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Burma Begins Internet Blackout

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Posted on Sep 28, 2007

NYT:
Burmese bloggers are now reporting that they are running into significant hurdles to getting the word out on the government’s crackdown.

“Burma is blacked out now!,” one blogger announced from Yangon, the country’s main city. More details from the post:

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YANGON, Myanmar - Soldiers clubbed and dragged away activists while firing tear gas and warning shots to break up demonstrations Friday before they could grow, and the government cut Internet access, raising fears that a deadly crackdown was set to intensify.

Troops also occupied Buddhist monasteries in a bid to clear the streets of Myanmar’s revered monks, who have spearheaded the demonstrations.

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By Free Burma!, September 30, 2007 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment
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Free Burma!
International Bloggers’ Day for Burma on the 4th of October

International bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma. We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words „Free Burma!“.

http://www.free-burma.org

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By Douglas Chalmers, September 29, 2007 at 6:33 am Link to this comment

#103305 by Non Credo on 9/28 at 2:17 pm: “...What the hell can we do about it? Do we want to urge Bush to undertake a new military crusade…?”

If the USA can’t handle Burma/Myanmar, how is it going to handle Iran? By the way, guess which country in S.E.Asia is going nuclear soon? US criticises Burma nuclear plan - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6664421.stm

Guess why - it couldn’t be because it is a military dictatorship, now could it??? The answer to all of these problems is timely diplomacy, not grandstanding and aggressive political posturing. Why do you think Than Shwe built a new capital far inland?

“Reports…..suggest North Korea has been quietly helping Burma’s military regime build a nuclear reactor. While covert interactions between these pariah states have raised alarm in regional and Western security circles for quite some time, most mainstream Western media have ignored them….” http://journalism.berkeley.edu/projects/north_korea/2005/10/ignorednorth_koreas_shadowy_ar.html

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By Douglas Chalmers, September 28, 2007 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

Neighboring China won’t be harmed by the return of Buddhism and Daoism which have been part of its traditional culture for thousands of years. The only real issue is whether the Communist Party in China can countenance truth in all its aspects, though. As it is, they have had to accept and overcome their ruling party’s many disasters and backward steps. Their neighbor’s is one more, yet.

That is increasingly hard for Western powers and the Neocon regimes are the worst when it comes to denial and refusal to acknowledge their on dishonesty and hyocrisy these days. George Bush upholding democracy in Burma while trying to start yet another war in the Middle East is becoming laughable. When will the USA accept its role as the world’s leading gangster-rapper and manipulator of puppet regimes?

Strange, though that Burma’s military have been assisted in building a new administrative capital inland at Nay-Pyi-Taw with billions in funding from other Asian regional ‘partners’ and channelled drug money. The generals still can move around freely in ASEAN countries and stay at 5-star hotels while their countrymen must suffer beatings and repression.

Quote: Web of cash, power and cronies - “...But there is a group of government businessmen-technocrats in Singapore who will also be closely monitoring the brutality in Rangoon. And, were they so inclined, their influence could go a long way to limiting the misery being inflicted on Burma’s 54 million people….. Collectively known as “Singapore Inc”, they gather around the $A150 billion state-owned investment house Temasek Holdings, controlled by a member of the ruling Lee family….”  http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/web-of-cash-power-and-cronies/2007/09/28/1190486569946.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

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