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Blog for Burma Oct 4th..





I realize that there are plenty of places in the world that are being run by horrible despots and military leaders that kill their citizens for no reason other than greed. Darfur is another place that comes to mind. But if you have been keeping up with the murderous rage going on in Burma..aka Myanmar, then you know how bad it is there at this moment. This site is calling for a blog post for Burma this Thursday, October 4th. Group blogs and individual blogs alike can participate. The European bloggers are well represented, the U.S. blogs not so much.

Perhaps that is because our media isn’t publicizing the events unfolding there like the ones in Europe, I don’t know. But I just thought I would post this here since BIO gets a lot of visitors, in hopes that American bloggers might participate more. Their graphics page is located here with plenty of buttons to post on your own blog or site.

The death of Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai seemed to get the ball rolling for the world to watch what is happening in Myanmar/Burm a. He was shot at point blank range for no reason other than he was filming the protest by monks and citizens of Rangoon. If your not familiar with Myanmar, here is a little info on the country:

WHO THEY ARE

First among equals in the current regime is Senior Gen. Than Shwe. He is said to be superstitiou s and to consult with astrologers, but otherwise has a public image that is taciturn in the extreme. No. 2 is Deputy Senior Gen. Maung Aye, whose reputation is, if anything, more ruthless than Than Shwe’s, probably because he has more field combat experience from fighting ethnic rebels. Soldiers in the 400,000-stro ng military live secluded from civilian life in isolated barracks; their families are provided with housing as well.

HOW THEY CAME TO POWER

The State Peace and Development Council, as the ruling junta is formally known, replaced another dictatorship in 1988 after suppressing a pro-democrac y uprising. The previous regime, led by Ne Win, destroyed what had been one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic economies, restricting tourist visas to one week and refusing all foreign investment.

HOW THEY KEEP POWER

Than Shwe’s government has opened up the country to foreign investment. Myanmar is rich in natural resources and has survived by cultivating investment in its potentially vast oil and gas reserves. Neighboring China and India curry favor with the junta because of Myanmar’s strategic location on the Indian Ocean and its oil and natural gas resources. China is the regime’s main ally, supplying the most diplomatic muscle at internationa l forums.

PREVIOUS RESISTENCE TO THEIR RULE

In 1988, the army violently suppressed mass demonstratio ns against the military dictatorship  , though some members of the air force changed sides and supported the protesters. Monk-led street protests threatened the junta’s power again after the government refused to accept the outcome of a 1990 vote, in which Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democrac y party won a landslide victory. The regime responded with several months of raids on hundreds of pagodas and the arrests of hundreds of monks.

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5 Responses to “Blog for Burma Oct 4th..”

  1. I’ll be there… I hate those fuckers down there… Those bastards house arrested a democratical ly elected leader for no reason other than she was “democratica lly elected”. Partisan bullshit aside… the world (and China) do nothing to help the situation but stand and watch.

  2. Have I told you lately I heart you steve? Thanks dude :)

  3. Seriously Dusty… does someone need to find oil there for America to give a shit?

    Wake up Mr Cheney!!!

  4. Steve, Burma has plenty of oil and natural gas..China has a lock on it m’dear..whic h is why the UN won’t do shit..China veto’s anything of substance. And God forbid the US stand up to China…or big ol trading partner. They also export a majority of the worlds rice.

    Its politics as usual..and meanwhile monks and citizens are killed or just..disapp ear.

  5. I would like to see a continuation of the topic

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