Saturday, February 12, 2005

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Commonwealth raps Pakistan leader

*Snort* fat lot of help that will do. At least ASEAN is being honest when it says it sticks to its policy of non-interfence in one another's domestic issues.

Although, surprisingly, Malaysia and Thailand have expressed the greatest displeasure at Myanmar's lack of democratic progress. Which is a very good sign, I think...if it weren't for their domestic developments, particular Thaksin's Thailand.

Okay, rambling...focus, back to ASEAN and Myanmar. I think it's really very sad when a decade plus ago, ASEAN admitted Myanmar on the premise that constructive engagement (as opposed to EU's ecomomic boycott and diplomatic isolation) would be best in opening up Myanmar. Fast forward to today and Aung San Suu Kyi is still (back) in prison, the most reformist member of the Military Junta, the ex No. 4 guy has been oustered and gee....the Democratic Forum recently organised was about as useful as a KKK meeting on equality of races...


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