Declan McCullagh on Tue, 29 Jul 1997 06:53:59 +0200 (MET DST)

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Re: <nettime> Blaming Soros, the Burmese currency crisis

I visited Burma a few months ago. My report is at:

   Linkname: Our Man in Burma

I, too, shed no tears for SLORC, the brutal ruling military junta. I
narrowly escaped being arrested a few times. It's precisely because of the
repressive military rule that the country is one of the 10 poorest in the
world, even though it enjoys rich natural resources.


On Mon, 28 Jul 1997, MediaFilter wrote:

> Before you cry for the military thugs who enslave burma,
> or further demonize George Soros for his sleazy capitalist
> games, get the background on Burma:
>         For 34 years the people of Burma have been ruled by a military junta as
>         tyrannical and secretive as any in the modern era. Now, desperate for
>         hard currency, the country's dictators are at pains to establish Burma
>         as a vacation paradise. Posing as a travel consultant, John Pilger
>         penetrated beyond this new tourist trail to uncover a nightmare
> world of
>         intimidation, forced displacement, and slavery.
>         The Burmese Gulag
>         by John Pilger from Issue 58, CovertAction Quarterly

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