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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:02 AM

Obama speech in Yangon touches opposition history

Source: AP-Excite

ERIKA KINETZ

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - The soldiers began to shoot students at Rangoon University at 6:30pm. Hla Shwe watched, cowering in a nearby building, as his friends died. "I heard the shouting," he recalled. "They shot whoever they saw."

It was July 7, 1962, the day rage at the military's recent coup boiled over and a date now seared into the memory of Hla Shwe, who is 75 years old.

"I got the idea that if they used the gun against students, why shouldn't we use guns to fight them?" he said.

When President Barack Obama speaks at Hla Shwe's alma mater Monday, he will be treading on ground heavy with political and historical significance.

FULL story at link.



Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20121118/DA2K8KQ82.html




In this picture taken on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, repair work progresses at Yangon University's Convocation Hall, in Yangon, Myanmar. Inside the school's Convocation Hall, where President Barack Obama will deliver a speech on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, is a riot of staple guns, buzz saws, sandpaper, hammers, spackle, drills, brooms, and fresh paint. But the facade of the building remains cracked with a black crust. Local superstition holds that scrubbing the building clean would unbalance the resigned calm that has settled on the campus and spark another round of unrest. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:14 AM

1. Good News

That the Leadership of Myanmar changed course some time ago is one of the best news out of this region. I'm glad that they are on a way to democracy. That an US President is speaking in a country that few years was very isolated and an abuser of human rights is historic in my view.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:41 PM

2. Interesting read!

Thanks for the link,OS.

I wasn't aware of the significance of Obama's visit.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:19 PM

3. Good that US-Myanmar relations are improving.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:53 PM

4. I think that our relative progress in Burma has been one of the least covered foreign policy issues.

We've gone from a hostile, reclusive, brutal rogue state to a country with major political problems, but at least one that seems to want to make some progress.

It's a wash. But a wash is better than failure.

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