September 24, 2007

Some are calling it the Saffron Revolution

At least The Times is. But, if 1988 is anything to go by it’s still far too early to call. I’ve been watching the numbers go up over the last two days; 10,000, 20,000, 30,000, 50,000 and today 100,000. Them be the number of protesters, both monks and non-monks, on the streets and in the […]

September 21, 2007

Burmese days

Unlike the uprisings in 1988 beyond shutting the internet down, collecting every camera and every mobile phone in the country, the Burmese authorities know that if things kick off the chances are someone somewhere will capture events and upload them to YouTube, Flickr or a blog. In 1988 there was none of that. Eyewitnesses said […]

September 18, 2007

Burma mapping the protests

Rather annoyingly my ISP appears to have blocked this protest map of Burma via fifty viss, but I understand it is really, very good. With news like what I’ve just pasted here below just in, the map editors will be busy today, Military officials in Burma have used tear gas to disperse hundreds of monks […]

August 18, 2007

Perfect Hostage

Nearly two decades ago, the people of Burma came within reach of achieving the kind of “velvet revolution” that brought freedom and democracy to eastern Europe. The student uprising of August 1988 failed to rid Burma of the generals. Today, the country remains under military control, and its adored opposition leader, the Nobel laureate Aung […]