Had drinks at the Foreign Correspondents Club on Friday.
Several of the journalists there are well-known (in their field) "experts" on Burma (Myanmar). It really struck me how ludicrous it is that we are in the 21st century and still regimes such as the ones in places like Burma, Indonesia, much of Africa etc., are tolerated. Saudi Arabia, anyone?
Woops! Sorry, I forgot, they're our friends....
Sad. How awfully sad. I remember being about 14 and wondering why on earth nobody was doing anything about the kids suffering in places like Central America. That was more than 20 years ago.
In the meantime....
For some rather entertaining and rewarding reading, check out these books (in this order):
1. Burmese Days - George Orwell
2. The Impressionist - Hari Kunzru
3. The Unwanted - Kien Nguyen