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Bloodbath in Burma?

While most contact with the outside world has been cut off in Burma (or "Myanmar," as renamed by the ruling military junta), scattered reports indicate human carnage which could approach the scale of the 1988 atrocities, where over 3000 were killed as the junta "cracked down" on democracy advocates.

Marcus Oscarsson relates reports in the Daily Mail that the deaths may come into "several thousands," including hundreds of Buddhist monks who were arrested, executed, and dumped in the jungle.

Meanwhile, the junta is still putting off meeting with the UN envoy, according to the Associated Press.

Filming his new Rambo movie in the border areas, Sylvester Stallone's crew was fired upon, and saw victims of atrocities, which was even before the worst of the crackdown began, as reported by The Press Association (UK).

Only one country in the world has enough influence over the junta to have stopped the bloody repression: China. For whatever reason - perhaps the Chinese enjoy having what amounts to a client state - they have not, and will not. The UN is as useless as ever - there being no substantial amounts to steal readily available - and their special envoy is ordered to an "international conference" hundreds of miles from the remote capital, and promised an audience tomorrow.


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Jim you should look it up..... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Jim you should look it up... the army is giving the victim's families like $1.40 compensation or something...

OK I was close

Well, $14.60 in AU$ is $12.... (Below threshold)

Well, $14.60 in AU$ is $12.86 in US$, at current conversion rates.

The UN now being involved, I'm sure they'll round it up to $13.00 even.

Life is indeed unfair. Thes... (Below threshold)
Murphy:

Life is indeed unfair. These people deserve liberation far more than the Iraqi people did.

Murphy, you silly fuck. Ev... (Below threshold)
kim:

Murphy, you silly fuck. Everyone deserves liberation.
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There is no need for you to... (Below threshold)
kim:

There is no need for you to make life more unfair than it is with your inane judgments about what people deserve.
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Free Burma!Internati... (Below threshold)

Free Burma!
International Bloggers' Day for Burma on the 4th of October

International bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma. We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words „Free Burma!".

www.free-burma.org

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A short recon of what's out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

I read one account where so... (Below threshold)
Hank:

I read one account where soldiers were taking monks out and killing them by bashing their skulls against walls again and again until the monks died. It is pretty awful.

Those poor, brave bastids. ... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

Those poor, brave bastids. They got all excited and tried for freedom, but alas, the UN and China were on the job so that's that.

China has been selling arms to that junta since the day they seized power. Stuff like tanks and artillery for a non-existent, external threat that are actually used for internal dissent.

Really speaking truth to power is very darn brave, as power likes to kill truth.




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