Saturday, May 10, 2008

The A-holes fight back

No doubt stung by my attacks, the Burmese Generals have launched a huge image upgrade campaign consisting of printing their names in large letters on the aid packages coming in from abroad. No, I am not making this up:

Myanmar's military regime distributed international aid Saturday but plastered the boxes with the names of top generals in an apparent effort to turn the relief effort for last week's devastating cyclone into a propaganda exercise...State-run television continuously ran images of top generals — including the junta leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe — handing out boxes of aid to survivors at elaborate ceremonies. One box bore the name of Lt. Gen. Myint Swe, a rising star in the government hierarchy, in bold letters that overshadowed a smaller label reading: "Aid from the Kingdom of Thailand."

"We have already seen regional commanders putting their names on the side of aid shipments from Asia, saying this was a gift from them and then distributing it in their region," said Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK, which campaigns for human rights and democracy in the country. "It is not going to areas where it is most in need," he said in London.


Shawn said...

1) were I to become a military dictator, the internet would be the primary thing I'd try to keep out. Of course, if I were not able to completely keep it out, KPC would be the blacklist, fo sho.

2) I heard an econtalk podcast with BDM talking about how this happens (the rebadging of aid). Specifically, it was with rice bags. i thought that someone wouldn't still try this sort of shenanigans....but, then, if either by your power or by your nation's poverty, you've achieved my #1 objective, then rebadge away!

Shawn said...

now...that was supposed to be "kpc would be on the blacklist"...but, it's even funnier the mistyped way.

brute squad / black list

Will Welch said...

Different in degree, obviously, but similar to the way tax "refunds" are viewed as "free money from the gov't"

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