Can we Burmese live that dream too?

Can we Burmese live that dream too? 

 

NOV 3 — On July 4th, 1774, a declaration was adopted by the Second Congress of Thirteen States of America, then at war with Great Britain. This was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and it was a formal declaration of independence.

The preamble was as follows:

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

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Sailing lessons in riding out global financial storm

COMMENTARY ( from Malaysiainsider )

NOV 3 – Take one insanely lax Federal Reserve chairman, add trillions of dollars worth of fiendishly complex financial products, and throw in one black swan.

The result: a perfect storm that is threatening to sink all vessels in its grip. So what’s the captain of a small, export-driven middle-income Asian nation to do?

Well, it’s too late to read Sailing for Dummies. It’s also too late to wish he had not skipped some routine maintenance work on the engine last year.

In fact, it’s too damn late to do anything but to take down the worn cotton sails, pitch every unneeded item overboard, and batten down the hatches.

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Foreign labour exit

by Baradan Kuppusamy

As recession looms large on the horizon, migrant workers like 27-year-old Kumar Palanisamy from Chennai in India are the first on the chopping block.

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“My employer told me I have a job up to December…after that nobody knows,” said Kumar who works as a production operator with a furniture manufacturer exporting to the United States and China.

“I don’t want to lose my job or get deported,” he said, eyes brimming with tears. “I have a family to support and a Rs 40,000 (800 US dollars) debt to settle.”

It is a time of great unease for Malaysia’s estimated 3.5 million legal and illegal, low-paid foreign workers who face a dreadful future in an unfriendly country as a global financial meltdown begins to take effect.

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‘Sickening’ Film on Plight of Burmese Migrant Fishermen

By Irrawaddy

A documentary film showing how Burmese seamen aboard Thai fishing boats are abused, beaten and even murdered is now available for viewing on the Internet.

The 10-minute film, titled “Abandoned, not Forgotten,” was released on the official Web site of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITWF), whose General Secretary, David Cockcroft, described it as “a sometimes sickening but very necessary addition to the evidence that many Burmese citizens forced to flee their country are being appallingly treated.”

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AFP:Bangladesh protests Myanmar’s gas hunt

DHAKA – Bangladesh Sunday summoned Myanmar’s envoy to protest oil exploration activities by its southeastern neighbour in disputed waters in hydrocarbon-rich Bay of Bengal, an official statement said.

Dhaka called in the Myanmar ambassador and handed over a “strong protest note” against the reported intrusion of Myanmar vessels, it said.

“The Myanmar ambassador was asked to convey Government of Bangladeshs request to immediately suspend all activities within the declared maritime zones of Bangladesh,” the statement said.

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Myanmar: New Constitution Published In English

YANGON, MYANMAR: Myanmar’s ruling junta has issued an English version of the country’s new constitution, which perpetuates military involvement in politics, nearly seven months after the native Burmese language version.

A bilingual edition of the 457-article constitution in English and Burmese went on sale Saturday (1 Nov) at government bookshops for 2,000 kyat ($1.60).

The constitution, drafted under the junta’s influence without input from the pro-democracy movement, was passed by a national referendum in May.

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