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Myanmar - a television documentary

Posted by BruceMoon on 14/7/2009 at 16:45

The ABC Australian television program Foreign Correspondent has scheduled for Tuesday 14th July an indepth program on Myanmar.

The program describes the content as:

[colour=blue]"Last year Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma. Thousands of orphaned children were left to fend for themselves. Undercover camera teams risk jail to reveal their touching stories of the youngest survivors".

Foreign Correspondent programs are usually hard hitting and revealing.

ABC Australia also screens Foreign Correspondent on Australia network.

The scheduling of this program is:

Thailand:

Burma - Orphans of the storm
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 at 19:30
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Thursday, 16 July 2009 at 11:30
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Sunday, 19 July 2009 at 04:30
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Sunday, 19 July 2009 at 10:30

Indonesia:

Burma - Orphans of the storm
Thursday, 16 July 2009 at 11:30
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Sunday, 19 July 2009 at 04:30
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Sunday, 19 July 2009 at 10:30

Laos
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 at 19:30
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Thursday, 16 July 2009 at 11:30
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Sunday, 19 July 2009 at 04:30
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Sunday, 19 July 2009 at 10:30

Malaysia
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 at 20:30
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Thursday, 16 July 2009 at 12:30
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Sunday, 19 July 2009 at 05:30
Burma - Orphans of the storm
Sunday, 19 July 2009 at 11:30

For other nations in Asia, go to:

http://australianetwork.com/guide/00001737.htm

Cheers

#1 BruceMoon has been a member since 27/12/2008. Location: Australia. Posts: 1,941

Posted by BruceMoon on 14/7/2009 at 19:24

I submitted the above post before the actual screening here in Oz in case an Oz resident may have been on Travelfish.

I then watched the program. I urge others to try and watch.

The moral question that emerges is whether a tourist should choose to visit Myanmar. The naysayers suggest their visit would be supporting the military Junta. This view is dominant on Travelfish.

After watching the exceedingly heart wrenching doco, I started wondering.

For every penny I spend as a traveller, some proportion trickles down to the less advantaged. On that basis, I asked myself "if I went to visit Myanmar, wouldn't some proportion of my dollars end up in the hands of the disadvantaged?{/i]

The alternative view suggests that the difference between a horrible self serving military junta and a centralist administration (as in Vietnam or Laos, or Cambodia) or a faction riddled government (as in Thailand) is but a matter of degree.

I know those in opposition to the military junta will here bleat, but go watch the program and watch what happens to your heart. And then struggle with your thoughts

no cheers on this one

#2 BruceMoon has been a member since 27/12/2008. Location: Australia. Posts: 1,941


Posted by MADMAC on 15/7/2009 at 03:07

There are no easy answers to the questions you pose. I defer to the current opposition which prefers boycott - but I understand the other arguements.

I'm not going to watch the documentary though. I spent enough time in East Africa in places that were a total mess. I don't feel a need to watch it on TV - shit just depresses me.

#3 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957

Posted by SBE on 15/7/2009 at 05:24

"The moral question that emerges is whether a tourist should choose to visit Myanmar."

Of course they should. When tourists go to Burma they are in a position to put money into the hands of people who need it in person.

The generals got hundred of millions of dollars from the UN last year. Even the UN can't be naive enough to believe that any of it would be used to help Nargis refugees. How come there's no moral outcry about that?

#4 SBE has been a member since 14/4/2008. Location: Global Village. Posts: 2,020
 Where has SBE been? 

Posted by MADMAC on 15/7/2009 at 11:56

"The generals got hundred of millions of dollars from the UN last year. Even the UN can't be naive enough to believe that any of it would be used to help Nargis refugees. How come there's no moral outcry about that?"

SBE
There is.

#5 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957

Posted by Thaiman on 16/7/2009 at 16:35

Personal choice if you ask me.If you go to Burma then most of the money you spend will end up in the General's pocket but some may end up with those who need it.But when you go you also have the opportunity to give straight into the hands of those who need it most.I don't go because Burma does'nt really interest me and I feel there are enough people in Thailand these days that need assistance.You only have to go to Sukhumvit to see that.And Thailand is where my wife comes from.

#6 Thaiman has been a member since 12/11/2008. Posts: 201


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