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Archive for June 25th, 2009

World focus on Burma (25 June 2009)

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Authorities hold rare press briefing -‎

… the case of John William Yettaw, an American currently standing trial for sneaking into pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s home in early May. …

Washington youngsters enjoy historic trip to Parliament – Grace Jones – ‎

… before heading to the Foreign Office to quiz experts on developments in Burma including the ongoing trial of democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Newsmakers of the week – ‎

Imprisoned Burmese opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi—on trial for violating the conditions of her house arrest—celebrated her 64th …

Police Chief Suspects Yettaw Mastermind

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

… The Burmese police chief, Brig-Gen Khin Yi, alleged that a mastermind was orchestrating John William Yettaw, whose intrusion on Aung San Suu Kyi led to …

Burma restricts reportage on North Korean vessel – ‎

However, Burma’s state-run newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, on Thursday reported that the North Korean vessel was MV Dumangang and is a cargo vessel …

Likely Destination of N Korean Ship Often Used for Weapons Deliveries

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Min Lwin – ‎

On Thursday, the Burmese state-run newspaper, The News Light of Myanmar, reported that the government had denied that the Kang Nam 1 was heading for Burma. …

Gambari Sets Out for Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Lalit K Jha – ‎

“She is and can be a very important partner for dialogue for the authorities of the Myanmar [Burma] government. Therefore, whenever I’m ready I’m going to …

Burma Denies Knowledge of North Korean Vessel’s Destination

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

“Given North Korea’s nuclear trade to Syria, its attempts to sell Scuds to Myanmar [Burma], and its ongoing sales of conventional arms, there’s reason to be …

Burma Seeks to Join ‘Axis of Evil’

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Htet Aung – ‎‎

… the fight against the bias of the UNSC, which “only serves the big powers’ interests,” reported Burmese state-run The New Light of Myanmar on July 30. …

UK Threatens Tighter Sanctions

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Arkar Moe – ‎

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown reiterated on Wednesday that his government would tighten sanctions against Burma and condemned the Burmese …

Locals back Burma cause

Prague Post – Sarah Borufka – ‎

More than 100 demonstrators gathered beneath the Charles Bridge June 18 to raise awareness of Burmese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize holder Aung San Suu …

Until Stilwell, Myanmar’s Sitwee port is India’s gateway to South Asia

Livemint –

… some sections of the old Burma Road, stretching from Kunming. Some 60 km of the road lies in India, 1000 km in Myanmar and more than 600 km in China. …

Drug traffickers get death penalty

Independent Online – ‎‎

Beijing – Two men convicted of trafficking heroin from Myanmar/Burma were executed in northeastern China this week, state media reported on Thursday.

N. Korea Warns of Nuclear ‘Fire Shower’ Attack

FOXNews –

It left the North Korean port of Nampo a week ago and is believed bound for Myanmar, South Korean and US officials said. Myanmar state television on …

Anwar’s appeal for sodomy case to be heard by lower court due on …

Malaysia Today – ‎

Like Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, Anwar is a democracy icon and has been persecuted for challenging the Umno-BN regime now led by Najib. And like the Burmese …

Yesterday in parliament – ‎

The prime minister condemned the “sham” trial of the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He said European leaders were prepared to impose tough new …

Leaders clash on spending

TeleText – ‎

The Prime Minister has condemned the “sham” trial of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Gordon Brown said European leaders were prepared to impose ..

Myanmar says UN envoy due on June 26

AFP – ‎Jun

… out since the ruling generals crushed protests led by Buddhist monks in 2007. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been ruled by the military since 1962.

A UN snub: Two regimes in a tub

Asia Times Online – Donald Kirk

“The suggestion that it is carrying missile equipment to Burma [Myanmar] ring true,” said Mark Fitzpatrick, senior fellow for non-proliferation with the …

N. Korea Warns Of Nuclear “Fire Shower”

CBS News – ‎

A peaceful resolution to this crisis, as well as the Iran election fiasco; the messes in Burma, Haiti, Afganistan, Iraq, Zimbabwe and so on are the LAST …

Shawnee Energy Festival set for this weekend

The Southern – Christi Mathis – ‎

The 20 students from Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia and Vietnam will participate in classroom activities and lectures featuring University officials including …

Mongla throwing party tomorrow

Shan Herald Agency for News –

The National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA) begins 5-day celebrations of the 20th anniversary of its ceasefire agreement with Burma’s …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 25, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Shepard Fairey and the Call for Human Rights

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The Huffington Post

Shepard Fairey and the Call for Human Rights

Read More: Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, Burma Human Rights, Human Rights, Shepard Fairey, World News

Sometimes in life, luck, unlike lightening, strikes many times. And every time it strikes, your life experience enriches. I have been fortunate enough to have luck strike about once a decade: In the 60’s, a twist of fate brought me to Dr. King’s March on Washington; in the 70’s, Dick Gregory and I connected on ways to continue King’s dream; in the late 80’s, I was lucky enough to have a front row seat to the Human Rights Now Tour with Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel; in the 90’s, on a whim, I met Michael Aris, the late husband of Aung Sung Suu Kyi, and later in that decade I had a chance meeting with the imprisoned rightful leader of Burma herself. Recently, thanks to my friends at Causecast, a new start up to help non-profits, I met Shepard Fairey.

If there was one symbol that galvanized Obama’s movement of hope and change, it was Shepard’s red and blue image. The minute I saw it, I knew Obama would win.

Shepard has been kind enough to use his talents to create a dazzling image of Aung San Suu Kyi. My sense is that it will turn the tide and be the lift this campaign needs. Why? It strikes you immediately, one of the portraits that immediately morphs into an icon because it does what Aung San Suu Kyi does: waits, and in its simplicity, inspires. It is the canvas equivalent of Peter Gabriel’s “Biko” or U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” or Sting’s “They Dance Alone.”

When I met Aung San Suu Kyi, in Rangoon in February of 1999, I promised her husband I would do everything possible to get his wife the “freedom to lead.” The US Campaign for Burma and Human Rights Action Center (HRAC) joined forces over ten years ago to give this movement more force.

Helping this cause is not easy. Few know where Burma is. Even fewer can pronounce Aung San Suu Kyi’s name. But the facts are impressive. She won the Nobel Peace Prize; she won as the candidate of her party, the National League for Democracy, with 82% of the vote. Her protest is non-violent. She could easily leave and live a grand life, traveling the world to receive awards, appropriate doctorates, etc. Instead she stays with her people as a prisoner. But unlike other leaders of her sort, she is not yet the Mandela of Asia. Nor the Gandhi of Burma. And yet, torture and rape remain state policy of the military and there are more villages destroyed in Burma than in Darfur. But no one notices.

We’ve all been inspired by the recent and courageous movement for democracy inside Iran. We’ve been horrified by that oppressive government’s response. This has been the status quo inside Burma for nearly two decades. What will it take for people to get outraged at this oppression?

I hope Shepard’s icon can help inspire people to care. It gave this seventy-one year-old radical a new lease on hope. Below is the image. If it moves you, please visit this site and do something. Time is running out.


Iconic Obama artist unveils Suu Kyi image

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The artist behind the iconic image of Barack Obama above the word “HOPE” is now trying to do the same for Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been put on trial by the junta.

Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey depicted a beaming Aung San Suu Kyi with a dove above her heart on top of red rays of light. The phrase “FREEDOM TO LEAD” appears above.

“I created this portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi to raise awareness of her ongoing house arrest and the oppressive nature of the military regime ruling Burma,” Fairey said, using Myanmar’s earlier name.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 13 of the past 19 years in detention and is now being held in Yangon’s notorious Insein Prison during her trial for a bizarre incident in which an American man swam to her home.

The Nobel Peace laureate faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Prominent US human rights activist Jack Healey said he approached Fairey about making a portrait after seeing his role firing up young people to support Obama’s presidential campaign last year.

“I thought he could create an iconic image and do internationally for her what he did nationally for the campaign,” said Healey, head of the Human Rights Action Center.

“I’m interested in getting that youthful reaction. Few people know where Burma is, they don’t know her name — at best they say ‘that lady,'” he said.

Healey said he was fulfilling a promise to help Aung San Suu Kyi when he met her in 1999.

“She is the living symbol in my mind of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If she takes power, immediately torture disappears, 70,000 child soldiers disappear, the drug trade gets knocked off its feet for a while,” he said.

The inspirational portrait contrasts with some photographs of Aung San Suu Kyi to trickle out in recent years. The 64-year-old opposition leader has appeared sullen and frail in some meetings with UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who is returning to Myanmar this week.

Fairey created a poster of Obama tinted in red, white and blue, with the future president staring into the sky above the word “HOPE.”

Fairey has since been engaged in a legal battle with the Associated Press news agency as he based his portrait on one of its photographs of Obama.

Copyright © 2009 AFP.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 25, 2009 at 7:40 am