Burma Struggles For Help, Headlines

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It’s not really clear when Bush plans to “speak out for the cause of freedom” in long-oppressed Burma, as he promised in this year’s State of the Union address. But with all that warring in Iraq and Afghanistan and perhaps soon Iran, Burma is likely to remain on a remote backburner of the administration’s – and the MSM’s – agenda.

So it’s worth noting that yesterday the BBC started a series of articles looking at 200,000+ Burmese refugees and migrant workers in Thailand, just one of many stories of struggle in this insurgency-rocked country.

Last month, the UN came damn close
to passing a resolution on Burma, and activist groups hope that more coverage of the country’s plight will help bring about international action against fifty years of military rule.

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