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“HISTORIC” MINDANAO PEACE AGREEMENT October 21, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Nonviolence, Peace, South East Asia.
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Peace agreements too often founder with the opposing parties returning to violence.

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RELEASE OF AUNG SAN SUU KYI November 18, 2010

Posted by wmmbb in South East Asia.
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The Burmese military dictatorship, although they held an election recently, released Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in which she has been held for 15 of the last 20 years. Why have they released her now?
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AUNG SAN SUU KYI March 20, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, South East Asia.
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The contrast of Afghanistan with Burma is stark.
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BANGKOK AIRPORTS OPEN December 3, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in South East Asia.
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The protesters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy have decided to allow Bangkok’s major airports to go back to business. The conclusion is that the protest was inconvenient for travellers, costly for the national economy, but successful in removing the Prime Minister.
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DEVASTATION IN BURMA August 11, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in South East Asia.
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The extent of the devastation and loss of life caused cyclone is appalling. Now the crisis has passed, the attention of the world has moved on, but the need for help for the people seems now to be greater.
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CYCLONE NARGIS May 9, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in South East Asia, The Neighbours.
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As we have witnessed elsewhere, it is not just the force of a natural disaster, but the inaction of government that adds to the problems. Cyclone Nargis hit Burma six days ago, but the damage assessment and relief supplies have been held up by an autocratic, self serving military junta. Estimates of the death toll is now believed to be over 100,000 people. The priority in these situations is to get help to the people affected as soon as possible. No doubt in the aftermath of this tragedy the danger of disease must loom.
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MALAYSIAN SEA CHANGE March 11, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in South East Asia, The Neighbours.
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Malaysia a neighbour and a political federation consisting of the southern portion of the Malay Peninsular and the northern portion of Borneo, excepting respectively Singapore and Brunei, has an affinity with Australia and New Zealand. Of course, I would like to think that friendship affinity group would be stronger and wider if we the historical products of the European outremer had declared ourselves to be republics, repudiating imperialism. In that instance the politics of ethnicity won over the politics of geography.
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GIMME SOME TRUTH January 10, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in South East Asia.
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Now more than forty years later it has been revealed that the Gulf of Tonkin incident that resulted in a massive escalation of US forces in Vietnam was a hoax. The report by the National Security Agency provided by a mandatory declassification request to the Federation of American Scientists says that officials lied about the incident.
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LAST LEGS IN BURMA? September 28, 2007

Posted by wmmbb in South Asia, South East Asia.
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Kenji Nagai who later died, keeps on filming in Rangoon (via Reuters).

In my opinion, the government is Burma (otherwise Myanmar, the more formal scripted version preferred by the current government) must be on the verge of falling. If there are more mass protests they are done, which means that state violence is likely to increase. There would be on guarantee that the army will remain united against the Buddhist monks and the population.
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