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                                                                                                                                                                      Indonesia’s Poor Welcome Burma’s Rohingya Sea Refugees

Volume 1 Issue 241                                        Monday, April 20, 2009                                                                                            B Y P ETER G ELLING                  backs were halted.                          The process, a series of interviews       Bangladesh and into the Middle
                                                                                                                                                                                THE NEW YORK TIMES                  The expulsions reversed a policy         with refugees, will determine if they     East. But new travel restrictions
                                                                                                                                                                      IDI RAYUEK, Indonesia - The only           in which Thailand had allowed thou-         are in need of protection and can         imposed by Bangladesh’s govern-
                                                                                                                                                                      solace for the nearly 200 men living       sands of Rohingya to land in recent         stay in Indonesia, or if they are eco-    ment have forced the Rohingya to
                                                                                                                                                                      in a squalid refugee camp here is          years, mostly on their way to Malay-        nomic migrants who should be              find alternative destinations like
                                                                                                                                                                      the freedom they now have to pray.         sia. The Thai military had denied           returned to Burma.                        Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
                                                                                                                                                                         “In [Burma], if we pray, we are         accusations of pushing the refugees            At the same time, on the resort           The process of status determina-
                                                                                                                                                                      killed,” said Alam Shah, 38, a mem-        out to sea, but Prime Minister Ab-          island of Bali, leaders from around       tion and the negotiations that will
                                                                                                                                                                      ber of the Rohingya Muslim minori-         hisit Vejjajiva of Thailand said in         Southeast Asia, including from            need to take place between Burma
                                                                                                                                                                      ty, who fled the predominantly             February that some boats had been           Burma, are beginning discussions          and Indonesia could take many
                                                                                                                                                                      Buddhist Burma last year.                  towed out to sea and that he intend-        about regional migrants, including        months.
                                                                                                                                                                         “I’m scared they will send us back      ed to investigate.                          the Rohingya. Indonesia, which re-           Meanwhile, the few aid organiza-
                                                                                                                                                                      there. It is a very, very dangerous           About 1,200 men are known to             gional analysts have praised for its      tions in Idi Rayeuk are concerned
                                                                                                                                                                      country,” he added.                        have been pushed out to sea, more           leadership in matters like human          that the camp is not equipped to
                                                                                                                                                                         The Rohingya were found float-          than 300 of whom drowned, accord-           rights, disaster reconstruction and       house refugees for long. The men
                                                                                                                                                                      ing at sea Feb 2, after having spent       ing to the Arakan Project, a non-           other issues involving Burma, fears       were greeted generously by the
                                                                                                                                                                      three weeks aboard a wooden boat           governmental human rights group.            a flood of thousands of Rohingya to       local Acehnese, many of whom live
                                                                                                                                                                      with no motor, no food and no wa-          There are fears, however, that many         its shores if the men in Aceh are         in abject poverty themselves but can
                                                                                                                                                                      ter. When they were found by an            more Rohingya from Bangladesh               allowed to stay.                          relate to the Rohingya’s situation.
                                                                                                                                                                      Indonesian fisherman off the coast         and Burma are still missing.                   “Indonesia is trying to play a lead-   Many Acehnese here have family
                                                                                                                                                                      of Aceh, Indonesia’s northernmost             “It is difficult to say what the exact   ership role in this situation,” said      members who were forced to flee a
                                                                                                                                                                      province, many were close to death.        numbers are,” said Chris Lewa, an           Lilianne Fan, a humanitarian work-        separatist conflict that raged in Aceh
                                                                                                                                                                         A few months before, another            expert on Rohingya issues who               er who has worked in Aceh and             for 30 years until a peace agreement
                                                                                                                                                                      boat with about 200 Rohingya re-           runs the Arakan Project. “But based         Burma and is now advising the             was reached in 2005.
                                                                                                                                                                      fugees landed in Sabang, on the            on the interviews we have done              Acehnese governor.                           “The support has been unreal
                                                                                                                                                                      northern tip of Aceh, where they are       with refugees that have ended up in            “Compared to other regional gov-       and an inspiration for the rest of the
                                                                                                                                                                      now being held at a naval station.         India and Indonesia, we think there         ernments, the Indonesians have            world,” said Sara Henderson, presi-
                                                                                                                                                                      Several more boats were found by           were many more push-backs than              responded very well, especially           dent of the Building Bridges to the
                                                                                                                                                                      the Indian coast guard carrying            have been confirmed.”                       since they have engaged interna-          Future Foundation. “They are still
                                                                                                                                                                      almost 400 Rohingya.                          “What does seem clear,” Lewa             tional organizations,” she said.          giving free fish to the camp when
                                                                                                                                                                         Research by nongovernmental             said, “what is consistent among all            The UN estimates that about            they have barely enough to eat
                                                                                                                                                                      organizations suggests that all the        the interviews we have done with            723,000 Rohingya live in Burma,           themselves.”
                                                                                                                                                                      refugees had passed through deten-         the refugees, is that they were de-         where the military government con-           But the generosity of the Aceh-

A Party in Burma? Once Thailand’s Emergency Rule
                                                                                                                                                            Reuters   tion camps on islands just off the         tained on islands off the coast of          siders them foreigners and denies         nese and the local government is
Women take part in Thingyan celebrations, Burma's new year water festival, in central Rangoon on Friday. The event is the only time during                            coast of Thailand. According to            Thailand before being towed out             them citizenship, passports or the        nowhere near enough, Henderson
the year that the Burmese people can let loose without fear of retribution.                                                                                           interviews with the refugees, the          to sea and set adrift by the Thai           right to own land. There are also         said. “The local community and the

A Year—And Very Wet To Stay For Now, PM Says
                                                                                                                                                                      Thai military towed and abandoned          military.”                                  hundreds of thousands of Rohingya         government do not have the funds
                                                                                                                                                                      at least six boats at sea between             Last week, after months of delays,       living in Bangladesh.                     to support a refugee camp of 198
                                                                                                                                                                      November and January, when the             the UN began the process of “status            The Rohingya in Burma live             men,” Henderson said. “They bare-
                                                                                                                                                                      international news media picked up         determination” for the 391 men be-          mostly in the northern state of Rah-      ly, and rarely, have the funds to take
                                                                                                                                                                      the story and the so-called push-          ing held in Idi Rayeuk and Sabang.          kine and in the past fled through         care of themselves.”

                                                                                B Y K ITTIPONG S OONPRASERT                  Abhisit vowed to find those re-
    INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE         other car in the city appeared to                     REUTERS                    sponsible for Friday’s gun attack on                                                      The pandals, some with names             admission fees that run as high as        following electoral violence due to
RANGOON, Burma - If the ruling gen-      have been mobilized by people          BANGKOK     - Thailand’s capital, Bang-   Sondhi Limthongkul, a core leader                                                      like “Mr LA,” “Dream Boat” or               $10 a person, or a third of a factory     the fact that political parties attacked
erals holed up in Naypyidaw, their       heading to the water festival. By 10   kok, could remain under emer-             of the “yellow shirt” protest move-                                                    “God Theater,” hire disc jockeys            worker’s monthly salary.                  one another in canvassing for votes
                                                                                                                                                                      CONTINUED FROM PAGE             1          and celebrities to entice patrons.            Young people save all year to pay       in the electoral period, because
garrison city in central Burma, want-    am, hundreds of meters of creaking     gency rule for another week after an      ment against former Prime Minister
ed to know what riotous fun young        vehicles were backed up trying to      attempted political assassination         Thaksin Shinawatra who was oust-            we can only do it once a year,” said       Many of the platforms are spon-             for the tickets and clothes for this      democratic practice had not been
Burmese are capable of, they             enter Inya Road, where water from      raised fears of further unrest, Prime     ed in a 2006 coup.                          Ko Zaw Maung, 20, who was with             sored by rich and powerful families         one chance to legally let off steam       mature enough in the countries
should have come down to watch           the nearby lake was being pumped       Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said              Sondhi was in stable condition           his girlfriend, Ma Ju Ju.                  and businesses, under license by            —an explosion of fun paradoxically        concerned,” Vice Senior General
how their people celebrated the tra-     to 27 roadside “pandals,” temporary    Sunday.                                   recovering from head wounds after              The festival originates in the tradi-   the Yangon military command.                provided by the privileged in a re-       Maung Aye said last week, accord-
ditional New Year’s “water festival”     water-throwing platforms that dou-        In his weekly televised address,       gunmen raked his car with automat-          tional Burmese way of bidding                 One pandal, named “Channel-5”            gime that many of the young people        ing to the government mouthpiece,
in this main city.                       bled as discotheques.                  Abhisit also gave more details of a       ic rifle fire on Friday, escalating ten-    farewell to the old year and greeting      is that of Pho La Pyae, a grandson of       hate.                                     The New Light of Myanmar.
   A similar festival is celebrated in      On the pandals, young women         move to amend the controversial           sions after a week of street violence       the new: a respectful sprinkling of        Senior General Than Shwe, the                 When one drunken man tried to              The general’s warning against
neighboring Thailand and Laos. But       screamed and danced under a            2007 constitution in a bid to resolve     involving rival “red shirt” protesters      water to cleanse friends and family        head of the ruling junta. His pandal        barge onto a pandal without an            haste on the road to political
the one here has a certain poignan-      shower of water and disco lights,      Thailand’s long-running political         loyal to Thaksin.                           members as the Buddhist deity Tha          stands apart, the only one not ad-          admission ticket, security guards         reform and his appeal to the mili-
cy about it. This is the one time of     stomping the wooden floors to the      crisis.                                      “This can lead to wider conflict.        Gyar Min descends to grade each            joined by other platforms.                  ruthlessly beat him with batons.          tary to “see to democratic transi-
year when the junta looks the other      ear-shattering rhythms of emo rock        “I hope when I meet you again          Please be confident that the govern-        person for the past year. Thingyan,           The biggest pandal, an arch-             The man, his shirt in shreds, lay in      tion” came as Bangkok, the capital
way as masses of young people let        music, Western and Burmese. It         next Sunday. We will feel normalcy        ment will solve this case with speed        the traditional New Year, begins on        shaped structure with the rather            the road in a stream of water, as the     Thailand, was beset by anti-govern-
loose in dancing and drinking in this    was not yet noon, but the floor was    and peace in society again,” he said      and in a transparent manner,” Ab-           Friday, and the water festival peaks       unimaginative name of YGN (short            throng moved on, pushed forward           ment protests.
otherwise repressive city, where         already strewn with sprawling          of the emergency rule imposed dur-        hisit said, urging Sondhi’s support-        the day before.                            for Yangon) is run by Sithu Moe             by the merry-making mob.                     Under the Burmese version of
gatherings of more than 10 people        young men in a drunken stupor.         ing a week of protests in which two       ers to stay off the streets.                   Nowadays, in Burma as else-             Myint, the son of U Michael Moe               A year and a half ago, the military     democracy, not even the water fes-
are usually banned.                         Down in the street, young men       people were killed and a major               “Please do not raise this issue into     where in Southeast Asia, the ancient       Myint, a Burmese oil magnet.                crushed an uprising led by Budd-          tival can continue after sundown.
   So this week, thousands upon          stomped and danced on top of their     Asian summit canceled.                    a wider violent conflict which will         ritual has been taken over by young           “This festival has become funda-         hist monks. Just under a year ago,        As the sun sank, the water pumps
thousands of mostly black-clad and       vehicles, which crawled along,            The state of emergency covers          put democracy at risk,” he said.            people who have turned it into free-       mentally unfair,” complained a Ran-         Cyclone Nargis left more than             suddenly died. The music went
drippingly wet young Burmese             honking, while the revelers on the     the sprawling city of 10 million peo-        Sondhi’s People’s Alliance for           for-all. It is perfectly acceptable to     goon businessperson who helped              100,000 people dead. Now, the gov-        silent. At both ends of the road, the
thronged this city’s Inya and Kab-       pandals drenched everyone within       ple and surrounding areas, but has        Democracy played no part in the             fling a bucket of icy water at total       organize one of the pandals, speak-         ernment is preoccupied with prepa-        police moved in with barricades.
araye Pagoda roads, the two areas        range with garden hoses and water      had little impact on daily life. There    political violence which forced the         strangers, at a bicyclist or a passing     ing on condition of anonymity for           rations for next year’s elections,        And people strolled back to their
to which the government confined         cannons.                               is no curfew and troops are visible in    government to cancel a major Asian          taxi. (Drunk driving and traffic acci-     fear of government reprisals. “This         which critics say are aimed at pro-       unlit homes.
the weeklong revelry.                       “We celebrate like this because     only a few areas away from tourist        summit last week after Thaksin’s            dents spike during the weeklong            is only for the rich.”                      longing its grip on power.                   “It’s a controlled festival,” the busi-
   As the blazing sun rose, every                       Continued on page 2     sites.                                                      Continued on page 2       festival.)                                    The platform sponsors collect              “Some countries faced instability       ness person said.
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Old Values Becoming Solutions for China’s New Present
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009

                                                          REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL                                                                                                                                                                      OPINION

  B Y A RIANA E UNJUNG C HA                  which has held absolute power since           The New Left’s appeal is built on      variously described as pan-Leftists,           B Y S TEVEN R OBERTS                   And it’s all true. Watch for the              Republican presidential candi-
                                                                                                                                                                                    THE WASHINGTON POST              scene when two players say pre-               date nominee John McCain handi-

          THE WASHINGTON POST                1949, faces growing discontent over        the work of prominent academics,          Maoists or nationalists, many partici-                                                                                                                                      They survived a
BEIJING  - Zuo Dapei took the micro-         unemployment, contaminated infant          including Zuo, 58, of the Chinese         pants say they reject labels but are                   y grandfather, Avram        game prayers in their own lan-                ly won white guys, 57 to 41, but
phone and declared that China’s              formula that has sickened more than        Academy of Social Sciences, and           united in their passion to make sure                   Rogowsky, was not a         guages (the Christian speaks                  three in five Asians and two in            Darwinian process that
                                                                                                                                                                                         man of small dreams.        Swahili, the Muslim Albanian). But            three Hispanics backed Obama.
leaders were going in the wrong              300,000 babies, shoddy construction        Tsinghua University professors Cui        the rewards of China’s development
                                                                                                                                                                            Born in Bialystok, a town that’s         only the book can convey the con-             No wonder Karl Rove calls the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rewarded drive and a
direction. The country had become            that led to the collapse of thousands      Zhiyuan, 47, and Wang Hui, 50.            are shared equally among all its citi-
too capitalist. Things would improve,        of school buildings during last year’s     They have become especially popu-         zens.                                     now in eastern Poland, he moved          text in which these kids play and             Republican Party’s anti-immigrant          touch of deviousness.
he continued, only if the state              Sichuan earthquake and corruption          lar among young people, farmers               Blogger Yang Songlin, a 60-year-      to Palestine as a teenager and           pray.                                         attitude “suicidal.”                       The tired and the
reasserted its control over corporate        among public officials at all levels.      and laid-off factory workers.             old who used to run his own busi-         worked on the first roads ever built        Clarkston became a dumping                    That death wish is not just politi-
                                                                                                                                                                            in Tel Aviv. After returning home,       ground for relief agencies looking            cal, it’s economic. The xenophobes         timorous stayed behind
assets.                                         In a country where the state is            Wang, a professor of humanities        ness in Henan province, said he be-
   The crowd of about 220 people,            often quick to crush criticism, com-       who is considered the leading New         gan to attend the meetings because        falling in love and getting drafted,     to relocate refugees from Burundi             and protectionists who argue that          in Bialystok, Blarney
who had come to hear Zuo and                 munist officials have tolerated the        Leftist, has said that China is caught    of his concern that China had veered      he decided that life in the czar’s       and Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.             immigrants cost jobs have it exactly       and Bologna.
other authors and academics speak            New Left, which is just one part of a      between two extremes: “misguided          from its founding principle of helping    army was not a good career move.         There was good public transporta-             wrong. Newcomers create jobs
on the topic of “Unhappy China,”             broader phenomenon of embold-              socialism” and “crony capitalism.”        the ordinary man. “Bureaucrats, big       He jumped off the troop train and        tion and plenty of affordable hous-           and they always have.                      go back to,” said Paula Balegamire,
cheered.                                     ened Chinese questioning officials            “The common objective of China’s       bosses and intellectual elite formed a    bribed his way onto a ship headed        ing, but throwing kids from 50 dif-              A report by the Center for an           whose husband languished in a
   For a growing number of Chi-              and speaking out about the failings of     New Left is to create an understand-      joint, strong interest group while        to the Holy Land. After realizing        ferent countries into an all-white            Urban Future recently described            Congolese prison, “because there’s
nese, the solutions to the problems          their government.                          ing of the full implications of China’s   Chinese laobaixing, like workers and      that the Ottoman-ruled region was        high school was crazy, “and the               immigrants as “entrepreneurial             nowhere to go back to.”
of the country’s present—including              In what commentators have called        current policies. I think if people see   rural farmers, were marginalized and      no place for a young bride, he sent      result was a raw and exceptionally            sparkplugs,” and the reason is obvi-          Coach Mufleh didn’t have any-
the income gap between rich and              a “patriotic movement,” ordinary citi-     what is really happening in China,        benefited little from the reform          a message to my grandmother              charged experiment in getting                 ous. If they weren’t risk-takers, they     where to go back to, either. When
poor and the manipulation of the             zens, or “laobaixing,” are increasing-     they might be less excited about          process,” he said.                        back in Bialystok: Change of plan,       along.”                                       wouldn’t be here.                          she decided to stay in America after
court system by state officials and          ly seeking to find a way to participate    reforms,” he said.                            Another regular, Chang Xiangle, a     meet me in Brooklyn.                        Some locals reacted badly, espe-              The single stupidest measure            graduating from Smith College,
company executives—lie in its past,          in government in order to improve it:         Zuo has been critical of the robber    29-year-old copy shop owner from             Grandpa Abe reached America           cially Mayor Lee Swaney, who                  enacted since Obama became                 her father cut her off, so she moved
with the teachings of Mao Tse-tung.          to educate themselves about policy-        barons who took advantage of the          Shandong province, said he became         on April 7, 1914, because he was         decreed that only American sports             president was a provision in the           to Atlanta because she liked the
   Although Chairman Mao contin-             making, to influence legislation and       privatization of state enterprises. He    interested in the meetings as he          confident and conniving, ambitious       such as baseball could be played on           stimulus package that makes it             weather and found work washing
ues to be revered here as the vi-            to increase transparency.                  has argued that because they did not      observed what he called the “un-          and ornery—just the sort of immi-        city fields, not football. Others emu-        harder for companies that receive          dishes.
sionary who founded the country                 The new passion for politics can        have to pay back government-run           cured disease of the capitalist sys-      grant that US President Barack           lated Bill Mehlinger, who turned a            federal funds to hire employees               She started shopping in Clark-
and transformed it into a world              be seen in the existence of public         banks and did not adequately com-         tem.” He has been fighting govern-        Obama had in mind when he said           local grocery store into a booming            holding temporary work permits             ston for familiar foods—yogurt,
power, the Communist Party has               seminars such as the one at which          pensate workers, they essentially         ment officials and developers in his      in his inaugural address that this       bazaar selling fish sauce to the              called H-1B visas.                         hummus, pita bread—and one day
broken from many of his ideals               Zuo spoke this month. It is apparent       looted the state’s coffers.               home town who have, in his view,          country was built by “the risk-tak-      Vietnamese, cassava powder to the                One-third of Microsoft’s patent         saw a group of refugee boys play-
through market-based reforms over            in the popularity of such books as            “Look at health-care system            illegally seized land from farmers. In    ers, the doers, the makers of            Africans and whole lambs to the               applications last year were filed by       ing football in a parking lot. She
the past three decades.                      “Unhappy China”—a collection of            reform, property market, and educa-       the Mao era, he said, there was little    things.”                                 Middle Easterners.                            immigrant innovators, and general          watched for an hour and discov-
   Not everyone has been supportive          essays that reject the government’s        tion reform—all of them have deviat-      corruption because there was a pow-          My grandfather, and millions             Mehlinger understood the                   counsel Brad Smith is right when           ered a calling. She realized that soc-
of this shift, and a nostalgia for the old   policy of increased international          ed from benefiting the ordinary           erful system of checks and balances.      like him, represented the great          future, one the Lee Swaneys had               he writes, “The future success of          cer was the answer to “the boys’
days has increased amid the global           cooperation to help the world out of       Chinese public under the huge influ-          Filled with books such as “Secret     genius of the New World.                 better get used to.                           Microsoft and every other US               isolation from the new world
financial crisis. The most influential       the financial crisis and argue that        ence of those interest groups that        History of the American Empire:              They survived a Darwinian                Clarkston is an unusual case but           technology company depends on              around them and their desire to
critics, known collectively as the           China should use its power to further      argue in the name of reform,” Zuo         Economic Hit Men, Jackals and the         process that rewarded drive and a        not an isolated one. The foreign-             our ability to recruit the world’s         connect.”
New Left, are not like the dissidents        its own position. There is also a new,     said in an interview after his talk.      Truth About Global Corruption,”           touch of deviousness. The tired and      born population of the US stood at            best talents.”                                Goal and grit are the same in
or political exiles of a previous gener-     wildly popular genre of fiction called        Wang Xiaodong, 55, one of five         “Empire of Debt” and “Against             the timorous stayed behind in            12.6 percent in 2007, up from 7.9                But no statistic can convey the         Albanian and Swahili. And Eng-
ation. They are not calling for an           “officialdom novels.”                      authors whose works are included in       Capitalism,” the Utopia bookstore is      Bialystok, Blarney and Bologna.          percent in 1990.                              human dimension of immigration,            lish. Mufleh became much more
overthrow of the communist regime.              The books focus on the messy,           “Unhappy China” and a speaker at          a reflection of the group’s philoso-         I thought of Abe when I picked           One in four Californians and one           and no movie can fully evoke the           than a coach. She tutored the kids
Their recommendations and criti-             behind-the-scenes workings of high-        the event with Zuo, said in an inter-     phies. Fan Jinggang, 32, Utopia’s                                                  in five New Yorkers come from                 emotional damage inflicted on fami-
                                                                                                                                                                            up “Outcasts United” by New York                                                                                                  in their lessons, found jobs and
cisms are, instead, based on a belief        level government in China. One             view that he has been disillusioned       manager and a former graduate stu-                                                 other countries.                              lies driven from their homelands
                                                                                                                                                                            Times writer Warren St John.                                                                                                      food for their families and filled the
that state power can redress the             series, “The Beijing Office Repre-         with the current leadership.              dent in Marxism at Peking Uni-                                                        Immigration is closely related to          by boundless brutality. Beatrice
                                                                                                                                                                               It centers on the Fugees, a team                                                                                               gap left by overworked and under-
injustices created by free markets,          sentative,” tells the story of a munici-      “Today in China, those elite are       versity, said sales of books about                                                 race, and today four states (Hawaii,          Ziaty and her children (three sons
                                                                                                                                                                            of soccer-playing misfits from a                                                                                                  manned social service agencies.
privatization and globalization. Their       pal official who observes real estate      lazy and do nothing. They failed to       Mao have increased tenfold since
                                                                                                                                                                            dozen war-ravaged countries trans-       New Mexico, California and                    played for the Fugees) fled out the            “You start off on your own,” she
views are also characterized by a            developers and company executives          generate any innovations even after       the economic crisis began.
                                                                                                                                                                            planted to Clarkston, Georgia, and       Texas) are majority non-white, and            back door of their house in                says, “and you suddenly have a
fierce nationalism and criticism of the      offering bribes or sex to government       spending all that money from taxpay-          During 30 years of capitalist-style
                                                                                                                                                                            their dynamic coach, Luma Mu-            six others—including Swaney’s                 Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, as       family of 120.” In truth, she can
West.                                        officials in exchange for favors. An-      ers,” he said. “China’s current           economic reforms pioneered under
                                                                                                                                                                            fleh, an immigrant from Jordan. Al-      Georgia—are close behind. As Jon              her husband was being killed in            overdo the “tough” part of “tough
   Although the New Left has been            other, called “The Mayor’s Assis-          achievements are more a product of        Deng Xiaoping, Fan said, “we had
                                                                                                                                                                            most 100 years after my grandfa-         Huntsman Jr, the Republican gov-              the front room.                            love.”
publishing position papers in journals       tant,” is told through the eyes of the     efforts by industry workers, rural        been sticking to one goal: America’s
and on the Internet since the 1990s,         assistant to a deputy mayor who            workers.”                                 today is China’s tomorrow, and we         ther’s arrival, America is still re-     ernor of Utah put it, “We’re funda-              Most immigrants to America                 I cringed when she banished
the global financial crisis has brought      watches as his boss gradually be-             The Utopia bookstore has               should work for that.” Now, with the      newed by fresh transfusions of for-      mentally staring down a demo-                 come eagerly, after years of saving        Mandela Ziaty for insubordination,
the group’s leading figures into the         comes more and more corrupt and,           become the premier gathering place        US in crisis, Fan said, “Chinese peo-     eign blood.                              graphic shift that we’ve never seen           and scheming; they stay in touch           called her players “a pathetic
spotlight as never before. Their rise        in the end, is sentenced to death for      for these intellectuals. Although         ple are beginning to reflect on this         The book started as a newspaper       before in America.”                           with kinfolk back home via cell-           excuse for a soccer team” and told
comes as the Communist Party,                his crimes.                                attendees of the seminars have been       phenomenon.”                              article, published in January 2007,         That shift is not just about cassa-        phones and e-mail and retain a             them that they “deserved to lose.”

                                                                                                                                                                            that prompted a huge response—           va powder; it’s about political               sense of connection and communi-           “Control freak” is the same in any
                                                                                                                                                                            tons of donated cash and equip-          power. The entire electorate last             ty. The refugees of Clarkston were         language, too.
                                                                                                                                                                            ment, plus a book contract for St        year was 74 percent white, down               uprooted against their will. “There’s         Those are quibbles, though. This
                                               No PAD leader has been ar-               wants Abhisit to resign and call new         Thaksin and his rural backers
                                             rested or charged in connection            elections.                                remains as deep as ever.                  John and a movie deal that financed      from 88 percent in 1980.                      no point in thinking about where to        is an uplifting tale celebrating the
                                             with the airport seizures which               It is arguing that his victory in a       A new election would be held           a team bus and a new school, the                                                                                                  most old-fashioned of virtues: dili-
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                                             stranded thousands of foreign              parliamentary vote in December            under the constitution drafted by a       Fugees Academy.                                                                                                                   gence, self-discipline, regard for
supporters invaded the conference            tourists and badly damaged the             was illegitimate.                         military-backed government in                You can read the book or wait for                                                                                              others. Phil Kitchin, pastor of a
site in the nearby beach resort of           economy.                                      Abhisit refused again on Sunday        2007, which critics say is undemoc-       the movie, but the book is worth                                  Bernard Krisher, Publisher                                      church that caters to the refugee
Pattaya.                                       By comparison, authorities swiftly       to call a new vote, saying there was a    ratic and has been a source of politi-    the effort. This story is too textured                      Deborah Krisher-Steele, Deputy Publisher                              community, put it this way: “Jesus
   The extra-parliamentary PAD               arrested several red-shirt leaders of      high risk of violence in the current      cal tension.                              for Hollywood. The film will un-                                 Kevin Doyle, Editor-in-Chief                                     said heaven is a place for people of
                                                                                                                                                                            doubtedly portray Mufleh as a                                      Jon Turner, News Editor                                        all nations. So if you don’t like
mounted a street campaign in 2008            the three-week siege of Abhisit’s          politically charged climate.                 Abhisit said political parties will                                                                      Whitney Juckno, Associate Editor
that peaked with the occupation of           offices at Government House,                  Calm has returned to Bangkok’s         have two weeks to suggest amend-          tough-but-tender soul who forges                                                                                                  Clarkston, you won’t like heaven.”
Bangkok’s main airports and under-           which ended last week after troops         streets for now, but the divide           ments, which will be presented to         an adorable group of multicolored           The Burma Daily is an independent newspaper dedicated to strengthening a free p e s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rs.    As the Christian players said after
mined two pro-Thaksin govern-                surrounded the group.                      between Thailand’s royalist elite and     the public for consent.                   young athletes into a cohesive unit                                                                                               their pre-game prayer, “Amen.”
ments that were thrown out by the              The red-shirted United Front for         middle class elements of Thai soci-          “If we get that, we will go ahead      and teaches them the Meaning of                   E-mail—News:; Ads and subscriptions:                      And as the Muslims added,
courts.                                      Democracy against Dictatorship             ety who oppose                            with the amendments.”                     Life and the Joys of Diversity.          ; Publisher:                 “Amin.”

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