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septiembre 28, 2007

Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma

Filed under: Birmania,Derechos Humanos,dictadura,internet,tortura — Nora @ 11:09 pm

Another day, more bad news from the Burmese Junta:Michelle Malkin » Reports: Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma; Sniper reportedly killed Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai

(…) Burmese bloggers have been crucial whistleblowers and eyewitnesses to history–supplying the world with round-the-clock coverage and photos of their oppressive regime’s crackdown. Now, just as the Western press is lauding their role, the military junta has reportedly cut off Internet access:

Myanmar’s government appeared to have cut public Internet access and troops occupied key Buddhist monasteries on Friday, witnesses and diplomats said, in an effort to end demonstrations against the ruling junta.

The moves raised concerns that the military government may be preparing to intensify a crackdown on civilians that has killed at least 10 people in the past two days. The Internet in particular has played a crucial role in getting news and images of the pro-democracy protests to the outside world.

According to AFP, government officials are blaming a “damaged underwater cable.”

After two days of unrest in Yangon’s streets, Myanmar’s main link to the Internet has stopped working, according to a telecom official who blamed the problem on a damaged cable.

“The Internet is not working because the underwater cable is damaged,” an official with Myanmar Post and Telecoms told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Myanmar’s Internet service is tightly controlled and only sporadically available even in the best of times, but the military has tightened its controls amid anti-government protests.

In Bangkok, an official at a Thai telecom that provides satellite services to Myanmar also said some Internet service inside the country had been cut.

One western source inside Myanmar said she had not been able to access emails or Internet since late morning.

Yes, question the timing

The yell of a monk yesterday as he stands up, with broken glasses thanks to a shot from the Burmese soldiers and surrounded by a tear gas’ cloud:

Who is going to come to help us? Do they know in your country what’s happening here? Why nobody is helping us?

has a more chilling sound after reading the link Schwan (hello ;) ) left me yesterday in the comments:

The professor Desmond Ball, from the Center of Strategic Studies and Defense from the University of Universidad de Canberra –who has published a book about the Burmese spies–, underlined that “the intelligence services and the security forces have tapped all the telecommunications’ systems of the country”.

In Burma, having a non-declared radio-phone means detention and whoever is surprised with a satellite phone is charged with “high treason” and condemned to a minimum punishment of 20 years in prison. Moreover, to use a PC, you must have an special license from the Communications and Mail Ministry. Infringing that law means a punishment between seven to fifteen years in prison. In this country, there are only a dozen cybercafes with limited access to Internet.

In every hotel of Rangoon and in other cities, the phone calls are intercepted without even considering that can be known by the speaker and, if the stablishment’s internet service is used, it will record it to their archives. The ordinary Burmese say that the military regime has “eyes and ears” everywhere. They know that the powerful Intelligence Service pays not only military men, but also beggars, street sellers, hotel receptionists, office workers, monks, taxi drivers and students, among others.

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Si estás cerca de Madrid y puedes venir, mañana hay una manifestación a las 12:00 en la Puerta del Sol hay una protesta contra la dictadura birmana. Gracias a todos.

NINE KILLED IN BURMA TODAY! – NUEVE MUERTOS HOY EN BIRMANIA

Filed under: Birmania,Communism,Derechos Humanos,dictadura — Nora @ 9:08 pm

The crackdown continues. At wits endSick
News from The Associated Press

Soldiers with automatic rifles fired into crowds of anti-government demonstrators Thursday, killing at least nine people in the bloodiest day in more than a month of protests demanding an end to military rule.Bloody sandals lay scattered on some streets as protesters fled shouting “Give us freedom, give us freedom!”

On the second day of a brutal crackdown, truckloads of troops in riot gear also raided Buddhist monasteries on the outskirts of Yangon, beating and arresting dozens of monks, witnesses and Western diplomats said. Japan protested the killing of a Japanese photographer.

Daily demonstrations by tens of thousands have grown into the stiffest challenge to the ruling junta in two decades, a crisis that began Aug. 19 with rallies against a fuel price hike then escalated dramatically when monks began joining the protests.

With the government ignoring international appeals for restraint, troops fired into packs of demonstrators in at least four locations in Yangon, witnesses and a Western diplomat said. Protesters – some shouting “Give us freedom!” – dodged roadblocks and raced down alleys in a defiant game of cat and mouse with soldiers and riot police that went on for most of the day.

Some 70,000 protesters were on the streets at the height of the chaos, though the total was difficult to estimate as different groups broke up and later reformed.

Sandals were strewn by a pool of blood at one spot where people fled approaching police. In a brave challenge, a bare-chested man emerged from one crowd to advance toward riot officers, then was felled by a rubber bullet and suffered a beating by officers who took him away.

They are fighting bravely against the Junta:

Local residents in South Okkalapa township have surrounded security forces who returned to Ngway Kyar Yan monastery to arrest the abbot following last night’s raids.

At least 130 monks were detained in the raid on the monastery, and personal belongings including robes, rice and 2,000,000 Kyat in cash were seized.

Security forces returned at around noon today to arrest the abbot and took up positions surrounding the monastery.

But hundreds of thousands of local residents, outraged by the raids, surrounded the troops, shouting anti-government slogans and demanding the immediate release of the detained monks.

Other developments today:

  1. Burma says it will issue a visa to UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who is being urgently sent to the country
  2. the Association of South-East Asian Nations voices “revulsion” at the killings and urges Burma – one of its members – to exercise restraint
  3. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour warns Burmese leaders that they could be prosecuted for their actions

killing.jpg

Found in Burmanet.org.

Last news are that Kyang Kyang, General Than Swe’s wife, their daughter, Thadar Swe and their grandson have taken a plane to go abroad. Something which is really worrying. (

USA has announced sanctions against 14 Burmese officials.

Oh, and Myanmar is how the Junta named the country, so the Burmese people are not very fond of it. ;)
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En español:

La Junta Militar birmana acepta la entrada al país del enviado de la ONU.

China y Rusia evitan una condena de la ONU. capullos Angry ( y siento el lenguaje…).

El Ejército birmano reprime una manifestación a tiros y causa al menos 9 muertos.

Al iniciarse el día, una inmensa multitud se había reunido de nuevo en torno a la pagoda Sule. “Les damos 10 minutos. Si no se van, emplearemos medidas extremas”, gritaron los soldados a través de megáfonos. Poco después, por lo menos 100 personas habían sido detenidas y obligadas a subir a camiones militares, mientras los otros manifestantes huían corriendo por las calles del centro, explicaron los testigos.

Los jóvenes, acompañados por unos 20 monjes budistas, cantaron el himno nacional birmano mientras encaraban a decenas de policías y soldados armados que les impedían el paso, afirmaron los testigos.

“El general Aung San nunca habría ordenado al ejército que matase al pueblo”, gritaron, en referencia al difunto héroe de la independencia birmana y padre de la líder pro democrática y premio Nobel de la Paz Aung San Suu Kyi.

EEUU anuncia sanciones contra 14 altos cargos birmanos.Applause

¿Un nuevo Tiananmen?

El último episodio acontecido en la revuelta popular de Birmania hace temer lo peor. Anoche, Kyaing Kyaing, esposa del jefe de la Junta Militar, el general Than Shwe, acompañada de su hija, Thadar Shwe, y de uno de sus nietos, tomó un vuelo de Air Bagan en primera clase y abandonó el país.

La situación de Birmania (formalmente Myanmar, nombre que, por cierto, la oposición no acepta porque fue una ocurrencia del nuevo orden castrense) no ha hecho más que ir a peor desde que el pasado 19 de agosto la Junta Militar que gobierna el país con mano de hierro decidiera subir el precio del combustible un 500%.

La revuelta popular de estos días, a diferencia de la que desencadenó la matanza de 1988, está liderada por el movimiento budista, y encabezada por los monjes de la gran pagoda de Shwedagon, el primer santuario del país, símbolo de la nación, que hasta ahora no se había destacado por su hostilidad al régimen.

En el país no se celebran elecciones legislativas desde 1990, cuando Aung San Suu Kyi, al frente de la Liga Nacional por la Democracia (LND), consiguió una victoria abrumadora que la facción militar se negó a reconocer y que resolvió disolviendo el parlamento y encarcelándola, para más tarde ponerla bajo un arresto domiciliario que todavía hoy continúa.

Desde entonces, Than Shwe, mantiene a su país sometido a un régimen de terror y secretos, fortaleciendo el papel del ejército y asfixiando toda aspiración democrática. Además, en este tiempo, se ha esforzado por lograr un acercamiento a China, Rusia, India y Tailandia, países muy interesados en los recursos naturales birmanos, fundamentalmente el gas. Y a tenor de los acontecimientos, lo ha conseguido: El Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU instó ayer a la Junta Militar a ejercer la “contención” en sus actos violentos contra la población civil, pero el veto de China evitó la condena del máximo órgano de Naciones Unidas contra el régimen.

Y otra vez los recursos energéticos de por medio.

Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma

Filed under: Birmania/Burma,Communism,DDHH/HR,dictadura/dictatorship — Nora @ 10:09 am

Another day, more bad news from the Burmese Junta:Michelle Malkin » Reports: Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma; Sniper reportedly killed Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai

(…) Burmese bloggers have been crucial whistleblowers and eyewitnesses to history–supplying the world with round-the-clock coverage and photos of their oppressive regime’s crackdown. Now, just as the Western press is lauding their role, the military junta has reportedly cut off Internet access:

Myanmar’s government appeared to have cut public Internet access and troops occupied key Buddhist monasteries on Friday, witnesses and diplomats said, in an effort to end demonstrations against the ruling junta.

The moves raised concerns that the military government may be preparing to intensify a crackdown on civilians that has killed at least 10 people in the past two days. The Internet in particular has played a crucial role in getting news and images of the pro-democracy protests to the outside world.

According to AFP, government officials are blaming a “damaged underwater cable.”

After two days of unrest in Yangon’s streets, Myanmar’s main link to the Internet has stopped working, according to a telecom official who blamed the problem on a damaged cable.

“The Internet is not working because the underwater cable is damaged,” an official with Myanmar Post and Telecoms told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Myanmar’s Internet service is tightly controlled and only sporadically available even in the best of times, but the military has tightened its controls amid anti-government protests.

In Bangkok, an official at a Thai telecom that provides satellite services to Myanmar also said some Internet service inside the country had been cut.

One western source inside Myanmar said she had not been able to access emails or Internet since late morning.

Yes, question the timing

The yell of a monk yesterday as he stands up, with broken glasses thanks to a shot from the Burmese soldiers and surrounded by a tear gas’ cloud:

Who is going to come to help us? Do they know in your country what’s happening here? Why nobody is helping us?

has a more chilling sound after reading the link Schwan (hello 😉 ) left me yesterday in the comments:

The professor Desmond Ball, from the Center of Strategic Studies and Defense from the University of Universidad de Canberra –who has published a book about the Burmese spies–, underlined that “the intelligence services and the security forces have tapped all the telecommunications’ systems of the country”.

In Burma, having a non-declared radio-phone means detention and whoever is surprised with a satellite phone is charged with “high treason” and condemned to a minimum punishment of 20 years in prison. Moreover, to use a PC, you must have an special license from the Communications and Mail Ministry. Infringing that law means a punishment between seven to fifteen years in prison. In this country, there are only a dozen cybercafes with limited access to Internet.

In every hotel of Rangoon and in other cities, the phone calls are intercepted without even considering that can be known by the speaker and, if the stablishment’s internet service is used, it will record it to their archives. The ordinary Burmese say that the military regime has “eyes and ears” everywhere. They know that the powerful Intelligence Service pays not only military men, but also beggars, street sellers, hotel receptionists, office workers, monks, taxi drivers and students, among others.

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Si estás cerca de Madrid y puedes venir, mañana a las 12:00 en la Puerta del Sol hay una protesta contra la dictadura birmana. Gracias a todos.

Videos to see

Filed under: Iraq,Islamism,terrorism,terrorists,YouTube — Nora @ 6:51 am

My Spanish friend Aquiles sent me this video from “insurgents”‘ propaganda in Iraq. A must see, specially considering that, as Aquiles says:

These killers pretend they are very funny, and think that outside USA we are going to laugh about their “jokes”, but they don’t know how mistaken they are. Surely, the national and international leftists are going to laugh heartily seeing these videos, but to me, with each vehicle they are exploding, they are only reminding me about the Spanish soldiers who have being killed in Afghanistan in similar circumstances, two of them only two days ago. So, THEY AREN’T FUNNY AT ALL.

The other two videos were posted by friend-blogger David Drake to remember the 9-11.You can see them here. Totally different and supporting the people who really merit our support.

El PP pregunta a Leire Pajín a qué va a Cuba y qué aportará a los derechos humanos

Libertad Digital: El PP pregunta a Leire Pajín a qué va a Cuba y qué aportará a los derechos humanos

El PP quiere conocer la agenda de Leire Pajín en Cuba. La secretaria de Estado de Cooperación ha iniciado este miércoles un viaje oficial sin que el Gobierno haya publicitado sus objetivos. Gonzalo Robles, diputado y portavoz del PP en asuntos de Ayuda al Desarrollo, ha recordado a Libertad Digital la agresión a los Derechos Humanos por la dictadura castrista y se pregunta si la secretaria de Estado “pondrá al fin condiciones al régimen antes de seguir transfiriendo fondos de ayuda al desarrollo“.

[…] De los 37 países que reciben ayuda de la cooperación española de los que tenemos datos”, indica, “tan sólo hay 12 en los que este índice muestra una mejora, 6 se mantienen y en 19 países hay un empeoramiento”.

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Popular Party is going to ask the Government why the Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Leyre Pajín, is going to travel to Cuba, considering that the aggressions to Human Rights by the Castro’s brothers’ dictatorship continue. They are also asking if she is going to put some conditions in order to transfer more Cooperation funds.

The numbers are truly worrying: of the 32 countries which receive Spanish foreign aid, only in twelve, Human Rights are showing some kind of improvement, in 6 it’s the same, and in 19 it is worsening.

Juicio por el atentado de ETA en Vallecas

Filed under: ETA,Spain,terrorism,terrorists — Nora @ 6:22 am

MSN Noticias

Hoy arrancó en la Audiencia Nacional el juicio por el atentado que ETA perpetró en Vallecas en diciembre de 1995, uno de los más sangrientos de la banda terrorista, que acabó con el terrible saldo de seis funcionarios de la Armada muertos y otras 44 personas heridas. Los etarras Juan Antonio Olarra Guridi y Ainhoa Múgica Goñi se sentaron en el banquillo de los acusados como miembros del ‘comando Madrid’ que cometió el atentado en el Puente de Vallecas La Fiscalía pide para los acusados, que se negaron a declarar ante la sala, una pena de 986 años de prisión. En todo caso, el Ministerio Público solicitó al tribunal la posibilidad de que se juzgue a los etarras de acuerdo al Código Penal de 1973 y no al de 1995, lo que elevaría la petición de pena para cada uno hasta los 1.243 años de prisión.El juicio, que mañana quedará visto para sentencia, comenzó una hora más tarde debido a que Olarra Guridi fue llamado a declarar ante el juez que estaba de guardia de la Audiencia Nacional, en este caso el magistrado Fernando Andreu, por su presunta implicación en la colocación de una bomba en una comisaria de Irún en 1991.

The terrorist attack of Vallecas (Madrid) happened on Dec 11st 1995, and six civil servants from Spanish Navy were killed in the most horrible manner.

The process against their killers has begun today in Madrid (ohh, that quick justice….) and the prosecutor’s office are asking for 986 prison years. Anyway, in the event they are finally condemned they are not going to serve more than 40, the biggest time someone can stay in prison in Spain.

The prosecutor’s office has also asked if they could be tried with the Penal Code of 1973 (the actual Penal Code had not come into effect at the time of the bombings). As a result of that, they could get 1.243 years. But in that case, the reductions -for good conduct…- would not be applied on the 1.243 but on the higher time one could serve then, that was 30 years.

In my case, I prefer they would be tried with today’s Code.

In other news, about ETA today:

  1. Eta menaces Spain: “We will use all our weapons at our disposal to free Euskal Herria“.
  2. Zapatero continues in his usual line: “If I win again” -Oh, please, don’t -, “I will continue the negotiation“.

h/t Reflexiones de la era ZP.

(Nota: si el dueño de la foto no quiere que la postee o quiere cualquier otra cuestión al respecto, me escribe un mail a ladyvorzheva en gmail punto com y arreglamos la cuestión…).

Help to identify this little girl!

Filed under: infancia,USA — Nora @ 5:15 am

From CNN:

Authorities trying to aid two girls seen in a sexually explicit videotape say they have identified one and were showing images of the other Thursday in the hopes that someone would recognize her.

Police want to know the identity of this little girl, who appears to be 4 or 5.

The tape was turned in to police by a man who said he found it in the desert.

It shows a man performing sex acts on a girl around 4 or 5 years old, and shows a girl believed to be 10 to 12 years old appearing in “some kind of peep show,” said Nye County sheriff’s detective David Boruchowitz.

Authorities hope identifying the girls will help them locate the abuser.

Still photos of the younger girl, fully clothed, have been widely broadcast. Boruchowitz announced Thursday that the older girl had been identified.

He said the photos of the younger girl were being released because her life could be in danger.

She could still be in this situation and (be) abused currently as we speak,” Boruchowitz said.

“The easiest way to explain it is if you can imagine the absolute worst things that can happen to a little girl at the hands of an adult male, that has happened and beyond,” he said of the video. “It is by far the most heinous and horrible thing that you can possibly imagine on there.” Video Watch authorities describe the disturbing case »

The older girl did not appear to have been sexually abused on the tape and the footage appeared to have been shot from a different room, Boruchowitz said.

Just repost it at your site, right? Someone could know her. This is outrageous.

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