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Our latest edition of Wire marks the anniversary of a key turning point in recent history - a moment when the vast expanse of mass surveillance by Western governments suddenly became more visible.
Almost two years have passed since Edward Snowden exposed the USA's and UK's global mass surveillance programmes. What we thought belonged to science fiction was in fact reality: our intelligence agencies are indiscriminately intercepting the emails, phone calls, Internet searches and social media messages of hundreds of millions of people.
We've learned a lot since then - that anyone using the Internet or a mobile phone is potentially being monitored, that there is very little oversight of these surveillance programmes, and that politicians will use scaremongering tactics to secure ever more snooping powers. And in two years, nothing has changed. What we know now is already scary; imagine the power governments will have as the Internet spreads to every appliance we use, and as virtual reality technologies blur the distinction between the digital and physical.
If we do nothing now, George Orwell's 1984 will seem like an understated vision of the future. Our #UnfollowMe campaign sends a clear message to world leaders: ban mass surveillance now!
Many thanks, the Wire team
Just married and arriving by ship in Rangoon in 1953 to begin life in her husband‘s native land, a young Austrian woman stood ready to disembark with her Burmese husband. On the dock she could see hundreds of well-wishers displaying banners, playing homemade musical instruments, carrying bouquets of flowers. Was some important person aboard ship, she wondered. Then her husband reluctantly explained: he was more than just a recently graduated mining engineer – he was »the Prince of Hsipaw«, ruler of an autonomous state in Burma‘s Shan mountains. The welcome was for him and his bride, the Princess of Hsipaw.
For the next ten years, Inge Sargent experienced a life most of us only dream about. She immersed herself in day-to-day Shan life, eagerly learning the language, culture, and history of »Hsipaw« and its people. As a „reluctant ruler,“ she worked at her husband‘s side to improve the remote region‘s education, health care, and economic well-being. Their efforts on behalf of the Shan people made them one of the most popular ruling couples in Southeast Asia. Then in 1962 a military coup shattered their idyllic existence, an life irrevocably changed.
Twilight over Burma is the story of a great happiness destroyed by evil, the overthrow of one of Burma‘s most respected local leaders, and one woman‘s determination and bravery against a ruthless military regime.
In these fifty-two pieces, originally written for a Japanese newspaper and begun soon after her first release from house arrest (she has been re-arrested and remains to this day a prisoner of conscience), she paints a vivid, poignant yet fundamentally optimistic picture of her native land.
A passionate advocate of better healthcare and education, and the need for ethical foreign investment in Burma's future, Aung San Suu Kyi reveals an accute insight into the impact of political decisions on ordinary people's lives.
These letters were awarded the prestigious Japanese Newspaper Association's Award in 1996. They are illustrated with pencil drawings by the Burmese artist Heinn Htet. (Penguin Books)
Benno Röggla, Initiator und Vorsitzender des Burma-Hilfswerkes "Helfen ohne Grenzen" (Südtirol), nimmt den Leser mit in ein anderes Burma. Nicht das Burma der Touristen, sondern das Burma des Völkermordes, wo Gewalt, Vergewaltigung, Folter und Brandschatzung Millionen Menschen in die Flucht treiben. Versteckt vor den Augen der Welt.
Ein sehr persönlicher Erfahrungsbericht aus der thailändisch-burmesischen Grenzregion, gepaart mit fundierten Informationen über Burma, das Land und die Menschen, das Militär, die humanitären Katastrophen und den Entschluss helfen zu wollen. Ein Buch das bewegt und aufklärt.
(Helfen ohne Grenzen; Verlagsanstalt Athesia Bozen; ISBN 88-8266-426-0)
Ulrike Bey Armut im „Land der Goldenen Pagoden“ · Marco Bünte Dimensionen sozialer Probleme in Myanmar – Ein Überblick · Hans-Bernd Zöllner Der Traum vom budhistischen Wohlfahrtsstaat · Tankred Stöbe Das Gesundheitssystem in Burma/Myanmar unter Ausschluss der ethnischen Minderheiten? · Brenda Belak Der Zugang zur medizinischen Versorgung · Johannes Achilles Das Bildungswesen in Birma/Myanmar – Erfahrungen zum Engagement im Bildungsbereich · Ulrike Bey Frauen in Bildung und Gesundheit · Michael Tröster Die Wa in Gefahr. Nach dem Opiumbann droht in der Special Region eine humanitäre Katastrophe · Jackie Pollock Die Lebensqualität von Migrant/innen in Thailand · Jasmin Lorch Der Rückzug des UN Global Fund aus Burma. Auch als PDF-Dokument zum Download erhältlich.
Letzte inhaltliche Änderung: 30.04.2015 19:43 Uhr