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Years of oppression have left Myanmar's new open-mindedness brittle, but full of hopes and optimisms. Minka Nijhuis, a Myanmar specialist and NLD reporter, talked to three young ladies, who, inspiring by Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the Burmese parliament, have realigned their life. Myanmar (formerly Burma), which I got to know well as a reporter, was governed by a army junt.
However, as a new administration has created space for a little more liberty, Myanmar is a completely different place. Headmaster Khin Hnin Soe, who established the Myanmar Metropolitan College in Yangon, wants to introduce a new kind of power into Myanmar's formerly inflexible education system. Edition 13 features the tales of three young ladies who have realigned their life in Myanmar.
Hacker's claim Myanmar Magazine supports Jihad, wishes everyone an (early) lucky Halloween
Among the recent statements about the threats of Islamic radicalism, the most peculiar were the ones posted on the website of Irrawaddy in Myanmar on Thursday. "The Irrawaddy backs jihad and Muslim radicals. In defense of Muslims and Allahs Irrawaddy has shown the assaulting Buddhists and other non-Muslims with media news, "read the news - taken off since then - on the homepage of Irrawaddy.
"That' s why the BLINK HACKER GROUP (BHG) has the site with the so-called INTERNET-FREIHEIT DER MACKING. Cruelty was apparently stirred up by an article by the pro-democracy Irrawaddy on Wednesday, which raises concern over a co-operation deal between the 969 Myanmar Islamic extremist Buddha school, formerly known as Burma, and Sri Lanka's just as extremist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) buddhist group.
The two groups have been associated with fatal assaults on Muslims in their own states. They promised in the Memorandum "collective actions" against "encroachments under the cover of sacred, multi-cultural and other liberals that directly affect Buddhaist ethics and space". That irawaddy piece, showing the sinister harmonics of such a covenant, obviously angered the Hacker, who seemed to be sympathetic to the cause of Islamic Mongolism.
"Irrawaddy Group has made too many efforts to challenge Buddhism with so-called freedom of speech without journalistic ethics," they write on the magazine's website. Much of Myanmar's intelligence sites have been hijacked, but this assault comes at a moment when the anti-Muslim mood is growing across Myanmar. Jennifer Quigley, Chairwoman of the U.S. Campaign for Burma Advocacy Group, said this could be a very useful move for the Burmese people.
The potentially first Myanmar parliamentary democratically elected since 1960, just over a year away, the Myanmar Burmese ruling junta is seeking assistance from a broad spectrum of groups that have been wounds under the regime's traditional dictatorships, she said. Many of Myanmar's militarized minority groups are among them, and in a broadcast speech on Wednesday, President Thein Sein stressed the importance of a ceasefire with these groups before the election.
In the face of a fierce fight for union, "Buddhist Nationalism is the theme with which the regime draws the vast majority of the people to its side," Quigley said. It is not clear whether the buddhistic nationalistic mood created by the Irrawaddy hack was - not his first - part of a wider one.
"We' re not gov Hacker or anti-gov hacker," and we've also asserted assaults on goverment sides. Though he didn't know who the attackers were or where they were stationed, he said the Irrawaddy seemed to have been targetted in the past to put the administration in a sham. In another part of the area, this past weekend, a native of Cambodia has two members of a branch of the Anonymous Hacktivists Group who were arrested after attacking several official web pages to help the Cambodia policing service in the fight against information technologies outrages.
Both Cambodia and Myanmar, where the spread of the web is still very low, technical skill acquisition is difficult. Irrespective of where Myanmar's hacking comes from, it seems clear that this will not be the last assault in the name of buddhistic nationism, whether on-line or off-line, as the tense election process approaches and public speaking gets escalating.