September 6, 2007

LADY CRUSADERS:

Laura Bush's Burmese Crusade (HANNAH BEECH, 9/05/07, TIME)

The First Lady spoke to TIME's Hannah Beech about the latest anti-regime protests in Burma. Excerpts:

"I've been interested in Burma for a long time. I hosted a round table during the UNGA [United Nations General Assembly] last year. I've been briefed by Ibrahim Gambari [the U.N. Secretary General's special advisor on Burma].

"Like many people, especially women, I got interested because of Aung San Suu Kyi, and I learned about Burma and how she represents the hopes of the people of Burma, and how those hopes were being dashed by her house arrest and the fact that her party won the elections and never had the opportunity to have power at all. I did work with women senators to make sure we sent out a letter to Ban Ki-Moon. I've also met with ethnic minorities and talked with them.

"One of the things that's really important for the world to know is that the people of Burma do listen to radio — to Radio Free Asia, to the BBC — and when they hear that people around the world are speaking out for their rights, I think it gives them hope.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 6, 2007 7:53 AM
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