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Worldwide advertisement in Financial Times to stop brutal crackdown on Burmese protesters

Posted by theonlinecitizen on October 5, 2007

From avaaz.org

Today, our petition to China and the UN Security Council to stop the brutal crackdown on peaceful Burmese protesters is being delivered to the world in a full page ad in the Financial Times worldwide — but the ad was rejected by other newspapers like the South China Morning Post and the Singapore Straits Times. Our message is an invitation to China to do the right thing in Burma, not an attack — yet even that seemed too much for media that fear Chinese reprisals.

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11 Responses to “Worldwide advertisement in Financial Times to stop brutal crackdown on Burmese protesters”

  1. Your image is telling the story. They want to bash China.

  2. Dylan said

    “— but the ad was rejected by other newspapers like the South China Morning Post and the Singapore Straits Times.”

    I cannot find this statement in avaaz.org?

  3. Max Prime said

    Dylan, that statement came from an email circulated to all who have signed the avaaz petition at http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/

    Full text:
    From “Ricken Patel – Avaaz.org”

    Dear friends,

    Today, our petition to China and the UN Security Council to stop the brutal crackdown on peaceful Burmese protesters is being delivered to the world in a full page ad in the Financial Times worldwide — but the ad was rejected by other newspapers like the South China Morning Post and the Singapore Straits Times. Our message is an invitation to China to do the right thing in Burma, not an attack — yet even that seemed too much for media that fear Chinese reprisals.

    We won’t let our voice be silenced like this. We’re taking our message to the streets, in an international day of action on Saturday — details are on our petition page, and below. And we’re redoubling our efforts to make our voice louder: our petition is approaching 600,000 signatures, closing fast on our 1 million goal.The petition link is below – send this email to all your friends and family and help us reach 1 million voices by Saturday!

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/w.php

    To organize an event for the global day of action, just follow the steps below. To attend an event, scroll down our petition page at the link above for a list of events around the world. Here’s some simple steps for organizers:

    # Choose a public place or landmark in your town, and organize friends to go there all wearing the same maroon red clothing as the Burmese monks. Tell local media about your plans, and email the details and contact information to dayofaction@avaaz.org — we will try to advertise your event on our petition page.
    # Ask people attending your event to share their feelings on this crisis and the need for action, and then tie a red ribbon or piece of cloth around fences or trees to leave a more lasting sign of your support for the Burmese.

    The worldwide outcry to save Burma’s peaceful monks and protesters is one more sign of how the world is getting closer, feeling increasingly responsible to each other, and for each other as human beings. We’re bringing a voice of humanity to this desperate situation, and we must not be silenced.

    With hope and determination,

    Ricken, Paul, Graziela, Ben, Sarah, Iain, Galit, Pascal, Milena and the whole Avaaz Team.

    PS – Here are some great links for local reporting on the current situation in Burma:

    http://www.irrawaddy.org

    http://www.mizzima.com

    _____________________________________

    [-525.137491-]
    You are getting this message because you signed “Stand with the Burmese Protesters” on 2007-09-27 using the email address xxx@xxx.xxx. To change your email address, language settings, or other personal information, go here

    Please add avaaz@avaaz.org to your address book to make sure you keep receiving emails from Avaaz, or go here to unsubscribe.

    Avaaz.org is staffed by a global team of campaigners operating on 3 continents. We have administrative offices in London, New York, and Rio de Janeiro. Please direct mail to our NY office at 260 Fifth Avenue, 9th floor, New York, NY 10001 U.S.A.

  4. whome? said

    Avaaz.org appears to have been setup by Moveon.org (from the Avaaz website), whereas Moveon focuses on US politics, Avaaz focuses on international politics.

    I wonder who funds Moveon and I found this:

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/10032007/postopinion/opedcolumnists/muzzled_by_moveon.htm

  5. Max Prime said

    Whome, one needs to distinguish the issues from the people. regardless of who is behind Moveon, the issue at hand strikes a chord with enough people I think. I am not at all surprise that Soros is at all sponsoring the parent organization. d

    Activities like the placing advertisements in foreign papers in various countries can hardly be feasible with a kitty bank of peanuts.

    I suppose most will agree with me that while we may not agree with Soros, the American liberals (or Dubya’s christian fundamentalist right-wingers for that matter) on all matters and positions, this petition and awareness drive is a noble one, as with the open call for conscientious action on the part of the Chinese and others.

    Before we get carried away, let us not forget the REAL ISSUE here – DID the STRAITS TIMES turn down an advert from avaaz.org? If so WHY? Was there pressure from any quarter i.e. local or foreign in nature? Would avaaz.org kindly, if they have it reproduce any evidence e.g. recorded conversations that may have been conducted with the Straits Times in the course of getting this advert accepted by the latter?

  6. Steven said

    I support your petition to the UN Security Council but disagree to drag China in. You cannot teach your neighbour how to run his or her own family. Please be realistic. Don’t turn the campaign into anti-China campaign which the US and western powers hope for. This is an internal affairs of Burma. International community can only put pressure to the military junta to be more democratic. There are some idiotic people who just can’t separate sport from politics calling for the boycott of China olympics. Pl for goodness sake, what happened in Burma is an internal affairs. Sorry, Burma did not have mush oil wells like those countries in Saudia, Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait. Otherwise, the US will send their troops to “liberate” Burma like what they did to Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Steven Chan, Singapore

  7. Mohd Shafie said

    Avaaz.org was co-founded by Res Publica, a global civic advocacy group, and MoveOn.org, an online community that has pioneered internet advocacy in the United States.

    I believed you are another US propanganda machine to bash China. What a disagrace and shame on you to capitalise on the miserable of the Myanmarese situation by putting the blame partly to China. How about other countries with dealings to the Myanmar govt. Sigh!

    Mohd Shafie

  8. Max Prime said

    Mohd Shafie call me or others a western backed basher or any other names you want.I believed I have stated in no ambiguous terms that I do not support Soros or Avaaz or Moveon or Dubya or Liberals or anyone else for everything and on everything. My support is on a case by case basis. You are most welcome to believe what you want to believe. We are supposed to be living in a democracy aren’t we? So each and everyone should be allowed to hold and express any view so long as aren’t physically injurious or will have such an effect on another fellow HUMAN BEING.

    China is but just the 1st step. In fact, each and every country and business that has dealings with the Juta will be identified and pressured to end all commercial dealings that benefits the regime or the regime’s families. or increases the capacity of the regime to further terrorize its own people. Ther Thank you.e are already enough credible sources around where info can be readily gotten on who these countries and companies may include e.g. Jane’s Defence Weekly.

    And to clarify things, I am NOT in favour of a boycotting the Beijing Olympics. I have never believed that sports and politics can mix nor stated in print here or anywhere else that insinuates support of such a position. Thank you and have a nice day.

  9. Max Prime said

    For what it is worth, if anyone who happens to think that China needs to reassess its priorities is a China basher, by the same token, is everyone who is opposed to the American led occupation a Islamic fundamentalist or an unreal left-wing romantic? Or is every a Singaporean who is against the PAP a traitor to Singapore because Singapore and the PAP has become so synonymous with one another or so we are led to believe?

    And on what basis may I know you judge me or brand me a China basher? Just because I supported this particular petition of Avaaz.org? Again by the same token, will everyone who gives to a charity that supports the upliftment of the poor, sick, hungry or disadvantaged a communist?

    Of course you and others are entitled to what you think. This is a 1st world country and democracy we happen to live in or is it not?

  10. David said

    Though China and Singapore are just as guilty in indirectly supporting Junta to continue their regime, we should not use Burma case to attack China and Singapore since the most important thing is to do now is free Burma from tyrant, and anything else is just as distraction, and really serve no useful purpose.

    We can only hope that China and Singapore gov learn to put humanity and compassion above economic interest and own agenda sometimes, because in time of crisis and war, it will be pitiful if we Singaporean will not be there to fight for our own nation which we truly never call ‘HOME’.

    HOME is not build by propaganda but by compassion, love and respect. Singapore Inc has greatly dilute this value, and set a bad precedent for rest of other countries to follow suit.

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