Posted on May 19, 2009 by jeremy
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An article by Joan Smith in The Independent yesterday entitled: It’s time India spoke up for Suu Kyi will certainly have resonated with a few people, especially after the resounding victory for the Congress Party. The election of this left-of-center, but business friendly party — if today’s huge stock market rally is anything to go by — means that for the first time in more than three decades there is a strong, stable government committed to secular values. India is no longer a small player within the international political economy, and a sign of the country truly coming of age would be if it were to take a strong stance on this latest fiasco in Burma where the military junta appears intent on sending Aung San Suu Kyi to jail because of the actions of some idiotic American tourist. India could certainly put pressure on China if it were occupy the high moral ground at this time.
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Posted on September 22, 2007 by jeremy
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After a sixth straight day of protest by Burmese monks against the military junta, there are no signs of a loss of momentum. The news breaking today is that the protestors have been allowed to march past Aung San Suu Kyi’s home, where they were greeted by Suu Kyi herself. With the regime clearly nervous about confronting the monks, confidence is growing as people are joining the monks in their protest. A glimmer of hope perhaps, but I fear there may be a lot of bloodshed before this is over.
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Posted on May 22, 2006 by jeremy
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The images on BBC News this last week of the Karen people fleeing from Burmese government troops left me feeling sick in the pit of my stomach. On a slightly brighter note, the meeting between UN Envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, the Under Secretary General for Political Affairs and Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday presents us with some faint optimism that something will be done soon. Ibrahim is the first foreigner to be allowed to visit Suu Kyi since 2004. As The Independent reports today, the generals who crushed Suu Kyi’s democracy movement will decide later this week whether to extend her house arrest beyond its present term, which expires on Saturday. It will be on this day, 16 years ago, that she won an overwhelming election victory. The Burmese military junta have refused to recognise this and instead Suu Kyi has spent 10 of the past 17 years imprisoned. I wonder if that great freedom fighter and defender of liberty, George Dubya, even knows where Burma is on the map? If you are not confident that he and his ‘coalition of the willing’ buddies are, please consider joining The Global Campaign to Free Aung San Suu Kyi.
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