Burma and New York Activists

March 03, 1997



Salim Lone

a columnist for the Daily Nation in Kenya and a former spokesperson for the UN mission in Iraq.

In recent weeks, Burma’s military leadership has launched
attacks on the only remaining ethnic group that his resisted the
dictatorship — the Karens and their organization the Karen
National Union. Thousands have fled their homes and villages,
fleeing toward neighboring Thailand.

Groups ranging from Amnesty International to the U.S. Refugee
Committee have condemned the offensive by Burma’s State
Law and Order Restoration Council known as SLORC.

Meanwhile, here in New York, Burmese democracy activists are
taking their fight to the New York City Council. The
government-in-exile wants the largest city in the United States
to cut all ties with companies doing business in the southeast
Asian country.

Here to discuss recent developments in Burma and the United
States are two guests.


DENNIS BERNSTEIN, a journalist and producer of the
daily news magazine Flashpoints out in our sister stations KPFA
in Berkeley. Dennis co-authored People of the Opiate: Burma’s
Dictatorship of Drugs Touches Everything, Even the CIA, the
cover story in the December 16th issue of The Nation magazine.

DR. THAUNG HTUN, the UN representative of the National Coalition Government of the
Union of Burma.