Sunday, September 30, 2007

Crash course on Burma

If you're an American, I'm guessing there is a good chance you don't know what's going on in Burma. Or at least I didn't, so I'm projecting my ignorance onto the entire populace to make myself feel better. But it is no secret that our national media is terribly insular, which itself contributes to our ethnocentric perception of the world (in Are We Rome?, Cullen Murphy points out that this is one of the similarities that we share with Rome of imperial times.)

So if you're like me and are seeking to become better informed, Human Rights Watch offers an overview of the current situation, as well as its usual series of articles on the on-going human rights abuses and violent suppression of those who protest the military regime that rules the country.

The Economist offers cautious optimism that a united world effort can put a stop to the military's crack-down on dissent; it also devotes one article to the nature of the current demonstrations and another about the culpability of the world for the tragedy that is taking place there.

1 comment:

Free Burma! said...

Free Burma!
International Bloggers' Day for Burma on the 4th of October

nternational bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma. We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words „Free Burma!“.