First they ignore you. Then they laugh about you. Then they fight you. And then you win.
I came across Torpark, which is based on Firefox browser. I thought it might be useful in Burma. The technology is based on P2P like connection with its peers. I am not sure it will work behind the Bagan firewall in Burma. In case it does, there you have it. Test and try it out, folks in Burma.
"The black coffee is as ... black as the devil ... ... hot as hell ... ... pure as an angel ... and sweet as love!"
The information minister of Burma's military junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), tried to avoid questions posed to him by journalists on the detention of 88 Generation Student leaders, according to journalists who don't want to be named.
A senior Asean diplomat commented that this represents reversion to a pattern deeply embedded in Thailand's political DNA. It will set back Thailand many years. The real tragedy is that the Bangkok elite do not realize this and seem to be congratulating themselves over getting rid of a legitimately elected leader.
The diplomat added: "Yes, Thaksin was arrogant. But he wanted to change Thailand, and Thailand needs to be changed to meet 21st Century challenges. This was his real sin in the eyes of the Bangkok elite."
By Dan Smith for http://www.irrawaddy.org/aviewer.asp?a=6188&z=154
The military junta in Thailand has ordered all businesses closed today. We have no school. All the International news stations have been cut. The internet seems the only source of news about the updates. The Thai generals even sound like Burmese generals if you read the statement from yesterday. :)
Well, the good point is I can relax at home today. I don't have any classes.
At 3:52 AM, BBC and CNN are dropped from UBC, the key cable network provider. Doesn't it sound like blocking access to information?
Statement from the military reformist
The following is the statement from the miliary reformist.
There has been social division like never before. Each side has been trying to conquer another with all possible means and the situation tends to intensify with growing doubts on the administration amid widespread reported corruption.
State units and independent organisations have been politically meddled, not able to deliver their services as specified in the Constitution.
The administration is also usually bordering on "lest majest" actions against the revered King. Despite attempts from social units for compromises, there is no way to end the conflicts.
The revolution body thus needs to seize power. We have no intention to rule but to return the power to the people as soon as possible, to preserve peace and honour the King who is the most revered to all Thais.
I haven't been able to update my diary for a while now. I am crazy adjusting to my new campus at Asian Institute of Technology. I am back to studying again after all these years of idling in Burma, Laos and Thailand. I chose to study at AIT in Bangkok. Many people were surprised why I didn't choose the US. It is because I have been involved in computational linguistics projects related to Burmese, Mon, Karen and Shan. And I like Asia.
If you want to settle in the States, Australia, Canada or England, reconsider that plan. Rambo is thinking about retiring in Bangkok, Thailand. And he is going to Burma for another mission. :-) Come live in Burma :-)
From the Sun Online:
Sly said: "I asked them [Soldier of Fortune magazine] what is the most critical man-doing-inhumanity-to-man situation right now in the world? Where is it? The answer was Burma."
Sly outlined the plot, saying Vietnam war vet Rambo was now living a monastic lifestyle in Bangkok and salvaging old boats and tanks for scrap metal.
He said: "It's like he's stripping himself down. That old piece of military equipment."
When a group of volunteers bringing supplies into Burma disappears, a relative of one of the missing missionaries begs Rambo to find them.
He heads off with a team of young guns to get the job done.
Choir leader'splight to be highlighted
Payap University in Chiang Mai will today hold a seminar to highlight the plight of the stateless musician Ayu Namtep and back calls for the granting of Thai citizenship to her. Thanaporn Panjira, head of the university's public relations and student enrolment office, said the seminar aims to provide encouragement to the ethnic Karen choirmistress, who has tried to secure Thai nationality throughout her life. At 51, Ayu Namtep has taught music at Payap University for 30 years. Her choir, Payap Sacred Music Singers, was chosen to compete in the World Choir Games, also known as the Choir Olympics, between Saturday and July 26 in Xiamen, south China.
Not surprising why many stateless people along the border want to become Khon Thai (Thai Citizen). More opportunities and freedom compared to Burma. A loss of talents for Burma!
Illgal Myanmar 'wives' return to home country
Pulic security authorities in Xincai County, central China's Henan Province, repatriated six Myanmar women last week, who were illegal immigrants and had married locals.
In the recent two years, "wives" from Myanmar have become an increasingly noticeable presence in some areas of the province.
Poverty is considered a major reason for the illegal immigration of Myanmar women and illegal marriage.
Citing Cai Xiangyang, a Myanmar language expert who worked as an interpreter in the case, the newspaper said in those less developed areas in Myanmar, some Myanmar people hoped to go to China to have a better life through marriage with Chinese.
However, poverty is also a reason why some Henan people were willing to marry Myanmar women.
Thai chopper fired by a Burmese soldier
The Burmese military had admitted one of its soldiers fired at a Thai helicopter, but claimed he was acting on his own in the mistaken belief it was a helicopter of the Shan State Army, one of the largest ethnic groups fighting the military junta.
The SSA has no helicopters.
"Col Mya Han said the private was too young to assess the situation before firing his weapon," said Col Suthat, adding Col Mya Han had punished the private and his supervisor.
The private was too young to assess the situation? Sounds like a good excuse! When reading between the line, it's also an admission of guilt that Burmese soliders are too young and anything can happen in the war zone. It is OK for soldiers to abuse local villagers in the war zone?
The University of Washington has made "Practical Aspects of Modern Cryptography" course availabe free online. One of these days, our young students in Burma will be able to follow a course from a prestigious university without having to spend a lot of money. My dream would come true one day.
Rev Nandasara (Buddhist monk) added that the situation in Burma is so bad that the Burmese people within and without Burma are too ashamed to say that they are Burmese.
Many Burmese people in Thailand are ashamed to say that they are Burmese. Most of my Mon friends won't say that they are from Burma. They always say that they are Mon. Not Burmese :-) I partly agree with them that they are Mon. But they are citizens of Burma (Myanmar). However, nobody wants to say that they are from Burma.
Dr. Khin Maung Kyi also said "Within a hundred years from now, there will be no Burmese. There will be no Shans, no Karen no ethnic races. It is a serious problem--killing historical achievements, traditional knowledge and pride of a nation."
I think successive Burmese governments since the days of U Nu have killed the identity and pride of Burma. Let's look for the room for improvements and developments in Burma. I sure hope that as Burma opens up to the International community, there will be freedom of speech and expression.
Thanks for linking to my site. But what he said about me is too good. I have my own weaknesses and do not deserve that much. That blogger said "His heart is as beautiful as a white rose, so pure and so perfect." My heart is just like any other ordinary human beings :-)
I have been really busy, and did not have a chance to write my diary. Helping people is what I have been doing lately. I helped a friend with her US immigration visa application procedures. It was good to be able to help people. It also boosted the confidence in myself. My Thai is getting better and I hope to be able to have intelligent conversations in the near future.
I am going back to Burma on Saturday and I am excited about the trip. I won't get back to Bangkok until May 14. I will have a lot to write about when I get back from Burma. I want to see how the real situations in Burma are.
He Changchui, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, said the followings:
He Changchui said that Burma, one of Asia's poorest countries, does not have the personnel or facilities to deal with the outbreak [birdflu] but added that U.N. teams will focus on it in the coming weeks.
Burma is one of Asia's poorest countries. When will we wake up for a change?
Um.........another week gone again. Time flies. Last week was just programming and programming. My skills in Perl are improving and I am learning more tricks in vi editor. Nothing much about Burma lately. All I do here in Bangkok is just programming and solving computer problems. Boring, huh? ;-) I just want to say have a nice weekend. See you next week.
Shorto, H L: MA, Lecturer in Mon 1952-64 Reader in the Languages and Literatures of South East Asia 1964-71 Professor of Mon Khmer Studies 1971-84