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World focus on Burma (27-10-2009)

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Over 300 Australian women express support for Suu Kyi

Mizzima.com – ‎

“They spoke about Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi and how the people are suffering,” Joel Betts, director of Won Group told Mizzima on Tuesday. …

Bipartisan backing for Aung San Suu Kyi

The Australian – Joe Kelly

… together on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in a show of support for Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Wives ignore party divide to support Suu Kyi

The Age – Brendan Nicholson, Peter Hawkins – ‎‎

”The Australian people, and the women of Australia in particular, want to send a message today to Aung San Suu Kyi and to the people of Burma on whose …

Playing the Suu Kyi Card

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Wai Moe – ‎

… Burmese Prime Minister Gen Thein Sein told heads of state that Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has a role to play in the country’s …

Lithuania – Troika of the Community of Democracies appeals to Burma/Myanmar to …

ISRIA – ‎

In the statement, the Troika of the Community of Democracies urges the regime of Burma/Myanmar to immediately release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other …

Burmese Dissidents, Activists Unhappy with Hun Sen

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Yan Naing

“There is no reason to compare Thaksin and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” he said. “As a prime minister, Hun Sen must know that these two persons are different. …

Too Soon for Optimism

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

By YENI Burmese Prime Minister Gen Thein Sein told Asian leaders at a Thailand summit that the detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi can contribute …

Where are asean’s moral values?

United Press International, Asia – Zin Linn – ‎‎

Burma’s Prime Minister Thein Sein told his Asian counterparts on Oct. 24 that the ruling junta could relax the conditions of democracy icon Aung San Suu …

As ASEAN dithers, the US circles

Asia Times Online – Simon Roughneen

The country, known also as Burma, received a mere two-line mention in the final ASEAN chair’s statement. This despite pro-democracy Aung San Suu Kyi being …

Hundreds rally for Suu Kyi

Special Broadcasting Service – ‎‎

The wives of Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull have united, throwing their support behind Burma’s pro democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

25 percent of Shan families forcibly relocated

ReliefWeb (press release) – Francis Wade – ‎

While much of the rhetoric surrounding the policy shift has focused on Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s 2100 political prisoners, Beyrer said that attacks on …

Dig deep for inspirational athletes, urges Rein

ABC Online – ‎

And earlier this week, she featured in media coverage for a breast cancer campaign and for the plight of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Day in Pictures, Oct. 27

Fort Worth Star Telegram – ‎

AP Photo/Christof Stache Australian women gather to show support for the freedom of BurmeseAung San Suu Kyi at the Sydney Opera House in … democracy figure

Chavalit is only a messenger

Bangkok Post – ‎

… and come clean on his belief that his friend has been victimised, in the manner of the democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma. …

PRESS DIGEST-Australian General News – Oct 28

Interactive Investor – ‎

Therese Rein and Lucy Turnbull yesterday united in a show of support for Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Engaging Burma

Voice of America – ‎

… for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi and others. After almost 50 years of military rule, political and humanitarian conditions in Burma are deplorable. …

Thais Protest Cambodia Asylum Offer to Thaksin

NTDTV – ‎

The Cambodian prime minister has also compared Thaksin to Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a comparison that angered protesters. …

Rewarding Burma’s Generals

Wall Street Journal – ‎

Over the past few months, the regime has intensified its ethnic-cleansing campaign against minorities, placed Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest (again), …

Stage may have upstaged U2 rock extravaganza

San Diego Union Tribune – George Varga – ‎

And, before a rousing “Walk On,” there was an impassioned tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel prize-winning opposition leader in Myanmar (or “Burma,” as …

Summit of Low Expectations

Korea Times – Susan L. Shirk – ‎

Why not reach out to North Korea the way you are toward Iran and Myanmar (Burma), Hu may ask Obama? The US and China could work together to organize …

Gen Chavalit: Mediator or divider?

Bangkok Post – ‎

… confirmed his feelings for Thaksin, and went even further by likening the deposed Thai premier to Burma’s iconic democracy crusader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Thai politics taints relationship with neighbours

Mizzima.com –

Hun Sen compared Thaksin to Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, asking rhetorically why he should not talk about his friend when everybody is …

Optimism from all corners but Burma is going nowhere

Mizzima.com – ‎

… regarding Myanmar, since the era of Bush administration the US wanted to work with the UN and the two big neighbours to work out the troubles in Burma. …

Rein, Turnbull lead Suu Kyi rally

ABC Online –

More than 300 people have gathered on the steps of Sydney’s Opera House in support of Burma’s detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Junta supremo to visit Sri Lanka

Mizzima.com –

Than Shwe, with an entourage of several ministers is likely to leave BurmaMyanmar Airways International A-320 aircraft … on November 11 in the newly bought

Of human rights and changing realities — The Straits Times

The Malaysian Insider – ‎

Hard to swallow, obviously, for Myanmar and the Indochina states, or even the absolute monarchy of Brunei. There is no need to belabour the point about …

Chakka bandh affects life more in hills

E-Pao.net – ‎

Imphal, October 26 2009: The 24-hour chakka bandh and indefinite steering down strike of transporters of Indo-Burma road have totally disconnected land …

Manipur and Kashmir

KanglaOnline – ‎

It borders with Burma (Myanmar), its historical rival. It was and is an oriental society different from the Indian society in its ethos and values. …

The upside-down world of Hun Sen and Thaksin

Bangkok Post – ‎

Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge commander known for his provocative remarks, said: “Many people talk about Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, why not talk about …

Will you march to support action on the smacking referendum?

New Zealand Herald –

3 hours, 46 minutes ago Would the same people march against human rights abuses in Mainland China, against the same in Burma or Myanmar, against social …

Huge haul of gold, antique coins

Express Buzz – ‎

The coins are suspected to have originated in Myanmar and are a collector’s delight. At that time, Burma was all a part of India. …

U2 At The Rose Bowl: Fight Racism, Free Tehran, Buy A Blackberry!

Yes, But, However! (blog) – John Romano -‎

Bono went on and on about her being under house arrest in Burma since 1990. Burma, now Myanmar, is more or less China without the factories to make trinkets …

Luxury Travel Vietnam To Showcase Luxe Expertise at ITB Asia in Singapore

e-Travel Blackboard (press release) – ‎

Luxury Travel Company specializes in travel to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and won numerous travel awards for exellence over 6 years. …

Activists Urge Halt of Shwe Pipeline Project

Scoop.co.nz (press release) – Nava Thakuria – ‎

… of well wisher and supporters are officially going to urge the Chinese government to suspend the Shwe Gas and Oil Pipeline Project in Burma (Myanmar). …

Myanmar Allows Mobile Phones to Be Used in Capital City

Cellular-News – ‎

On 6 November 2005, the administrative capital of Burma was officially moved to a greenfield site 2 miles west of Pyinmana, and approximately 200 miles …

Asean, the hypocrite

Bangkok Post – ‎

At any rate, the AFP report stated Asean leaders barely mentioned Burma’s… democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi at its weekend summit, making a mockery of the

World awaits a little relaxation

บางกอกโพส – ‎

… “relax measures” against detained opposition leader Aung San Suu KyiBurma and political stability in the region. … seems to offer hope for democracy in

ASEAN’S Human rights body must flex its muscles

Asian Tribune – Zin Linn

Kraisak Choonhavan, the president of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar (Burma) Caucus (AIPMC), said the junta often assured that it would respect …

A glimmer of light for Burma

guardian.co.uk – ‎

Cautious optimism expressed by Asian leaders at the weekend that the situation of isolated, benighted Burma is taking a turn for the better may prove to be …

Optimism about Aung San Suu Kyi is unjustified, no change in Myanmar, Burmese …

AsiaNews.it –

Here is an analysis by Tint Swe, member of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), which was set up by Myanmar exiles in the wake …

Constitution must be revised before election: opposition leaders

Mizzima.com – ‎

“We welcomed the affirmation by the Prime Minister of Myanmar [Burma] that the general elections to be held in 2010 would be conducted in a free, …

US diplomat meets junta minister

Mizzima.com –

Burma’s state-run media, the New Light of Myanmar said on Monday, Htay Oo, who is also the General Secretary of the junta-backed civilian organization – the …

Will the Junta and Wa Compromise?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Yan Naing – ‎

According to Xinhua news agency, China’s Vice-Premier Li Keqiang told Tin Aung Myint Oo: “China and Myanmar [Burma] should make efforts together to …

Burma: Ongoing Concerns over Human Rights

UNPO – ‎

Kraisak Choonhavan, chairman of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar… Caucus, said the junta had yet to show a willingness to adhere to the principles of

ASIA: Human rights body’s shaky beginnings

IRINnews.org – ‎

Kraisak Choonhavan, chairman of the ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, said the country’s military government had yet to demonstrate a willingness to …

Undermining ASEAN Human Rights Body Will Be Act of Suicide

Australia.TO – Marwaan Macan-Markar – ‎

But the AICHR does not have such a charter. Why is it being done back-to- regional human rights institution, to develop principles. …

China Confident Myanmar Will keep Peace on its Border

A Pakistan News –

Last month, China called Burma by violence, demanding the government protect Chinese citizens and ensure that such incidents would not happen again. …

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

ISN –

After the US announced its new policy initiative on Burma last month, eyes were on this ASEAN summit to see if the bloc would heighten pressure on the junta …

Wa, Mongla to visit junta leaders

Shan Herald Agency for News – Hseng Khio Fah – ‎

PDF was formed on 30 November 1989 by 4 former Communist Party of Burma (CPB) armed forces: Kokang National Democratic Alliance Army, later Myanmar National …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 27, 2009 at 7:38 am

The upside-down world of Hun Sen and Thaksin

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Bangkok Post

ASEAN

The upside-down world of Hun Sen and Thaksin

Published: 27/10/2009 at 09:21 AM
Newspaper section: News

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The Thai government prepared to fend off a “red shirt” army at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit, mounting security measures designed to prevent a repetition of the embarrassing scenes that disrupted a similar Asean meeting in Pattaya.

This time, the red shirts behaved well, unlike Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, who called the fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra his “eternal friend” and compared him to Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge commander known for his provocative remarks, said: “Many people talk about Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, why not talk about Thaksin? That cannot be referred to as interfering.”

Was Hun Sen joking? Not really. The ill-considered remark from the head of the Cambodian government illustrated the quality of leadership we have in Asean.

Hun Sen’s remark was not only an insult to Th ailand but also to Burma. The Cambodian prime minister should be made fully aware that Thaksin and Mrs Suu Kyi have nothing at all in common. There are thousands of reasons for ruling out any comparison. But let’s look at just a few.

Mrs Suu Kyi is dedicated to the struggle for democracy and freedom in Burma. It won’t matter whether Mrs Suu Kyi becomes leader of Burma or not  –  today she is a symbol of change in Burma and remains a beacon of hope in spite of the attempts to belittle her by a repressive regime that has locked her up in her own home for years.

Thaksin, a billionaire telecommunications tycoon, was ousted in a bloodless coup in 2006. He skipped bail after an indictment on corruption charges and has since been living at various locations, including Nicaragua, Montenegro and the United Arab Emirates.

During his time at the head of the Thai government, the press in Thailand was muzzled and he launched a “war on drugs”, which killed more than 2,000 people who, if they had been legally dealt with and convicted, would have served prison terms.

Thaksin claimed that he and his government knew the situation in Burma very well because the two countries are immediate neighbours. Here are some facts.

Thaksin was a known friend of Burma’s military regime. His government courted the junta by offering loans, improving border trade and sending numerous delegations to Rangoon.

During the Asean summit in Bali, Indonesia, in 2004, Thaksin surprised many of the delegates by giving Burma his unconditional support and praising then prime minister and feared spy chief Gen Khin Nyunt’s “sincerity”.  Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo later told journalists that Thaksin defended Burma throughout the entire summit.

While other governments in the region  –  and worldwide  –  were voicing increasing criticism of the junta and championing speedy democratic change in Burma, Thaksin was seen to be defending the generals, investing in the country and promising piecemeal progress.

Thailand was then Burma’s third most important investment partner, exporting goods worth around US$1.26 billion (43 billion baht) annually.

Thaksin also had his own business interests in Burma. In 2003, Shin Corp, the telecoms company owned until recently by Thaksin’s family, signed a deal with Bagan Cybertech, the internet service provider run by Ye Naing Win, son of disgraced prime minister Gen Khin Nyunt.

In 2004, Thaksin visited the ancient former Burmese capital Pagan to sell his Economic Cooperation Strategy, and promised Burma aid and support worth $45 million.

He also set his sights on what he called the “excellent prospects” of Burma’s tourism industry, proposing the construction of a ski resort in Burma’s northern Kachin State and the development of the unspoilt beaches of Arakan State.

The “Bangkok Process”, hosted by Thaksin’s government to advance democracy in Burma, fizzled out when Burmese representatives failed to turn up for a planned second session  –  a clear demonstration that even the Burmese generals didn’t count on him.

Back home, Thaksin’s administration cracked down on Burmese seeking economic and political refuge in Thailand, raising concerns about a conflict of interest and doubts about Bangkok’s ability to act as an honest broker in Burma’s political standoff.

Sadly, Thaksin’s government, by its attitude towards Burmese migrants and refugees living in Thailand, played the nationalism card in order to boost the prime minister’s popularity.

In early 2004, UN human rights envoy Hina Jilani visited Thailand and said: “Many of the Burmese human rights defenders feel very insecure with regard to their freedom of movement inside Thailand.” Not surprisingly, Ms Jilani received a cool reception in Bangkok.

Just before the 2006 coup, Thaksin stayed in his heavily-guarded home for a day because of a bomb threat, likening the experience to Mrs Suu Kyi’s enforced house detention.

He said he sympathised with Mrs Suu Kyi. What, for not being able to go shopping for a day?

So, once and for all, let’s make it clear to Hun Sen that Thaksin is no Suu Kyi.

Mrs Suu Kyi may have her shortcomings, but she has sacrificed much in her fight for democratic change in Burma. Her sacrifices include separation from her family and her enforced absence from the funeral of her beloved husband Michael Aris, who died of cancer in 1999 in London.

The fiasco caused by Hun Sen’s remarks at the Asean summit should have been an embarrassment to the Burmese delegation and Prime Minister Gen Thein Sein, who told his Japanese counterpart that the military regime would consider relaxing Mrs Suu Kyi’s house arrest terms, if she “maintains a good attitude”.

Thein Sein’s cynicism matches that of his boss, junta leader Snr Gen Than Shwe, who said in a letter published after Mrs Suu Kyi’s farcical trial in August that if she behaved “well” at her Inya Lake home under the restrictions imposed on her, she would be granted amnesty before her suspended sentence expired.

Astonishingly, Singapore’s foreign ministry reacted positively to Than Shwe’s gesture, saying that while it was disappointed at the guilty verdict it was nonetheless “happy that the Myanmar government has exercised its sovereign prerogative to grant amnesty by halving her [Mrs Suu Kyi’s] sentence and that she will be placed under house arrest rather than imprisoned”.

The world must be upside down, if not flat.

What does Than Shwe mean, for instance, by requiring Mrs Suu Kyi to behave well under house arrest? Did Mrs Suu Kyi mismanage the economy and lead the resource-rich country into poverty?

Did Mrs Suu Kyi order the troops to kill Buddhist monks and activists on the streets or throw them into prison? Did Mrs Suu Kyi order soldiers to kill or rape ethnic minorities?

At least, Hun Sen and Thein Sein can be credited with livening up the Asean summit, even though the grouping has no shortage of clowns.

Aung Zaw is founder and editor of the Irrawaddy magazine. http://www.irrawaddy.org

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean-summit2009%20/158231/the-upside-down-world-of-hun-sen-and-thaksin

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 27, 2009 at 7:20 am