Honestly Kid

by Daniel Damkoehler


2nd thoughts

More About Burma

Apropos of my men­tion of Burma in yes­ter­day’s post, the BBC has a news update about the tri­al of Burma’s pro-democ­ra­cy activist Suu Kyi. Looks like a clum­sy American with a hal­lu­ci­na­tion prob­lem is going to be respon­si­ble for her doing much hard­er time than her pro­longed house arrest.

In oth­er Burma news, an update from EarthRights International land­ed in my work inbox today point­ing to an EarthRights Alumn’s arti­cle about the impacts of Russian backed min­ing inter­ests in Burma on the indige­nous pop­u­la­tion. EarthRights is going about doc­u­ment­ing the way the Burmese gov­ern­ment pret­ty much gives for­eign inter­ests carte blanche to suck the land dry and/or remove it alto­geth­er in exchange for a share of the gross with lit­tle or no regard for the local pop­u­la­tion, the envi­ron­ment, or any­thing in between. Obviously, none of this is front page news here, but the issues are ongo­ing and real. eri_12

Perhaps the answer to the UN’s debate over for­eign inter­ven­tion in sov­er­eign coun­tries is that it’s already tak­ing place and we’d do well to con­trol it prop­er­ly or we’re going to end up with more suf­fer­ing peo­ple and an even messier plan­et than we already have. Perhaps…