Jim

Bye, bye, Burma

In Politics, The news biz on October 8, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Looks like we’ve pretty much forgotten all about Burma, already. Our collective attention spans — news producers and consumers alike — are fickle and fleeting. I did find this darkly inappropriate headline from the NYT today: Myanmar Reaches Out to Dissident Yeah, they’re reaching out to her — with a stick through the bars of her house-arrest cage.

In an earlier concession to international demands, the junta’s leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, said last week that he would meet with Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, but only if she renounced some of her democratic demands …. It remained unclear whether any real dialogue would begin between the junta and Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 12 of the past 18 years.

This whole “democracy” thing’s a bit of a sticky wicket; most governments (like most humans, I guess) want to have their cake and eat it, too. Toward the end of the article, this tidbit:

In Singapore, which has issued unusually harsh statements against the crackdown in Myanmar, a group of a half-dozen demonstrators was arrested outside the presidential palace when they tried to protest the nation’s extensive trade ties with Myanmar’s junta. Singapore does not permit gatherings of more than five people without a permit.

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