I am always worried I will run out of paper or pencils and pens, money or brain matter before I die.
As an immigrant, I have only my memories to stand on, and so I am worried about my writing.
As a political dissident, I can't go home to Burma anytime soon, as long as the present junta stays in power.
I am very happy to be an American, but freedom is also hard. The current recession is hard. Trying to find a writing and editing job with a name most Americans can't pronounce (therefore they assume I don't know the language) is also hard.
But I am encouraged by the fact that former President Bill Clinton just went to N. Korea and negotiated for the release of the two journalists, Lisa Ling and Euna Lee, who worked for Current TV, set up by former Vice President Al Gore.
In Burma, the kangaroo trial of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has just been postponed again, while the junta warns the Burmese people not to demonstrate. The senior general continues to manipulate the situation. More dissidents and members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) have been arrested and prominant dissident Su Su Nway, who has heart disease, has been put in solitary confinement.
The American Mormon, John Yettaw, who sparked the show trial by swimming to Suu Kyi's house across a lake, is in the prison hospital after "having fits." He is reported to suffer from diabetes.
Now why can't President Clinton fly off to Burma and get these people released, together with the 2000+ political prisoners who are always in the Burmese gulag?
I am sure he will be much more effective than Mr. Ban.
FYI, Burma is a pariah nation on a par with N. Korea. Recently a N. Korean ship allegedly taking arms for sale to Burma (called Myanmar by the junta) was monitored and turned back to N. Korea and credible leaks have come from the Burmese army that N. Korea is helping Burma build a nuclear reactor and tunnels near the new capital city - Naypyidaw (King's Royal Abode.)
Copyright Kyi May Kaung.
Aug 5, 2009