On Friday 19th June, it will be Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday. She will spend her birthday detained in the notorious Insein Prison.
On May 18th Aung San Suu Kyi was put on trial, charged with breaching the terms of her house arrest after an American man, John Yettaw, swam to her house and refused to leave. The dictatorship are using the visit as an opportunity to extend her detention.
Her trial has now been adjourned until 26 June. Aung San Suu Kyi has already spent more than 13 years in detention and faces another 5 years in prison.
Please show your solidarity and join us outside the Burmese Embassy in London from 1-2pm on Friday 19th June.
19A Charles Street
London, W1J 5DX
Nearest tube: Green Park
Solidarity events will be held worldwide. To find out details of events taking place near you, visit: http://www.64forsuu.org/events.php
SEND HER A BIRTHDAY MESSAGE
You can leave a message of support at http://www.64forsuu.org
More than 9000 people have now left a message, video or tweet calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, and all of Burma’s political prisoners.
Celebrities from around the world have sent messages, including George Clooney, Yoko Ono, David Beckham, Julia Roberts, Daniel Craig, and Richard Branson. Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard, Kevin Spacey and Sarah Brown have been “tweeting” about the campaign.
As well as celebrities, the website has received political support featuring video messages to Aung San Suu Kyi from heads of state including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives and President Jose Ramos Horta, President of Timor-Leste.
Post your message now http://www.64forsuu.org
Thank you for your support
Burma Campaign UK
PS. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, we’re asking everyone to put Aung San Suu Kyi as their profile picture until her birthday. You can download the image here: http://www.facebook.com/aungsansuukyi
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Listen out for the return of Tyler Bass and Ashnfara Judy this Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 7 p.m. EDT as we discuss the recent attempts in Congress to cover-up evidence of torture and detainee abuse. Special guests include ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and Brigadier General Janis Karpinski (ret.). You’ll be able to listen at myspace.com/theyradio or at blogtalkradio.com/they.
It’s Lebal Drocer taking over. But don’t get used to this. Color scheme’s changing, more hate is being shipped in from China, and we’re currently constructing the world’s largest web of truth with which to catch big, juicy fLIES.
You’ve risen to power and have begun your regime by ordering society the way you see most fit. Perhaps you’ve stolen an election, denied freedom of the press, or even set the wheels of genocide in motion. No one said that consolidating power is easy, but you’ve done what you had to do and I don’t blame you.
And now, those bastards you pulled out of the gutters have decided they don’t know what is good for them. They’re speaking out against your actions and at some point you knew it would come to this. The people have amassed in your capital and are staging daily protests against your policies.
The first thing you can try to do is shut down media sources. Pull the plug on the information flow and disable the internet. Shut down phone lines and imprison any who are responsible for printing dissident material. Usually this will stop the life blood of your peon’s insurrection quite quickly. There may be dwindling protests for another day, but they will lose heart and you have almost guaranteed that their movement will not grow.
State controlled media is your best tool in this hour, and you should let the propaganda flow like what was left of last night’s Taco Bell. Any protest always represents a vast minority of public opinion, and while the protests are currently non-violent, the protesters must be represented as the escalating faction. Blame the hated political faction of your region whether they be Communists or Capitalists. Any fear you can generate will be a great aid to your power.
In some cases, protests may still occur even after you have taken care of dissident leaders and disabled all communication. This is a sign that you will most likely have to take extra measures. DO NOT BE HASTY IN PUTTING DOWN THE INSURRECTION. There is a list of things you must do before taking care of the uprising to ensure your country’s continued existence.
Firstly, have your secret police remove any foreign reporters immediately. Be extremely careful that not even one reporter leaks a single image or word after a certain point. Jail them if completely necessary, but do not treat them with the iron fist you are about to unleash upon your people. The less they have to tell, the better.
Make a gesture of goodwill to the protesters so that your propaganda machine will be able to paint you in a positive light. Do not attempt to appease the protesters, as they want to change your agenda. You must offer them a trifling insult of what they are illegally petitioning you for-an act of graceful enlightenment in the face of their ugly hatred. You can now continue with the last phase of dealing with your insurrection.
By this point, the protesters will have resorted to petty acts of violence as a way to get your attention. This is where you let the hammer fall, and let it fall hard. Even in China, the threat of military force has only angered and outraged citizens into further dissidence. Do not attempt to threaten with force at all. The protesters will assemble around the clock in their angry desperation and you can take advantage of this. Wait until the dark of night and cut off the power grid. At this point, you can let the tank treads do the rest.
Drawing on the successes and failures of other countries, I have outlined the bare essentials of putting down an insurrection. There may be many other factors involved in different situations, but remember: You know best, because you are the leader. Otherwise, you would not be in control.
Tbilisi, Georgia–Georgian police beat down and arrested opposition activists in the nation’s capital today. Several journalists were among those arrested.For two months, the opposition has been campaigning to force out President Mikhail Saakashvili. An AP photographer witnessed masked officers beating demonstrators who gathered near the police headquarters. Several were severely beaten into submission along with several TV journalists and camera crews whose tapes and video cameras were confiscated.
In all, 39 protesters were rounded up, according to Deputy Interior Minister Eka Zguladze, who said they had resisted police when they tried to arrest them for blocking a public street.
She apologized to journalists who were beaten and robbed, saying it was “our mistake.”
Existing on a key energy route, Georgia is the iconic front line in the growing tensions between Russia and the West.
Chaos in Iran
Mir Hossein Mousavi, Ahmadinejad’s opposition in Iran’s primary election, has been placed on house arrest following mass rioting throughout the broken nation.
Rigged polls gave the incumbent dictator 63 percent of the votes, leaving Mousavi with less than 34 percent – a difference that, if not tragic, is laughably contrary to what inside analysts projected. Most analysts, including secret inside reporters risking their lives and freedom to report the truth, indicated early on that given the outrageously high young voter turnout, Mousavi would probably walk away with “at least half” of the votes.
Mousavi was even beaten in his own “heartland” – a tampering that secures all suspicions that something is inherently wrong with modern voting standards in every Democratic region, but especially in those regions with Religious entanglement and high-profile corruption.
One Iranian citizen expressed his disenchantment with the ongoing bastardization of his Republic, saying, “You just have to close your eyes and try not to think about it.”
Photo Courtesy of Macedonian International News Agency
Lambros Papantoniou, correspondent for the Elettheros Typos, a Greek daily in Athens, dies the night of Wednesday, May 27, and the blogs were silent. Maybe there was something deeper about the way that Mr. Papantoniou, a man who had been asking questions in press briefings in the Department of State for a very long time, was not the talk of numerous political blogs that had so often mentioned his name. His remarks had inherently influenced the dynamic in some of the most regular discussions directing the tone of press comprehension of American foreign policy. What I’m really trying to say here is that the condition in any given press briefing, whether with Robert Wood or Ian Kelly, is a fairly hazardous. Ask an unusual question, and you may be seen, unfairly or not, as wasting other peoples’ time. On a few occasions, unfairly or no, Mr. Papantoniou was viewed as wasting others’ time by questioning whether there was really a solid link between HIV and AIDS.
To follow up, I contacted the president of the Alberta Reappraising AIDS Society, David Crowe, based on information from this press release. In an interview by phone, I asked Mr. Crowe why Mr. Papantoniou was so hung up on this issue about the relationship between HIV and AIDS.
Mr. Crowe: “The best understanding that we can make is that HIV has never been purified. There are no claims that it has ever been purified. There are claims that it has been isolated, but when you look at what it means to isolate the virus, it doesn’t mean that you’ve proven that any virus is present let alone a specific virus. So because of the purification in – in – in a sense that’s comparable to what we normally think of as purification, which would be separating the virus from all other organic materials. And that’s essentially what Lambros was asking: Where is the evidence that it’s been purified? And, secondly, have you ever seen the purified virus — (inaudible) — from a human as opposed to from some artificial lab culture?
“So even if you could pull out a virus out of a culture that was derived from, human blood for example, there’s so many other things that go into that culture, that’s still not proof that the virus came from a person. But given that nobody’s purified HIV even from a laboratory culture, that kind of a secondary question.”
Crowe believes that SARS was an epidemic caused by a drug therapy based on a fear that there was a new pneumonia out there.
David Crowe describes Mr. Papantoniou as “a mystery wrapped up in an enigma.” He told me that a close friend of Mr. Papantoniou, a Harvard-trained pathologist named Dr. Andrew Maniotis, had told Crowe that Papantoniou had been treated with AIDS drugs. He said, “I believe that, when he was in the hospital, they were treating him with AIDS drugs. But I also understand he had other health problems.” But, as this was hearsay, he hesitated to tell me this because he didn’t “want to report something that was inaccurate.” He got me in touch with Dr. Maniotis.
Dr. Maniotis described Papatoniou as a close friend who had been “fighting for weeks” for his life. The impact of the loss weighed heavy on the tone of his voice. Dr. Maniotis described Papantoniou as “one of the most dynamic human beings that has ever, you know, pushed human rights and freedom in the world.” The pathologist denied that he had told Crowe that Papantoniou had been treated with AIDS drugs or that the doctor was HIV positive.
“Nobody really knows why he’s gone,” said Dr. Maniotis, who said that Mr. Papantoniou was “like a brother” to him. “He had a very stressful time,” he added. “Now he’s dead.” He continued to say that, as a pathologist by some training, it’s easier to figure out why someone “just died, but it’s rare to find why they did die.” He said he wasn’t certain if we’ll really ever know why the reporter died.
He described him as a “humanitarian” that “the world will miss.”