SPDC’s Bluff

 SPDC’s Bluff

The Wall street Journal

Burma’s state media reported 9,002 prisoners were released this week as part of the junta’s plan for a “peaceful modern discipline-flourishing democratic nation.” Seven were political prisoners; most of the other 8,995 were petty criminals. That’s a good indication of what the junta’s plan for a “democratic nation” looks like.

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Call to raise Burma issue at UN

Call to raise Burma issue at UN

 The Press Association

Irish campaigners for democracy in Burma urged the Foreign Affairs Minister to raise the issue at a United Nations summit on Monday.

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‘We are still angry, but we bury it’

‘We are still angry, but we bury it’

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Villagers waiting for aid in the Irrawaddy delta in Burma

Villagers waiting for aid in the Irrawaddy delta in Burma. Photograph: Imogen Wall

Around the ancient and celebrated temples of Bagan, a tour guide blandly dispenses historical nuggets to tourists, his fury hidden beneath a bright smile. Myint Win, a novice monk, is taking a break from his monastery to earn some money in the town whose temples make it one of the country’s premier tourist destinations.

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Exiled Burmese freedom fighter dies in Ithaca

Exiled Burmese freedom fighter dies in Ithaca

theithacajournal.com

Han Lin, who helped bring attention to the fight for democracy in his homeland of Burma to his adopted hometown of Ithaca and internationally, died Friday of cancer at Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.

He was diagnosed with cancer in January 2007 and was admitted to the hospital Sept. 11, said Maura Stephens, an Ithaca humanitarian and writer who worked with him. His death came five days after his 57th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Htay Htay Yee, and six children.

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Burma arrests three on NLD anniversary

Burma arrests three on NLD anniversary

 

Rangoon (dpa) – The military government arrested at least three National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters Saturday before the opposition party celebrated its 20-year anniversary, witnesses said.

 Police detained two men and one women near the NLD headquarters before the anniversary ceremony to mark the establishment of the party in 1988.

 Before the ceremony about 10 people shouted slogans including “Free Aung San Suu Kyi” and released birds from cages in front of the NLD headquarters, but it was unclear if those arrested were part of that group.

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Contributing to charity, not just financially but also through service

Contributing to charity, not just financially

but also through service

By Manuel Almario, Community Journalist

 

Nadia Abdul Samad with her three children, (from left) Mohammad Abdul Samad, Ahmad Abdul Samad and Abdul Basit Abdul Samad

Nadia Abdul Samad with her three children, (from left) Mohammad Abdul Samad, Ahmad Abdul Samad and Abdul Basit Abdul Samad

Ramadan is a time for social service, for helping the poor, for inviting people to a shared meal.

Nadia Abdul Samad, a Filipino married to Abdul Samad Ali Khalil Juma, a UAE national, told Gulf News: “We contribute to charity, not just in financial terms, but more through service. We help those in need, even non-Muslims. We serve special food to the people after iftar. We are there to guide them. Sometimes when I cannot support them, I pray to Allah to give me strength to be able to help them.”

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Non-Muslims celebrate positive experiences of fasting

Non-Muslims celebrate positive experiences of fasting

By Samah Al Kaff, Community Journalist in Gulf news

I love fasting and how we break our fast together because it makes me feel that we are all human beings and equal - we all experience hunger, says Gopalkrishnan.

Dubai: “In Bangladesh, I would read stories about parents selling their children for food; when I fast, I feel for them,” says Sourav Das, one of many non-Muslims fasting during Ramadan who finds it to be an exceptional experience.

 

 

 

 

“When I saw my friends fasting, I got interested and then I started fasting myself,” he said. “Once I started fasting I came to know how there are a lot of benefits in it.”

In his opinion, fasting helps people find themselves. “Fasting will help you explore more into your self – find your limitations – what you can or cannot do for food, will you be able to hold your anger? And how much patience you’ve got.”

Fasting has also helped him connect to the UAE and its people better. “Fasting has helped me learn more about Muslim culture and to appreciate it,” said Das.

 

 

 

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