Myanmar: Dreams Lying in Open Graves and Up in Flames

Thursday, September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Peace. And here I am, “reblogging” myself. It is a seven year-old post. Yes, it’s odd, I am conceding. However, it’s for a reason: I am ashamed. I am ashamed, and embarrassed, that I wrote the blog post below, rejoicing at the release of Aung San … More Myanmar: Dreams Lying in Open Graves and Up in Flames

Celebrity

The Petchary must now comment on two happy events that have occurred in the past few days.  One is, to the Petchary at least, an event of great significance and one to shout about.  The other is a manufactured piece of PR that is of no significance at all, but which, because of its “cuteness … More Celebrity

Prizewinners

When Liu Xiaobo learnt that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize this year, he burst into tears.  His captors, his own government, also reacted emotionally, but they were simply angry.  In 2009, Liu – a man whose gentle intelligence shines from his face – was sentenced to eleven years’ imprisonment for “inciting subversion of state … More Prizewinners