Ex-Political Prisoner Claims Press Can’t Share Freedom in Myanmar

Ex-Political Prisoner Claims Press Can’t Share Freedom in Myanmar

My Dad, Eddy (2nd from right) and his childhood friend Smitty (far right) were inseparable Korea War Era Rakkasan’s

By Daniel Opacki

Over the years I’ve known hundreds of ex-political prisoners (XPP’s) in Burma/Myanmar, and I’ve met hundreds more. During uncountable conversations and interviews, I have never run across a single of Myanmar’s thousands and thousands of XPP’s who took pride in their sacrifice, or claimed that their sacrifice meant significantly more than that of another.Read More

Perspective Connecting Vietnam War Era With The Present

My Vietnam War, 50 Years Later

Author John Grant, a Vietnam War era veteran offers his reflections on his life during the Vietnam War. It’s rare an American writer references the Tale of Kieu, a narrative poem I read during my youth. I believed one day I’d also be going to Vietnam.
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Banknotes in Burma

Banknotes In Burma  is a blog by Min Sun Min (from New York)  who has some posting about banknotes and stamps in Burma. The link offers great detail about money in Burma, including the odd period when notes were 35, 35, 75, 90. He also explains the superstitious nature of the number 9 some of the Generals had a while back. Click on the name (link) at the beginning to read. BURMA FLAG
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Escaping to Freedom with Aung Myo Tint

Many of the popular 1988 Generation student leaders arrested after the 1988 uprising were freed from prison before the 2007 Saffron Uprising occurred. When freed most returned to the Democracy movement immediately. As tensions increased leading up to the 2007 uprising, some of the 88 Generation leaders were hunted down and arrested. Whomever political activists…
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Children in Burma (1)

One of the most enjoyable aspects to traveling in Burma, now Myanmar, is crossing paths with children eager to try their English. Some are just curious and wish to try out a “Hello!”  Sometimes after hearing my “Hello” they would giggle or laugh and run off or at times the real chatty ones wish to…
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Kachin Thanksgiving at the American Center 2010

The Kachin students threw a wild party at the American Center complete with traditional Kachin food and Kachin wine. The food was delicious and the wine? It was on the sweet side but strong so it went down fast and loosened everyone up as we all did some winding marching dancing jumping falling weirding and…
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Selected Photo’s and Memories of Some of Burma’s Pro-Democracy Advocates

  Here Su Kyi said something to me and had a good joke and laugh after she was told I didn’t understand Burmese very well.  Ko Bo, here as a young Botany student, was the leader of the first group of students to protest the currency changes in 1987. He became a leader in the…
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Reflection on my first months in Burma (2008)

This is a blog post from an older blog now closed. The people of Burma love Americans. Everywhere I went every one I met; all of the people told me they love Americans. Burma hasn’t changed much in many ways during the past 40 years. In fact, except for a few homes or buildings it’s…
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