1990 Burmese General Election Annulled

(CROSS-POSTED AT HARRY’S PLACE.)

Alex Salmond and Ieuan Wyn Jones have continued their Violet Elizabeth Bott routine over failure to be included in three head-to-head televised leadership debates in the run-up to the General Election by writing a letter to the Director General of the BBC.

It is, we are told, a breach of human rights (that of “the people” of Scotland/Wales, not theirs: they are far too humble to make it about themselves).

Meanwhile, the aspic-preserved State Peace and Development Council in Burma have annulled the results of the 1990 General Election which the National League for Democracy is assumed to have won. In advance of new polls anticipated this year, the SPDC has banned senior NLD figures, including its incareated leader, Aung San Suu Kyi from participated; as well as announcing that they will hand-pick members of the Electoral Commission.

Visiting the country always has placed even the most ethically-minded tourist in a quandary, due to the SPDC’s involvement with most business and tendency to confiscate US dollars which they then use to access the international market.

US citizen, Nyi Nyi Aung had left Burma after his involvement in the failed pro-democracy movement in 1988. In February 2010, he was sentenced to three years hard labour in one of those Gulags which are not of our time. As his fiance discusses, although the formal charge was illegally importing foreign currency, his arrest occurred on arrival before he was able to declare to Customs.

Following an assassination attempt on the South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan during a visit to the country in 1994, which was attributed to North Korean agents, diplomatic relations between the Burma and the DPRK were broken. The two regiemes now have established a dictatorial tag-team with a 2007 rapprochement, with the assumption that the DPRK is seeking access to the natural resources in the region.

Perhaps recognizing one of the failings of their vision of socialism, the diplomat-capitalists of DPRK has long since been suspected of supplying illegal narcotics to other nations. I would not be surprised if they were are seeking access to opportunities such as the niche vacated by Khun Sa at the time of renewed relations.

Whilst the Burmese military was cracking monks’ skulls in 2007, Alex Salmond wrote a letter to the SPDC and 188 other signatories of the Non-Proliferation Treaty requesting Observer status for Scotland at future talks.  One wonders if such ambition elicited a similar confusion to that which is being felt by at least some of the 30 international media organizations to whom he and Ieuan Wyn Jones wrote a similar letter.

(Note also a schoolboy titter from Osama Saeed suggesting that currying favour with the SPDC would be less significant than mistaking the RoK for the DPKR.)

Sit down man, you are a bloody tragedy.

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