What of the Sanctions?

 

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If you are wondering why, after so much talk of economic sanctions against the brutal Burmese regime nothing is being done maybe it’s time to take a look at some of the commercial interest involved.
I have assembled a list of links that examine these very real reasons for the procrastination that we are currently seeing while many Burmese are being arrested and most certainly tortured and killed by the brutal military regime that is in power.
As has been the case throughout history commercial interest are at the heart of the matter.
Examine the links listed below from more learned people than I so as to get a better idea as to the mechanisms involved.

Resisting Sanctions
Freedom for Burma Hampered by Commercial Interests

Why there are unlikely to be meaningful sanctions brought against the Burmese junta by important trade and investment partners.

The Costs of Isolating Myanmar
The Chinese Interest toward Myanmar

Philip Bowring: Asean’s relevance
Philip Bowring Published: FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2005

HONG KONG: Confusion and double standards reign on both sides of U.S.-Southeast Asia relationships. The same week that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was snubbing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations by declining to attend its upcoming annual meeting of foreign ministers in Vientiane, Laos, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore was in Washington signing a new strategic framework agreement with the United States.

 

Myanmar cracks down on protesters

Thomas Hogue
Associated Press
Friday, September 28, 2007

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – Just last Sunday — when marches led by Buddhist monks drew thousands in Myanmar’s biggest cities — Indian Oil Minister Murli Deora was in the country’s capital for the signing of oil and gas exploration contracts between state-controlled ONGC Videsh Ltd. and Myanmar’s military rulers.

The signing ceremony was an example of how important Myanmar’s oil and gas resources have become in an energy-hungry world. Even as Myanmar’s military junta intensifies its crackdown on pro-democracy protests, oil companies are jostling for access to the country’s largely untapped natural gas and oil fields that activists say are funding a repressive regime.

Columns by Swapan Dasgupta

Right Angle
The Burmese puzzle

It’s an awkward time to be presiding over neighbourhood relations. Writing in last Saturday’s Guardian, Aung Zaw, a Burmese exile and editor of the Thailand-based Irrawady magazine proffered a view that is certain to make Indians squirm. The Burmese leaders, he wrote, “still believe they can count on China, India and Russia to prop up their regime…”

 

All the regime’s friends

Myanmar (ex Burma) – 27.9.2007

Russia, China and Indonesia oppose UN sanctions against Myanmar

Urgent business. No sanctions. Last night’s emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, called by France which currently holds the presidency of the UN security council, was not able to come to any agreement.

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