Letters to the Editor — October, 2010
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Letters to the Editor — October, 2010

By THE IRRAWADDY Thursday, October 14, 2010

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George Than Setkyar Heine

Friday, February 6, 2009

Living in the Dark Ages

Regarding the article, "Burmese PM’s Daughter Camera Shy on Her Wedding Day" [February 5, 2009; URL: ttp://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15067]:

The outrageous excesses, massive human rights transgressions and the violence committed on a daily basis on its own people by this junta, supported implacably by the smiling Chinese government (and all governments and individuals who do business in Burma), is medieval in all human aspects. It is essential that all good people in the world collectively say "No," and speak up now, for all these places including Tibet, Darfur, East Turkestan and Zimbabwe, as we need every ounce of energy to prevent a major human catastrophe. What century are these archaic people—thugs in every respect—living in? Their quiet and calculating supporters are the worst.

Kerry Wright

Check Your Rakhine History

Regarding the article, "Rohingya Face More Hardships at Home, Abroad" [February 2, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15046]:

A Rakhine historian cannot judge the faith of the Rohingya. The so-called historians, who have their degrees, masters and doctorates under the guidelines of the Burmese junta, cannot claim to be perfect historians. They should study more classes in or outside Burma.

Aung Zaw Oo

No to Zionism

Regarding the article, "Malaysian Muslims to Boycott Coca-Cola" [January 7, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=14883]:
As a Muslim, I congratulate your activist stance against Israel.


Gambari's Lip Service

Regarding the article, "A Failed Mission" [February 4, 2009;
URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15058]:
What do you expect from the Nigerian ambassador? You try not to solve your own affairs, but hope that a Nigerian god will solve a century-long problem. Wake up! Start national reconciliation, if you cannot take up arms. FYI, not only Burmese, but all races need to receive freedom after the struggle. Nobody wants to die for lip service, as has happened from U Nu to the current leaders. They want real equality and freedom.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Shan Drug Trafficking

Regarding the article, “Prominent Businessman’s Associates Arrested in Drug Raids” [February 3, 2009; http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15052]:

The SSA are living on the opium trade and methamphetamines production. The chief of the SSA says his army and aspects are anti-drugs and that they collaborate with the international ban on all narcotic drugs production and distribution in the world. But the SSA exist and take refuge in the sale of drugs to Thailand and the rest of the world.

Minority Reports

Kachin Unite!

Regarding the article, “Kachin Independence Army Celebrates Anniversary” [February 4, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15059]:

Dear KIA colleagues, my comment is to recommend that you should unite into one group and that the chief of the Kachin should be Gori Zau Seng or Dr Tu Ja. Otherwise the Kachin revolution can't be achieved. 

Aik Long Khammwe

Perils of the Pipeline

China's National Petroleum Corporation announced last month it will build a US $3 billion 900-mile gas-oil pipeline(s) across Burma in early 2009. It is for transporting gas and oil from offshore Burmese wells in the Bay of Bengal to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in southwest China, a landlocked province which has missed much of the economic boom enjoyed by the other fortunate Chinese regions. This pipeline(s) is to transport gas and oil from the offshore wells of Burma in the Bay of Bengal, as well as those coming from the Middle East and Africa. This route will bypass the risky 1,114 mile, one-week long voyage through the Malacca Straits. It is a very wise grand plan by China to feed the energy supply to its industries and keep up a healthy economic growth. Myanmar [Burma] as a partner will enjoy a minor share of its income arising from the sales of its natural resources, and the pipeline running across it, may be for 30-60 years, till the natural resources are depleted. If everything runs well and smooth, it will enhance the economy of both China and Myanmar.

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