Monday, April 28, 2008

Burma Night Train

Take that Burma Night Train
All the way to Mandalay.

Take that Burma Night Train
All the way to Mandalay.

Go find that Nobel Lady!
Go knock on her front gate!

If you want to talk of freedom
turn off your T.V.
If you want to speak of freedom
You had better turn off your T.V.
And if you want to Speak to Freedom...
You'd better talk to Aung San Suu Kyi!

I say Aung...San...Suu...Kyi!
I say Aung.. San...Suu...Kyi!
If you want to Speak to Freedom
You'd better to talk to
Aung San Suu Kyi!

You might take a bus
You might take a plane
You might make it or bust
You might go insane
but we gonna pull that Burma Night Train
all the way to Mandalay!
Go find that Nobel Lady!
Go knock on her front gate!
Knock On Her Front Gate!

Take that Burma Night Train
all the way to Mandalay.
Take that Burma Night Train
all the way to Mandalay.
Go to find that Nobel Lady.
We going to knock on her Front Gate!

'Please use your liberty to promote ours"
Kyay Zoo Pyu Pea .... Koo NyiBar
Kyay Zoo Tin Bar Dae
Om Mani Padme Hum

By Bruce Biles (c) 2007
Update 5/30-Due to rather quick interest in this song, I would like to offer it to be copied non-profit by anyone who would do the honor of keeping the music "in the pocket" and true to its composition, to spread and share and perhaps motivate the world to go to Mandalay, find Aung San Suu Kyi
--and Knock On Her Front Gate.
Any "profits" gained by my application of the copyrights will go
from me to Aung San Suu Kyi and any group promoted on the Burma News Ladder, founded by James Boyce--and without which I would have never been introduced to and hence fallen completely in love with the people of Burma.
It is to their joy,
To Freedom For Aung San Suu Kyi,
that I wrote and dedicate this song.
Please feel free to email me from profile.
Thank you,
Bruce Biles

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Al Gore: Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma Needs You Now

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Dear Albert Gore,
Congratulations on being awarded such a high honor!

Can you now join President Carter and call on all other Nobel Peace Prize laureates to gather together in Burma and demand en mass to meet with imprisoned fellow laureate Aung San Suu Kyi?

You must be prepared to remain in Burma until she is released from house arrest, the monks are released from prison, the people are free to assemble and Democracy is restored.

This is a situation which surely requires direct and timely action from the Nobel Peace Prize community.
We must be able to respond faster than this or we will forever be on the defensive against such oppression.

You guys have the world watching and need to strike now.
I know that you must have each others telephone numbers.

Aside from her years under house arrest and in prison, as a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is under intense pressure by the brutal junta to meet with them under their conditions, and therefore legitimize their massacre of the people and monks. The junta continues to spin and deny this heinous assault on human rights with rallies, propaganda and expensive PR.

What is the point of having the Peace Prize if you cannot come to the aid of a fellow laureate who is imprisoned simply for being democratically elected?

If this illegal junta can get away with this then why can't any other regime imprison any one of you any time, any place they want for however long they want, as evidenced with
Aung San Suu Kyi?
If you don't believe me then go and ask Than Shwe and the other criminals raping the land and people of Burma.
Demand a meeting with your fellow Nobel Laureate. Now.

Please gather together all of you Nobel Laureates and go to Burma and support Aung San Suu Kyi and Democracy in Burma.
You must demand justice for the people there, before we have to demand justice for all of you over here.

I don't mean to sound flippant but if you guy's can't stand up to this now, then we are all truly lost

Please go to Mandalay. Find the Nobel Lady.
And knock on her front gate!

Thank you again for your hard work,
om mani padme hum,
écrasez l'infâme!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Thirst for power on the Mekong

In searching for articles to post on the Burma News Ladder
I discovered this piece of a few years ago, which had been reposted on the blog linked below. Such an expose on the Mekong River further illustrates Burma's place as a lynchpin of China's foriegn policy.
What is more I found yet another thread to the tapestry of commerce covering the people of Burma.

By Lynne O’Donnell

Since colonising Tibet in 1959, China has ripped out virgin forests, dug up minerals and metals, and dumped nuclear waste with little regard for the fragile ecology of the Tibetan plateau. To date, warnings from Tibetans and their advocates abroad about the damage caused by half a century of unchecked exploitation have so far been largely unheeded by the international community, but the latest stage of China’s development is set to end the silence the Chinese Communist Party has interpreted as global approval for its quest for wealth and power.

There’s not much left in Qinghai these days. Gone are the roaming herds of Tibetan antelope, white-lipped deer, Mongolian gazelle, wild oxen and donkeys. Deep craters scar the earth, which is no longer a lush carpet of grass and wildflowers. Few birds wing across the deep blue sky and any water that is left in the mostly dried-up river beds is black and deadly. There are hardly any people here, apart from a few poachers on motorcycles who slaughter the remnants of the once- great herds of Tibetan antelope, or chiru, for the fine fur that makes illegal shahtoosh shawls for the graceful necks of the fashionable demi-monde. Springs that used to refresh nomads and their herds of sheep, goats, yaks and horses have disappeared, grassland has been replaced by rocky desert, mountainsides have collapsed and the surface of the arid earth is pockmarked with abandoned excavation sites.

Indeed, large swathes of Qinghai, which have been part of China’s far south- west since an armed invasion in 1959, look like the moon. This is the obscene legacy of China’s modern gold rush on one of the most sensitive and important environments on earth – the Tibetan plateau, where 10 of the great rivers of Asia begin their journey through 11 countries. Those rivers – Mekong, Indus, Brahmaputra, Salween, Karnali, Sutlej, Arun, Manas, Yangtse and Yellow – provide water for more than 85 per cent of Asia’s people and almost 50 per cent of the world’s population. The Dalai Lama said in a speech marking the turn of the millennium, ‘Thus, the health of Tibet’s environment is not an inconsequential regional issue; it has a huge global significance warranting international attention.’

Please Read More Here

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Pulitzers in Journalism --

Japanese photo journalist Kenji Nagai as he lay dying -- Sept 25, 2007.

"The prize for breaking news photography went to Adrees Latif of Reuters for his photograph of a Japanese videographer who was fatally wounded in a street protest in

Editor asks~How about a posthumous Pulitzer for Kenji Nagai?

Hat Tip and Thank you to~Kyi May Kaung