Inside Burma: Land of Fear

(h/t Monkeyfister)

I learned a lot from this film. I highly recommend it, and I’d say it’s essential to begin to discuss how we deal with the Burmese military government.

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9 Responses to “Inside Burma: Land of Fear”

  1. hipparchia Says:

    thanks for this, i learned a lot too.

    i agree that that’s a discussion we need to have, but darned if i know quite where to start.

  2. whig Says:

    Economic boycott seems to be the best plan.

  3. hipparchia Says:

    i like that one too. i also like the idea of pressuring china and india to pressure the generals to back off their brutality.

    an unworkable, but nonetheless appealing, idea: hordes of tourists descend on burma, joining the protesters.

    what also needs to be worked into the discussion: the privatization/paramilitarization of security here in the united states. blackwater in new orleans was only a start.

  4. whig Says:

    Aung San Suu Kyi wants tourists to stay away for now. She calls for an economic boycott as well. She is the one who should be deciding what is best for Burma, she is the elected leader, and she has won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work.

  5. hipparchia Says:

    i know that in the video she was asking tourists to stay away, to boycott the “year of the tourist” or whatever it was called, but that was 11 years ago. is she still of the same opinion? but i have to agree with you that the elected leader should be the one making decisions.

  6. whig Says:

    I don’t think it was a one year plan, the idea is that we need to address this in the same way as we did the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Boycott them. Don’t give them tourist money, that’s their economic lifeblood, and their whole economy is based on human slavery.

  7. whig Says:

    What US oil companies are doing business in Burma? They should be made to stop.

  8. hipparchia Says:

    unocal [bought by chevron] from the u.s. and total from france are the two most mentioned.

    http://hrw.org/english/docs/2007/10/01/burma16995.htm

    “Current investors in Burma’s oil and gas industry include companies from Australia, the British Virgin Islands, China, France, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Russia, and the United States. ”

    http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/04/07/0242223

    “A US federal district court has concluded that Halliburton, the oil services giant of VP candidate Dick Cheney, helped to build the notorious Yadana gas pipeline in Burma. The Court concluded that the Yadana pipeline consortium knew of and benefited from forced labor and the other human rights crimes committed by the Burmese military on behalf of the project”

  9. whig Says:

    Can we put pressure on Chevron?


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