Inside Burma: Land of Fear

More than a million people have been forced from their homes and according to the United Nations, untold thousands have been massacred, tortured, and subjected to a modern form of slavery. Burma, says Amnesty International, is a prison behind bars. John Pilger and David Munro go undercover in one of the world’s most isolated, and extraordinary countries, Burma, which AmnestyInternational calls ‘a prison without bars’. They discover slave labour preparing for tourism and foreign investment.

International Actual Award for Risk Journalism, Barcelona, Spain, 1996; Bronze Plaque in the category of ‘Social Issues – International Relations’, The Chris Awards, Ohio, 1996; Gold Special Jury Award, ‘Film & Video Production division’, WorldFest-Charleston, 1996; Award for Best Factual Programme, RTS Midland Centre Awards, Birmingham, 1996; Gold Apple in the category ‘Politics: Social organisations in other lands’, National Educational Media Network Film & Video Competition at The 1997 NEMN Apple Awards, Oakland, California, 1997; the updated version won a Gold Special Jury Award in the ‘Film & Video Production division’, WorldFest-Houston, 1999.

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  1. The geniuses at ITV news station saw fit to leave their emblem covering half the subtitles for the entire broadcast. Way to go . . . We get to hear everyone except the victims themselves.

  2. Thank you for your comment. At last someone who see things as they are. I made a mistake and have been attacked in this forum after commenting about the Hiroshima bombing… It seems that my point that the “Bomb” was not the solution was ridiculous to some users…

    They backed up their propaganda by pointing out the Japanese atrocities made in Manchuria. But they seems to think that the Chinese regime never invade or “pacified” any country in their history, which is bull****!

    Having an opinion is not necessarily a good thing in here. And its worst when your english is as poor as mine…

  3. Burma: The junta in Burma is one of several examples of how today’s governments in Asia is oppressing / repressing its people in the same manner as the Japanese imperialists back in World War II.

    China: The invasion of Tibet took place only a few years after the Japanese cleared out Manchuria and the communists taking over the China subsequent to the Cultural Revolution. Mao Zedong did not tolerate resistance to his movement and subjected millions to torture and execution. The Chinese still do that today to its own people and the Tibetans.

    Vietnam: After the Vietnam war ended, not too many people know about the atrocities the Viet communists inflicted on more than 1 million Viet people who were loyal to the South Vietnam government. They were sent to re-education camps and tortured, the same way the Japanese did during World War II.

    North Korea: The same story. Kim Jong Il, like his father before him, is a lunatic. The people in North Korea have to act like puppets in order to survive. He’s got such a strong clamp on them that any resistance seems unlikely now.

    Cambodia: Pol Pot was a vicious killer of more than 2 million of his own people.

    The common thread here is that all these 5 governments have been even more of tyrants than the Japanese themselves. They all pursue the socialist ideology that sadly disregards human rights of their own people so lowly. Another common thread is that they all had been under China’s influence until this day.

    Please care about these issues. The entire world should stand up and challenge these governments to completely reform. I am really hoping for a major uprising in China because it is the root cause of the suffering of the people in this part of the world.