11
Aug
09

On air: Is justice for Aung San Suu Kyi the world’s problem?

Aung There are two clear debates taking place in response to Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest sentence – and neither concern whether she deserves to be punished. I can’t find anyone arguing that she deserves to be under house arrest (though that doesn’t mean those views don’t exist), so a programme revolving around the verdict may only get us so far. It gets far more animated though on these two issues:

1. Is this our business? Even if Aung San Suu Kyi is being imprisoned unfairly, should so many politicians and campaigners be concerning themselves with her plight? Are there many more people and situations that require more urgent attention? Is it appropriate for other countries to passing judgement and attempting to influence Burma’s judicial system?

2. Would should be done? Diplomacy, increased financial sanctions, an arms embargo, military action and nothing seem to me the five clear options. Which of these do you advocate?


63 Responses to “On air: Is justice for Aung San Suu Kyi the world’s problem?”


  1. 1 Deryck/Trinidad
    August 11, 2009 at 13:40

    Diplomacy is the best way to go.The world(us,uk) should extend their hands to Myanmar the same way they have done to China, Angola, Pakistan under Musharaff, Nigeria etc. all countires where human rights violations occur.

    Sanctions will only strenghten the Junta who will use it to unite the people against the world(us,uk). The people will suffer as they will be denied the basics and they will invariably blame the West.

    • 2 Henry Keiro
      August 11, 2009 at 20:42

      One glove doesn’t fit all sizes. Only an insider can start to understand any situation in their region. So from an outsider here’s what I have to offer. The dinosaurs in power in Myanmar are no more going to be swayed by outside opinion (you don’t know what you are talking about), or internal dissension (criminals/traitors) any more than any other dictatorship in history; general sanctions (its our enemies/neighbours/God causing our problems), travel restrictions (too busy/paranoid/old to go anywhere), targeted sanctions (ha ha!)…..the list goes on.
      Only one thing can stop them in their tracks and listen }- The howls of complaint from their spouses and friends associates due to deprivation. Sinse tha’s not going to happen soon they will go on on their merry/trajic ways without a second thought.

  2. 3 Tony from Singapura
    August 11, 2009 at 14:01

    I think they should be kicked out of ASEAN, that is all that will hurt them. Existing sanctions are being worked around by their friends. I won’t be holding my breath though – many of the member states of ASEAN have skeletons in the closets and will not be in a position of moral superiority.

    • 4 Jac
      August 11, 2009 at 15:16

      ASEAN ? You are joking. Singapore detained opposition M P Chia Tye Poh for 24 years without a trial and you dare criticised Burma.

      • 5 Dennis Junior
        August 12, 2009 at 03:13

        Jac:

        ASEAN is an organisation that doesn’t want to punished the offending country that *offends* the sensibility of the world….

        =Dennis Junior=

  3. 6 anu_D
    August 11, 2009 at 14:17

    Is this our Business?

    YES…as concentious human beings’ support and empathy to fellow denizens on the free planet…it should be our business, to support what we beleive is right..regardless of whatever cloaks the government in Burma tries to justify Suu Kyi’s arrest.

    What Should be Done?

    Real actions that hurt Burma….and for that the world community needs to stand up to China…almost entirely on the backing of which the Military Junta survives and thrives.

    Do the world powers…..relying on cheap manufacturing industries in China and the expanding middle class consumers for the western porducts….have the courage to take on China on this issue???

    I doubt if the Powers will put SuU Kyi and impoverished Burmese nation ahead of their economic interests in China….and so the crocodile tears on the state of affairs in Burma will go on

  4. August 11, 2009 at 14:21

    Aung San Suu Kyi has stoically endured the imprisonment and ill-treatment of the Burmese junta. The international community has a duty to stand behind this brave lady who single-handedly is taking on the cruel military regime and is standing up for the democratic rights of all Burmese citizens.The Uniterd Nations Security Council should impose the stiffest sanctions against the regime and should send a top diplomat to Burma to secure her release immediately.Time is of essence here.

  5. 8 scmehta
    August 11, 2009 at 14:36

    To live honorably and freely, in this unjust and crooked world, has become a problem for her and other like-minded conscientious leaders anywhere in the world.

  6. 9 Dinka Aliap Chawul-Kampala,Uganda
    August 11, 2009 at 14:43

    It`s not justice,its a total fascist and a failure by the international community to commite itself to fair justice,democracy & well being a good villagers living in the one globe where a common problems & a common solutions are shared amongst people regardless of their geographical diversities .Changes will only come in Bhama when China exert excess pressure on this regime but not pressures from US,UK,Canada,Australia etc.Western sanctions will be like pouring flour in the Atlantic Ocean that you`re trying to cook food for the world populations.

  7. 10 RightPaddock
    August 11, 2009 at 14:53

    Yes, but its primarily the responsibility of Burma’s neighbours, in particular its bigger neighbours – China, India, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

    Only when those countries are batting on the same side, singing from the same song sheet should the smaller ASEAN and other regional states become involved and only if there’s strong financial support from Japan & South Korea.

    If you’re wondering why the US, Europe and Russia aren’t mentioned – simple, they’ve failed to resolve the Israel/Palestinean conflict, they’ve failed to prevent the proliferation of nukes in South Asia, they’ve let that awful monstrous regime survive in North Korea so that they too now have Nukes, Iraq, Iran, & Afganistan are a shambles, and they’ve done little to prevent the catastrophes in the DRC, Darfur, Somalia.

    Its time that other countries, especially those aspiring to get permanent UN-SC seats (India, Brasil, Japan, Indonesia, South Africa) to start pulling their weight, and for the old powers to “not stand in the doorways, nor block up the halls, and get out of the way if they can’t lend a hand”. In my opinion the West is tired, it needs a rest, the aspirants must take some command and responsibility..

    • 11 Ramesh, India
      August 11, 2009 at 15:08

      RightPaddock
      India is busy getting oil exploration project in Burma! What we can do is expressing concern over the situation in Burma!

    • 12 mike
      August 11, 2009 at 16:23

      I like your view. I only want to point out that the West is not tired. The West hasn’t done anything that would tire it out. The West does not care what happens in Africa and Asia unless an Anglo-Saxon is threatened. (Zimbabwe).The West is not tired. The West just doesn’t care. Of course they talk the talk. The walk? And here your examples are just perfect

  8. 14 RightPaddock
    August 11, 2009 at 15:03

    I’m also not convinced that having the BBC stirring up the possums helps much either, their self righteous reporting on every issue only encourages the likes of the Tan Sway, Tin Sin, I’m-a-ginny-bad, KIm John Sick.

  9. 15 Tony from Singapura
    August 11, 2009 at 15:05

    Is this our business ?

    We care about the Iranians situation
    We care about the plight of the Afganistan villagers
    We care about the plight of Zimbabwians
    We care about the oppressed Tibetans
    We care about the people in Dofor

    So even though ASSK is a symbol for freedom of the people of Myanmar, by focusing on her plight we are caring about the condition of all people in myanmar.

    So yes it is our business.

    What is the benefit to the rest of the world if Myanmar was a free country with more equitable distribution of teh countries wealth ? …

    probably not much.

  10. 16 Crispo
    August 11, 2009 at 15:08

    Before i say yes or no, what interests exist for the international community (USA UK) anyway? May be we should have asked if our interference is necessary at all? I don’t think so at all. A dreadful situation is taking place in Myanmar but i’m afraid we can’t do much to help since we’ve only got a little or on interest there. Oops.

  11. 17 mike
    August 11, 2009 at 15:18

    JUSTICE is the world’s problem. Be it for Aung San Suu Kyi or for those held in Guantanamo. Justice and Equal rights are the keys to world peace. I just happen to find it laughable when the West begins to make so much noise about justice and threaten sovereign nations with sanctions and all sorts of punitive actions. It is the double standard and hypocrisy of the west that makes dictators everywhere disregard calls for justice for their own people. Look in your own backyards before you begin to preach righteousness at other countries

  12. 18 John in Salem
    August 11, 2009 at 15:20

    I think she would answer this by saying that it is not her personal freedom but rather, her CAUSE, the liberation of the Burmese people, that is the world’s problem.
    The most effective solution is economic sanctions – pulling the plug on every foreign investment project that puts money in the pockets of the junta, and reminding China that supporting the junta will only create another North Korea on it’s border, a black hole of need that will likey wind up taking far more than it gives.

    • 19 RightPaddock
      August 12, 2009 at 08:59

      I doubt that having another DPRK on its south west border would worry China that much, keeps the busy bodies occupied whilst it pursues its own interests.

      Imposing sanctions and stopping investment suits China just fine, then they can control the control by being the major source of food, energy etc.

      China has a long and proud history of maintaining an empire of vassal states, they pose no threat to it, and provide a buffer zone between them and their potential enemies.

  13. 20 rob z.
    August 11, 2009 at 15:30

    Hello All,
    I feel that if the govrnment of Burma would let the woman leave the country,she could easily get asylum.A condition would probably be no more interference by her.
    I admit,I am not that well informed on this story.
    But it looks as if this person has a strong following and the ony way the Burmese leadership can control the situation is by keeping her isolated.
    The Burmese government obviously fears this person.
    Rob in Florida.

    • 21 Peter
      August 11, 2009 at 16:05

      Yes she can leave the country but she choose to stay. She even refused to leave to attend her husbands funeral.

    • 22 Ramesh, India
      August 11, 2009 at 17:43

      Rob, I doubt you may not be aware that Aung San married to a british and that she chose not to stay in Britain but fight for democracy in her home country. If she wants to go abraod, the military would gladly allow her.

  14. 23 Jac
    August 11, 2009 at 15:35

    Compared with extraordinary rendition and Gitsmo , what Aung San Sukyi is going through is a vacation.

  15. 24 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    August 11, 2009 at 15:44

    It is not just Burma’s judicial system that is in question here, it is the legitimacy of the entire regime.

    Aung San Suu Kyi and her party won elections in Burma two decades ago. If free and fair elections were held today, there is little doubt that she would win again.

    There is no doubt whatsoever that she seeks what is best for her country and countrymen, while the generals seek only a prolongation of their power, and there is no doubt whatsoever that any election in Burma that does not include Aung San Suu Kyi can have no legitimacy.

    Of your five options: doing nothing should not be an option against a corrupt, violent, brutal and repressive regime; Aung San Suu Kyi is an advocate of non-violence, so it seems she has already ruled out a military option. All the other options should be utilized to their full extent.

  16. August 11, 2009 at 16:07

    Aung San Suu Kyi has become the symbol of those suffering the violation of human rights in Burma. The world has to care about her on behalf of the rest of the civilian population who are aspiring for a democratic rule.

    Aung San Suu Kyi is a reminder of what situation is Burma in. Forgetting about her means forgetting about a whole country in the hands of the military junta.

    Governments and NGOs should be he voice of the voiceless who can’t be defended without the support from outside forces. Leaving Aung San Suu Kyi in prison without active condemnation means acquiescence to leaving a whole people under the grip of a military dictatorship.

  17. 26 Nelson Isibor
    August 11, 2009 at 16:27

    The truth is the media plays a huge role is situations like this. They make it our business by giving such stories massive coverage.

  18. 27 Salaadxiis
    August 11, 2009 at 17:11

    Aung San Suu Kyi will became the President of Burma like Nelson Mandela became in South Africa but some thing questionable is why the world is looking for the dictatorial policy of the government of Burma.

    One way or another the world may rescue the apposition politician of Burma Aung San Suu Kyi instead of expressing condemnations.

    Thanks

    Salaadxiis

    • 28 RightPaddock
      August 12, 2009 at 09:18

      Comparing Burma and SA is unrealistic.

      Mandela became president of SA because the neighbouring countries supported the ANC’s ARMED struggle, I know this to be so because I was one of those who was complicit in smuggling weapons into SA. I suspect that Mandela would have perished on Robin Island had it not been for the ANC’s use of armed force as one facet in its struggle to topple the SA National Party regime.

      I see no evidence of an armed struggle happening inside Burma, and there is certainly no inclination by any of the neighbouring countries to support such a struggle.

      Once Mugabe gained power in Zimbabwe each and every one of SA’s neighbours were determined that the ANC would prevail and the white supremacist Nationals would go.

  19. 29 gary
    August 11, 2009 at 17:30

    .Just as for the adjective “circular,” the concept “justice” does not compare. It occurs either in perfection, or not at all. Thus, while no country on Earth may be considered just, Myanmar’s ruling elite seems to have elevated injustice to an art form. However, since no mechanism exists for dispensing justice on the global stage, the best response concerned countries may make is to address the injustices within their own borders. At least then, Myanmar becomes useful as an excellent example of a very bad example, as they strive to make the circle a bit “rounder” for every citizen.
    g

  20. 30 nora
    August 11, 2009 at 17:47

    Aun San Suu Kyi is the better part of us. We owe her for hanging on to her dignity her art and her principles through it all.

    I would like President Obama, who spent part of his childhood in the region, to send Bill Clinton. The human rights momentum he gained with his North Korean success in freeing our journalists should be motorized for our Burmese sister.

  21. 31 Andrew in Australia
    August 11, 2009 at 17:50

    Justice for Aung San Suu Kyii is the world’s problem and more should be done to defend not only her rights but the democracy that she represents in Burma and the freedom of the Burmese people from a brutal and murderous military dictatorship built upon death, repression and corruption. Many nations express their belief in democracy, nations have gone to war to defend democracy, but Burma is a glaring example of democracy denied. An elected leader jailed and kept from fulfilling the wishes of her nation by a regime subjugating their people, living off the proceeds of that crime. With the protection of China whom we placate for selfish and financial reasons and those who benefit directly from resource deals negotiated with the corrupt Burmese generals only lip service is paid to the plight of the Burmese. America went to war in Iraq under the banner of democracy to remove a murderous regime, yet in Burma an election was overturned, an elected leader imprisoned. The world must hang its head in shame for neglectful stance it has taken and nations should denounce and sanction those who profit from dealing with the regime. A massive shame burning into the heart and minds of all free and freedom loving peoples. A stain on the reputation of all nations who do nothing. We see how the Burmese suffer and we still do not act and for what… money.

  22. 32 Hakeem
    August 11, 2009 at 17:50

    Diplomacy is the best way to go.The world(us,uk) should extend their hands to Myanmar

  23. 33 leti in palma
    August 11, 2009 at 17:54

    Unfortunately, the world will stay silent because there are too many business interests for one woman’s struggle to be considered.As long as there are arms dealers and drug cartels, there will be no peace for the people of Burma/Myanmar.

    The only thing we can do as individuals is NOT go as tourists there, as Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly asked, so as not to bolster the regime.

    How long did it take for the world to react to the horrendous apartheid regime?

    Or “the world” can, en bloc,STOP collaborating with the Chinese government, by applying economic sanctions (and stopping the importation of useless plastic crap, produced at derisory rates by exploited workers.)

    Hey! THATS a good idea!! a world revolution..! Ain’t gonna happen any time soon folks.

  24. 34 Annette, Naples ,Fl.
    August 11, 2009 at 18:17

    I agree with Tony from Singapore
    The most effective pressure on Myanmar should be placed by fellow Asian nations.
    Exclusion from ASEAN would be very meaningful.( even if it is just threatened)
    It would also be great if China would express some displeasure .

  25. 35 Lisa from Pennsylvania, US
    August 11, 2009 at 18:18

    I’d like to hear directly from Burmese residents, is it possible for you to play any clips for them/take some Burmese callers?

  26. August 11, 2009 at 18:19

    The military government in Burma is doing what it is allowed to do under the world’s eyes. Should the International body step in, yes! However it should be under the United Nations guide lines.

    If this was happening in a country with resources like oil or copper, then most countries with economic interests would have troops on the ground under the guise of supporting democracy and bringing liberty to the people of Burma. The days of real causes and real leaders is in the past. Now there are only economic negotiators. If the world leaders really wanted the release of the Burmese leader they can have it done within a week! We have a peacemaker in office here stateside.

    I hope he takes an interest in her plight as previous Presidents have ignored the issue.

    Thanks,
    Ravi
    St. Louis MO.
    USA

  27. 37 Larry
    August 11, 2009 at 18:21

    Speaking of political prisoners, what about Ernst Zundel? His treatment by the governments of the U.S., Canada, and Germany make the Burmese situation look tame by comparison.
    Yet, the media has nothing to say about him.

  28. 38 Antonio
    August 11, 2009 at 18:22

    We as a people seem to sometime forget the lesson that WW1 and WW2 have to teach us. When you sit back and try ot ignore the problems of others it only a matter of time before the problem arrive at your door step.

  29. 39 Haans Petruschke
    August 11, 2009 at 18:27

    Too much attention on ang san su chi. This is convienient because Burma is not important economically. What about China? Saudi Arabia? Why not be as critical of supression of freedom in those countries? We do not hear about that daily as we do with Burma.

    Haans Petruschke
    Kirtland Ohio

  30. August 11, 2009 at 18:28

    I know there is something call Injustice which is very common and I have seen many times especially in politics, but, I have never seen anything called Justice just as there is never anything like a fair game. It is a shame that with all the Principles and values that the world claims to be preaching and upholding, a whole nation could be left at the mercy of a handful of thugs and criminals in uniform whilst the world stands by and watch.

    Why should justice for Aung San Suu Kyi be a world concern now if not hypocricy.? Why even talk about Burma and Democracy if only we are not bent on teasing the supressed and oppressed innocent Burmese? Well, ofcourse you and I know why the world has never done anything. It is because our so-called world leaders and leaders cannot even administer justice to their own people so how could they force other people to do it?

    I just want the Junta to reflect that nothing lasts forever. They should read the history books and learn about the rise and fall of the Roman empire and other prominent figures. They should also know that whatever happens, they will never escape justice if there is any and that one day, they will have to account for their actions.

  31. 41 Keith
    August 11, 2009 at 18:30

    Unfortunately, if we fight for one particular person, we are in conflict with the Burmese form of government. I believe the common consensus is that the ruling is unfair, but harsh enforcement of law is inherent in the Burmese government. Right now diplomacy is the best option, but it will create a lot of tension between Burma and the rest of the world, and at best we will only achieve a different ruling for Aung.

  32. 42 Bert
    August 11, 2009 at 18:31

    Surely, this is a generic problem. This case seems particularly obtuse, given that she has done nothing wrong by any objective measure, but there’s not much unique in this story, is there?

    Scoundrels cannot hide as easily these days as they used to, thanks to modern communications. The rest of the world needs to react by not dealing with such governments. Aside from that, there is not much the rest of the world should do.

    So, most of the burden of action goes to countries trade with Burma.

  33. 43 bikash maharjan
    August 11, 2009 at 18:39

    @ramesh, india
    is your country behind these types of activities coz your country don’t have any concrete policy regarding Burma and other neighboring countries. it seems that India both supports military government and Ang san su chi. Now, its time to India to put more pressure on the military government to bring democracy in burma

  34. 44 nora
    August 11, 2009 at 18:45

    Let us bring the two stories together: send Bill Clinton to get Aung San Suu Kyi and threaten that Hilary will come if the junta doesn’t release the prisoner.

  35. 45 Lane Ikeler
    August 11, 2009 at 18:48

    Re.: Aung San Suu Kyi
    Has it been determined for sure that the mysterious swimmer was actually an American? I can certainly believe that some fool would do something like this not thinking of the consequences, but isn’t convenient that the nationality given for this person happens to be that of the world’s favorite punching bag?

  36. 46 bikash maharjan
    August 11, 2009 at 18:50

    economic sanction will not do the job, we have to pressurize the junta government in any other way. burmese people bore the brunt of inhumanity in Burma. this is not tolerable

  37. 47 bikash maharjan
    August 11, 2009 at 18:58

    how can we pressurize the government of Burma who dare to shot at monks. they have totally forgotten humanity. they just want to brutals as they wish. economic sanction will leave burmese people stranded so the west countries have to ruminate on putting economic sanction. India and China can do much to bring democracy in burma by not helping the junta government. as we know india and china are the main exporters of military assistance to burmese governmet. we hope a right way will be implemented by foreign countries to help pro-democratic leaders in burma

  38. 48 nora
    August 11, 2009 at 19:30

    Why not do a show on how amazing Hilary Clinton is to confront the systematic use of rape in war. Imagine Henry Kissinger trekking in to interview rape victims… If there was time for that show on chemical castration in Europe and the US, why not have a show that highlights the revolutionary possibilities of the trip she is making?

    It was very frustrating to wear the hats of rape survivor, human rights opponent of castration and rape reform activist while two shrinks agreed to castrate with kindness…the Aung San Suu Kyi show had the most wonderfully articulate and intelligent guests and callers. Give world rape recovery a similar quality show.

    • 49 RightPaddock
      August 12, 2009 at 09:42

      @nora I’m sorry but Pant Suit lost me when she lied about being shot at in Bosnia

      Thats just not the sort of thing where memory can fail you. If is the case that HRC is unable to differentiate between being shot at and not being shot at, then she is not emotionally, intellectually or ethically able to fulfill her duties as SoS.

      Its too easy to drag out poor old Henry K out from the closet, I would prefer to compare HRC to the likes of Madelaine Albright, George Schultz and Warren Christopher – in that company she just doesn’t cut the mustard.

      HRC is more suited to playing in an orchestra than doing her current job, she could be the deputy to the chief symbolist, Barry the Charmer.

  39. 50 T
    August 11, 2009 at 20:19

    Ideally, it is. But in reality, how many activists are out there fighting to be heard? If you want the MSM to listen, the story has to “have legs and be sexy.” Otherwise, nobody cares.

  40. 51 Dennis Junior
    August 12, 2009 at 05:53

    Yes, Aung San Suu Kyi is the WORLD’s Problem and its time for the international community to got to the aid of her….And, be tough against the military regime in Rangoon…

    =Dennis Junior=

  41. 52 Fair-Free
    August 12, 2009 at 06:14

    Loud protest from the world,particularly from ASEAN countries is but a farce. Some of its members’ posturing seem to be useful to camouflage their own crafty regime of suppression,threat, crippling harassment ,torture, even elimination; which is worse than the senseless house arrest and the mock trial. These superficial amelioration is so successful that they sooth the conscience of the West sufficiently to focus on other easy targets. Too many recent &current critical events & incidences in some of these so called democratic countries have been overlooked/neglected/ even obscured by established & much loved Western media. Is it economic expediency,political pragmatism? What a shame! What hypocrisy!

  42. 53 Adam Onge
    August 12, 2009 at 08:49

    Here are 3 concrete suggestions what the rest of the world can do:

    (i) confiscate the private bank accounts (mainly in Singapore) of the burmese generals and their business cronies (like Mr. Tayza)
    (ii) impose a strict arms embargo (globally, including China, Singapore, N.Korea and Russia)
    (iii) the US should be tougher on China about global human rights issues (China is not made of money and I’m tired of this G2, T-Bills stuff)

    p.s. I was born in Burma

  43. 54 Jim Newman
    August 12, 2009 at 12:55

    Hello again
    For once I have not read all of the forgoing contributions because I have just learnt that Burma has oil. This means that all the anti-Burmese regime build up could serve as a front for the USA to invade and get it’s hands on Burmese oil as well.
    Just a thought to be censored.
    Jim

  44. August 12, 2009 at 15:28

    I am living in Greece the country where democracy was born,and we as Greeks know very well how precious democracy is, since we had a military junta “above our heads” 30 years before.The Burma case is a symbol for everyone of us, as citizens of this world, as people who care about the emprovement of the democratic processus all over the world.
    Aung San Suu Kyi should live free and should be in a position to express her ideas without fear of beeing condemned and accused.
    She is a symbol of freedom trying to emerge over dictatorship.Her cause should be ours.
    The European Union should press more intensily in the direction of the respect of human rights, not only for countries interested to join the Union, but all over the world.
    andreas, GREECE.

  45. 56 J. Augustine - WI USA
    August 12, 2009 at 16:46

    The fact that the origin and fate of the swimmer appears not to concern this “story” is just one reason why I must take the Eisenhower-On-Prague-Spring position on this issue and say that the fate of Aung San Suu Kyi must be decided in Asia.

    The Motus Operandi of “The World” is that it acts when its own interests are threatened, and ignores all abuses which affect only the poor. In the US, the poor do benefit somewhat from a social support network and justice system. But even within our own borders, the most tax welfare goes to those who can hire the best lobbyists, and the scales of justice are heavily weighted on the side of those who can afford the best defense lawyers.

    Since “The World” can only concern itself with the most newsworthy victims of injustice, then its attention should be focused on devising a system of preventative justice. Please do not confuse this suggestion with the G.W.Bush doctrine of preemptive assault.

    I mean that in the US there are laws to punish criminals who flaunt legally defined fair trade practices, but only when their victims are US citizens. Slavery is illegal in all fifty states, but it is still perfectly legal for a US corporation to buy cocoa from Africa and sell it in the US, even when it is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the cocoa was produced by forced slave labor.

    If we can write new laws to stop the “big fish” at home, then the “paid off local bottom feeders” elsewhere will wither away of their own accord.

    That last quote was from the Bruce Cockburn track: Call It Democracy.

  46. 57 J. Augustine - WI USA
    August 12, 2009 at 16:53

    See the paid off local bottom feeders
    passing themselves off as leaders
    kiss the ladies, shake hands with the fellows
    and it’s… open for business like a cheap bodello

    and they call it democracy…

    – From the Bruce Cockburn Album:
    World of Wonders

  47. 58 Pcabrera
    August 12, 2009 at 17:43

    Rescue her in a special forces operation. Talk later.

  48. 60 helen in usa
    August 12, 2009 at 20:59

    Yes it is the world’s problem. It’s the world’s problem because I could talk,or write,or talk to other people for the nexr fifty years and I don’t think I’d run out of examples of the treatment that people inflict on other people,other living creatures,or the environment that results in a bad effect.People endlessly inflict suffering and damage and turn away and just go on like it doesn’t matter.Like they don’t care.And never give it a second thought.Yes this is the world’s problem because the world is full of people who do exactly what I’m describing.Most people say”humans” or”human beings”.I always use the word”people”.I expect more from humanity than what I’ve seen in the behavior of people.Is there a better solution than imprisoning someone in their house and is this having a bad and probably permanently damaging effect on her.I would bet that it is.

  49. 61 Dinesh
    August 13, 2009 at 09:54

    Yes this is the problem of our democratic world, free world, also Dalai Lama and all similar leaders whose freedom has be reduced to ZERO in their own country is a serious matter. Aang Sang Suu Kyi has spent half of her life behind bars for no reason and no crime and can great leaders like Obama, Brown, Sarkozy and the democratic western world letgo this unnoticed. She is only fighting for democracy and the pandits / pillars of democracy are turning their face away. Yes we know we have bigger economic problems but how can we let such unjustice go unnoticed. India itself is behaving ignorant on this matter as it needs Mayammar to support it against China and China supports such ROGUE justice as it has its own human rights are messed-up. It seems the West is too far to fight against such injustice and the East is weak (Japan, Thai … Asean countries) and Let the central Asia – India & China are Selfish for their own benefits and the victims are people like Ang Sang Suu Kyi – The world should do more and get her release by any means.

    This whole drama was well planned multi million $ staged act by the Mayammar’s Military Regime to buy a US citizen to swim accross the lake and stay hiding for 7 days in Ang Sang Suu Kyi house and to arrest him on return and put the Blame on Ang Sang Suu Kyi and final to continue with her house arrest. The American must have got sold for millions to the Mayammar Military regime.

  50. 62 Jack
    August 16, 2009 at 09:03

    A lot attention has been focused on China’s close relation of Burma. But the international society should really focus on India. India is the largest supplier of arms to Burma. Please spend a little time to find out the fact. Why India,the so called largest democracy, keep such a close relation with Burma junta?

  51. 63 Amy Chan
    August 17, 2009 at 05:50

    I am totally against the U.S. policy sanction against Burma, this is quit naive and wasting time, Aung Sun Su Gyi will died by waiting their sanction taking affect. It is complete hopeless and hapless, only because we don’t have suicide bombers in Burma, partially have to blame Butha teaching in Burma, too peaceful, this trable maker should be bomb or lock up and prosecute as world crime against humanity.


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