Posts tagged “aung san suu kyi”
July 20, 2009
From the Barcelona stop on U2′s 360 Tour, a performance of “Walk On” with Aung San Suu Kyi masks.
For more information on Aung San Suu Kyi, take a look at our page for her book with Alan Clements, The Voice of Hope.
July 11, 2009
From Amnesty International: the history of Aung San Suu Kyi and the history of Burma.
July 1, 2009
The band U2—who wrote the Grammy-winning 2001 song “Walk On” about imprisoned Nobel Prize laureate and rightfully-elected Burmese democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi—have asked attendees of their Fall 2009 360 Tour to wear masks with the face of Daw Suu Kyi during the performance of “Walk On.” The purpose: to remind the world, through the image of tens of thousands of Aung San Suu Kyi faces in the audience at U2′s internationally-attended concerts, that Aung San Suu Kyi is still alive, still in prison—and still awaiting release by the military government of Burma.
Prisons can only function if the prisoner becomes faceless, dehumanized, forgotten. By putting the face of Aung San Suu Kyi in the public eye—out from behind the walls of her house by the lake, out from behind the walls of Insein Prison, into audiences across the United States and Europe—U2 hopes to undermine the forgetfulness, the silence central to prison.
June 23, 2009
Given Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent trial, the seemingly-inevitable illegal extension of her house arrest (which has been going on intermittently since 1989), and the possibility of her spending yet another term as a political prisoner in Insein Prison, it’s important not to forget that despite the Burmese government’s ability to keep Daw Suu Kyi physically under lock and key, her voice and her political ideas are still at large, still at work in the world. From David Calleja of the Foreign Policy Journal in his review of Daw Suu Kyi’s book, The Voice of Hope:
In the process of unravelling Daw Suu Kyi’s deepest thoughts, [interviewer Alan] Clements uncovers a defiant individual that will not be intimidated by weaponry in the hands of authority, while uncovering the keys to life; love for humanity, education and an open heart. . . . The appeal of the dialogue is that Daw Suu Kyi’s answers to some of Clements’ lengthy questions and points are presented plainly and with fervour as if addressing a crowd of tens of thousands of her supporters. There is no place for political spin within these pages, which enhances the readability.
. . . Alan Clements has presented us a manual for life that crudely tells that the developed and most powerful leaders on the planet to stop waiting idly by for a miracle to occur without hard work. This book is the catapult that will launch individuals into taking immediate action.
May 15, 2009
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate, leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma, elected leader of the Burmese civilian government in 1990, and political prisoner for 15 of the years since 1989, was accused on May 13 of violating the terms of her house arrest by the military government of Burma. Dr. Suu Kyi was transferred from her lakeside compound to Insein Prison along with two members of her household. Learn how you can get involved by reading the full article.