Maung ZarniWatching YouTube Myanmar State Counsellor’s 43rd Singapore lecture -- 1-hour lecture including the questions and answers – entitled, “Democratic Transition in Myanmar: Challenges and the Way Forward,” left me deeply disturbed, pained and outraged.The degree of her delusions, distortions and concoctions made me realize that my fellow Burmese dissident has become nothing more than the most polished mouth piece for her former captors, namely the murderous military regime.Aung San Suu Kyi wasn’t simply one dissident leader among several potential leaders of significance that I, like millions of other Burmese Buddhists, supported in those long years of vibrant anti-dictatorship opposition after the nationwide uprisings of 1988.My sentimental ties to Aung San family is more personal and goes far deeper.One late great uncle of mine was her father’s next-door neighbor, class mate and a friend at Pegu Hall (dormitory) when both were young … [Read more...] about Suu Kyi is most polished mouthpiece of Myanmar military
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Updated 1633 GMT (0033 HKT) April 7, 2018 Vatican City (CNN)They were there to see the Pope: the students waving flags, the newlyweds in white, the priests and nuns and rich donors. In front sat the elderly and sick, many in wheelchairs: the Pope's VIPs. I watched from a balcony, like Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree. As Francis approached the wheelchairs, a dark-haired man slowly uncoiled to meet his embrace. Francis touched the man's head, blessing him, said a few words and moved down the line. Moments later, a small boy leaped from his chair to hug Francis. His mother wiped her hands on her pants before shaking the Pope's. I was surprised to find my eyes tearing, accompanied by a short burst of benevolence. I felt a brief urge to hug everyone in the room. (I am not a hugger.) Read More Covering my tears' tracks, I turned to a colleague. He was emotional, too. It wasn't the first time I'd felt like this. But still, it was a bit odd. Why would witnessing a moment of … [Read more...] about Seeing the Pope help strangers made me tear up. Later I learned why.