Which Country was Called BurmaWhat country was Burma called?
What is in the name of a country?
On Thursday, the Washington Post had the front page of Burma Meet's Protests With Violence, while the New York Times proclaimed Myanmar Attacks Protestors, Arresting Monks. By 1989, the south-east Asia region with more than 47 million inhabitants was known as Burma. Ever since, the reigning army jungle has named the land Myanmar.
This year, the army régime, which had had a dominating influence over the past 26 years, was deprived of the election of the most important opponent group. Some of them escaped the mainland and set up dissidence groups abroad, claiming that their home is Burma. "We may decide not to use the speech of a dictatorship of totalitarianism that suppresses its people," said White House Assistant Rep. Tony Fratto.
On Tuesday, President Bush in an address to the UN General Meeting proclaimed new penalties against the Burmese government and declared that "the Americans are indignant about the Burmese situation". But, while Bush was looking out at the U.N. convention from the rostrum, he would see no one from this land, at least according to the posters decorating the desktops of each country's mission.
United Nations calls the land Myanmar. And so do the British, who reigned the land for 62 years in the nineteenth-century.
Aung San Suu Kyi is defending the use of'Burma'.
Aung San Suu Kyi defended her use of "Burma" as the name of her own state. ANGOON - Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's head of the Burma oppositions, said on Tuesday that her decision to relate to the land of her nativity is directly linked to one of the fundamental democratic principles: free speech.
"I call my land'Burma', as we did a long while ago. I don't insult other folks. I am sure that because I believe in democracies I can call them what I want," the Nobel Peace Prize winner said at a news briefing at her party's National League for Democracy head office in Rangoon.
This was Suu Kyi's first news briefing since her comeback from a 17-day European trip to Burma, which ended on June 29. Just a few clandestine working groups, the country's Union Election Commission (UEC), which is enforcing legislation on party politics, warned Suu Kyi not to use the term "Burma" anymore.
In 1989, the country's former army leaders in Myanmar renamed Burma in English and said that the latter better represents the country's people. Speaking for Suu Kyi, the UEC said her continued references to the Burmese countryside during her travels to Thailand and Europe violate the 2008 military-drafted constitution.
NLD spokesman Nyan Win said at the news briefing that there should be no difficulty using "Burma" as the country's name. "There is no rule in the constitution that says Myanmar should not be named "Burma". The Burmese has used the term "Burma" when she speaks English since she was released from detention in 2010.
It is also used by other Burma opponents and exiled leaders, as well as by some overseas government and overseas newspapers, to highlight the illegitimate nature of the regimes that have christened the state. Suu Kyi also underlined the need for a more open legislation at the Tuesday news briefing, which took place the Tuesday before Parliament was reconvened in Naypyidaw.
I think they will do their best for them before they pass a law," said the 67-year-old MEP. Aung San Suu Kyi also said she is very much heartened by the backing of Burma's democratic system by the rulers and individuals she has encountered in Europe. "A lot of folks all over the globe are incredibly good to Burma.
When our state is on the road to democratisation, it is very obvious that there are those who want to help us.