Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese (Myanmar) activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize,
was arrested after her home was invaded
by Vietnam War veteran and Mormon evangelist
. John William Yettaw swam to her compound
May 3 and was arrested two days later on his way back. Suu Kyi has spent 13 of the last 20 years under house arrest, and she was supposed to finally be freed May 27. She will go on trial
for the illegal visitor on Monday; if convicted, she could face up to five years
Can the Burmese people rescue themselves?
A powerful piece
by George Packer in the New Yorker
on the recent history and current conditions in Burma
The fight to free Burma
has been making noise lately. Protests
are picking up in Burma
, international activists are putting pressure on the UN
to step in, and Jim Carrey
has joined as yet another
celebrity to try to bring public attention to the effort. Burma is an amazing place and the Burmese people are some of the warmest, most hospitable, beautiful, and silliest people I have ever encountered. The people of Burma deserve a better world. Is the tide shifting? Will this be a turning point for Burma? I hope so.
Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest has been extended.
The leader of Burma's
democracy movement and a Nobel laureate
, Suu Kyi
was arrested a year and a half ago after her motorcade was attacked
. Many prisoners in Burma
(a.k.a. Myanmar) were recently released, but this is widely seen
as a political ploy
. [More inside]
"Why isn't Burma on Bush's 'Axis of Evil' list?"
A fair question considering the threat to its neighbors from its drugs and weapons trades, its nuclear ambitions, and its continuing horrible treatment of its own people
. And though Aung San Suu Kyi was released
shortly after Kurlantzick's article was written, the junta still has not held substantive talks
with her, but they have continued with their plans to build a nuclear reactor
(perhaps they're looking for a promotion from the measly 'Axis of Occasionally Evil'
Aung San Suu Kyi released.
"My release should not be looked at as a major breakthrough for democracy. For all people in Burma to enjoy basic freedom - that would be the major breakthrough," she said. I know, but it's a start.
Is Aung San Suu Kyi going to be released?
Speculation's mounting that the military government of Myanmar is going to end opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's 18-month house arrest, after a U.N. envoy's trip to the country. Think that'll help, or even happen? (Suu Kyi's a bit of a cause celebre at the moment -- Bono's had her face on a t-shirt and he wrote "Walk On" about her, so you know something's going on...)