Letters to the Editor — November, 2010
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Letters to the Editor — November, 2010

By THE IRRAWADDY Monday, November 1, 2010

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When Bangladesh was established, not so long ago, people from Bangladesh encroached on Arakan soil and lived in Arakan territory, due to the country's much undeveloped and poor state. They made their way into Arakan where there are vast areas of land on which they could at least eke out a living as the Arakanese could not wholly make their vast territory worthwhile for themselves, even due to the incompetent rule of the Burmese military from 1962 until today. Decades passed and the Bangladesh population grew alarmingly (having at least four wives to call one's own). Then after many decades, the Bangladeshi migrants make their presence known and started calling the land of the Arakanese their own and Burma their country. This is true and undeniable and everyone in Burma knows it.

George Than Setkyar Heine

Under China’s Protection

Regarding the cartoon, “You Can Talk Till You Drop ...” [February 6, 2009;
URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15070]:

The West and the UN can't leverage anything as long as the regional power China is protecting the junta.


Daily Rations

Regarding the article, “Surviving on a Little Hope and 4 US Cents a Day” [February 6, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15076]:

It's still not much to live on per day, but 12 baht is closer to 30 US cents, not 4 cents. When my wife was growing up in northern Thailand, a Thai person could live on 12 baht per day for food, as she did regularly. I surely feel for these people. Even the poorest people in America don't have to suffer these kinds of conditions.


Dream on!

Regarding the article, “Beware of the Burmese Dream!” [January 29, 2009;
URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15026]:

I am Burmese-American and this is the best Obama joke I have read so far. It seems as if one is dreaming of becoming Than Shwe, without knowing who he really is.

rabin bharadwaja

Mahatir the Magnificent

Regarding the article, “Malaysian Muslims to Boycott Coca-Cola” [January 7, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=14883]:

I wish Dr Mahatir could go around all the Muslim counties and wake the people up and make their leaders take similar action. We need more leaders like him, Tayyip Ardogan and Ahmedinejad.

Rabia Hyat Khan

United in Our Dream

Regarding the article, “The Battle of Insein Never Really Ended” [February 9, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15080]:

Very nice story. It makes me recall memories. Many soldiers from different regions (including non-Burmese) helped the govt protect Rangoon. What did they get? Finally they were systematically destroyed by the govt. How stupid. Now they all know how the junta is (before and now), and why the Karen are fighting for justice and freedom. During that time, there were a lot of educated Karen people. They knew what would happen. But, until now we can’t get unity among the Karen, opposition groups and the other different races. It will still be too far from our dreams. However, one day, if we are united, our dream will come true, surely.


Battle of Insein Revisited

Regarding the article, “The Battle of Insein Never Really Ended” [February 9, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15080]:

When Insein was occupied by the KNDO, they were confronted by: (1) hastily trained students from Myoma High School, the University of Rangoon, Faculty of Medicine; (2) Communist and PVO troops; (3) Burmese navy, Burmese Air Force with Oxford Trainers and fire extinguisher bombs. The Chin troops commanded by Brig Blake arrived a few days later and started the offensive against the KNDO. The Burmese Navy also shelled Insein from the Hlaing River. When the Burma Rifles arrived, the offensive was well on its way.

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