UN chief says world is frustrated with Myanmar

AP

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday there is “growing frustration” around the world with Myanmar’s ruling generals.

He spoke to reporters after emerging from a closed-door meeting during which he spent more than an hour trying to get 14 nations to exert more influence on Myanmar, formerly called Burma.

The so-called “Group of Friends on Myanmar,” which Ban created a year ago, includes both Western nations pushing for human rights reforms and Southeast Asian trading partners, chiefly China, with different priorities.

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Irrawaddy;Junta Disrobes, Charges Leading Monk

By WAI MOE

Thursday,August 21,2008

The leader of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA), Ashin Gambira, has been disrobed by the authorities and charged with multiple criminal offenses in the aftermath of the 2007 uprising.

His lawyer, Aung Thein, told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that Gambira told him the authorities disrobed him after his arrest in November 2007 without following traditional procedures or consulting relevant monks’ organizations.

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Burese activists jailed for marking pro-democracy uprising

YANGON, Aug 17 – Five activists have been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for marching on the 20th anniversary of pro-democracy protests that were crushed by the Myanmar’s military rulers, an opposition party official said yesterday.

The sentencing Friday came two days ahead of a visit by UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who is promoting democratic reforms in Myanmar.

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Definition of Democide

By R.J. Rummel

Genocide: among other things, the killing of people by a government because of their indelible group membership (race, ethnicity, religion, language).

 

Politicide: the murder of any person or people by a government because of their politics or for political purposes.

Mass Murder: the indiscriminate killing of any person or people by a government.

Democide: The murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder.

Genocide is horrible, an abomination of our species, totally unacceptable. It is an obscenity, the evil of our time that all good people must work to eradicate. And at the core there is no doubt as to what this evil is–all recognize that the Nazi program to kill all Jews was genocide. Nor is there any doubt that the current Bosnian Serb massacre of Bosnian Moslems is genocide. But was genocide also the massacre of helpless villagers in the Sudan by government forces fighting a rebellion, the Indonesian army purge of communists, the assassination of political opponents by the Nationalist government on Formosa, the “land-reform” executions of landlords in the Soviet Union, or the rapid death of inmates in Vietnamese re-education camps? What about non-killing which has been called genocide, such as the absorption of one culture by another, the disease spread to natives by contact with colonists, the forced deportation of a people, or African slavery?

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Did China bend to critics before Olympics? Not much

By John Chalmers

BEIJING (Reuters) – Remember the “Genocide Olympics”? Remember all the talk that China’s anxiety to let nothing spoil the Beijing Games had left it vulnerable to demands for a change in its dealings with the outside world?

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Suu Kyi Discusses Detention with her Lawyer

By VIOLET CHO

Monday,August 11,2008

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has had a rare meeting with her lawyer to discuss her continuing house arrest, a National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesman reported on Monday.

The meeting between Suu Kyi, head of the NLD, and lawyer Kyi Win was held on Friday at the Nobel laureate’s Rangoon home, where she has been confined for most of the past 19 years.

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Same old, same old

Sunday August 10, 2008

STRAY THOUGHTS
By A.ASOHAN

Myanmar’s ruling junta is hoping that its on-going human rights violations will become a non-issue, but let’s keep flogging this dead horse.

TWENTY years and two days ago, student activists in a little-known South-East Asian country stood up for democracy against their oppressive, tyrannical government.

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Facist Myanmar Tatmadaw and SPDC Fascist Junta

Facist Myanmar Tatmadaw

When analysed the defining features of the Facist Myanmar Tatmadaw, it fullfills the basic features defined or identified by Dr. Lawrence Britt in his famous, “Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism”

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of- 
  •  Hitler (Germany),
  • Mussolini (Italy)
  • Franco (Spain)
  • Suharto (Indonesia) 
  • and several Latin American regimes.

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Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

Dr. Lawrence Britt

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of-

  • Hitler (Germany),
  • Mussolini (Italy)
  • Franco (Spain)
  • Suharto (Indonesia) 
  • and several Latin American regimes.

  • Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

 
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
 
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
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Kerry Pushes Rice to Consider Burmese Junta’s Actions as “Crimes Against Humanity”

06/17/2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. John Kerry today sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to express his grave concerns over the Burmese military junta’s restricting foreign aid to millions devastated by the recent cyclone, and to ask whether the junta’s actions may constitute “crimes against humanity” under international law. Kerry has requested a legal opinion from the State Department.

“The junta’s refusal to accept foreign aid has inflicted extraordinary pain and suffering on the Burmese people,” said Sen. Kerry. “The systematic restrictions on international support have denied lifesaving disaster assistance to over a million people. Our State Department should be considering every possible tool to create leverage to force the junta to allow humanitarian aid to reach the people. That includes investigating whether the junta’s actions constitute a crime against humanity under international law.”

The text of the letter is as follows:
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Burma temples in red brick

Archaeologists are aghast at efforts to rebuild ancient Bagan.

 By Simon Montlake

(Photograph)

For centuries this vast plain of temples has cast a spell over visitors to Burma (Myanmar), long after its imperial reign faded into history.

Invaded by Mongols in 1287 and abandoned by its rulers, many of Bagan’s glittering temples today lie ruined or buried in fields. Around 2,300 buildings remain, some still adorned with interior fresco paintings of Buddhist and Hindu icons.

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Asian Values & Western Values

Most of the western countries had progressed from the struggles to just meet their biological needs of food, shelter and security to the social progress to meet their psychological needs of social values such as Human Rights and Individual Freedoms.

“ASIAN VALUES” apologists claim that certain values and liberties must be compromised for the sake of growth and progress so that most of the citizens are housed, clothed and fed. They claimed that social and political stability for the whole country is more important than individual Human Rights and liberties.

Even US and some developed countries are in reverse gear by saying that sacrifices in certain individual freedoms must be made for the safety of the country and to fight terrorism.

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Gambari to Visit Burma in August

By LALIT K JHA

Wednesday,,July 16,2008

The Burmese junta has invited Ibrahim Gambari, the special UN envoy on Burma, to visit the country in mid-August to resume talks with the regime and pro-democracy leaders, a UN spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The invitation was sent to Gambari by the Burmese Ambassador to the UN, Kyaw Tint Swe, said a spokesperson at UN headquarters in New York.

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Suu Kyi’s Birthday Celebrated on Capitol Hill

By LALIT K JHA / WASHINGTON

Thousands of miles from her home on Rangoon’s Inya Lake, some influential supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi gathered in Washington to celebrate her 63rd birthday on Capitol Hill.
 
Speakers at a special ceremony held by the US Congress described Suu Kyi as a symbol of freedom the world over and said that she was not alone in her fight to bring democracy to Burma. Millions of people are with her, they said, urging the people of Burma not to lose hope and to continue their struggle.
 
Speakers at this special event, which was attended by invited guests, hoped that Suu Kyi would celebrate her next birthday as the rightful leader of Burma¬a position which has been denied her by the ruling junta since 1990, when her party won a landslide victory in the country’s last general elections. The event was organized by the Burma Fund, the US Campaign for Burma and the US Congressional Human Rights Caucus.