Thursday, August 30, 2007

Assessing the (Global) Situation

There's been some mass-media stirring regarding an issue that's had my attention for some time, so I thought I'd make mention for anyone who hasn't encountered the independent media that actually exposes this situation.

For a great two-hour primer, I recommend the film "Beyond Rangoon."

The current event that occurred is that Jim Carrey made a video appealing to Americans to come to the aid of Aung San Suu Kyi. So there's been a tiny bit of sure-to-be-fleeting coverage in mainstream American media.

The basics are that Myanmar has been ruled by a junta (which is never good) for far too long. Human rights violations abound. Myanmar is terrifying.

Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts toward freedom in Burma/Myanmar and has been held under house arrest on and off for 18 years. She needs to be freed.

The international response has failed to make a real impact. This is simply an insufferable injustice.

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