Monthly Archives: June 2011

Birthday event for Aung San Suu Kyi

Birthday event for Aung San Suu Kyi

Here are some photos we took at the birthday event for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, as part of a global campaign. It was mainly organized by the organization People in Need and we contributed cartoons by Harn Lay and some words by our director.
One of the main reasons why we still held this event although the Lady is already released from house arrest are the over 2000 political prisoners in Burma. They are the proof that there is a lot wrong about the present Burmese “democracy”.

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Deutsche Entwicklungshilfe: Hilfsbereitschaft oder Reiselust?

In einem interessante Beitrag fordert Johann Hari, dass nicht bloß Dominique Strauss-Kahn vor Gericht solle, sondern der ganze IMF. Die Kritik ist, zugegebenermaßen, nicht ganz neu, aber in meinen Augen gut vorgetragen. In einer Zeit, in der internationales Verantwortungsbewusstsein an militärischem Engagement gemessen wird, während man bei verkleideten Militärregimen ruhig mal ein Auge zudrückt und die politische Opposition verhungern lässt (nur bildlich gesprochen – denn Sponsoren wie die Europäische Kommission gaben in letzter Zeit für Human Rights Defenders und Non-State Actors nur Geld für offizielle Aktivitäten innerhalb des Landes, was faktisch alle regimekritischen Projekte ausschließt), bahnen sich in Deutschland Reformen an.

Ende Mai stellte der deutsche Staatssekretär Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz ein neues Menschenrechtskonzept vor, das vor allem in der Entwicklungshilfe (offiziell: “Entwicklungszusammenarbeit”) Früchte tragen soll. Das Bundes­ministerium für wirt­schaft­liche Zu­sammen­arbeit und Ent­wick­lung verstärke demnach die Ein­forde­rung und Umsetzung von Menschen­rechten. Das klingt nach meiner Ansicht gut, handelt es sich doch um ein bekanntes Defizit der ansonsten eher auf wirtschaftliche Prioritäten und Vermeidung von politischen Verstimmungen konzentrierten deutschen Außenpolitik.

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Is there a right way to travel to Burma?

Is there a right way to travel to Burma?

Recently, the leading Burmese opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD) announced that it had revised its position on tourism. While the party had discouraged all tourism to Burma for decades, it is now prepared to welcome responsible travelers who are aware of the political implications of their visits and who behave responsibly.

Children helping their parents. Photo: www.khrg.org

Our Czech supporters know that the Burma Center Prague has developed a similar position in recent years. While we decided not to condemn all forms of tourism to Burma, we have clearly described several criteria that would turn even a well-meaning trip to Burma into a disservice to its people.

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Give more without having less

Much has been written about Flattr. Time to add my two (euro-) cents.

What actually is it? Flattr is a comparably new online service that allows registered users to give equal shares of a preset monthly budget to a group of recipients, which is put together every month by clicking their Flattr buttons. (Or by entering their Twitter username, or by scanning their Flattr-QR.)

When you give Flattrs to content providers, you send them both micro-amounts of real money and the message that you appreciate what they do. The donor’s monthly budget translates into shares depending on how many Flattrs he or she gave away during this month. Obviously, the amount received per recipient is the total monthly budget divided by the number of recipients (minus a fee.)

So, how do you control how much you give per click? After some clicks you don’t really remember how many times you have clicked already. But at the same time while you click, the flattred amounts for that month become smaller and smaller and you actually needn’t care that much. With each click, the monetary aspect grows less and the message of appreciation sent to the recipient gains importance. The nature of Flattrs changes in the course of a month.

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