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The Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, explores what freedom means in the first of the 2011 Reith Lecture series, ‘Securing Freedom’.

Reflecting on her own experience under house arrest in Burma, she explores the universal human aspiration to be free and the spirit which drives people to dissent. She also comments on the Arab Spring, comparing the event that triggered last December’s revolution in Tunisia with the death of a student during a protest in Burma in 1988.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Second Reith Lecture Transcript-Dissidents

Burmese government decides to go to war against KIO

Reliable sources at Naypyitaw, the new capital of Burma, said the new military-backed Burmese government has decided to go to war with the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), which is demanding self-determination.

Those sources said the decision was made last week and the KIO was labeled the “government’s main domestic enemy.” They said the war will begin soon.

Until now, the decision was not publicly announced in the state-controlled papers and no preparations have been made by the Burmese Army in the areas near the KIO territories in Kachin State and Shan State, KIO sources said.

kia_military_trainingMarch 11, 2011: The graduation of short military training was celebrated at Seng Ra, the military base of the KIA’s battalion 6 in Hpakant jade mining township, western Kachin State.

The announcement followed the regime’s labeling of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the armed-wing of KIO as “Insurgents”, on October 15, last year.

The accusation was rejected by James Lum Dau, Deputy Foreign Affairs Officer for the KIO based in Bangkok, Thailand. He said the KIO is seeking a permanent peace in the whole country and it is also trying to reestablish the “Panglong Spirit” in the country.  Continue reading “Burmese government decides to go to war against KIO”

“When her deputy U Tin Oo was released in February, he was released at 8:30 p.m. So we are waiting her release now,”

  • Supporters Return Home, but the Media Still Waits

    Dozens of supporters of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi have returned home after waiting all day for her release on Friday. But local and foreign journalists are still waiting near her lakeside house on University Avenue, hoping she will be released on Friday evening. “When her deputy U Tin Oo was released in February, he was released at 8:30 p.m. So we are waiting her release now,” said a Rangoon journalist.Published Friday, 12 November, 2010

  • Crowd Still Waiting for Suu Kyi’s Release

    More than 200 journalists, diplomats and supporters continue to wait near the home of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in anticipation of her release from house arrest, which could come as soon as this evening. However, witnesses said that her deputy Tin Oo told the crowd that she is more likely to be released on Saturday morning.