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Burmese Monks by Hamletdance on 26 September 2007 5:37pm
Anyone watching what's happening in Myanmar?
Not much coverage in the U.S. -
These are some courageous monks.

Palin visited here in his Himalaya series.

Re: Burmese Monks by geordiegirl on 26 September 2007 6:13pm
Listening on the radio, fingers crossed, very tense stuff.
Yes, very courageous - apparently, pictures of some with heads covered in blood. What an evil regime in Burma, wonderful to think it could be overthrown. Experts pessimistic, though, sadly.
Re: Burmese Monks by sighthound on 26 September 2007 6:22pm
Try listening to NPR. Much more coverage there than on U.S. tv. This is just one of the stories I've heard there in the last couple of days. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14715135 (Most of the shows are available on podcast. Do a search at npr.org .)

Wishing them well. It's definitely time to get rid of the evil regime there but I'm afraid it will take many deaths to do it.
Re: Burmese Monks by kazzzz on 27 September 2007 4:30am
We have minimasl coverage here. Fantastic effort tho, wishing them all well.
Re: Burmese Monks by tucsonmike on 27 September 2007 7:21pm
I saw the shootings on the news last night. It takes real courage to attack a man of peace (dripping sarcasm).
Re: Burmese Monks by sighthound on 28 September 2007 6:20pm
There was a long interview on NPR yesterday with a Burmese man who lives in the States and is a refugee from the last round of suppression. He was in e-mail contact with friends there who described the beatings, shootings and mass arrests. Police were going from house to house and arresting anyone who had a guest (presumably protester) at their house. The man couldn't phone his family because a call coming in from the States now would endanger them. This morning the government cut off all e-mail access.
Re: Burmese Monks by JHorst on 28 September 2007 7:11pm
"I saw the shootings on the news last night. It takes real courage to attack a man of peace (dripping sarcasm)."

Those monks can be pretty tough, haven't you ever watched "Kung Fu"?
Re: Burmese Monks by Ken Dunn on 28 September 2007 9:04pm
I have found it strange that the UK media is using the name Burma to describe the country when it is called Myanmar now. Could this be aggravating the situation or am I missing something? I have also read a report that makes the place sound very unpleasant to live in but I have found that media reports tend to be bad news specific when there may be 90% or more of the people in the country unaffected by the situation.
Re: Burmese Monks by geordiegirl on 28 September 2007 11:47pm
I think Ken the nasty military gave the country the name Myanmar so it has bad vibes that way.
The protests seem at the moment to be centred around Rangoon & one other city: lots of protests start in the capital-cities (where the resources, HQ, large populations, etc. are) and then spread. I believe this one's been planned for months.
Re: Burmese Monks by sighthound on 29 September 2007 4:34am
Several organizations have been monitoring Burma by satellite and have seen many villages burned, evidence of forced relocation and a build-up of military presence in 25 areas of the country in the past year. The despots can cut off the internet and e-mail, and terrify people into not using the phone but they can't hide from the high-res satellite cameras.
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