The events of the last two weeks in Myanmar bear considerable similarity to events a little over 19 years ago in a country that became synonymous with the abject failure of the UN, and defined the word “genocide” for the 20th century ‚Äì Rwanda. While the one million people butchered in Rwanda is a relatively […]
When it comes to bizarre media releases it’s hard to go past one issued today by international humanitarian organisation M√©decins Sans Fronti√®res (MSF), breathlessly titled MSF prevented from reaching most communities affected by violence in Rakhine State (formerly Arakan State), western Myanmar. The press release, issued by MSF Bangkok, states: “As MSF medical teams work […]
Once the backbone of the Thai military and later the backbone of the Thai teakwood logging industry, the Thai elephant remains a potent and often encountered symbol in Thailand. On March 13th of each year elephants in Thailand celebrate their birthday on Thai National Elephant Day.
Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai was murdered by a Burma Army soldier in Rangoon. The Government of Burma cannot claim that he was killed by a stray bullet. The video clips clearly show a soldier shooting Nagai from less than one metre away.
Almost 20-years ago massive protests against the Burma Government, known as the “8888 uprising,” resulted in military dictator Ne Win resigning. But not before more than 3,000 people were reportedly killed when Burma Army troops opened fire on protesters. Just as it did with Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the world will stand by and fail to provide the Burmese people with the real support they need.