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The Stench of American Hypocrisy

Screen shot at a TSA desk computer in an airport

By Paul Craig Roberts
Counterpunch

Ten years of rule by the Bush and Obama regimes have seen the collapse of the rule of law in the United States. Is the American media covering this ominous and extraordinary story?  No the American media is preoccupied with the rule of law in Burma (Myanmar).

The military regime that rules Burma just released from house arrest the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The American media used the occasion of her release to get on Burma’s case for the absence of the rule of law. I’m all for the brave lady, but if truth be known, “freedom and democracy” America needs her far worse than does Burma.

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Burma democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi released by junta

Aung San Suu Kyi waves to supporters outside her house after being released

By various sources

Imprisoned for 15 of the last 21 years, Aung San Suu Kyi is once again free. The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whose latest period of house detention spanned 7 1/2 years, was forbidden to see her husband before he died of cancer. The military junta disbanded her political party, National League for Democracy (NLD) party. NLD won a landslide victory in 1990 elections, but the junta ignored the result and repeatedly sentenced her to periods of detention at her home in Rangoon. Burma’s first elections since 1990 took place on Sunday, but were widely dismissed by outside observers as a sham.

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Are Burma’s Monks Planning Another Saffron Revolution?

burma-thai saffron-revolution x daniel pedersen NewMatilda (468 x 330)By Daniel Pederson

Burma’s Buddhist Monks have started a campaign against military rule that is reminiscent of the 2007 uprising

Reporting from Mae Sot on the Thai-Burma border

For the past few weeks, rumours that Burma’s military intelligence has planted “hit squads” in the border towns of neighbouring Thailand have been doing the rounds here in Mae Sot. Monks, dissidents and rebel army operatives are all on high alert. At an outdoor cafe frequented by foreigners on Friday morning, an English teacher from one of the refugee camps sighed as he stubbed out a cheap Burmese cigarette.

“There’s some big boys in town this morning — in the last couple of days I’ve seen them everywhere,” he told me.

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