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Kordia should come clean or face consumer boycott

This isn’t some bleeding heart leftie appeal, the military dictatorship in Burma (they call it Myanmar) is the most vile repugnant dictatorship around, probably worse than Zimbabwe.

Captain Orcon, walking all over the 'little' people, destroying democracy, abusing human rights, and treating humans like scum.

Captain Orcon, walking all over the 'little' people, destroying democracy, abusing human rights, and treating humans like scum.

The people in power have no intention of giving up their positions which allow them to systematically loot what is a resource rich country of it’s riches and pocket them.

Once upon a time Burma was the richest country in Asia, by the time these scum bags have finished with it it will be poorer than Cambodia. In connivance with the Chinese (who block any attempt to bring the dictatorship into line) they are raping the countryside of it’s rich mineral, gem and timber resources.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 11 of the last 19 years in prison for wining a democratic election.

This week, she was, once again due out, and yet again the generals have found a pretext to throw her back in prison.

Why aren’t more people pissed off about this? The people of Burma deserve better than to be ignored. There may not be some trendy pop star backing a concert or a kindly man in robes to travel the world raising awareness of the people plight. Burma has been forgotten.

In New Zealand, we should be appalled and demand more action, and that could start with an enterprise we own, Kordia. Kordia owns Orcon which is busy pushing it’s broadband products. You and I as taxpayers own Kordia and it’s subsidiaries through the Government. Kordia has done business in Burma and it should stop now.

Kordia needs to come clean about it’s involvement in both Burma and Laos (another Communist country with a piss poor human rights record). It should immediately cease any business in these countries or face a full consumer boycott.

It’s not good enough for a tax payer owned business to be doing business with the Government of Burma.

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Government double standards on Myanmar / Burma

There was the usual tutting and “dismay” as the loathsome Military Dictatorship in Burma once again engaged in slapping Aung San Suu Kyi around. Nothing like kicking someone when they are down.

Captain Orcon, cuddling up to dictators and repressive regimes since 2006

Captain Orcon, cuddling up to dictators and repressive regimes since 2006

Our latest Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, made all the right noises, but right under his nose a Government/Taxpayer owned company is still trading in that region and quite possibly doing work for the Military Dictatorship.

Kordia, the parent company of Orcon, apparently thinks just fine to do business in Burma, and still advertises the fact that it has business there on it’s website, it also throws in another repressive regime, Laos into the mix for good measure. 

I’m not sure how Kordia/Orcon justify doing business in Burma, no doubt some bollocks about not doing business with the regime, although it’s impossible to do any business in Burma without dealing with the military, who in turn are controlled by the regime, who are just there to line their pockets of the backs of the Burmese.

I don’t see the consistency it Government policy by making a fuss about Fiji, ignoring China and it’s appalling human rights record, and then allowing a state owned enterprise to operate in what is universally agreed, is an appallingly despotic and venal regime in Burma.

Next time you are thinking about switching your ISP, or some ‘dude’ from Orcon shows up trying to sell you some new service or an Internet package, maybe you’ll want to consider that this is part of a company that’s done business with a regime that stood by and let thousands of people die a while back during the cyclone, they refused international assistance, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Burmese Military Regime is a disgusting excuse for a government. No state (read taxpayer) owned business should be doing any business there. 

Possibly a bit of pressure is required to make Orcon/Kordia come clean about what there business interests are in Thailand (usual launch pad for Myanmar/Burma) and Laos?

That could start by customers deciding there are other options for internet providers, ones that don’t deal with repressive regimes, like (dare I suggest it) Telecom.

Genocide in Burma?

While the MSM is distracted with the antics of Hamas in Gaza, a crisis involving millions of innocent people is occuring in Asia.

It appears the rather odd isolationist regime currently ‘running’ Burma is practicing something close to genocide on various ethnic groups in the country.

The latest victims of the Military Regime are the Chin people in the western parts of Burma. Clearly the Chin and other ethnic groups have done something to piss off the generals otherwise why else would they be trying to starve them to death?

By rights Burma should be a moderately wealthy country and once upon a time it was one of the wealthiest in the region. It should potentially be able to kick Thailand’s ass when it comes to tourism, and it has the greatest amount of valuable natural resources in the region – that is, unless the Chinese and Indian don’t loot the lot.

Unfortunately it is run by a group of slightly loony paranoid generals whose main aim in life is cash in on the natural resources as quickly as possible while oppressing the people in the cruelest ways possible.

2008-05-07The reason the regime hasn’t collapsed is that it’s large neighbours, China and India, bail it out by ‘buying’ it’s commodities at bargain basement prices. In return for having ‘eclusive’ rights in assisting the General’s looting of the countries resources, China and India help out by blocking UN resolutions, ASEAN attempts to find a solution, and supplying the weapons and military materiel needed by the regime to oppress it’s people, and generally obstructing any attempts to improve the lives of Burmese. 

China’s behaviour is perfectly consistent as it too is a dictatorship. India on the other hand should be ashamed of itself. It’s people enjoy democratic rights that Burmese people should have, yet it turns a blind eye to this for it’s own business interests.

Closer to home SOE Kordia / Orcon has been involved in infrastructure projects in Burma, presumably paid for by the regime. One wonders how the Government can justify allowing a SOE to operate in such a country – surely there are other opportunities out there that don’t involve helping a regime that practices genocide?

I’m looking forward to seeing all those protesters who got so indignant over Gaza protesting outside the Chinese & Indian consulates, demanding they withdraw support for the military regime in Burma. I also look forward to a huge fuss and demands of consumer boycott of Kordia/Orcon. I’ll particularly enjoy seeing Green MP’s grilling the government about Kordia businesses in Burma and Thailand, because one can only assume they were a bit busy to do this while they were in coalition with Labour.

Unfortunately there are no helpful photo’s of kiddies covered in blood, and no nasty Jew’s in tanks shelling hospitals – because the Burmese regime doesn’t allow any journalists into the country. I guess that means that once again this tragedy will be met with a deafening silence.

Gaza vs Burma, Zimbabwe, Congo, Darfur, etc etc

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A quick scan of today’s headlines shows that the death toll from the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has hit 3000 in a few months. The Burmese regime is continuing to miss-treat, and effectively murder it’s own people. War rages in the Congo where children are recruited to commit to most appalling atrocities.

All these events have something in common, they are corrupt regimes propped up by undemocratic countries such as China, and they are inflicting unnecessary pain and suffering on their own people.

Meanwhile the news media and various ‘NGO’ groups, celebrities and left wing hangers on, and focused on the Gaza strip. In Gaza the regime, Hamas, deliberately antagonised it’s powerful neighbour by firing rockets at it. Hamas has consistently called for the complete destruction of Israel and it’s people and encouraged people to commit atrocities on Israeli’s and Jews.

Without exception, if any country had a small belligerent neighbour calling for it’s complete destruction and threatening the safety of it’s people, sooner or later it would take action. War is nasty, it’s about killing people. Hamas plays things nasty too, it has played the media and NGO’s perfectly, providing them with set piece photo opportunities, meanwhile it placed military installations next to schools, hospitals and residential areas. When people got killed, they have apparently distorted the figures, yet all this was somehow Israelis fault. Hamas knew that Israel would not sit by and ignore what was happening, they knew the consequences, yet brought this on it’s on people, cynically and deliberately.

The BBC has stepped back from it’s blanket coverage as it’s journalists have been able to get access to ordinary people in Gaza and the true picture has emerged. Despite this poeple have harangued the BBC for not carrying a message from NGO’s looking for aid for Gaza. The BBC probably realises that this aid will be funneled back into Hamas infrastructure ready for the next confrontation with it’s neighbour. The EU has lost patience with Gaza and stated it is tired of giving aid only to see it used in a way that ensures destruction of the facilities built with the money.

So too have the regimes in Burma, Congo, Zimbabwe cynically taken actions that have resulted in the deaths of their people.

Despite this we haven’t seen the likes on John Minto and the people that got worked up about Israel taking to the streets to demand something is done about the 3000 people who have just died from a completely preventable deaese in Zimbabwe.

We don’t see these protesters camped outside the Indian & Chinese consulates demanding they stop supporting the Burmese Regime. 

Unlike Gaza, Burma and Zimbabwe haven’t been receiving hundreds of millions of dollars from aid donors and countries, which then was used by Hamas to build up it’s military. Countries like Burma manage to keep going because they sell their resources to China and India. The oppressed people hardly have any voice (unlike the media machine at Hamas) and they rely entirely upon outsiders to highlight their plight.

I guess there’s one key difference here, which is why people are making such a fuss about the tragedy in Burma, Zimbabwe, Congo, Darfur etc etc… Gaza is about Jews. You have to wonder whether this is really about a deep seated prejudice against Jew’s. A prejudice that have been around for hundreds of years doesn’t disappear over night and maybe this is why there is a fuss about Israel in Gaza.

Hamas is anti Semitic, and it has managed to sucker people into supporting it, and maybe in a obscure way this is because it appeals to a deep seated anti Semitism in many people.

How else would you explain the glaring inconsistency of protesters?