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http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/09/28/myanmar.dissidents/index.html#cnnSTCText

I just heard about this I dont know if anyone else did. but, they just cut the internet for this city and I like to commend the ppl that are working to bring this issues to up front

I wont post the bloggers website but the have a caption of it in the article, I really think this is sad and should stop

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The people that are risking their lives to get information and pictures out of the country for the rest of the world to understand what's going on are extremely brave. Nothing will ever be done to stop the violence going on if people can turn a blind eye and pretend nothing bad is happening.

It's hard to imagine living in a place where they don't even bother to pay lip service to citizens rights to freedom of speech and information.

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So much of this happens around the world, as well. Aung San Suu Kyi is a woman that lives there who is under house arrest, she won the Noble Peace Prize for pro-democracy efforts over there. She's pretty amazing.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aung_San_Suu_Kyi

We were talking about her and the situation in my Social Problems class this week.

It's interesting because the USA has business relations over there and of course, they are promoting democracy over there. But it would be interesting if the people stood up, got the corporations to leave (same type of situation in the 1960s in Indonesia) and to see the USA lose all it's financial entities over there.

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i'm the social worker for refugees entering canadian high schools in my city. quite a few of the teenagers i work with are karen, from refugee camps around in the myanmar area. they aren't just fleeing violence and persecution, they were most likely born and raised in it. it is all they have known. the conditions they report having lived in would make you cry. it is very heartbreaking work, the hardest i've done in my career so far. it is also extremely rewarding. i feel very lucky to be the person standing there, smiling at them, when they finally get to a place that is safe and secure.

i think we all need to look beyond our own worlds once in a while. the story of myanmar is hardly unusual, although i'm happy that a blogger could bring such attention to it.

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Thanks for doing that kaya. That's really amazing of you :)

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Burma is another name for Myanmar. You can read about the name change, and choices to refer to the country as one or the other here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_Burma/Myanmar

For those with blogs and livejournals ect:

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

International 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!“

Remember, it will take a whole lot more than just putting up a post with the graphic and the text free Burma. You can sign this petition from Amnesty International

1 - Write to your elected official - they will respond if enough people contact them.

2 - Email the companies that still operate in Burma, their email addresses are listed here http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=24957770200&topic=3071

3 - Sign up for the petition!

•http://www.uscampaignforburma.org/action/action.html
•http://www.petitiononline.com/BUR_2007/petition.html
•http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/h.php/?cl=20589575