Aung San Suu Kyi Released!!!

From CNN

Myanmar’s ruling military junta released democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest Saturday to a throng supporters trying to reach out and shake her hand.

“I’m very happy to see you all again,” she told the crowd gathered near her lakeside home in Yangon.

More supporters waited at the headquarters of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest for her dogged opposition to authoritarian military rule in the nation formerly known as Burma.

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Suu Kyi Is Actually Going To Be Released?

Ed. Note: I smell another farse in the works here. Yes, maybe she’ll be released, but the junta in Burma is surely watching, and waiting, for her to stand up again. Soon as that happens, it’s back to house arrest, or worse, in a state run prison.

From NPR

An ally of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said an order for her release has been signed by Myanmar’s ruling generals, as hundreds of supporters gathered Friday at her political party headquarters and near her residence in anticipation.

Suu Kyi’s house arrest officially ends Saturday, but rumors swept Yangon that she might be freed as early as Friday. Riot police with assault rifles were seen near Suu Kyi’s house as about 200 supporters gathered at a nearby barbed-wire barricade.

Jailed or under house arrest for more than 15 of the last 21 years, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has become a symbol for a struggle to rid the Southeast Asian country of decades of military rule.

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64 Words for Aung San Suu Kyi

I took a moment to write my 64 words in support of Aung San Suu Kyi, you should too!

The Lady once said “Please use your liberty to promote ours.” It’s time the world use that very liberty she spoke of to free Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma, enough is enough. Her non-violent struggle is awe inspiring and reminiscent of greats such as Gandhi and MLK. We owe her this moment and much more. Free Aung San Suu Kyi.

Plan offers aid to free Burma’s prisoners

From The Washington Post

The United Nations has embarked on a strategy to entice Burma’s generals to free more than 2000 political prisoners, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, by offering them more development money.

According to senior UN officials, special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has proposed that nations offer Burma financial incentives to free the prisoners and to open the country to democratic change. In the months ahead, the UN leadership will press the Barack Obama’s administration to relax US policy on Burma to open the door to a return of international financial institutions, including the World Bank.

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UN Role “Not Enough”: Ban

From The Irrawaddy

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday his direct involvement was “not enough” to resolve the current political stalemate in Burma and all its neighbors must play a more assertive role.

“My good offices should not be seen as an end in itself, or as a justification for inaction,” he told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York. “In order to be able to pursue this role in an effective manner, it is necessary for all concerned parties across the spectrum to step up efforts to help my good offices move forward.”

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Sole Myanmar protester demands activists’ release

From The Associated Press

A lone demonstrator staged a silent protest in front of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party headquarters Saturday demanding the military government free all student activists as the country celebrated its National Day.

The holiday commemorates a boycott by Yangon University students 88 years ago in defiance of British colonial rule, a protest that inspired Myanmar’s independence movement.

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International Condemnation of Harsh Prison Sentences

From Irrawaddy

The United Nations and the United States strongly condemned Burma’s military regime on Wednesday for imposing prison sentences of up to 65 years on 39 pro-democracy activists early this week, and urged the junta to immediately release all political prisoners.

“The secretary-general is deeply concerned by recent reports of sentences and severe prison terms imposed in connection with the peaceful demonstrations of last year in Myanmar [Burma],” said Marie Okabe, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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Is Burma Ready for Change?

From The Irrawaddy

Thanks to Barack Obama’s sweeping electoral victory on Tuesday, “change” has suddenly become a word that forcefully evokes the hopes of people around the world. President-elect Obama ran on a platform of change, and as the first African-American to win the US presidency, he embodies it like no other American leader before him.

Of course, change is not always seen as a positive thing. At a time when the world is already undergoing many dramatic upheavals—from seismic shifts in the global financial system to a rapidly warming planet—Obama’s message of change brings not only hope, but also a degree of concern about the uncertainties of the future.

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Monk Escapes from Lantalang Prison

From The Irrawaddy

A 28-year-old Burmese Buddhist monk, Ashin Pannasiri, has successfully escaped from Lantalang Prison in Chin State and arrived in Delhi, India, after 13 days.

Ashin Pannasiri said he climbed over two barbwire fences at about 1 am on September 16, when two security guards slept.

“When I climbed the posts, my hands and legs were scraped by barbwire. It was very painful, but I didn’t care about that,” he said. “I only cared about my life.”

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