Nobel Laureates meeting in South Korea to discuss prospects for global peace were missing a member: Aung San Suu Kyi, kept under house arrest by the military junta in Burma / Myanmar. Below from a Voice of America News story, quoting Former South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung:
Mr. Kim called for Aung San Suu Kyi’s freedom, and expressed the hope that more global attention would be called to her plight.
The gathering went even further in acknowledging the Burmese activist, by drafting a formal declaration of solidarity with her. It was read aloud by Jonathan Granoff, of the Nobel-winning International Peace Bureau.
“The political and physical freedom of our colleague, Madame Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, must be guaranteed,” he said. “We stand alongside Madame Aung San Suu Kyi, who is struggling for the development of democracy in her homeland.”
For more information see the previous article here.
News from the EU summit paints a picture of dissolution and strife. They now have an action plan to revisit the constitution that failed to pass in two years, perhaps hoping for a better reception with voters at that point. Meanwhile they are beset with voter dissatisfaction over corruption at Airbus, and meet with silence the voters concern with the second home for the EU at Strasborg.
Continuing their offensive operations in the South East of Afghanistan, Operation Moutain Thrust continues to crush the Taliban as forty five more terrorists allied with al-qaida were killed. Details at Yahoo news. As an update to an earlier post please note that VOA had an article up regarding the capture of a high profile Al-Quaida operative active in the shia south. The VOA article appears to have now dropped reference to this incident, and a search on “sheik akeel” turns up some interesting links. I did find the original text of the article here.
To the south, in Karbala, local officials say U.S. troops have arrested the sheikh Akeel al-Zubaidi who heads Karbalaâ€™s provincial council, a mainly Shiâ€™ite group. There has been no report on the incident by U.S. military officials.
In a development bright with promise the CPN/Maoists and Seven Party Alliance in Nepal have reached historic agreement. The outcome is the 8 point agreement, under which the two old governments will be dissolved and a new democratic government formed. Prachandra appears to be cooperating and sincerely seeking peace and prosperity for the country.