Out there, in the global village of Burma

I often refer to this blog sphere as the “neighborhood” and you, as my blog neighbors. I rarely, virtually never, write about politics here but not because I’m not interested or don’t care- it’s just not my forte. While I’m not going to change that now, I will suggest a chain of links that might (let me say, should) interest you. This situation is an affront to humanity. Yes, yes, there are many but this one, spearheaded by the State Peace and Development Council (a euphemism if ever there was) is stunning in audacity as it violates human values at their very core.

Go here for a brief, informative and factual overview. Visit one of your global blog neighbors here to see what happens when you support a democratic government for a country where the very culture is historically founded on peace and charity.

In ever so closely related news, I recently heard an animated conversation about the Chinese and someone referred to their “cowboy” attitude of the past decade, gearing up as a front runner in world economics with a wild west, anything goes, cavalier air where they don’t need to conform to the same rules and regulations as the rest of us. At what point does “cowboy” become “outlaw”? As it pertains to their upcoming status as host to the world for the 2008 Olympics, what will it take for us to return the RSVP, “declined, without regrets”? It’s entirely possible they won’t be able to fill the swimming pool, in any case.

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5 responses to “Out there, in the global village of Burma

  1. Enjoyed the dip into politics, as is no surprise to you, huh. This is a tragic time, more so than normally for the Burmese people. I am working on a post about the series of events from the past few days.

    My husband has travelled to China many times for business reasons. He comes back with tales that would make you shake your head at the complexities of the country. I think if Americans travel there for the Olympics, they will be quite surprised at what they see, especially in Beijing.

  2. Like you, I don’t write about politics on my blog much, maybe because so many people out there can do a much better job of it. But I’m watching this unfold, and it’s amazing.

  3. Quiet courage is inspirational.

  4. 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!“.

    http://www.free-burma.org

  5. Thank you, Vicki, for dipping your toe into the political pool for this cause.

    Having spent a bit of time sitting in a zendo in the cities and experiencing just a bit of time studying with students with the large hearts of peace, I cannot fathom what is happening in Burma. War always confuses my brain in a big way, but when this kind of violence touches some of the most centered and peaceful people…

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