Burma

Film Review: The Lady

Watch this film to be inspired by an outstanding woman whose life work has met and overcome extraordinary obstacles, but will only be complete when the long-held military myth of “might is right” is buried forever.

Cappuccino with a Country Monk

On Good Friday, Christians connect with God. But as I ran across Flinders Street station and raced down the stairs while clutching a bag of donuts and a take-away cappuccino spilling everywhere, I found myself drawn to a Buddhist monk on the Werribee train, headed for Melbourne’s outer western region. He was a calm figure […]

Myanmar Targeted by Globalists

Myanmar Targeted by Globalists

It seems clear now that whenever a regime is damned as repressive by “world opinion” then it is being marked for “regime change” in the interests of global capitalism. One should consider this before getting too enthused when the masses “spontaneously” pour out onto the streets demanding “democracy,” which should be interpreted rather as “plutocracy.” […]

Shan Refugees in Malaysia

Shan Refugees in Malaysia

For seven days, they were locked in a container, traveling in the back of a truck. With no idea where they were going, they may just as well have been sold into slavery or prostitution at the end. But their situation in Burma was so dire that even taking such a risk seemed worthwhile. In […]

Burmese Intellect in Exile

Burmese Intellect in Exile

“In Burma, the uprising could happen any time, and form anywhere.  All of the people are angry. Now, we are afraid. But like a volcano, it could explode at any time.” — Burmese intellect in exile. I recently had the opportunity to interviewing a Burmese intellectual in self-imposed exile, working for exile media. Although far […]

Burmese Army ‘Demoralized’ and Under ‘Great Strain’

Burma’s pro-military parliament has passed a new law paving the way for compulsory service in the Burmese Army for up to five years in the case of a state of emergency. The Public Service Military Law requires both men and women to serve in the Burmese Army, or Tatmadaw, regardless of ethnicity. Rebel groups have […]

Shan Migrant Workers in Thailand

Stateless, undocumented, exploited and fearful, they say it’s still better than going back to Burma. Down a dirt road outside of the city, I find myself in a makeshift camp, a small clearing in the jungle, containing a handful of bamboo huts. This is the unofficial home to a collective of Shan migrant workers. Fleeing […]

Challenges facing Burma with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Challenges facing Burma with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi

In Charlie Chaplin’s satirical look at World War 2, The Great Dictator, the comic genius lampoons Adolf Hitler in his memorable role as Adenoid Hynkel, leader of the Double Cross. More touching, however, is his character of a Jewish barber fleeing a German concentration camp for the Austrian border and getting mistaken as Hynkel. Refusing […]

Chin Refugees in Malaysia (Part 2)

Read part one of this story here. Chin refugees buy time in Malaysia, waiting for resettlement in a safe country. While they wait, they get arrested, again, and again. In Malaysia, immigration enforcement raids are often carried out by Rela, a volunteer police force, which many outside observers see as a deputized gang of thugs. […]

Chin Refugees in Malaysia (Part 1)

Chin Refugees in Malaysia (Part 1)

The dead corpses of two mangled Chin babies represent the hopeless desperation of people fleeing Burma. Burma’s citizens stow away in the trunks of cars or hide their children on overloaded fishing boats, giving all of their worldly possessions to pirates and human traffickers in the often vain hope of reaching a foreign country that […]