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Burma/Myanmar — in support

27 Sep

A 25-year-old in Myanmar has posted this footage of the protests in that country on 24 September.

In the next video:

Jim Carrey calls for people to support the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi. He also decries Burma’s military regime for recruiting more child soldiers than any other country in the world, destroying 3,000 villages in eastern Burma, and forcing 1.5 million refugees to flee. He appeals to viewers to join two organizations:

The Human Rights Action Center

U.S. Campaign for Burma

The next one is food for thought indeed:

A song written by 88 Student Leader, Ko Mya Aye — not in English, but it doesn’t need to be:

See also Burma’s Secret War (transcript) — Foreign Correspondent 7 November 2006.

AFTERWORD

Typical. The Companies They Keep in Burma .

The world has been informed in no uncertain terms of the concern of the First Family of the USA over the cause of democracy and freedom in Burma. The commitment of Washington to the corporate cause, however, has proven greater.

On September 19, Laura Bush told a UN Roundtable Discussion that the US government would take steps to ensure that the issue of democracy in Burma was “not overlooked” in the Security Council. Kristin Silverberg, US assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, called this “incredibly … moving.” It might have been as moving as her earlier, much-quoted statement, “I am a Desperate Housewife.” But it made no mention of a main pillar of support for Burma’s military junta – corporate carpetbaggers…

The contribution of a giant US corporation to the situation has been conspicuous, according to the anti-junta camp. Prominent among the multinationals included in a “Dirty List” of such companies, brought out by the camp in December 2005, was Chevron, formally Unocal. Authors of the list noted that Chevron was one of the joint venture partners developing the Yadana offshore gas field in Burma, which earns the military regime millions of dollars. (Chevron also owns Texaco.)

The Unocal Corporation figured earlier in internationally backed Burmese campaigns against forced labor, land appropriation and similar other gross human-rights violations in the gas and oil projects initiated by the junta behind the people’s backs. The affected villagers came together in 1996 and sued Unocal and France’s Total for complicity in the abuses. The villagers charged that the companies knew about and benefited from the Burmese army’s use of torture, rape and unlawful land seizures to uproot people from areas slated for “development.” The lawsuits were settled after the companies agreed to make due compensation only eight years later, in 2004.

The Bush regime has not cared all these years to persuade either its old or newfound allies to discipline their own corporate giants in the cause of Burmese democracy…

See also Free Burma online resources on Wilson’s Blogmanac.

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3 responses to “Burma/Myanmar — in support

  1. Adrian

    September 27, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    It’s extraordinary that Burma’s SPDC has gone largely unremarked by the Western media, save for snippets about Auung San Suu Kyi.

    The Burmese people are becoming increasingly desperate; there’s no work, and there is a serious food shortage.

    By the way, a colleague who has a personal interest in Burma told me today that the momentum for these demonstrations in Burma seems to have come from young monks…

     
  2. Denys

    September 27, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    When I clicked on the following two links, The Human Rights Action Center and U.S. Campaign for Burma, I got this message on your blog.

    Not Found

    Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here

     
  3. ninglun

    September 27, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks, Denys: I had just pasted the addresses from the YouTube story. Now they work. 🙂

     
 
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