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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Resources on the Burmese democracy movement.

Free Burma!

Lots of bloggers are calling attention today to the plight of the people of Burma, whose peaceful pro-democracy protests were violently crushed by the government of Myanmar last week. I'm still way behind on this story, so I hope you'll share updates in the comments, but here are a few of the articles I've found most illuminating:

"The politics of the belly: Who's enabling Burma's junta?" (Daniel Pepper, 10.1.07)

"What makes a monk mad": Seth Mydans explains some of the internal politics in Burma's Buddhist monasteries. (New York Times 9.30.07)

"The new totalitarians": Joshua Kurlantzick looks at signs that the Myanmar junta craves a totalitarian state. (Boston Globe 9.30.07)

Amnesty International is collecting news updates and promoting a letter-writing campaign calling for the release of political prisoners. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has issued a bulletin on Burma.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 4 October 2007 at 8:42 PM

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Stephen Retherford:

October 5, 2007 02:43 PM | Permalink for this comment

The role of the internet, particularly online journals and blogs, have played an important role in this story. I've cited some of those sources about midway in this post:

And a side story to the pro-democracy movement is the ethnic cleansing that is occuring in the countryside of Burma I refer to in these posts: and

The story about the struggle of the Burmese people is an important one to keep alive.

Stephen Retherford:

October 5, 2007 10:32 PM | Permalink for this comment

P.S. You can go here to sign a petition recommending the Burmese monks for the Nobel Peace Prize:


October 7, 2007 08:39 PM | Permalink for this comment

Worth listening to: Tom Ashbrook's radio program "On Point" about the Burmese protests, with guests Khin Ohmar, coordinator for the pro-democracy group Asia-Pacific People's Partnership on Burma; journalist Simon Montlake; David Steinberg, author of Turmoil in Burma: Contested Legitimacies in Myanmar; and Robert Templer, Asia Program Director for the International Crisis Group.

("Myanmar and the world," On Point [NPR] 10.1.07)

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