Thursday, March 21, 2019

World Poetry Day

  1. 1 minute ago
    Carl Sandburg: Poetry is the synthesis of Hyacinths and Biscuits.




     3rd collage of Aung San Suu Kyi by Zwe Yan Naing.
  2. Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself... - William Hazlitt

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

NZ Christ Church students perform moving haka for Jacinda Adern,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO1L-wvPUok

Extra pilot saved Lion Air 737 just one day before fatal crash--

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/20/asia/lion-air-third-pilot-intl/index.html

no one grounded the plane then.

Something is WRONG in airline internal safety and reporting systems.

I hope victims' families sue the pants off Boeing and that particular airline.

Don't you love it, no one can sue anyone in Burma.

3-20-2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Save the Date: April 11, 2019 we hope you'll join us for the myME benefit party at the HGU Hotel in NYC. Details to come. ​

myME
MYANMAR MOBILE EDUCATION PROJECT

​We believe that every child in Myanmar (Burma) has the right to access quality education, no matter their circumstance.
Education is a critical step in alleviating poverty and the abuses associated with child labor. ​​

http://www.mymeproject.org/

Myanmar - Child Labour

အႏၱရာယ္ၾကားက ကေလးအလုပ္သမားေတြရဲ႕ဘဝ

FAA now saying connection between 2 Boeing crashes--

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkaldPql_vg

"His kind of ham handed praising of Boeing is uncalled for."

It's not the prez's job to praise industries he is close to--It's his job to watch out for safety of US Citizens and Others.  Shameful.

3-14-2019

Why is British aid being spent on Burma’s ‘dead end’ peace process?

Why is British aid being spent on Burma's dead end peace process?

Dear friend

Burma has suffered from conflict for 70 years. Achieving peace in Burma is an absolute priority. So the international community, including the UK, were quick to pledge support when, in 2011, the military-backed government in power at the time pledged to begin a peace process.
 
Based on long experience, many representatives from ethnic communities targeted by the military were sceptical about their true intentions. Was it a ploy to access natural resources in ethnic states? Or going through the motions to get sanctions lifted, as peace had been set by some countries as a condition for lifting sanctions?
 
Nevertheless, many ethnic armed organisations and community groups decided to see if they could make it work.
 
Eight years on, a delegation from the Karen Peace Support Network, a coalition of ethnic Karen community organisations, just visited London with the help of Burma Campaign UK. They had a clear message to the British government. Burma's peace process has reached a dead end. It is time for the British government to review its support for the peace process. They fear the current peace process will end up prolonging conflict, rather than ending it.
 
Karen delegation with MPs and Lords in Parliament
Karen delegation at a meeting with MPs and Lords in Parliament
The Burmese military are sabotaging the peace process at every stage, and have veto power over constitutional changes needed to secure a political settlement. But the British government and the rest of the international community are doing nothing to pressure the military to stop undermining the peace process.
 
The International Development Committee of the British Parliament, which monitors British aid spending, has already asked the Department for International Development (DFID) to review its support for the peace process.
 
They were alarmed by evidence they received that conflict and human rights violations have actually increased since the peace process began.
 
DFID rejected their recommendation.
 
Email DFID now calling on them to listen to the voices of civil society, and the British Parliament, and commission an independent review of their support for the peace process.

Thank you for your support.

Mark Farmaner
Director
Burma Campaign UK
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Documentary--how the earth was formed.


Best watched in 3 parts or over and over again.

Written by Billy Pink and beautifully narrated and illustrated.

For those racists who look down on Africans and on shrews, and those Burmese --

3-13-2019


FBR: Remembering Three Fallen Rangers


Remembering Three Fallen Rangers

13 March 2019

Burma

Min Min Naing pictured at far left.
Min Min Naing pictured at far left.

We are sad to report that over the last year, three Free Burma Rangers team members died.

Arakan Free Burma Ranger Min Min Naing died on 15 July 2018 after a fatal car accident in Mae Sot, Thailand. He was a member of the Arakan Army and they sent him to Basic Ranger Training in 2016, where he specialized as a medic. He was described by his colleagues as "brilliant, an excellent student in military training." Those who worked with Min Min Naing described him as "a loyal and fair man with a good conscience" who fought for justice and peace in Burma.

Mr. Nema
Mr. Nema

Mr. Nema, a Chin Ranger, died on 11 Jan. 2019 after sustaining fatal injuries in a motorbike accident in Kalay Myo, Chin State. Mr. Nema joined FBR in 2010 and was in charge of communications over numerous missions in Chin State. He also became deeply involved in the United Nations' World Food Program, where he trained as an Agricultural Technical Officer to help provide food to those impacted by conflict in Chin State. Mr. Nema continued to fight for a better life for his people until the day he died. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Sai Lao
Sai Lao

Sai Lao, age 20, died 29 Jan. 2019 in Lashio, Shan State, at Yu Le Kha Hospital. He had just graduated from Basic Ranger Training in Dec. 2018 and began to show signs of an illness while on a Karen State mission just after graduation. It is still unclear how he died, though there is speculation that he died due to a complication with his kidneys. The Rangers who worked with Sai Lao said, "He was well-known to put a smile on other peoples' faces. He practiced generosity and love to everyone he came in contact with. When he was in pain or wronged by others he never complained but continued with happiness."

We are grateful for these Rangers and their commitment to bring help, hope, and love to people throughout Burma. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends.” They will be missed.


Love one another
Unite for freedom, justice and peace
Forgive and do not hate each other
Pray with faith, Act with courage
Never surrender

The Free Burma Rangers’ (FBR) mission is to provide hope, help and love to internally displaced people inside Burma, regardless of ethnicity or religion. Using a network of indigenous field teams, FBR reports on human rights abuses, casualties and the humanitarian needs of people who are under the oppression of the Burma Army. FBR provides medical, spiritual and educational resources for IDP communities as they struggle to survive Burmese military attacks.

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Know what's truly incredible?--this is--within minutes of Manafort being sentence by Judge Jackson, he's indicted by Manhatten DA--

https://www.manhattanda.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Manafort-Indictment.pdf

for mortgage fraud in NY.  16 counts.

Now he can't get trump pardon bc state cannot be controlled by trump.

This is a true master stroke and a true "full news day."

3-13-2019

Breaking--Boeing 737 max 8 & 9 now GROUNDED

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/boeing-s-737-max-jets-now-grounded-canada-well-europe-n982811

Paul Manafort sentenced--

https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/paul-manafort-sentencing-dc/index.html

NYT--open letter to FAA--ground the Boeing 737 max 8 NOW

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/12/opinion/letters/boeing-jets-faa.html

Pilgrimage to Mt Kailash "Kay la tha" in Burmese--

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTFAMDy26aQ

Myanmar


Myanmar from Chris Grewe on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins


I have not read it yet, looks to be about child soldiers in Burma.  The names appear strange, but they may be Karen or Karenni names-

I don't think it is YA or Young Adult either--you'll have to decide for yourself.

3-12-2019

ICE Human Rights abuses --

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26795339/ice-detention-center-disease-outbreak/

International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma