burmavjI didn’t learn anything I didn’t already know by watching Burma VJ (which can be viewed on YouTube). But witnessing, even second-hand, the police brutality of a repressive military dictatorship regime is eye opening – and heart wrenching too, of course. The Burmese people are aching to be free.

I was rather distressing to learn that a Canadian mining conglomarate Ivanhoe Mines, is, according to Canadian Friends of Burma,

in a 50/50 joint venture with Burma’s ruling junta [and] operates the biggest foreign mining venture in Burma.

It appears our former Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, was appointed only just last month as “senior international adviser to the company”.  I hope his advice is beneficial to the Burmese people.

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