Burma: Will US President Barack Obama be a Liberator or Colonizer?
With news President Barack Obama is headed to Burma the Burmese ask, “Will Barack Obama be a liberator or continue to ignore the genocide being committed in Kachin State?” The crisis in Rakhine State has gotten all the media attention with a tumultuous global response while Burma’s secret war in Kachin State has received little attention at all. Thein Sein’s government continues to grab land from citizens and farmers to accommodate western development interests. Will Obama address this atrocity as well? Don’t forget the over 600 political prisoners Than Shwe continues to torture in secret in an effort to break their spirits and their will.
According to sources within Burma and the US, they confirm the only real change in Burma was the introduction of more western corporations and the sugar coating of major corporations that continued to conduct business throughout the 60 years since the assassination of Aung San. In fact western interests have made trillions of dollars, lining the pockets of the hopelessly corrupt Tatmadaw while stripping Burma of her natural resources. The UN turned their heads as Asian corporations continued to raid Burma’s resources during the sham sanctions they imposed.
Can Barack Obama pick up the ball where Hillary Clinton dropped it with regard to the year and a half war in Kachin State? It will be a daunting task. If the truth be known, she was more a representative of western mining companies. There is no question they want access to resource rich Kachinland and they have everything to gain if and when the Burmese government succeeds in their eugenics program. Is this why Hillary turned a deaf ear to the cries of the Jinghpaw people of Kachin State?
Genocide is genocide and the Tatmadaw has stepped up their war efforts while the western media ignored this reality. Ironically the western media is ‘in bed’ with global mining interests who are clamoring at the bit to mine Kachinland into oblivion much like they have in Africa and the America’s, with impunity I might add. Surely you know about all the tribal chefs and activists who continue to be murdered throughout Central and South America for their protesting of the lost of land to make way for mines.
Land grabs continue throughout Burma as the government appeases western interests and people are protesting the loss of their livelihoods and tradition land. The western media is asleep at the wheel only purporting wonderful and fantastic change within Burma. Tell that to the farmers who lost their fields or the villagers who continue to lose their communities as dams spring up around the nation. The reality is, Burma is at another crossroads and civil unrest is fast becoming the next crisis that will spread like a cancer. One Burmese activist calls what is happening within Burma as ‘Re-colonization’. Others call it; ‘Just more of the same’ since repression is still at an all time high and people continue to disappear, but not in the western media’s eye. I call it ‘Burma’s Manifest Destiny’
Hillary was a failure as secretary of state but a success in the eyes of corporate cartels. She is puling out of US politics leaving America horribly foreshortened diplomatically speaking. In her wake she leaves the USA hated around the world for her continued support of corporate interests while leaving the cause of humanity in the diplomatic dumpster. Small wonder pro democracy advocates in the Mid-East are turning to the reviled Taliban, because we ignored them in their hour of need. Many people in the third world call her the ‘Queen of Death’ because she abandoned the suffering people who once looked to America with hope only to be betrayed and left to fight multinational corporations and their private armies.
Now Barack Obama is poised to visit Burma and people wonder what his position will be with regard to the continued genocide of the Kachin people and the rest of the Burmese ethnic populations that are being displaced for western development interests. Is Obama a friend or foe to the people of Burma? Will Burma be developed strictly for the purpose of garnering cheap slave labor with working conditions like to Foxconn where people work in sweatshop conditions while western corporations reap billions from the suffering of the Chinese people?
Will Obama be able to push aside the billions in corporate dollars he received for his re-election to foster positive change in Burma and stop the continued bloodshed in Kachin or Rakhine State? It is a daunting task by every stretch of the imagination and he will undoubtedly step on the toes of the international corporatist interests who are eager to exploit this beleaguered nation for cheap labor and it’s bounty of natural resources including but not limited to gold, uranium, rare earth minerals, gas & oil and a host of other resources. Or will Obama be just another Bill Clinton who promised the Haitians help in their hour of need only to rebuild roads to the iron ore mines in Haiti?
My hope is that he steps up to the plate and uses his prowess to stop the continued but veiled tyranny that is Burma’s politics and use his leverage to make positive lasting changes in the lives of all Burmese people. In doing so, he would actually be Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s liberator since she is still in bondage. Maybe Thein Sein’s orders for a ceasefire in Kachinland would be honored by the military. Obama would gain the respect of Asia if he chose to stand for the Kachin and the other ethnic groups who continue to be raped and murdered throughout the country. He would prove to all of Asia that he is not the weak leader they believe. He would also be the answer to the prayers to 60 million Burmese who lived in tyranny for 60 years.
So the question remains; is President Barack Obama Burma’s the great liberator or just another colonizer? Only time will tell but I pray he grasps this moment in world history and makes a stand for justice and the suffering of Burma. The Kachin have already informed me they would do business with the west if they were free to do so. Legitimate enterprise would flourish and Burma would find its place in the global marketplace once again. The eyes of Asia are on Mr. Obama and it will take raw courage to do the right thing. But if he falters and is weak, this diplomatic disaster will resonate throughout all of Asia and it will haunt legitimate western interests in this region for many years to come.
If given the chance I would personally take President Obama and the global mining community directly to the Kachin leadership and other ethnic leadership I have access to so they could plot a course for fruitful development and positive growth. Burma is a wealthy nation, resource wise, and there is no excuse as to why citizens of all ethnic groups were forced into abject poverty. But with proper business planning while addressing the needs of the Burmese people, of all ethnic and religious backgrounds, the land of Alaungpaya would give rise to the second coming of the ‘Konbaung Dynasty’. I know because I am working on a very feasible business plan with my Jinghpaw brother and it would benefit every tribe with in Burma including the Bamar, lock stock and tomahawk.
Take me up on the offer Mr. President, we can make history together. Just land Air Force One at DFW, I’ll grab a clean longyi, a few Tanka Bars and a pack of smokes for the flight, don’t tell Michelle about the smokes though. You know how she gets eh….
I’m forwarding another letter from the Kachin People to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Unfortunately it appears she has betrayed many of her staunchest supporters including the over 600 political prisoners who sacrificed their freedom for her. The Kachin people were excited about her arrival in the US so she could shed light in the genocide being committed in Kachin State by government troops in ‘Burma’s Secret War’. 10′s of thousands of Internally Displaced People also looked with hope to Suu Kyi, now they are screwed, and screwed big time. What happened Aunty Suu? What would your father say? more »
In defence of Suu Kyi, If you paid attention, she never had a chance to see the outside world without a Bilderberg member by her side. She has been courted by globalist thugs even before she was set free. Now she is courted by corporations and mining shills who are eager to exploit Kachinland for rare earth minerals, gold and uranium. Her speeches spew forth globalist crappola as if she were a corporatist rather than the iconic pro democracy advocate she once purported. Apparently she has betrayed everything she once stood for rendering her writings meaningless, at this juncture. Freedom From Fear or Freedom From Facts?
But it is also obvious her words are not hers for her mannerisms indicate a person still in bondage. Her speeches lack fluidity and confidence. I pray ‘Our Suu Kyi’ is still alive’ and only waiting for the right opportunity to make her stand against tyranny that continues to plague Burma. In any event I am forwarding a disheartened letter from my Jinghpaw brothers and sisters in an effort to share the real truth to the outside world and hopefully Suu Kyi.
A Letter From The Kachin People:
In response to your recent public comments in the United States regarding the conflict and human rights violations in Kachin State, Kachin communities world-wide would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit internally displaced people (IDP) forced to live in makeshift camps in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State.
The government of Burma, which you are now an elected member of, broke the 17 year-long ceasefire in June 2011 to annex Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) controlled areas. From this time, the Burmese army has not only launched full-scale war against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) but also committed genocide and other heinous human rights violations deliberately attacking innocent civilians. The direct military actions by the Burmese army in a clear violation of Geneva Conventions have resulted in the forced displacement of 100,000 Kachin civilians to date.
Human rights abuses committed by the Burmese army against our people include rape and gang-rape against women and even children, the elderly and disabled; killing many victims of sexual violence; arbitrary executions; torture; mutilations; beatings; forced labour; mortar bombing and burning of villages; looting of villages and other thefts; and use of child soldiers many of which constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. Given the climate of violence, fear and suffering our people are enduring everyday, it is disheartening not to hear you speaking out against injustice for those who have been forcibly silent, instead you declared you have a soft spot for Tatmadaw that your father founded, the very institution that is responsible for such miseries.
As you and your fellow parliamentary members are well aware, the government of Burma is not providing emergency relief and is refusing to allow the free delivery of humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in direct and open violation of international law. In your position as Chair of the Lower House of Parliament’s Rule of Law Committee you have the power to initiate and the responsibility to minimize the immense suffering of Kachin IDPs that includes women and young children who are suffering from malnutrition and other illnesses without sufficient medical or education facilities.
We Kachin had looked to you to speak out about the abuses being committed against our people at least based on humanitarian grounds as you were once silenced by the same regime and were eventually triumphant by unwavering voices of freedom. If you were to speak out, the international community would listen, all the people of Burma regardless of ethnicity or religion will stand up for the wholesale principles of democracy and human rights. As a renowned champion for human rights, by not condemning the abuses in Kachin State you are not only condoning the state-sanctioned violence, but you exemplified to the masses in the country that the notion of conditional human rights is tolerated.
We are concerned by your comments at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom, June 2012, when you stated that there was a need to establish the facts of the root cause of the Kachin conflict. Further, in your meeting with the Burmese Community in the USA on 22nd September, you stated: “Basically, what is it that I have to strongly condemn? If it is a human rights violation as well as any acts of breaching the rule of law then I will strongly condemn.” You are yet to take a stance on the human rights abuses taking place in Kachin State, your statement, combined with the comments you made at the LSE gives the impression to the people of Burma and international community that you do not believe human rights abuses are taking place.
Many international human rights organisations including Human Rights Watch, and international media including the BBC have reported and verified that heinous abuses are committed against the Kachin population by the Burmese army. In March 2012 the United Nations Special Rapporteur stated he had reports of:
“…attacks against civilian populations, extrajudicial killings, internal displacement, the use of human shields and forced labour, and the confiscation and destruction of property. He has also received reports of gang rapes by army soldiers, although the numbers provided by different sources vary. In the report of the Secretary-General on conflict-related sexual violence, it was noted that as many as 32 women and girls throughout Kachin State were allegedly raped by the military between June and August 2011.”
Given the seriousness of the situation outlined above we invite you to visit Mai Ja Yang, where the majority of the IDPs are taking refuge and protection by the KIO. You will be able to hear directly from the victims about the human rights abuses that have been committed against them. You will see for yourself the suffering caused by the Burmese government’s refusal to allow humanitarian aid into these areas. As you often refer to your father General Aung San in your political speeches, we do hope that you uphold his promise for the Union of Burma where all ethnic people including Burman will be equal. As an elected MP and daughter of General Aung San, talk of “unity” while staying silent on the suffering of the ethnic masses will only polarize the country further.
All of those who believe in the cause of human rights and democracy in our country must work together. We must all make efforts to restore trust, and therefore in the spirit of Panglong we extend this invitation to you. You are now able to travel all over the world and speak openly to large audiences. We request that you also travel to Mai Ja Yang in Kachin State, and witness first-hand what is taking place in Kachin State to advocate for the ordinary citizens who are suffering at the hands of their own government. We have trust in you that you will recognize the urgency and importance of this request and not refuse the invitation.
The undersigned Kachin organizations
1. All Kachin Students and Youth Union (AKSYU)
2. Kachin Canadian Association
3. Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT)
4. Kachin National Organization (KNO)
5. Kachin Association of Australia (KAA)
6. Kachin Centre-Thailand
7. Kachin Refugee Committee- Malaysia (KRC)
8. Kachin National Organization (KNO-Japan)
9. Kachin National Organization (KNO-Denmark)
10. Kachin Christian Fellowship (KCF-Denmark)
11. Kachin National Organization (KNO-USA)
12. Kachin National Organization (KNO-United Kingdom)
13. Kachin National Organization (KNO-India)
14. Kachin National Organization (KNO-Malaysia)
15. Kachin National Organization (KNO-Australia)
16. Kachin Community in United Kingdom
17. Kachin Community in Sweden (KCS
18. Kachin Community in Netherlands (KCNL
19. Kachin Association Norway
20. Kachin Alliance (USA)
21. Pan Kachin Development Society (PKDS
22. Queensland Kachin Community
23. Singapore Kachin Community
For more information, please contact:
· Gumsan (USA), 001 ( )443 415 8683
· Dr. Nawmai Maran (USA), 001 ( ) 402 990 2553
· Naw San (Thailand), +66 (0) 848119594
· Moon Nay Li (Thailand), +66 (0) 856251912
· Hkahpa Tu Sadan (UK), Mobile: +44 (0) 7538 258961
Buffalohair: Burma: Where Western Aid for Kachin IDPs is NOT Going, A Pictorial Journey
Burma: Where Western Aid for Kachin IDP’s is NOT Going, A Pictorial Journey
America Christian Organizations are sending millions of dollars in aid to the beleaguered Kachin Internally Displaced People. You’d think all is looking up but unfortunately this is not the case according to my Jinghpaw brother La Seng Labya who just returned from Kachinland. Apparently these well meaning organizations are sending aid that is simply not getting to the people in dire need. Rather than speculate where the money is actually going I’ve compiled a few pictures to show you where the aid is NOT going.
Reverend La Seng Labya is a Baptist minister from Fort Worth-Texas and cares deeply for his brothers and sisters in Burma. He is a true philanthropist and made the pilgrimage to Kachinland many times with humanitarian aid he personally gathered with the help of the DFW Kachin Baptist Church, Oakland Burmese Mission Baptist Church, Chin Revival Church, Arizona Kachin Christian Fellowship, Smiley Dental Group and fellow Christian Brothers and Sisters back in the US in an effort to ease the suffering. He also hand delivered the aid to insure it got to the people in dire need. Truly nonpolitical his only real concern is for their physical & spiritual needs. The photos are just a brief pictorial journey into the lives of the suffering of Kachinland who are just not being served by well intending organizations in the US.
Refugee center along the China/Burma border are hard pressed for resources and if it were not for the Chinese population in the region they would surely die of starvation. It should be noted the Chinese people are also hard pressed for resources because of the on going conflict but they give what they can to help the Kachin people in spite of their condition.The Chinese have shown themselves to be humanitarians in their own right.
Thousands of Kachin IDP’s have survived insurmountable odds to arrive in what was perceived as sanctuary but in actuality this may be their final death nill as the brutal winter months approach. Humanitarian aid is only a word for many IDPs and the struggle to survive continues and death awaits the weak, the young and the elderly.The plight of the refugee is equally dire for the only difference between them and the IDP is the fact they are on the Chinese side of the border.
Though the IDP and refugees are protected from enemy troops and human traffickers they are totally at the whim of nature and the elements.
As La Seng described what he had witnessed just a few weeks ago I knew in my heart he was totally overwhelmed by what he saw. The emotion in his voice and body language foretold a man who was grief stricken by the fetid conditions his people were being subjected to. I also felt his determination to ease their pain and suffering. La Seng is a man driven and he truly believes he can make a difference in the lives these human beings. I must admit that I was moved deeply as well for I only showed you the tip of the ice berg in this epic human drama.
Pictures speak louder than words and for the most part I am speechless.
I can only ponder how many people will survive the monsoon season only to face the harsh winters this region is noted for.
The established centers are severly overcrowded but there are a few more amenities such as a chapels, learning centers, proximity to medical assistance but they are also a better target for enemy troops who’ve shelled centers along the border indiscriminately over the last year.With what assistance was available more shelters were build but without further aid some projects were canceled in favor of more basic needs such as food and medical supplies.
There are many more photos but they all tell the same tale of grief and human suffering. The lack of support from the outside world has left an indelible mark on my soul as well as La Seng’s. There is no question critically needed aid never arrived in some of the neediest places on earth. The only thing that keeps them going is their faith and they have services every day, 3 times a day in part to keep their souls filled with hope and to give their spirits some solace in spite of their plight.
Though it would appear they have been neglected or ignored they are not bitter nor do they hold any anger to the outside agencies. It is said they believe the outside world simply does not know the real score and how things are or are not done. With this in mind I made this little pictorial so outside agencies are made aware of their situation. Hopefully aid will finally be pointed in the direction of the people who truly are in need of the critical supplies they need to sustain life. With winter just around the corner time is a critical factor. Reverend La Seng Labya is planning another trip and I urge people and agencies to contact him if they want to help these innocent people.
This was La Seng’s itinerary the last trip he took;
1. July 17-22, 2012: Laiza, Kachin State: Jeyang, Hpum Lum Yang IDP Camps and Churches, China-Burma Border.
2. July 23-24, 2012: Mai Ja Yang, Kachin state: IDP Camps, NGO office, School and Institution, Kachin-Burma Border.
3. July 25-26, 2012: Yingjang, Yunan, China: Meeting and Bible Semiar at Hpyingyang Chinese Baptist Church, Yunan, China.
4. July 27-28, 2012: Mangshi, Yunan, China-Meeting and visitation.
5. July 16, 28, 2012: Kunming, Yunan, China.
For more information on how you can help the IDP & Refugees from Kachin State I urge you to contact La Seng directly for more details. There is no question you will be saving lives and your donations will be hand delivered to the people who need it most of all.
DFW Kachin Baptist Church DFW Kachin Baptist Church
On August 1, 2012 in the tiny village of *Yi Hku in Pangsai (Kyokok) town, Northern Shan State, the mutilated body of a Kachin man, Galau Bawm Yaw, 26, was eulogized by his family and friends. He was tortured to death then tossed into a shallow grave. His body was almost unrecognizable and bore the marks of extensive torture from ghoulishly barbaric handlers, the Burmese Army. And Hillary Clinton celibates the lifting of sanctions, surely she is the Queen of Death.
Hillary Next To The Decomposing Body of Kachin Galau Bawn Yaw
Why are sanctions being lifted in the first place? Maybe it’s because of the ceasefire agreement Burma recently signed with the Shan Army. That would have been something to celibate but unfortunately that agreement was as worthless as the paper it was written on since the Burmese Army continues to rain death and destruction on the **Shan people. But it did make good press for the western media as US politicians like Senator Jim Webb promoted the lifting of sanctions on behalf of corporate interests. What’s a few murdered minorities anyway? It’s all about the money.
Unfortunately it’s the American taxpayer that will bare the burden of responsibility for the misconduct of their politicians. Hillary Clinton will have spilled the blood of innocent Kachin people onto the hands of US citizens but it will not be the first time. Chinese goods are contaminated with the blood of innocent slaves and indentured workers that made Bill ‘GMO’ Gates and other corporate vermin wealthy beyond words. Fortunately their curse will be a personal one. But Hillary made sure to share the shame with the American people for the sake of vested mining interests from both Canada and the US. South America and Africa are examples of this wicked agenda of death for resources. But we will pay a price for our stupidity, there is no question.
Corporations are eager to mine Kachinland for all the natural resources it possesses. We-the-people will bare the brunt of hatred by the innocent while corporate thugs reap the wealth of a stolen land whence those pesky Kachin’s are finally killed off. Now ironic the Kachin claim the Red Indian as their decendants and now suffer at the hands of the dencendants of those who tried to kill the Red Indian off. The media by and large also share in the blame for ignoring the cries of the innocent. But as we all should now by now, the mainstream media is only the mouthpieces of the corporations who ultimately own them. Greed will march forward in spite of public outcries to the contrary but their days are numbered. After all, this is the time of change and even though the innocent people of Kachin and Shanland are being ignored there cries are being heard.
For my Kachin brothers and sisters I offer them hope and to retain their absolute faith for change is coming and man is powerless to stop the inevitable. As the ole saying goes, “What comes around, goes around”. One day Than Shwe and all his global allies who follow a false prophet will suffer in ways we could not have ever imagined. It was prophesied that man and his greed would seek world domination but this push would actually be their death nil since it is the beginning of their end. The Kachin will prevail where man has failed even in the darkest days and those who tried to destroy her would live in infamy, if they survived. If only I could tell all that I ‘see’. But why ruin the surprise.
In my tribe it is said; ‘The top will become the bottom and the bottom will become the top” in Kachin ideological principles it is said; ‘The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth’. But this is only a microcosm for all of humanity will rise out of the ashes of greed & tyranny and there is nothing man and his false prophets can do to stop it. The sacred beings of the elitists will betray their fetid earthly followers, their empire will crumble before their very eyes for that is their destiny. Retribution draws near and it will not be easy but the good will survive as prophesied in dogmas throughout the universe. That is the true destiny of humanity contrary to global aspirations of the greedy.
My prayers are to the family of Galau Bawm Yaw for they are the ones who suffer his passing. But rest assured he is in a place of great beauty and will be waiting for his relations whence they take their journey.
Don’t get too excited about the lifting of sanctions in Burma. Western and Asian corporations have been in Burma for decades with the blessings of the United Nations and Countries of the free world. As criminal puke Ban k-moon plays up the lifting of sanctions he failed to mention all the existing corporations who continued to violate sanctions for decades. Now this bogus Than Shwe and the IMF developed is inviting investors to Burma. The reality is, they are sugarcoating corporations who are already there. Some have been there for decades. I am providing you a very short list of these criminal corporations. Thein Sein is only a front man for Than Shwe, so get over it stupid!
Daewoo International of South Korea
Along with gas exploration they also have numerous other enterprises. Take a long hard look at the shelves of any store. You will find TV’s, Radio’s, DVD Players, Cars and trucks. One strange bedfellow just happens to be General Motors. Fact is, Daewoo of South Korea is well entrenched with the Burmese Military Junta and have gleaned quite a handsome profit from this nation. And of course, they are invested in Burma’s gas fields.
“[These] are all long-time investments. They can’t be easily changed because of domestic issues. Politics is politics. Economics is economics.”
Chevron Texaco of the United States
Including Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem), GS Caltex and Mrs. Beasley Cookie Company. They are invested heavily in Burma’s gas fields. With record breaking profits every quarter you’d think they would not be so greedy. Every drop of their oil and gas is nothing better than drops of human blood.
“Our community development programs also help improve the lives of the people they touch and thereby communicate our values, including respect for human rights.”
Total of France
Like Chevron, they are heavily invested in Burmese gas. Their excuse is that they are convinced they will help the people of Burma. In all actuality, they are invested in death and wholesale murder of ethnic people. When will the lives of human beings take priority over capital gains? Surely the people of France will be appalled whence they know this reality.
“We are convinced that through our presence we are helping to improve the daily lives of tens of thousands of people who benefit from our social and economic initiatives.”
Nippon Oil ofJapan
Just like the rest of the greedy oil profit hungry companies. They are heavily invested in Burma’s gas and inadvertently financing the killing machine of the criminal military government of Burma. Again, the people of Japan would be appalled by this statement from this company. It is not the people of these countries; it’s the greedy people of these corporations who’ve placed profits over human rights.
“We see the political situation and energy business as separate matters.”
PTT Public Company Ltd. of Thailand
They are invested in many ways with this military junta. Of course gas is a primary cause for their greed and total disregard for human suffering.
“We have invested in Burma over the past decade. Despite the political conflict, the benefits from the projects will go to people of both countries.”
Lloyd’s of London. Lloyd’s, located at the heart of the City of London, describes itself as, “the world’s leading, specialist insurance market.” According to the Burmese Ministry of Finance and Revenue, Lloyd’s provides reinsurance to Myanma Insurance. Lloyd’s syndicates (Lloyd’s terminology for their member companies that sell insurance) have also sold insurance to a regime owned airline. Lloyd’s admitted in April 2008 that some shipping and aviation reinsurance for companies in Burmagoes through Lloyd’s. As a consequence of the actions of their syndicates Lloyd’s were placed on our “2005 Dirty List”. Later that year Lloyd’s stated that they were not able to compel their members to end their involvement in Burmaand claimed that it would be “against competition law for members to collectively decide not to operate in Burma”.
Pending investigations of these claims Lloyd’s were removed from the Dirty List. Our investigations failed to identify any UK law or act to substantiate Lloyd’s’ claims. Lloyd’s conceded in July 2008 that “Competition Law is not relevant in this case”. When asked to make a statement to their syndicates alerting them to the human rights concerns associated with selling insurance to companies in Burma Lloyd’s refused, instead issuing the following statement on July 23rd 2008: “Unless there are official UN sanctions in place, Lloyd’s does not instruct the market where it can and cannot write business. Competition Law is not relevant in this case. However, we do not make public comments on the politics or economic policies of national or international bodies.” London, UK
Hannover Re Hannover Re describes itself as “one of the leading reinsurance groups in the world.” Its website states that it is represented in the Burmese market by its Malaysian subsidiary. Hannover, Germany
Catlin Catlin describes itself as “an international specialist property and casualty insurer and reinsurer, writing more than 30 classes of business”. It has four “underwriting platforms”: the Catlin Syndicate at Lloyd’s, Catlin Bermuda, Catlin UK and Catlin US. The company has provided insurance services to a regime owned airline. Hamilton, Bermuda
Atrium Underwriting Atrium Underwriting manages two Lloyd’s Syndicates. Atrium has provided insurance services to a regime owned airline. It is owned by the Bermudan company Ariel Re. London, United Kingdom
XL XL is a global insurance company with “local knowledge and expertise in approximately 100 countries.” According to Reinsurance Magazine, the company has provided insurance services to a regime owned airline. Although we asked the company’s Londonoffice to account for the policies of the company they replied in late July 2008 stating we should “contact other XL companies to ascertain their position”. The Burma Campaign UK will be contacting these companies directly. Hamilton, Bermuda
Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Insurance Co. Tokio Marine describes itself as Japan’s largest and longest established non-life insurance company. The company’s recently acquired Lloyd’s subsidiary, Kiln, has provided insurance to a regime owned airline. Tokio Marine Company also maintains a representative office in Burma. Tokyo, Japan
Sompo Japan Sompo Japanis one of the three largest non-life Japanese insurers. The company admits to operating a “Liason office” in Burmato &ldquorovide insurance information to customers”. Sompo Japanhas offices across the world, including in the UK. Evidence indicates the company has applied to form a joint venture with regime owned Myanma Insurance. Tokyo, Japan
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Mitstui is one of Japan’s largest non-life insurers. Included in its large overseas network is a representative office in Rangoon. Evidence indicates the company has applied to form a joint venture with regime owned Myanma Insurance. Tokyo, Japan
QBE QBE describes itself as “Australia’s largest international general insurance and reinsurance group, and one of the top 25 insurers and reinsurers worldwide”. Company websites state it has two correspondent offices in Burma Sydney, Australia
ACE is a global insurance and reinsurance company based in Bermuda. Its subsidiary, Ace Marine, offers insurance for Burma through its London office. London, United Kingdom
Labuan Re Labuan Re headquartered in Malaysia describes itself as “an international reinsurer”. The company lists Burmaas one of its “overseas markets”. Federal Territory of Labuan, Malaysia
OCBC Bank OCBC (Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation) is Singapore’s longest established bank, and is today one of Asia’s leading financial services groups. Its subsidiary, Great Eastern Holdings, describes itself as the “leading insurer in Singapore”, it has stated it provides insurance services to Singapore owned companies in Burma. Singapore
Pana Harrison Pana Harrison is a Singaporean based insurance broker. It lists Burmaas part of its network. Our sources indicate the company is active in the aviation sector, providing insurance services for regime owned airlines. Singapore
Target Insurance Broker Target is a Singaporean broker which works in the Lloyd’s, Australian and European markets. It also provides insurance brokerage services for companies in Burma. Singapore
Arab Insurance Group (ARIG) ARIG is the “largest reinsurance company in the Middle east and North Africa”. It is part owned by the governments of the United Arab Emirates, Libya and Kuwait. The company’s website states that its Singaporebranch is responsible for activities in Burma. Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Al Wasl Al Wasl is a Dubaibased (re)insurance reinsurance broker. The company’s website states that its Bangladesh offices are responsible for marketing the companies operations in Burma. Dubai,United Arab Emirates
And we can’t forget SWIFT Financial Group of Belgium who has laundered trillions of dollars to corporation and individuals on behalf of General Than Shwe over the years in an effort to dodge taxes from the nations they come from. The United Nations is also guilty of taking bribes throughout Burma’s bogus sanctions. UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari is a swine who enriched himself over the years in Burma, Ban k-moon is also a reprehensible puke of an individual for allowing his vested corporate interests from Korea to literally enslave Burmese while raping their women. Refugee after refugee all identify US, Australian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean business men who used women as sex toys, even to the point of beating and murdering them. TATA, Hyundai and much more are on the list as well. On a sidebar; SWIFT is most likely laundering drug money as well. If not, calling all cartels, SWIFT is open for business but so is BoA, Wachovia and Wells Fargo for that matter.
It is also known the so called civilian government scam was basically a sugar coated attempt to legitimize these and other corporations who continued to violate sanctions and line the pockets of Than Shwe and the vermin of the Tatmadaw who are still in control of this beleaguered nation. It was through the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization the Bilderberg group conspired with the Junta to pull of this scam. I guess it’s also a coincidence that these companies were also Bilderberg conscripts. The United Nations itself is a Bilderberg shill organization and that is why they sided with Bilderberg cronies like Assad of Syria, Mubarak of Egypt and other Bilderberg vermin throughout the Mid-East including Netanyahu. Suu Kyi is still a hostage and still subject to assassination if she makes to many waves. And it will not be the first time the junta tried to kill her in plain view of the world. After all, she was elected president and almost died because of it and the world did nothing, just double talk and bogus ignored sanctions while she spent her life under house arrest.
The Kachin people or Jinghpaw are under siege as war is being waged by the junta of Burma for the benefit of international mining interests who are hungry for Kachinland’s natural resources including oil, gold, uranium, emeralds, and the prize of rare earth minerals. Hillary ‘Eugenics’ Clinton is the face of the mining industry in both Canada and the US and they are letting Than Shwe’s military do the ‘dirty work’. It is obvious she is waiting for the junta kill off the Kachin so her constituents from the west can turn Kachinland into an open pit mine. But that’s OK, just remember; what comes around goes around and we are living in the time of change and soon the destiny of evil is carved in stone. We face some hard times but it is the elitists of global fraud who will ultimately take the biggest hit when it is all said and done, so will their investors.
Partial ‘dirty list’ provided by Burma Campaign UK
After living and working within the Burmese community, visiting temples and celebrating Thingyan I found myself in an interesting position. The issue of Senator Jim Webb’s visit to Burma came into focus and though I disagreed with the lifting of sanctions I also found myself defending the senator from angry some expatriates from Burma. What will this do to my image? They were more saddened and felt betrayed after learning about his latest trip and listening to his speech about rewarding the regime and frankly my boxers were in a knot as well.
Though the good senator and I do not see eye to eye on the sanctions issue that does not mean I hate the guy for he is truly an iconic American hero who proved his mettle as a Marine in the jungles of Vietnam. With a Navy Cross, Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars and 2 Purple hearts he has more than proven his courage and valor in the heat of combat and earned his place in American politics. In fact, if he were in contention for the Oval Office he would have my vote hands down for he is a true America hero who spilled his blood in the defense of his fellow countrymen. Prior military service should be a prerequisite for commander and chief anyway. But that’s another story.
In researching his record I found a man who has served his nation in many capacities and spent a lifetime in the service of the less fortunate. Senator Webb is a cut above other higher profile senators and congressmen who’ve used their positions to commit criminally abhorrent activities in recent years. Some of his colleagues deserve the Benedict Arnold Award for their conduct while in office. Such is not the case for Sen. Webb but alas there is a bug in the ointment when it comes to the sanction issue in Burma. In all reality the issue of sanctions in Burma is a two pronged sword writhe with contradictions, misinformation, fear and distrust.
On one hand it is said sanctions have worked since they did force the junta’s hand in offering change. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy were allowed to participate in the recent bi-election winning 43 of the 44 seats in Parliament. President Thein Sein has become the face of reform and the people of Burma have begun to see and experience some of these changes. Movement within Burma has eased as the government struggles to meet the demands needed to have sanctions lifted.
On the other hand lifting sanctions would give the general population of Burma opportunities and a chance to prosper once again. It was well noted by friends who commute to Burma that only the average citizen bore the brunt of sanctions. The junta was well financed part and parcel by international corporations who never ceased operations in spite of sanctions imposed by the United Nations. In essence the sanctions were a failure from this perspective.
Asian politics can not be addressed simply from two sides. Much like Hindu Goddess Durga with many arms there are more hands or sides to consider in this equation. On yet another hand there are over 900 political prisoners still held in prisons around Burma who have yet to see daylight. The fact drug dealers and murderers were given amnesty over political prisoners is still a very real point of contention. Though the Karen signed a ‘landmark’ ceasefire this is not the first landmark ceasefire the Karen signed in the last year. According to many Karen I’ve spoken to they simply ask why this ceasefire is any different than the others the junta violated. People still receive word from home about atrocities being committed by Burmese soldiers and the ink is still not dry on the latest agreement.
Another issue is the contention the 2008 Constitutional Referendum was a clear violation of the constitution in the first place. The ballot initiative was marred by wholesale fraud, intimidation and death. But it did pave the way for the election of 2010 once it was ratified. The fact the constitution gave the minority military parliament member’s the final say regardless of majority votes further called into question the validity of reform. The fiasco with America bonehead John William Yethaw who allegedly swam Inya Lake to Suu Kyi’s abode near election time caused her to be conveniently ousted from contention. This raised many eyebrows casting further doubts in the validity of the election. To make matters more convoluted was the fact General Than Shwe ‘retired’ his top generals to form political parties and run for office in the new ‘civilian’ government. What was the point since no matter who was to be elected as president or parliament they still ultimately required approval from Naypyidaw via the minority seats held by the military.
As Senator Webb struggles to find a solution to the issues of Burma it is more than clear he is faced with a daunting challenge because there are more factors to this issue than I have room to divulge in one story. Dare I mention the 10’s of millions of Chinese who claim Kachin alliances and blood lineage who are watching intently? This has become a very real hotbed of contention deep within the Chinese Communist Party and could possibly lead to internal strife as the world, including China makes, their move on Kachinland. There are no ‘two sides’ to this story since other alliances date back thousands of years. I also find myself with ancestral ties that lead me back to Kachinland. China is learning the hard way some alliances run deeper and further back than their pseudo Confucius ideological principle. As the west chooses a side it is clear they are not aware of ‘other side’s’ that must be considered when it comes to lifting sanction and the fate of Kachinland. Turning ones back on the Kachin may cause animosities from cultures they are not fully cognizant of.
And if this were not enough to contend with, let’s toss in the religion factor. We have the Buddhists on one side and Christians on another it would appear. Add the Muslims, Catholics and other dogma’s into Burma’s hodgepodge of differences and the whole concept of democracy gets totally lost in the quagmire. How can any side or dogma purport the cause for democracy, even disciplined democracy when they are diametrically opposed to dogmas other than their own? Surely none of these ideological principles justify the destruction of faiths or ideologies from another, but blood still flows regardless. Ancient tribal rivalries throughout Burma and adjoining regions are another factor that plays heavily into the matrix of this nation’s complex equation. Stateside conflicts between ethnic and religious groups rage out of sight from American eyes but they do offering a microcosm of what is happening in Burma if one is fortunate or unfortunate enough to witness them.
I have friends and family from all faiths and ideological principles from Burma. Some travel back and fourth from Burma while others are in constant communications with loved ones on a daily basis. Notably I have friends and family within the Jinghpaw community and I am privy to what is really happening directly from Kachinland, media blackout or not. I also have friends within the Karen, Mon, Shan, Bama and other ethnic groups who share experiences and news from within Burma. Talk about a bi-polar response to the lifting of sanctions. For every point there is another equally valid counter point until I bring up the issue of the killing of innocent civilians. That throws a monkey wrench in even the most elaborate argument to lift sanctions, well except for a small minority who cling to tribal differences.
Within my tribal tradition there is no such thing as a ‘greater good’ since there is no excuse for the justification of murdering one culture over another. Eugenics, ethnic cleansing and genocide are not in my vocabulary nor acceptable within my primitive indigenous ideology. My people already experienced genocide as well as the non response from an ambivalent world. What was the greater good in killing off the indigenous people of the America’s, Manifest Destiny? I look at religion the same way, just because someone follows an ideological principle other than mine is no justification for allowing them to be sacrificed for a greater good, it is just an excuse.
So my position is really quite simply, as long as Kachin blood is being spilled I have a moral and ethnical obligation to stand my ground on the sanctions issue since I can’t find justification in their murder. Some of them are my relations and I would be a fool not to stand by them in their hour of need. Just so people can have more prosperity and a few extra bucks in their pockets is no justification to allow for people to be killed, Christian or Buddhist. Material gain over human life is the impetus of butchers not civilized human beings. If the junta really wants to show the world Burma is truly changing they should cease killing Kachin and other ethnic groups and respect their autonomous territory. But tossing the Kachin to the Wolves for the sake of commerce is morally wrong by Buddhist and other dogmatic principles. Profiteering from such a lapse in moral judgment would be nothing more than accepting blood money.
If I could only bend Senator Webb’s ear for one second I know between the Jinghpaw, Jim and Thein Sein, they could come up with a plan to lift sanctions that would bare fruit for everyone. Of course the release of the 900+ political prisoners would need to be addressed as well. How could these imprisoned people have been forgotten anyway? There is no question Thein Sein’s government would show face and a real move towards democracy if the issue of Kachinland and the political prisoners were addressed in earnest and expeditiously. Burma would regain its crown as the hub of commerce once again and the need to horde scant riches would not be necessary. The alliances Jim could foster with the Jinghpaw would be more far reaching than he could possibly imagine within the Asian world. And he would be recognized in Kachinland for the gallantry he is noted for. I could hook him up if he wanted.
But for now I guess I will continue pee in the sandbox of world politics.
As the call for democracy continues to gain momentum throughout Burma, it is clear Than Shwe’s scheme to legitimize Burma is back firing for he is loosing control. The people of Burma are becoming empowered like never before and Than Shwe’s efforts to break Burma’s spirit failed. The spirit of democracy did not disappear like he thought; it was buried beyond his reach in the hearts of the people. Soon he and his thugs will resume the campaign of divide and conquer.
As the people of Burma rejoice at the prospects of true democracy Than Shwe is already planning his next move to regain control. He is a victim of habit and keeping races and religions at odds with one another is classic Than Shwe style. Be prepared for localized bombings placing Buddhists against Muslims, Christians and other religious sects. Race is always a favorite of his as minorities are systematically raped and murdered as war continues to be waged in Kachin and Karen State.
It is obvious he only releases prisoners of conscience if he believes he broke their spirit, brain washed or near death. What is he doing to the other 900+ prisoners of conscience? Sadly the media has already taken a stance that there are only a few prisoners left to release and it makes me wonder. Are the others already murdered or are they enduring more torture and brain washing before they can to be released?
Everyone was elated when the International Monetary Fund rolled into Burma in a public display of support of the sham ‘civilian’ government. If you paid attention Bilderberg/IMF cronies have been in Burma all along, Chevron, Total, BP, Hyundai and many other corporations. They continued to violate sanctioned while filling the junta’s pockets with cash for over 30 years. In return, Than Shwe enriched them with laundered money while posting meager GDP figures to assist these corporations in dodging taxes in their respective nations. The rush to democracy was only a rouse to legitimize corporations and countries affiliated with the World Trade Organization. Look at what the IMF is doing to Greece, destroying their democracy and robbing them of their national sovereignty for a debt committed by crony bankers.
Than Shwe was not alone in the planning of this democracy scheme and now he has the assistance of corporate owned media outlets around the world to further this democracy lie. It’s all about natural resources, cheap labor and the lack of environmental laws. Than Shwe hated education since intellect poised a threat to his criminal regime. The University of Rangoon is a classic example of how the junta has purged higher learning for fear of free thinking.
I know many graduates from Rangoon U prior to the 1990’s and they weep for their university because of what it has become. Dumbing down the population and forcing them to live like cattle is Than Shwe’s legacy and he will pay dearly in the after life according to spirits. So will his minions if they don’t show courage and extinguish this cancer called the Junta for that is their destiny as well.
Now more than ever the world must keep track of the antics of the junta because Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s life is in jeopardy as well as the people Thein Sein is coaxing back into this democracy lie of Burma. There are no rules the junta is obliged to follow and at any moment the junta can turn on the people with no regard for public opinion. Why? The world did nothing when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi won a landslide victory back in 1990, an election Than Shwe sponsored but dishonored. All the world gave was a lot of fruitless rhetoric with meaningless sanctions. Then when the incident at Depayin in 2003 occurred, the world still did nothing over the massacre. The Saffron Revolution is another example of world wide impotence and failure to stand for human rights and democracy. It’s only a matter of time before Uncle Than makes his move in cowardly flare.
On the contrary the criminals responsible for the Depayin genocide are now embracing world leaders and are a part of the bogus civilian government. The Saffron Revolution and the wholesale murder of innocent people are ignored and forgotten. I know heroes of democracy from Burma; the spirit of freedom is far from dead and I stand with them. Dare I mention all the Cyclone Nargis aid supplies Than Shwe sold in the black market and all the NOG’s who were threatened if they revealed the truth about emergency aid? I know your secrets Than Shwe and I have my own agents in Burma as well. I also know your magic is going to betray you.
A message to Than Shwe:
“I know you Than Shwe for spirits have shown me everything you are doing. Your magic is failing and soon you will have to pay the price for betrayal. Alaungpaya is waiting for you Uncle Than, I know because he told me in visions. Alaungpaya also said the people of Burma must have courage for true change is coming and Burma’s destiny is in your hands alone.”
Let us not forget all the spies Than Shwe bought and saturated the population with, from rickshaw drivers to businessmen, Than Shwe threatened and bribed to do his bidding before, during and after the Constitutional Referendum and the 2010 elections. He has placed operatives in every religion in Burma and they are poised to bomb and terrorize other faiths to artificially keep the people divided and justify killing all his opposition in the world’s eyes. He has already begun to re-divide the people, ethnically and religiously speaking, while placing the blame on pro-democracy advocates and anyone who promotes true democracy. Eventually he will have our beloved Daw Aung San Suu Kyi assassinated while pointing the blame on others.
You must pay attention to what Suu Kyi is saying for she must guard her words. This is a woman of raw courage for she also knows the risks she is taking but she is willing to make that sacrifice as she demonstrates her “Freedom From Fear”. It is time for Burma to stand up with equal courage in the spirit of Alaungpaya. If Suu Kyi is killed the blood will be on the hands of the people for they will have let her die for nothing. They will have betrayed the spirit of her father Aung San as well according to spirits. She has already sacrificed her life for you Burma. And contrary to popular belief ethnic cleansing continues in Kachin and Karen States as well as other regions throughout ethnic regions of Burma. Disciplined Democracy is just another word for tyranny.
There is no such thing as disciplined democracy for it is a contradiction like the so called civilian government. Than Shwe opened up a Pandora’s Box and soon he will try to close it back up. So don’t be surprised when the killings and bombings return with a vengeance.
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