba of BURMA DIGEST

During 8888 movement in 1988, we achieved some success. But the much anticipated 9999 movement in 1999 just fizzled out. The uprising we hoped for on 666 in 2006 also never materialized. Dr Salai Tun Than’s call for the idea of civil disobedience and much hyped home return was also squashed. We missed the opportunity to up rise and throw out the military rulers during the Depaying Incident. God forbade, if they do any thing bad on our leaders or even if bad things accidentally happens, we must prepare to mobilize the whole population to over-throw this SPDC military Government.

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Courage will set Burma free!

Courage will set Burma free!

Adapted and Burmanized from the Malaysiakini article by Josh Hong | Jul 18, 08

Like many of my age whose worldview is shaped by the events of the late 1980s – from the brutal massacre of innocent protestors at Tiananmen Square to the fall of the Berlin Wall – I often believe hope and courage will overcome fear, ridding the world of the evil and the idiotic.


tiananmen square massacre 030605 tankIn December 1989, leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran rolled out the red carpet to welcome Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania’s last dictator, for a state visit. There was much applause and eulogy in Tehran, but the diplomatic decorum soon turned into nightmare when Ceausescu was executed by a firing squad after a secret military tribunal exactly one week later.

Ceausescu and his wife died on Christmas Day in the most dramatic fashion in modern history. Before that, Christmas celebration had been banned by the tyrant for more than 20 years. How very ironic.

Also in the late 1980s, monks burned themselves to death and bare-handed students fought against riot police on the streets of Seoul and other South Korean cities, eventually forcing the iron rule of Chun Doo Hwan to collapse. Chun, who had ordered a brutal crackdown on Buddhist monks, later took refuge in a Buddhist temple. How very ironic.

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ICC in difficulty ten years after the Rome Statute

ICC in difficulty

ten years after the Rome Statute


17 July 2008

Thursday 17 July marks the tenth anniversary of the Rome Statute, the treaty that led to the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Set up in 2002, the ICC is mandated to investigate and prosecute crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, when national authorities are unable, or unwilling to do so.

Lauded as one of the most ambitious steps by the international community in recent history, the ICC has made significant progress in its investigations. But its work is being obstructed by serious internal and external difficulties.

No sanctuary for refugees in Malaysia

No sanctuary for refugees in Malaysia

Malaysiakini opinion by K Shan | Jun 20, 08

Imagine waking up every night to the agony of domestic violence next door. You hear reports of abuses and often witness yourself the bruises suffered by the wife and children every time you walk past the house pondering what you can do to stop the violence.


One day, as the pressure mounts, the wounded and devastated victims come knocking at your door for refuge and protection. What would you do?

Option A

Give them temporary shelter and food and seek relevant humanitarian and human rights organisation for further assistance and action.

Option B

Organise a joint effort with relevant humanitarian and human rights organisation and other concern parties to provide them with temporary shelter and food, and seek for further assistance and action.

Option C


Ignore them and call the police for them to be arrested for trespassing?

Option D

Catch and detain them and send them back to the very place they come from.

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I got Cancer, cancer doesn’t get me

I got Cancer, cancer doesn’t get me

 “I got Cancer, cancer doesn’t get me.” This is the courageous and inspiring words from a 24 year old cancer sufferer, the 2008 U.S. swimming team’s 200-meter breaststroke pre-Olympic selection, Eric Shanteau.

By SCOTT M. REID on Monday, July 14, 2008,

The Orange County Register

Shanteau, 24, was diagnosed with testicular cancer June 19, 10 days before the Olympic Trials. The cancer was caught in its earliest stages and has not spread. “I can have surgery to get rid of this all together,” he said. But after consulting with his doctors and other cancer specialists, Shanteau has decided to postpone surgery until after next month’s Olympic Games.

Some medical experts have characterized his decision as foolish. Others see him as an Olympic-size poster boy for the fight against testicular cancer, a dripping wet version of Austin’s most famous resident — Lance Armstrong.

Like Armstrong, Shanteau refuses to become a prisoner of the disease.

“I have cancer,” Shanteau said. “Cancer doesn’t have me. You can choose to let it own you and run your life and I’m choosing not to.”

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