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Post by esseff44 » Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:04 pm

http://www.voanews.com/a/myanmar-leader ... 95502.html

Next week, Aung San Suu Kyi will be making her second visit to the US since she was released from house arrest. She now has the title of Foreign Minister for her country. She is coming to ask that sanctions on Myanmar be eased after being one of the strongest voices for those sanctions years ago while the country was under the very tight control or a military junta that kept the country one of the poorest and least developed in all of Asia.

I visited Burma in 1969 shortly after a change in policy that allowed a 2-week tourist visa after many years of being closed to visitors. I saw for myself the hardships visited on the people by the "Burmese path to socialism" which meant that everyone was equally destitute except for a handful of military top brass. Over the years, I became acquainted with many refugees and asylees here who had escaped the brutal regime. Many had done nothing more than take part in university student protests. I was aware of the situation of Aung San Suu Kyi and wass a friend of a friend of her husband who died while she was still unable to travel and also the separation from her son for many years.
n August 2007, an increase in the price of diesel and petrol led to the Saffron Revolution led by Buddhist monks that were dealt with harshly by the government.[79][80][81][82][83] The government cracked down on them on 26 September 2007. The crackdown was harsh, with reports of barricades at the Shwedagon Pagoda and monks killed. There were also rumours of disagreement within the Burmese armed forces, but none was confirmed. The military crackdown against unarmed protesters was widely condemned as part of the international reactions to the Saffron Revolution and led to an increase in economic sanctions against the Burmese Government.
This was one of the horrors that was among the many that were going on. It got the attention of Laura Bush and hers was one of the few voices protesting the human rights abuses that were intensified in this crack down. The US increased the sanctions against the government.

Then, Obama was elected and Hillary Clinton became the Secretary of State. For the first time in more than half a century, the direction began to change.
Since the 2010 election, the government has embarked on a series of reforms to direct the country towards liberal democracy, a mixed economy, and reconciliation, although doubts persist about the motives that underpin such reforms. The series of reforms includes the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission, the granting of general amnesties for more than 200 political prisoners, new labour laws that permit labour unions and strikes, a relaxation of press censorship, and the regulation of currency practices.[109]

The impact of the post-election reforms has been observed in numerous areas, including ASEAN's approval of Myanmar's bid for the position of ASEAN chair in 2014;[110] the visit by United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in December 2011 for the encouragement of further progress, which was the first visit by a Secretary of State in more than fifty years,[111] during which Clinton met with the Burmese president and former military commander Thein Sein, as well as opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi;[112] and the participation of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party in the 2012 by-elections, facilitated by the government's abolition of the laws that previously barred the NLD.[113] As of July 2013, about 100[114][115] political prisoners remain imprisoned, while conflict between the Burmese Army and local insurgent groups continues.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar#M ... .932011.29

I believe that President Obama and Secretary Clinton had a great deal to do with these changes and I also give credit to Laura Bush and the attention she brought to the conditions there. I was very moved by the picture of President Obama and Secretary Clinton on their visit to Myanmar. I was overjoyed that Aung Sang Suu Kyi could be released from house arrest and play a part in the government at long last. It was a thrill to see my friends here excited about her visit to California and that they could finally go home to visit their families.

Now she will return to ask that the sanctions be reconsidered. As the President and Mrs. Clinton have been trying to remind us, we should be aware of China and their spreading sphere of influence in Asia over such countries as Myanmar. We need a president who understands the history and the how important our relations with these small countries are.

This is one of the many things I give credit to President Obama and Secretary Clinton for making the world a better and safer place.



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Post by Somerset » Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:49 am

Agree wholeheartedly



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Post by Foggy » Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:29 pm

True dat. :thumbs:


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Post by boots » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:20 pm

What specifically did Hillary Clinton do? You suggested I read this post to get that information. But it's not here. :?



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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:58 pm

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Myanmar military plane with 120 aboard goes missing

A military transport plane with 120 people on board went missing Wednesday on a flight from southern Myanmar to Yangon, a military spokesman said. There were fears it may have crashed into the ocean, since its route would have taken it over the Andaman Sea.

Gen. Myat Min Oo said the Chinese-made Y-8 turboprop aircraft was carrying 106 passengers — mostly families of military personnel — and 14 crew members when it went missing Wednesday afternoon. In an earlier statement, the number of passengers was said to be 90. It is not unusual for such flights to carry civilians to offset transportation costs for military families stationed in the somewhat remote south.

"The military plane went missing and lost contact after it took off from Myeik, and now the military has started a sea and air search with naval ships and military aircraft and is preparing for rescue operations," he said.

It was raining at the time, but not heavily, he said.

Myeik, also known as Mergui, is a city in southeastern Myanmar on the Andaman coast.


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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:14 pm

Debris found in sea after Myanmar military plane carrying women and children goes missing
"Now they have found pieces of the damaged plane in the sea 136 miles (218 km) away from Dawei city," said Naing Lin Zaw, a tourism official in

By: AFP | Yangon | Published:June 7, 2017 10:01 pm

Myanmar Plane crash, Myanmar plane crash news, Myanmar plane crash debris, Myanmar news, Lates news, India news, National news, A spokesman from the military’s information team said two-thirds of passengers on board were women and children.

Debris has been found in the sea near where a Myanmar military plane went missing with more than 100 soldiers and their families on board on Wednesday, a local official and air force source said. Navy ships and aircraft had been searching since the afternoon when the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers.
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Post by Addie » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:47 am

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At least 30,000 Rohingya trapped in Myanmar mountains without food

(CNN)Tens of thousands of refugees are trapped on the border into Bangladesh without basic food and medicine amid operations by the Myanmar military, which have already killed hundreds.

Satellite photos released by Human Rights Watch Saturday showed what they are desperate to escape -- entire villages torched to the ground in clashes between Myanmar's armed forces and local militants.

More than 73,000 Rohingyas have now fled across the border since August 25, the United Nations said Sunday.

But in northern Rakhine State there are reports of at least another 30,000 Rohingyas trapped in hilly terrain without basic supplies of food, water or medicine, according to activists.

The Rohingya, a Muslim minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, are considered some of the most persecuted people in the world. Myanmar, also known as Burma, considers them Bangladeshi and Bangladesh says they're Burmese.

It is the second time in less than a year that a military crackdown has led to a mass exodus.


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Post by June bug » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:45 pm

I had so much hope, but I'm so disappointed with Aung San suu Kyi. Myanmar's new government has been at least as much, if not more, anti-Muslim than the dictatorship that preceded it. And beyond their own actions, that attitude just encourages the equally hateful action of Buddhist mobs around the country.

These days the whole world seems to be embracing hatred and tribalism.



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Post by maydijo » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:05 pm

Revolutionaries very rarely make good presidents. We see that time and time again; so it shouldn't surprise us here.

Again, according to my friend who does development work in Myanmar, part of the problem is that Aung San Suu Kyi is, herself, somewhat stuck between a very strong anti-Muslim military and international aid groups which are appalled by the genocide. There is also a perception that Muslims get everything from the NGOs. (This matters because Myanmar is heavily dependent on foreign aid.) This is because, a few years ago, the Muslim community was in more dire need, and so the humanitarian groups really targeted their aid there; but now most groups have a policy in place which says that 50% of their aid goes to the Buddhists. The perception, however, is still there; and this causes a great deal of resentment. And neither side is completely innocent, although the Muslims are more likely to be the victims.

This is another example of the difficulties of development work. Myanmar is, as I said, very dependent on foreign aid. But how do you distribute that aid without creating dependency and without creating social division?



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Post by Addie » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:07 pm

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U.N. says 270,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar in past two weeks

GENEVA (Reuters) - An estimated 270,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar in the past two weeks and sought refuge in Bangladesh, where two existing refugee camps are “bursting at the seams”, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.

The exodus of the minority Rohingya was triggered by insurgent attacks on Aug. 25 and an army counter-offensive.

Myanmar says its forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against terrorists responsible for a string of attacks on the police and army since last October. Officials blame Rohingya militants for killing non-Muslims and burning their homes.

“The two refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in southeast Bangladesh – home to nearly 34,000 Rohingya refugees before this influx – are now bursting at the seams. The population has more than doubled in two weeks, totalling more than 70,000. There is an urgent need for more land and shelters,” UNHCR said in a briefing note for reporters in Geneva.


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Post by Addie » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:29 am

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Rohingya crisis: Suu Kyi does not fear global 'scrutiny'

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she does not fear "international scrutiny" of her government's handling of the growing Rohingya crisis.

It was her first national address on the violence in northern Rakhine state that has seen more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims cross into Bangladesh.

She said that most Muslims had not fled the state and that violence had ceased. ...

The current spate of violence began in August when there was an armed attack on police posts, blamed on Rohingya militants.

That lead to a massive security crackdown by the military, which the UN's human rights chief later called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".


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Post by Addie » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:01 pm

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UN: Over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar since August

UNITED NATIONS — The number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh since August to escape violence in Myanmar has topped 500,000, the United Nations said Thursday.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters that, combined with refugees who fled previously, the total number of Rohingya in Bangladesh is believed to be “well over 700,000 people.”

“It is the largest mass refugee movement in the region in decades,” Haq said.

Haq said aid agencies are working with the government to improve road access to refugee camps and are also trying to facilitate humanitarian aid deliveries by setting up “a one-stop shop” for the arrival of humanitarian supplies and facilitating approvals for incoming aid agencies.


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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:32 am

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UN envoy: sexual attacks against Rohingya may be war crimes

UNITED NATIONS — Widespread atrocities against Rohingya Muslim women and girls have been orchestrated and perpetrated by Myanmar’s military and may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the U.N. envoy on sexual violence in conflict said Wednesday.

Pramila Patten, who met many Rohingya victims of sexual violence in Bangladesh camps during a visit this month, said she fully endorses the assessment by U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein that Rohingya have been victims of “ethnic cleansing.”

Patten said at a news conference that the widespread use of sexual violence “was clearly a driver and push factor” for more than 620,000 Rohingya to flee Myanmar. It was “also a calculated tool of terror aimed at the extermination and removal of the Rohingya as a group,” she added.

Myanmar’s government has denied committing any atrocities as has its military. The government refused a request from Patten to visit northern Rakhine state where many Rohingya lived.

Buddhist-majority Myanmar doesn’t recognize the Rohingya as an ethnic group, insisting they are Bengali migrants from Bangladesh living illegally in the country. It has denied them citizenship, leaving them stateless.


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