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The World Missed The Real Olympics

We missed it.  How easily came the deception of bright games in Vancouver, when the real Olympics played out darkly well beyond the world’s attention and care. The clamoring international media poured exaltation upon adoration on Olympic hopefuls in search of champions with poignant stories of personal trials and tribulation for us to admire.  Yet the real games played out darkly on deadly slopes in the high jungle mountains of Eastern Burma. Here tens of thousands of innocent villagers and defenseless hill tribe refugees were being hunted down – the prize for them being to just stay alive in a race with no end.   Still harder to imagine is that the same international community that pumped tens of millions of dollars into the Vancouver games, also pumps billions of dollars into the hands of Burma’s brutal military dictator – one of the worst human rights violators on the planet.

All the forces of nature in the cyclone that hit Burma with catastrophic devastation in 2008, now pale in comparison to a “more perfect storm” of profit-hungry globalization and consumerism devoid compassion.  This all swirls in perfect indifference and neglect of innocents in Burma, who hope against all odds for a champion for their cause.  As the world and its new Olympians look forward to bright futures, it is now dead winter of the perennial Burma Olympics proceeding  headlong on a dark run with no end in sight for people oppressed…always with hope, but ever without champions.

Tim Heinemann, Founder

Worldwide Impact Now

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The Politics of Building a Gas Pipeline

source: Shwe Gas Movement

While the Western world continues to debate whether economic sanctions can make change in Burma, the sale of gas to China from the offshore Shwe gas fields in Arakan State threatens to raise the junta’s revenue from foreign investment to new heights and strengthen business ties throughout Asia.

Furthermore, the parallel gas and oil pipelines, which are reportedly starting construction this month from Arakan State to Yunnan Province, China, via Magwe Division, Mandalay Division and Shan State, have been criticized by human rights groups as a major contributing factor to the recent conflict in northern Shan State.

According to a report titled “Corridor of Power” released by the Shwe Gas Movement (SGM), the pipeline will make the junta at least US $29 billion over the next 30 years. Much of this is expected to be spent on military expansion, despite the current famine in Arakan State and poverty across the country.

Moreover, the report claims, construction of the pipelines, which are being built primarily by the China National Petroleum Company (CNPC), is likely to lead to human rights abuse across the country and a “re-ignition of fighting between the regime and ceasefire armies stationed along the pipeline.”

According to Khur Hseng from Shan Sapawa, who has been researching the impact of the pipeline in Shan State since 2007, these fears were confirmed during the armed confrontation between the military government and the ethnic Kokang Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) in late August. The fighting took place just 50 km from the proposed pipeline route, killing 200 people and leading to a mass exodus of up to 30,000 civilians to China.

Read  the entire article by WIN’s Advocacy Manager JJ Kim, orignally published by The Irrawaddy here

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