Out Of The Box Thinking On Burma: Total Engagement?
I am for a total engagement with Cuba, for example. That is the best way to bring about political plurality on that island.
Freedom rings in every human heart. When given a choice, people want to be free. But the message from sanctions ends up being, you starve the population and they will be forced to come out into the streets. I am not sure that is the best way to go about it.
The question we have to ask is, whatever it is that we are doing, is it working?
I think one of the two extremes has to be followed, either total sanctions, or total engagement. Forget China, not even Britain is on board with the idea of sanctions. A lot of British companies are making a lot of money doing business in Burma. And India has decided it can't let China run the only show inside Burma.
And whatever we decide has to be done in close coordination with the National League for Democracy, Suu Kyi's party. If they want continued sanctions, so be it. But I think all big powers speaking in unison saying lifting of all sanctions is on the table if the junta will set Suu Kyi free will be a big step in the right direction. If the junta will agree to free all political prisoners, and they will agree to a roadmap to democracy as agreed to by the NLD, I think we should be open to the possibility of engagement.
What I am most worried about right now is that momentum might be lost. Soon it will be winter, And then it might be lost for good for at least half a year.
India Has To Get Into The Business Of Aggressively Exporting Democracy
Bush Meeting Dalai Lama: Is That All You Can Do For Burma?
Burma: 400, 000 Members, 400,000 Dollars
Burma: Time For Nonviolent Guerilla Warfare
Burma: Time For Hyper Action
The World Is Failing Burma
Burma: Than Shwe Is Going To The Hague
Britain Is Betraying Burma
Burma: Time For All Out Sanctions By All Powers
Burma: Momentum Is Key To Victory
Shame On The Top Politicians Of The World: Burma Asks For More
In Solidarity With The Burmese People
New York City For Barack Obama 8
New York City For Barack Obama 9
In The News
UN Envoy Says Burma Should be Offered Incentives Voice of America
United Nations Envoy in Talks for Early Return to Burma
Burmese regime frees high-profile protesters
UN Seeks More Aid For Burma
China: Take Concrete Action on Burma Now
Britain Prepared to Offer Burma Aid in Exchange for Reform
Canada gives honary citizenship to Burma's democracy leader
We will step up sanctions on Burma - PM
China Needs to Act on Burma Associated Content, CO
US calls on world to increase pressure on Myanmar
Obama chats about cousin Cheney with Leno
Edwards Takes on Clinton's Character
Barack Obama To Participate In MySpace/MTV Dialogue On October 29
Next New Networks buys 'Obama Girl' site Reuters An online entertainment network founded by former MTV Networks Vice Chairman Herb Scannell has acquired BarelyPolitical.com, creators of the wildly popular "Obama Girl" Web music video.
Obama, Romney top money chase in Northwest Seattle Post Intelligencer Obama has raised far more Washington state money than any other presidential candidate. ....... Romney is the top fundraiser in Oregon and Idaho. ...... Obama has raised more than $1.1 million in Washington ..... the presidential candidates have raised more than $6 million in the three Northwest states - a fraction of the $416 million they have raised nationwide in the first nine months of the year. ...... Among Republicans, Romney is the clear choice in the Northwest money race. He was the top GOP fundraiser in all three states, raising $558,273 in Washington, $457,248 in Idaho and $392,260 in Oregon.
Can Benazir Bhutto save Pakistan's President Musharraf? Christian Science Monitor
Benazir Bhutto's Massive Welcome
China summons US ambassador to protest over Dalai Lama
Iran dialogue better than sanctions: Putin
Putin attacks US foreign policy, announces new nuclear weapon AFP said he wanted the ruling United party to preserve his policies after December parliamentary elections, confirming that he wants to retain major political influence after leaving office. ........ called the US intervention in Iraq a "dead end" and called on Washington to set a deadline for the withdrawal of troops. ........ energy-rich Russia could not suffer the same fate. To think so, he said, was "political erotica." ....... Iran's nuclear power programme, saying 's insistence on negotiations was better than "threats, sanctions or even force." ........ was also planning a "completely new" atomic weapon. ...... sixth phone-in during eight years in power ....... saying this party's victory would ensure that his policies over the last eight years continued. ........ he was "against cutting the powers of the president of Russia" ....... economic growth of 7.7 percent ...... he remains by far the dominant political force in a country where there is almost no outspoken opposition. ........ no major politician has yet expressed interest in seeking the presidency, while polls indicate the parliamentary election will give Putin's United Russia party an overwhelming majority. ........ he may return to the Kremlin for a third term after a break -- something the constitution does not bar. ....... Later Thursday Putin was to meet Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in for talks expected to focus on Iran's Russian-backed nuclear programme.
Russian chess: Kasparov vs. Putin The Christian Science Monitor The virtual Putin autocracy (Russia hardly qualifies as a democracy anymore) draws its overwhelming popular support from a well-oiled economy. Last year, it grew 6.6 percent. ....... inflation, unemployment, and poverty have dropped significantly, while real incomes have increased, along with the state's petro-driven budget surplus. Whomever Putin handpicks as his successor is just fine with most Russians, polls show. ........... "The goal of the Other Russia is not winning elections, but to have an election" ...... New election rules mean further demise of opposition parties ....... Russian TV shuts out Kasparov (except as a subject of ridicule). Nashi, the pro-Putin youth group, disrupts Other Russia meetings, and Other Russia protesters have been arrested. Kasparov spends a small fortune on bodyguards. His celebrity is a protection but not a guarantee.
Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan AP More than 150,00 jubilant supporters gathered to greet her amid massive security. ..... was in tears as she descended the steps of a commercial flight that brought her ...... "I counted the hours, I counted the minutes and the seconds, just to see this land, to see the grass, to see the sky. I feel so emotionally overwhelmed" ..... clutched prayer beads in her right hand ....... She said she was fighting for democracy and to help this nuclear-armed country of 160 million people defeat the extremism that gave it the reputation as a hotbed of international terrorism. ....... It would take a constitutional amendment for her to be prime minister again ...... the spirit of huge crowds forming in Karachi. ..... Hundreds of buses and other vehicles festooned with billboards welcoming her back were parked bumper-to-bumper along the boulevard from the airport to the city center. ...... groups of men performed traditional dances, beat drums or shook maracas along the way. ...... said he had "blind faith" in Bhutto's leadership. ....... a government spokesman claimed her rally was a flop. ...... The crowd seemed far smaller than the 3 million Bhutto claimed had turned out to welcome her. Its size was estimated at 150,000 ....... showed that Bhutto's party machinery remained intact despite her absence. ...... Bhutto told reporters that her homecoming felt like a miracle. ...... 20,000 officers were deployed there and along the route into the city. .... "People are intelligent now, they don't buy this rubbish," said Kamran Saleen, a 38-year-old businessman who lives near Karachi airport. "They know politicians can't make much difference." ........ Musharraf has seen his popularity plunge since a failed attempt to oust the country's top judge in the spring. The rapprochement with Bhutto appears aimed at boosting his political base as he vies to extend his rule. ...... Bhutto said she doubted the judges would stop either
Swearing at work boosts team spirt, morale: research AFP Regular swearing at work can help boost team spirit among staff, allowing them to express better their feelings as well as develop social relationships ........ swearing would become more common as traditional taboos are broken down ...... helped foster solidarity among employees and express frustration, stress or other feelings. ...... Banning swear words and reprimanding staff might represent strong leadership, but could remove key links between staff and impact on morale and motivation ...... leaders sometimes need to 'think differently' and be open to intriguing ideas. ...... master the 'art' of knowing when to turn a blind eye
BBC unveils 1,800 job cuts AFP some of the biggest staff cuts in the corporation's history. ...... a swathe of other cost-saving measures including selling its west London headquarters, three percent annual efficiency targets for the next six years and making 10 percent fewer new programmes ...... will also merge its largely separate television, radio and online news operations into one newsroom. ....... "smaller but fitter" organisation.
India Proposes to Rein in Foreign Investment New York Times a plan to ban anonymous investment and curb derivatives issues. ...... The proposal could affect half of foreign market investments in India. ..... Reining in runaway stock markets has become a focus of finance ministers across Asia in recent months. ...... Many investors welcomed the announcement.
Obama: What, Me Worry? Guardian Unlimited ``Hillary is not the first politician in Washington to declare 'Mission Accomplished' a little too soon,'' Obama said, referring to President Bush's 2003 speech in which he stood beneath a banner with those words and declared the end of major combat in Iraq. ..... predicted that his wife, Michelle, could best former President Clinton in a debate. He also groused about Bush's Iran policy and fessed up to sloppy housekeeping. ..... Obama's appearance on Leno's stage was one of three talk-show interviews he has scheduled on a swing through Los Angeles. He also was taping segments for Public Broadcasting Service's ``Tavis Smiley,'' to air Thursday, and ``The Ellen DeGeneres Show,'' which will run Oct. 29. ..... ``I don't want to be invited to the family hunting party,'' he said
Putin Is Said to Offer Idea on Standoff Over Iran New York Times during an extraordinary meeting with Iran’s supreme leader ...... “We will think about what you said and about your proposal,” even as he added that Iran was “determined to provide our country’s need for nuclear energy.” ....... Putin also warned the West against a military attack on Iran, stressing that Tehran had a right to peaceful nuclear energy. ...... Putin said during his meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei that Russia was ready to “expand ties without limitations.” As Iran’s most senior official, the ayatollah has final word on state matters, and his decision to see Mr. Putin was regarded as significant in itself.
Gore’s Campaign Donations New York Times
Obama is vice-president's distant cousin, says Cheney's wife Guardian Unlimited
Obama and Cheney are 'cousins'
Veep's Wife Says Hubby and Obama Related
More bad polling news for Obama
Patrick to endorse Obama
Hoosiers gave most money to Obama, Giuliani Indianapolis Star
How wooing pig farmers might stop Hillary Clinton hogging the votes Times Online
Google to supply health record services