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Thane Shwe: Demasking Burmese tyrant - Benedict Rogers
The Than Shwe is one of the world's most infamous diktators, who presides over a country that continues to oppress and brutalize its own population. Thane Shwe: The Than Shwe is a bully, and bullies do not bargain over their own doom. If you think this is still possible, you should have a look at this book: Bertil Lintner, writer of Burma in Revolt.
Myanmar's Internet has disrupted society - and incited extremists
Myanmar's junta leaders sometimes turned to the astrological community for political decision during the half-war period in which they were rule. Due to the dictatorship's strict control over everything from the press to the educational system, hardly anyone had a cell telephone, and there was severe restrictions on accessing the web. They had little clue what was going on in the next city - alone in the capitol (wherever it was).
Myanmar's people have over the years voiced their frustration through a series of attempted non-violent revolutions that the general army leader has struck down with armour and bays. In 2014, civil servants issued licences to two international wireless operators. In a year, the cost of a SIM fell from $250 to $1.50, which led to the quickest increase in cellular use in the last 10 years.
Nowadays more than three fourths of the world' s inhabitants have a cellular telephone, most of them smart phones. Earlier this year when I was travelling through Myanmar's secluded North Mountain, I saw a young man sit on the top of an elephant's neck and steer his foot while his hand stole his telephone. The following tales tell six individuals who shared their experience of the first row of the Myanmar mobilization.
Founded in 1960, I was raised in a socialist country, which means that all humans below were the same. and James Bond for all their technologies. When an IBM PC was handed over to the college, I was selected to help with the assembly.
This made me one of the first humans to use a PC in Myanmar. In 2000 I began to represent Myanmar at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on technology issues. Once, in Cambodia, when I discovered a cabbie with a mobile telephone, I thought: "A cabbie shouldn't have that!
" In Myanmar, I was also one of the first to use the web, and I realised that a child could have the same level of accessibility from here as in Silicon Valley in a few snaps. Since Myanmar was a country under democratic rule for many years, there was much opposition to the settlement of international telecommunications enterprises.
A very open bidding was conducted among more than 30 international telecommunication licensees. We selected a number of firms that showed a keen interest in the development of schemes such as Mp3. Fewer than 10 per cent of Myanmar's population have a banking accounts, so the ability to make electronic transfers can make a big impact.
Everybody thinks the telecommunications revolutionary in Myanmar is over, but it's just the beginning. It was my dad who encourages me to become a computer technician, although there are very few technical ladies, because he learned about the upcoming technological booming of Singapore. Thought I had to get out of Myanmar to work.
I got cell phone tech. Coming to Huawei, the telecommunications firm, as an engineering graduate, I became head of the web speeds improvement projects for 200 cell phone ups. I' ve been proud to set up the Myanmar web. By 2016, we join the Phandeeyar Accelerator Programme to create Myanmar's first freelance working environment that would enable anyone who wants to make additional money in their spare free timeframe to find work.
It' difficult for Myanmarans to join an American-style boatbase. We are sure that the web will change this land - although there are side repercussions. But now, even if we go out to lunch, we just end up on the web. When I returned home in 2007, the goverment had licenced several cafes.
I' m pooling cash with a couple of buddies to open one up. Folks could resort to Gmail, news web sites and other prohibited things. Lots of politicans were interested, so I founded the Myanmar Blogger Society. This became one of the few ways to get information out of Myanmar. It was the advent of the web that made the uprising possible, because the demonstrators were able to co-ordinate and provide information to the poor.
But, finally, the government turned off the web for the state. Portable technologies have changed the choice, informed the electorate and helped the press to make things more clear. If something went awry at the polling station, I could be informed because everyone had a cellular called. There are so many things for humans to do now that we are free.
The majority of the countryside has never seen anything like the use of any form of electronic means, so they know nothing about it. Burma still has to study how to deal with it. I' ve always been living in the same city with about 900 inhabitants, which is situated in a very nice wood, but also very insulated. A mobile telephone base station was erected on the hilltop near by in 2014.
Previously I had only used my telephone for calls and Facebook. I' m just learning to use my telephone better. We were in the army, so we went all over Myanmar for his missions. I' m running a small neighbourhood shop, and wireless technologies have enabled us to do a genuine deal.
Wave Currency, a portable payment system, allows me to return the funds I get in Yangon to my Mandalay subsidiary so she can make more mail. It used to be much more difficult to set up, so we could only do four shows a months, but now we can do eight or nine.
We were of course concerned that the cash would be wasted or that it would not reach my boy in good mornings. Myanmar's banking was not a good choice because it is far away and takes a while. In many other ways, my lifestyle has been transformed by wireless technologies. Five or six years ago, when I got my first telephone, I could all of a sudden listen to my daughter's or son's speech in the mornings.
I' ve just got off the telephone with her and my grandkids! There were news bans and censorships during this period. One of my fans showed me how to use a Nokia cell and a computer a few workdays later. Later on, during the conflict with Muslims, I began to publish news.
When I preach a homily, even those who cannot participate can listen to my messages. Then my students copy my designs and set them up for me. I' d like to contact the humans directly. They say I light the fires of hatred, but when there is a fire, it is obvious that they get scared.
I will not be approached to thank you until the fire has gone out. He is holding up his cell and showing a graphical photograph of a dead body, an example of what Muslims do.