Newspaper Cuttings on the Struggle for Democracy in MyanmarNews clippings about the fight for democracy in Myanmar
Burma is fighting for democracy
On May 7 th, Re'Activist Hails'New Dawn' in Myanmar: The liberation of Aung San Suu Kyi from home detention is beautiful message for democracy, and the United States should immediately end its financial sanction against Burma. Penalties are particularly harmful to the general population and not to the objective: the members of the current state.
Penalties are depriving the Myanmar population of the opportunity to acquire knowledge of West technologies and West socio-political concepts such as democracy. Penalties naturally have devastating consequences for the industry. The irony is that the China administration has dealt with its opponents much less favourably than the Burma administration, but the US has strengthened its trade relations with Beijing.
Important US leaders, such as the deceased Richard Nixon, have stated that civic commitment and financial well-being promote the growth of democracy. For these reasons, the US administration allowed China to maintain sustainable, ordinary trading relationships. Burma deserves no less. I am astounded by the Orowellian Times term that describes the freeing of Burma's Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi in your May 6-7 headline articles as a "dissident" and "activist.
Much less deceptive portrayal of her would be "Burma's democratic, impressively presidential election, freed by a domineering army government that is usually recognised by a few eager petroleum companies".
Myanmar's fight for liberty and its costs is told by Aung San Suu Kyi.
Burma's (Myanmar) democracy and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has published a unique and impassioned expression of the 21-year struggle against the Burma Army Junior and the inspiring effects of the Burma and Egypt revolution in an unparalleled global program for liberty. Aung San Suu Kyi gives the first of this year's BBC Reith talks, which will be broadcasted in Burma (Myanmar) on 28 June (Tuesday), and talks touchingly about the cost she and her companions have been paying on their way to liberty - and about her deep-seated faith in the righteousness of her cause, which she has held in prison or under domestic detention for almost 15 years.
" The Aung San Suu Kyi book discusses how those who take the road of opposition and protests can be separated from normal lives in both physical and spiritual terms - and the tribute this hardship takes. Which kind of person consciously chooses the way of privation? Weber calls three characteristics that are crucial for politics passions, a feeling of accountability and a good eye.
"I would argue that in the same way as in the world of politics, it means pain by choice: a conscious and conscious selection to take the chalice that we would rather let happen. "It' not an easy call - we don' t like to suffer, we' re not masochistic.
Because of the high value we attach to the subject of our passions, we are sometimes able, despite ourselves, to select suffer. "Aung San Suu Kyi examines the risks of "separation" among the dissidents of Burma, Yemen, the Republic of the Republic of the Czech Republic and Korea.
In order to address this, Myanmar's most engaged opposition to the Myanmar rule focus as much as possible on practical, concrete goals such as free expression, the release of free politicians or free democracy and not on the intellectual or moral advantages of it. She continues in what can be seen as a reply to those who describe her own history and internationality as an obstacle to Myanmar's pursuit of democracy reform:
"Undoubtedly there is a risk that the adoption of intellectual liberty as a satisfying replacement for all other liberties could result in passiveness and condescension. However, an inner feeling of liberty can strengthen a practice driving the more basic liberties in the shape of basic social and constitutional states.
" She talks about her self-doubt when, after her car convoy was assaulted by pro-government bullies in 2003 and many followers were either murdered or detained, Aung San Suu Kyi survailed and was detained in relatively good circumstances in a jail shelter. "She also talks with fondness and arrogance of the followers who show up every day to help the National League for Democracy (NLD), the ailing head office of their heavily oppressed and molested National League, which won a slippery electoral win in 1990 just to see it overturned by the army jungle.
So the fight for liberty must be waged until we have the right to free ourselves from the anxiety of cruelty and inequality. "Aung San Suu Kyi makes a comparison between the hardship of Myanmar and the Tunisian revolutionary act triggered by a unselfish act of spite by an average man who could no longer bear the "unbearable burden" of iniquity.
That was not yet the case in Myanmar. It was dawning on the realization that the weight she was carrying was unacceptably heavy, and her breakdown was indeed a denial to carry such an afflictive weight.