Monday, July 23, 2007

Burma - what you should know

I realize that many do not quite recognize the name as a country in Asia, nevertheless where the heck it is and what is going on in the country. But being of Burmese descent I feel that what I find, I should share and unfortunately it is not pleasant. Burma has been ruled under a military regime for as long as I can remember. Sad and frustrating, the third world living conditions the people live in are oppressive and bleak in a land that was once one of the richest countries in South East Asia. Below is an excellent series of articles and links that give a glimpse into what it is to live in Burma now.

Burma: Orwellian state, with teashops
... BBC News

Life under Burma's military regime
... BBC News

Other Links: Irrawaddy News Magazine

SEPT 25, 2007 UPDATE: There have been recent developements in Burma that bring to mind the events of 1988. Throngs of monks and citiziens have been holding peaceful marches in Yangoon and other cities in Burma. Today I just found out that the government has just imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in two cities. While my utmost support goes out to the brave protestors, my heart is tight with concern and fear that violence as seen in 1988 is in the horizon. What can we do? The only way to prevent such atrocities is make them visible to the public and mass media. Spread the word and let the world know that military oppression will not be tolerated. For the news story, click here.

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