Burma and blogging

The military dictatorship in Burma has turned nasty against the pro-democracy protests spearheaded by Buddhist monks. UPDATE The first reports of deaths are coming in with battering to death the preferred option to shooting. Despite the limited access to the internet (UPDATE claims the junta is starting to reduce bandwidth), Burmese bloggers have played a key role in circumventing the press ban and getting information and images of the protest out of the country.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Just watching News 24 and there was a crowd of protesters marching past a cinema. It was showing ‘Transformers’ – kinda appropriate.

  • FREE BURMA

  • Dawkins

    Manfarang,

    Are you Burmese? I figured your nickname was Malay.

  • Harry Flashman

    Isn’t “farang” the Thai word for white foreigner?

    Anyway I hope the Burmese overthrow this bunch of thugs, Burma is an extremely beautiful country as are the people but meeting them is like dealing with people who are continually glancing nervously over their shoulders, so all pervasive is the fear of their government. Even the Vietnamese and Cubans who are also subject to arbitrary rule by Socialist thugocracies* can get by in private by ignoring their tyrants, not so in Burma.

    *(Funny how the BBC keeps referring to a “military junta” as if it is some form of South American fascist dictatorship rather than pointing out they are a socialist dictatorship just like Zimbabwe)

  • Dawkins

    Harry Flashman,

    I thought “farang” was common to most eastasian languages, maybe Burmese too.

    I notice that no one’s bothered to approach China and respectfully ask them to quit propping up what you so rightly call a “socialist dictatorship”. It’s not as if China doesn’t need the markets in the West or anything….

  • Harry Flashman

    My one consolation about the despicable role played by China in the world today is that within ten years or so the whole unsustainable racket is going to come crashing down around their ears and finally the blight of Chinese Communism will be wiped from the face of Asia and the world.

    It’s coming sooner than they think.

  • fair_deal

    Dawkins

    “It’s not as if China doesn’t need the markets in the West or anything….”

    Let’s not ignore India who AFAIK aren’t shy about working with the regime either.

    Unfortunately China diplomatic and economic strategy has successfully undermined the theory that integration into the global market will lead to significant and swift political changes too.

    Their pursuit of bil-lateral trade deals with many third world countries including various dodgy regimes mean they have plenty of cover in international bodies to do whatever the hell they want. Western democracies have came along with a list of conditions while the Chinese just want to do business.

    Furthermore, the integration of China into the global economy has been too successful. It’s size and its success has meant that rather than a Chinese dependency on us there is an interdependency with it as an engine of global economy.

    Their ownership of immense amounts of American government debt adds to this strength. If we get into a ball squeezing contest we will wince as much if not more than them.

    Plus don’t forget these guys don’t have a problem with the tactics the Burmese are using to put down protests.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-nXT8lSnPQ

  • Dawkins

    fair_deal,

    Excellent analysis. Thanks for that. Or rather no thanks :0(

    The way you put it, it looks as if we’re in for some sultry times in/from the East.