Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Biography* of "Aung San Suu Kyi"


1942: September 6. Marriage of Aung San, commander of the Burma Independence Army, and Ma Khin Kyi (becoming Daw Khin Kyi), senior nurse of Rangoon General Hospital, where he had recovered from the rigours of the march into Burma.
1945: June 19. Aung San Suu Kyi born in Rangoon, third child in family. "Aung San" for father, "Kyi" for mother, "Suu" for grandmother, also day of week of birth.
Favourite brother is to drown tragically at an early age. The older brother, will settle in San Diego, California, becoming United States citizen.
1947: July 19. General Aung San assassinated. Suu Kyi is two years old. Daw Khin Kyi becomes a prominent public figure, heading social planning and social policy bodies.
1948: January 4. The Independent Union of Burma is established.
1960: Daw Khin Kyi appointed Burma's ambassador to India. Suu Kyi accompanies mother to New Delhi.
1960-64: Suu Kyi at high school and Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi.
1964-67: Oxford University, B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics at St. Hugh's College (elected Honorary Fellow, 1990).
British "parents" are Lord Gore-Booth, former British ambassador to Burma and High Commissioner in India, and his wife, at whose home Suu Kyi meets Michael Aris, student of Tibetan civilisation.
1969-71: She goes to New York for graduate study, staying with family friend Ma Than E, staff member at the United Nations, where U. Thant of Burma is Secretary-General. Postponing studies, Suu Kyi joins U.N. secretariat as Assistant Secretary, Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions. Evenings and weekends volunteers at hospital, helping indigent patients in programs of reading and companionship.
1972: January 1. Marries Michael Aris, joins him in Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, where he tutors royal family and heads Translation Department. She becomes Research Officer in the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1973: They return to England for birth of Alexander in London.
1974: Michael assumes appointment in Tibetan and Himalayan studies at Oxford University.
1977: Birth of second son, Kim at Oxford.
While raising her children, Suu Kyi begins writing, researches for biography of father, and assists Michael in Himalayan studies.
1984: Publishes Aung San in Leaders of Asia series of University of Queensland Press. (See Freedom from Fear, pp. 3-38.)
1985: For juvenile readers publishes Let's Visit Burma (see Freedom from Fear, pp. 39-81), also books on Nepal and Bhutan in same series for Burke Publishing Company, London.
1985-86: Visiting Scholar, Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, researching father's time in Japan. Kim with her, Alexander with Michael, who has fellowship at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies at Simla in northern India.
1986: On annual visit to grandmother in Rangoon, Alexander and Kim take part in traditional Buddhist ceremony of initiation into monkhood.
1987: With fellowship at Indian Institute Suu Kyi, with Kim, joins Michael and Alexander in Simla. Travels to London when mother is there for cataract surgery.
Publishes "Socio-Political Currents in Burmese Literature, 1910-1940" in journal of Tokyo University. (See Freedom from Fear, pp. 140-164.) September. Family returns to Oxford. Suu Kyi enrolls at London School of Oriental and African Studies to work on advanced degree.
1988: March 31. Informed by telephone of mother's severe stroke, she takes plane next day to Rangoon to help care for Daw Khin Kyi at hospital, then moves her to family home on University Avenue next to Inya Lake in Rangoon.
July 23. Resignation of General Ne Win, since 1962 military dictator of Burma. Popular demonstrations of protest continuing.
August 8. Mass uprising throughout country. Violent suppression by military kills thousands.
August 15. Suu Kyi, in first political action, sends open letter to government, asking for formation of independent consultative committee to prepare multi-party elections.
August 26. In first public speech, she addresses several hundred thousand people outside Shwedagon Pagoda, calling for democratic government. Michael and her two sons are there.
September 18. Military establishes State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC). Political gatherings of more than four persons banned. Arrests and sentencing without trial reaffirmed. Parliamentary elections to be held, but in expectation that multiplicity of parties will prevent clear result.
September 24. National League for Democracy (NLD) formed, with Suu Kyi general-secretary. Policy of non-violence and civil disobedience. October-December. Defying ban, Suu Kyi makes speech-making tour throughout country to large audiences.
December 27. Daw Khin Kyi dies at age of seventy-six.
1989: January 2. Funeral of Daw Khin Kyi. Huge funeral procession. Suu Kyi vows that as her father and mother had served the people of Burma, so too would she, even unto death.
January-July. Suu Kyi continues campaign despite harassment, arrests and killings by soldiers.
February 17. Suu Kyi prohibited from standing for election.
April 5. Incident in Irawaddy Delta when Suu Kyi courageously walks toward rifles soldiers are aiming at her.
July 20. Suu Kyi placed under house arrest, without charge or trial. Sons already with her. Michael flies to Rangoon, finds her on third day of hunger strike, asking to be sent to prison to join students arrested at her home. Ends strike when good treatment of students is promised.
1990: May 27. Despite detention of Suu Kyi, NLD wins election with 82% of parliamentary seats. SLORC refuses to recognise results.
October 12. Suu Kyi granted 1990 Rafto Human Rights Prize.
1991: July 10. European Parliament awards Suu Kyi Sakharov human rights prize.
October 14. Norwegian Nobel Committee announces Suu Kyi is winner of 1991 Peace Prize.
1991: December. Freedom from Fear published by Penguin in New York, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Also in Norwegian, French, Spanish translations.
December 10. Alexander and Kim accept prize for mother in Oslo ceremony. Suu Kyi remains in detention, having rejected offer to free her if she will leave Burma and withdraw from politics. Worldwide appeal growing for her release.
1992: Suu Kyi announces that she will use $1.3 million prize money to establish health and education trust for Burmese people.
1993: Group of Nobel Peace Laureates, denied entry to Burma, visit Burmese refugees on Thailand border, call for Suu Kyi's release, Their appeal later repeated at UN Commission for Human Rights in Geneva.
1994: February. First non-family visitors to Suu Kyi: UN representative, U.S. congressman, New York Times reporter.
September-October. SLORC leaders meet with Suu Kyi, who still asks for a public dialogue.
1995: July 10. SLORC releases Suu Kyi from house arrest after six years of detention.

In the last four years her movements have still been restricted. While she has had some opportunities to telephone her family in England, she is regularly denounced in the government-controlled media, and there is concern for her personal safety. Efforts to revive any NLD party activities have been balked, and its members have been jailed and physically attacked. In the first months after detention was ended, she was able to speak to large gatherings of supporters outside her home, but this was stopped. Yet her popularity in the country has not diminished.

Internationally her voice has been heard not infrequently. Reporters with cameras and videotape have been able to interview her in person, and telephone interviews with the media outside Burma have also been published. Using video cassettes she has sent out statements, including the keynote address to the NGO Forum at the U.N. International Women's Conference in Beijing in August 1995.

There have been a number of visitors from abroad, including a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, whom she told that Norway will be the first country she will visit when free to travel. SLORC has changed its name to the State Peace and Development Council, but its repressive policies and violation of human rights continue unabated.

Suu Kyi discourages tourists from visiting Burma and businessmen from investing in the country until it is free. She finds hearing for such pleas among western nations, and the United States has applied economic sanctions against Burma, but Burma's neighbours follow their policy of not intervening in the internal affairs of other sovereign states, and Burma has been admitted into the Association of South Eastern Asian Nations.

On March 27, 1999, Michael Aris died of prostate cancer in London. He had petitioned the Burmese authorities to allow him to visit Suu Kyi one last time, but they had rejected his request. He had not seen her since a Christmas visit in 1995. The government always urged her to join her family abroad, but she knew that she would not be allowed to return. This separation she regarded as one of the sacrifices she had had to make in order to work for a free Burma.

What is Censorship?

*Censorship is the suppression of speech or deletion of communicative material which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the government or media organizations as determined by a censor.


*Internet the control or suppression of the publishing or accessing of information on the internet.


*Forgiving is love's toughest work, and love's biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people, that we should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love's power to break nature's rule.
*You know what they say: "Men forget but never forgive, to whereas women forgive but never forget"...But w@ i know is that, to FORGIVE is possible but to FORGET is impossible (it also depends on the kind of hurt you went through).
*It's no use to hold grudges...b'coz they are simply a waste of perfect happiness. N plus life is too short to that, so rather "4gv"...b'coz that will surely set you free.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Internet & Democratic Project!

*The project’s initial case studies investigated three frequently cited examples of the Internet’s influence on democracy. The first case looked at the user-generated news site OhmyNews and its impact on the 2002 elections in South Korea. The second documented the role of technology in Ukraine’s Orange Revolution. The third analyzed the network composition and content of the Iranian blogosphere. Fall 2008 saw the release of a new series of case studies, which broadened the scope of our research and examined some less well-known parts of the research landscape. In a pair of studies, we reviewed the role of networked technologies in the 2007 civic crises of Burma's Saffron Revolution and Kenya’s post-election turmoil. In April 2009, Urs Gasser's three-part case study examined the role of technology in Switzerland’s semi-direct democracy. This case expands on our study of foreign blogospheres with an analysis of the Arabic language blogosphere.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


- The internet and the WWW have made a large number of new sources of data available, including meta data. They also provide new interfaces to existing data sources.
- The internet and the WWW are becoming the dominant platform for new communication media between researchers (including new forms of virtual collaboration) and between research and society at large.
- The internet and the WWW enable the development and use of new web-based research tools in all areas of scientific and academic research and thus create new challenges for science and technology policy


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Friday, September 18, 2009

DEE...Final Project***

*Look @ the camera...FLASH!
*Smile @ the camera...WOW!


DAMN...I've never been so excited in my whole entire life.
I mean, i'm gonna make a movie...hello did you get me?
i said a "M.O.V.I.E"! this is soooooooo gonna be fun, can't w8!!!

*The movie must deal with the ffg topic:
"Informal Durban-- Diverse and democratic use of the city spaces in the CBD"

*I got so many ideas, but am still a lil' bit confused on which particular "aspect of an everyday life in the city of Durban" to choose 4rm.
*But which ever aspect i choose, i gotta make sure that i do a gr8 and an interesting movie on it (this project carries a lot of marks).
*I have to showcase my news-media "practitioner" side, you know!!! (wink)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Prostitution versus the 2010 World Cup!

*The 2nd Article: Me and my collegues chose to write about prostitution on the resemblence of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

*We thought the best way to go about writing this article, was to find out what are "people" views on the matter of legalising prostitution, so we took it down to the streets of Durban. Many people had difference views, but more or else it was the same, because most of them thought that prostitution shouldn't be legalised, to whereas some of the thought that it should. But all of this boiled down to: THE 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP!!...what will be the best solution for it.

*The main QUESTION was: "Is legalising prostitution the best way to secure the 2010 World Cup?"

*See our article on this link:

...and for more info, click on the following web-links:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Does "MUTHI" really work when it comes to soccer?

*That's an ultimate myth!...But it's reality!!!

*Every team wants to win when it comes to soccer, and the team would do anything (when i say "anything", i mean "anything") to achieve that particular win. Even if it means they have to conspire, cheat, use muthi or diabolically even kill (you'll never know, they are desperate....remember).

*Approximately 94.7% of soccer teams here in S.A, use muthi (...Yep, believe it). @ times it works but sometimes it backfires. They say funny and weird things happen if it's used wrongly. @least a majority of the team believes in 'muthi', but the rest just don't. One has to follow the Inyanga's orders or else sparks will fly and the team will certainly lose...KABUHLUNGU FUTHI!

*They could use their muthi, i don't have a problem with that. But...i believe and have faith in God! Surelly if you ask God anything in a good & faithful way, he will answer you in a good way...believe me...i know.

*When it comes to soccer...pure luck works it way out, and you know what they say:
"Ibhola lyaginqika" (The ball rolls)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bafana Bafana, kant' kwenzenjani?

*It really saddens me that the fact that the FIFA World Cup is just around the corner, and our team is just repeatingly losing every game they play. It's so disappointing for our country yaz', i mean, we hosting D' Biggest event but, it's seems like we gonna get booted out early in the game...(w@ a pity). The 2-0 loss with Germany was bad, but the 1-0 loss with Ireland was much even worse...(what's going with our boys?). No doubt about it, we've got exceptional players but, it seems like they have a black cloud over their heads. I don't know if the problem is with them or it's with the coach himself, ey'...only God knows.
*The ultimate question still remains: "Can Bafana Bafana win the FIFA World Cup?"
*My answer: ...uhm, if only a miracle can happen. But i still have HOPE and FAITH that maybe, just maybe they'd do the country proud. Eish...but the chances of doing that are very slim.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What is "Perfect Happiness"?

*Perfect happiness really does exist!
Yep. It does exist in the heart of countless idealists of all creeds, ages, and colours.
Is it an abstract concept of an ethereal dreamworld inhabited by naive mavericks and lost souls?
I don't think so.
To me, perfect happiness is...

  1. *accepting the fact that life is not other than the one you are living. So while @ it, enjoy as much as you can, doing your utmost best to take chances that come your way.
  2. *discovering and celebrating who you are. Do not despise yourself and wherever you find yourself today. Comparing yourself to the pretenders and contenders will only make you more miserable.
  3. *walking as far away as is possible from the gurus and their weird prescriptions. Life, as it is, is already complicated, so make yours as easy as you choose.
  4. *realising that your ability to string together a conversation with your creator, is the surest way to delay the greying of the follicles. "Worry", is a spoiler. So why become a beast of burdens when you can choose to become a temple of joy?
  5. *accepting who you are not. You cannot be everybody and everything. So put on your uniqueness and strengths. In the company of intergrity, love and compassion, hold your head up high and swagger your way towards your dream.
  6. *learning to give yourself a hug every new day. Laugh a lot and let your regrets be few.
  7. *knowing that there are sharks in the waters around you, so learn the secrets of preserving your soul. Do noy point a finger @ others. Deal with your faults and mistakes responsibily and you will definately find grace.

Happiness Quote

Monday, September 7, 2009

Weekend Special...

*I really enjoyed my weekend bra...
*Well...last week Saturday, my family and i went to a party @ Newland West.
* T'was 1 of those "colour of the day" type of a party, so t'ws restricted that everybody dat was invited 2 da party, must wear a red top and a pair of jeans.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


*Life is too short...
Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.
Laugh when you can, apologise when you should and let go of what you can't change.
Love deeply and forgive quickly.
Take chances...give your everything and have no regrets.
*Life is too short...
To be unhappy, you have to take the good with the bad.
Smile...when you're sad, love what you got and always remember what you had.
Always forgive but, never forget, learn from your mistakes, but never regret.
People change, and things go wrong but always remember that...

Friday, September 4, 2009






...Ey, i wonder neh...ukuth' w@ will this particular "Friday" bring 4 me.
But so far so good, everything jst seems normal.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Peace, Love & Happiness!

*You may say im a dreamer, but ey'...i aint the only 1.


*God Bless!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Eminent examples of alternative presses!

*Mr Tengo Jabavu...
*He's 4rm the Eastren Cape, born in 1859 and passed away in 1921. And he owned the newspaper: "Imvo Zabantsundu". This particular newspaper, sought to articulate & unify the interests of the emerging African Christian middle class. He was a 2ru master publicist!

*Mr Solomon Plaatjie...
*He's 4rm the Northern Cape, born in 1876 & passed away in 1932. And he owned the newspaper: "Koranta ea Becona", which was published in August 1901. He was the 1st black person to translate Shakespeare to an African language. he was a 2ru investigative journalist!

Alternative Press in S.A!

*This is the 1st full-length study of the protest-cum-resistance press and its role in the struggle for a democratic South Africa between the 1880's and the 1960's. South Africa's alternative press played a crucial, but still largely undocumented, role in the making of modern South Africa. Projecting the point of view of intermediary social groups, who saw themselves as a modernising, upwardly mobile non-ethnic force in the struggle to create a black middle-class culture in South Africa, these presses mirrored political realities that differed substantially from those projected by South Africa 's established commercial press, which was owned and controlled by whites, and concerned almost exclusively with the political, economic, and social life of the white population. An important venue for an emerging black literacy tradition, these alternative presses also constitute a unique political and social archive.(Switzer Les)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Flowers, garden *BLOSSOM FLOWER BLOSSOM!!!
*The yellows, the oranges, the reds, the those are "spring" colourz!!!
*It"s all about being B.R.I.G.H.T

Durban Rickshaw Pullerz!!!

*My collegues and i went down to do our project "article" that was of livelihoods in the informal sector. So, the 3 of us chose to write an article about the amazing Rickshaw Pullers. We saw that this would be a great experience , to actually find out more about these people and these Rickshaws.

This led us to interview a Rickshaw Puller:
John Sibiya (He tells more about his personal background in this business). He was born in 1958 and he started doing this Rickshaw business in 1981. His late father got him into this particular business, because he to, was a Rickshaw Puller 4 many years till he died. (MY HIS FATHER'S SOUL...REST IN PERFECT PEACE). Mr.J.Sibiya is a husband to 3 wives and a father to 19 children. He lives @ Kwa-Nongoma with his whole family.

He utters that the earnings he makes from this business, simply sustains him and his family. BUT... we asked ourselves how? 'Coz he just charges R20 per ride, but depends on the trip. He said that kyazameka (coping), though @ times it's really tough 2 da matter of, he sometimes goes home without even enough 2 buy a loaf of bread. That's 1 of the challenges he faces almost everyday. But he also comes across to whereas people just walk pass by him when he's marketing himself, some other people just ignore him, totally.

But despite all of that, he still loves his job and he does it with great passion. In addition to 2010, he has great anticipation, due to the fact that he feels that the World Cup will bring him an inflow of large number of tourists. Which he sees that t'will boost his economy for just those few months. He enjoys every moment in this pulling business.

*We also enjoyed ourselves during this whole experience of the "RICKSHAW WORLD"!!!
*T'was ultimatetly a gr8 privilage to meet and interview Mr .J. Sibiya.

*To view our article, click on the link below:

Social inequality, is a defin8 REALITY.

"Social inequality occurs when ideology and power combine in such a way as to make one group superior or inferior to another group." This definition comes 4rm my dad's old Sociology textbook, that was just laying around the house. So, yeah...racial discrimination can be considered as a social inequality b'coz prior to the past, the days of the Apartheid Era. The Whites were superior, which made the Blacks to be inferior in many aspects. Other examples of social inequality, includes "sexism". For many years, women didn't have the right to own property or vote. They were essentially consindered to be possessions of their husbands or fathers and were therefore inferior to the superior males within the society. Even the difference in economic classes, is considered as social inequality. Those with significant wealth have considerably more power than those without wealth. Along with that, there's a commonly held ideology that supports the idea that wealthy (or even middle class) people are superior 2 those who live in poverty. if love?...

Dat's just a negative attitude... As if love would change the world?...
Does any1 trully believes that could really happen? YES, i do believe. It's all left up 2 the people @ large, on whether they to live in a more loving and caring atmosphere. LOVE CAN CREATE 2GEDANESS!!!
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