Zimbabwean Dictator Robert Mugabe is refusing to release the election results, as they are bad news for him and his regime. Appeasing South African president Tabo Mbeki is justifying this latest violation of human rights. Violations that include crimes against his own people, like the ones pictured here, showing signs of torture against peaceful human rights defenders.
Zimbabwean dictator is said to be ready to leave power and concede defeat. Sorry, but I’m doubtful.
China believes its latest propaganda move is going to work pretty well with Western nations. And indeed it does. In the meantime, last week, while some leaders were busy telling us how counterproductive may be to boycott the Olympics and how fool was the brave activist of RSF to disrupt a pre-Olympics press conference in Greece, China was arresting and torturing yet another peaceful dissident.
North Korea has executed 15 people in public for trying to flee or help others to escape across the border into China
Revised GDP calculations show that Beijing isn’t the giant we thought it was
When you may have been thinking that they had already sufficiently slided into absurdity beyond belief, you were dead wrong. At the UN, it seems the well has no bottom. Turtle Bay’s gift for the new year.
We’re all happier now, as ASEAN (an organization committed to defend the rule of law and whose members are all notorious working democracies) has a Human Rights chart, signed by great democracies such as Burma and Vietnam. The late has recently detained foreign activists protesting such a great democratic system.. (Notice my sarcasm). Doesn’t this scenario remind you of something?
Yesterday I wrote a post in which I said Benazir Bhutto may be the only viable alternative to both “moderate” Islamic Musharraf and the Islamo-fascists. I admit I had no clue as to her political ideology. She claims she is not marxist, but what she wants for Pakistan is “Islamic socialism”. Just take a look at her party’s vision in order to get an idea. At this point, my only hope is for Pakistan never to be left alone to fight Islamic fundamentalism. I don’t support Musharraf. I don’t support anyone so far. I only hope we will not have to face a nuclear-armed Taliban regime there one day or another.
Like Aung San Su Kyi, the General-in-chief detained the opposition leader. She has been released, but the situation is more tense than ever. In my opinion, she is the only viable alternative to both Musharraf and the Islamo-fascists who would turn Pakistan into another Taliban Afghanistan.
United Nations Envoy to Burma announced incentives for the Junta. Yes, I’m not kidding you.
A Russian democracy activist tells of her gruesome experience in one of modern-day’s gulags under ‘former’ KGB official Vladimir Putin.
It’s Nazi Germany in Burma: Opposition supporters burnt alive in Yangon crematorium
James Kirchick for the Los Angeles Times: Those who say Zimbabwe’s president was once a hero are fooling themselves
If anyone needed more evidence of how irrelevant and morally bankrupted the United Nations has become, here it is, as UN envoy to Burma is touring the country accompained by the Junta’s officials and will be attending an official rally.
Vaclav Havel: Struggling alone .The international community’s failure to act means watching helplessly as victims of repression in Burma are consigned to their fate.
Washington Post : The slaughtered monks of Burma will haunt China
Maybe few noticed it, but the Junta fired on children, as well. There might be not that significant, but reports are coming out that Burmese generals are confronting each other. But today’s news is that the regime has imposed a total media and information blackout, closing down all cyber cafes, cutting off internet access and searching houses in search of ‘enemy propaganda’. More updates soon.
Here we are, again. Burmese military turned Yangoon (formerly known as Rangoon) into a battlefield. Peaceful demonstrators are being ruthlessly murdered, including foreign reporters, guilty with letting the world knowing about whats going on in a country where any attempt to provide fair information is banned. Meanwhile, at the United Nations, Security Council members China and Russia invoked ‘non-interference in internal affairs of nations’ (except when it comes to Taiwan or countries of the ex Soviet Union..) in order to justify their criminal support of the military regime. The Economist has an eye-opening piece on how destructive is the so-called ‘non interference’ principle applied to cases like this. Canadian Coalition for Democracies: Concrete Canadian action needed to end military dictatorship in Burma
The heroism of Burmese monks and civilians has gone almost completely unnoticed by the int.l community. When I say unnoticed, I mean no real action has been promised. Or if it has, it will probably be too late. Indeed, riot police used force against peaceful monks and, firing on them and killing some (as of this writing, the death toll is likely to rise..). Yesterday, democracy leader Daw Aung San Su Kyii was moved to an infamous prison. Please, sign this Appeal to the UN Security Council to act and save the Burmese people. P.S.: I doubt the Council will do something, as some members are notorious human rights violators and China have veto power, which would most probably use to back the Junta, their ally.
NOTE: Burmese readers,if you have any photos, please send them to me at email@example.com
“We shall replace (crackdown) unjustice with justice”
The situation is even more tense in Burma now, as the military junta is gearing up for a major showdown with pro-democracy Buddhist monks, who issued a joint statement describing the regime as the ‘enemy of the people’ and calling on everyone to take to the streets in peaceful, but proactive defiance of tyranny.