Britain Is Betraying Burma
Each country has the option to impose total sanctions on Burma. The US does not need China's or Russia's permission. Burma's liberation can not be allowed to be held hostage by the UN Security Council. Both China and Russia are future Burmas. Both will need mass based democracy movements of their own down the line. Who are they kidding?
Britain is the guilty party here. Britain has come across as the most hypocritical of all the major powers. Many British companies do major business with the Burmese junta. That is a shame.
The British Prime Minister and the British parliament must immediately pass a law that prevents all British companies from doing any business with Burma at all. That or Britain stands with China and Russia on the question of democracy in Burma.
Britain has plenty of baggage as a former colonial power. It could shed some of that by making sense in this situation.
That is the number one thing the big powers of the world can do for the people of Burma at this critical juncture. If this momentum is lost, it will be years before courage can be gathered. It will be years before there is another mass action.
That is the number one thing the people inside Burma can do. The goal has to be to bring millions out into the streets every day on a daily basis until the military junta unconditionally and totally surrenders power to Suu Kyi.
They may kill a few hundred people. They may imprison a few thousand for a few days. But they have already shown they hit their ceiling pretty fast. And they have shown they are susceptible to world opinion.
That matters. Any person anywhere can express solidarity with the mass action in Burma and feel like they mattered.
Dialogue? What Dialogue?
I don't understand the dialogue part. The goal is the generals' defeat, not dialogue.
Capture all atrocities on video. Capture as much of the street action as possible on video.
Back Channel Communication
You turn up the heat through all of the above, and you keep open the back channels. You want the generals to have the option to maybe go live in a different country. Get them out.
Logistical Support To The Border Dissidents
Moral support is not enough. They need money. They need supplies. They need gadgets. They need food: free meals.
Surgical Military Action
I wonder if there is legal basis for a surgical air strike. If there are soldiers lined up to shoot into peacefully protesting Burmese, can those soldiers be taken out from the air?
Bringing The Generals to Justice
They should not have the retirement option. Their illegally amassed fortunes must be nationalized. They must be sent to jail. They should be sent to be tried by the international court.
There can't be impunity for people who give and carry out orders to punish people who might be exercising their right to peacefully assemble and protest.
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Burmese junta offers conditional meeting with opposition leader Guardian Unlimited UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari. ...... on condition she gives up her call for international sanctions against Burma. ..... particularly at night during curfew, including raids on private homes, beatings, arbitrary arrests, and disappearances ........ It is thought as many as 10,000 people, many of them Buddhist monks, have been rounded up.
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UN Envoy Warns Burma of Serious International Consequences Voice of America The United States warned it will press for sanctions if the government does not act. ....... U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for talks without any preconditions to overcome "the high level of mistrust" between Than Shwe and Suu Kyi. ...... Just start talking ..... the secretary-general urged Myanmar's military rulers to "take bold actions toward democratization and respect for human rights." ....... The United States threatened to introduce a resolution seeking sanctions, including an arms embargo, against Myanmar if it does not move quickly toward national reconciliation and release thousands of detainees. ......... He said stability had returned to his country and people have been holding peaceful, pro-government rallies "to demonstrate their aversion to recent, provocative demonstrations." Critics say such rallies are shams, filled with people ordered to attend by authorities. ........ The protests were faltering when Buddhist monks took the lead late last month. ......... The government said 10 people were killed, but dissident groups put the death toll at up to 200 and say 6,000 people were detained, including thousands of monks. The government is continuing to round up suspected activists. ......... all but 109 monks had been freed and authorities were searching for four monks who led the protests, state-run television reported. .......... "the continuing and disturbing reports" of abuses by security officials and non-uniformed people ......... continuing reports of mass relocation outside (the capital) Yangon of monks arrested in the course of the demonstrations and monasteries that remain blockaded," he said. "The U.N. office in Yangon has also received requests from people asking for a safe place to hide." .......... despite repeated requests he was not able to meet with members of Suu Kyi's party and representatives of the monks and students
Junta chief willing to talk with Suu Kyi Los Angeles Times, CA Hoping to deflect outrage over images of soldiers gunning down protesters ......... The move appears aimed at staving off economic sanctions and keeping Myanmar's natural resources on world markets, while also keeping neighbor China happy.
Myanmar Forces Hunt Pro-Democracy Protesters FOX News After squashing a pro-democracy uprising with guns, Myanmar's junta switched to a terror campaign, dragging people from their homes at night and letting others know they were marked for arrest. ......... Military vehicles patrolled the streets before dawn Wednesday with loudspeakers blaring, "We have photographs. We are going to make arrests!" ....... Buddhist monks in the main city of Yangon were ordered to vacate their monasteries — the flash points of protests last week — and told to go back home to prevent future unrest. ........ the older abbots are closely tied with the junta, while the younger monks are more sympathetic to the democracy protesters. ....... unhappiness combined with anger, and fear ...... police and soldiers rounding up demonstrators, clubbing them before loading them onto trucks. In one shot, about six young men are squatting on the street, hands on their heads, cringing. One wearing a red shirt — the color adopted by the protest movement — is singled out for particular abuse. ........ a man lying on the ground, his shirt bloodied, while another man looked around frantically as he tried to tend to him. ....... police swept through several dozen homes in the middle of the night, dragging away several men for questioning. ...... pro-democracy demonstrations, which troops brutally crushed last week with live gunfire, tear gas and baton charges. .......... some 6,000 people have been arrested, including thousands of Buddhist monks who led the demonstrations. ..... Villarosa said her staff had gone to up to 15 monasteries in recent days and found them completely empty. Others were barricaded by the military and declared off-limits to outsiders. ...... "There is a significantly reduced number of monks on the streets. Where are the monks? What has happened to them?" ......... In Brussels, European Union nations agreed to expand sanctions against the military regime. Diplomats said extra sanctions would include an expanded visa ban for members of the military junta, a wider ban on investment and a ban on trade in metals, timber and gemstones.
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Than Shwe: Myanmar junta's "old fox" Reuters he can be friendly and engaging, but behind the smile of "the old man" at the top of Myanmar's junta lies the heart of a cold, calculating military tactician. ........ smart, cunning and uncompromising. ........ an old fox and a psychological warfare guy, I don't believe he will personally cave in. I don't see him as a compromiser. ........ they don't like intrusiveness. They don't like you asking about things that they consider to be their internal affairs." ....... worked as a postal clerk before joining the army at the age of 20. ....... becoming commander of the 88th Light Infantry Division in 1980. ....... a springboard to becoming chairman of the regional committee of the Burma Socialist Program Party (BSPP) -- the core of Ne Win's single-party system ......... a series of internal purges -- or "retirement on grounds of ill health", as the generals prefer to call it -- he emerged as unchallenged military supremo in 1992, with the official title "Senior General". ........ Some of his first public words as leader suggested the army would "not hold onto power for long", igniting hopes of a serious bid to reinstall civilian rule and repair the damage done to the once-promising economy by years of Ne Win's disastrous "Burmese Road to Socialism". ........ Than Shwe's personal dislike for Suu Kyi is said to be so intense he walked out of a meeting with a foreign ambassador simply because the envoy uttered her name. ........ and the junta's sudden retreat to Naypyidaw, a new capital hewn out of the jungle, Than Shwe's isolation became absolute.
Myanmar junta sets conditions for Suu Kyi talks Reuters if she abandoned her "obstructive measures" and support for sanctions ..... was also "confrontational" and for "utter devastation" ........ that if she "announces publicly she has given up these four things, he would told direct talks" with her ...... detainees were being divided into four categories: passers-by, those who watched, those who clapped and those who joined in. .......... those found guilty of applauding the protesters, who filled five city blocks, would get minimum jail terms. That would be two to five years, he said. Protest leaders could expect up to 20 years behind bars
More arrests in Burma as regime tightens grip on power Guardian Unlimited, UK a second round of night-time raids targeting monks and pro-democracy protesters in Rangoon that netted scores of dissidents. .......... The city appeared increasingly normal on the surface during daylight, but fear of seizure during the overnight curfew terrorised people ........ Tokyo said it was considering cutting its £13m annual foreign aid to Burma. ....... The Burmese government's mouthpiece newspaper, the New Light of Myanmar, dismissed critics in the international community as "liars attempting to destroy the nation". ...... the dictatorship's anger that foreign embassies kept information on the crackdown flowing after internet links in Burma were severed. ........ the brutality was not interrupted in the last days. On the contrary, it has been intensified. ... "It's all designed to keep the people afraid and intimidated. That's how the regime kept power all these years and it's what they are trying to do now."
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Myanmar opposition dismisses junta offer to talk Reuters India, India it's very clear that the military is not making any concessions." ...... People who applauded protest marches from the sidewalk could face two to five years in jail ....... about 50 students who demonstrated in Mandalay had been sentenced to five years hard labour. .......... with China, the closest thing the junta has to an ally, blocking action at the United Nations, and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) -- one of the few international groupings of which Myanmar is a member -- unwilling to change its policy, experts say little is likely to happen. .......... ASEAN would continue its policy of engagement with Myanmar, one which has shown no more signs of influencing the generals than Western sanctions .... "Sanctions against a regime that is ready to isolate itself are more likely to be counter-productive than effective." .... Singapore is a leading investor in Myanmar ...... The junta says all is back to normal
Myanmar Hunts for 4 Activist Monks The Associated Press was hunting for four more clerics it described as ringleaders of the uprising. ........ Twenty-nine monks were suspected of being protest leaders and 25 of them were already in custody ........ U Kantiya, U Visaitta, U Awbatha and U Parthaka ........ soldiers shooting into crowds of unarmed protesters ........ The state media said troops searched where alleged rogue monks were living. ....... 18 monasteriesHundreds of monks were sent back to their hometowns this week from monasteries in Yangon. It was not known who ordered them out of the city — the abbots or the government. ......... Security forces also claimed to have seized nonreligious material from the monasteries, including pornographic videos, literature from Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party, and headbands with a swastika or a U.S. flag. ........ more than 250 protests have taken place in Myanmar since Aug. 19.
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Sands shifting under Burma's brutal regime ABC Online, Australia Each night Australians sit in their lounge rooms and witness dreadful violence on the streets of Burma. ........ While crises like the one we have seen unfold in the past month highlight the limits of international action, they oblige us to innovate, to push, and to support the people who need it. ........ the day after 1,000 monks connected with 'the lady' outside her house on 22 September, protests exploded overnight from 20,000 to 100,000 in Rangoon alone. The regime's crackdown commenced the next day. .......... the work of border-based dissidents living in Thailand and India who have tirelessly contributed to rebuilding grassroots organisation and political mobilisation inside Burma since the last horrific bloodshed in 1988. ....... it is Burma's border-based alternative media organisations that are responsible for capturing the images and news from the streets, transmitting them to global media agencies ........ the brave underground journalism of the Burmese ....... the Australian Government must also stop allowing Burmese military officials to attend military, counter-terrorism and intelligence training programs it hosts and funds in the region. ....... Given its position of authority in the Asia Pacific region the Australian Government can support Burma's exiled democracy movement far more vocally than they have.
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