Photographer's Note

I have never been to Myanmar (Burma), but this is my pale contribution to the burmese monks fight against the dictatorship that has been rotting their country for so long now... I do hope this time they will not bend their backs like in this classroom and will stay up, and that China and India will not back the regime like it didi so many times before.. For once, the olympics might help China view things differently...?

Let's hope for a positive and peaceful issue.

This was shot in a classroom in the Likir monastery in Ladakh. You can tell the lack of financial means...they are sitting on the bare wooden floor.
breaking news from my friend Francis known as Furachan :

"Here is Breaking News from AP:

BEIJING (AP) -- China has gently urged Myanmar's military rulers to ease the strife that has seen tens of thousands take to the streets in protest, diplomats said Tuesday, even as Beijing said publicly it would stick to a hands-off approach toward its neighbor.

China has quietly shifted gears, the diplomats said, jettisoning its noninterventionist line for behind-the-scenes diplomacy. A senior Chinese official asked junta envoys this month to reconcile with opposition democratic forces. And China arranged a low-key meeting in Beijing between Myanmar and State Department envoys to discuss the release of the leading opposition figure.

For a country that has been Myanmar's staunchest diplomatic protector, largest trading partner and a leading investor, the shift is crucial. Asian and Western diplomats in Beijing and Southeast Asia said China's influence in Myanmar is second to none and could be decisive in restraining the junta from a violent confrontation with protesters.

"China has been working to convey the concerns of the international community to the Burmese government," a Western diplomat in Beijing said on condition of anonymity, citing policy. "But it could definitely do more to apply pressure."

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