September 5, 1988 |
The embattled Burmese government has "completely lost" the confidence of its people, Rep. Stephen J. Solarz (D-N.Y.) declared here Sunday night on arrival from Rangoon, the Burmese capital. "My basic impression is that the future of Burma is likely to be determined in the next week," the congressman, head of the House subcommittee on Asian affairs, said after his whirlwind 24-hour visit. "The people of Burma have already voted decisively in favor of democracy. . . .
September 15, 1988 |
Burmese students, workers and Buddhist monks resumed their general strike Wednesday, trying to force a stubborn regime to give way to an interim government. Hundreds of thousands marched through Rangoon, their pro-democracy chants of past demonstrations replaced by militant threats. "If they don't fall, make them fall," some of them shouted. "No one's at work," a Rangoon-based Western diplomat said when contacted by telephone from Bangkok. Life in Rangoon, a city of 3.
September 25, 2007 |
The passive, otherworldly image of Buddhism can be misleading. In Burma, where two-thirds of the country is Buddhist, the religion has an overwhelming influence on day-to-day life and plays a continuing political role that makes the current protest marches by tens of thousands of monks through the streets of Yangon especially significant. Buddhism has long been one of the key ingredients of Burmese nationalism, and it has been used by political leaders of all stripes as a source of legitimacy.
September 19, 1988 |
Here is a chronology of events leading to military commander Saw Maung's ouster of civilian President Maung Maung: September, 1987--Government makes 80% of currency worthless, sparking first big street protests in 13 years. March, 1988--Rioters storm through Rangoon setting fire to buildings and vehicles in weeklong disturbances after death of student in brawl.
December 30, 2008 |
Long before war brought Evelio Grillo and his comrades to Burma, they had allies ready to welcome them in the northern villages. By a quirk of fate, or divine hand, this was Burma's Baptist belt. In 1813, an American missionary named Adoniram Judson had crossed the border from India into mainly Buddhist Burma and become the country's first Protestant missionary.
May 27, 1990 |
After 28 years of military dictatorship and one-party rule, Myanmar (formerly Burma) appears to be on the threshold of a new era of freedom. Today, more than 2,000 candidates representing some 100 political parties are contesting 486 constituencies.
September 5, 1988 |
The grudging concessions of Burma's longtime rulers, blistered by the flames of a brush-fire rebellion, come intermittently over official Rangoon Radio. A referendum on multi-party politics is promised; dissidents and demonstrators arrested in the bloody days of early August are released; unions of university students will be legalized again. The Burma Socialist Program Party, the vehicle of former Gen. Ne Win's erratic and iron-fisted control of the country, is trying to buy time.
September 29, 1988 |
"We have to take this step by step," Aung San Suu Kyi said, explaining the fragile condition of the Burmese opposition, which just two weeks ago appeared to have a despotic government on the run. At that time, Aung San Suu Kyi--the daughter of a Burmese independence leader--and two former generals, each with a separate following, were rejecting a civilian president's promise of democratic elections. No deal, they said, unless the vote is carried out under a nonpartisan interim regime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1988 |
The winds of democracy are once more blowing through Asia. In 1986 "people power" triumphed in the Philippines. In 1987 South Korea experienced its first free and fair presidential election in a generation. And now Burma is in the process of being transformed from a single-party dictatorship into a multiparty democracy.
September 28, 2005 |
IN 1922, a young Englishman named Eric Blair joined the Indian Imperial Police and was dispatched to Burma, then a province of British-ruled India. The job offered good pay and, for a young man intoxicated by the stories of Rudyard Kipling, the promise of adventure. Once there, however, Blair would shed his romantic illusions about the East. Ridden with crime and roiling with anti-colonial dissent, Burma put Blair to a test.